Oaks Stand Tall Against Mustangs
February 11, 2013
By Sam Taber, TMC Sports Information Intern
Santa Clarita, CA -- Menlo scored five runs in the eighth inning and then held off The Master's College 8-4 in a non-conference game Monday afternoon on Reese Field. The loss dropped the Mustangs to 9-5 while the Oaks improved to 2-3.
Making his first start of the season, Andrew Klausmeier (Northridge, CA) pitched four innings and gave up three earned runs on four hits while dropping his first decision as a Mustang. He was followed by Tucker Richardson (Modesto, CA) who threw three scoreless innings while Bryce Clancy (Phoenix, AZ) and Dalton Thompson (Riverside, CA) struggled in the eighth when the Oaks tallied five times to take an 8-0 lead. Cody Harris (Lakewood, CA) moved over from third base to close the game for the Mustangs in the ninth.
All four of the Mustang runs came in the bottom of the eighth. The rally started with a single up the middle by Brett Piper (Saugus, CA) who was thrown out at second base on a dropped fly ball which allowed Sam Robison to reach first. Centerfielder Caleb Halverson (Temple City, CA) then drilled his second two-run home run of the year to deep right field. Steven Karkenny (Chatsworth, CA) followed with a single to right field, then advanced to third on a double by Jonathan Popadics (Boise, ID), and scored on a groundout by Spencer Downs (Kelso, WA). Chris Talley (Simi Valley, CA) then reached second on an error by the Oaks' centerfielder. The rally came to an end, however, when pinch-runner Anthony Leal (San Juan Capistrano, CA) was thrown out trying to score on an infield hit by Joe Riddle (Bakersfield, CA).
Menlo's starting pitcher Sean Sweeney notched his first win of the year, tossing seven innings, striking out six and only allowing four hits. Burke Seifrit and Eric Davila combined in the eighth but struggled, giving up four runs to the surging Mustangs. Kyer Vega shifted to the mound from first base to finish the game in the ninth.
The Oaks struck first, scoring two runs in the top of the first on three hits and two uncharacteristic Mustang errors, one by Chris Talley and the other by Spencer Downs. Menlo got another run in the top of the second when centerfielder Ryan Coonan scored from third on a wild pitch. The Oaks didn’t score again until the top of the eighth when James Threw hit a two-run single with the bases loaded and no outs. Corey Metoyer, Ryan Coonan, and John Bowling each had an rbi as well during the five-run uprising.
After playing their first 14 games of the season on the friendly confines of Reese Field, the Mustangs hit the road for the first time in 2013, traveling to Costa Mesa to take on Vanguard in a single game on Friday and a doubleheader on Saturday.