BAKERSFIELD, Calif.—CSU Bakersfield rallied from a 5-1 deficit to defeat Utah Valley 7-5 and complete a sweep of the Western Athletic Conference baseball series Saturday afternoon at Hardt Field.
Jackson Overlund gave Utah Valley (11-23, 4-5 WAC) its first lead of the series with a two out triple in the top of the first that scored Trevor Peterson. Overlund came around on an Aaron Charles wild pitch for a 2-0 lead. Skylar Davis’ grounder in the top of the fourth would score Justin Erlandson to increase the lead by one.
Ryan Grotjohn broke the seal for the Roadrunners in the bottom of the fourth with an RBI ground out. Trevor Howell doubled to lead off the fifth, advancing to third on a Peterson single. CSUB reliever Isaac Meza struck out Overlund. Zac Willis worked out a walk to load the bases. Erlandson hit a shot off Meza’s leg that bounced into left field. Howell and Peterson scored on the play. Kenny Johnson relieved Meza to take on Jake Berry. Johnson struck out Berry. Davis popped out to second to conclude the inning.
Utah Valley starter Paxton Schultz struck out seven over the first 4.2 innings before issuing back-to-back walks to Brandon Heinrich and Mark Pena in the fifth. Andrew Penner drove in Heinrich with his second single of the day. David Metzgar attempted to bunt his way on. Schultz slid, and grabbed and barehanded the ball, throwing to first for the final out of the fifth.
A Schultz pitch to lead off the sixth hit Max Carter. He advanced to second on a Grotjohn ground out and would move to third when Mahlik Jones flew out to right. Carter scored CSUB’s third run when Schulz uncorked his second wild pitch of the game.
Logan Hold took over from Schultz in the eighth. Junior Felix singled off Hold before pinch hitter Austyn Tengan walked. Kaden Schmidt relieved Hold. His first batter was Pena. Pena attempted to sacrifice the runners up a base, but Schmidt fielded the ball cleanly and threw to third to get Felix for the first out. Schmidt’s first pitch to Penner got away from Davis, the catcher. The wild pitch allowed both runners to move up 90 feet. Penner singled through the left side to drive in Tengan and Pena to tie the game.
Metzgar extended his hitting streak to a career high 14 with a double down the left field line that scored Penner. Carter grounded out as Metzgar went to third. Grotjohn singled to the gap in right to plate Metzgar. Jones would fly out to center for the final out.
“Today’s game showed our resiliency,” said CSUB interim head coach Jeremy Beard. “We got off to a poor start, but we hung in there, and we did an outstanding job of competing until the end of the game.”
CSUB closer Naithen Dewnsap entered the game in the UVU eighth and struck out the side. He retired the Wolverines in order in the ninth for his seventh save, the second most in a season by a CSUB pitcher. Metzgar has now reached base in 28 consecutive games, the third longest streak in school history. Penner went 3-for-4 with three RBI’s. Grotjohn was 2-for-4 with two RBI’s. Howell, Peterson, and Erlandson each tallied two hits for the Wolverines.
The Roadrunners (19-12, 6-6 WAC) host Cal Poly (14-19) Tuesday night. Coverage on the Roadrunner Digital Network via youtube.com begins at 6 p.m.