Roadrunners Return The Favor
May 9, 2010
TUCSON, Ariz. – The No. 22 Arizona baseball team could not find an answer on the mound as Cal State Bakersfield collected 19 hits to upset the Wildcats, 22-5, on Sunday afternoon at Kindall Field/Sancet Stadium.
The Roadrunners roughed up starter Daniel Workman for three runs on three hits and a walk in the first inning to claim a 3-0 edge. They added four runs in the second as five consecutive batters tallied a hit to lead off the inning. Jeremy Rodriguez delivered the big blow with a bases-loaded double to drive in three runs.
Workman was lifted and finished with one-plus innings pitched while he gave up seven runs on eight hits. He suffered his first defeat of the season.
The blowout win by the Roadrunners comes on the heels of a 17-6 victory by the Wildcats on Saturday evening. The teams, which combined for 37 hits last night, totaled 31 hits in today’s game.
The Wildcats were unable to mount any serious comeback efforts in the early innings. Steve Selsky was hit by a pitch to open the home half of the second, but was caught trying to steal second base. In the third, Seth Mejias-Brean reached on a one-out single, but was picked off first base. UA notched a single and a double later in the inning, but did not score as it left two runners on base.
The Roadrunners kept on the offensive throughout the day, scoring two runs in the fourth and one in the fifth before exploding for seven runs in the sixth and three in the seventh to take a commanding 20-4 lead after six and a half innings.
UA’s pitching compounded matters by issuing nine walks and hitting four batters in the game. Of seven pitchers used, only Tyler Hale, who took over for Workman in the second, did not issue a walk. Hale pitched three solid innings as he allowed two runs on four hits with four strikeouts.
The relief effort temporarily gave the Wildcats’ offense a chance to put some runs on the board. UA scored two runs in the bottom of the fourth and plated a pair of runs in the fifth on Joey Rickard’s two-run home run. It snapped a 13-consecutive game streak without a home run for the Wildcats.
But outside of a single run in the seventh, Arizona did not find any more success against CSUB starter Mike McCarthy. The right-hander improved to 4-4 on the season as he turned in a complete game effort. He scattered 12 hits and allowed five runs with five strikeouts.
Arizona will resume Pac-10 conference action next Saturday when it opens a three-game set against No. 2 Arizona State. All three games in the Saturday-Monday series will begin at 6 p.m.