Greetings from Omaha where the temperatures are low but the need for a road win is high for the men’s basketball team who plays their first of five straight on the road tonight at Ralston Arena against Nebraska-Omaha.
Bakersfield is coming off a loss to Santa Clara coupled with two defeats the week before at the Fresno St. tournament the ‘Runners are looking to get back on track here in the month of December. CSUB had a great weekend of practice and it looks like they’ll be up for the challenge tonight.
Lots of news from the baseball front where CSUB has announced their 2014 schedule with the home opener set for Feb. 14 against UW Milwaukee at Hardt Field. It’s the first of a three-game series with Milwaukee who won the Horizon League championship last season. CSUB has five teams on the schedule that appeared in last season’s NCAA Tournament.
Early season ticket renewals are underway with some great prizes in store for those of you who renew early. We’ve already had one batch of winners and some of the prizes include the chance to throw out the first pitch at a game this season. Contact the Roadrunner Ticket office at 654-BLUE to renew today.
Speaking of baseball, CSUB is happy to announce the inaugural ‘Hot Stove Dinner’ to take place on Feb. 8th at the Kern County Fairgrounds featuring former big league pitcher Tommy John. Recognized for the surgery that saved his career and many others that came after him, John won 288 career games over an impressive 26 season in the bigs. Tickets are extremely limited (only 600 being sold) so don’t wait to get yours.
Roadrunner Rundown is coming up today at 10 A.M. on Bakersfield.com. Ziggy Siegfried and Greg Osbourne are filling in for me since I’m on the road with basketball. I’ll call in from Omaha to preview tonight’s game. We have a new ‘Corey Vs.’ as well as I take my turn in the pool at the Hillman Aquatic Center against one of the Roadrunner men’s swimming team captains.
Derek Holdsworth, the president of the Roadrunner Scholarship Fund will also be making an appearance on the show and Greg Osbourne will preview some things coming up with his golf program in the spring.
One quick note, because of the time difference in Omaha, tonight’s game will be heard on SmartTalk 1230 KGEO beginning at 4:30 Bakersfield time with the ‘Dignity Health Shootaround Show.’
On a women’s hoops note, plan to attend the Dec. 19th game against Houston Baptist to take part in the first ‘Basket-Bear Toss.’ Bring s stuffed toy and throw it on the court at halftime for your chance to win some great prizes and help the Bakersfield Ronald McDonald House. Thanks to KGET TV 17 for their help in this as well. Details are below.