LOS ANGELES – Occidental took the lead in the fifth and held on the rest of the way for a 5-2 victory over Chapman Saturday afternoon in round two the SCIAC Baseball Postseason Tournament.
After giving up a couple runs early, Oxy pitcher Nolan Watson found his rhythm striking out six batters and walking three on his way to a complete game win.
Matt Molnar had a solid outing but took the loss for Chapman, giving up two earned runs and one walk along with five strikeouts in 7.1 innings of work.
In his first at bat, DeRaad hit a solo-shot over the right field fence for his SCIAC leading sixteenth home run of the year. The sixteen jacks rank the junior at second in the nation.
The Panthers took the early lead, scoring two in the first inning. Jared Love started the scoring with a RBI single that scored Trevor Willits. Konnor Zickefoose followed it up with a fielder's choice to second base, bringing home Gavin Blodgett.
The Tigers' other runs came in the third when Brancheau doubled with a hard line drive off the center field fence. Charlie Caccamo beat the throw at the plate, evening the game at two apiece.
Brancheau finished 3-5 with a RBI and run scored. Reid Gibbs had two hits including a double.
Next Game: Occidental will play the loser between Cal Lutheran and Redlands tomorrow at 11 a.m., The Kingsmen and Bulldogs play today at 2:45 p.m.
Chapman finishes their season, 26-15 and 20-8 in SCIAC play.
Revised Tournament Schedule
Double Elimination Format
Friday, May 6
Game 1: No. 4 Redlands 2, No. 1 Occidental 1 (completed on Saturday due to rain) Box Score
Game 2: No. 2 Cal Lutheran 6, No. 3 Chapman 5 - Box Score
Saturday, May 7 (All Games at Oxy)
Game 3: No. 1 Occidental 5, No. 3 Chapman 2 - Box Score
Game 4: No. 4 Redlands vs. No. 2 Cal Lutheran - 2:45 p.m. (changed from 11:30 a.m. due to rain)
Sunday, May 8 (All Games at Oxy)
Game 5: Winner G3 vs. Loser Game 4 - 11:00 a.m. (changed from Saturday afternoon due to rain)
Game 6: Winner G4 vs. Winner G5 - 2:00 p.m.
Monday, May 9 (Game at Oxy)
Game 7: Winner G6 vs. Loser G6 - TBD (If necessary)
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