BY ESTEBAN RAMIREZ Special to The Californian
The Bakersfield College baseball team rallied for six runs with two outs in the eighth inning Thursday to beat Citrus College 10-5 at Gerry Collis Field.
"To come back and win a ball game is always a positive thing," BC coach Tim Painton said.
"We just continued to play. We hit a lot of balls hard early and they didn't fall, but we were able to string some runs in the eighth to string it out. I'm proud of our guys they competed for nine innings."
The Renegades, who trailed 5-1 after five innings, cut the deficit to 5-4 in the seventh, setting the stage for their game-winning rally in the eighth.
With pinch runner Erik Earnest on third, Jordan Turner ripped a two-out RBI double to tie it, then scored what proved to be the game-winner on a double by designated hitter Luc Pomales.
BC tacked on four more runs and finished with seven hits and six runs in the eighth off three Owls pitchers.
"It was insane and really cool," said Turner of BC's big rally. "There was a lot on the line and everybody was pumped so it was really cool to be a part of."
Blayne Ontiveros and Kyle Nixon had two hits and two RBIs apiece for the Renegades (12-2, 5-1 Western State South Conference).
Reliever Brad Lindsley (3-1), who entered with one out in the eighth, earned the win. He pitched a scoreless ninth.
Stapp surrendered three earned runs on eight hits in six innings. He struck out three.
Nathan Virgen went 4-for-4 for Citrus (8-7, 2-4 WSSC).
Citrus scored three first-inning runs against BC starter Ryan Stapp on the way to a 5-1 lead, giving a cushion to Owls starter Marcos Martinez, who surrendered only one run in the first five innings.