LONG BEACH, Calif. – CSU Bakersfield's softball team took on a pair of tough teams in Southern California on Sunday as the Roadrunners dropped games against Utah and Long Beach State.
“Pitching was a bright spot this weekend,” said Crissy Buck-Ziegler, Head Coach of the ‘Runners. “We have to back them up with better defense and hitting.”
CSUB’s first game of the weekend was against the toughest competition of the season thus far for the ‘Runners. Utah came into the contest ranked No. 15/16 in the Top 25 polls. Miranda Miramontes, who ranked in the Top 10 of the Pac-12 in ERA a year ago, threw a six-inning perfect game for the Utes against CSUB behind seven strikeouts.
Sophomore Alley Stockton got her first start of the season and pitched well against Utah. Stockton lasted until the fifth inning while giving up just three runs, one unearned, on five hits and four walks. Senior Lydnsay Klimenko came in to relieve her teammate, but allowed five runs over the next two innings as the Utes took an 8-0 victory in Long Beach, Calif.
The second game of the day featured CSUB against host Long Beach State. The 49ers’ pitcher, Christina Clermont, did a solid job of quieting the Roadrunner offense in this game. The senior, who was an All-Big West first team selection last year, allowed only two hits to CSUB, both of which came from freshman Cydney Curran.
Curran, a native of Ewa Beach, Hawai’i, went 2-for-2 on the day while walking once as well. Curran singled up the middle in the first inning before drawing a walk in the third. In the fifth inning, on a 3-2 count, the freshman doubled to left field, but was stranded at second as her teammates were unable to get their bats going.
Long Beach State put up a run in the bottom of the first inning and held on to that 1-0 lead until the bottom of the sixth. The 49ers’ Jessica Flores launched a home run to left field, extending the LBSU lead to 2-0, the score by which the team would earn the win.
Curran’s pair of hits were the only two of the day for CSUB while Nicole Curry reached base twice thanks to a walk and a hit by pitch. Senior Jo Larios also was plunked by Clermont while centerfielder Kaylynn Burt reached base on a walk.
Junior transfer Summer Evans pitched a complete six innings on Sunday while giving up two earned runs on five hits and two walks. Evans also recorded her first strikeout of the season while taking the loss and falling to 1-2 on the season.
The Roadrunners (1-6) will host Cal State Fullerton Tuesday, February 21, in a doubleheader that will be CSU Bakersfield’s home opener. First pitch of Game 1 at the Roadrunner Softball Complex is scheduled for noon. CSUB will then welcome Saint Mary’s to Bakersfield for three games over two days, Feb. 25-26. For information about season tickets and single-game tickets, visit GoRunners.com/tix or call 661-654-BLUE.