BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – Cal State Bakersfield played under the lights for the first time ever at Hardt Field and its players capped a bright, memorable night for the three-year-old program by defeating Ohio State, 13-2, behind the pitching of Mike McCarthy and an 11-hit attack.

McCarthy improved to 3-2 by pitching 8.0 innings of six-hit baseball. He did not allow an earned run, struck out nine Buckeyes and walked four before exiting after throwing 124 pitches, 83 of them for strikes. Four players had multiple hits and multiple RBI led by Ryan McIntyre’s three hits and three RBI games from Kevin Younger and Andrew Letourneau.

Ohio State didn’t help its cause by only managing seven hits, but also by committing three errors – two in the first inning that staked the Roadrunners to a 2-0 lead, hitting into three double plays and walking 11 batters.

It was, however, a game through five innings. Ohio State came back to tie things up at 2-all in the third inning. Ryan Cypret hit a two-strike, two-out double deep into the left field corner to score Matt Streng from second and Brian DeLucia, who motored around the bases to score from first. The hit extended Cypret’s hitting streak to 14 games.  

But just like that, the Roadrunners sneaked back into the lead with a run in the fourth and then upped it to 5-2 on a two-run home run by Martin Medina, his team-leading fourth home run of the season and his 22nd and 23rd runs batted in. Another run made it 6-2 at the end of five.

Ohio State hit into double plays to end the sixth and seventh innings, though, and CSUB responded with four more runs in the sixth and three in the seventh to put the game away.

Ohio State used five pitchers. Dean Wolosiansky started and dropped to 1-3 with the loss. He worked 5.0 innings, allowed five earned runs with four walks and one strikeout.

Game 2 of the three-game series will be Friday at 9 p.m. EDT. Freshman John Kuchno will start on the mound for the Buckeyes.

Some Random Thoughts From Under the Lights at Hardt Field:

  • Here is where the Buckeyes are playing: Bakersfield, Calif., is a city of about 350,000 people located at the southern end of the San Joaquin Valley, equal distance between Los Angeles and Fresno, Calif.
  • Cal State University Bakersfield is a public university that was founded in 1965 and opened in 1970. CSU Bakersfield is currently an independent seeking to become a member of the Big West Conference or possibly the Western Athletic Conference. The athletics program is in its first year as an NCAA Division I program.
  • How about this contrast: baseball is the oldest sport at Ohio State University. The 2011 season marks the 128th season for the program. CSU Bakersfield’s program is in its third year.
  • Fans can listen to all three games of the Ohio State vs. CSU Bakersfield series on the internet at this link: Go Bucks. Audio is through CSU Bakersfield. There is a charge.
  • Upcoming game times in this series: 9 p.m. (EDT) Friday and 4 p.m. (EDT) Saturday.