But the Occidental baseball team couldn't hold on in the final inning letting two runners cross the plate to drop their season opener 8-6 to Bethesda Saturday afternoon.
Season Impact: The Tigers drop their first game of the season with three games left until their SCIAC opener.
Bethesda improves to 3-3 on the season.
With Oxy down 6-2 in the bottom of the seventh inning, DeRaad launched a pitch over the right field fence scoring Reid Gibbs and Bryan Smith to cut the Flames lead to 6-5. The junior finished the game with four RIBs.
The designated hitter is picking up right where he left off last season when he was named ABCA All-West Region and set the Occidental single-season home run record with 13 blasts.
Logan Maxwell got the win for Bethesda.
Next Game: The Tigers host Willamette University in a doubleheader on February 13 at 11:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m.