BAKERSFIELD, Calif.—CSU Bakersfield scored all eight of their runs with two outs as the Roadrunners came from behind to defeat Nebraska 8-6 Tuesday night at Hardt Field.
The scoring began in the bottom of the first when Ryan Grotjohn smacked a two-out single to score Mark Pena and Andrew Penner. Roadrunner starter Garrett Nimmo retired nine of the first 12 Cornhuskers he faced before giving up three runs in the top of the fourth. Luis Alvarardo and Jake Schleppenbach drove in a pair of runs before Nebraska took the lead on a CSUB error. The Huskers could have more, but Pennere threw out Alex Raburn at home on Mojo Hagge’s single to left.
CSUB went ahead again in the fifth. After the first two Roadrunners were retired in order, Max Carter hit the first home run of the season by a CSUB player to tie the score. Matt Waldron hit Grotjohn prior to Mahlik Jones tripling in Grotjohn for the go-ahead run.
Nebraska took the lead with two outs in the seventh. Scott Schreiber and Jake Meyers put together back-to-back infield singles, Alvarado drove in Schreiber with an RBI single to right-center that cap off an eight-pitch at-bat against CSUB closer Naithen Dewsnap. Alvarado and Schreiber then executed a delayed double steal, with Schreiber scoring on the play. Angelo Altavilla singled in Mojo Hagge for 6-4 lead in the top of the eighth.
The Roadrunners rallied in the bottom of the eighth. After the first two CSUB batters were retired, Pena reached on an infield single and advanced to third on a Penner single. David Metzgar’s opposite field base hit to right plated Pena. Carter walked to load the bases. Nebraska closer Chad Luensmann balked in the tying run in Penner. He walked Grotjohn to load the bases again, setting the stage for Jones who went down 0-2 in the count to Luensmann. Jones singled up the middle to score Metzgar and Carter for the game winning runs.
“We never give in and that’s been the story of our season,” said CSUB interim head coach Jeremy Beard. “Pitch-by-pitch is our motto. We believe we can score whether its two outs, two strikes, it doesn’t matter.”
Pena, Penner, and Jones each posted three hits for the Roadrunners (11-5) who tallied 16 for the night. Metzgar, Carter, and Grotjohn each charted two hits. Jones drove in three runs. Meyers and Schreiber would both record three hits as Nebraska had 13 for the game. Naithen Dewnsap picked up the win in relief of Nimmo. He is now 3-0 on the year. Luensmann fell to 1-1 for the season. Huskers’ (9-9) starter Matt Waldron allowed 11 CSUB hits in six innings of work. He threw 126 pitches, 87 for strikes. Nimmo scattered nine hits in 6.1 innings.
The Roadrunners open Western Athletic Conference action Friday night when CSUB travels to Grand Canyon. Coverage of Friday’s opener begins at 7 p.m. on the WAC Digital Network.