BY NATHAN SANCHEZ Californian staff writer firstname.lastname@example.org
Cal State Bakersfield went down, but not without a fight Saturday night, losing 5-4 to conference opponent Grand Canyon.
Pitcher James Barragan (1-2) struck out two batters in five innings to start the game, allowing five runs on five hits.
"Some days, it just doesn't work out for you," said CSUB coach Bill Kernen said after the game. "That's why I got him out of there early. He just didn't have his command today. Fortunately the other three pitchers kept the score the same."
Defense, normally a strong point for the Roadrunners (7-10), was a problem Saturday. Two errors, along with with other miscues such as balks from pitchers Stephen Gee and Sergio Luna, contributed to the problems.
"We unfortunately made some defensive mistakes in the first five innings," Kernen said. "We didn't score enough runs, but we made a good run toward the end. I'm proud of the way they battled today."
The Roadrunners' bats showed little signs of life in the early innings, with the exception of shortstop Oscar Sanay's stand-up triple with two outs in the bottom of the first inning. He would be left stranded, though.
It wasn't until the bottom of the seventh that the Roadrunners got on the board, mustering a three-run rally.
First baseman Soloman Williams led off the inning by getting hit by a pitch. After that, two straight singles by Chance Gusbeth and Max Carter loaded the bases.
Sacrifices by catcher Logan Trowbridge, outfielder Allen Gwynn and second baseman David Metzgar drove in three runs to get the runners on the board.
Williams, Metzgar, Gusbeth and Carter each finished the game with two hits for the Runners.
The Roadrunners tried to mount a late rally, but came up short.
Another run scored in the eighth inning when Gusbeth singled in Sanay, who had walked earlier in the inning. Metzgar was stranded at second base in the ninth after a one-out double.
Grand Canyon is 8-9.