IRVINE, Calif.—David Metzgar tied his career high with five RBI’s as CSU Bakersfield defeated UC Irvine 14-2 Tuesday night. The ‘Runner victory broke a 10-game losing streak to the Anteaters that dated back to May 19, 2012 when CSUB defeated UCI (12-13) 5-4.
The Roadrunners sped to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Metzgar’s RBI single drove in Andrew Penner. CSUB extended the lead in the third when Metzgar, Max Carter, and Ryan Grotjohn posted back to back to back RBI’s. Metzgar’s two-out triple with the bases loaded in the top of the fourth made it 7-0 in favor of CSUB. The Roadrunners added two more in the seventh when Ryan Grotjohn and Mahlik Jones each drove in a run.
CSUB starter Andrew Hansen retired seven in a row entering the seventh before UC Irvine recorded their second and third hits to put runners on second and third. Devin Pettengill hit a shot towards Grotjohn at short. The 6-2 senior jumped into the air to snatch the drive for the second out. Matt Reitano singled up the middle to plate two runs. Pinch-hitter Mikey Filla grounded out to end the frame. Jones and Heinrich would combine for four of the five CSUB runs in the ninth. Both recorded a single that would drive in two runs.
Hansen tossed four-hit ball over the first seven innings before giving way to Kenny Johnson to start the eighth. Naithen Dewsnap pitched the ninth as the trio would combine on a five-hitter. Dewnsap struck out two in the final inning.
“It all started with Andrew on the mound,” said CSUB interim head coach Jeremy Beard. “Andrew did an excellent job of mixing his pitches and competing. He threw with conviction and gave us a chance to gain momentum offensively and never let up.”
Metzgar earned his 11th multi-hit game of the season, as he was 3-for-4. Carter (3-for-4) and Heinrich both added three hits. For Carter it was his 10th multi-hit game of the year. Carter scored three runs. Jones would post two hits and drove in three runs.
“Metzgar has worked on shortening up his swing and he showed that tonight,” Beard said. “He has been hitting the ball, it is a tribute to him to put in the work and make those adjustments pay off tonight.”
CSUB (13-11, 1-5 WAC) travels to Chicago State (6-18, 2-1 WAC) for a three-game league kseries this weekend. Action gets underway Friday at 3 p.m. (CT).