PHOENIX, Ariz. – The Roadrunner softball team was unable to quiet the Grand Canyon bats on Saturday as the Lopes cruised to an 11-0, five-inning victory in the series finale. CSU Bakersfield committed six errors as GCU scored nine unearned runs in the Western Athletic Conference game.
The first two innings proved lethal for CSUB as the Lopes led 10-0 after the pair of frames. GCU scored four runs off of three hits and three errors in the first inning. After the frame, starter Summer Evans was pulled in favor of senior Lyndsay Klimenko, but the latter gave up six runs, none of which were earned, as CSUB committed three more errors in the second.
Chris Hipa came in to the game to relieve in the second and pitched the final 2.1 innings. The sophomore utility player allowed just one run off of four hits and two walks in one of her best outings of the season.
The Lopes tacked on one more run in the fourth en route to their 11-0 victory. CSUB tallied just one hit in five innings, Hipa’s single in the top of the fifth. Aside from Hipa’s hit and junior Julea Cavazos’ walk to begin the game, the other 15 CSUB at bats resulted in outs as senior Taylor Nowlin threw a gem in Phoenix.
CSUB (6-28, 1-8 WAC) will return home next week to close out its home WAC schedule with a three-game series against New Mexico State. The ‘Runners will host the Aggies in a single game on Friday, Apr. 21, and close the series on Saturday with a doubleheader that will feature Senior Day celebrations for the four ‘Runner seniors.