By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
Laura King hit an RBI triple and scored a run Sunday to help the Cal State Bakersfield softball team defeat Loyola Marymount 2-0 in Game 1, but LMU answered with a 7-6 victory in the second game for a split of the Pacific Coast Softball Conference doubleheader at the Roadrunner Softball Complex.
The Roadrunners nearly pulled off a remarkable comeback in Game 2 by scoring four seventh-inning runs.
The teams split the weekend series 2-2.
Pitcher Kelsie Monroe had a standout day for the Roadrunners (5-18, 2-2 PCSC).
In Game 1, she pitched a two-hit shutout with three strikeouts and no walks.
In the second game, she surrendered three earned runs on nine hits with two walks and three strikeouts.
King finished the day with two triples, an RBI and two runs scored. Karissa Veiga went 3-for-4 on the day with two runs scored and one RBI.
The 'Runners' defense came up with some nice plays as well.
The Lions (19-16, 2-2 PCSC) got their first hit in the fourth inning of Game 1, but when LMU's Megan Harman tried to stretch a single into a double, freshman right fielder Sydney Raeber threw her out at second base.
In the fifth inning, LMU threatened when Jordan Price tried to score from second on a single by Olivia Alvarez.
Left fielder Veiga threw a laser to sophomore catcher Ashley Carter, and they nailed Price at home.
The 'Runners scored in the sixth when Veiga walked and scored on King's triple. Shay Fryer then singled in King.
In Game 2, King tripled to right-center field in the third inning and scored on a throwing error for a a 1-0 CSUB lead.
The 'Runners made it 2-0 in the fifth when pinch hitter Kara Frankhouser hit a double and Carter, who was pinch-running for Frankhouser, scored on a double by Veiga.
CSUB came undone in a five-run LMU fifth inning that included a grand slam by Hannah Montalban. The Lions took a 7-2 lead into the final frame.
In the seventh for CSUB, Carter doubled and scored on a Raeber double, Veiga scored on a Fryer RBI single, and Fryer scored on a dropped fly ball to center field.
CSUB plays a non-conference doubleheader starting at noon today against No. 24-ranked Oregon State.
Water polo beaten by UCLA
Nicola Barrett scored four goals for the Cal State Bakersfield water polo team, but the Roadrunners were beaten 14-7 by No. 4-ranked UCLA.
Barrett also drew three of the 15 UCLA ejections during the match. Sam Shead scored twice. Jessica Browning scored a goal, blocked three shots, and drew three ejections. Shannon McKenzie recorded four assists. Alex Bayer made nine saves. CSUB scored five power play goals.
CSUB hosts the second Roadrunner Invitational this weekend.
The Roadrunners take on Fresno Pacific (10 a.m.) and Brown (4 p.m.) on Friday before hosting No. 1 USC at noon Saturday.