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Giselle Lai was 5-for-8 in the doubleheader (photo by Abbie Bobeck)
Giselle Lai was 5-for-8 in the doubleheader (photo by Abbie Bobeck)

CMS Softball Sweeps Occidental to Maintain Hold on First in SCIAC

EAGLE ROCK, Calif. - Averi O had a tiebreaking two-out, two-run single in the top of the seventh inning to break a 2-2 tie in the nightcap as the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps softball team completed a doubleheader sweep of Occidental on Sunday.

CMS also took the opening game 5-3 behind a three-run homer from Madison Gonzales, as it completed a three-game series sweep of the Tigers to move to 8-1 in SCIAC play, staying in first place in the league standings. Occidental slips to 6-18 overall and 1-8 in the league.

The Athenas fell behind 2-1 in the nightcap after the Tigers scored twice in the fourth on a two-run homer, and the score remained unchanged until the seventh, when Kaili Aqui set the table with a leadoff walk. Giselle Lai followed with a single, and one out later, Gonzalez singled home the tying run. 

Jacqueline Solomon advanced the two runners with a grounder to second, and O came through with a single up the middle to plate both Gonzalez and Lai and give the Athenas the 4-2 lead. Ella Yerkes retired the side in order in the bottom half to pick up her second win of the weekend, after shutting out Cal Lutheran for five innings in the Athenas' comeback 3-2 win on Friday. Lai finished 3-for-4 in the nightcap, while O was 2-for-4. 

In marked the third time CMS has won a league this game while trailing going into the seventh, after also rallying to tie it in its last at-bat against both La Verne and Cal Lutheran before winning in extra innings. 

In the opening game, CMS fell behind 1-0 after the third, but picked up two runs in the fourth on RBI singles from Sarah Loper and Emma Suh. In the fifth, Gonzalez broke it open with a three-run shot to left-center, after Lai and Rachel Sapirstein set the table with singles. 

Occidental was able to get a run back in the fifth to make it 5-2, and pulled to within 5-3 with a runner on in the seventh, but Jade Johnson was able to get the final out on a grounder to third. 

Gonzalez was 2-for-3 with three RBI on her three-run shot, while Lai and Sapirstein were each 2-for-4. 

CMS will be back in action this weekend for a three-game series with Redlands, including a single game at Redlands on Friday at 3 p.m., and a doubleheader at home on Saturday at 12 noon.