Softball Rallies in Seventh to Win Opener

LOS ANGELES -- It may be a new year, but big hits are nothing new for Occidental softball playerAlex 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.

Season Impact: The Tigers improve to 1-0 on the season with an exciting and deep mix of returners and newcomers.

Lewis & Clark falls to 2-3.

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 Elliot 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. 

Next Game: The Tigers finish their doubleheader with Lewis & Clark on Sunday afternoon.

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