FULLERTON, Calif. - Despite coming up shy twice, the CSU Bakersfield softball team proved its resilience by attempting two comebacks in a 5-3 loss to Iowa and an 11-4 loss to Wisconsin on Saturday in the opening day of the Easton Invitational at Anderson Family Field at Cal State Fullerton.
In the first game of the day for the 'Runners, Iowa jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the second inning. CSUB battled back starting in the bottom of the fifth when it cut the lead to 4-2. Junior first baseman Amy Ricciardi (Chino Hills, Calif., Ayala HS) and freshman pitcher/outfielder Amber Mills (Fresno, Calif., Clovis West HS) led off the inning with back-to-back singles before Taylor DeSilva laid down a sacrifice bunt to move them to third and second respectively. Catcher Kara Frankhouser (Jr., Bakersfield, Calif., Bakersfield CC) then hit a grounder to second base to score Ricciardi. Freshman center fielder Sydney Raeber (Hanford, Calif., Hanford HS) then connected for a single to score Mills.
In the sixth inning, the Hawkeyes (14-5) added one more run, but CSUB evened it out in the bottom of the frame when freshman designated player McKenzie Zinger (Visalia, Calif., Redwood HS) smacked a single to left field for her first base hit and RBI as a Roadrunner.
Against Wisconsin (13-3), CSUB got down 3-0 after the third inning. The Badgers added to their lead with one more run in the fifth and three more in the sixth before the 'Runners got their bats going in the sixth inning.
After junior shortstop Shay Fryer (San Diego, Calif., University HS) led off with a walk, Zinger hit a single up the middle. Ricciardi followed with an RBI single to right field to score Fryer. Zinger then scored on a past ball before Mills hit a sacrifice fly to center field to plate Ricciardi and cut the Badgers' lead to 7-3.
In the top of the seventh, the Badgers answered with four runs on four hits to increase their lead to 11-3. In the bottom of the frame, Raeber led things off with a double to left center field and third baseman Madison Bundy (So., Anacortes, Wash., Oregon State) followed with a single that moved Raeber to third. Raeber then scored when Bundy got thrown out stealing second to account for CSUB's final run.
Bundy went 2-for-3 in the game and also drew a walk and was hit by a pitch.
The 'Runners will be back in action on Sunday with two more games. The first will be against Northwestern at 9 a.m., followed by a showdown with Oregon State at 11:45 a.m.