Cal Lu cruises, Emory, Oxy rally for wins

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Occidental starter Will Martel gave up four earned runs in seven innings, earning the victory.
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Bryan Smith kept up his hot streak at the plate, Eamon McNeil made clutch plays again and Occidental won its second game in a row with some late-inning magic, beating Whittier in their first SCIAC game of the season, 9-8 on Thursday. Smith went 3 for 5 in the leadoff position in the lineup with two runs scored. In five games, the sophomore is hitting .550 and slugging .609. McNeil finished the game 2 for 5 with an RBI-single and a run scored.

Sophomore Eric Terry issued a pinch-hit two-run home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to propel No. 4 Emory to a 4-3 come-from-behind victory over Berry at Chappell Park. Terry was called upon to pinch hit for classmate Jackson Grayson with two outs and a runner on second in the bottom of the ninth inning trailing 3-2. After fouling the first pitch off, Terry cracked one to deep right field which carried over the fence, giving the Eagles the win.

Playing one day earlier than previously scheduled due to a forecast of rain, No. 22 Cal Lutheran earned its first home and Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference victory a little sooner with a 7-5 win over La Verne in a game that was called for darkness in the eighth inning. Trey Saito picked up his second win of the season.

Hampden-Sydney started out its 2017 season with a win, downing the Captains of Christopher Newport 7-5. The Tigers used a huge fifth inning to score seven runs. Reliever Matthew Metheny earned the victory after pitching a scoreless inning, and Jayson Maitland picked up the save after pitching a scoreless ninth.