Cael Brockmeyer and the rest of Cal State Bakersfield's hitters weren't about to let an early one-run deficit keep them down long.
Trailing 1-0, the Roadrunners offense exploded for eight second-inning runs to overtake and overwhelm New Mexico State on Friday night.
That outburst paved the way for CSUB to claim a 13-2 Western Athletic Conference victory at Hardt Field. The game was shortened to seven innings because of the league's 10-run rule.
"That's the thing about this team, we don't give up no matter what," Brockmeyer said. "And when they punch us in the face, we're going to punch them right back. Our big thing is answering back right away and we were able to do that. ... After they scored that one (run) we put up a big eight-spot and just pounded them into the ground and totally demoralized them."
CSUB remains tied atop the WAC standings with Dallas Baptist and Texas State, both winners Friday.
Brockmeyer went 3-for-4 with three runs scored and three RBIs as CSUB (19-8, 4-1 WAC) posted its highest run total of the season.
"Championship teams answer back a fairly high percentage of the time," CSUB coach Bill Kernen said. "So when you do that and you also do it with that kind of beginning it's very devastating to the other team."
All but one spot in the CSUB lineup produced at least one hit and one RBI.
The 'Runners, which batted around in both the second and fourth innings and came one batter away from doing it again in the fifth, reached safely 23 times (13 hits, eight walks, and two hit batsmen) as team.
All that offense helped CSUB starting pitcher Scott Brattvet (5-1) register the win. The right-hander went all seven innings, allowing four hits and five walks while striking out six. Brattvet’s solid effort was overshadowed by several impressive offensive performers.
Mylz Jones had two singles during the ’Runners’ second-inning explosion, extending his hitting streak to 18 games.
He’s now one short of tying Jeremy Rodriguez’s school record for most consecutive games with a hit.
Brockmeyer tied a school record for most doubles in a game with two.
After hitting a single and then drawing a walk his first two times at-bat, the CSUB RBI leader demonstrated his extra-base power on back-to-back at bats.
In the fourth inning he helped CSUB extend its lead to 11-2 with a long drive that hit the top of the left-field fence near the 375-foot marker.
An inning later, after Tyler Shryock doubled on a routine fly ball that Aggies center fielder Kyle Phillips lost in the lights, Brockmeyer ripped a hard liner over Phillips head.
“I was feeling really good today,” Brockmeyer said. “The ball was looking big and I was just looking to put good swings on it and I was able fortunately to do that today.”
After being retired in order in the first inning by New Mexico State starter Ryan Beck (4-2), the ’Runners strung together three straight singles to begin their huge second inning.
Brockmeyer, who initiated the assault with a line-drive single to left, eventually scored on a Beck wild pitch, tying the game.
Later in the frame, Dylan Christensen broke things open with a bases-loaded single that scored two more runs.
The CSUB leadoff hitter, who batted in each of the first five innings, came up two more times with the bases loaded later in the game, drawing a walk the first time and then striking out the second time.
“It was a good team win,” Christensen said. “Everybody did their part and had some good at bats.
“It was good to get out there and have a blowout for once and not be stressed out.”
The ’Runners and New Mexico State (14-14, 1-4 WAC) conclude their three-game series at 1 p.m. today.