LOS ANGELES — The Occidental softball played well at times throughout the day, especially on offense, and had chances to beat No 12 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.
But despite being tied late in both games and forcing extra innings in one, the Tigers couldn't get over the hump.
First year infielder Alexandra Olkein had a big day for Oxy, going 6 for 8 with three RBIs and a run scored
Game 1: CMS 12, Occidental 10 - 8 innings
The Occidental softball team racked up 14 hits, had its offense rolling and rallied late in the game to force extra innings.
But despite the impressive hitting and comeback, Oxy came up short it its attempt to knock off CMS.
Trailing 9-5 in the fifth inning, Cora Roberts cleared the bases with a three-RBI double, cutting the lead to just one. After surrendering a run in the bottom half of the fifth, Kira Elliott and Natalie Glover both came around to score, tying the game at 10.
Rachel Perley and Ananya Koneti got the big hits for CMS in the eighth, bringing home a run each with a single.
Alexandra Olkein had a big game, going 4 for 5 with three RBIs and a run scored. Cassie Carter and Bailey Stevens each went 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI, Nyla Gatison was 2 for 6 with two runs, and Natalie Glover went 1 for 3 with a double, a pair of walks, an RBI and two runs scored.
Oxy rookie pitcher Delaney Russell pitched all eight innings for the Tigers.
Game 2: CMS 17, Occidental 7
Everything unraveled in the next inning as the Tigers struggled to throw strikes and when they did, the Athenas made them pay, exploding for 10 runs. There were errors, homers, wild pitches, hits and just about everything that could go wrong did.
It was a bitter end to a day where the Tigers looked the highly-ranked Athenas eye-to-eye.
The Tigers totaled 11 hits in the game.
Season Impact: Oxy falls to 1-16 overall and 1-7 in SCIAC.
CMS improves to 12-3 and 10-0.
Next Game: The Tigers and Athenas are back in action for Game 2.Follow Oxy Athletics on Twitter Sign Up for Newsletters Watch on Youtube Follow us on Instagram