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Tuesday Morning Sports Page

Greetings as we get ready for another edition of ‘Roadrunner Rundown.’ Funny thing is when The Bakersfield Californian asked us to continue the show over the summer I was worried about content. Here we are two weeks into the summer and we have our busiest show yet.

Four guests including volleyball head coach Giovana Melo who will talk about her 2014 schedule that is being released today. Also Ziggy Siegfried will stop by to talk about the final days of the Roadrunner Scholarship Fund drive which is getting very close to their $600,000 goal. And we visit with Rachel Cook from Bakersfield Life Magazine as she previews the next issue which includes a feature on our sand volleyball facility.

Also, Ben Burke, General Manager of Roadrunner Sports Properties through Learfield Sports will come on to talk about some exciting news as well on the partnership front.

It all starts at 10 A.M. on Bakersfield.com.

Since we last chatted CSUB track and field announced the signing of Jose Flores out of Vallejo California.

More to come this week. Go ‘Runners

Thursday Morning Sports Page

Graduation ceremonies are underway as CSUB recognizes their second-largest commencement class this weekend. We’ll have more with some men’s basketball graduates on Roadrunner Rundown Tuesday and this afternoon on GoRunners.com.

Speaking of graduates, former baseball player Jeremy Rodriguez who returned for three minor league baseball off seasons to finish his degree at CSUB is among the graduates this weekend but he won’t be able to be at the ceremony since he’s currently with the Lake Elsinore Storm who is hosting Cal League South Division rival Lancaster this weekend.

J-Rod was the focus of a baseball article from ‘Friarhood’ a San Diego Padres website. It talks about his dedication to baseball along with his pursuit of his degree along the way.

A great story about a great young man. He’ll be in Bakersfield playing the Blaze July 16th-20th at Sam Lynn Ballpark.

One of his former pitchers, Jonny Montoya is currently playing professional baseball in Austria. Yes Austria. Montoya is currently on the DL with an ankle injury suffered in his third win of the year a few weeks ago, that win was significant as it fell on the 5th anniversary of his father’s passing. I wrote about that win and the emotions in the latest ‘Roadrunner Connection’ column in the Tehachapi News since this was Father’s Day week.

Tehachapi News: Roadrunner Connection, A Father’s Day Story

If you missed the 2014 ROWDYs, the entire show is now available on GoRunners.com. You can also check out the link below.

Also, we spoke with the 2014 baseball draft class on ‘Roadrunner Rundown’ this week. If you missed that please watch below. Oscar Sanay who signed a free agent deal with Tampa after the draft was our final guest of the show, he shared his emotional story over the draft weekend.

Have a great Thursday.

ROWDYs Sports Page

It’s here, it’s really here. Like Christmas for student-athletes, except it comes at the end of the year and not in the middle.

It’s the 2014 ROWDYs tonight at 8 P.M. at The Fox Theater. Don’t miss out on this chance to celebrate this past season with videos and entertainment on the big screen at The Fox Theater.

Doors open at 7 P.M., come walk the gold carpet and enjoy an awards show atmosphere.

ROWDYS AT THE MOVIES LOGO

If you missed ‘Roadrunner Rundown’ on Tuesday, we spoke with Bill Kernen about his decision to stick around with CSUB baseball and his change of heart on retirement. Also, head women’s basketball coach Greg McCall stopped by to talk about his new three-year contract extension.

Check it out below.

Today also starts the beginning of the MLB First Year Player Draft in which three Roadrunners are expected to be selected at some point during the three-day event. Austin Davis could be selected the earliest among eligible Roadrunners, both Oscar Sanay and Taylor Aikenhead are expected to have their names called as well.

Bakersfield Californian: Several local prospects for MLB Draft

 

Thursday Morning Sports Page

ROWDYS AT THE MOVIES LOGO

We’re just a week away for the third annual ‘ROWDYs’ at the Fox Theater downtown. The event showcases the accomplishments of student-athletes from this past season and this year with our movies theme, even includes some filmwork by our student-athletes as well.

The event is free with the doors opening at 7 P.M. complete with a gold carpet entrance and more. Join us downtown for the fun.

There is one student-athlete still competing and that’s Bryan Wilmert from CSUB track and field. The WAC hammer throw champion is in Fayetteville, Arkansas for the NCAA West Regional meet. He will throw against the best from the west with the top 12 advancing to the NCAA nationals in Eugene, Oregon.

Bryan throws Friday morning.

Here’s a preview of his big event.

Good luck Bryan. He was also a guest on ‘Roadrunner Rundown’ on Tuesday before he left. If you missed the show check it out below.


 

Friday Morning Sports Page- WAC Tournament

 

Greetings once again from Mesa, Arizona where the Roadrunners have won their first two WAC Tournament games and are facing off tonight against Utah Valley in the winner’s side of the bracket after the Wolverines also went 2-0 during the first two games.

