CSU Bakersfield loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the second. Mark Pena grounded into a 6-4-3 double play, but Max Carter scored on the play. Jake Ortega followed with a double down the left field line that plated Ryan Grotjohn to give CSUB a 2-0 lead.
Roadrunner starter Isaiah Moten retired eight in a row at one point before walking Colton Burns with one out in the sixth. Moten recovered and struck out Gaucho cleanup hitter Austin Bush to earn the second out. JJ Muno attempted to bunt for a base hit. Moten fielded the ball barehanded and threw to first for the final out.
UCSB (1-3) threatened in the eighth. Moten walked Landon Silver to open the inning. Clay Fisher followed with a single through the left side. Sam Cohen laid down a successful sacrifice bunt to advance both runners. With Burns coming to the plate, Dewsnap relieved Moten. Burns’ infield single scored Silver and pushed Fisher to third. Bush, the UC Santa Barbara cleanup hitter, struck out looking. Muno, hit a ball into foul territory down the left field line. Grotjohn, the CSUB shortstop, raced from his position and caught the ball up against the fence for the third out.
Andrew Penner and Carter recorded back-to-back walks with two outs in the eighth against the third Gaucho pitcher of the day, Shea Barry. Alex Garcia entered the game to face Grotjohn, the Roadrunners’ leading hitter. Garcia won the battle, getting Grotjohn to ground out to second.
With one out in the ninth, pinch-hitter Josh Adams went to a nine-pitch count against Dewsnap before striking out looking. The ball bounced away from Ortega, the CSUB catcher. He had to throw down to first to complete the out. Kenny Corey attempted to bunt against Dewsnap a 6-4 sidearmer. Dewsnap fielded the ball and threw down for the final out.
“Tonight was an excellent game on both sides,” said CSUB interim head coach Jeremy Beard. “Both teams played great defense and pitched well, and we were fortunate to come out on top.”
Moten struck out a career high nine in 7.1 innings. He walked three and gave up three hits. Dewsnap earned the save. He struck out two in 1.2 innings. Andrew Penner led CSUB by going 2-for-4 with a walk. Burns had two of the four UCSB hits.
“Isaiah is a strong kid and he was rolling pretty well tonight,” Beard said. “He was on pace for where he needed to be and did an excellent job.”
The Roadrunners (2-2) begin a four-game series Thursday afternoon against the University of Portland (1-2) at 2 p.m.