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Tuesday Sports Page

Thanks for bearing with the late post today as I had to put together another edition of ‘Roadrunner Rundown’. The show is now available online at GoRunners.com or just watch below.


Big night for CSUB baseball as the Roadrunners will host number-three ranked Cal Poly at 6 P.M. It’s the highest ranked opponent the Roadrunners have ever faced, the closes was number-four ranked South Carolina back when they were the defending champions in 2011.

After the game tonight make sure the kids stick around for a glow in the dark Easter Egg hunt courtesy of Coca-Cola. The eggs are awesome, we have plenty of candy and a good time in store. Hopefully there’s a win to celebrate as well.

GoRunners.com: CSUB hosts No. 3 Cal Poly; Davis named WAC Pitcher of the Week

Bakersfield Californian: CSUB hosts ranked Cal Poly

If you can’t make the game tonight, you can listen on KERN Radio Newstalk 1180 or online at GoRunners.com starting at 6 P.M.

By the way with Davis winning pitcher of the week, every Roadrunners weekend starter has been named WAC Pitcher of the Week at one point this season.

The Roadrunners will have a busy week as they leave tomorrow for a Thursday-Saturday series at UT Pan American before heading over to Kansas State for a Monday and Tuesday series. Both those games will be televised on Fox Sports Central. Check listings for channel, first pitch is 4:30 P.M. (PDT) next Monday and Tuesday.

The Roadrunners also took some time to help some local families with Easter meals through the Bread Basket, a local non-profit food bank. Thanks to all those that donated and participated to help several families this Sunday.

Here’s a picture of the shopping this morning before delivery of the food baskets.

BASEBALL EASTER FOOD DRIVE

New head women’s soccer coach Gary Curneen wrote his first blog on his website that we’ll regularly be linking here to ‘Roadrunner Insider.’ Coach Gary breaks down is approach to building a new culture in Bakersfield.

More to come tomorrow. Have a great Tuesday

 

 

Friday Morning Sports Page

 

Baseball opens a home WAC series this weekend against Chicago State and the Roadrunners will be needing every win they can get as we get closer to the conference tournament in just over a month. The top six of the eligible nine teams will make the field.

Bakersfield is coming being swept at Oklahoma, but despite one bad inning in each game they led in every contest and had a chance to win them all. Hopefully that turns around starting tonight at 6 P.M.

GoRunners.com: Bakersfield Hosts Chicago State This Weekend

Bakersfield Californian: After slow WAC start CSUB looks to get back on track

On another baseball note. Next Tuesday is Tax Day so we’re trying to brighten everyone’s mood with a special $5 reserved seat promotion. $5 tickets will be available during this weekend’s series and available by contacting our ticket department prior to April 14th.

Bakersfield will be hosting No. 4 ranked Cal Poly Tuesday at 6 P.M.

This weekend’s games will be 6 P.M. starts on Friday and Saturday and 12 P.M. on Sunday.

CSUB softball, coming off a midweek split with Cal State Northridge, is on the road this weekend at New Mexico State in a conference series. Saturday’s games will be televised via ESPN3.com beginning at 3 P.M. (PDT).

Here’s the ESPN 3 listings for Saturday.

A couple of new additions have joined the Roadrunner Athletics Development team. Yesterday we announced the hiring of a new assistant athletics director for annual giving and a promotion within the department as well.

Congrats to Josiah Castro and Sukhvir Kaur on their new roles within our department.

On the soccer front, don’t forget, this weekend the Roadrunner men’s soccer team is hosting ‘Kicks for a Cause’ an exhibition match against the LA Misioneros and a fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Club. Admission is just $2 with all the money going to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Kern County. The game kicks off at 3 P.M. at the Main Soccer Field.

In the recruiting department, head coach Richie Grant has announced his first signings as head coach with two prep players joining the program next season including one local product. More to come indeed but a solid start.

CSUB water polo will also host top-ranked Stanford Saturday at 1 P.M. at the Hillman Aquatics Center.

 

 

Monday Morning Sports Page

 

Another weekend of action in the books as I personally return from Norman, Oklahoma with CSUB baseball who unfortunately were swept by the No. 29 ranked Sooners, although CSUB led in every game.

