FULLERTON, Calif. - The CSU Bakersfield softball team finished out its tough slate at the Easton Invitational on Sunday and fell to Northwestern 5-0 and then No. 24 Oregon State 8-0 to conclude the weekend.
The Roadrunners (1-12) lost to Iowa 5-3 and Wisconsin 11-4 on Saturday to start the tournament, which paired CSUB against some of top programs in the country.
It was a close game against Northwestern (10-9) as the Wildcats scored one run in the first inning and another in the third and only held a 2-0 lead through the fifth inning. A three-run sixth inning then sealed the win.
CSUB totaled three hits in the game, two of which came from the bat of freshman outfielder/pitcher Sydney Raeber (Hanford, Calif., Hanford HS. Junior first baseman Amy Ricciardi (Chino Hills, Calif., Ayala HS) recorded the other hit for CSUB. Sophomore pitcher Kelsie Monroe (Los Banos, Calif., Delta College) took the loss for CSUB, giving up five runs on 13 hits with four strikeouts and one walk.
Monroe (1-8) also got the start against Oregon State (17-4). The Beavers scored two runs in the first inning, added four in the fourth and ended the game early with two more in the fifth. Offensively, CSUB was held to two hits in the game, which came from junior shortstop Shay Fryer (San Diego, Calif., University HS) and junior catcher Kara Frankhouser (Bakersfield, Calif., Bakersfield College).
The Easton Invite was the final tournament of the season for CSUB. The 'Runners will be back in action on Saturday March 9 with a doubleheader at Cal State Northridge.