Whitman baseball sinks as Menlo hits eight homers

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ATHERTON, Calif. - The Whitman offense pounded out 24 hits here Saturday in a non-conference baseball doubleheader.

But Menlo answered the Whitman barrage with power, as the Oaks crushed eight home runs in sweeping the doubleheader.

Menlo took the opener 17-7 and completed the sweep with a 12-7 win in the nightcap.

Eric Tolleson, Whitman's game-one starting pitcher, held the Oaks in check as the Missionaries trailed only 2-1 after four.

The Oaks exploded for three in the fourth and put it away with six runs in the sixth.

The Missionaries rallied for four in the ninth, but it was too late, as Menlo posted the 17-6 win.

Joel Hull slugged two home runs and drove in eight to lead the Menlo attack.

Jason Sease led Whitman with three hits. Patrick Stauffer, Tolleson, Erik Korsmo and Joe Rodhouse each collected two safeties for the Missionaries as Whitman out-hit Menlo, 12-10.

The Oaks started fast to open the second game, as the home team scored three in the first. Home runs from Hull, Chris Mazza, Michael Brandi and Ty Finley powered the 17-hit Menlo attack.

The Missionaries mounted a ninth-inning rally and got as close as 12-7, with no outs.

But Nick Vandever came on to retire the Missionaries in order and preserve the 12-7 win.

Sease continued his hot streak with another three-hit game. The Missionaries, 4-30 on the year, conclude their California trip today with a noon doubleheader against Menlo.

First Game

Whitman 000 100 104 - 6 12 1

Menlo 020 036 33x - 17 10 1

Tolleson, Brisdale (7), Settle-Winick (8) and Korsmo; Phillips, Sweeney (6), Lozada (7), Haina (9) and Pombo.

HR - Menlo: Mazza, Hull 2, Dodge.

Hits - Whit: Stauffer 2, Richards, Tolleson 2, Korsmo 2, Sease 3, Rodhouse 2; Menlo: Hull 3, Mazza 3, Cox, Binder, Wilkerson, Dodge.

Second Game

Whitman 000 102 004 - 7 12 2

Menlo 320 313 00x - 12 17 2

Sease, Nortz (4) and Weeks; Koontz, Anders (6), Cleary (8), Vandever (9) and Finley.

HR - Whit: Rodhouse; Menlo: Finley, Brandi, Mazza, Hull.

Hits - Whit: Tolleson 3, Mercado 3, Sease 3, Rodhouse, Weeks, Hannoosh; Menlo: Hull 3, Dailey 3, Mazza 2, Brandi 2, Binder, Dodge, Cox 2, Finley, Ochoa, Wilson.

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