BAKERSFIELD, Calif.—Andrew Letourneau’s (Sr., Bakersfield, Calif., Bakersfield College) RBI single in the bottom of the ninth gave CSU Bakersfield (25-29) a 3-2 victory over Utah (14-42) Sunday afternoon.
Utah scored two runs in the top of the fourth to take the lead. Cael Brockmeyer (So., Vineyard Haven, Mass., Avon Old Farms HS) got one back for the Roadrunners with an RBI single in the bottom of the frame.
The Roadrunners put the tying in run in scoring position in the fourth, fifth, and sixth innings. Utah starting pitcher Mitch Watrous worked out of trouble in the fourth and fifth, but in the sixth he was relieved by Kelsey Kondo with one out. Kondo gave up the tying run on a Tyler Shryock (So., Tehachapi, Calif., Desert Christian HS) RBI single.
Jordie Hein’s (Fr., Scottsdale, Ariz., Chapparal HS) school record 35th walk of the season loaded the bases with two outs. Hein broke the previous mark of 34, set by Jeremy Rodriguez during the 2010 season. The third Utes’ pitcher of the inning, Tyler Wagner struck out Letourneau to end the inning.
The Utes tried for the safety squeeze with runners on the corners in the seventh but Tyler Reif fouled out to Brockmeyer, CSUB’s catcher. Parker Morin grounded out to second to end the threat.
With two outs in the ninth, James Brooks singled and moved to second on a Tyler Relf walk. Jeff McKenzie (Jr., El Dorado Hills, Calif., San Joaquin Delta College) got Parker Morin, Utah’s leading hitter to fly out to end the inning.
Dylan Christensen (Jr, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., Saddleback College) tripled to open the bottom of the ninth to bring up Hein who walked, setting the stage for Letourneau’s walk-off hit. Brockmeyer and Shryock each posted two hits for CSUB. McKenzie tossed his fifth complete game for CSUB, striking out nine.