Owls Start Strong, Fall 9-7 to Menlo
ATHERTON, Ore. – Oregon Tech looked to stop a three game losing skid to Menlo with a four-run first inning, but the Owls could not hold on as the Oaks came from behind to sweep a four-game NAIA West South division baseball series with a 9-7 win this afternoon.
Oregon Tech falls to 5-13 overall and 0-4 in south division play.
Oregon Tech jumped on Menlo to open the last game of a four-game series, knocking out the Oaks starting pitcher with no outs and up 2-0. The Owls would manage two more runs in the opening inning to lead 4-0 before the home team went to bat.
Menlo, however, answered with a four run first of their own to tie it up, and after Tech plated a single run in the third inning, Menlo moved out to an 8-5 lead with four more runs in the bottom half.
Although the Oaks held a three run lead, the Owls began to rally as the game headed into to the top of the seventh inning. The Owls had cut the lead to 9-7 and put runners on first and third with two outs. Menlo reliever John Schott came on to get the third out to end the threat, and proceeded to toss the final two innings of shutout baseball to earn the save, as the Owls fell by the same 9-7 score.
Dylan Rogers finished 3-for-4 at the plate, including three RBI. Phil Sacks and Colin Stock added two hits each, including doubles, while Kyle Hansen also doubled and Trent Smith added a triple. Matt Bellando drove in two runs, while Ryan Hayden accounted for the last of OIT’s six RBI.
The Owls travel to Medford, Oregon for non-league doubleheaders versus Corban University, of the NAIA West North division, this Friday and Saturday.
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