CHICAGO, Ill.- After threatening all afternoon, the CSUB Roadrunners broke through in the final three innings scoring three runs to claim a 3-0 win in a well-pitched Friday series opener at Chicago State.
CSUB starter Max Carter and Chicago State starter Jake Perkins combined for 11 total strikeouts in the game.
CSUB (14-11, 2-5 WAC) had baserunners in scoring position in the first and fourth innings, each time that runner advanced to third but was unable to score. The Roadrunners scattered five hits through the first six innings stranding all five on the base paths. Carter allowed just three hits through the first six innings while striking out five. Carter improved to 5-1 this season with the victory, his first complete game of the season.
“That was a pair of impressive starts on the mound today,” said CSUB interim head coach Jeremy Beard. “Max did an excellent job locating and keeping their hitters off balance. Perkins was able to do the same thing to us but we were able to get to the bullpen for a couple of big insurance runs.”
CSUB ended one Chicago State scoring threat in the bottom of the fourth when Junior Felix picked off a baserunner at second to end the inning.
Bakersfield struck first in the top of the 7th when Cole Valetta doubled down the left field line with one out. Following a strikeout, Jake Ortega entered as a pinch hitter and singled to left center scoring Valetta from second. Ortega reached second on a throwing error on the play and stole third but CSUB settled for just one run in the inning.
“Ortega’s two-out two-strike pinch-hit RBI obviously changed the game,” Beard said.
The Roadrunners chased Perkins after the one run scored in the seventh. Perkins went seven complete innings giving up one run on seven hits, while walking three. Perkins gave up three doubles in the game but struck out six for the Cougars.
The Roadrunners loaded the bases in the top of the ninth inning after a Cole Valetta leadoff walk. That was followed by a Junior Felix single and Austyn Tengan bunt-single with one out. Both Valetta and Ortega were 2-for-3 on the afternoon. Andrew Penner would record his first hit of the ballgame with two outs in the inning with a two-RBI single to give the ‘Runners a 3-0 lead.
Carter would retire the Cougars in order in the 9th as he recorded his first career shutout. The fifth win this season eclipses his entire career-win total (4) entering the season. The shutout is the first for CSUB since May 8, 2016 when they defeated UTRGV 5-0 in Edinburg, Texas.
The Roadrunners and Chicago State continue the series Saturday afternoon in Chicago. First pitch is scheduled for 3 P.M. (CT).