NORTHRIDGE, Calif. – CSU Bakersfield’s softball team wrapped up the CSUN/LMU Tournament on Sunday with a pair of games. The Roadrunners fell in a tight, 3-1 game against Quinnipiac before running out of light in the sixth inning against CSUN, dropping that contest by a score of 10-3.
Against Quinnipiac, the ‘Runners broke through for the first run of the game in the top of the third inning. With one out, Kaylynn Burt’s speed helped the outfielder slip a bunt single down the third base line. Nadia Amezcua, who leads the team in batting average this season, singled to right field to put ‘Runners on the corners with two outs. Coach Buck-Ziegler called for the double steal and it worked as both ladies advanced safely and Burt put CSUB up 1-0.
In the bottom of the fourth, Quinnipiac answered back to tie the score at 1-1. Rebecca Drake doubled to the right center gap to lead off the inning and was later brought home on Erin Larsen’s triple. Despite giving up the RBI after coming in to relieve, sophomore Alley Stockton retired the next two Bobcats to end the inning and keep the score tied.
In the bottom of the sixth, Quinnipiac added two more runs on three hits and took the 3-1 lead by which it would win the game. The ‘Runners started a two-out rally in the top of the seventh as Megan Marcy walked and Burt got her third single of the day, but the Bobcats’ Abbey Long stopped the threat with a strikeout to end the game.
Long earned the win for Quinnipiac, pitching a complete seven innings while giving up four hits and four walks and striking out six ‘Runners. Senior Lyndsay Klimenko started the game in the circle for CSUB and pitched well, allowing three hits and one walk over 3.1 innings. Stockton took the loss after allowing the two runs in the sixth.
Burt, a junior from Fresno, Calif., went 3-for-3 on the day as CSUB’s lead-off batter while adding a walk and scoring the only run of the game. Amezcua had the only other hit of the game for the ‘Runners.
CSUN took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, but the ‘Runner offense got going and answered back in the top of the second. The Matadors helped CSUB out with an error and a wild pitch before a double steal again paid off for the ‘Runners and Chris Hipa scored from third.
Down 2-1, CSUB gave up another run to CSUN in the bottom half of the second on Taylor Nate’s home run. The ‘Runners clawed back to 3-2 in the top of the third. Burt reached base after being hit by a pitch, stole second, and came home on Amezcua’s RBI single.
In the bottom of the fourth, CSUN exploded for six runs to take a 9-2 lead. The Matadors recorded four singles in the inning while Karlie Habitz’s two-RBI double did a large chunk of the damage.
In the top of the sixth, center fielder Julea Cavazos recorded her first double of the season to drive Amezcua home from second, but the ‘Runner rally would end there. After CSUN scored another run in the bottom of the sixth on Savannah Horvath’s home run, the game would be called due to darkness and the Matadors took the 10-3 victory.
CSUN’s Taylor Troost earned the win, pitching 3.1 innings in relief while allowing just two hits, one walk, and one run to the ‘Runners. Junior Summer Evans took the loss after pitching 3.2 innings and giving up nine runs, seven earned. Stockton pitched 2.1 innings in relief and gave up just one run on two hits to CSUN.
The Roadrunners (3-14) will return to the softball diamond next weekend with a three-game series at San Diego. The Toreros will welcome CSU Bakersfield to their home for a doubleheader on Saturday, Mar. 18, and will close out the weekend with a single game on Sunday, Mar. 19.