FORT WORTH, Texas — Pitted against the highest ranked opponent in its two-year history, the CSUB baseball team could not overcome its own miscues on defense and on the mound as No. 6 TCU took full advantage in a 13-1 final at Lupton Stadium Thursday morning.
The Roadrunners (23-26 overall) committed four errors, hit three batters and issued six walks to the Horned Frogs, who move to 41-11 on the season.
TCU posted three runs in the second on two hits and three Bakersfield errors, and never looked back. After CSUB scored a single run in the top of the fourth, the Horned Frogs responded with five runs on three hits, two walks, one hit by pitch and one error, opening up an 8-1 lead. They added one run in the fifth, two in the sixth, one in the seventh and one in the eighth for the final 12-run spread.
The Roadrunners pushed their single run across the plate in the fourth to keep from being shutout in the game. Jeremy Rodriguez led off with a double to left and Martin Medina followed with an RBI-double to the left field wall to send Rodriguez home.
TCU never allowed a CSUB runner beyond second base after that as freshman sensation Matt Purke improved to 11-0 on the season. The lefty struck out five while scattering five hits for one earned run in five innings. Paul Gerrish and Greg Holle each tossed two innings of relief, combining for two strikeouts, two walks and one hit allowed.
Roadrunner starter Mickey Jannis (4-4) struggled to hit his spots, giving up five walks and six hits for eight earned runs in four-plus innings. Sam Jones made his first appearance on the mound since Apr. 25, striking out one while allowing four hits and one walk for three earned runs. Zach Arneson pitched the final 1.1 innings, tallying four strikeouts.
Brandon Boren extended his current hit streak to 12 games with a single in the fifth inning. Rodriguez hit safely for the seventh consecutive game with his double in the fourth. He and Medina had two hits each to lead the Roadrunners.
Taylor Featherston collected three hits for TCU while Matt Curry added two hits and Jantzen Whitte had three RBIs.
The Roadrunner and Horned Frogs continue their three-game series Friday at 6:30 p.m. CST.
Score by Innings R H E
CSU Bakersfield..... 000 100 000 - 1 6 4
Texas Christian..... 030 512 11X - 13 13 0
Win - PURKE (11-0). Loss - Jannis (4-4). Save - None.
E - Younger(3); Kudlock(3); Mills(6); Jannis(2). DP - CSUB 1; TCU 2. LOB -
CSUB 5; TCU 7. 2B - Rodriguez(13); Medina(14); PHARR(9); ELANDER(15);
SCHULTZ(10). HBP - RIVERA; ELANDER; WITTE. SH - Mills(6); COATS(4);
SCHULTZ(7). SF - WITTE 2(5). SB - CURRY(11); ELANDER(11).