Gearing up for the weekend? Don’t forget to join us for CSUB baseball at Hardt Field. The Roadrunners have won four straight with UT Pan American coming to town. Following this series the ‘Runners play against the top two teams currently in the WAC (Sacramento St next week on the road and Seattle the following weekend at home). This is a big chance to keep momentum rolling starting on Friday.
Lots of things happening at the ballpark this weekend as well so don’t miss it.
Men’s soccer also hosts UCLA on Saturday at 3 PM in a Spring Exhibition. Tickets are just $5 at the door with all proceeds benefitting the Boys and Girls Club of Kern County. A few student-athletes sat down yesterday to talk about playing the College Cup Finalists.
Once the cross over season between the Winter and Spring sports begins all heck breaks loose around here with schedules and work. But now that things have settled let’s get back to some business on the blog.
It’s a big weekend for a couple of the aforementioned Spring sports. CSUB Baseball has won four straight and are hitting the ball again. They outscored their opponents 41-2 last week earning a pair of shutouts to bookend the week. Not a bad showing from the pitching staff and the offense.
The Roadrunners will look to improve their lot in the WAC this weekend hosting Texas-Pan American Friday-Sunday at Hardt Field. Don’t miss this series. You can also watch all three games online at Bakersfield.com or simply head to GoRunners.com at game time and follow the link.
CSUB will be in action Friday hosting the rare home dual against CSUN at Rio Bravo CC.
If you missed ‘Roadrunner Rundown’ Tuesday, we had a fascinating segment about sports injuries, surgeries and recovery with CSUB team doc Dr. Christopher Hamilton from Southern California Orthopedic Institute. Dr. Hamilton and his SCOI colleagues have done some wonderful things for CSUB and continue to be a great supporter.
Check out his interview along with student-athletes Dylana Milobar from women’s swimming and Nic Clever from men’s soccer below.
Welcome to Wednesday as basketball gets into their first full week of conference play. Safe travels to the women’s team who is en route today to NM State where they will take on the Aggies tomorrow night at 7 PM (MT).
CSUB plays at UT Pan American on Saturday afternoon.
On the men’s side, CSUB is hosting NM State tomorrow night at the Icardo Center. Both the Aggies and ‘Runners are working through the injury bug. Aly Ahmed is once a game-time decision for the Roadrunners while NM State is playing without two of their top returning scorers due to injury while a couple other supporting players are down as well.
Also make sure you check out today’s Bakersfield Californian, a new page debuts that is a complete recap from yesterday’s Roadrunner Rundown. It’s a new concept that further profiles our student-athletes and show content. Check it out.
Speaking of which, here’s yesterday’s show that includes Rod Barnes’ preview of the WAC weekend of play and Kevin Mays, junior forward and the WAC’s leading rebounder.
We also spoke with MMA fighter and CSUB alum Brian Cobb who is fighting in the World Series of Fighting 17 in Las Vegas on Saturday.
Welcome to Wednesday and after the women’s basketball win over UC Santa Barbara last night, the beginning of the WAC basketball schedule. That schedule opens Saturday when the ‘Runners host Grand Canyon at 1 P.M. at the Icardo Center.
Brook Hinkens had 17 points in the win last night, CSUB struggled at times against the 0-12 Gauchos but managed to put them away late in the second half for the 10-point win.
Men’s basketball will open conference play Saturday as well as they travel to Grand Canyon to take on the Antelopes at GCU Arena. Bakersfield is coming off a loss at North Carolina A&T and will be looking to rebound while opening WAC play on a good note.
Head coach Rod Barnes talked to the media yesterday in his weekly press conference, mostly about center Aly Ahmed and his injury status for this weekend. Here are some video highlights from the press conference.
Speaking of men’s basketball, the ‘Runners still getting plenty of attention from their 55-52 win at Cal on December 28th. Here’s my recent column from ‘The Tehachapi News’ about that great night.
Roadrunner Rundown returned live on Tuesday after a few weeks out of studio. A good show to open 2015 features some swimming with Delise Batiza and wrestling talk with head coach Mike Mendoza. Women’s basketball head coach Greg McCall spoke about his team’s upcoming games and WAC opener as well.
CSUB wrestling has a home dual this Saturday night as well hosting Brown at the Icardo Center. The event starts at 6:30.
We were waiting for the calendar to turn to pick back up here on ‘Roadrunner Insider’ so apologies for the gap in posts, we’ve been making some software changes as well.
Back to business for 2015 and right back to action as well. CSUB women’s hoops coming off a setback Saturday at Cal Poly have two games at home this week. They’ll play UC Santa Barbara tomorrow night before opening WAC play against Grand Canyon on Saturday afternoon at 1 P.M.
