There was a huge Bakersfield influence at Cal State Bakersfield's home opening softball doubleheader Saturday. Unfortunately for the Roadrunners, the key players were UC Davis pitchers.
Stockdale High graduate Justine Vela and Centennial graduate Leah Munden were dominant in the Aggies' sweep, 3-2 in eight innings and 2-0 in the second game.
"It was very exciting. It's always nice to come home," said Vela, a sophomore who improved her record to 8-1 with the first-game victory.
Said Munden: "It was really fun. We have a lot of friends and family who came out."
Munden (4-6), a freshman, tossed her first collegiate shutout in the second game.
The Roadrunners offense continued to struggle. CSUB (2-15) was shut out for the seventh time this season. CSUB is hitting .185 as a team and have been outscored 88-23.
"Our pitchers have done fantastic jobs this season and I think they are getting better every game," said CSUB coach Crissy Buck. "Our pitchers are doing a great job and that's what we have to build on."
Vela allowed two singles and a walk with 12 strikeouts. Both of the Roadrunner runs were unearned.
Munden allowed four singles and walked none with four strikeouts.
"They've been tremendous," Davis coach Karen Yoder said of Vela and Munden. "They're wonderful young ladies, not only in the classroom but on the field for us. They both set great examples. ... I'm so proud to have them as Aggies."
Munden allowed only two infield hits through five innings before the Roadrunners put together their best threat in the second game.
Two-out singles by Sydney Raeber and Shay Fryer brought the potential go-ahead run to the plate in the sixth. But Jessica Castaneda flied out to medium deep center field to end the inning. Munden wrapped up her shutout with a 1-2-3 seventh. Davis is 13-13.
"I felt good," Munden said. "I was trying to impress everyone."
Vela had a dominant beginning in the opener. She had strikeouts on eight of CSUB's first nine outs, but the Roadrunners scratched for a game-tying run in the third.
"I don't go to into every game expecting to strike everyone out," said Vela, who fanned 14 in a one-hitter win over Pittsburgh last Sunday. "I just want to do well for my team."
Vela's error, when she bobbled and then threw wildly on a sacrifice bunt, set up CSUB's tying run in the third.
Davis won it in the eighth. With a runner placed on second to open the inning because of the international tie-breaker rule, Megan Guzman twice fouled off sacrifice bunt attempts, then laced an RBI triple down the right field line and scored moments later on Jasmine Lee's RBI single.
A CSUB error led to Davis's first run in the second game and Amy Nunez added her third homer of the season for a sixth-inning insurance run.
CSUB hosts Cal Poly in a noon doubleheader today.