BY JEFF EVANS Californian staff writer firstname.lastname@example.org
It wasn't the sharpest Bakersfield College has been this season, but the Renegades did enough to keep their winning streak alive.
BC survived a two-error fifth inning and a three-run rally by L.A. Mission College in the ninth in an 8-7 Western State Conference South Division win at Gerry Collis Field, the Renegades' seventh straight victory.
BC coach Tim Painton said he wasn't sure the streak was at 7. BC is 7-1 in WSC South play.
"What I do know is we're 14-2 and off to a good start," Painton said. "Every game is different. Today it was a tight ballgame for quite awhile until we were able to put some runs up. It's a credit to Mission: They don't quit playing."
Sophomore right-hander Brad Lindsley, on his 20th birthday, pitched eight solid innings, allowing four runs (three earned), six hits and no walks. He struck out four. He also hit three batters with pitches.
"I wasn't throwing the ball right early on," Lindsley said. "Hitting three guys: that's uncalled for. Without those three hit guys, it would have been a pretty good outing."
Lindsley's roughest inning was the fifth, when a hit batter started a two-run rally that tied the game 3-3.
An error by shortstop Rolando Martinez on a potential double-play grounder was costly, and Lindsley hurt himself when he overran a sacrifice bunt attempt when he had an easy forceout at third to get the lead runner.
Mission (6-8, 3-3) loaded the bases with none out, but failed to score the go-ahead run. A lineout to third, strikeout and infield grounder ended the inning without further damage.
The Renegades came right back to score twice in the bottom of the fifth on singles by Nick Sakowski, Martinez and Kyle Nixon, and a sacrifice fly by Eric Williams.
BC added three runs in the sixth on three hits, three walks and an error.
"Our offense is incredible," Lindsley said. "They can put up runs like it's nothing. It's really impressive watching them hit."
Painton added, "We've been pretty consistent all year long. We've been good all year long in two-out situations. Fortunately, we were able to continue that today."
BC scored three runs in the second that started with two-out walks to Jordan Turner and Luc Pomales. Turner scored from second on Sakowski's high chopping, infield single to shortstop and Kyle Nixon fisted a two-run single to right.
Two of the runs in the sixth came with two outs.
BC seemed to be cruising until Mission opened the ninth with a walk, wild pitch and RBI doubles by Josh Brown and Jake Aucelluzzo.
Sean Deweese replaced closer Logan Campbell, who entered to start the ninth, and got three ground balls to end the game to earn his first save.
"It happens," Painton said of Campbell's rough outing. "Fortunately we're deep enough in our pitching where there are a lot of guys we can go to."
As a relief pitcher, Deweese has allowed just two earned runs this season in 11-plus innings.
"We've gone to him in shutdown situations. He throws form deceptive angles and usually gets ground balls."
Nixon had two singles and three RBIs and Sakowski scored three runs for BC. Aucelluzzo had two doubles and a triple for Mission.
BC and two-time defending WSC South champion Glendale each have one conference loss this season. The Renegades travel to Glendale for a 2 p.m. game Thursday, a starting time four hours earlier than on the schedule because of the threat of rain. Glendale is at BC at 6 p.m. Saturday.