By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
No. 1-ranked USC's water polo team will play at Cal State Bakersfield at noon on Saturday, the first time the Roadrunners have hosted a top-ranked team in any sport since CSUB moved to Division I status in 2007.
It is part of the second Roadrunner Invitational that starts today.
"Playing host to USC, the No. 1 team in the country, doesn't happen very often," CSUB coach Jason Gall said.
"We have not shied away from any of the top teams this year."
The powerful Trojans will bring a 16-0 record into town. CSUB is 8-17.
Freshman Arianna Sanchez (7-4) pitched a five-inning three-hitter and was backed by two home runs in an 8-0 victory in the opener, and Citrus scored five first-inning runs in a 9-0 victory in the second game of a softball doubleheader sweep of visiting Bakersfield College.
Sanchez walked one and struck out four. Citrus' Carissa Bender pitched a three-hitter in the second game. She walked one and struck out three in the five-inning contest. Jessica Gonzalez and Kawehi Ephan homered for the Owls in the opener.
Ephan hit two more homer in the second game.