Cal State Bakersfield baseball (13-10, 1-0 Western Athletic) recorded a season-high 17 hits to beat New Mexico State (15-6, 0-1) on the road, 9-4, to start Western Athletic Conference play. CSUB scored in every inning except the third and ninth.
Roadrunners third baseman Tyler Jorgensen went 4-for-5 with five runs batted in and two doubles. CSUB catcher Jake Ortega was 4-for-6 and scored twice. Pitcher Darius Vines (4-1) earned the win, striking out eight batters and giving up four earned runs in 6 2/3 innings. Freshman reliever Roman Angelo earned the save, tossing a scoreless 2 1/3 innings.
CSUB handed NMSU pitcher Brock Whittlesey (3-1) his first loss of the season. He surrendered 10 hits and five runs in five innings pitched.
The teams will play again Saturday at 1 p.m.