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Bowling hits home run in 10th in Menlo College victory

 

John Bowling hit a home run in the bottom of the 10th inning to lead host Menlo College to a 6-5 victory over Biola in a nonconference baseball game Tuesday.

Daniel Comstock and Mickey Phelps also hit home runs for Menlo (27-25), which clinched a winning regular season a fifth consecutive year for the Oaks.

Bowling drove a mammoth, no-doubt shot over the left-center field wall for his second walk off of the season.

Comstock's homer, his team-leading seventh of the season, gave the Oaks their first run.

Menlo added four runs in the seventh. Matt McHenry led off with a single, stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error.

Comstock was walked intentionally and senior Aaron Suarez-Lopez followed with a single to tie the game at 2. Phelps, who finished 3-for-5 on the day, then hit a three-run home run.

"He's been fantastic from the beginning," Menlo coach Jake McKinley said of Phelps. "He's been locked in and he's been bought into an approach and it's a tribute to his hard work. It couldn't have happened to a better human being."

The Eagles tied the game in the eighth.

John Schott (5-0) worked two scoreless innings to give Bowling a chance to win the game.

"As nice of a guy as John is, he's ferocious between the lines," McKinley said. "I'm so pumped because early on I think he was trying to figure things out. But he's another guy that's really locked in right now. For a guy that works as hard as John does, it's great to have him see this success."

Menlo hosts Biola again on Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. It will also be Senior Day.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Menlo Athletics

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