BAKERSFIELD, Calif.—CSU Bakersfield continues a seven-game road trip Tuesday when the Roadrunners head to UC Santa Barbara. Coverage begins on Big West TV at 3 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara is 17-20 after dropping their first non-conference series at home since 2003 to San Diego State over the weekend. The Gauchos’ Colton Burns leads the team in hitting (.338). Austin Bush leads UCSB in home runs (8) and RBI’s (31). Lefty Ben Brecht who starts against CSUB Tuesday leads the team in ERA (2.88). The Roadrunners defeated the Gauchos 2-1 Feb. 21 in Bakersfield to take a 9-8 all-time series lead.
CSUB (20-15) is coming off a 1-3 week that was capped off by an 8-6 victory at Arizona State Sunday. Naithen Dewsnap tied the CSU Bakersfield record for most saves in a season when he recorded his eighth save at Arizona State Apr. 23. Dewsnap threw the final three innings against the Sun Devils to tie Martin Medina’s mark which was set during the 2011 season. His eight saves are the 26th most in Division I this season. He has pitched in 18 games this season and is 3-0 with a 2.43 ERA. He has struck out 37 in 29.2 innings of work.
CSU Bakersfield’s David Metzgar has a pair of impressive streaks at stake as this week’s action gets underway. The CSUB second baseman has reached base in 29 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 32-game streak is the second longest in school history. Jeremy Rodriguez set the school record in 2010 when he reached base in 35 consecutive games.
Metzgar has hit safely in 18 consecutive games which is the fourth longest in school history. Mylz Jones had a 21-game hitting streak in 2013 to set the school mark. Metzgar is among the national leaders in several categories this week. Metzgar is fourth in sacrifice flies (7), 22nd in hits per game (1.57), 23rd in batting average (.396), 41st in toughest to strike out (12.6), 83rd in triples (3), 104th in hits (55), 108th in triples per game (0.09), 140th in stolen bases per game (0.31), 143rd in stolen bases (11).