BAKERSFIELD, Calif.—CSU Bakersfield (22-29) took advantage of seven Roadrunner batters hit by a pitch to defeat Cal State Northridge (23-27) Tuesday night at Hardt Field.
The seven hit batsmen broke the previous school record of four which had been reached three other times, most recently during the 2010 season at Arizona. The NCAA record for most hit batsmen is 10, set by three teams, most recently by Baylor earlier in the 2012 campaign.
The Roadrunners took a 2-0 lead in the second after getting RBI’s from DC Legg (R-Sr., Murrieta, Calif., Cypress College) and Andrew Letourneau (Sr., Bakersfield, Calif., Bakersfield College). CSUB added two more in the bottom of the third.
Three Roadrunners were hit by a pitch in the fifth leading to one run. Cael Brockmeyer (So., Vineyard Haven, Mass., Avon Old Farms HS) hit his team leading sixth home run to open the bottom of the sixth to highlight a three-run CSUB rally.
The Matadors scored an unearned run in the seventh which was matched by the Roadrunners in the bottom of the inning. CSUB posted one tally in the eighth.
Spenser Messmore (Sr., Granada Hills, Calif., Alemany HS) allowed six hits over the first eight innings before coming out of the game. Messmore struck out out nine along the way.
Brockmeyer, Legg, and J.P. Maestas (Jr., Nipomo, Calif., Allan Hancock College) each had two hits for CSUB. Letourneau, Legg, and Dylan Christensen (Jr., Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., Saddleback College) all charted two RBI’s.
The Roadrunners host UC Santa Barbara Friday night at 7 p.m.