BAKERSFIELD, Calif.—Alex McKenna hit a home run on the first pitch of the game and Cal Poly (16-19) never looked back as the Mustangs defeated CSU Bakersfield 10-2 Tuesday night at Hardt Field.
After McKenna homered for Cal Poly in the first Josh George added an RBI single before Garrett Nimmo balked in a run. The Mustangs put the first two runners on in the second before Nimmo’s second balk of the game advanced both into scoring position. Back-to-back Bradlee Beesley and Kyle Marinconz sac flies created a 5-0 score. Led by Beesley’s triple with the bases loaded, Cal Poly scored five more in the top of the third.
David Metzgar’s double to lead off the bottom of the sixth extended his hitting streak to 15, the seventh longest streak in school history. Metzgar has reached base in 29 consecutive games, the second longest in the history of the CSUB program (Jeremy Rodriguez reached base in 35 straight games during the 2010 season). Metzgar scored the Roadrunner first run later in the sixth when Mahlik Jones grounded out to short.
CSUB scored its second run of the game in the bottom of the eighth when Jake Ortega walked with the bases loaded. Beelsey was 2-for-3 with four RBI’s and two runs scored. McKenna scored three times as he went 2-for-3. Josh George also tallied two hits. Grotjohn recorded his 17th multi-hit game of the season with a 2-for-4 performance.
“We didn’t get out of the gate tonight,” said CSUB interim head coach Jeremy Beard. “Tip your hat to Cal Poly, they swung the bats well and we didn’t swing at good pitches early. On a positive note, our guys played very good defense tonight. We did not give in and fought. Games likes you have to flush it and move onto the next one.”
The Roadrunners (19-13) head to Arizona State (16-18) this weekend for a three-game series. Friday’s action on Pac12.com begins at 6:30 p.m.