BAKERSFIELD, Calif.—CSU Bakersfield scored four of its five runs with two outs as the Roadrunners extended its winning streak to six with a 5-4 victory over BYU Thursday night.
With two outs in the third Andrew Penner and David Metzgar charted back-to-back singles for CSUB (7-2). Ryan Grotjohn walked to load the bases before Mahlik Jones singled up the middle to plate Penner and Metzgar. The Roadrunners extended the lead in the fifth with two outs.
Metzgar singled to left before he came around on a Grotjohn double. Jones again singled up the middle to drive Metzgar. The Cougars clawed their way onto the scoreboard in the seventh when Bronsen Larsen hit a three-run home run. The ‘Runners added an insurance run in the eighth on a Max Carter RBI single.
BYU made it interesting in the ninth. Naithen Dewsnap, the CSUB closer entered the game and gave up a single to Colton Shaver to open the frame. Brian Hsu pinch ran for Shaver and advanced to second when Keaton Kringlen grounded out to third. Hsu again moved up 90 feet on a ground out, this time when Nate Favero hit a shot to second at Metzgar. A Larsen single to left drove in Hsu for the Cougars’ (3-5) fourth run. David Clawson’s tapper back to Dewsnap on the bump was the final out of the game.
Carter started the game on the mound for the ‘Runners and improved to 2-0 with 6.1 innings of work. He allowed six hits before giving way to Kenny Johnson who threw 1.2 innings. Johnson’s hold gave to Dewsnap in the ninth as the Chaffey College transfer picked up his third save of the season. Carter was 2-of-4 at the plate.
“Tonight was a team effort,” said CSUB interim head coach Jeremy Beard. “We had great team at-bats, we had an outstanding pitching performance and we played pretty good defense.”
Jones drove in three runs with his three hits (3-4). He also scored a run and had a career high 12 putouts at first base. Metzagar went 3-for-4 with two runs scored. CSUB outhit BYU 12-10 with Larsen going 3-for-4 at the plate for the Cougars.
“David and Mahlik do a great job of competing,” Beard said. “They are never out of an at-bat and they are great two strike hitters and that’s why they are the outstanding hitters that they are.”
The series continues Friday night at 6 p.m. The game will be available on the Roadrunner Sports Network as well as ESPN 98.1 FM/1230 AM. Corey Costelloe’s radio pregame show begins at 5:45 p.m.