SACRAMENTO, Calif.—For the second consecutive game, CSU Bakersfield closer Naithen Dewsnap needed to record nine outs to save a Roadrunner victory. For the second straight game, Dewsnap got the nine outs he needed as CSUB defeated Sacramento State 4-3 Friday night to open a Western Athletic Conference series.
“That was a well-played baseball game by both clubs,” said CSUB interim head coach Jeremy Beard.
The Hornets opened the scoring in the bottom of the first. Dawson Bacho's two-out walk with the bases loaded broke the seal. Mark Pena worked out a four-pitch Justin Dillon walk to open the CSUB fifth. Andrew Penner's opposite field single through the right side advanced Pena to third. David Metzgar extended his hitting streak to 20 with a single through the left side, which scored Pena. Penner moved to second on the play. Ryan Grotjohn worked out a second walk from Dillon with a nine-pitch at-bat to load the bases.
"The hit and run by Penner started the big inning," Beard said. "That was a well executed play that proved to be a difference maker."
Max Carter reached on a 6-4 fielder's choice that advanced Metzgar to third while Penner scored. Carter went to second on Dillon's third wild pitch of the game. Mahlik Jones singled up the middle to score Metzgar and Carter. Jones' hit chased Dillon in favor of Austin Root. Root struck out Junior Felix before walking Sergio Robles. Brandon Heinrich grounded into a fielder's choice at third as the Roadrunner lead remained at three.
Carter retired 12 of his last 14 batters he faced heading into the Sacramento State seventh. Carter issued a Trent Goodrich leadoff single before Rickey Martinez tripled on the first pitch he saw to plate Goodrich.
Beard brought in Dewnsap to try to break the school record for most saves in a season. Ian Dawkins worked the count to 3-2 before his sac fly allowed Martinez to score. Dewsnap retired the next two batters in order to complete the inning.
Robles doubled down the left field line to begin the eighth. Heinrich attempted to put down a sacrifice bunt to advance Robles. Root fielded the ball and caught Robles in a rundown, which would result in the first out. Heinrich was able to get to second during the rundown before advancing on a Pena ground out to third. Penner flew out to left for the third out.
Dewsnap struck out Kody Reynolds to begin the Hornets' eighth. He ran the count to 3-1 before Andrew McWilliam flew out to center. Bacho grounded out to second on his first Dewsnap pitch to retire the Hornets in order.
Dewsnap struck out P.J. Floyd to open to the ninth and got Goodrich to fly out to right. Martinez worked the count in his favor at 3-1 before Dewnsap earned the second strike. Martinez won the battle and singled to left. On the first Dewsnap pitch he saw, Dawkins grounded out to third for Dewnsap's school record ninth save.
Dewnsap held the previous mark of eight with Martin Medina (2011). He threw 37 pitches last Sunday at Arizona State before needing 38 tonight to set down the Hornets. Carter improves to 7-1 on the year. He helped his own cause with three hits (3-of-5). Robles charted three hits in three official at-bats and added a walk. Metzgar extended his consecutive on-base streak to 34 with his fifth inning single. Martinez's three hits paced Sacramento State.
“Max and Snapper competed on the mound and our team as a whole played every pitch,” said Beard. “Expect another hard fought game by both teams tomorrow.”
The Roadrunners (21-16, 7-6 WAC) and the Hornets (21-21, 6-10 WAC) continue their series Saturday. First pitch is set for 6 p.m.