BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — UC Santa Barbara put together a pair of five-run innings against the CSUB baseball team on their way to a 17-2 win over the Roadrunners Tuesday at Hardt Field.

The Roadrunners (8-26) struggled for just eight hits at the plate, while also stranding 10 runners on base. They pushed one run across in the second and one in the third, but the Gauchos’ pitching staff held them at bay for the remainder of the game.

UC Santa Barbara (23-12) did their first round of damage in the top of the first, beginning with a Gunnar Tehune single. Brian Gump reached on an error by CSUB pitcher Erik Draxton, then advanced to second while Tehune moved to third. Eric Oliver walked and Matt Valaika was hit by pitch to give the Gauchos their first run. An RBI fielder’s choice, RBI walk, wild pitch and passed ball accounted for the ensuing four runs, giving UCSB the early 5-0 advantage.

Bakersfield’s second-inning run began with a Jason Kudlock leadoff double and a Stuart Smith single that sent Kudlock home. The Roadrunners’ third-inning run was courtesy of a Kudlock sacrifice fly to center that scored Joey Mills, who had led off the inning by being hit by pitch.

Draxton (1-6) went four inning for CSUB, striking out three while giving up three walks, five hits and seven runs (five earned). Four additional Roadrunners finished out the final five innings, with Spenser Messmore recording four strikeouts in 1 1/3 innings.

Smith and Kyle Richardson had two hits apiece for CSUB, while Mills, JJ Henry, Ryan McIntyre and Kudlock had one hit each.

Third baseman Ryan Cavan had the big bat for the Gauchos, going 4-for-5 with five RBIs. Shane Carlson was 3-for-4 with five RBIs and nine other UCSB batters recorded at least one hit. Cavan and Carlson each had a home run in the game.

Bakersfield will look to get back on track this weekend, traveling to Reno, Nev., for a three-game series at the University of Nevada. First pitch for game-one on Friday is 6 p.m. at Peccole Park.


Score by Innings                    R  H  E
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UC Santa Barbara.... 502 025 030 - 17 18  1
CSU Bakersfield..... 011 000 000 -  2  8  1
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Win - J. Meaux (3-0).  Loss - Draxton (1-6).  Save - None.
E - J. DeAlba(1); Draxton(6). DP - UCSB 1. LOB - UCSB 5; CSUB 10. 2B - E. Oliver(12); R. Cavan 2(9); S. Carlson(8); Henry(2); Kudlock(3). HR - R. Cavan(2); S. Carlson(5). HBP - M. Valaika; Mills; Medina. SH - G. Terhune(4); M. Valaika(1). SF - J. DeAlba(2); Kudlock(1). SB - B. Gump(17); McIntyre(14). CS - G. Terhune(3); S. Cook(1); Mills(2).