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By Felix Adamo / The Californian
By STEPHEN LYNCH, Special to The Californian
Cal State Bakersfield baseball coach Bill Kernen started to rattle off all the things that went well for his team during its doubleheader against the University of Washington on Sunday and then suddenly stopped.
"We had so many I can't even really remember them all," Kernen said.
It was that kind of day for the Roadrunners, who used a combination of good hitting, and even better pitching, to beat the Huskies 11-1 and 7-4 and sweep the three-game weekend series.
"If you can sweep a team out of the Pac-10 then you certainly had to do some things right and we definitely did," Kernen said. "We played far better today than we've played any other time during the year."
A couple of seconds later Kernen went a step further.
"When you take everything into consideration I think it is the best day we've ever had."
CSUB never trailed all day en route to extending its winning streak to four games.
The 'Runners compiled 31 hits, including nine doubles and two triples, off nine Huskies' pitchers during the two games.
Meanwhile CSUB hurlers Jonathan Montoya, Mike McCarthy and Martin Medina, combined to allow just one earned run over 18 innings.
Montoya got things going by pitching a four-hitter in game No. 1. The junior lefthander allowed just six runners to reach base as he bounced back from a rough first outing to the season with a spectacular effort. In the process he lowered his earned run average from 16.20 to 5.11.
"We were working away pretty well and they never seemed to make an adjustment so we kept pounding away and it worked all day," Montoya said. "After that first outing I knew I needed to turn it around. I came out and wanted to throw strikes and did throw strikes and got the job done. A lot of good things happened this game."
Montoya had plenty of help from his offense, which scored early and often. The 'Runners attack was particularly effective in the clutch, plating 10 of 11 runs with two outs.
CSUB got three runs in the first inning off Washington starting pitcher Michael Garber as Medina, Oscar Sanay and Mick Gaston each smacked two-out RBI singles after Andrew Letourneau led off the frame by reaching base with a hard liner to centerfield.
After Rodriguez doubled home another run in the second, Medina smacked a two-out, two-run double in the fourth inning to make it 7-0.
It was one of five hits on the day for Rodriguez, who raised his batting average to .552 while catching all 18 innings for CSUB.
"It was a great day for the team and myself as well," Rodriguez said. "Basically we didn't let down at all the whole day and that what I was really proud of my team."
In the sixth, the 'Runners added three more to their lead on a Ryan McIntyre RBI triple and DC Legg two-run double.
Down 11-0, Washington scored its only run of the game in the seventh inning on a Troy Scott home run.
Game No. 2 wasn't nearly as one-sided as Washington fought back from a 4-0 deficit to tie the game with four runs in seventh.
But CSUB quickly regained the lead in the bottom half of the inning when Medina and Sanay each drove in runs after back-to-back singles by Kevin Younger and Rodriguez.
All four Huskies runs were unearned and came after CSUB starter Mike McCarthy was lifted following six innings in which he gave up seven hits and walked three while striking out seven.
McCarthy was at his best with runners on base. The senior righthander stranded six Washington runners in scoring position.
Medina, who replaced McCarthy on the mound, pitched the final three innings to earn the win.
The pitcher/first baseman was also 4-for-8 at plate with four RBI and two runs scored. Legg finished the day 5-for-9 and led the team with five runs batted in..
"My biggest positive feeling about us is that we're getting better each game," Kernen said. "Whether you win or whether you lose depends on a lot of different things but today we did some things today that were very special types of things."