Today the adventure begins.
I’m happy to report the CSUB baseball team is “wheels down” in Texas, although from what I’ve learned their trip wasn’t without some hiccups as they traveled from the Bay Area to Arlington yesterday. I guess that’s the norm with air travel these days. But everyone is there safe and sound preparing for tomorrow’s opener against San Jose State at 1 P.M. (PDT).
I’ll be leaving today with a small delegation of administrators as we make the trek to CSUB’s first conference baseball tournament as a member of the WAC. It will prove to be the first of many and it sure is nice to be the number-one seed. Although we can no longer fly under the radar, everyone knows exactly who Bakersfield is now, and that we’re the team to beat this week.
We finalized broadcast plans yesterday and you can listen to the entire tournament on GoRunners.com. Here’s a link to the broadcast page.
We will also have two of the first three games of the tournament available on SmartTalk 1230 here in Bakersfield. Coverage on air starts with Thursday’s game against Sacramento State at 5 P.M. (PDT) and Friday’s game against UT San Antonio at 5 P.M. (PDT) as well. Wednesday’s game against San Jose State at 1 P.M. (PDT) will be available on GoRunners.com exclusively.
Should Bakersfield win our pool and play in Sunday’s Championship game, coverage of that will also be available on GoRunners.com and SmartTalk 1230 beginning at 11 A.M. (PDT). That one will be for all the marbles, and I hope we’re their with a trip to the NCAA Regionals on the line.
We’ll have a few other features and game coverage available as well on GoRunners.com all week, so don’t miss a thing from QuikTrip Park in Grand Prairie, Texas. The city has been looking forward to hosting this tournament for the last 12 months or so and I know it will be a first-class affair.
On a wrestling note, CSUB was honored again for their academics yesterday by the National Wrestling Coaches Association. Bakersfield was ranked 22nd out of the top-30 academic teams for their combined 3.07 team GPA. Harvard (naturally) topped that list.
Tyler Iwamura and Ian Nikkel won spots on the NWCA All-Academic team for their performances and GPAs. Iwamura won the honor for the fourth-straight season. He’s also a ROWDYs nominee once again for ‘Best Academic Performance.’
Speaking of the ROWDYs. Tickets are still available for the June 3rd festivities at Dore Theatre. We have a great show planned and I hope you will join us.
More to come from Texas beginning tomorrow. We’ll be on hand when the ‘Runners hopefully make history.