BAKERSFIELD, Calif.- CSU Bakersfield (30-21) took advantage of a Jordan Ribera error in the bottom of the eighth to score three runs and sweep No. 19 Fresno State (37-14) Sunday afternoon at Hardt Field.
Ryan McIntyre (Jr., Henderson, Nev., Coronado HS) led off the bottom of the first for the Roadrunners with his second home run the year. The Roadrunners added a run later in the inning for a two-run advantage.
Aaron Judge tied the game in the top of the second with a two-RBI double. Martin Medina (Jr., Ventura, Calif., St. Bonaventure HS) put CSUB back into the lead with a two-run home run (his team leading ninth of the year) in the bottom of the third. Fresno State loaded the bases with one out in the fourth for Pat Hutcheson who popped out to short. Danny Muno grounded out to third to end the threat.
Back-to-back walks from Roadrunner starter Jonathan Montoya (Jr., Chino Hills, Calif., Chino Hills HS) with one out in the top of the sixth brought Austin Wynns to the plate. Wynns' ground out hit Fresno State runner Kenny Wise in the leg resulting in the second out. Pinch hitter Justin Mallory walked to load the bases, bringing up Muno. Muno beat out a slow roller to second for a single to make it 4-3. Brennen Gowens flew out to center for the final out of the inning.
Jordan Ribera tied the game at four with his ninth home run of the year in the top of the seventh. The Bulldogs put runners in scoring position in the eighth, but Medina, who relieved Montoya with one out in the seventh, struck out Dusty Robinson to end the inning.
Oscar Sanay (Fr., Chula Vista, Calif., Bonita Vista HS) singled to begin the bottom of the eighth. With one out, pinch hitter Stuart Smith (R-So., Ventura, Calif., Buena HS) hit a shot into right field where Robinson lost it in the sun, resulting in a double and Sanay advancing to third. Bulldogs' reliever Taylor Garrison struck out Kevin Younger (So., Bakersfield, Calif., Liberty HS) for the second out. Tyler Shryock (Fr., Tehachapi, Calif., Desert Christian HS) hit a ground ball to Ribera, the Fresno State first baseman.
Ribera made an error which resulted in the ball reaching right field allowing both Sanay and Smith to score. McIntyre tripled to right center to score Shryock for the final run of the day. Medina, a finalist for the John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year, struck out the side in the top of the night for his third victory of the year.
McIntyre, who batted in three different spots in the three-game series, went 2-for-4. Jeremy Rodriguez (Jr., Thousand Oaks, Calif., Crespi HS) went 2-for-4 as did DC Legg.(Jr., Murrietta, Calif., Cypress College). Montoya and Medina combined for 12 strikeouts (Montoya-7, Medina-5). Garrett Weber paced the Bulldogs as he was 3-for-5. Wynns was 2-for-3.
The Roadrunners make the program's final road trip of the year Tuesday when CSUB visits the University of San Francisco at 3 p.m.