|Menlo (18-3, 7-1 GSAC)||0||0||3||0||0||7||0||0||0||0||10||7||0|
|San Diego Christian (5-12, 4-9 GSAC)||0||0||0||0||0||0||5||0||0||X||5||6||1|
|San Diego, CA Carroll B. Land Stad|
|Menlo||Pitching||San Diego Christian|
|Menlo||Indv. Stats||San Diego Christian|
|3 Players||Home Runs||None|
SAN DIEGO -- Coming off two walk-off wins over #8 Westmont, the GSAC schedule for the Hawks baseball team did not get any easier as #6 Menlo College came to town for a 3-game series. All three games are scheduled to be played at Pt. Loma Nazarene University, where the ballpark is small, but the winds blow in.
The game started off as a test of pitching. The Oaks Jason Alexander (5-0) held the Hawks off stride with just one infield hit over six innings. The Hawks starter, Mark Young (0-4), gave up only one hit in his first five innings and struck out 9 in his 5.1 innings. The difference in the game was that Alexander yielded no walks and Young gave up 7 and hit 3 batters. In the Menlo third, a hit batter and an error put runners at second and third. Then, Joe Gillette hit a 3-run home run to right center. This only hit in the first five innings put the Oaks up 3-0.
Menlo broke open the game in the top of the sixth, scoring 7 runs off of Young and his replacement, Jerry Quesada. Three walks and two singles brought in two runs, but the Hawks had gained two outs. Then Jordan Getzelman powered a grand slam to left field to clear the bases. Eduardo Sanchez added a solo shot to increase the score to 10-0.
SDC found some positive offensive action in the bottom of the seventh. Steven Pico doubled to left center and Vahn Bozoian found the right field line for another double and the first Hawk run. A Caeden Barnes single was followed by an Austin Yeoman single to score Bozoian, bringing the score to 10-2. Justin Hawkins continued the rally with a double down the left field line, scoring Barnes and sending Yeoman to third. Two RBI ground outs by Brooks Fages and Tyler Wilson brought in the final runs of the inning and closed the gap to just 5 runs.
Another rally just could get going over the last two innings, giving the Oaks (18-3) the win in game one. The Hawks record fell to 5-12. The two teams play a twin bill tomorrow at 11 a.m.