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).