Bakersfield shocked top-seeded Sacramento State last night 4-1 behind a complete game effort from Taylor Aikenhead. The senior lefty faced just six batters over the minimum allowing just one run during the ballgame while Soloman Williams, Oscar Sanay, Max Carter and David Metzgar provided the offense and in a few cases some solid defensive plays to send the ‘Runners to victory.

Williams’ solo HR has still yet to land. It was simply amazing. It was also head coach Bill Kernen’s 400th win as a head coach.

GoRunners.com: ‘Runners Defeat Sac State for Kernen’s 400th Career Win

Bakersfield Californian: Roadrunners Advance in WAC Tournament, Defeat Sacramento State 4-1

Here’s Coach Kernen talking about the win with WAC Sports

Tonight’s game can be heard on KERN Radio Newstalk 1180 beginning at 7 P.M.

Congrats are also in order for Bryan Wilmert, CSUB’s WAC Champion in the hammer throw also qualified for the NCAA Regionals, he’ll be Bakersfield’s lone representative but a fitting reward for a great season for the junior thrower.

More to come from Mesa, highlights from last night’s win will also be available shortly on GoRunners.com.

Game time tonight is 7 P.M., join us for what promises to be another great WAC Tournament matchup.

Go ‘Runners

 

Wednesday Morning Sports Page- WAC Tournament Edition

The Roadrunners practice Tuesday prior to Wednesday's WAC Tournament opener in Mesa, Arizona.

The Roadrunners practice Tuesday prior to Wednesday’s WAC Tournament opener in Mesa, Arizona.

Here we are. Day 1, Mesa, Arizona. That was the team practicing on Tuesday afternoon at “Wrigley West” here in Mesa.

The Roadrunner are getting ready for their second-straight Western Athletic Conference Tournament. This year we’ve traded in Texas for the brand new Cubs Park in Mesa, Arizona. We’ve traded the one-seed for a four-seed. Maybe we’ll also be trading a semifinal loss with a tournament win and regional spot. We will see.

New format this year, double-elimination. Traditionally speaking this is what most conferences used and the same format used in NCAA regionals. Gone is last year’s pool-play format which in the end hurt CSUB’s bid for the postseason.

Up first is Seattle University who took two of three from the Roadrunners last weekend but Bakersfield got the last laugh with a 10-0 win on Sunday. Austin Davis who shut down the Redhawks in four-innings of work on Sunday will start today at 3 P.M. against Seattle again.

Hopefully more of the same from Davis who allowed just two hits and threw 57 pitches on Sunday.

Winner advances to the winners side of the bracket, loser faces elimination tomorrow morning.

Coverage of today’s game will start at 2:45 on SmartTalk 1230 KGEO in Bakersfield, online at GoRunners.com and via the Tune In Radio App.

GoRunners.com: Three Earn Postseason Honors as Bakersfield Head to WAC Tournament

Bakersfield Californian: CSUB takes aim at WAC Tournament, Catches Familiar Foe First

The ROWDYs are just a few short weeks away, coming June 5th at The Fox Theater. The event is free and yesterday on ‘Roadrunner Rundown’ we unveiled the nominees for the 2014 ROWDYs. Check out the show below and the nominees. By the way the bowtie was Batman, a movie tie in of course.

More to come from Arizona. Go ‘Runners. First pitch at 3 P.M. today.

Monday Morning Sports Page-One Team Left

Well it all boils down to one team. One squad still playing in May, CSUB baseball and they embark today on their trip to their second Western Athletic Conference Tournament.

The ‘Runners dropped two of three at Seattle which cost them at least one seed in the tourney, but they won Sunday’s game which was important because now the Roadrunners are the #4 seed and will be the home team when they face Seattle again on Wednesday at 3 P.M. in Mesa, Arizona.

Bakersfield Californian: Local Report-CSUB closes out regular-season with big win

It’s a double-elimination format this season so one loss isn’t a killer like it was last year but the ‘Runners have some work to do. Of course last season they were the #1 seed and lost in the semifinals, maybe being the #4 seed this year will be a better spot. We shall see.

Here’s more information on the tournament, tickets, the bracket etc.

We’ll have live radio coverage of all games. Wednesday’s first game will be live on KGEO 1230 AM beginning at 2:45. Other games are TBA. Any game that starts prior to 7 P.M. will also be on KGEO. Anything after 7 will be on our normal radio home KERN Newstalk 1180.

Onto track & field, congrats to Bryan Wilmert who becomes Bakersfield’s first Western Athletic Conference track and field champion as he won the hammer throw at the WAC Championships last weekend in Utah.

