Oxy Loses Pitcher's Duel in SCIAC Playoffs

Oxy Loses Pitcher's Duel in SCIAC Playoffs

LA VERNENolan McCarthy was good on the hill and Jake Fredrickson hammered a clutch home run to tie the game in the sixth inning and put Oxy in position to beat La Verne on Friday.

But in a classic pitcher's duel, the Tigers fell on the road 2-1 in the first game of the double-elimination SCIAC Playoffs.

Oxy now has its back up against the ropes with plenty of baseball to play. The Tigers will play against No. 4 Cal Lutheran on Saturday morning at 10 a.m. at Chapman. If the Tigers win, they will advance to the evening game with the opportunity to move on to Sunday with another victory.

After SCIAC Player of the Year Chris Peres led off the bottom of the ninth with a triple, the Tigers became desperate to get three outs without letting Peres get 90 more feet. Oxy walked the next two batters on purpose to put themselves in position for a force out at any base without success. Lukas Granado sent a flare to right field with the outfield playing shallow, giving the Leopards the walk-off victory.

McCarthy, the SCIAC Pitcher of the Year, had only given up one run up until that point, in the top of the first inning, and finished with six strikeouts.

La Verne starter Cody Norman was outstanding as well, throwing high hard fast balls with two strikes, getting Oxy hitters to chase. He finished with 13 strikeouts and just four hits and two walks in the complete game.

Fredrickson, a First Team All-SCIAC First Baseman for Oxy, accounted for Oxy's only run on a solo homer that was crushed to right field and cleared the wall by just about a foot to tie the game in the sixth.

Oxy showed signs of life after, but was unable to jump in front.

Michael Ingram doubled, and Jack Brancheau and Jared Baur each got a hit for the Tigers.

The Tigers, the No. 5 team in the West Region, fall to 28-13 on the season. La Verne improves to 30-11 and is the No. 3 team in the West.

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