Stevens Homers Twice on Opening Day

Stevens Homers Twice on Opening Day

LOS ANGELESBailey Stevens showed off her power on opening day for the Occidental softball team, homering twice in a doubleheader against Pacific Lutheran.

The Tigers fell 9-0 in Game 1 and had a 3-1 lead in Game 2 before losing a close one, 4-3.

Stevens, a senior first baseman and catcher from Elk Grove, is up to 17 home runs for her career. She had six as a first year, five as a sophomore and four as a junior last season.

Oxy managed just three hits against tough pitching in Game 1. Natalie Glover went 1 for 2, Cora Roberts was 1 for 2 and Skylar Wuelfing went 1 for 1. 

Kennedy Robillard went all five innings for the win, giving up just three hits, no walks and had a pair of strikeouts for Pacific Lutheran.

Game 2 was much more competitive with each team one-upping the other on a couple occasions. Oxy took a 2-0 lead on Stevens' first homer, bringing in her and Madison Romero, who went 1 for 3. The Tigers extended their lead to 3-0 when Stevens hit a solo shot in the fifth, but Pacific Lutheran countered with a three-run homer of its own by Samantha Simundson in the sixth. 

Kathryn Hatlen scored the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh on an error by the Tigers. 

Roberts went 2 for 3 for Oxy in Game 2 and Alexis Funaki was 1 for 3. 

Delaney Russell, a first year pitcher from Lakewood, made her first career start for Oxy, going all seven innings with just three earned runs charged against her. 

Season Impact: The Tigers open the season 0-2.

Next Game: Oxy is back in action on Sunday with a doubleheader against Puget Sound, beginning at 11 a.m.

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