Atherton, Calif. - After earning a split at the University of Redlands this past Sunday afternoon, the baseball team travelled north for a three-game series at Menlo College on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The two teams battled the wet and soggy conditions, but were able to get all the games in. The bad news, for the Golden Eagles, is that Menlo swept all three games from La Sierra.
In the two games played on Tuesday, Menlo defeated the Golden Eagles 12-3 (7 innings) and 7-4. In the final game played on Wednesday afternoon Menlo won by a final of 7-1.
In each of the three games, La Sierra found themselves played catch-up most of the time.
In Game 1, the Golden Eagles scored their three runs on five hits, spreading the hits around five different players. The team struggled defensively, as they committed a total of three errors in the game.
The second game proved to be the most competitive contest between the two teams. After Menlo took the early 2-0 lead, La Sierra cut the lead in half with a run in the top of the 3rd inning. But the Oaks answered with two more runs in the bottom half of the inning, for a 4-1 lead.
The Golden Eagles fought back by scoring two runs in the top of the 4th inning, cutting the Oaks lead to 4-3, but in similar fashion Menlo answered La Sierra with three runs in the bottom half of the inning.
La Sierra scored another run in the 5th inning, but it wasn't quite enough, in the 7-4 loss.
In the final game of the series, Menlo scored three runs in the each of the first two inning and scored all seven runs in the first three innings.
The Golden Eagles scored their one run on five hits, led by Rico Alanis who finished the game going 2-ofr-3 on the afternoon.
The Oaks offense was running on all cylinders, as they collected a total of 31 hits in the three games, 14 hits in Game 1, seven hits in Game 2, and 10 in Game 3.
With the three losses, the baseball team falls to 2-21 on the season. The team will be out of action until Sunday, when they travel to the University of Antelope Valley for an afternoon doubleheader starting at 11am.
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