Oxy Splits Day 1 of CMS Series

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LOS ANGELES -- Eamon McNeil hit a pair home runs and Josh Cohen was solid on the mound as Oxy beat Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 7-3 in Game 1 of a doubleheader at Anderson Field on Satuday.

Oxy starter Nolan McCarthy was nails, throwing eight innings with nine strikeouts and just one unearned run as the Tigers fell 3-2 in Game 2.

Game 1: Occidental 7, CMS 3

McNeil hit a pair of homers to left, Oxy ran the bases and the Tigers got the series started on the right note. McNeil finished the game 3 for 5 with three RBIs and a run scored. Jack Brancheau was 3 for 5 with two doubles, a homer to right, an RBI and two runs, Joey Garza was 2 for 4 with a pair of singles the opposite way, JP Flores was 2 for 4, Dean Abramson was 1 for 3 with a double, and Bryan Smith was 1 for 3 with an RBI and a run scored.

Cohen went seven innings in the winning effort with six strikeouts and two earned runs.

Matthew Geiger gave Oxy two outs in relief and then Michael Netzel moved over from third base for the save with 1.1 scoreless.

Oxy stole seven bases, putting pressure on CMS all game on the bases. Flores and McNeil stole two bases, and Garza, Smith and Reid Gibbs each stole one.

Game 2: CMS 3, Occidental 2

McCarthy was a force on the mound, but it wasn't enough as Oxy was edged in the second game of the day.

Jake Fredrickson was 2 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI double.

Season Impact: Oxy's record goes to 13-9 and 7-4 in SCIAC. The Tigers are in fourth place.

CMS goes to 14-9 and 5-3.

Next Game: The Tigers and CMS are back in action at CMS on Sunday to finish off their series. The game was originally scheduled for Friday, but was rained out.

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