Cal Baptist rolls over No. 1 seed Chico State 14-2 to advance in NCAA regional
By Allan Steele
AZUSA — The California Baptist baseball team found its offense and is still alive in the NCAA Division II West Region playoffs.
The Lancers belted three homers and had 14 hits to defeated top-seeded Chico State 14-2 in an elimination game on Friday.
After getting stifled by Azusa Pacific in Thursday’s regional opener, the Lancers needed a near-perfect game to get past Chico State, which was ranked No. 3 in the country by Collegiate Baseball and No. 2 by NCBWA in the latest national polls, but also had a rough first game, losing to Cal Poly Pomona 8-7 in 10 innings
Brian Ruhm hit two homers, including a second-inning grand slam that gave starter Andrew Bash a cushion to work with, and the Lancers added on
Bash, a redshirt freshman pitched a complete game and gave up just seven hits.
CBU (35-17) will play the UC San Diego vs. Azusa Pacific loser on Saturday at 3 p.m. and could potentially play another game tomorrow night.