(KLAMATH FALLS, Ore.) – The Oregon Tech Hustlin' Owls lost late-game leads twice to Menlo College and dropped an NAIA West baseball doubleheader at Kiger Stadium on Saturday. The Oaks scored seven times in the ninth inning to overcome a deficit to win the opener, 16-12. Menlo, which leveled its league record at 11-11(24-20) to inch closer to the regional tournament, scored single runs in its final two at bats in the second game to eke out a 9-8 victory over Oregon Tech who drops to 4-18 in NAIA West play and 9-33 overall.
In Game 1, Tech had scored six times in its half of the eighth inning taking advantage of five Oak errors to take its first lead of the game, 12-9, before the Oaks came back to take advantage of two OIT errors and regain the lead when Nate Harris hit a grand slam over the leftfield wall.
For OIT in the opener, Ryan Hayden, Ethan Schlecht and Aaron Bocchi all had two hits. Both of Hayden's hits were doubles, while Schlecht and Bocchi had a double each.
James Threw homered in the eighth inning of the second game to tie the score, and the Oaks took the lead when Sam Shapiro's single allowed Nick Quejado to score. Menlo scored four unearned runs in its wild win, while the Hustlin' Owls scored five unearned runs, all in their eighth-inning rally to gain the lead.
Bocchi came back with three hits, all doubles, in the second game to drive in four runs, while Dominic Morris had two singles and Schlecht and Alex Antonaras a double each.
The two teams will conclude the 4-game series Sunday with a double-header scheduled to begin at 11:00 am at Kiger Stadium.