BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – It was a freshman showcase for the CSU Bakersfield softball team on Saturday. Freshman right fielder Sydney Raeber (Hanford, Calif., Hanford HS) went 2-for-3 with one run scored and one RBI, while freshman pitcher Amber Mills (Fresno, Calif., Clovis West HS) recorded a complete-game victory as the Roadrunners defeated Saint Mary’s 3-2 in Game 2 of a Pacific Coast Softball Conference doubleheader at Roadrunner Softball Complex. The Gaels won Game 1, 2-1.
In Game 2, Mills allowed six hits scattered over seven innings, including solo homers by Gaels Brittany Sabatini and Andrea Hazel, in the fifth and sixth innings respectively, to claim her fourth win of the season. She struck out one and only walked two in the game.
Offensively, the Roadrunners (14-26, 9-9 PCSC) jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the third inning when Raeber singled and came home to score on a single by junior left fielder Karissa Veiga (Hemet, Calif., Hemet HS).
CSUB increased its lead in the fourth inning when junior first baseman Amy Ricciardi (Chino Hills, Calif., Ayala HS) doubled to left field. Junior third baseman Taylor DeSilva (Sunnyvale, Calif., Univ. of Pacific) then hit a single to give CSUB runners at the corners, setting the stage for Raeber. That’s when she connected for an RBI single to plate Ricciardi. DeSilva then came home to score what ended up being the game-winning run on a fielding error by Saint Mary’s (18-27, 9-9 PCSC).
In Game 1, Saint Mary’s’ first baseman Sarah Lira hit solo homers in the second and fourth innings to give the Gaels a 2-0 lead after three and a half innings.
CSUB cut that lead in half in the bottom of the fifth inning when redshirt senior center fielder Laura King (Camarillo, Calif., UNLV) was hit by a pitch and junior shortstop Shay Fryer (San Diego, Calif., University HS) followed with CSUB’s first hit of the game, an infield single. With two outs, Raeber walked to load the bases. King then came home on a wild pitch to cut the Gaels’ lead to 2-1.
Sophomore starting pitcher Kelsie Monroe (Los Banos, Calif., Delta College) had a solid effort in the loss, but the two homers made the difference. She only gave up two earned runs on six hits with one walk and four strikeouts in seven innings.
The two teams will faceoff in another doubleheader on Sunday at Roadrunner Softball Complex. The games will be the final home contests of the season for the ‘Runners, who will be honoring King, the lone senior, before Game 1, which is slated for noon.