BY STEPHEN LYNCH Special to The Californian
Bakersfield College baseball coach Tim Painton likes the focus and intensity his team has demonstrated in its first two games of the new season.
The result of that inspired effort has been nothing but success for the Renegades so far.
BC improved to 2-0 with a 6-3 victory over Allan Hancock on Saturday night at Gerry Collis Field.
"We're happy with the start, but you turn around and have to play well again tomorrow. I've been happy with the energy we've been bringing to the ballpark. That goes a long way."
The Renegades capitalized on two seventh-inning Bulldogs' errors to score three runs and erase a 3-2 deficit.
Five BC pitchers combined to hold Allan Hancock to just six hits, all singles.
Daniel Lamoureaux collected his first college win, hurling one scoreless inning in relief of Darion Nunn and Sean Deweese. Logan Campbell pitched a perfect ninth inning to notch the first save of his career.
The Renegades offense produced eight hits. Jordan Turner and Rolando Martinez had two hits each for BC, which got RBIs from four different players.
Nunn started on the mound and went 52/3 innings, in which he allowed one earned run on four hits and three walks. The sophomore left-hander had five strike outs during his 82-pitch stint.
"I think I did pretty good," Nunn said. "I threw the best thing that I had today. But overall it's a team win. That's much better than my performance."
Allan Hancock reliever Mitchell St. Laurent took the loss.
He was on the mound during the disastrous bottom of the seventh for the Bulldogs.
Trailing by one run, BC had the bases loaded with one out when Justin Martinez hit a grounder to shortstop that could have allowed the Bulldogs to turn into a double play and get out of the inning unscathed. Instead, Hancock second baseman Nick Taitague misfired on the relay to first base, allowing two BC runners to score.
Two batters later, Turner plated another run with a hard liner to right field.
"It was a great win, great team effort," Turner said. "We'll just build off this and go into tomorrow's game and just hopefully sweep the weekend."
Taitague's miscue was the fifth error of the night for the Bulldogs, who scored one run to take the lead in the top half of the frame.
Bulldogs cleanup hitter Felipe Gonzalez, who was 3-for-5, hit a line drive to center that scored Tommy Lininger from second.
Hancock threatened to score again an inning later but Justin Kelly made sure that didn't happen, coming out of the bullpen and getting Josh Luehmann to ground out to first.
Bulldogs starting pitcher Nathan Thompson pitched well. The lefty scattered six hits over 52/3 innings. Like St Laurent, he was hurt by fielding miscues.
Both runs Thompson allowed were unearned.
"I thought their left-hander (Thompson) did a good job but we did a good job late in the game of taking advantage of mistakes, errors that they made, and were able to capitalize on them," Painton said.