Grand Canyon scored five runs in the final two innings to pull away for a 9-2 victory over Cal State Bakersfield in the finale of a three-game Western Athletic Conference series Sunday at Hardt Field.
"That was our worst game of the year," CSUB coach Bill Kernen said. "It's really kind of inexplicable. We're not very good. We're not playing well."
The Roadrunners (7-11, 1-2) managed just four hits, but managed to hand close until the Antelopes (9-9, 2-1) added four runs in the eighth and another in the ninth to build a comfortable lead.
Grand Canyon scored in the first inning on Humberto Aranda's RBI double, but CSUB tied it in the fourth on a sacrifice fly by Max Carter.
The Antelopes took the lead in the sixth, capitalizing on a pair of wild pitches by CSUB starter Austin Davis that led to three Grand Canyon runs and a 4-1 lead.
Chance Gusbeth threw out a runner trying to score to end the inning and keep the game within reach.
Davis (1-3) allowed four runs on nine hits, walking two and striking out two in six innings.
The Roadrunners trimmed the lead to 4-2 in the seventh when Carter and Mylz Jones led off with back-to-back singles and advanced on a ground out by Nick Vehlewald. Carter scored on a sacrifice fly by Ross Hough.
But that was as close as the 'Runners would get against Grand Canyon starter Coley Bruns (3-0), who pitched a complete game, striking out six.
The Roadrunners travel to play Cal State Northridge at 3 p.m. Wednesday
"I'm gonna play some guys that haven't played," Kernen said. "The freshmen are all gonna pitch. We need to develop some guys and get them some innings."
In Saturday's game, the Antelopes held on for a 5-4 victory over the Roadrunners, who rallied with three runs in the seventh and another in the eighth.
Soloman Williams, Gusbeth, Carter and David Metzger each had two hits apiece for CSUB.
The 'Runners also received a shot in the arm from their bullpen. Nick Rogowski, Steven Gee and Sergio Luna combined for four scoreless innings in relief to keep CSUB close.