By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
Junior first baseman Amy Ricciardi went 2-for-3 with two RBIs, including a clutch two-run single, to help the Cal State Bakersfield softball team defeat Cal Poly, 4-3, in the opener of a doubleheader Sunday at the Roadrunner Softball Complex.
The Mustangs (10-17-1) rallied back in game two to beat CSUB, 2-0.
Roadrunner pitcher Kelsie Monroe was outstanding in the circle for CSUB (3-16), throwing over 12 innings and picking up a win. She totaled 10 scoreless innings and struck out seven.
Ricciardi's two-run single came in the third inning, which all started with a one-out single by junior shortstop Shay Fryer. Freshman designated player Makenzie Zinger then walked, and both runners moved up on a wild pitch, setting the stage for Ricciardi's single up the middle to put CSUB up 3-0.
After Cal Poly scored one run in the top of the fifth inning, the 'Runners responded. Zinger reached on an error to start things off and was replaced by pinch hitter Jazmine Irvin. Ricciardi singled to left and Madison Bundy followed with an RBI single to score Irvin to increase CSUB's lead to 4-1.
The Mustangs battled back in the top of the seventh inning, scoring two, but Monroe was able to escape with the go-ahead runs on base. Monroe gave up two earned runs on five hits with two walks and two strikeouts in the complete-game effort.
Freshman Sydney Raeber went 2-for-4 with a double.
In game two, freshman pitcher Amber Mills had a tough start and gave up two runs in the second inning before Monroe entered in relief and tossed five scoreless innings.
Fryer led the offense with two of CSUB's four hits. The 'Runners got a two-out rally in the sixth when Fryer and Zinger got back-to-back singles, but they weren't able to capitalize.
The Roadrunners now head into Pacific Coast Softball Conference play and will host Loyola Marymount for a four-game series with doubleheaders Saturday and Sunday at noon both days.
Women's water polo
SANTA BARBARA -- The Cal State Bakersfield water polo team earned a pair of victories in at the UC Santa Barbara mini-tournament.
In the opener, CSUB rallied from a 5-2 first-quarter deficit to defeat Iona, 14-10. Sam Shead scored a season-high five goals to pace the 'Runners. Niki De Leon posted a season-best four goals, and Nicola Barrett had two goals.
"We started slow, but really focused on our counter attack and we got some quick goals in transition," said CSUB coach Jason Gall in a press release. "Sam and Niki did a great job reading the goalie and we had some great defnsive stops by Sierra Peltcher. (Goalie) Alex Bayer had some nice passes on the transition, which also helped our offense."
The Roadrunners finished the day with a 10-5 win over Marist.
Barrett scored four more times, and Janelle Shelby and Paige Tsuruda added two goals for CSUB. Alex Bayer made eight saves in goal.
JC men's golf
NIPOMO -- Neil Bautista shot the low round for Bakersfield College, a 4-over par 75, in the first round of the two-day North-South Invitational at the Monarch Dunes Golf Club.
The Renegades (402) are currently last among the seven teams, 10 shots behind Glendale and Hancock (392) entering today's round at Blacklake Golf Resort.
Kevin Antongiovanni and Paul Cooper each shot an 81, Travis Millwee had an 82 and Zach Casberg (83) and Jake Jacobus (86) round out BC's scoring rounds.