BAKERSFIELD, Calif.—Junior righty James Barragan (Jr., Bakersfield, Calif., Stockdale HS) tossed his first career complete game, a four-hitter, as Bakersfield (6-6) defeated Cal State Northridge (6-6) 3-1 Tuesday night at Hardt Field.
Brett Balkan’s RBI single in the top of the first gave the Matadors 1-0 lead. Barragan settled in and retired 12 Matadors in a row at one point before running into a jam in the sixth. Barragan worked his away around the Northridge threat, stranding runners at first and second.
A pair of Cal State Northridge errors led to the ‘Runners tying the score in the bottom of the sixth. Logan Trowbridge (Jr., Santa Cruz, Calif., College of San Mateo) smacked a single to right later in the frame (with two outs and the bases loaded) to make it 3-1 later in the inning.
Barragan retired the next 10 in row before Ryan Raslowsky opened the ninth with a single up the middle. Brett Balkin grounded into a fielders choice, retiring Raslowsky at second. Balkan popped out to second for out No. 2. Matadors’ cleanup hitter Chester Pak grounded into a fielders choice at short to end the game.
Barragan, who recorded 126 pitches, tied his career high with seven strikeouts (first posted against Kansas State in 2012) and walked just one. Oscar Sanay (Sr., Chula Vista, Calif., Bonita Vista HS) led the ‘Runners as he went 3-for-4. Raslowsky had two of the four Northridge hits.
The Roadrunners travel to the University of Portland this weekend for a three-game series. The opener is set for Friday at 2 p.m.