Juan Silva's RBI double with one out in the seventh inning tied the game and Kyle Waldrop added a sacrifice fly later in the inning that was the difference in the Bakersfield Blaze's 6-5 win over Inland Empire Monday night at Sam Lynn Ballpark.

It was the fifth straight win for Bakersfield, which has the California League's best record (24-8).

Silva also doubled leading off the first inning and scored on Zach Vincej's double. Vincej later scored on Marquez Smith's RBI single. Waldrop hit a solo homer in the third.

Blaze relievers Layne Somsen (winning pitcher, 1-0) and Kyle McMyne (second save) didn't allow a baserunner over the final 3-1/3 innings.

John Tolisano and Yovan Gonzalez opened the seventh with singles. After a strikeout, Silva doubled to left.

McCarthy earns honor

Former Cal State Bakersfield right-hander Mike McCarthy has been named Eastern League Pitcher of the Week.

McCarthy, who plays for the Class-AA Portland (Maine) Sea Dogs in the Boston Red Sox organization, allowed one unearned run in two appearances last week, going 2-0 in 12 innings with eight strikeouts, two walks and eight hits allowed.

McCarthy also writes a weekly minor league baseball column for The Californian that appears on Sundays.

BC swimming

Bakersfield College's swimming team had one of its best state meet performances in several years Saturday.

The BC women placed 10th and the men were 14th at the meet held at East Los Angeles College.

The men were led by Andrew Hargis, who was second in the 500-yard freestyle in a school-record 44:31.35. He was also fifth in the 200 free (a BC-record 1:40.54) and 11th in the 100 free.

Spencer Kerwin was 14th in the 200 backstroke and 16th in the 100 back.

For the women, Clarissa Gardella was seventh in the 50 back, fifth in the 50 free and eighth in the 100 free. Alexis Zimmerman was ninth in the 200 IM, 13th in the 50 breaststroke and 15th in the 100 breast.

In relays, the women's 200 medley relay was fifth, the 200 free relay was seventh, the 400 free relay was eighth, the 800 free relay was ninth and the 400 medley relay was 11th.

The men's 200 free relay was sixth, the 800 free relay was eighth, the 400 medley relay was 10th and the 400 free relay was 12th.

Ex-Cowboy Novacek in Bakersfield Saturday

Former NFL tight end Jay Novacek, who earned three Super Bowl rings with the Dallas Cowboys and was a five-time Pro Bowl selection, will be an NFL draft day guest of the local Cowboys Country 661 booster club from 2-4 p.m. Saturday at the Firehouse restaurant, 7701 White Lane.

Doors will open at noon, and Novacek will sign autographs from 2-4 p.m., according to Mando Oliveros, president of the four-year-old booster club. The event will include raffles and prizes during the draft, which will be on multiple TV screens

In his 11-year career, which ended after the 1996 season, Novacek made 422 catches for 4,630 yards and 30 touchdowns.

Transfer QB from Duke signs with Bulldogs

Brandon Connette, who dazzled with his legs and arm at Duke, signed his grant-in-aid agreement to play quarterback at Fresno State.

Connette will be a senior with one year of eligibility. He will not have to sit out a season per NCAA transfer restrictions because he graduated in December.

The 6-foot-2 Connette passed for 1,212 yards with 13 touchdowns and rushed for 337 yards and 14 TDs as a junior.