By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
SAN JOSE -- There's no questioning whether the Cal State Bakersfield baseball team belongs in the Western Athletic Conference.
The Roadrunners scored 12 runs over the final two innings Saturday to clinch the top seed in the conference tournament with a 14-6 victory over San Jose State at Municipal Stadium.
The victory also clinches a share of the conference regular-season title for CSUB (35-20, 18-8 WAC), which is playing its first season in the WAC after playing as a Division I independent over the baseball program's first four seasons.
With CSUB trailing 4-3 in the eighth inning, Tyler Shryock hit an RBI single to tie the game before Cael Brockmeyer scored Oscar Sanay with a sacrifice fly to take the lead. Mylz Jones hit an RBI single and later scored on a balk for a 6-3 lead. The Roadrunners then used five hits -- including a two-run double by Kevin Younger -- two hit-by-pitches, a walk and two Spartans errors to plate eight runs in the ninth inning. CSUB sent 13 batters to the plate in the inning.
Scott Brattvet (9-1) allowed three runs (two earned) over eight innings for the victory. He allowed 10 hits, struck out five and walked one. Taylor Aikenhead allowed three runs (one earned) in the ninth to finish the game.
The Roadrunners can earn the WAC title outright with a win in today's 1 p.m. regular-season finale at San Jose State (16-38-10-16), which needs a win to qualify for the WAC tournament.
If CSUB loses today, it would share the regular-season WAC title with Texas-Arlington (33-23, 18-9), which beat Sacramento State in its finale Saturday. CSUB has clinched the WAC tournament's No. 1 seed because it owns the tiebreaker (head-to-head play) over Arlington.
The WAC tournament begins Wednesday in Prairie, Texas.