BY NATHAN SANCHEZ Californian staff writer firstname.lastname@example.org
Cal State Bakersfield was unable to come up with a victory in two home softball games Wednesday, but it wasn't all bad news.
The Roadrunners, after losing the opener 6-2 to Cal State Fullerton, erased a six-run deficit in the second game, which ended in a 10-10 tie after the game was called due to darkness.
And that never-say-die attitude was a positive for CSUB coach Crissy Buck-Ziegler, whose Roadrunners (9-25-1) are set to begin Western Athletic Conference play with a three-game weekend series against Utah Valley starting Friday.
"The second game we came out and kept going after it," said Buck-Ziegler, whose Roadrunners trailed 7-1 after three innings. "They played extremely well."
In the fourth inning, CSUB rallied for seven runs with the help of five hits, including a two-run home run by Heather Mills and a two-run double by Amy Ricciardi, to take an 8-7 lead.
After Fullerton (19-12-1) pulled ahead 10-8 in the sixth, the Roadrunners answered with two runs, tying it at 10 when Karsyn Guzman drew a bases-loaded walk.
Fullerton scored twice in its half of the eighth inning, but those runs were nullified when the game was called.
Sydney Raeber pitched four innings in the second game, allowing two runs on two hits.
The tie was the third in CSUB's softball history, its first in Division I play and its first since 1997.
"The kids finally understood that it doesn't matter how you do it, you have to do it collectively," Buck-Ziegler said. "They figured out all seven ways to get on base whether that be a hit, walk, hit-by-pitch, error or however you can get on. That's how we strung it together."
Junior Kelsie Monroe (7-12) gave up five runs, four earned, in five innings of the opener for CSUB. Reliever Lyndsay Klimenko worked the final two innings, allowing one run on three hits.
CSUB's offense was kept in check for most of the opener. Raeber scored in the first inning on a single by Jessica Castaneda, and Kara Frankhouser's RBI double in the sixth accounted for the other run.
Castaneda finished with two hits an two walks. Madison Bundy and Raeber added two hits apiece for CSUB.