The Cal State Bakersfield baseball team was its own worst enemy as it tried to complete a weekend sweep of Western Athletic Conference rival North Dakota on Sunday.
CSUB pitchers issued seven walks and the Roadrunners' normally reliable defense made two costly gaffes on routine plays, enabling North Dakota to claim a 6-3 victory at Hardt Field.
All three of CSUB's runs, as well as four of its nine hits, came in the ninth inning.
The late rally, which featured triples by Mylz Jones and Oscar Sanay, eventually ended with North Dakota starting pitcher Jeff Campbell retiring the final two batters to close out the game.
Campbell (2-2) threw 116 pitches in going the distance. Along with allowing the nine hits, the 6-foot-4, 225-pound right-hander issued one walk and had four strike outs.
"He threw really well," North Dakota coach Jeff Dodson said. "He threw a complete game last week against Utah Valley, as well. Minimal pitches; his pitch-ability is really good. He has good stuff."
'Runners' starting pitcher Austin Davis struggled with his command during 5-2/3 innings.
The hard-throwing lefty had six walks and hit a batter.
North Dakota's offense took advantage of all the freebies.
All but one of its runs were scored by someone that had been walked or reached base on an error.
"We beat (ourselves)," CSUB coach Bill Kernen said.
Davis, who had six strikeouts, gave up five runs, but only one of them was earned.
A Sanay fielding error with two outs in the fourth inning allowed one run to score and opened the door for Jacob Threlkeld to smack a two-run single.
Leading 3-0, North Dakota (3-12, 3-3 WAC) extended its advantage in the sixth after CSUB second basemen David Metzgar botched a potential inning-ending double play with a wayward toss to Sanay, the shortstop, standing at the second base bag.
The two big miscues on defense helped saddle Davis with the loss, his fourth straight after opening the season with an impressive six-inning, eight-strikeout performance against the Wis.-Milwaukee.
"Usually our defense has really been outstanding and bailed us out of a lot things like it did last night," Kernen said. "Today it actually got us. We gave away five runs ... That's very uncharacteristic of this team. We're still a work in progress."
CSUB (10-12, 3-3 WAC) was paced by Jones, who went 3 for 4 and scored a run.
Allen Gwynn added two hits, including a RBI-single in the ninth. Garrett Pierce (1 for 4) and Sanay (1 for 4) drove in CSUB's other two runs.
Max Carter, the offensive hero in the 'Runners' 11-10 win over North Dakota on Saturday night, drilled a single to center in his first at-bat and then went hitless in his final three trips to the plate, finishing the series 7 for 14 with four RBIs.
"I don't question their effort," Kernen said of his team. "You saw they never gave up. They got three runs in the ninth when we were down 6-0."
North Dakota, which dropped its nickname "the Fighting Sioux" in 2012 after the NCAA ruled it was offensive to native americans, left 11 runners on base in Sunday's win.
North Dakota's only extra-base hit came in the eighth inning when Taylor Petersen hammered an RBI-double into the outfield gap off CSUB reliever Nick Rogowski.
"After a heartbreaking loss last night against a really good team in Cal State Bakersfield, I thought our kids came out with some intensity today," Dodson said. "Jeff (Campbell) gave us a great chance to win today. He threw a great game on the mound and our club has been pretty resilient after tough losses."