It was a tough weekend with two close games slipping away and another game getting out of hand after the ‘Runners led 4-0 at one point. Still a young team with a lot of learn and learning in a big environment like Oklahoma will prove valuable.

Great exposure as well. All three games were nationally-televised, I even pulled up the Fox Sports 1 app on my phone yesterday and they were replaying our second game on Saturday. Pretty cool.

Sunday’s third game was moved to Saturday in advance of the coming rain, which did come on Sunday by the way. We spent Sunday at the Oklahoma City Museum and Memorial, the site of the Federal Building bombing in 1995.

Although many of the student-athletes weren’t even born or were just a few years old, the experience was powerful and educational at the same time. Sometimes it takes rain to slow us all down and appreciate other things around us.

Baseball returns home this week and gets back into WAC play hosting Chicago State starting on Friday night at 6 P.M.

Softball split on Saturday against Grand Canyon but unfortunately lost the series to the Antelopes. Bakersfield hosts Cal State Northridge in a non-conference doubleheader on Wednesday before heading out to take on New Mexico State this weekend in Las Cruces.

Sand volleyball swept their weekend series against San Jose State and fell to top-ranked USC. Water Polo also faced top-ranked UCLA on Saturday, but fell 14-8, they host the other #1 team in the nation Stanford this weekend.

Join us tomorrow for Roadrunner Rundown, I have highlights and a special feature from the Oklahoma baseball series. Plus, we’ll talk with head men’s soccer coach Richie Grant along with assistant coach Gerry Cleary about their upcoming ‘Kicks for a Cause’ and ‘Brains of Bakersfield.’

Also, freshman Max Carter from Roadrunners baseball will be on the program while we’re trying to confirm head water polo coach Jason Gall as well to preview his upcoming weekend matchup with another number-one team.

The show airs from 10-11 AM on Bakersfield.com.

Off to the plane. Can’t wait to be back in Bakersfield.

Friday Morning Sports Page-Road Edition

Greetings from Norman, Oklahoma. I’ve stowed away on this baseball trip to the University of Oklahoma as the Roadrunners will meet the Sooners in a three-game series beginning tonight.

Along with our audio coverage on GoRunners.com, fans can also see the ‘Runners on television as this series will be televised on Fox College Sports Central beginning at 4 P.M. Pacific time today, tomorrow and Sunday scheduled for Noon Pacific, although some schedule changes may come with expected rain on Sunday, we’ll keep you posted.

Historically Bakersfield and the state of Oklahoma are connected of course by the ‘Dust Bowl,’ with several families that settled in Kern County originally coming from these parts. By coincidence (or maybe not since head coach Bill Kernen is a highly-educated literary man) this series falls on the 75th Anniversary of John Steinbeck’s legendary classic Grapes of Wrath.

We’ll have plenty more from Norman, hopefully a few wins too.

It’s also a big weekend on campus starting tonight where CSUB sand volleyball hosts former coach Aaron Shepardson and his new San Jose State squad return to Bakersfield for a match tonight at 6 P.M. at the new sand courts.

Saturday features two teams hosting the number-one ranked teams in their respective sports. Sand volleyball will host top-ranked USC at 9 A.M., then at the nearby Hillman Aquatics Center CSUB water polo hosts top-ranked UCLA in MPSF play beginning at 1 P.M.

Sand volleyball will also host San Jose State again 1 P.M. Saturday as well.

Bakersfield Californian: CSUB hosts San Jose State in sand volleyball today

Join us on campus, television or over the internet this weekend for coverage of all Roadrunners action.

Have a great weekend. Go ‘Runners

 

Wednesday Morning Sports Page

On team in action on Tuesday as the CSUB baseball team moved their game time up to beat the rain at Cal Poly. Unfortunately they couldn’t beat the #5-ranked Mustangs who overcame a late 1-0 deficit to beat Bakersfield 6-1.

The Roadrunners schedule doesn’t get any easier this weekend as they head to #29 Oklahoma for a non-conference series in Norman. It’s the first meeting between Bakersfield and the Sooners in baseball.

