CHICAGO, Ill.- Aaron Charles made his first career start and benefitted from a pair of big offensive innings for CSUB as the Roadrunners claimed the series over Chicago State 12-1 Sunday afternoon.
"This was a nice bounce back win today to take a road series after not performing well in an area of the game yesterday, we did a lot of things right today" said interim head coach Jeremy Beard. "It shows our guys have character and want to improve every day."
Charles, the freshman right hander threw four innings giving up one run on four hits striking out three without issuing a walk in his first collegiate victory. Charles returned to the Roadrunners last week after an injury during the Fall season. Andrew Hansen then pitched four innings of scoreless relief retiring all 12 he faced in his second appearance of the week.
"Aaron Charles did an excellent job in his first career start at CSUB," Beard said. "He attacked the zone with authority and mixed his pitches well. We are a better team now that he is healthy. Hansen was also very effective for his second-straight outing, we look forward to playing a tough week of home games this week."
Max Carter led the Roadrunners at the plate with four RBIs in the game while going 2-for-4. Ryan Grotjohn was 4-for-5 with two RBIs for the Roadrunners who hammered out 13 hits in the win. David Metzgar, Cole Valletta and Brandon Heinrich each had multiple-hit games for the Roadrunners. It was the first WAC series win for the CSU Bakersfield this season as they improved to 3-6 in conference play.
The Cougars got on the board first in the first inning when a walk and a double put runners in scoring position. An infield ground ball would score the first run for the Cougars with two outs.
The Roadrunners responded in the second with a leadoff walk and then a Grotjohn double. Valetta would bring in both runs with a 2-RBI single with one out. The Roadrunners then added to their lead with four runs in the third and three more in the fourth to lead 9-1. Carter, Grotjohn and Valletta each had at least one RBI in both innings.The Roadrunners scored three more in the top of the ninth inning.
CSUB (15-12) returns home this week for four games beginning Tuesday night when they host CSUN at 6 p.m. The ‘Runners resume WAC play when Utah Valley comes in for a three-game series at Hardt Field. That series will be played Thursday April 13-Saturday, April 15. First pitch on Thursday and Friday is at 6 p.m. with the series finale on Saturday beginning at Noon.