On the men’s side, a three-game winning streak was snapped that included their December 28th shocker over Cal 55-52. The ‘Runners fell Saturday at North Carolina A&T 83-70. CSUB was without leading scorer Aly Ahmed and played in a game that saw over 60 free throws shot, including 33 for the Aggies in the second half. Never much into an offensive flow because of that the Roadrunners lost for the first time in a couple weeks.
CSUB is at Grand Canyon on Saturday night opening WAC play. The status of Ahmed is still unknown as he recovers from the injury suffered against LaVerne on New Year’s Eve.
CSUB swimming and diving is hosting both UNLV and Fresno State tomorrow afternoon at the Hillman Aquatic Center. The Roadrunners will also be partnering with Operation Gratitude to collect goods for the troops overseas that will be made into care packages. Here’s the article and a list of what is being collected.
Roadrunner Rundown returns tomorrow live on Bakersfield.com from 10-11 AM. We’ll be speaking with swimmer Dalise Batiza about the meet and Operation Gratitude drive at 10:15. We’ll also talk with Greg McCall, CSUB women’s basketball head coach about the start of WAC play and we’ll talk with Adam Fiero and Mike Mendoza about CSUB’s upcoming home dual against Brown on Saturday night.
As we enter October, the basketball seasons have started with practices opening up. The Roadrunner men’s team opened last week then had to take a few days off during the Vice President’s visit to campus which effected practice at the Icardo Center. That being said the ‘Runners are chalked full of new faces but a new toughness in 2014-15.
We have a great weekend coming up starting tomorrow night when volleyball opens the home portion of their WAC schedule against Chicago State at 7 at the Icardo Center. The Roadrunners are 1-1 this season after beating UTPA and falling in five games to New Mexico State last weekend.
CSUB also plays at 1 P.M. on Saturday against Kansas City.
We know there’s a lot of action happening this weekend but we’re all talking about the men’s soccer match coming up Saturday night at 7 P.M. against San Jose State. It’s being televised live on NSCAA TV (one of only 8 NCAA Division I games a year) and it’s the return of our former head coach Simon Tobin, who left after 26 seasons to coach the Spartans.
It’s also the conference opener, and despite all the other factors the game really means three points in the conference standings, and it’s going to be a tough WAC race this season.
Tickets are available in advance for the match. You can buy through Vallitix.com, or you can swing by our ticket office today, tomorrow or Friday from 12-2 P.M to purchase tickets. The ticket window at the Icardo Center will be open for business.
I came across a great article in the Washington Post which features a University of Maryland student-athlete who added football to his resume this year after spending his first college years as a wrestling. He talks about how CSUB’s Stephen Neal inspired him.
Good morning and a happy Monday as we recap a fairly-successful weekend for CSUB Athletics, a couple teams securing important wins while also taking some big steps in their development.
Starting with CSUB men’s soccer Bakersfield went 1-0-1 at the New Mexico Tournament tying nationally-ranked VCU 1-1 on Friday before securing a 2-1 overtime win over Drexel on Sunday. Christian Duarte with the golden goal in overtime as the Roadrunners improved to 5-1-1 on the season.
Bakersfield will be tested this week with a road game at Cal State Northridge on Thursday before they head home and face Sacramento State on Sunday here at The Main Soccer Field.
Getting geared up for the home opening weekend for CSUB volleyball who will host the Roadrunner Classic with several top opponents coming to town. The ‘Runners start tomorrow with Long Beach State at 7:30 followed by a Saturday 11 AM matchup with Oregon State and a Saturday night match against Oregon State at 6:30. Bakersfield Californian: Roadrunner set to start WAC play This week was also the first of two weeks in which finalists for the athletics director position were on campus. David Harris was the first candidate from Iowa State University. He spent two days touring campus and meeting with the department, supporters and members of the campus community. Bakersfield Californian: First of two AD finalists shares vision for CSUB Men’s and women’s soccer both depart today for weekend tournaments out of state. The women’s team is flying to Florida Atlantic where they will see Florida Atlantic and Florida Gulf Coast this weekend. The men’s team travels to the New Mexico Tournament where they will play VCU and Drexel this weekend. CSUB student athletes starting classes this week, they also came together during a special Welcome Back event Tuesday night at the Icardo Center. They were addressed by President Dr. Horace Mitchell, VP of Student Affairs Dr. Thomas Wallace and by special guest, former Roadrunner wrestler Daniel Atondo. Great start to what is expected to be a solid season all around.
Thanks to all who came out to support our special on-campus edition of ‘Roadrunner Rundown’ on Tuesday, it was a great turnout and a great environment. Here’s the show in case you missed it.
A very special thanks to CSUB softball, water polo and CSUB wrestling for providing a great backdrop for the event. What an atmosphere.
One final thought, I returned to school this week. Taking advantage of working in higher education by pursuing some higher education myself. So naturally not only am I experiencing some generational-shock in returning to classes, I’m writing about them as well.