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A Championship Week Begins


Congrats to CSUB softball pitcher Kelsie Monroe who was named WAC Pitcher of the Year last night at the awards banquet prior to the WAC Tournament which opens today for CSUB in Las Cruces, NM.

Monroe has been a solid contributor and the reason for such a nice turnaround for CSUB softball who enters the tourney as they #3 seed. They play UMKC today. CSUB is the only team to have defeated New Mexico State this season in WAC play, we’ll see if they get a rematch and a chance at the tournament championship.

Watch all the Games Here on the WAC Digital Network

Then there’s CSUB baseball, I walked by the bus this morning on my way in as the team departs for Phoenix and a showdown with Grand Canyon. The latest WAC Standings have the ‘Runners just a half game back of the Antelopes as the regular-season championship could be decided this weekend. The ‘Runners are looking for their second title in three seasons while Grand Canyon, who is still transitioning and ineligible for the WAC Tournament, would love to add that feather into their cap.

CSUB has six conference games remaining, three at Grand Canyon this weekend and three at Chicago State next week. Grand Canyon will be on the road as well next week at Sacramento State, so while the title “could” be decided this weekend, there’s still plenty of baseball left. CSUB currently sits as the #1 seed in the WAC Tournament, with a half-game lead over Seattle.

On another baseball note, CSUB’s RPI jumped up to #116 in the nation after defeating 6th-ranked UC Santa Barbara on Tuesday afternoon. The ‘Runners have another rematch with the Gauchos next Tuesday night at Hardt Field.

Roadrunner Rundown was great again on Tuesday, if you missed our show check it out below. Here’s the Bakersfield Californian recap as well.

Don’t forget about the 43rd Annual Spring BBQ set for next Thursday, May 14 at the Icardo Center.

Tickets are available at Vons, Mexicali, Firehouse and Lengthwise locations.

Friday Link-Recycle Bin

We love recycling here at CSU Bakersfield. Walk anywhere on campus and you’ll find three to four different bins for trash, glass, bottles, plastics, compost etc. I have a small nervous breakdown each time I go throw something away. I wonder “is this compostable?”

The things I worry about.

So in that regards I’d like to introduce the Friday Link-Recycle Bin. We’ll bring you links each Friday from various news coverage and re-purpose it for your consumption:

We’ll start with baseball, it’s a big series this weekend hosting first-place Seattle at Hardt Field, tonight at 6, tomorrow at 2 and Sunday at Noon.

The week started nicely with a thumping of Cal State Fullerton

Bakersfield Californian: Roadrunners Capitalize on Fullerton’s Sloppiness 14-1

OC Register: Seven Errors Doom Fullerton in 14-1 Loss to CSU Bakersfield

Onto this weekend’s series

Bakersfield Californian: Evans on Sports Blog: CSUB gets Webcast Coverage

Bakersfield Californian: Pitching has set the tone for CSUB baseball team’s recent surge

How about a quick update on a CSUB alum? Cael Brockmeyer is impressing early with the South Bend Cubs

The Elkhart Truth: Cael Brockmeyer making big first impression with South Bend

On the wrestling front, don’t forget to join the program for their annual Evening with Stephen Neal on Tuesday, May 5th.

Bakersfield Californian: Final Neal Fundraiser for Wrestling planned for May 5th

On the track front, here’s a student piece on pitcher-turned Javelin specialist Karnell Grimes

The Runners: From Mound to the Field

That’s it for this week. We’ll recycle more next week indeed. Have a great weekend, we’ll see you at the field!

Thursday Morning Sports Page


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.


Mid Week Update- 4/8/15


It’s been awhile, I understand that.

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 or simply head to at game time and follow the link.

Congrats to James Barragan for his efforts last week, being named WAC Pitcher of the Week

Women’s golf was in action Monday and Tuesday, the Roadrunners continue to show improvement on the course. CSUB played a solid Monday round for a sixth place finish which included a step above fellow WAC-member UTPA.

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.

Another event this weekend includes the Spring exhibition men’s soccer match between CSUB and UCLA. The Bruins were in the College Cup finals last season and will bring a stiff test to town for the ‘Runners. It’s the annual ‘Kicks for a Cause’ event with all proceeds benefitting the Kern County Boys and Girls Club. $5 is the entry price for Saturday’s match which begins at 3 P.M. at The Main Soccer Field.

And with that, a good Wednesday to you.

Wednesday Morning Sports Page


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.

Here’s the full preview of their weekend on the road.

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.

