Oregon Tech Takes Down Menlo
ATHERTON, Calif. - Top-ranked Oregon Tech used a 21 hit attack in today’s doubleheader to sweep Menlo College 6-2 and 7-4, as the Owls ran their win streak to 12 in a row. Oregon Tech moves to 16-2 on the season and will meet CalPac member Simpson University in a doubleheader in Redding on March 10 beginning at noon.
Game 1 Box Score
In the opener, the two teams traded runs over the first three innings to send the game into the 4th deadlocked at 1-1. In the top of the frame, Tech put runners on first and second with one out when a Menlo throwing error gave the Owls a 2-1 lead, and placed runners on second and third. An RBI groundout by Kayde Schaefer extended the margin to 3-1.
Menlo came right back in the bottom of the 4th, scoring a run on an RBI single to trim the lead to 3-2. An inning later the Owls pushed their margin to 6-2, behind a run scoring single by Jess Plummer and a second Menlo throwing error that brought in two more.
The Oaks were held hitless in the final three innings as Oregon Tech held on for the 6-2 victory. Melissa Logan recorded her second win of the year with five innings of five hit, two run ball for the Owls.
Shauna Collins and Elise Goodell recorded two hits each in the opener with Janelle Cromie adding a base hit and walked twice. Sarah Coates, Schaefer and Plummer drove in a run each. Morgan Barnes recorded the save after allowing no hits in the final two innings.
Game 2 Box Score
Oregon Tech moved out to a 5-0 lead in the early stages of game 2, as the Owls plated two in the 3rd and three more in the 4th, with the big blow coming off the bat of Shauna Collins. The shortstop roped a two out, two-run double into left center field, pushing a 2-0 Owls advantage into a four run margin. Two batters later, Ashleigh Larson drove Collins in with a single to right to push the Tech lead to five. Larson ended the second game going 2-for-4 with three RBI's.
In the bottom of the 4th Menlo showed their resiliency in their attempt at a comeback. The Oaks put their first three hitters on, with a walk followed by a single to left and a sacrifice bunt in which loaded the bases on a Tech error on the play. Menlo followed the error with an RBI single for Menlo's first run of the tilt, and after a fielder's choice that saw the runner from third get gunned down at the plate, Menlo picked up three consecutive run scoring singles to cut the deficit to 5-4.
Oregon Tech would plate two runs in the sixth and hold the Oaks scoreless for the remainder to win the nightcap 7-4. Taylor Schmidt, who went 3.1 innings allowing three earned on six hits, was the eventual winning pitcher after Morgan Barnes held the Oaks at bay for the remainder of the game to earn the save.
Barnes finished with three hits in the late game, including a double and RBI. Larson drove in three runs on a pair of hits with Schmidt adding two hits and Janelle Cromie a RBI.
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