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Sunday, Apr 27 2014 07:17 PM

'Runners fall behind early, lose to Sac St.

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    By John Harte / Special to The Californian

    CSU Bakersfield shortstop Oscar Sanay turns a double play for the Roadrunners after forcing Sacramento State's David Del Grande during Sunday afternoon's game at Hart Field. Sacramento State won, 7-3.

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    By John Harte / Special to The Californian

    CSU Bakersfieldsecond baseman David Metzgar takes a throw from catcher Ross Hough to catch Sacramento State's Will Soto on this steal attempt during Sunday afternoon's game at Hart Field.

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    By John Harte / Special to The Californian

    CSU Bakersfield's David Metzgar beats out an infield hit to break up Sacramento State pitcher Justin Dillon's potential no hitter during the eighth inning of Sunday afternoon's game at Hart Field. The throw pulls first baseman Rhys Hoskins off the base, but the difficulty of the play appeared to justify the base hit ruling.

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    By John Harte / Special to The Californian

    Sacramento State pitcher Justin Dillon (25) is congratulated after pitching eight innings of one-hit, shutout baseball against CSU Bakersfield Sunday afternoon at Hart Field.

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    By John Harte / Special to The Californian

    Chance Gusbeth of the CSU Bakersfield Roadrunners walks off the field after making the final out of Bakersfield's 7-3 loss to Sacramento State Sunday afternoon at Hart Field.

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    By John Harte / Special to The Californian

    Chance Gusbeth, CSU Bakersfield's last chance in the ninth inning, flies out to end the game Sunday afternoon at Hart Field. The Roadrunners lost to Sacramento State, 7-3.

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    By John Harte / Special to The Californian

    The celebration is muted, but CSU Bakersfield first baseman Soloman Williams is greeted at home plate by teammate James Barragan (21) after he broke up Sacramento State's shutout with a three-run homer in the ninth inning. He drove in Max Carter (8) and Oscar Sanay (2), but it was too little, too late as Sacramento State prevailed, 7-3 Sunday afternoon at Hart Field.

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    By John Harte / Special to The Californian

    Soloman Williams delivers a three-run homer in the ninth inning to break up Sacramento State's shutout, but the Roadrunners could not add any additional runs and lost, 7-3 Sunday afternoon at Hart Field.

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    By John Harte / Special to The Californian

    CSU Bakersfield second baseman David Metzgar forces Sacramento State's Ryan Locke and turns a double play during Sunday afternoon's game at Hart Field.

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    By John Harte / Special to The Californian

    Sacramento State pitcher Justin Dillon stifled the Roadrunners Sunday afternoon, working a no-hit shutout until Bakersfield's David Metzgar reached on an infield hit in the eighth inning. Scramento State won, 7-3.

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    By John Harte / Special to The Californian

    CSU Bakersfield's David Metzgar takes a swing and fouls off the ball during Sunday afternoon's game at Hart Field. Bakersfield bats were silent until the ninth inning, and Sacramento State scored a 7-3 win.

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    By John Harte / Special to The Californian

    Following a walk, CSU Bakersfield's Jordie Hein steals second base without a throw to Sacramento State shortstop Brandon Hunley during Sunday afternoon's game at Hart Field.

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    By John Harte / Special to The Californian

    CSU Bakersfield pitcher Austin Davis fields a bunt and gets the force at third base during Sunday afternoon's game against Sacramento State at Hart Field.

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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

Sacramento State used three first-inning doubles to build a three-run lead and rode the strong ptching of Justin Dillon on the way to a 7-3 victory Sunday over Cal State Bakersfield at Hardt Field.

In eight innings of work, Dillon struck ot three and faced only four batters over the minimum.

"That was very disappointing," said CSUB coach Bill Kernen, whose Roadrunners dropped to 17-25 overall and 9-9 in the Western Athletic Conference. "We swung at some pitches that were not good pitches to hit, got ourselves out and we gave it away on defense in the first five minutes of the game."

The Roadrunners were hitless in the first seven innings against Dillon and the first-place Hornets (27-17, 14-4 WAC).

A leadoff single by David Metzgar broke up the no-hitter in the eighth inning, and Solomon Williams hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth for CSUB.

CSUB's Jordie Hein walked twice and stole two bases. He extended his streak of games in which he reached base to 15.

Roadrunner pitcher Austin Davis (2-8) took the loss despite allowing only two earned runs in seven innings. He struck out five.

"Davis has pitched better than his record indicates, and we haven't supported him very well," Kernen said. "He was very average. He pitched well enough to win if we don't give away all those runs. It was an okay performance."

The Roadrunners will host Cal State Northridge at 6 p.m on Tuesday before visiting last-place Northern Colorado for a three-game series Friday through Sunday to try improve their sixth-place standing.

"I think we're where we deserve to be," Kernen said. "I don't think we're where we'd like to be and I think we're better than 9-9. This game is very honest and it gives you what you deserve."

Rhys Hoskins had three of the Hornets' 11 hits, and scored twice. Nathan Lukes and Scotty Burcham had two hts apiece. Burcham had three RBIs and David Del Grande drove in two runs.

-- NATHAN SANCHEZ

Miller leads women golfers

MESA, Ariz.--Malea Miller shot an 81 in the final round of the Western Athletic Conference Women's Golf Championships and finished with a team-best three-round total of 261 at Longbow Golf Course.

Miller eagled 15th hole and posted two birdies, and four pars in the final round and tied for 29th. The Roadrunners placed eighth among eight teams.

Other CSUB final-round and overall totals: Jordanne Barr (86-261), Michelle Martel (89-273), Chandler Bullman (83- 275) and Micah Lopez (87-278).

New Mexico State won the team title and Leilanie Kim of Idaho was the individual champion (73-79-72-224).

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