Lancers outlast roadrunners in the wild tilt, back and forth

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Riverside, California – CSU Bakersfield scored 10 times in the top of the sixth inning, but California Baptist responded with seven runs down the frame and held on for a wild 13-11 win, in a back-and-forth at Totman Stadium, Tuesday evening. Every Roadrunner starter recorded at least one hit, but CSUB fell to 12-15 on the season and 0-4 in midweek outings. The Lancers improved to 20-7, sweeping a home-and-away series with Bakersfield.

The Roadrunners used 13 hits and seven walks to score their 11 runs, with Evan Rice, Jacques Bell, AJ Miller, Andrew Allanson and Bailey Seeger each registering a pair of hits.

Allanson hit his seventh homer of the season leading the team in CSUB’s sixth 10-run run and finished with four RBIs, bringing his RBI total to 26 in 26 games. Evan Rice led a pair, tying the game at six in the sixth with his second single of the night.

Mitchel Simon had four hits for the Lancers, while Chad Castillo and Jake Skipworth each had three.

David Roderick made his first appearance as a Roadrunner out of the bullpen and did not allow a base runner more than 2.1 innings of action, while striking out two.

CBU’s Liam Rocha worked the final three innings to earn his second save of the season, as the two teams combined to score a single run in the final three innings of the game after scoring 17 overall in the sixth inning .



HOW DID IT HAPPEN…


B2 | Mitchel Simon put the Lancers on the board late in the second, hitting a left-sided single before stealing a sack and scoring on a wild pitch. Two batters later, Harrison Spohn added a single to David Martin who had doubled with two outs.


B4 | Spohn walked one with one out and ranked third on a single and an error in right field. He finally scored on a throwing error during a replay at first base.


B5 | The Lancers charged in the fifth and scored in three straight plate appearances to extend their lead to 6-0. Spohn walked in a run for his third RBI of the night, Chad Castillo scored a run with a pitch at second base, and Jake Skipworth threw a run with a single down the left side.


T6 | Bakersfield busted for 10 runs in the top of the sixth inning, sending 14 men home and racking up nine hits. Andrew Allanson hit the big time with a three-run home run on the left-hand scoreboard. He also landed an RBI single to put CSUB on the board and finished the inning with four runs. Jashia Morrissey, Bailey Seeger, Daniel Carrizosa and AJ Miller also released RBI singles, while Evan Rice leads in a pair with a hot shot through the hole on the right side.


B6 | The Lancers responded immediately down the frame when Mitchel Simon hopped on a fastball and homered a two-run homer to pull CBU up 10-8, before Castillo and Skipworth hit back-to-back RBI singles to even the score. Russell Stevenson put his team back on top with a three-run homer to center left with two on the outside.


T9 | pinch runner Michael Pollard scored on wild pitch in the ninth, but CSUB couldn’t get close despite a pair of hits.

NOTABLE…


• The Roadrunners fell to 0-4 in Tuesday night competition this season and dropped the season streak with California Baptist 0-2. CSUB lost a 4-3 decision at Hardt Field earlier this year.

• CSUB and their midweek opponents have amassed 67 points in four games this season, an average of 16.6 points per game.

• CSUB scored double-digit runs for the third time this season. All three opportunities have come in the team’s last ten games.

• The Roadrunners sent 14 men to the plate in the sixth inning, collecting nine hits and one walk en route to 10 runs scored. Aaron Casillaswho scored a sacrificial bunt in his only plate appearance in the inning was the only Roadrunner not to record a hit or run scored in the inning.

• Bakersfield opened its explosive sixth inning with five straight hits.

AJ Miller and Andrew Allanson both had two hits in the CSUB’s 10-run sixth inning. Miller finished the frame with an RBI and two runs scored, while Allanson drove in four and scored twice.

• Allanson is now tied for fifth all-time in a single season in school history with seven homers in the year. He is just five minutes away from equaling Martin Medina’s program record 12, set in 2010.

• Right-handed David Roderick battled injury to make his first appearance as a Roadrunner — and his first since his 2019 freshman season at Oklahoma — pitching 2.1 scoreless innings and striking out a pair.



ON THE BRIDGE…


The Roadrunners continue a four-game road swing with a return to conference play at UC Davis, starting Friday at 2:30 p.m. The two Big West rivals will also play singles matches on Saturday and Sunday afternoons at UCD’s Phil Swimley Field at Dobbins Stadium. All three games will be broadcast live on ESPN+.

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