RUSTON, La.—Bakersfield rallied from a 6-0 deficit to defeat Louisiana Tech 9-8 in Western Athletic Conference baseball action Saturday afternoon.
The Bulldogs sent nine batters to the plate in the bottom of the first as Tech scored three runs. Louisiana Tech would score once in the second and twice more in the fourth before Dylan Christensen (Sr., Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., Saddleback College) and Cael Brockmeyer (Jr., Vineyard Haven, Mass., Avon Old Farms HS) would get Bakersfield on the board with RBI’s in the top of the fifth.
Chance Gusbeth’s (Fr., Lancaster, Calif., Desert Christian HS) double plated Jordie Hein (So., Scottsdale, Ariz., Chapparal HS) with two outs in the top of the sixth to get the Roadrunners to within three.
With one out and the bases loaded in the top of the eighth, Oscar Sanay (Jr., Chula Vista, Calif., Bonita Vista) tripled down the right field line to tie the score. Sanay came around with the go-ahead run on Tyler Shryock’s (Jr., Tehachapi, Calif., Desert Christian HS) single up the middle. Brockmeyer’s fourth home run of the year, a two-run blast to left, proved to be valuable insurance runs.
With one out in the bottom of the eighth, the Bulldogs (15-32, 3-17 WAC) put runners on first and second. Roadrunner closer Taylor Aikenhead (Jr., Lancaster, Calif., Bakersfield College) came on to face Taylor Terrasas. Terrasas grounded out to second, but moved both runs up 90 feet. Tyler Ervine, the Tech cleanup hitter, doubled to drive in two runs for a one-run CSUB lead. Bre’Shon Kimbrell walked which brought up Corey White. White struck out for the final out of the inning.
Aikenhead recorded a 1-2-3 ninth inning for his fifth save of the year. Chuck Buchanan (R-Sr., Las Vegas, Nev., AllanHancockCollege) earned the victory with four inning of relief of CSUB starter Scott Brattvet (Sr., Trabuco Canyon, Calif., Santa AnaCollege). Brockmeyer went 3-for-4 and drove in a total of three runs. In addition to his three RBI’s, Sanay charted two hits and scored two runs. Shryock posted three hits. Ervine led Tech as he was 4-for-5 with five RBI’s. Terrasas had three hits while Kimbell tallied two hits.
Bakersfield (31-17, 14-6 WAC) takes a one-game lead over UT Arlington in the WAC standings as the Mavericks dropped a 9-3 decision to Dallas Baptist Saturday. The series concludes Sunday at 11 a.m. (PDT).