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Menlo goes 2-1, beats Number 6 ranked Chapman

The Menlo Baseball Team (6-6) had a good week at home, going 2-1, but in the process beat the Number 6 ranked Chapman Panthers.

On Wednesday, Menlo beat Patten College 5-3. The game was a makeup from a previous rainout. Desmond Wery picked up the win, throwing 3 innings with 2 strikeouts, and Bryce Vargas picked up his second save on the year. Offensively, senior Tyler Nichols had a triple, single, 2 RBI's, and 1 run scored. Catcher Joe Harden added a double and a single.

Friday featured the Oaks against the Chapman Panthers, ranked by Collegiate Baseball as the 6th best team in all of Division III baseball. The Oaks would score their only run in the second, when senior Jose Rodriguez singled, stole second, and eventually got to third on a fielders choice. He would then score on a Ka'eo Correa single. With the Oaks ahead in the 5th, the Panthers would score 2 to take the eventual lead. They added 1 in the 6th, and 2 more in the 9th. Panther pitcher Mike Carey allowed only three Oak hits, one each by Anthony Prestigiacomo, Rodriguez, and Correa. Pitcher Bryce Vargas scattered 9 hits over 8 innings to take the hard luck loss. Final score was Panthers 5 and the Oaks 1.

Saturday's 9-6 victory was the first in four years against Chapman. With Chapman on top 2-0, the Oaks batted around and erupted for 5 runs, highlighted by Maurice Lesley's 2 out, 2 RBI single. Third baseman Harden knocked in Prestigiacomo who had earlier singled. All 5 runs scored with 2 outs. In the 5th with 1 out, Rodriguez and Rusty Signorelli singled. Catcher Justin Weaver then provided one of his hits to score Rodriguez. Weaver and Lesley opened the 7th with back-to-back singles. Prestigiacomo laid down a bunt to move the runners to second and third, and senior Casey Knapp singled in both runs. After a homerun cut the deficit to 3 in the 9th, Wery induced a double play from Panther Jude Chavez, ranked by Collegiate Baseball as one of the best OF's in the country. Wery then got the last out on a groundout to shortstop. Offensively, Knapp and Weaver had 3 hits. Lesley had 2 RBI's and 2 runs scored while Nichols added a single and scored a run. The win came against Panther Eric Hayden who was also ranked by Collegiate Baseball as one of the top pitchers in the country.

This weekend, the Oaks go back down to Claremont for the California Classic. They will then return for a mid week game against Vanguard before returning to Claremont for the California Invitational.
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