BAKERSFIELD, Calif.—CSU Bakersfield steps out of Western Athletic Conference play Tuesday night when the Roadrunners host CSUN. Corey Costelloe’s pre-game show on ESPN 1230 AM/98.1 FM begins at 5:45 p.m. Coverage on the Roadrunner Sports Network gets underway at 6 p.m.
CSUN is 16-17 overall after winning two of three games against UC Santa Barbara last weekend. The Matadors are 3-3 in Big West Conference games. Kevin Riley leads CSUN in hitting (.317), runs (28), hits (38), doubles (11), home runs (7), RBI’s (27), and slugging percentage (.600). Righty Ray Diaz (0-1) is scheduled to go up against Garrett Nimmo (R, 0-2) Tuesday night. Tuesday’s game will be the 23rd time that the Matadors and the Roadrunners will play against each other. The all-time series is tied at 11.
The Roadrunners are 15-12 coming into Tuesday night’s play. CSUB won three of four games last week as CSU Bakersfield’s David Metzgar was named Western Athletic Conference Hitter of the Week for Apr. 3-9.
Metzgar, a senior infielder from Lancaster, Calif. (Paraclete HS), had a quartet of multi-hit games as the ‘Runners went 3-1 on the week. In CSUB’s lone non-conference game, he was nearly unstoppable against perennial power UC Irvine, going 3-for-4 with five RBIs and two runs scored in a 14-2 win. The ‘Runners then headed to the Midwest for a WAC series at Chicago State and Metzgar was 7-for-13 in the series with a pair of doubles and three RBIs as the ‘Runners took two out of three from the Cougars. On the week, he posted a .588 batting average to go with a .632 slugging percentage and an .824 on-base percentage.
Metzgar has moved up the Roadrunner career record. Metzgar is now the career leader at CSUB in sacrifice flies with 16. He has moved up and into second place in school history with 242 career hits. Oscar Sanay (2011-14) is the school record holder for career hits with 283.
Entering this week’s play, Metzgar has reached base in 24 consecutive games, marking only the 15th time in program history that a CSUB player has reached base in at least 20 consecutive games. Metzgar’s 24-game streak is tied with two others for the sixth longest in school history. He is also carrying a 10-game hitting streak into this week’s action.
Metzgar is among the national leaders in several categories this week. He is sixth in sac flies (6), 34th in hits per game (1.56), 37th in batting (.393), 87th in stolen bases per game (0.37), 70th in toughest to strike out (11.9), and 91st in stolen bases (10).