MESA, Ariz.---Sergio Robles tied the CSU Bakersfield school record with two home runs as the Roadrunners defeated Seattle U 10-4 in the first Western Athletic Conference Tournament elimination game Friday afternoon.
An Aaron Lively one-out RBI single plated Sean Sutton in the bottom of the second to break the seal for the Redhawks (20-35-1). Sophomore Sergio Robles led off the CSUB third by hitting his first career home run to tie the game.
David Metzgar worked out a leadoff walk against SU starter Jake Prizina to begin the CSUB fourth. Metzgar made it to second on a Mahlik Jones flyball down the right field line. Ryan Grotjohn followed with a bloop single to center. Max Carter recorded only his ninth hit since May 2 (43 at-bats), a double to the left center gap that plated Metzgar and Grotjohn.
Dalton Hurd walked to lead off the Seattle U fifth. Hurd stole second before Chase Wells battled back from begin down 0-2 in the count to CSUB starter Aaron Charles to smack a double to left that scored Hurd. Kyler Murphy singled to give the Redhawks runners on the corners. Aaron Stroosma's grounder to short wasn't hit hard enough to turn a double play. CSUB got a force out at second as Wells scored to tie the game. A Charles balk allowed Stroosma to move to second base. Curtis Perrin gave the Redhawks the lead when he doubled to right to score Stroosma.
Garrett Nimmo relieved Charles with the count 1-0 on Griffin Andreychuk. Andreychuk flew out to center on Nimmo's first pitch for the second out. Sutton flew out to center for the final out.
Austin Hansen relieved Prinzina to begin the sixth. With two outs in the top of the seventh, Jake Ortega and Andrew Penner recorded back-to-back singles. Hansen hit Metzgar to load the bases. Jansen Junk relieved Hansen. Junk's second pitch bounded in front of home plate and got away from Murphy, the catcher. This allowed Ortega to score and tie the game. With the count 2-2 on Jones, the CSUB third baseman went to the opposite field and singled to right to score Penner and Metzgar for a 6-4 lead.
Wells began the SU seventh with a single to right. Nimmo struck out Murphy before Stroosma reached on an infield single. Perrin battled Nimmo to a 3-2 count before the CSUB righty struck out Perrin. Roadrunner closer Naithen Dewnsap relieved Nimmo to face Andreychuck, the No. 3 hitter for the Redhawks. Andreychuck flew to Robles in right center to keep the game at 6-4.
Carter and Robles recorded back-to-back singles to begin the Roadrunner half of the eighth. Mark Pena failed to lay down a sacrifice bunt and popped out to second via the infield fly for the first out. Junior Felix grounded out to first, but was able to push the runners up a base. Ortega struck out to wrap up matters.
Penner led off the CSUB ninth with a single. He advanced to second when Metzgar grounded out to first. Jones doubled to right center, but Penner did not score on the play as he held up in between second and third. Grotjohn was intentionally walked which loaded the bases. Carter's sac fly to left allowed Penner to score. Robles hit his second homer, a long shot that bounced off the netting that protects the bottom of the Hohokam Stadium scoreboard, approximately 400 feet away in left to make it 10-4. After retiring the first six men he faced, Dewsnap hit Murphy with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. Stroosma flew out to right to end the game.
"Sergio had a big day today," said CSUB interim head coach Jeremy Beard. "He has had a nice tournament so far. His second home run was a nice icing on the cake in the game for us."
Robles went 3-for-4 with four RBI's to lead CSUB. Four Roadrunners; Ortega, Penner, Jones, and Carter combined for eight of the remaining 12 CSUB hits (two each). Carter had three RBI's. Wells posted two hits for the Redhawks.
CSUB improves to 30-24. The Roadrunenrs face NM State at 3:15 Friday afternoon. CSUB has now won at least 30 games for the fourth time in the nine-year history of the program.