McKenzie pitched out of trouble in the first three innings, forcing the Pilots to strand runners in scoring position in the second and the third. McKenzie retired the side in his final four innings of work before leaving the game after 103 pitches in the seventh. The 6-0 lefty struck out 10 and walked one.
Cael Brockmeyer (So., Vineyard Haven, Mass., Avon Old Farms HS), DC Legg (R-Sr., Murrieta, Calif., Cypress College), Andrew Letourneau (Sr., Bakesfield, Calif., Bakersfield College), and Stuart Smith (R-Jr., Ventura, Calif., Buena HS) were the quartet of CSUB batters to record three hits. Brockmeyer, Smith, and Letourneau all posted three RBI's. Caleb Whalen charted three of the seven Portland hits.
The series resumes Saturday night at 6 p.m.