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Parsons helps Menlo College baseball to a doubleheader sweep

Oaks have now won nine of their last 11 home games

The Menlo College baseball team swept a doubleheader from visiting St. Joseph's of New York, 11-0 and 21-4, Thursday on a day marred by a serious injury to St. Joseph's outfielder Thomas Karasinski.

The Oaks recorded 34 hits in the doubleheader sweep, including Palo Alto grad Shane Parsons' 5-for-10 effort with a pair of home runs and seven RBI. Michael Brandi added five hits, including a home run.

Parsons upped his team-leading totals to nine home runs, nine doubles and 32 RBI. He's hitting .333.

Karasinski, injured in the first game, collided with a teammate in the outfield going after a ball hit by Joel Hull, who was 3-of-4 in the contest with a home run. He suffered broken ribs and a punctured lung and will not be able to fly home with his team following competition Sunday.

Menlo (14-11) and St. Joseph's (3-9) are scheduled for a Friday doubleheader at noon. The Oaks have won four straight overall and five straight at home.

Derek Martinez started and threw six scoreless innings in the opener. Nick Vandever and Travis Anders finished the combined six-hitter.

Softball

Menlo College sophomore Jessica Cobb was named Cal Pac Conference Pitcher of the Week on Thursday.

Cobb won twice last week and did not allow an earned run in 14 innings while striking out seven and walking three. She pitched a five-hitter in Menlo's 5-0 nonconference over Eastern Oregon, and four unearned runs on five hits in a 9-4 conference win against Bethany.

As an encore, Cobb pitched a three-hitter and Menlo College beat visiting St. Catherine, 5-0, Thirsday in a nonconference contest. Infielder Amanda Vegas drove in two runs for the Oaks.

St. Catherine's won the opener, 7-3.

Menlo (6-22) returns to Cal Pac action with a doubleheader against William Jessup at 1 p.m. next Friday.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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