By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
Cal State Bakersfield starting pitcher Kelsie Monroe held Santa Clara batters in check as the Roadrunners beat the Broncos 4-2 in the first game of a doubleheader Sunday at Roadrunners Softball Complex to secure a series victory.
Santa Clara (5-30 overall, 2-5 Pacific Coast Softball Conference) bounced back with a 6-3 victory in Game 2 to avoid a four-game sweep to CSUB (10-22, 5-5 PCSC).
Monroe (8-13) allowed two runs on three hits over seven innings, striking out two and walking two. She had a no-hitter through four innings.
CSUB trailed 2-1 before Amy Ricciardi hit a pinch-hit two-run single in the sixth inning for a 3-2 lead. Ricciardi later scored on a single by Ashley Carter. Laura King went 0-for-2 as her 11-game hitting streak came to an end.
In Game 2, CSUB starter Amber Mills (2-9) allowed three runs over 32/3 innings. Casandra Padilla led the Santa Clara offense, going 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs. Karissa Viega led CSUB, going 2-for-3 with a run.
The Roadrunners next host Fresno State on Wednesday at 3 p.m.
Roadrunners split in water polo
PROVIDENCE, R.I -- Cal State Bakersfield's Paige Tsuruda scored three goals in a 17-12 victory over Harvard as the Roadrunners earned a split in Day 2 of the Brown Invitational. No. 20-ranked Hartwick College beat CSUB 14-8 in the second game of the day.
Against Harvard, Alex Bayer made 12 saves over the first three quarters. Sierra Peltcher, Nicola Barrett and Caitlyn Hill each scored twice. Sam Shead led with four goals in the loss to Hartwick.
CSUB next plays host to No. 5 California on Saturday in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match at 1 p.m. It will be Senior Day.
Blaze suffers four-game sweep
STOCKTON -- Stockton used a seven-run fifth inning to blow past the Bakersfield Blaze 12-8 at Banner Island Ballpark and secure a four-game sweep in the season-opening series.
Centennial High graduate Dusty Robinson hit his second home run of the series, a two-run blast in the fifth inning for a 6-5 Ports lead.
Bakersfield starter James Allen allowed 10 runs and nine hits (including five homers) over 42/3 innings.
Dominic D'Anna and Yorman Rodriguez each homered for the Blaze.
Bakersfield heads to Visalia for three games beginning today before returning for the home opener Thursday.
Jam to face Toros in playoffs
The West Division-champion Bakersfield Jam, the No. 1 seed in the NBA D-League playoffs, will face the No. 6-seed Austin Toros in the first round. The series opens Thursday at Austin (5:30 p.m.). Games 2 and 3 (if necessary), will be played at Dignity Health Event Center in Bakersfield on Sunday (7 p.m.) and April 15 (7 p.m.). The Jam are 2-0 against the Toros this season.