BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -
In the final non-conference game of the season, the Cal State Northridge Matadors (23-27) could not overcome an early deficit in a 10-1 loss to the CSU Bakersfield Roadrunners (22-29) on Tuesday night at Hardt Field. Adam Barry hit a triple to center field that scored Cal Vogelsang for CSUN's lone run in the top of the seventh inning.
The Roadrunners staked a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning after an RBI double by DC Legg and a run-scoring ground out by Andrew Letourneau. CSU Bakersfield added two more in the third inning on an RBI double by J.P. Maestas and a fielder's choice by Legg.
The deficit for the Matadors grew to eight runs after the Roadrunners plated one in the fifth and three in the sixth, fueled by a home run by Cael Brockmeyer. After the home run, a pair of Roadrunners came in to score on a bases-loaded walk and a sacrifice fly.
Northridge was able to break through for a run in the top of the seventh with two outs. Vogelsang reached on a fielder's choice before Barry hit a sinking line drive that got by the center fielder for an RBI triple. The hit was Northridge's second triple of the season.
The Roadrunners extended the lead once more, eventually growing the margin to nine runs after tacking on one in the seventh and eighth innings.
Spenser Messmore (4-6) pitched 8.0 innings and struck out nine batters to earn the victory. Brandon Warner (1-3) started the game and pitched 2.1 innings in a losing effort.
Barry finished the game 2-for-4 with an RBI for Northridge while Vogelsang went 1-for-4 with a run scored. Marty Bowen went 1-for-2 with a single and reached base three times by way of a walk and fielder's choice.
The two teams combined for nine hit by pitches in the game, with Northridge tallying seven. Both figures are three fewer than the NCAA Division I record.
Northridge will conclude the 2012 season with a three-game series at Pacific beginning Friday, May 25. First pitch on Friday is scheduled for 6 p.m. and all three games against the Tigers will feature live stats and radio coverage available on GoMatadors.com