Author: Lucy Malloch
Baseball (10-2 overall, 4-2 SCIAC)
The baseball team won 6-5 in extra innings on Friday against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS). The game remained close until the end; both teams were tied at 5-5 in the ninth inning. Logan Allen (senior) made two defensive plays in the bottom of the ninth to prevent CMS from scoring then proceeded to hit a double, which helped set up AJ Libunao’s (sophomore) game-winning RBI-single in the top of the 10th inning. The next day, the Tigers defeated CMS twice, the first game 7-6 and the second game 9-6. The Tigers came out strong in game one, but CMS didn’t give into the early black and orange lead. Mitch Margolis (junior) pitched for the Tigers and gave up two runs in five innings. Jonathan Wong (sophomore) and Johnathan Brooks (sophomore) both hit big homeruns in the game. In the second game, the Tigers maintained the lead throughout the entire contest. With doubles from Scott Hong (junior) and Libunao, a triple from Jacob Lee (senior) and a homerun from Riley Smith (junior), the team dominated the game and came away with the win once again. They will host CalTech on Friday at 2:30 p.m. and travel to CalTech on Saturday for a doubleheader at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Track & Field:
The track and field team traveled to Claremont for its first SCIAC Multi-Dual meet of the season, where both the men and women beat Whittier and lost to La Verne. On the men’s side, Charlie Sauter (senior) won the 3,000-meter steeplechase and placed fourth in the 400-meter hurdles. Jesse Wong (sophomore) came in first in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 56.26 seconds. Big throws came from Noah Winnick (freshman) who finished in the top six in discus, shot put and hammer throw, and Kevin Cox (junior) got second place in the long jump with a jump of 6.73 meters. On the women’s side, Deanna Dupuy (senior) recorded two top-four finishes in both the 1,500- and 800-meter runs. Brook Staton (senior) and Hailey Mayer (senior) came in third and fourth in the triple jump and Ayana-Malkia Foster (junior) finished fourth in the 400-meter dash and placed in the top 10 in the 100-meter dash. The teams travel to SCIAC Multi-Dual 2 on March 23 at 9:30 a.m.
Women’s Lacrosse (4-2 overall, 3-2 SCIAC)
The women’s lacrosse team won a nail-biter at Chapman on Friday night, 18-17. The Tigers were up by one at halftime and finished the game with the same spread. The teams are now tied for second place in the SCIAC standings. Isabel Osgood-Roach (senior) scored the game winning goal, and the Tigers were then able to hold the lead for the last five minutes. Tori Larson (junior) scored six goals, and Rebecca Belding (junior) scored four. Osgood-Roach and Beebe Finch-Sanders (sophomore) each added three for the team. The team will now play five consecutive non-conference games, starting today at home against St. John Fisher.
Women’s Water Polo (3-5 overall, 0-0 SCIAC)
The women’s water polo team opened their Posada Royal tournament with a loss against Division I Cal State Northridge by a score of 16-4 on Saturday. The team lost the next game, 8-5 against SCIAC-rival Pomona-Pitzer. Katya Soot (junior), Nanea Fujiyama (senior) and Lindsay Albino (junior) were the leading scorers for the day with two goals each. Geneva Perez (junior) and Sofie Munoz (junior) combined for nine saves. On Sunday, the Tigers came from behind to beat Division I team Villanova 9-7. With a 6-4 lead at halftime by Villanova, Occidental knew they had to make a big comeback, which they did. With five goals from Nanea Fujiyama (senior) in the whole game, the Tigers were able to beat the Division I team. In their final game of the weekend, the Tigers found themselves in a big hole and lost to Long Beach State 13-3. Fujiyama scored two for the Tigers, and Rachel Adeleye (senior) had eight saves in the last game of the weekend. Next weekend the team will play at the Claremont Convergence.
Jessica Robson (junior) refuses to lose. Despite being the only diver, she has carried the swim and dive team to great heights with her performances. She is currently the reigning SCIAC champion in the 1-meter and 3-meter dives, winning both events her sophomore year and again her junior year. In the past two years, Robson has gone undefeated in the conference and recorded the second best all-time SCIAC 1-meter score. She also earned a trip to San Antonio for the Western Region Zone Qualifiers this past weekend after a stunning performance at SCIACs in February. She finished eighth place on the 3-meter board and seventh on the 1-meter board. Robson has one more year to continue her winning streak and leave a longstanding diving legacy behind at Occidental.
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