Round eight rally pushes the Pacific past Bakersfield
Stockton, California. – Pacific scored three times in the eighth inning to spoil a strong start by the CSU Bakersfield right-hander Adrian Santa Cruz and even the series, at Klein Family Field, Saturday afternoon in Stockton, The California Roadrunners were in control for much of the day but struggled to fend off insurance runs late, falling 5-9 on the season. The two teams will meet on Sunday, at 1:00 p.m., in a series rubber match.
“Adrian and our staff did a great job giving us a chance to win today, but defensively we didn’t do enough to deserve a win,” the CSUB head coach said. Jeremy Beard. “At the plate, we took pitches and increased the number of pitches from their starter, but we didn’t take advantage of our opportunities and he rebounded well.”
Bakersfield scored single runs in the first and sixth to lead 2-0 in the eighth, behind solid shots from Santa Cruz and Gabe Ulloa, but the Tigers rallied for three late innings to take the lead for good. Santa Cruz pitched 5.0 innings, allowing just four hits and two walks, while striking out six. Ulloa faltered and took the loss, after giving up three hits and three earned runs in the deciding frame.
The Pacific tied both the weekend series and the all-time series (6-6), with Saturday night’s win.
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HOW DID IT HAPPEN…
T1 | Consecutive two-out doubles Andrew Allanson and AJ Miller gave Bakersfield a 1-0 lead in their first at bat of the day.
T6 | Pacific starter Hunter Hayes retired the first two Roadrunners on just two pitches, but Nick Salas set up a big at bat, work a two-man walk to reach base. The Tigers made a change of pitcher and receiver Bailey Seeger welcomed reliever Jackson Vaughan by doubling to Salas on the first pitch he saw to make it 2-0.
T8 | The Tigers scored three times in an 8and-Channel rally to come from behind. Receiver Jeremy Lea tripled with one out and scored on Jarron Silva’s tight bunt. Caden Duke followed up a batter later with a brace that scored Silva from first, and followed with the game-winning run on James McClenagh’s sacrificial volley to right field.
* AJ Miller stayed hot with his RBI double in the opening frame. Miller is 15 for 27 with one walk, one hit per pitch, seven runs scored and four runs scored from the home run against Fresno State on March 1.
* Adrian Santa Cruz pitched five scoreless innings as the CSUB starters are yet to allow an earned run in the series. For the season, Bakersfield starting pitchers are averaging 3.32 ERA in 62.1 innings pitched.
* Third baseman Evan Rice has reached in each of his 11 games played this season, while the second Nick Salas reached for the eighth consecutive game.
ON THE BRIDGE…
Bakersfield and Pacific will face off in a rubber game on Sunday afternoon at Klein Family Field in Stockton, Calif., with the first pitch scheduled for 1:00 p.m. Kellen O’Connor will make his fourth start of the season for the CSUB, entering with a 3.78 ERA and 15 strikeouts in 16.2 innings of work. The Tigers will send right-hander Zach Patterson over the hill, with his 6.52 ERA. Patterson dominated in a win over Northern Colorado but allowed seven runs on five hits and two homers in a loss to CSUN.