BAKERSFIELD, Calif.—Stuart Smith (R-Jr., Ventura, Calif., Buena HS) went 2-for3 with three RBI’s as CSU Bakersfield (24-29) defeated Utah (14-41) 7-5 Saturday night.

Taking advantage of two batters hit by pitches, and a walk, the Roadrunners scored four runs in the bottom of the first to strike first. Cael Brockmeyer (So., Vineyard Haven, Mass., Avon Old Farms HS) had the lone hit of the inning, a double, which gave him two RBI’s.

CSUB scored a run in the fifth for a five-run advantage. With two outs in the top of the seventh, four consecutive Utes’ hits led to three runs. Smith’s RBI of the night made it 6-3 in the bottom of the seventh. DC Legg’s (R-Sr., Murrieta, Calif., Cypress College) sac fly gave CSUB a four-run advantage later in the inning.

Utah climbed to within 7-5 with two outs in the ninth.  With runners on second and third, Connor Eppert, who had three hits earlier in the night off of  CSUB starter Scott Brattvet (Jr., Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., Santa Ana College) grounded out to second to end the game.

Brattvet struck out eight while walking only two as he posted his third complete game of the year. Jordie Hein (Fr., Scottsdale, Ariz., Chapparal HS) tied the CSUB school record for most walks in a season with his 34th in the second inning. Jeremy Rodriguez walked 34 times during the 2010 season.

Eppert’s three hits against CSUB went along with the three hits Eppert posted in Saturday afternoon’s 6-2 loss to UC Santa Barbara. The Utes outhit the Roadrunners 10-6.

CSUB concludes the 2012 season Sunday when the Roadrunners take on Utah at 12 p.m. and play UC Santa Barbara at 3:30 p.m. CSUB will honor the 2012 seniors prior to the UC Santa Barbara contest.

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