April 9, 2011
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -
Despite receiving four singles from designated hitter Marty Bowen, the Cal State Northridge Matadors (15-16) were defeated by the Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners (22-7) by a score of 13-3 at Hardt Field on Saturday night.
Northridge and Bakersfield were locked in a pitching duel early in the game, as there were only two hits in the game through the first two innings. The scoring, however, began in the bottom of the third for the Roadrunners.
The leadoff hitter for Bakersfield singled up the middle off of Ryan Juarez (2-4), making his first start of the season on the mound. The hit was the first of the game for the Roadrunners, as just one other runner had reached base after being hit by a pitch. Following an infield bunt single, a run scored on a fielding error by second baseman TS Reed. After the error, the Roadrunners had a two-run single to right field to go ahead 3-0 after three innings.
Bakersfield added two runs in the bottom of the fourth on a one-out two-run homerun to extend the margin to 5-0. After that, the Matadors were able to rally and piece together hits to eventually cut the lead back down to two runs.
In the top of the fifth, first baseman Justin De Marco drew a two-out walk to begin a rally with a full count. Steven Keller followed with a full-count walk of his own to bring up Bowen. On the first pitch of the at-bat, Bowen smacked his third hit of the game, a single through the left side of the infield, to bring home De Marco from second.
The Matadors would add two more runs in the top of the seventh to trim the lead to 5-3. Senior Ridge Carpenter led off with a walk on a full count and Keller doubled down the left field line on a designed hit-and-run with one out to score Carpenter from first base. Keller then stole third and Bowen used his fourth single of the night to bring home the run.
The Roadrunners responded in the home half of the seventh by putting across eight runs on relief pitcher Jacob Petersen to take a final lead at 13-3. In the inning, Bakersfield tallied six hits, one of which was a double.
Juarez pitched 5.1 innings and struckout three batters, allowing five runs (three earned). Bowen finished the game 4-for-5 with four singles and two RBI and Adam Barry had two hits and a stolen base to extend his hitting streak to six games.
After losing the first game 15-5 at Matador Field in Northridge on Friday, the Matadors have now given up 28 runs over two games to the Roadrunners.
The series will conclude tomorrow afternoon at Hardt Field, with the first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m. The Matadors will then return home to Northridge to face the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos in a non-conference meeting on Tuesday, April 12 at 3 p.m.