Here’s a full preview of this week’s home games for CSUB which includes a Saturday game against UT Pan American 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.

 Here’s also the Californian’s recap of the program featuring more on Kevin Mays.

Also here’s my latest ‘Roadrunner Connection’ column in The Tehachapi News touting the “real” season which is now underway.

On the soccer front, it was big news when Roadrunner alum Gyasi Zardes of the LA Galaxy received an invite from the US Men’s National team to training camp. Zardes recently spoke to about the honor.


Wednesday Morning Sports Page


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.

Bakersfield Californian: ‘Runners get by UCSB; stay unbeaten at home

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 Connection: One Night In December

Women’s swimming and diving was in action Tuesday as they split a meet with a victory over Fresno State and a close loss to UNLV. Paola Hernandez had a couple wins along with Delise Batiza in the 1000 free while Michaela Paige added a couple second place finishes as well in the split.

On the men’s side Mitchell Huxhold won a pair of events as CSUB fell in a close one to UNLV.  The ‘Runners who are nursing injuries will be in action this weekend in Los Angeles as they swim against UC San Diego.

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.

Bakersfield Californian: Wrestler Bryce Hammond Set to return from injury

Monday Morning Sports Page 2015

Welcome to a New Year.

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 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.



Friday Morning Sports Page

Greetings on a Friday as the Roadrunners prepare for a weekend of action with both soccer and volleyball competing.

Starting with volleyball the Roadrunners will be at home on Saturday hosting Grand Canyon at 1 P.M. in the Icardo Center. It’s the 25th Anniversary Celebration for the 1989 Division II National Championship team. Come out and meet the team and receive a commemorative poster as well.

25th anniversary larger poster

25th anniversary larger poster

That game will also be streamed live on as well. You can watch via a ‘Runner Zone subscription.

Roadrunner Rundown recap: ’89 Volleyball team set for reunion

Michelle Crist from the 1989 team and head coach Dave Rubio now at the University of Arizona joined us to talk about that team and Saturday’s event.

Onto soccer, both men’s and women’s teams are on the road this weekend. CSUB men are at UMKC tonight and at Air Force on Sunday. Should be a tough road test right off the bat for Bakersfield in WAC play.

For the women’s team it’s a case of familiarity as they face the same two teams, Utah Valley and Seattle that they played last week. Bakersfield played well in both matches but dropped both at home. They now go on the road seeking their first conference victory of the season.

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.

Bakersfield Californian: Earlier Start for CSUB basketball

Have a great weekend!

25th anniversary larger poster

Friday Morning Sports Page

We start with a big congrats to CSUB volleyball who opened up an action-packed weekend with a 3-0 win over Chicago State last night at the Icardo Center. Bakersfield was led once again by Danika Youngblood as she had 14 kills and 11 digs to help CSUB to a 2-1 conference mark.

The Roadrunners are back in action tomorrow hosting Kansas City at 1 P.M. in the Icardo Center.

Onto women’s soccer, Bakersfield opens conference play this weekend with two tough opponents starting with Utah Valley tonight at 7 P.M. at The Main Soccer Field. The Roadrunners conference opener was postponed last week due to a power outage in Phoenix. Bakersfield also hosts defending champion Seattle at Noon on Sunday.

The buzz continues to grow for men’s soccer who will play host to San Jose State and former Roadrunners head coach Simon Tobin on Saturday night in a game televised by the NSCAA TV network. CSUB is coming off a 5-0 win over Sacramento State. It’s Tobin’s first game back at Bakersfield since leaving for San Jose after last season.

Bakersfield Californian: First Look; Roadrunners prepare for rivalry match up

Tickets are still available in advance today at or the CSUB ticket window at the Icardo Center which is open from Noon-2 P.M. today.

Gates open at 5:30 tomorrow night at The Main Soccer Field. See you then.



Wednesday Sports Page

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, 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.

Onto other news within the department. It was announced late Monday we’ve suspended the Athletics Director search for now. Neither candidate was a perfect fit so the administration has extended Ziggy Siegfried as interim athletics director through the end of the academic year.

Bakersfield Californian: Siegfried has trust of CSUB officials

If you missed Roadrunner Rundown yesterday we spent a lot of time talking soccer and the athletics director situation. The full show is below.

Bakersfield Californian: CSUB Show Roundup: Former Coach Returns as Opponent

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.

Washington Post: Spencer Myers; 17 Hours, 10,000 Calories, Two Sports

More to come as we get closer to Saturday’s big game.