Despite a strong effort on the mound by Chris Diaz, the Bakersfield College baseball team lost its season opener, 5-0, to visiting Moorpark College on Friday night.
Diaz allowed two runs, both of which were unearned, and racked up eight strikeouts in seven innings of work.
However, the Renegades offense managed just three hits, all singles, off a trio of Raiders pitchers. BC's offense didn't have a runner reach third base the entire game.
Moorpark starting pitcher Andrew Nardi gave up just one hit and issued two walks in 6 2/3 innings pitched to earn the victory.
Nardi had 12 strikeouts, including 10 through the first five innings.
"The two starting pitchers were really, really good tonight," BC coach Tim Painton said. "We knew that their guy was pretty good. We just didn't do enough offensively. I thought Diaz pitched really well. Kept us in the game."
Diaz struck out the side in the first inning, but Moorpark managed to score a run during the opening frame off the sophomore righty.
Grant Bunked doubled to left, then reached third on a passed ball before Diaz uncorked a wild pitch that allowed the Raiders' center fielder to score.
The game remained 1-0 until Moorpark, aided by three BC errors, tacked on a run in the seventh and three more in the eighth.
"It wasn't really a 5-0 game," Painton said. "It was a very tight game that kind of got away a little bit at the end."
The Renegades' best scoring opportunity came in the eighth inning when Konner Dodge and Joe Pineda both singled, putting runners on first and second with two outs.
Ashanti Ross bounced out to third, ending the inning.
BC's only other hit was a second-inning single by Zach Williams.