LOS ANGELES – CSU Bakersfield’s softball team continued the CSUN/LMU Tournament on Saturday as the Roadrunners fell in a pair of tough matchups. Bakersfield let one slip against Bryant on Saturday morning, 6-3, while the ‘Runners could not hold off No. 5/6 Arizona in an 8-0, six-inning loss in the afternoon.
Junior Julea Cavazos led off the bottom of the second inning with an infield single off of Bryant’s Brandi Burgin. Bakersfield’s starting center fielder scored all the way from first on Nicole Curry’s single to right field.
The Bulldogs answered right back in the top of the third with a run of their own. With the bases loaded and two outs, CSUB’s starting pitcher, Lyndsay Klimenko, walked a run in to tie the game at one run apiece. Klimenko got the next Bryant batter to groundout, ending the threat, and CSUB would not stay down for long.
In the bottom half of the third frame, freshman Cydney Curran reached third base and eventually scored when Bryant’s second baseman bobbled a ball that would have been the third out of the inning. The ‘Runners extended their lead to 3-1 in the bottom of the fifth. Left fielder Kaylynn Burt led the inning off with a walk, promptly stole second, moved to third on a deep fly ball, and scored on Nadia Amezcua’s RBI single.
The top of the sixth started out poorly for the ‘Runners as Bryant put two runners in scoring position with only one out. The ‘Runners were able to gun one runner at the plate, but Haylee Haas’ RBI single and an error allowed two runs to score, tying the game at 3-3.
After Bryant earned a lead-off walk, junior Summer Evans came into the game in the top of the seventh to relieve Klimenko in the circle. Several defensive miscues including an error, a passed ball, and a wild pitch resulted in three runs for Bryant and CSUB fell behind 6-3.
Down to their final three outs, the ‘Runners were unable to mount a comeback and fell to Bryant. Klimenko took the loss, falling to 0-4 on the season, while CSUB’s record went to 3-11. Amezcua led the ‘Runner offense, going 2-for-3 at the plate with an RBI. Five other ‘Runners tallied a hit while Burt reached base twice thanks to walks.
In the second game of the day, the ‘Runners suffered a tough loss at the hands of the Arizona Wildcats. Arizona (22-1) came into the tournament ranked No. 5/6 in the nation and flexed its muscles early and often against the ‘Runners.
In the first inning, the Wildcats used three hits to plate a pair of runs against starter Alley Stockton. In the second, Arizona put up a four spot, thanks in part to Dejah Mulipola’s two-run home run. The Wildcats drove in another run in the third inning, but Stockton and the ‘Runners quieted Arizona for the next two innings.
Reyna Carranco’s RBI double in the top of the sixth inning plated the eighth run of the game for Arizona and set the Wildcats up for a run-rule victory. Arizona’s starting pitcher, redshirt senior Nancy Bowling, had a perfect game going into the fifth inning when Cavazos singled to center field. In the bottom of the sixth, Hipa led off with a single, CSUB’s only other hit of the contest, but a double-play ended any thoughts of extending the contest.
Bowling earned the victory, giving up just two hits and no walks while striking out four ‘Runners. Stockton took her second loss of the season in the circle, pitching six complete innings while allowing nine hits and six walks with one strikeout.
On Sunday, the Roadrunners (3-12) will close out the CSUN/LMU Tournament with a final doubleheader. At 1 p.m., CSUB will open the day against Quinnipiac before closing out the tourney at 4 p.m. against host CSUN.