SACRAMENTO, Calif.—David Metzgar reset a pair of CSU Bakersfield hitting records as the Roadrunners defeated Sacramento State 8-3 Sunday afternoon to clinch their Western Athletic Conference baseball series.
Metzgar's single in the top of the first broke Mylz Jones' (21, 2013) school record for consecutive games with at least one as he has now posted a 22-game hitting streak. The single broke Jeremy Rodriguez's (35, 2010) consecutive on-base streak at 36. He would be one of two Roadrunners to score a run as Max Carter and Ryan Grotjohn picked up RBI's to earn CSUB a first inning lead.
"I am very proud of our effort following a poor day yesterday," said CSUB interim head coach Jeremy Beard.
The Roadrunners chased Hornet starter Max Karnos in the top of the second when Sergio Robles advanced to third on a Junior Felix single. Tanner Olson entered the game. His first batter was Brandon Heinrich who put down a successful sacrifice bunt that allowed Robles to score.
The Hornets tied the game in the bottom of the second. Sacramento State loaded the bases as three of the first four Hornet batters of the inning singled. Aaron Charles struck out Dawsen Bacho for the second out. Rickey Martinez's walk scored the first run before Metzgar tracked down Ian Dawkins' pop up for the final out of the inning.
Metzgar opened the CSUB fifth with his second base hit. He advanced to second on a Carter single. Both moved up 90 feet on a balk by the third Sacramento State pitcher of the day, Chad Perry. Ryan Grotjohn grounded out to short. The ball was deep enough in the hole to allow Metzgar to score.
Kody Reynolds led off the Hornets' sixth with a double. Andrew McWilliam reached on an infield single. With runners on the corners, Charles uncorked a wild pitch that scored Reynolds and pushed McWilliam into scoring position. PJ Floyd walked. Charles got Trent Goodrich to ground into a 4-6-3 double play as McWilliam made it to third. Bacho grounded out to second for the final out.
Charles scattered two hits before giving way to Kenny Johnson, to start the seventh. With one out Johnson gave up an Ian Dawkins' infield single. He moved to second on a Johnson wild pitch. Johnson struck out James Outman, but a second Johnson wild pitch allowed both runners to reach an additional base safely.
CSUB closer Naithen Dewsnap entered the game to face Vinny Esposito. Esposito fouled out to Carter at first. The ball was deep enough down the right field line to allow Dawkins to score. Reynolds grounded into a 6-4 fielder's choice on the first pitch he saw from Dewnsap to conclude the inning.
"Aaron was excellent on the mound," Beard said. "Snapper showed once again the guts to get out of a tight situation."
After CSUB stranded a runner in scoring position in the top of the eighth. Sacramento State would score the go-ahead runs in the bottom of the inning. Dewsnap hit both McWilliam and Floyd. Goodrich failed in his attempt to sacrifice both runners up a base as he popped up to Dewsnap in front of the plate. Dewnsap struck out Bacho on three pitches. With the count 3-1, Martinez was hit by pitch to load the bases. Dawkins hit a grounder to Metzgar at second. He threw to Grotjohn for the 4-6 putout to wrap up matters.
CSUB scored three times in the top of the ninth. Carter, Robles, and Felix recorded RBI's to create some breathing room. Dewsnap retired the Hornets in order in the ninth for his 10th save of the season.
Robles posted two hits in his first two at-bats. Robles reached base in his first nine plate appearances of the series (7 hits, 1 BB, 1 HBP) before grounding out to short in the fifth. He would end up 2-for-3 for the game and 7-for-8 for the series. Metzgar tallied his 18th multi-hit performance of the season as he went 3-for-4. Grotjohn also had his 18th multi-hit game, as he was 2-for-4. Carter and Felix each added two hits. McWilliam led Sacramento State with a 3-for-3 performance.
"Offensively we were able to get our runners in motion and we executed," Beard said. "It was a great team effort today."
The Roadrunners (22-17, 8-7 WAC) host UC Irvine Tuesday night. Corey Costelloe's pre-game show on ESPN 1230 AM/98.1 FM begins at 5:45 p.m. Roadrunner Sports Network coverage begins at 6 p.m.