NORTHRIDGE, Calif.—Pinch hitter Riley Conlan's single with two outs in the bottom of the 10th completed a late comeback for CSUN as the Matadors defeated CSU Bakersfield 3-2 in a pitchers dual Tuesday afternoon.

Alvaro Rubalcaba tripled down the right field line to begin the game for CSUN (24-25). Rubalcaba came home on a Fred Smith double to give the Matadors the lead. Mahlik Jones tied the game with a two-out RBI single in the top of the fourth.

Nolan Bumstead singled to right with two outs in the bottom of the fourth. He advanced to second on a CSUB passed ball before getting to third on a Kenny Johnson wild pitch. Nick Sablock walked to bring up Harrison Hart.  Andrew Penner got the ‘Runners out of the inning with a diving catch. Rubalcaba walked with one out in the fifth. Smith hit a grounder to Carter at first. Carter stepped on the bag and threw down to shortstop Ryan Grotjohn who tagged Smith out for CSUB's second double play of the day.

David Metzgar walked with one out in the top of the sixth. Max Carter singled to left as Metzgar took off on the hit-and-run. Lefty Joey Deceglie relieved Ray Diaz to face the left handed hitting Grotjohn. With the count 0-2, Grotjohn hit a liner to Rubalcaba at second. He threw onto first for the third Matadors' double play of the game.

Isaiah Moten relieved Johnson to start the CSUN sixth and issued a four-pitch walk to Dylan Alexander. Moten fell behind in the count to Albie Weiss, the Matadors' cleanup hitter. Moten battled back to record a strikeout. Moten struck out Justin Toerner before Bumstead doubled to right. Nick Sablock grounded out to first to keep the score at one. Rubalcaba walked with two outs in the bottom of the seventh and stole second. Moten quieted the ‘Dors when he got Smith to ground out to second.

Max Carter worked out a leadoff walk in the ninth against CSUN closer Conner O'Neil. Ryan Kono pinch ran for Carter as Grotjohn came to the plate. Grotjohn went to the opposite field and singled to left. After unsuccessfully trying to lay down a sacrifice bunt, Jones came from being down in the count to work out a walk to load the bases. Sergio Robles' grounder to Rubalcaba at second resulted in an out, but Kono scored on the play. Cole Valletta struck out looking. Junior Felix also struck out to end the inning.

CSUB closer Naithen Dewsnap entered the ninth for the Roadrunners. Bumstead singled to right for this third hit of the game. Elisa Orona pinch ran for Bumstead as pinch hitter Alex Hull came to bat. Hull sacrificed Orona to second with a bunt. Pinch hitter Jake Spurlin struck out on four pitches. William Colantano hit a grounder to Austyn Tengan at second. Tengan bobbled the ball, which allowed Orona to score all the way from second. Rubalcaba walked. Smith flew out to center to send the game to extra innings.

Penner doubled to right with one out in the top of the 10th. With the count 0-2 on Tengan, Kyle Nicol's wild pitch advanced Penner to third. Nicol would end up striking out Tengan. Luis Martinez struck out looking for the third out.

Alexander singled to right center to begin the CSUN 10th.  Weiss flew out to right. Toerner hit a grounder to Martinez at first. He threw down to Grotjohn at second to get the lead runners. Toerner stole second and scored the game winning run on Conlan's single.

“That was a tough loss,” said CSUB interim head coach Jeremy Beard. “You have to be two better going into the ninth and we didn't execute a bunt to get that two-run separation. Metzgar had his ha

NORTHRIDGE, Calif.—Pinch hitter Riley Conlan's single with two outs in the bottom of the 10th completed a late comeback for CSUN as the Matadors defeated CSU Bakersfield 3-2 in a pitchers dual Tuesday afternoon.

Alvaro Rubalcaba tripled down the right field line to begin the game for CSUN (24-25). Rubalcaba came home on a Fred Smith double to give the Matadors the lead. Mahlik Jones tied the game with a two-out RBI single in the top of the fourth.

Nolan Bumstead singled to right with two outs in the bottom of the fourth. He advanced to second on a CSUB passed ball before getting to third on a Kenny Johnson wild pitch. Nick Sablock walked to bring up Harrison Hart.  Andrew Penner got the ‘Runners out of the inning with a diving catch. Rubalcaba walked with one out in the fifth. Smith hit a grounder to Carter at first. Carter stepped on the bag and threw down to shortstop Ryan Grotjohn who tagged Smith out for CSUB's second double play of the day.

