OREM, Utah – Freshman pitcher Amber Mills (Fresno, Calif., Clovis West HS) threw a complete-game shutout to earn her first victory as a Roadrunner to help the CSU Bakersfield softball team defeat Utah Valley 2-0 in Pacific Coast Softball Conference action on Saturday.
Mills only allowed four hits in seven innings and struck out one with no walks in her first collegiate win. The win helped the ‘Runners (7-22, 3-5 PCSC) split the doubleheader with the Wolverines (20-12, 5-3 PCSC) on Saturday as Utah Valley took Game 1, 3-1. Utah Valley won both games on Friday to win the PCSC series 3-1.
Mills also came up big for CSUB on offense by going 2-for-3 with a run scored, which came when she stole home, in the victory. In the second inning, Mills got a one-out single and advanced to third when Amy Ricciardi (Chino Hills, Calif., Arroyo HS) doubled. Then the ‘Runners put on a double steal and Mills scored and Ricciardi got to third. She then scored when sophomore second baseman Adrianna Cardoza (Santa Anna, Calif., La Quinta HS) hit a single to give CSUB a 2-0 lead. With Mills shutting the Wolverines down in the circle, the lead was enough to net the win.
Along with Mills, Cardoza went 2-for-3 at the plate in the contest.
Game 1 featured a very close battle that remained scoreless through five innings. CSUB junior left fielder Karissa Veiga (Hemet, Calif., Hemet HS) doubled to lead off the sixth inning and junior shortstop Shay Fryer (San Diego, Calif., University HS) drove her in with a double of her own to put CSUB up 1-0.
The lead held until the bottom of the seventh when the Wolverine’s pieced together a two-out rally that ended with a game-winning three-run by Amanda Robinson.
Sophomore starter Kelsie Monroe (Los Banos, Calif., Delta College) kept the Wolverines at bay for six innings and even overcame two CSUB fielding errors. She gave up three earned runs on seven hits with no walks and five strikeouts in the complete-game loss.
Fryer went 2-for-3 with an RBI in the game, while Veiga went 1-for-2 with a run and a walk.
The ‘Runners will now return to Bakersfield to host Santa Clara in PCSC action in doubleheaders on April 6 and 7. Action will start at noon both days at Roadrunner Softball Complex.