Menlo Outscores Bearcats in WU's First Game of Season, 20-5

By Robert McKinney, Athletics Communications Director, (503) 370-6110

ATHERTON, CALIF. -- Menlo College was playing its fourth game of the season and Willamette University was playing its season opener when the teams met in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday, Feb. 16 at Cartan Field. Menlo used its three-game head start to down the Bearcats, 20-5. Menlo improved to 3-1, while WU fell to 0-1. In the second game, the teams were tied 7-7 at the top of the 11th inning, when play was suspended due to darkness.

WU and Menlo will complete the second game prior to Sunday's regularly scheduled single game. Action at Carton Field will get underway at 12 p.m.

In the opener, Menlo scored twice in the first inning, two times in the second inning and five times in the third stanza to build a 10-0 lead. Will McLoughlin doubled to right center to open the bottom of the first inning, then went to second on a sacrifice bunt. He scored when Robert McDonald doubled up the middle with two outs and McDonald scored on a double by Chris Budelli.

The second inning featured a sacrifice fly by McLoughlin and a two-RBI single by Rob Monderine. Menlo's five-run third inning included an RBI single by Matt Simpson, a two-run single by McLoughlin, a bases-loaded walk to Monderine and a sacrifice fly by McDonald.

Both teams tallied one run in the fifth inning. For Willamette, Colin Young (Sr., RF, Portland, OR/Lincoln HS) led off the inning with a double. He advanced to third on a single by Jack McGee (Jr., 3B, Hillsborough, CA/St. Ignatius HS) with one out and scored on a two-out balk by Menlo starting pitcher Mike Ryder. Jeff Brown singled to start the bottom of the inning for the Oaks and later scored on a bases-loaded walk by Ricky Grech with two outs.

Menlo tacked on six runs in the sixth inning to extend the lead to 17-1. The big hit of the inning was a two-run double to left field by Budelli.

The game's scoring concluded with four runs by Willamette in the top of the eighth, followed by three runs from the Oaks in the bottom of the inning. Max Stepan (Fr., C, Pueblo, CO/Pueblo County HS) hit the first of three consecutive singles for the Bearcats with one out, then went to second on a single by Zach Kimball (So., Mesa, AZ/Dobson HS) and scored on a single by T.C. Lee (Fr., LF, Lafayette, CA/Acalanes HS). WU's final three runs of the stanza were driven in by Kyle Stalker (Jr., 1B, Bellevue, WA/Sammamish HS) on a double to right center.

Simpson hit a two-run homer in the Menlo half of the inning. Kyle Wilkerson drove in John Franco with MC's' last run on a fielder's choice with the bases loaded.

The Oaks finished the game with 21 hits, including a 4-of-6 performance from Simpson, who also provided four RBIs and three runs. McLoughlin was 3 of 4 with three runs and three RBIs, while Monderine went 3 of 4 with a run and four RBIs. Willamette earned six hits, one each by six different players.

WU starter Ty Sundlee (Sr., RHP, Yakima, WA/West Valley HS) suffered the loss. He allowed nine runs (eight earned) in 2 1/3 innings. Although Willamette gave up 20 runs, the Bearcats collected a total of 12 strikeouts. Willamette pitchers also walked 12 batters.

Mike Ryder of Menlo was the winning pitcher, after allowing just one run and two hits during the first seven innings. Ryder registered nine strikeouts and did not allow a walk.

BOX SCORE

Game 1 - Menlo College 20, Willamette University 5

Game 2 - Menlo College 7, Willamette University 7 - Suspended at Top of 11th inning (darkness)