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Wednesday, May 07 2014 11:17 PM

Pitching powers CSUB

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    What appeared to be a tag of the Fresno State runner, Austin Guibor, at home by CSUB catcher Ross Hough is ruled safe as the ball rolls around by the catcher's feet as CSUB played Fresno State in a non-league baseball game at Hardt Field Thursday evening.

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    CSUB's Mylz Jones is called safe at 2nd as Fresno State's Chris Mariscal attempts to make the tag in their non-league baseball game at Hardt Field Thursday evening.

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    CSUB's Hayden Carter delivers a pitch as CSUB plays Fresno State in a non-league baseball game at Hardt Field Thursday evening.

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    CSUB's Garrett Pierce, left, and Soloman Williams score 2 runs in the 7th to give CSUB a 6-3 lead in their game against Fresno State in a non-league baseball game at Hardt Field Thursday evening.

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    CSUB's Oscar Sanay calls it and makes the play in their game against Fresno State in a non-league baseball game at Hardt Field Thursday evening.

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    CSUB's Hayden Carter delivers a pitch as CSUB plays Fresno State in a non-league baseball game at Hardt Field Thursday evening.

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    CSUB's Mylz Jones picks up a grounder in CSUB's game against Fresno State in a non-league baseball game at Hardt Field Thursday evening.

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    CSUB's Oscar Sanay concentrates on a grounder that he turns into an out at 1st base in CSUB's game against Fresno State in a non-league baseball game at Hardt Field Thursday evening.

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    CSUB's Mylz Jones is safe at 2nd as Fresno State's Chris Mariscal attempts to make the tag in their non-league baseball game at Hardt Field Thursday evening.

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    The throw to CSUB's Oscar Sanay comes in a bit too late and Fresno State's Chris Mariscal is able to get back to 2nd safe in their non-league baseball game at Hardt Field Thursday evening.

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    CSUB's David Metzgar puts the brakes on his way home in CSUB's game against Fresno State in a non-league baseball game at Hardt Field Thursday evening.

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    CSUB pitcher, Hayden Carter, makes a toss to 1st base to get the Fresno State runner out in a non-league baseball game at Hardt Field Thursday evening.

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    CSUB's Max Carter slides in safe at 3rd as Fresno State's Manny Argomaniz can't handle the throw to 3rd in a non-league baseball game at Hardt Field Thursday evening. Carter went on to score CSUB's 1st run in the 1st inning.

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    CSUB's Max Carter, left, and Chance Gusbeth head for home to score the first 2 runs for CSUB in their game against Fresno State in a non-league baseball game at Hardt Field on May 7, 2014.

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    What appeared to be a tag of the Fresno State runner, Austin Guibor, at home by CSUB catcher Ross Hough is ruled safe as the ball rolls around by the catcher's feet as CSUB played Fresno State in a non-league baseball game at Hardt Field Thursday evening.

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BY JEFF EVANS Californian staff writer jevans@bakersfield.com

Hayden Carter made it two nights in a row that Cal State Bakersfield received good production out of its midweek starting pitchers.

Carter, who came into the game with an 8.10 ERA, threw his first collegiate complete game, a 6-3 win Wednesday night over Fresno State at Hardt Field.

"It's been a while," Carter said of his success. "I'm glad I figured it out against these guys."

Steven Gee pitched effectively on Tuesday against UC Santa Barbara, a game that was tied 3-3 until the Gauchos scored four in the eighth to win 7-3.

"To see Gee last night and Carter tonight have quality starts like that is very encouraging," CSUB coach Bill Kernen said.

Beating Fresno was special, Kernen said.

"We have a rivalry with them, obviously," Kernen said. "The two cities have a rivalry and the baseball program has stepped into that."

Carter said he made an unofficial visit to Fresno State when he was a high school senior in San Diego.

"One of their pitchers played in the same league I did," Carter said. "They signed him instead of me. It was definitely nice getting that win."

Carter's most effective pitch was a split-finger fastball that broke down as it approached the plate.

He induced 15 ground ball outs. He scattered eight hits, walked two and struck out four -- with three of those in the ninth inning.

"I threw him because we've had a tradition of being able to beat them with split-finger guys," Kernen said.

"They're great fastball hitters, so we can't live just on that pitch. They hit some balls hard and they're going to do that."

Fresno State's pitching threw six wild pitches. Five came in the first three innings against Bulldog starter Tim Borst, who had four all season coming into the game.

The Bulldogs scored a run in the first, but CSUB got two in the bottom of the inning on Soloman Williams' two-run single.

Fresno State miscues contributed to two CSUB runs in the fifth.

With runners on first and second, Williams struck out for the second out and Bulldogs catcher Taylor Ward attempted to pick off Chance Gusbeth at first base.

But no one was covering the bag and the throw sailed down the right-field line.

Both runners moved up two bases, with Max Carter scoring and Gusbeth taking third.

Borst threw his fifth wild pitch moments later that scored Gusbeth.

Two walks, another wild pitch, and an intentional walk with two outs to Garrett Pierce loaded the bases in the CSUB seventh. David Metzgar, who had three hits, rolled a two-run single up the middle that barely eluded second baseman Chris Mariscal.

"I took it as a threat (insult)," Metzgar said of the intentional walk. "I was surprised to see it go through. When it got through, I was pumped."

Centennial High graduate Brody Russell went 1 for 4 with a double off the right-field wall in the sixth to set up the Bulldogs' final run of the game.

CSUB plays host to New Mexico State Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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