BAKERSFIELD, Calif.—Seattle University outslugged CSU Bakersfield 9-6 Sunday afternoon in the final game of a Western Athletic Conference baseball series.
SU (18-30-1, 7-14 WAC) sent 10 batters to the plate in the top of the second as Seattle U recorded seven hits on their way to six runs. Austin Lively highlighted the rally with a double to the right center gap that drove in a pair.
Sergio Robles' two-out RBI single in the bottom of the second scored Ryan Grotjohn to get the Roadrunners on the board. Kyler Murphy increased the Seattle U lead with his RBI single in the top of the third.
With the bases full of Redhawks in the top of the fourth, the Roadrunners turned the third triple play in school history. Dalton Hurd hit a grounder to Mahlik Jones at third. Jones stepped on the third base bag for the first out. Jones threw across the diamond to Max Carter to retire Hurd. Carter threw onto catcher Junior Felix to force Griffin Andreychuck at home to complete the feat. It was the first triple play for the Roadrunners since May 22, 2013 when CSUB turned the trick against San José State during the WAC Tournament.
Robles and Grotjohn combined for the second run in the CSUB fourth. Grotjohn tripled to begin the inning before Robles drove him in with one out. Mark Pena reached on Curtis Perrin's second error of the game with two outs. The mistake allowed Robles to score. Cameron Sterne's base hit in the top of the fifth scored Perrin to create at 8-3 contest. Grotjohn's check-swing single in the bottom of the fifth dropped long enough to score Jones with one out. Wells' RBI in the eighth was the final SU score of the game.
A Jones double with two outs in the bottom of the ninth drove in two runs. Max Carter walked to load the bases and bring Robles up as the potential game winning run. With count 1-0 against Redhawks' reliever Janson Junk, Robles' flew out to left to end the game.
“We had a rough game today, getting out of the game like that, giving up the runs we did early in the game,” said CSUB interim head coach Jeremy Beard. “Tip your hat to them. They swung the bat well. I thought we did a really nice job of battling back and competing. To have the tying run at the plate in the ninth after giving up six early in the game shows the character of the team. We need to get back to work and get ready for what is ahead of us.”
ll nine Seattle U position players had at least one hit, with seven of the SU starters earning at least two. Lively and Hurd both tallied three hits. Six of the nine CSUB position players recorded at least one hit. Grotjohn was 3-for-5 with two runs scored. Robles, Jones, and Metzgar each posted two hits.
CSUB (28-20, 13-8 WAC) wraps up the regular season next week at NM State (33-19, 17-4 WAC). Both teams will have a first round bye at the WAC Tournament. However, with the Aggies 3-1 victory at Chicago State Sunday afternoon and the Roadrunner loss, NMSU has secured the No. 1 seed while CSUB will be the No. 2 seed at the league tournament.
Grand Canyon (27-24, 20-4 WAC) which is in ineligible for the league tournament, clinched at least a tie for the regular season championship with NMSU. GCU has completed league play and is at UC Davis next weekend.