By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
NORTHRIDGE -- Senior left fielder Kevin Younger continued his hot hitting with two singles, a double and run scored to lead Cal State Bakersfield to its fifth straight baseball win, 5-3 at Cal State Northridge.
The Roadrunners (15-6), who were coming off a four-game series sweep of Northern Colorado, will next play the first conference game in the program's history Friday, the opener of a three-game Western Athletic Conference series at Sacramento State.
Against Northridge (6-12), the Roadrunners broke up a scoreless game with three runs in the sixth and added two in the seventh.
One-out singles by Dylan Christensen and Younger and a walk to Tyler Shryock loaded the bases in the sixth.
Cael Brockmeyer's sacrifice fly drove in the first run and Mylz Jones' RBI double down the right field line made it 2-0 while extending his hitting streak to 12 games. Oscar Sanay's RBI single made it 3-0.
In the seventh, Jordie Hein lined a leadoff triple down the right field line and Christensen's RBI single up the middle made it 4-0. A sacrifice, infield single by Younger and Shryock's double-play grounder scored the final CSUB run.
Northridge scored three in the eighth on four hits and a walk before Christensen relieved and got out of the inning.
Christensen worked around a two-out walk in the ninth to wrap it up for his fourth save.
The winning pitcher was Hayden Carter, who replaced starter Taylor Aikenhead, who had tossed four shutout innings.
Younger, a Liberty High graduate who was hitting below .140 prior to the Feb. 24 game vs. Hofstra, has raised his average to .339.