LOS ANGELES -- It may be a new year, but big hits are nothing new for Occidental softball player Alex Battest.
The junior from Henderson, Nev. finished off a four-run rally in the bottom of the seventh inning with a walk-off single through the left side that brought home Natalie Glover, giving the Tigers a 7-6 win in their season opener at Bell Field on Sunday.
"It obviously feels good, but because we are such a young team, to bring everyone together with that type of finish is an even better way to start our season," said Battest, who went 4 for 4 with three RBIs and a pair of doubles.
Glover finished 2 of 4 with two runs scored. Mackensie Priley was 2 for 4 with a run and two RBIs.
Battest made a name for herself with cluth performances all last season. She hit a Grand slam that helped Oxy beat Cal Lutheran, she hit a three-run homer to edge La Verne and scored the game-winning run to beat Redlands in the ninth.
She had lots of help against the Pioneers.
Morgan Giusti started the rally with a double, Cora Roberts kept it going with a single, Kira Elliott walked and then Priley singled, bringing home Madison Romero for the first run of the inning. Then Glover singled, Alexis Funaki drove in Elliot with a sacrifice fly and Bailey Stevens singled in Priley to set the table for Battest.
Olivia Thayer started and pitched four innings without giving up an earned run. Romero earned the win for the Tigers in 3.2 innings of relief.
Brooke Koran was charged with the loss.
Game 2: Lewis & Clark 10, Occidental 1
The Tigers weren't as fortunate in Game 2, as the Pioneers extended a big lead and were able to stay ahead for the victory.
Oxy got its run in the first inning. Glover led off with a double and then Priley brought her in with a single.
Offense was hard to come by for the rest of the game. Lewis & Clark starter Jill Pinder got the win, going five innings with just the one run and two strikeouts.
Dallas Boyce went 3.1 innings as Oxy's starter an gave up just one earned run, but was charged with the loss.
Season Impact: The Tigers are 1-1 on the year and Lewis & Clark is now 3-3.
Next Game: The Tigers finish their doubleheader with Lewis & Clark on Sunday afternoon.Follow Oxy Athletics on Twitter Sign Up for Newsletters Watch on Youtube Follow us on Instagram