BAKERSFIELD, Calif--A day after head coach Bill Kernen announced his retirement upon the conclusion of the 2014 season, Taylor Aikenhead (Sr., Lancaster, Calif., Bakersfield College) tossed a three-hitter as Bakersfield (22-27, 13-9 WAC) defeated New Mexico State (18-26, 9-10 WAC) 13-1 Friday night.
After hitting Michael Medina, the first batter of the game, the 6-0 lefty set down the next 15 Aggies he faced before Kent Blackstone led off the sixth with a single to right center. Aikenhead gave up the lone Aggies' run in the top of the seventh. Aikenhead struck out five while walking only one.
The series continues Saturday with a 6 p.m. first pitch.