Despite jumping out to a 6-2 lead through four innings, the Matadors could not avoid allowing big innings as Cal State University Bakersfield scored four in the sixth and three in the seventh to secure the win.
The Matadors were hampered by five errors in the game, while the Roadrunners only had one error on the day.
CSUN starter Angel Rodriguez only lasted two innings as he gave up two earned runs on three hits with three strikeouts and a walk.
Junior pitcher Rayne Raven then pitched two scoreless innings in the the third and fourth.
Following Raven’s fourth inning, the bullpen couldn’t hold the lead for the Matadors, while giving up eight runs between four pitchers.
Leading 6-3 heading through five innings, the Blaze stormed back to take a 7-6 lead after scoring four in the sixth.
The Matadors would then answer right back in the bottom half of the inning, thanks to a two-out RBI single by center fielder Justin Toerner to score Blaser from second to tie the game at 7-7.
However, the Roadrunners were able to answer right back in the top of the seventh inning, as they scored three runs to take a 10-7 lead and that proved to be the difference.
The CSUN offense tallied 13 hits in the game, right fielder Chester Pak and Toerner combined for seven of those hits.
Pak went 3-for-5 with two homers, three runs and three RBIs as Toerner went 4-for-5 with two runs and one RBI.
This was Pak’s second multi-home run performance in his career. Pak belted two home runs on Mother’s Day in May of 2013.
Along with Toerner and Pak, Bumstead swung a hot bat as well, as he went 2-for-3 with two RBIs.
10 of the 13 CSUN hits came from the first four batters in the lineup and they also scored five of the seven runs.
CSUN returns to the diamond to open up conference play against Cal State Fullerton for the first of a three-game set on Friday afternoon. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. at Matador Field.