CSUB comes from behind twice to sweep Santa Clara

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| Note from box 2 BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Erasing a 3-0 deficit in Game 1 and a 4-0 deficit in Game 2, the CSU Bakersfield softball team swept Santa Clara with a pair of behind-the-scenes wins on Thursday. The Roadrunners rallied for victories in the doubleheader, including a thrilling extra-inning outing to close out the day at the Roadrunner Softball Complex.

After allowing three unearned runs in the first inning in the day’s opener, CSUB freshman pitcher Kacie Kennedy dominated the Bronco’s batters, allowing just one of 10 earned runs, 1 round of work in the day. Kennedy’s good pitch in both games gave Bakersfield time to cut Santa Clara’s lead.

 

The `Runners exploded for five runs late in the third inning, taking a 5-3 lead over the Broncos. Bakersfield had five hits in the frame, capped by an RBI single from the Designated Player Kayla Tadéwosian.

Although Santa Clara shot within a run in the fifth inning, CSUB added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth to make it 6-4. Bakersfield cashed in by Natalya Rodríguez first double when Kaia Johnson scored his second RBI of the game on a sacrifice fly.

Queen Castillo, another freshman pitcher, closed out the last two CSUB innings and allowed just one hit while earning her first collegiate stoppage. Kennedy earned his first win of the day after pitching 5.0 innings and stoking three Broncos. Johnson went 2-for-2 in Game 2 and recorded five outs to left field.

 

Game 2 started much the same for Bakersfield as the `Runners fell behind early, allowing a pair of runs in the first inning and two more in the third. Kennedy came on to relieve Castillo in the third and pitched the final 5.1 innings, scattering two hits and a walk while striking out a season-high five batters.

CSUB tackled a single run late in the third on another sack volley from Johnson. The `Runners scored 4-2 late in the fifth when Cieana Curran rolled from second to home on an infield error.

In the sixth, freshman from Bakersfield Lauren Randle delivered a 2 RBI single that tied the score at 4-4, but the first baseman’s clutch contributions weren’t over yet.

With the international tiebreaker in effect, Santa Clara took a 5-4 lead in the top of the eighth inning by tagging their second-placed runner to start the frame. In the bottom half of the eighth, Bakersfield wasted no time in leveling the score again, capitalizing on a Bronco error. Randle then came to the plate with one out and runners at second and third and scored her third RBI of the game with a single to center field, sealing the comeback in the extra inning with a base hit.

 

Bakersfield enjoyed production up and down the line that day, including a 3-for-6 day of Shaylene Fuimaono. The starting third baseman collected a pair of doubles and scored two of her four times to reach base safely. Right fielder Savannah Montoya also went 2 for 4 with a double to it.


Bakersfield (6-18, 1-5 Big West) will ride the wave of momentum gained Thursday in a Big West Conference road series this weekend. The ‘Runners are scheduled for a three-game set at UC Davis (14-16, 2-4 Big West), April 2-3, with the entire weekend airing live on ESPN+.

~GoRunners.com~

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