Bakersfield Californian: Big Innings Lifts Cal Poly over ‘Runners

Meanwhile it’s Spring soccer season and new head men’s soccer coach Richie Grant has come up with a way to benefit local youth and put on a nice Spring exhibition on April 12th. The Roadrunners will host the LA Misioneros of the Premiere Development League with the $2 admission price going to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Kern County.

He’s calling it ‘Kicks for a Cause’ and it’s expected to be an annual event.

Did you miss ‘Roadrunner Rundown’ yesterday? As always we’ve got you covered. The show featured a lot of sand volleyball talk in anticipation of this weekend’s matches against San Jose State and USC in Bakersfield.

Guest included Shayna Guitare and Mariah Alvidrez along with softball player Madison Bundy and former Roadrunners volleyball coach and current San Jose State volleyball coach Aaron Shepardson.

Check it out below.

Have a great Wednesday.

Thursday Morning Sports Page

 

What a home opener for CSUB sand volleyball Wednesday afternoon as Bakersfield not only christened their new facility, they did so with a 3-2 win over Oregon. It was a great slate of matches that all came down to the number-one pairing of Molly O’Hagan and Debora Araujo. The duo won in the third set 15-12, clinching the match for Bakersfield.

The Daily Emerald (Oregon): Ducks lose to Bakersfield 3-2

Bakersfield Californian: Roadrunners beat Oregon in Sand Volleyball Home Opener

It was a great turnout, a great facility and a great result.

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Onto swimming, our own Mitchell Huxhold will start his journey at NCAA Nationals today swimming in the 500 freestyle today, then the 200 freestyle tomorrow and his best event and the national finals for the 1650 on Saturday night.

Bakersfield Californian: CSUB swimmer Huxhold earning Attention

Good luck Mitchell.

CSUB Softball had an interesting Wednesday, losing the first game of a doubleheader to Cal State Fullerton 6-2 before battling back from a six-run deficit in the second game only to tie it up at 10-10 and have it called because of darkness.

Bakersfield Californian: CSUB ties Fullerton in second game of doubleheader

Softball is back at home this weekend hosting Utah Valley Friday at 2 P.M. as part of a WAC series. They’ll also play a doubleheader on Saturday at 1 P.M.

 

 

Wednesday Morning Sports Page

A slightly raining Wednesday but still preparing for a few home events this afternoon including the opening of the new sand volleyball courts as Bakersfield hosts Oregon in their first home sand volleyball match, first serve is at 12 noon.

Meanwhile, the courts were built due in part to a partnership with the CSUB Student Rec Center and local Steve Barnes, a volleyball supporter who not only supported the project financially but with his expertise as well.

There’s also some photos and some video on the new facility at the above link.

Meanwhile softball will be getting underway in a non-conference doubleheader today as they host Cal State Fullerton at 1 P.M. It’s the Roadrunners’ final tune up before opening WAC play this weekend against Utah Valley.

Baseball last night had a weird tone to it as the Roadrunners and UC Irvine were delayed over an hour because of a traffic accident that stranded the umpires. We played most of the game with one umpire before help arrived in the 7th inning. Bakersfield however couldn’t hold an early 4-0 lead in a 6-4 loss to the Anteaters.

Bakersfield is at Utah Valley this weekend in their first WAC road series of the season.

Congrats to Bakersfield’s Tyonna Outland on being named to the All-Region team by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association.

If you missed ‘Roadrunner Rundown’ yesterday the show is conveniently located below. We talked some track and field, sand volleyball and went ‘Behind Enemy Lines’ as well. Check it out.

 

Have a great Wednesday.

Monday Morning Sports Page

 

On the heels of an action packed weekend we start another week with plenty on the docket from national finals appearances to a conference home opener.

First let’s start with baseball who managed to take the series over North Dakota with a 4-3 win Friday and an 11-10 win on Saturday night at Hardt Field. Unfortunately for the Roadrunners, some tough glovework and errors cost them a Sunday sweep as North Dakota won 6-3 to salvage one win in the WAC series.

Bakersfield Californian: Walks, Errors hurt CSUB

Bakersfield is back at home tomorrow night hosting UC Irvine in a non-conference game. Then CSUB hits the road for a WAC series at Utah Valley this weekend.

