Pilots blow lead and lose 10-8 to CSU Bakersfield, drop series 3-1

By Nischal Mali | March 4, 2018 8:00pm
Dutton Elske played well behind plate. He also got an RBI.
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It was a great day for a ball game on the Bluff Sunday afternoon as the Pilots took on the California State Bakersfield Roadrunners on Joe Etzel Field with the goal of evening out their series. But after a solid start, the Pilots failed to do so, losing 10-8 and going 3-1 in the series.

Ryan Hoogerwerf fields a ball to keep the Roadrunners from getting on base.
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In conjunction with senior pitcher Camden Muller and good defensive fielding, the Pilots were able to shut the Roadrunners out for the first four innings, similarly dominating offensively with six runs through the first three innings.

Jace McKinney lead the team with three RBIs being a major contributor to the eight runs the Pilots scored.
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Although the Pilots were able to keep the Roadrunners off the scoreboard for the first four innings, at the top of the fifth the tide changed as CSU quickly got four runs to the Pilots two. 

Despite Pilots best effort fielding, the Roadrunners were able to out score them in the ninth.
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Mueller was substituted for left handed senior pitcher Jordan Horak at the top of the sixth, but was unable to stop the momentum that CSU had gained.

Starting pitcher Camden Muller shut out the Roadrunners during the first four inning with help from the field.
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Unable to score for the next four innings, including a seventh inning, the Pilots continued to play well defensively for the most part, but their lead quickly diminished after a series of successive mistakes led to four runs for the Roadrunners at the top of the ninth. 

Outfielder Ryan Kim helped to boost the pilots score with and was 3-4 at bat.
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The Pilots next game will be against Oregon State this Tuesday in Corvallis.

Nischal Mali is a reporter for The Beacon and he can be reached at mali20@up.edu and on Twitter at @NischalMali