IRVINE, Calif. --- UC Irvine could never get anything going Tuesday night in Anteater Ballpark ending its eight-game homestand with a 14-2 loss to Bakersfield.
CSUB (13-11) got a run in the first, and followed that up with three-spots in the third and fourth helped by run-scoring triples from David Metzgar and Ryan Grotjohn to jump out to the 7-0 lead.
The 'Eaters (12-13, 1-2) finally got the offense going after just one hit through the first six innings. A Parker Coss single and a double from Dailin Lee for his first career hit set up a two-run, two-out single from Matt Reitano to chop into the 9-0 deficit.
That was all the offense UCI could muster as the Roadrunners cleaned up with five runs in the ninth to finish out the 14-2 win. For Bakersfield, it snapped a 10-game losing streak it had against the Anteaters and only the third win all-time. Metzgar finished with five RBI to tie a career high, and joined teammates Max Carter and Brandon Heinrich each with three-hit games.
The 'Eater pitching staff had no luck between the six that took the mound. Cole Spear was saddled with the loss after allowing four earned runs in three innings as the starter. Andrew Hansen had a gem from the Runners allowing four hits over seven innings to win his second of the year.
UCI completes its eight-game homestand with a sour record of 1-7 dropping below .500 for the first time since opening day. The Anteaters now head out in search of some momentum on the road with seven straight and eight of nine away from home beginning Friday with a three-game, non-conference set at Oregon to take on the Ducks.
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