menlo forces winner-take-all title game
James Jensen tossed a five-hit shutout, as Menlo College forced a winner-take-all title game at the 2012 Verizon Wireless NAIA West Tournament, stopping The College of Idaho, 1-0, in Portland, Ore.
The two teams will play tomorrow at 3:30 p.m. (PT) with a berth in the NAIA National Championships Opening Round on the line.
Jensen allowed just four runners in scoring position all evening - with the Yotes (38-17) getting just one runner to third base. It was the second time the righty had defeated C of I this season, having topped the Yotes, 6-4, on April 24.
Taylor Nicholson was equally impressive for the Yotes, striking out a season-high 11. However, the Oaks (28-25) manufactured a run in the eighth - as Ty Finley singled, with Mickey Phelps popping up a sacrifice attempt - that a diving Jeffrey Harris at third could not corral, putting runners at first and second. After a sacrifice, Collin Forgey hit a fly ball deep enough to score pinch runner Taylor Cohn with the lone run of the game.
The Yotes put runners at the corners with two outs in the eighth, but Harris grounded out - while having the tying run aboard in the ninth, but Cameron Packham grounded out to end the game. Tanner Hodges and Zach Fabricius each had two hits for the Yotes.