BAKERSFIELD, Calif.— Dylan Christensen (Sr., Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., Saddleback College) went for 4-for-4 with two RBI’s and CSU Bakersfield (7-3) won its fourth in a row, 7-3, over LIU Brooklyn (0-5) Saturday night at Hardt Field.
LIU scored in the top of the third on a CSUB passed ball to break the seal. Christensen tied the score in the bottom of the inning with an RBI triple.
Back-to-back CSUB errors led to a pair of LIU runs in the top of the fifth. CSUB loaded the bases with outs in the fifth, but could not convert the chance as Garrett Pierce (So., Bakersfield, Calif., Centennial HS) fouled out to short to end the inning.
Mylz Jones (So., Palmdale, Calif., Paraclete HS) brought CSUB to within one at 3-2 with an RBI single in the sixth. Despite having a runner picked off second in the seventh, CSUB tied the score when Oscar Sanay (Jr., Chula Vista, Bonita Vista HS) singled in Tyler Shyrock (Jr., Tehachapi, Calif, Desert Christian HS).
Cael Brockmeyer (Jr., Vineyard Haven, Mass., Avon Old Farms HS) opened the bottom of the eighth by reaching on a throwing error by LIU third baseman Albert Faz. Kris Kayton (Jr., Manhattan Beach, Calif., LA Harbor College) sacrificed Brockmeyer to second, but the throw by Blackbirds’ pitcher Tito Marrero went into right field, allowing Brockmeyer to score and Cayton to move to third. Two batters later, Kevin Younger’s (Sr., Bakersfield, Calif., Liberty HS) safety squeeze plated Cayton. Christensen added an RBI single for a three-run advantage. Sanay added his second RBI of the night to make it 7-3.
Saturday’s marked the seventh time CSUB trailed with the Roadrunners posting a 5-2 record. Sanay and Jones both had two hits for CSUB. Roadrunner pitchers Scott Brattvet (Sr., Trabuco Canyon, Calif., Santa Ana College) and Taylor Aikenhead (Jr., Lancaster, Calif., Desert Christian HS) combined on a four-hitter and nine strikeouts.
The Roadrunners and the Blackbirds conclude the series Sunday at 1 p.m.