BY STEPHEN LYNCH Special to The Californian
Sophomore Amy Ricciardi hit two home runs and Tera Macias hit a homer as the CSU Bakersfield softball team swept Loyola Marymount University 7-6 and 9-3 in a Pacific Coast Softball Conference doubleheader Friday at the Roadrunner Softball Complex.
The Roadrunners (10-26, 3-3 PCSC), who totaled 21 hits in the two games, erased a 4-0 deficit in Game 1.
“This was a really great turnaround for us,” CSUB coach Crissy Buck said. “We came out ready to go today. We had a different energy all week and we carried that over into both games today.
After Ricciardi hit her first homer of the day, a solo shot, Karissa Veiga hit an RBI triple and Sara Smith knocked a two-run double to cut the Lions’ lead to 5-4 in the fifth inning. In the sixth, Adrianna Cardoza ripped a two-run double to give CSUB its first lead of the game, 6-5.
Then Laura King added an RBI that ended up being the winning run.
LMU is 24-15, 2-4.
CSUB’s Sarah Hoag (5-15) surrendered two runs in five innings. She struck out three.
In Game 2, the ’Runners ripped 13 hits. Veiga went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI, Smith went 3-for-4 with two RBIs, Karlee Rodgers went 2-for-2 with a double and three RBIs and Macias hit a two-run homer.
Sophomore pitcher Taylor DeSilva (3-3) earned the win after entering the game in the first inning and giving up only two runs over 6-1/3 innings. She struck out three.
The ’Runners and Lions have another doubleheader today, starring at noon. It will be CSUB Softball Alumni Appreciation Day.
Christie Lau of Cal State Los Angeles beat Veronica Dimas of CSUB, 6-0, 6-0, at No. 1 singles to lead the Golden Eagles to a 9-0 victory in a women’s tennis match.
Five of the six CSLA’s singles victories were in straight sets, except at No. 6, where Liz Franco rallied past Charlotte Hughes 2-6, 6-4, 10-8.
The Bakersfield Jam suffered through cold shooting in a 96-80 loss to the host Idaho Stampede at CenturyLink Arena.
Bakersfield made only 33.8 percent of its shots (27-of-80) from the field, while the Stampede shot 50.7 percent.
The Jam (28-21) was led by reserves Trey Johnson, with 17 points and five assists, Derrick Byars (12 points) and Juan Pattillo, (10 points, 9 rebounds).
Paul Carter led the Stampede (20-29) with 18 points.
The teams meet again at 6 p.m. today. It’s the Jam’s final regular-season game.