Thanks to an offensive explosion that included a two-run homer by freshman designated player Jessica Castaneda and two scoreless innings of relief work by freshman Amber Mills, the Cal State Bakersfield softball team upset No. 24 Oregon State 10-7 in Game 2 of a doubleheader Monday at Roadrunner Softball Complex
It was the Roadrunners' first victory over a Division I top-25 opponent.
"I am so excited. They fought. They fought this whole weekend (when CSUB split a Pacific Coast Softball Conference series with Loyola Marymount 2-2)," said CSUB second-year head coach Crissy Buck, who was an assistant for nine seasons at Oregon State before taking over the CSUB program.
In Game 1, Oregon State (23-6) topped CSUB (6-29) 13-3 in six innings.
In Game 2, CSUB's Shay Fryer hit a double, scored three runs and had two RBIs, Laura King went 2-for-3 with three runs scored and an RBI, Karissa Veiga went 2-for-3 with two runs scored, and Jessica Castaneda had two RBIs. The 'Runners were also aided by four Beaver errors.
Mills threw two scoreless innings without giving up a hit. She struck out one and walked two. CSUB Starter Kelsie Monroe recorded her sixth win after giving up four earned runs on eight hits with one walk.
CSUB men golfers lead tourney
Patrick Bell and Chase Goodvin each totaled even-par 144s over two rounds to lead the Cal State Bakersfield men's golf team to an eight-stroke lead on the opening day of the five-team CSUB Spring Invitational at Bakersfield Country Club.
Bell had rounds of 69 and 75, and Goodvin shot 72-72 on the par-72 course. They tied for the second-best totals of the day, behind Sonoma State's Eric Ashe (71-72-143). Other CSUB scores: Matt Hammons (80-68-148), Daniel Richardson (73-76-149),Dylan Lym (82-72-154) and Matt Deford (78-78-156).
CSUB scored 581 for the day, leading Sonoma (589), South Dakota State (598), North Dakota (628) and Cal State Dominguez Hills (665).
In women's action, Malea Miller (79-88-167, 19th place) posted the lowest 36-hole score for the Roadrunners, whose team total (677) was fifth among five teams.
Northridge (605), led by individual leader Elisabeth Haavardsho (74-67-141) and teammate Clariss Guce (76-73-149), topped the five team field.
Haavardsho's 67 was a women's course record.
Other CSUB scores: Jordanne Barr (89-79-168), Lauren Holbrook (84-85-169), Micah Lopez (88-82-170), Michelle Martell (85-88-173), Lexi Keeter (91-94-185).
The tournament concludes today.
JC men's golf
OJAI -- Bakersfield College finished fifth in the Western State Conference tournament at Soule Park Golf Club.
Neil Bautista had the low round for the Renegades with a 3-over par 75. Zach Casberg shot a 77 and Kevin Antongiovanni and Jake Jacobus each had a 79. College of the Canyons won the tournament with a 358. BC finished with a 391. The Renegades next play Monday in Santa Maria.