In softball, Bakersfield split yet again in day 3 of the Cal State Northridge Tournament, winning 3-2 in the first game against Pacific before falling 4-2 to Cal State Northridge.

Bakersfield has a busy week of home games scheduled starting with a non-conference doubleheader Wednesday against Cal State Fullerton starting at 1 P.M. The ‘Runners will then host Utah Valley in their WAC opener starting on Friday.

On a wrestling note, redshirt sophomore Bryce Hammond won four-consecutive matches in the wrestlebacks bracket at NCAA Nationals, earning 8th place at 174 pounds and All-American honors. It’s the first time Hammond has been an All-American and the first for the CSUB grapplers since 2010.

The basketball season officially came to an end with the CSUB women’s team losing at Saint Mary’s 75-67 on Friday night in the opening round of the WNIT. Bakersfield played a great ball game but too many free throws and a late run by the Gaels proved to be the difference. Bakersfield ended the season at 19-13.

Bakersfield Californian: CSUB Falls to Saint Mary’s in WNIT Opener

A great season for the ‘Runners who will have a lot of pieces back for next season.

Have a great Monday.

Tuesday Morning Sports Page

It’s been a crazy few days with the end of the WAC basketball tournament in Las Vegas. Following ‘Roadrunner Rundown’ today we’ll have a complete video segment about the experience we’ll post as well so stay tuned.

Bitter sweet end to the tournament for both Bakersfield teams in the semifinals. The men’s team played a great game taking eventual-champion New Mexico State to the wire before losing 67-60. Issiah Grayson scored a career-high 33 in his final college game, partnered with his 29 from the quarterfinals, he was named to the all-tournament team.

On the women’s side, after a gutsy overtime win in the quarterfinals over Utah Valley, Bakersfield fell to Seattle in the semifinals. The ‘Runners struggled from three-point range the entire tournament and couldn’t overcome Seattle’s balanced attack.

Good news for the Roadrunners however, since they were the second-place finisher in the WAC regular season and first-place Idaho won the WAC Tournament, CSUB takes the conference’s automatic-bid to the WNIT.

The Roadrunners will face Saint Mary’s on Friday night in Moraga, Calif. in the first round at 6 P.M.

More to come as the tournament gets closer.

Monday Morning Sports Page

 

We start with WAC basketball where the tournament gets underway in Las Vegas in just a few days. On the women’s side, Bakersfield is a #2 seed and will once again face Utah Valley, the team they beat on Saturday 66-51.

CSUB also defeated the Wolverines 61-59 in Orem earlier this season. Wednesday game will start at 8:30 P.M. You can watch on through WACsports.com or listen on GoRunners.com.

Onto men’s basketball, Bakersfield clinched the six seed after Grand Canyon beat UTPA in overtime Saturday night 79-78 and Chicago State defeated Seattle. That means the ‘Runners will see Chicago State in the first round on Thursday night. That game will tip at 6 P.M. and can be heard as usual on KERN Newstalk 1180.

Also congrats to senior guard Issiah Grayson who was named second-team all-conference and Aly Ahmed who was named to the WAC All-Defensive team for his efforts this season.

In baseball news the Roadrunners had Sunday’s series finale in Portland cancelled because of rain. CSUB struggled scoring runs in their two games losing 5-1 and 1-0 respectively. The Roadrunners are back home this week hosting Gonzaga on Wednesday night and opening WAC play against Grand Canyon this weekend.

In softball the ‘Runners snapped a losing skid with a pair of wins over UNLV and Charleston Southern at the UCLA tournament on Saturday. On Sunday the ‘Runners dropped a pair but nearly upset UCLA falling 4-2 in the tournament finale.

CSUB hosts Utah State tomorrow in a doubleheader at 11 A.M.

Join us tomorrow for ‘Roadrunner Rundown’ on Bakersfield.com. We’ll speak with CSUB swimmers and WAC champions Mitchell Huxhold and Michaela Paige. Also, we’ll speak with our new director of volleyball Giovana Melo and preview the WAC basketball tournament.

Join us from 10-11 AM.