Feb. 19, 2011
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Cal State Bakersfield scored eight times in the second inning and held on for an 11-10 victory over Washington State at Hardt Field in nonconference baseball, Saturday.
With the victory, the Roadrunners (1-1) evened the three-game season-opening series with the Cougars (1-1). The rubber game will take place Sunday beginning at noon.
"When you score 10 runs, you should win," WSU Head Coach Donnie Marbut said. "However, the numbers were deceiving. We left a lot of runners on base. The difference was we did not get enough quality pitching early."
Washington State jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Brett Jacobs was hit by a pitch and Cody Bartlett plated the game's first run with a triple into the right-center field gap. After Taylor Ard and Derek Jones walked to load the bases, Matt Argyropoulos was hit by a pitch to force in a run. Jason Monda's sacrifice fly scored Ard to cap the rally.
The Roadrunners tallied a run in the home half of the first, and then chased Cougar starter Spencer Jackson (0-1) during an eight-run third inning. Jackson was charged with five runs in an inning and two-thirds and was relieved by Taylor Williams.
In the third, Washington State notched a run on a RBI-single by Argyropoulos, but failed to do more damage after loading the bases with one out. The Cougars scored three times in the fourth to pull within 9-7. Ard was hit by a pitch with one out and scored in front of Jones when the latter blasted a home run over the right field wall. Argyropoulos made it back-to-back homers with a shot over the left field barrier.
Cal State Bakersfield extended its lead to 11-8 with a pair of runs in the sixth before the Cougars rallied late. Ard homered in the eighth to cut Washington State's deficit to 11-9. In the ninth, Slaybaugh doubled with one out for his third hit of the game and scored on a two-out double by Jacobs. A wild pitch moved the tying run 90 feet away, but Bartlett struck out to end the threat and the game.
Freshman right-hander Taylor Williams made his collegiate debut when he came on in relief in the second inning...Derek Jones's home run in the fourth inning was the 25th of his career...freshman right-hander Brandon Williams came out of the bullpen in the fourth inning to make his collegiate debut...Anthony Drobnick, who redshirted in 2010, made his season debut when he relieved Brandon Williams in the sixth inning...Patrick Claussen pinch hit in the seventh inning and remained in the game defensively in his season debut...Bret DeRooy blanked the Roadrunners in the eighth inning during his season debut...Stetson Olson saw his first collegiate action when he pinch hit in the ninth inning.