Funaki, Gatison Lead Oxy Past Cal Lu

Funaki, Gatison Lead Oxy Past Cal Lu

THOUSAND OAKSAlexis Funaki was outstanding in the circle again, and Natalie Glover and Nyla Gatison had big days at the plate, leading the Occidental softball team past Cal Lutheran, 6-1 in Game 2 of a doubleheader on Saturday.

Trailing 3-0 in the seventh in Game 1, Oxy rallied for two runs in the seventh, but couldn't complete the comeback, falling 3-2.

Funaki won her fifth game of the year, pitching a complete game, with one earned run, four hits and one walk. She also struck out two batters and went 1 for 4 with an RBI-single during Oxy's five-run top of the second inning that put the Tigers in the driver's seat. She was 2 for 4 with a pair of doubles in Game 1.

Fuanki is second in the SCIAC with a 1.13 earned run average in 31 conference innings.

Glover was 3 for 7 with four RBIs, a double and two runs scored on the day. She ignited Oxy's five-run inning in Game 2 with a bases-clearing double that brought home three runs.

Gatison, a first year from San Leandro, went 5 for 9 with a run and two stolen bases. She was 3 for 5 in Oxy's win.

Gatison is leading the SCIAC in hitting at .469.

Cora Roberts also had an outstanding day, going 4 for 8 with a run scored.

Dallas Boyce had a solid outing as the Tigers' starter in Game 1, giving up just one earned run in six innings of work. 

Season Impact: Oxy is now 5-13 overall and 3-7 in SCIAC play.

Cal Lutheran goes to 6-10 and 4-6.

Next Game: The Tigers are back in action with a home doubleheader against Pomona-Pitzer on March 25.

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