"We're clicking at the right time,'' said shortstop Justin Nam, who doubled and hit his third home run of the season against Terra Nova. "Hitting, pitching ... we're putting it all together. We have good chemistry.''
Nam, who is the starting pitcher for Friday's game, hit a two-run double to highlight a four-run first and then belted a solo homer in the second to spearhead Menlo's 10-hit attack. And Julien Hernandez took care of the pitching part of the equation, throwing a complete-game four-hit shutout with six strikeouts and two walks.
"I was just going at every hitter, trying to compete,'' said Hernandez, a junior right-hander who threw his second shutout of the season. "I was throwing primarily fastballs and just letting my defense make plays behind me. If I make a mistake I know they'll pick me up. I'm learning a lot about myself.''
JC Ng singled and Charlie Giesler doubled to get things started in the bottom of the first. Nam doubled them both home. Hernandez singled, a run scored on an error, Luca Espinosa singled and Bennett Norman hit a sacrifice fly.
Ng and Giesler hit back-to-back singles in the fourth. Then after pulling off a double steal they both came around to score to make it 7-0.
Giesler walked and eventually scored his third run of the game in the bottom of the sixth to close out the scoring.
"They're playing well together,'' Menlo coach Greg Hart said. "Last year was a tough year, we had a lot of sophomores. They're juniors now, our battery today was a junior (Hernandez) and a junior (catcher Adam Kasser). I told them, you haven't done anything yet. Keep it going, keep focused on the job, keep your eyes on the prize.''
In a non-league game, Sacred Heart Prep's Enzo Polloni tossed a two-hitter and allowed a single run, but that run stood up in Pacific Grove's 1-0 victory over the visiting Gators in a non-league baseball game Wednesday.
Ryan Mo and Teddy Purcell each collected two hits for SH Prep (9-10-1), which travels to Pacifica to take on Terra Nova next Wednesday in a PAL Bay Division game at 4 p.m.
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