SACRAMENTO, Calif. - CSU Bakersfield senior right handed pitcher James Barragan allowed just one hit in a complete game shutout and the Roadrunners pushed across five runs on the offensive end in a 5-0 win over the Hornets on Saturday afternoon.
On a nine-game winning streak overall, CSU Bakersfield (22-14-1, 10-3-1 WAC) has taken the first two games of the series without allowing a run behind two shutouts from its starters. Sacramento State (19-18, 7-7 WAC) had been shut out just three times this season before running into the red hot Roadrunners.
Junior Chris Lewis connected for the lone Hornet hit on a sharp ground ball up the middle leading off the fifth inning. The Hornets drew four walks, had a hit batter, and hit a lot of balls sharply but, just as they did on Friday, the Roadrunner defense took away several potential hits.
The Hornets did create several scoring chances. In the second inning senior Scotty Burcham was hit by a pitch and freshman Vinny Esposito drew a walk to open the inning. Lewis then smoked a ball up the middle but Barragan was able to catch the liner and throw to second for a double play.
Junior Nathan Lukes drew a one-out walk, stole second, and advanced to third on a throwing error with one away in the fourth inning but was stranded. In the seventh inning, the Hornets loaded the bases with one out on two walks and a Roadrunner fielding error but Barragan induced a double play grounder to shortstop to end the inning.
Barragan allowed four walks in all with one hit batter and 10 strikeouts, throwing 129 pitches in his third complete game of the season. Sophomore Sam Long took the loss for Sacramento State, allowing four runs on seven hits and two walks with four strikeouts over five innings.
The Roadrunners got on the board quickly in the first inning as two of the first three batters reached on singles and Max Carter drove in both on a one-out single through the left side. Bakersfield doubled its lead in the fourth inning on a solo home run from Ryan Grotjohn and a two-out RBI single from Jordie Hein. Grotjohn drove in the fifth CSUB run with a two-out RBI single in the seventh.
CSU Bakersdfield finished with 11 hits in the game, nine of which were singles. The Roadrunners left eight runners on base on the Hornets stranded five despite recording just the one hit. With his walk Lukes remained the only WAC player that has reached base in every game this season.
Sacramento State and CSU Bakersfield wrap up their weekend series at noon Sunday in what will be the Hornets last game at John Smith Field until the final series of the regular season, May 14-16.