I know Wilmert worked extremely hard to get to this point and he threw a 191-04 to get the win in the finals. Great finish to a strong season.

Make sure you join us tomorrow for a special edition of ‘Roadrunner Rundown’. It’s our ‘ROWDYs Nomination Show’ where we will unveil all the nominees for the 2014 ROWDYs on June 5th at the Fox Theater. Join us as we talk about this year’s deserving student-athletes.

10-11 AM Tuesday on Bakersfield.com

 

 

Monday Morning Sports Page

Well Roadrunners baseball took two out of three from New Mexico State this past weekend, clinching a spot in the Western Athletic Conference Tournament in the meantime. As it stands now, Bakersfield will be no lower than a 5th seed, if they win one at Seattle they’ll be at least a four seed.

They still have a chance at the number-two seed as well. They’ll need Utah Valley to lose all three this weekend at Grand Canyon while CSUB will have to sweep and Seattle and hope for a pair of UTPA losses as well.

Either way we’re in and a decent seed, which is important.

The ‘Runners ran away with Friday’s game before Saturday they played an epic 13-inning affair with the Aggies which ended in a 7-6 CSUB win. Sunday the pitching struggled as the Aggies salvaged one game in the series.

Bakersfield is on the road this week with one final non-conference game at Fresno State on Friday before turning around and heading to Seattle for a three-game series beginning Thursday.

CSUB softball ended their season at the WAC Tournament on Friday falling 2-1 to Seattle. In a season defined by one-run losses, I guess it was only fitting that’s how the season ended.

CSUB track and field will conclude their season this weekend at the WAC Track and Field Championships being held at Utah Valley. The Roadrunners have a couple athletes that should make some noise at the meet and possibly make a run at regional qualifying.

Join us tomorrow for ‘Roadrunner Rundown’ on Bakersfield.com at 10 A.M. We’ll be speaking with baseball head coach Bill Kernen following his retirement announcement, we’ll also have highlights from Saturday’s epic win and some sights and sounds from the CSUB Spring BBQ.

Watch tomorrow on Bakersfield.com

Have a great Monday.

 

Thursday Sports Page- Back to the Future Edition

I found  DeLorean sitting in the Icardo Center today. The folks at Hoffman Hospice are hosting Michael J. Fox in our building tonight, so of course we as a staff of children of the 80′s had to snap some shots. Here’s mine.

COREY DELOREAN

 

My thanks this morning to the people at KUZZ, KERN and Hot 94.1 for having me on air to promote the Spring BBQ which is one week away at the Icardo Center. Tickets available here>>

$30 in advance, $35 the at the gate.

Onto some headlines, we talked about the BBQ this week on ‘Roadrunner Rundown’ with founder and chairman John Giumarra Jr., that plus Karnell Grimes coming off his javelin win at Fresno State and former Roadrunners pitcher Chuck Buchanan from Rome, Georgia where he’s playing in the Atlanta Braves organization.

Watch the show here

On a water polo note, congrats to Janelle Shelby who was named honorable-mention All-MPSF for her efforts this season. Not a tough bunch to crack into given it’s the best conference in the nation in terms of the sport.

Also congrats to Justus Mora and Matt Turkington from CSUB track, those two were inducted into the Alpha Chi honors society this week for their performance in the classroom as upperclassmen.

 

Thursday Morning Sports Page

 

We’re back for another year of ‘Roadrunner Rundown.’ In case you missed the show on Tuesday, it was a good one with Paige Tsuruda from water polo, Alyssa Page from women’s track and Ziggy Siegfried talking about the Spring BBQ and the Roadrunner Scholarship Fund.

We also announced an extension of the program for an entire calendar year on Bakersfield.com, meaning we’ll even do shows in the summer when there might not be that much going on, but we’ll figure out how to make the show good anyway.

Thanks to the fans who have made the show a big success in terms of viewing and the folks at The Bakersfield Californian who have helped us along the way.

Here’s the show from Tuesday:


 

Onto other news, volleyball has announced their first signing under new head coach Giovanna Melo, it fills the need at setter where All-Conference selection Fernanda Goncalves will be graduating.

Men’s swimming also announced a big recruiting class earlier this week as well with the signing of five student-athletes for next season.

Baseball made it back safely after a week on the road in Texas and Kansas. It was a nice split with Kansas State on Monday and Tuesday. CSUB jumps right back into conference play this weekend taking on first-place Sacramento State.

The first 100 through the gate Friday night receive one of these jersey magnets courtesy of Coca-Cola. Gates open at 4:30 P.M., first pitch is at 6.

fridge magnet

 

Saturday’s first pitch is also 6 P.M. with Sunday scheduled for a 1 P.M. start with $1 Hot Dogs courtesy of Uncle’s BBQ.

Have a great Thursday!