David Metzgar walked with one out in the top of the sixth. Max Carter singled to left as Metzgar took off on the hit-and-run. Lefty Joey Deceglie relieved Ray Diaz to face the left handed hitting Grotjohn. With the count 0-2, Grotjohn hit a liner to Rubalcaba at second. He threw onto first for the third Matadors' double play of the game.

Isaiah Moten relieved Johnson to start the CSUN sixth and issued a four-pitch walk to Dylan Alexander. Moten fell behind in the count to Albie Weiss, the Matadors' cleanup hitter. Moten battled back to record a strikeout. Moten struck out Justin Toerner before Bumstead doubled to right. Nick Sablock grounded out to first to keep the score at one. Rubalcaba walked with two outs in the bottom of the seventh and stole second. Moten quieted the ‘Dors when he got Smith to ground out to second.

Max Carter worked out a leadoff walk in the ninth against CSUN closer Conner O'Neil. Ryan Kono pinch ran for Carter as Grotjohn came to the plate. Grotjohn went to the opposite field and singled to left. After unsuccessfully trying to lay down a sacrifice bunt, Jones came from being down in the count to work out a walk to load the bases. Sergio Robles' grounder to Rubalcaba at second resulted in an out, but Kono scored on the play. Cole Valletta struck out looking. Junior Felix also struck out to end the inning.

CSUB closer Naithen Dewsnap entered the ninth for the Roadrunners. Bumstead singled to right for this third hit of the game. Elisa Orona pinch ran for Bumstead as pinch hitter Alex Hull came to bat. Hull sacrificed Orona to second with a bunt. Pinch hitter Jake Spurlin struck out on four pitches. William Colantano hit a grounder to Austyn Tengan at second. Tengan bobbled the ball, which allowed Orona to score all the way from second. Rubalcaba walked. Smith flew out to center to send the game to extra innings.

Penner doubled to right with one out in the top of the 10th. With the count 0-2 on Tengan, Kyle Nicol's wild pitch advanced Penner to third. Nicol would end up striking out Tengan. Luis Martinez struck out looking for the third out.

Alexander singled to right center to begin the CSUN 10th.  Weiss flew out to right. Toerner hit a grounder to Martinez at first. He threw down to Grotjohn at second to get the lead runners. Toerner stole second and scored the game winning run on Conlan's single.

“That was a tough loss,” said CSUB interim head coach Jeremy Beard. “You have to be two better going into the ninth and we didn't execute a bunt to get that two-run separation. Metzgar had his hamstring tighten up so we did not want to take any chances with him so we took him out. In hindsight, it hurt us a little bit. Dewsnap did a good job of pitching. We let their best base stealer take 90 feet without giving him a look at first which led to the run.”

Metzgar recorded his 21st multi-hit game of the year in 44 starts, as he was 2-for-3 with a walk.  Penner tallied his 18th multi-hit game by going 2-for-4. Valletta went 2-for-4 as well. Bumstead was 3-for-3 as Rubalcaba went 2-for-2 with three walks for the Matadors.

The Roadrunners (26-18, 11-7 WAC) hosts No. 23 Loyola Marymount (31-14) at 6 p.m. Corey Costelloe's pregame show on ESPN 1230 AM/98.1 FM starts at 5:45 p.m. Roadrunner Sports Network coverage gets underway at 6 p.m.

The busy week concludes with the final home games of the 2017 season as Seattle U comes to Hardt Field. The series begins Friday at 6 p.m. with coverage on ESPN 1230 AM/98.1 FM and the Roadrunner Sports Network.

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string tighten up so we did not want to take any chances with him so we took him out. In hindsight, it hurt us a little bit. Dewsnap did a good job of pitching. We let their best base stealer take 90 feet without giving him a look at first which led to the run.”

Metzgar recorded his 21st multi-hit game of the year in 44 starts, as he was 2-for-3 with a walk.  Penner tallied his 18th multi-hit game by going 2-for-4. Valletta went 2-for-4 as well. Bumstead was 3-for-3 as Rubalcaba went 2-for-2 with three walks for the Matadors.

The Roadrunners (26-18, 11-7 WAC) hosts No. 23 Loyola Marymount (31-14) at 6 p.m. Corey Costelloe's pregame show on ESPN 1230 AM/98.1 FM starts at 5:45 p.m. Roadrunner Sports Network coverage gets underway at 6 p.m.

The busy week concludes with the final home games of the 2017 season as Seattle U comes to Hardt Field. The series begins Friday at 6 p.m. with coverage on ESPN 1230 AM/98.1 FM and the Roadrunner Sports Network.

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