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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas -- Cal State Bakersfield set a school record for walks in a game as the Roadrunners remained perfect in Western Athletic Conference tournament play Thursday, setting up a must-win game today with the University of Texas-San Antonio.
CSUB (37-21) drew 12 walks in a convincing 7-1 victory over Sacramento State (33-25), improving to 2-0 in Pool A round-robin play. CSUB plays its final round-robin game today at 5 p.m. against San Antonio, also 2-0 in Pool A play. The winner advances to the tournament championship game against the Pool B winner.
CSUB swept San Antonio (also nicknamed the Roadrunners) in a three-game home series April 12-15, outscoring UTSA 22-9 in the series.
It is expected CSUB will start Scott Brattvet (9-1 record, 2.66 ERA) today. Brattvet, named First-Team All-WAC earlier this week, allowed one unearned run over 72/3 innings in a 10-1 victory over San Antonio on April 13.
On Thursday, CSUB senior Jonathan Montoya (4-3) pitched five shutout innings. Reliever James Barragan allowed one run over the next three innings and Chuck Buchanan and Taylor Aikenhead combined to throw a 1-2-3 ninth.
Kevin Younger walked a school-record four times for CSUB, while Oscar Sanay, Dylan Christensen and Cael Brockmeyer each walked twice. Brockmeyer also went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI, while Christensen had two RBIs. Tyler Shryock went 2-for-6 with two runs scored for CSUB, which has outscored its first two tournament opponents 18-4. CSUB beat San Jose State 11-3 in its opening game.
Shryock gave CSUB a 1-0 lead in the third, scoring on a wild pitch. A walk to Chance Gusbeth forced home Mylz Jones and a Sanay sacrifice fly made it 3-0 in the sixth. CSUB added three in the eighth and one more in the ninth.
Fans are invited to watch today's WAC tournament game between CSUB and Texas-San Antonio for free in the Icardo Center on campus at 5 p.m. Parking is available in Lot I near the Icardo Center. Light refreshments will be served.