Cal State Bakersfield head coach Jeremy Beard is a believer that winning the first game of any series is important. To do it the way that CSUB did on Thursday, was even more significant.
The Roadrunners (19-33, 9-13 Western Athletic) blew out Chicago State (12-40, 6-16), 14-2, in a seven-inning game shortened because of the WAC’s 10-run rule. CSUB had a season-high 17 hits in the game.
“We’re certainly not done for the series,” Beard said. “We have work to do tomorrow. We need to flush this as quick as it came in but use a little bit of that momentum to spur us into tomorrow.”
Beard thought CSUB pitcher Alec Daily was off early in the game and made a mound visit to tell the pitcher he had a short leash. Daily responded with a complete game, giving up just one earned run and five hits in seven innings. It was CSUB’s first complete game since Max Carter did it against Northern Colorado on May 5, 2017.
The CSUB offense exploded. Evan Berkey went 4-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs. Jassen Oliver was 3-for-3 with two RBIs and three runs. The Roadrunners scored four runs in the third inning, five runs in the fourth and four runs in the sixth.