BY JEFF EVANS Californian staff writer firstname.lastname@example.org
Bakersfield College played near flawless baseball in Thursday night's season opener.
Friday night? The other extreme.
Allan Hancock right-hander Ryan Bower dominated the Renegade batters and the Bulldogs converted many of their ample scoring chances in a 10-2 win at Gerry Collis Field.
"We just got outplayed in every phase of the game," BC coach Tim Painton said. "I thought their pitcher threw a really good game. He really controlled things in the early part of the game."
BC (1-1) also struggled defensively with five errors after playing flawless defense in Thursday's 4-1 win over Porterville.
Bower, a sophomore, kept BC off-balance with good movement on his pitches while showing good control by hitting the inside and outside corners.
Bower allowed three singles and one walk in seven shutout innings with 10 strikeouts.
Defense and pitching were negatives for the Renegades.
BC's errors included a dropped pop fly, three booted ground balls and a throwing error.
Those miscues only led to one unearned run, but BC had a tougher time overcoming struggles from the mound. Hancock had 12 hits and drew 11 walks with a hit batter against BC's four pitchers.
Hancock's No. 2 batter, catcher Ryan Welker, went 4 for 4 with two doubles, two walks, four runs scored, two stolen bases and two RBIs.
Hancock led 1-0 through four innings before Hancock pulled away with two runs in the fifth, two more in the sixth and five in the seventh.
BC ended Hancock's shutout bid in the ninth. A dropped fly ball, Zach Tanner's RBI double and Cole Hallum's RBI single gave the Renegades their two runs.
BC plays host to College of the Sequoias at 6 tonight.