BAKERSFIELD, Calif.—Max Carter retired the first 17 in a row that he faced as CSU Bakersfield defeated Utah Valley 10-0 in the game one of a Western Athletic Conference baseball series Thursday night.
Carter carried a perfect game two outs into the sixth before giving up back-to-back singles to David Modler and Trevor Peterson. The 5-11 righty retired the side in order in again in the seventh and eighth.
His two-hitter matches the school is the second in school history. Mike McCarthy threw a nine-inning two-hitter in game one of the 2011 UCLA series. James Barragan tossed a one-hitter in CSUB's 5-0 victory at Sacramento State on Apr. 18, 2015.
Carter helped his own cause by going for 2-for-4 with an RBI. Thursday’s game was the second consecutive shutout for the Bakersfield native as struck out six and did not walk a batter.
The ‘Runners (16-12, 3-6 WAC) broke the game open in the bottom of the third when CSUB sent 10 batters to the plate and scored five runs. Brandon Heinrich’s two-RBI single highlighted the scoring for the ‘Runners in the inning. Ryan Grotjohn hit the second home run of the season by a CSUB player with one out in the fourth. A David Metzgar one-out single in the bottom of fifth scored two for a 9-0 advantage. CSUB loaded the bases in the bottom of the eighth when Mark Pena smacked his fourth hit of the night to allow the Roadrunners to invoke the WAC’s 10-run mercy rule.
Metzgar’s first inning infield single extended his hitting streak to 12, tying his career high, which he established in 2015. The 12-game hitting streak ties him with five others for the eighth longest in school history. He has reached base in 26 consecutive games, tying him with DC Legg (2011) and Oscar Sanay (2013) for the fourth longest such streak in school history. Metzgar tallied his team leading 15th multi-hit game, as he was 3-for-4.
Andrew Penner charted three hits. Eight of the nine position starters for the Roadrunners recorded at least two hits. CSUB put up 11 hits in the first three innings and would end the night with 20, the second most in a game in school history. The school record is 22 that was set at Arizona during the 2010 season. Utah Valley, the defending WAC Tournament champions, fell to 11-20, 4-3 in the WAC.
“We came out and put a lot of pressure on them early,” said CSUB interim head coach Jeremy Beard. “That was the difference and we carried the momentum throughout the game. Max did an outstanding job. He was able to mix pitches to keep them off-balance.”
The series continues Friday. Corey Costelloe’s pregame show on ESPN 1230 AM/98.1 FM begins at 5:45. Coverage on the WAC Digital Network gets underway at 6 p.m.