BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – After CSU Bakersfield rallied for a 4-3 win in the first game of the doubleheader the Hornets held a 6-3 lead going to the ninth inning in game two when the contest was suspended due to rain.
After another rain delay on Sunday the ninth inning of game two was played, and senior Tyler Beardsley needed just seven pitches to retire the side in the ninth for his sixth save of the season.
CSU Bakersfield scored three runs with two out in the bottom of the seventh to rally from a 3-1 deficit and pick up a 4-3 win over Sacramento State in game one.
The Hornets outhit the Roadrunners 9-6 and had runners on base in eight of the nine innings. Sacramento State scored in the first inning for the fifth consecutive game as seniors Chris Lewis and Trent Goodrich opened the inning with singles and sophomore Andrew McWilliam brought Lewis home on a one-out sacrifice fly.
Lewis and McWilliam combined to score another run in the third inning. Lewis had a one-out single and got to third on a Roadrunner fielding error before McWilliam drove him in with a single to right field.
Bakersfield scored a two-out run in the third inning on a triple and RBI single. The Hornets got that run back in the top of the seventh as junior Brandon Hunley singled and stole second to lead off the inning and scored with two outs on Lewis' third single of the game.
Hornet starter Sam Long got two outs in the bottom of the seventh but the Roadrunners drew three walks to load the bases with two away and chase Long. Dustin Frailey singled off Hornet reliever Tyler Beardsley to drive in two runs to tie the game and Mahlik Jones followed with a single to right to plate the go-ahead run.
Sacramento State was set down in order in the eighth inning but got the tying run on base as junior Gunner Pollman drew a one-out walk in the ninth. Isaiah Moten was able to retire the next two batters, however, to give the Roadrunners their first WAC win of the season.
Long was sharp through the first six innings but ended up taking the loss allowing four hits and four walks in 6.2 innings with five strikeouts. CSU Bakersfield starter Andrew Hanson got his second win of the year allowing just three runs (two earned) on nine hits and two walks with seven strikeouts in seven innings. Moten pitched the last two innings for the save.
Sacramento State built a 6-0 lead through seven innings but the Roadrunners rallied with three runs in the bottom of the eighth to make it a three-run game heading to the ninth inning.
Junior Kody Reynolds launched his second home run of the season to give the Hornets the lead in the second inning and went 3-for-4 with 2 RBIs and 2 runs scored. He finished just a triple shy of hitting for the cycle.
Reynolds drove in the second run of the game as well in the fourth inning with an RBI single after McWilliam led off the inning with a double. Sacramento State added another run in the fifth inning on a Goodrich sacrifice fly scoring Bronson Grubbs.
The Hornets doubled their lead with three runs on four hits in the sixth inning. Reynolds doubled in McWilliam for the first run then came around to score on a wild pitch. Grubbs singled in Hunley to add a third run in the inning and give the Hornets a 6-0 lead.
Senior Grant Kukuk allowed no runs on just four hits through the first seven innings of the game but ran into some trouble in the eighth. After getting the first out the Roadrunners had four hits and a walk to score three runs and had two men aboard before junior Chad Perry came on to get the next two outs and end the inning.
Lewis, who went 2-for-5 in the game after tallying three hits in the first game of the day, led off the top of the ninth inning when the game resumed. Garrett Nimmo had thrown 2.2 scoreless innings in relief for CSUB after starter Chance Gusbeth allowed six runs on nine hits and two walks over 5.1 innings. The Hornets had a single from Goodrich in the top of the ninth upon resumption.
Hunley was 3-for-4 in game two and McWilliam went 2-for-5 with two runs scored. He has now hit 12-for-23 (.522) with 9 RBIs and 7 runs scored over the last six games while Lewis is 7-for-12 (.683) in three games this week.