BAKERSFIELD, Calif.—For the second time this season, Max Carter carried a perfect game late into a Western Athletic Conference baseball contest as CSU Bakersfield defeated Northern Colorado 6-0 Friday night.Carter retired the first 20 Bears' batters he faced before Jack Pauley's two-out single over the outstretched glove of Ryan Grotjohn at short in the Northern Colorado seventh. Carter gave up three hits, struck out nine and walked only one. The Roadrunner clean-up hitter, Carter was 1-for-3 with a run scored.
Against Utah Valley on Apr. 13, Carter retired the first 17 Wolverines he matched up against before settling for a two-hitter. He also carried a no-hitter for 5 2/3 of the eight innings he threw against Portland Feb. 23. This was Carter's third shutout of the season, which ties him with Spenser Messmore (2009-12) for the second most in a career at CSU Bakersfield.
“Obviously this was an excellent performance by Max tonight,” said CSUB interim head coach Jeremy Beard. “He located his pitches and competed well and minimized his pitch counts. He was able to get on and off in four or less pitches often against this group.”
Mark Pena turned in his 12th multi-hit game of the season when he recorded his second hit of the night to lead off the CSUB fourth. Pena stole second and moved to third when Andrew Penner flew out to left. Pena scored on David Metzgar's sacrifice fly to break the seal.
Mahlik Jones led off the ‘Runner fifth with an infield single. Jones moved to second when Sergio Robles grounded out to Bears' pitcher Connor Leedholm. Junior Felix's soft liner into left pushed Jones to third. Brandon Heinrich's hit a grounder to Leedholm which scored Jones. The throw was high to allow Heinrich to reach safely. Pena walked to load the bases. Penner singled through the right side to score two runs. Dylan Shiraki relieved Leedholm. His first batter was Metzgar who recorded his second sac fly of the game to plate Pena for a 5-0 lead.
“They had good pitching, but the difference in the game was for us that we didn't strikeout,” Beard said. “We only struck out twice in the game. We put pressure on them to make plays and they made a couple of mistakes and I think that was the difference in the game.”
A Sergio Robles two-out RBI in the bottom of the eighth made it 6-0. Metzgar had his 23-game hitting and 37-game on base streak halted, as he was 0-for-2 in his only official times at-bat. He did tied his own school record for most sacrifice flies in a game and added to his school record. Already the career record holder, Metzgar tallied the 18th and 19th sac flies of his career against Northern Colorado. In addition to his two hits, Pena scored twice. Robles also had two hits.
The Roadrunners (24-17, 9-7 WAC) and Northern Colorado (16-25, 5-11WAC) continue the series Saturday night. Corey Costelloe's pre-game show on ESPN 1230 AM/98.1 FM begins at 5:45 p.m. WAC Digital Network coverage gets underway at 6 p.m.