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Sunday, Mar 16 2014 10:50 PM

Grand Canyon takes series from 'Runners

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    By Felix Adamo/ The Californian

    Chance Gusbeth gets a high five from CSUB teammate Mylz Jones after Gusbeth scored the Roadrunner's first run in the fourth inning against Grand Canyon.

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    By Felix Adamo/ The Californian

    CSUB's Chance Gusbeth slides safely into home for the Runners' first score in the fourth inning.

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    By Felix Adamo/ The Californian

    Watch out, bat overhead. CSUB's Nick Vehlewald waits for his turn to bat against Grand Canyon.

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    By Felix Adamo/ The Californian

    CSUB ground crew member John Alexander avoids a crossfire of sprinklers as he waters down the infield shortly before the start of the game with Grand Canyon.

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    By Felix Adamo/ The Californian

    Grand Canyon's Humberto Aranda slides safely into second as CSUB shortstop Oscar Sanay is late with tag in the fourth inning.

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    By Felix Adamo/ The Californian

    Grand Canyon's David Walker beats the throw to CSUB catcher Ross Hough in the fifth inning but the umpire ruled Walker did not touch the plate and Hough was able to tag Walker out seconds later.

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    By Felix Adamo/ The Californian

    CSUB rightfielder Chance Gusbeth makes the throw to home which would produce an out when Grand Canyon's David Walker tried to score in the fifth inning. Gusbeth was backing up centerfielder Jordie Hein( right) when the ball jarred loose from Hein's glove when he hit the ground.

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    By Felix Adamo/ The Californian

    Roadrunner pitcher Austin Davis flips the ball to third baseman Mylz Jones as Grand Canyon's Chad De La Guerra gets caught in a sixth inning rundown and is tagged out.

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    By Felix Adamo/ The Californian

    Grand Canyon first baseman Michael Pomeroy can't handle a wild fourth inning throw and Bakersfield's Oscar Sanay would eventually make it all the way to second on the play.

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    By Felix Adamo/ The Californian

    Roadrunner third baseman Mylz Jones prepares to toss the ball to a teammate as Grand Canyon's Paul Panaccione gets caught in third inning rundown. Panaccione was tagged out seconds later.

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    By Felix Adamo/ The Californian

    Lying on his back, Roadrunner centerfielder Jordie Hein watches as the ball rolls away after being jarred loose from his glove in the fifth inning against Grand Canyon.

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    By Felix Adamo/ The Californian

    Roadrunner centerfielder Jordie Hein momentarily has the ball but it would pop loose after Hein hit the ground in the fifth inning.

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    By Felix Adamo/ The Californian

    Roadrunner centerfielder Jordie Hein chases down a fly ball in the fifth inning but the ball would pop loose after Hein hit the ground in the afternoon game against Grand Canyon.

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BY NATHAN SANCHEZ Californian staff writer nsanchez@bakersfield.com

Grand Canyon scored five runs in the final two innings to pull away for a 9-2 victory over Cal State Bakersfield in the finale of a three-game Western Athletic Conference series Sunday at Hardt Field.

"That was our worst game of the year," CSUB coach Bill Kernen said. "It's really kind of inexplicable. We're not very good. We're not playing well."

The Roadrunners (7-11, 1-2) managed just four hits, but managed to hand close until the Antelopes (9-9, 2-1) added four runs in the eighth and another in the ninth to build a comfortable lead.

Grand Canyon scored in the first inning on Humberto Aranda's RBI double, but CSUB tied it in the fourth on a sacrifice fly by Max Carter.

The Antelopes took the lead in the sixth, capitalizing on a pair of wild pitches by CSUB starter Austin Davis that led to three Grand Canyon runs and a 4-1 lead.

Chance Gusbeth threw out a runner trying to score to end the inning and keep the game within reach.

Davis (1-3) allowed four runs on nine hits, walking two and striking out two in six innings.

The Roadrunners trimmed the lead to 4-2 in the seventh when Carter and Mylz Jones led off with back-to-back singles and advanced on a ground out by Nick Vehlewald. Carter scored on a sacrifice fly by Ross Hough.

But that was as close as the 'Runners would get against Grand Canyon starter Coley Bruns (3-0), who pitched a complete game, striking out six.

The Roadrunners travel to play Cal State Northridge at 3 p.m. Wednesday

"I'm gonna play some guys that haven't played," Kernen said. "The freshmen are all gonna pitch. We need to develop some guys and get them some innings."

In Saturday's game, the Antelopes held on for a 5-4 victory over the Roadrunners, who rallied with three runs in the seventh and another in the eighth.

Soloman Williams, Gusbeth, Carter and David Metzger each had two hits apiece for CSUB.

The 'Runners also received a shot in the arm from their bullpen. Nick Rogowski, Steven Gee and Sergio Luna combined for four scoreless innings in relief to keep CSUB close.

 

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