Roadrunners Outlast Wildcats In 11 Innings
May 7, 2010
TUCSON, Ariz. – Cal State Bakersfield pushed across five runs in the top of the 11th inning to hand No. 22 Arizona a loss on its home field Friday night at Kindall Field/Sancet Stadium.
Bryce Bandilla, who could not hold a 2-1 Arizona lead after walking three straight batters in the seventh inning, allowed consecutive one-out singles in the 11th before walking his fourth batter of the game to load the bases. Jeremy Rodriguez chopped a single to the left side and past the drawn in UA infield to drive in a pair of runs and stake CSUB to a 4-2 lead.
The Roadrunners, who were 2-2 against Pac-10 teams entering the game, added three more runs in the inning. Nick Cunningham relieved Bandilla, but allowed a walk, a base hit and one run without recording an out. Augey Bill pitched the Wildcats out of the inning, but allowed the fourth run to score on a wild pitch and the fifth on his own fielding error as he could not make a clean play on a dribbler back to the mound.
The Wildcats wasted another solid starting performance by Kurt Heyer. The freshman right-hander worked into the seventh inning and struck out nine batters. Heyer scattered five hits, walked three and allowed two runs.
The second run allowed by Heyer came with two outs in the top of the seventh with UA clinging to a 2-1 lead. After striking out the first two batters in the frame, Heyer gave up a single to Brandon Boren before giving way to Bandilla.
Bandilla walked three consecutive Roadrunners before settling down and tallying the third out. The third walk forced in the tying run.
The Wildcats jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the third thanks to some control problems by CSUB starter Mickey Jannis. Joey Rickard and Seth Mejias-Brean were hit by consecutive pitches before Alex Mejia walked to load the bases. Rafael Valenzuela drove in Rickard with a single to centerfield. A fielding error by Joey Mills in center allowed Mejias-Brean to score on the play.
Arizona had an opportunity to win the game in the ninth and 10th innings as it left a pair of runners on base in each frame.
The golden opportunity was in the 10th inning when Mejia singled to lead off against reliever Spenser Messmore. A balk by Messmore allowed Mejia to move to second and the Roadrunners elected to intentionally walk Bobby Brown. Ethan Chavez attempted to sacrifice the runners up a base, but the Roadrunners gunned down Mejia trying to advance to third, leaving runners on first and second with one out.
CSUB went to the bullpen again and called on Matt Reyes to work out of the jam, but not after giving up a wild pitch which advanced the runners to second and third with Jett Bandy at the plate. Bandy hit into a fielder’s choice on a chopper to the shortstop, which made for an easy play at the plate to cut down Brown trying to score from third. Steve Selsky flied out to deep center to end the inning.
The Roadrunners received a fabulous start from Jannis, who pitched 9.0 inning and allowed two runs – one earned – while scattering six hits. He issued just one walk in the game in the no-decision effort. Reyes earned the win out of the bullpen.
The two teams will continue the series on Saturday at 6 p.m. at Kindall Field/Sancet Stadium.