By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
CULVER CITY -- Ranked among the state's leaders in virtually every offensive category, the Bakersfield College baseball team slumped a bit lately, scoring just three runs in its last two games -- both losses -- on the heels of an eight-game win streak.
The Renegades returned to form Saturday, pounding out 14 hits en route to a 10-3 victory over West L.A. in Western State Conference South play.
Freshman Kyle Nixon went 4-for-5, Cole Hallum was 3-for-5, and Justin Martinez and Rolando Martinez had two hits apiece to provide more than enough support for BC's sophomore starter Darion Nunn (3-0).
The left-hander from Bakersfield Christian struck out seven in six innings, limiting West. L.A. (4-15, 2-9) to six hits and three runs, walking two.
Sophomores Sean Deweese and Ryan Stapp combined for three scoreless innings of relief for the Renegades (16-4, 9-2), who remain tied with Glendale atop the conference standings. Glendale defeated Citrus, 3-2, on Saturday.
Bakersfield opened the scoring in the second inning, when singles by Hallum, Rolando Martinez and Nixon, an error, a hit batter and a wild pitch led to two runs.
BC added three more in the third after Justin Martinez was hit by a pitch, Hallum singled, and Luc Pomales followed with a two-run double to make it 4-0. After moving to third on a Nick Sakowski single, Pomales scored on a wild pitch.
After West L.A. trimmed the lead to 5-2, the Renegades extended their lead with three unearned runs in the sixth. Justin Martinez had an RBI-single sandwiched between a pair of West L.A. errors.
Nixon, a Frontier High graduate, increased his team-leading batting average to .411, tallying his 10th multi-hit game of the season.
The Renegades play host to West L.A. on Tuesday at 3 p.m.
Taft College, which had lost 11 of its last 12 games, posted a 7-0 victory over Porterville in Central Valley Conference play.