James Jensen gave the Menlo College baseball team a lift in Thursday's second game of the NAIA West Regional in Portland.
The Oaks dropped a 2-1 decision to Concordia earlier in the double elimination tournament and needed something to get them going.
Jensen pitched a seven-hitter as the No. 2 seeded Oaks beat top-seeded British Columbia, 6-0, to stave off elimination and earn a rematch with Concordia on Friday with a berth in the NAIA World Series at stake.
Menlo (32-18) must win twice to advance to the NAIA championships, which begin next Thursday at campus sites. The championship round will be held at Lewis Clark State in Lewiston, Idaho beginning May 24.
After scoring once in the first 12 innings of the day, Menlo exploded with four runs in the fourth, all with two outs, against the Thunderbirds.
Coleman Cox, who had three hits in the game, and John Bowling each singled ahead of a triple from James Threw. Ryan Coonan was hit by a pitch and Kyer Vega singled to plate the third run. Jimmy Bosco followed with a double.
That was more than enough for Jensen, who also struck out five in throwing the complete game shutout. Michael Brandi and Bowling each added two hits.
Menlo played its fourth one-run game with Concordia earlier in the day, and had a chance to win it in the ninth as two runners were gunned down on the basepaths.
Derek Martinez took the tough-luck loss, allowing two runs on seven hits. He struck out eight.