Roadrunners fall in Finals, win series against Cal St. Fullerton

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Bakersfield, California – CSU Bakersfield rallied for the third straight game, taking their first lead of the game in the fifth inning, but Cal St. Fullerton scored the game’s final four points to salvage a 10-7 victory in the series finale Sunday at Hardt Field. The Roadrunners lost for the first time this season in Big West Conference play, but won the series against the visiting Titans two games to one with comeback wins on Friday and Saturday.

“We fought all weekend, but it’s really very difficult to come back and win when you start a game with a 5-0 deficit,” the CSUB head coach said. . Jeremy Beard. “Winning the series was a great prize, but we felt like we had a great chance to win again today and let one get away. We missed a few pitches today and that’s a quality team; they made us pay.”

Fullerton took a 5-0 lead after two innings, chasing the starter CSUB Adrian Santa Cruz after just 0.1 innings, but the Roadrunners scored two in the third, two in the fourth and three in the fifth, coming back all the way to take a 7-6 lead. The Titans tied the game in the top of the seventh and scored three more times in the eighth to avoid the sweep.

Shortstop Aaron Casillas was 2 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI to lead Bakersfield at home plate. Fullerton’s 10 hitters to come to the plate had at least one hit in the afternoon, punctuated by Jackson Lyon’s four-hit performance, which included a first-inning homer to open the scoring.



HOW DID IT HAPPEN…


T1 | Fullerton scored three times in the first inning, starting with a long solo homer at bat from Jackson Lyon. Cole Urman and Nate Nankil added RBI singles into the frame.

T2 | Caden Connor jumped on a fastball and homered a two-run homer to right center to give the Titans an early 5-0 advantage.

B3 | The Roadrunners went up the board in the third inning, scoring twice on an RBI double from second baseman Nick Salas and an RBI plot from Evan Rice.

T4 | The Titans responded with a run in the fourth on an RBI single from Jason Brandow, which scored Jackson Lyon to make it 6-2.

B4 | Two `Runners would score twice on wild pitch in the fourth. Morrissey scored from third and the CSF catcher’s throw hit him in the helmet, flying wide and allowing Saldivar to score from second.

B5 | CSUB took their first lead of the day with three runs in fifth. Andrew Allanson connected on a sacrificial fly, Jashia Morrissey drove in a race with a double and Aaron Casillas put the Roadrunners in front with a simple 0-2 down the middle.

T7 | JT Navyac struck from the right side to score pinch runner Damone Hale and tie the game at 7-7.

T8 | Brandow, Urman and Brendan Bobo all had RBI singles in the eighth inning to give CSF a 10-7 lead and set the final margin.

NOTABLE…


• The Roadrunner bullpen has pitched 21.2 of the team’s 29.0 innings in this series and allowed just eight earned runs (average 3.32 earned runs), seven of which were scored in the competition today.

• Bakersfield fell for the first time in the league. The Roadrunners were the last Big West program to drop out of a conference contest this season.

• Fullerton’s 18 hits were the most by a CSUB opponent since Utah Valley hit 20 in a win on April 13, 2017.

ON THE BRIDGE…


Bakersfield will travel to California Baptist for the backend of a round trip on Tuesday, April 5 at 6:00 p.m. The Lancers crushed CSUB at Hardt Field earlier this season, 4-3. On Friday, the CSUB begins a three-game Big West series at UC Davis.

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