Roadrunners Race Past Bears 10-1

Metzgar Baseball

BAKERSFIELD, Calif.—A night after his school record 23-game hitting streak ended, David Metzgar went 3-for-4 with an RBI to lead CSU Bakersfield past Northern Colorado 10-1 Saturday night.

Metgzar got back on the offensive side of the ledger with a one-out triple in the bottom of the first. The hit scored Andrew Penner for a 1-0 CSUB lead. RBI’s from Junior Felix (grounder to short) and Sergio Robles (sac fly) in the bottom of the second added to the Roadrunner advantage.

Dan Reese’s two-out double in the top of the fourth drove in Cole Maltese to get the Bears on the scoreboard for the first time in the series. The Roadrunners responded in the bottom of the fourth. Felix and Cole Valletta recorded back-to-back singles. Penner singled to left, which scored Felix. Reese mishandled the ball in left, allowing Valletta to score all the way from first. Dylan Shiraki became the third Northern Colorado pitcher as he entered to face Metzgar. On Shiraki’s second pitch, Penner stole third. The throw from Alex Kiel, the UNC catcher, went into left field, allowing Penner to score.

Down by five, Tyler Yamaguchi and Nick Tanner started the Bears’ fifth with a pair of singles. Kiel reached on an error to load the bases. Jack Pauley hit a grounder to third. Mahlik Jones fielded the ball cleanly and threw home for the first out. Evan Johnson flew out to left, but the ball was not deep enough to score a run. CSUB starter Andrew Hansen struck out Maltese to end the inning. The first four Roadrunners reached in the seventh as CSUB scored four runs. Felix’s two-RBI double highlighted the rally.

CSUB stole six bases in the game, tying the ‘Runner school record for most stolen bases in a game. CSUB stole six twice during the 2016 season including Metzgar tallied his 19th multi-hit game of the year, as he was 3-for-4. Penner put up his 15th multi-hit game of the season as he went 3-for-4. He scored two runs. Felix, Jones, and Jake Ortega each posted two hits. Six of the nine CSUB starters registered at least two hits as the ‘Runners smacked 15 for the night. Pauley led the Bears as he had three of the 10 UNC hits. Hansen threw seven innings, scattering eight hits. He struck out four and walked one.

“I thought we did a really nice job with Andrew on the mound tonight,” said CSUB interim head coach Jeremy Beard. “He gave us an opportunity to win. We were able to put our offense in motion and take advantage of the mistakes that they made.”

The Roadrunners (25-17, 10-7 WAC) and Northern Colorado (16-26, 5-12 WAC) conclude the series Sunday afternoon. Corey Costelloe’s pre-game show on ESPN 1230 AM/98.1 FM begins at 11:45 a.m. with first pitch set for 12 p.m.

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