The Bakersfield College baseball team blew a four-run lead and lost 6-5 to LA Mission College Tuesday afternoon at Gerry Collis Field.
The loss drops BC out a first-place tie with the Eagles atop the Western State Conference-South standings.
The Renegades broke open a scoreless game with four runs in the fourth inning before allowing LA Mission to plate five runs in the seventh and take the lead.
BC tied things in the bottom of the seventh on Brock Hallum's RBI flare over second base, but the Eagles came right back and regained the lead for good with one run in the eighth.
BC starting pitcher Austin Toerner allowed just one hit, a bunt single, through six innings. But LA Mission tagged the sophomore right-hander for four hits, including two doubles during their big seventh inning rally. Toerner also issued a walk and hit a batter in the seventh.
All five of the runs he allowed were earned.
Monty Stevens allowed the Eagles' run in the eighth and took the loss.
Toerner, Stevens, and BC's ninth inning pitcher Cain Roberts combined to issue four walks and hit three batters.
"We didn't throw enough strikes," BC coach Tim Painton said. "We gave them seven free bases with hit batters and walks and the majority of them happened late in the game. That's how you cough up a four-run lead."
The BC offensive attach had five hits and drew seven walks off LA Mission starter Gonzolo Rios and reliever Ben Kaser, who was credited with the win after allowing just one run in 5 1/3 innings pitched.
The Renegades left eight runners on base,
"It's very difficult to walk out of this ballpark coughing up a game when we can't execute on offense," Painton said. "We can't get a bunt down in any situation. Four times today we can't bunt a baseball and we can't throw the ball over the plate. It's very difficult to walk out of here with a loss."
The Renegades return to action on Thursday when they host LA Valley. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.