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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.

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That game will also be streamed live on GoRunners.com 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!

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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 Vallitix.com 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 Vallitix.com, 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.

Monday Morning Sports Page

Good morning and a happy Monday as we recap a fairly-successful weekend for CSUB Athletics, a couple teams securing important wins while also taking some big steps in their development.

Starting with CSUB men’s soccer Bakersfield went 1-0-1 at the New Mexico Tournament tying nationally-ranked VCU 1-1 on Friday before securing a 2-1 overtime win over Drexel on Sunday. Christian Duarte with the golden goal in overtime as the Roadrunners improved to 5-1-1 on the season.

Bakersfield will be tested this week with a road game at Cal State Northridge on Thursday before they head home and face Sacramento State on Sunday here at The Main Soccer Field.

Women’s soccer managed to get their first win this season on Friday as they beat Florida Atlantic 2-1 in double overtime. Alex Bachman with the game winner for Bakersfield. The Roadrunners lost 3-0 on Sunday but feel confident about their development heading into conference play this week. They play at Grand Canyon on Saturday to open WAC play.

Onto volleyball, it was a good weekend for the Roadrunners who were hosting the Roadrunner Classic at the Icardo Center. Bakersfield went 1-2 in the tournament while also playing eventual champion Oregon State to a 3-1 loss. Bakersfield managed a 3-0 sweep of Fresno State in the nightcap Saturday in one of their best-played matches all season.

Meanwhile CSUB men’s golf had a promising start to their Fall season with a  10th place finish at the Rutgers Invitational in New Jersey. The finish was middle of the pack for the ‘Runners who were led by Nathan Green on the weekend.

More to come this week as volleyball opens conference play at UT Pan American and New Mexico State while men’s soccer rounds out their non-conference schedule.

 

 

 

 

Thursday Morning Sports Page

Getting geared up for the home opening weekend for CSUB volleyball who will host the Roadrunner Classic with several top opponents coming to town. The ‘Runners start tomorrow with Long Beach State at 7:30 followed by a Saturday 11 AM matchup with Oregon State and a Saturday night match against Oregon State at 6:30. Bakersfield Californian: Roadrunner set to start WAC play This week was also the first of two weeks in which finalists for the athletics director position were on campus. David Harris was the first candidate from Iowa State University. He spent two days touring campus and meeting with the department, supporters and members of the campus community. Bakersfield Californian: First of two AD finalists shares vision for CSUB Men’s and women’s soccer both depart today for weekend tournaments out of state. The women’s team is flying to Florida Atlantic where they will see Florida Atlantic and Florida Gulf Coast this weekend. The men’s team travels to the New Mexico Tournament where they will play VCU and Drexel this weekend. WB-19 CSUB student athletes starting classes this week, they also came together during a special Welcome Back event Tuesday night at the Icardo Center. They were addressed by President Dr. Horace Mitchell, VP of Student Affairs Dr. Thomas Wallace and by special guest, former Roadrunner wrestler Daniel Atondo. Great start to what is expected to be a solid season all around.

Thanks to all who came out to support our special on-campus edition of ‘Roadrunner Rundown’ on Tuesday, it was a great turnout and a great environment. Here’s the show in case you missed it.


A very special thanks to CSUB softball, water polo and CSUB wrestling for providing a great backdrop for the event. What an atmosphere.

One final thought, I returned to school this week. Taking advantage of working in higher education by pursuing some higher education myself. So naturally not only am I experiencing some generational-shock in returning to classes, I’m writing about them as well.

Tehachapi News-Roadrunner Connection-It’s back to school time–and what changes!

#allrunners

Friday Morning Sports Page

 

Another victory for CSUB men’s soccer last night as the Roadrunners defeated UC Riverside 3-1 on the road. Bakersfield was down 1-0 early after allowing their first goal of the season via a penalty kick but the ‘Runners would score three in the second half to improve to 4-0.

Riverside Press-Enterprise: Soccer-CSUB 3, UCR 1

The win matches the best start by the program at the NCAA Division I level, the 2010 squad also went 4-0 to start the year.

The Roadrunners are at home Saturday night for their home opener. Kickoff is at 7 P.M. against UC Davis.

A great start for head coach Richie Grant and the Roadrunners, let’s make sure they’re rewarded with a nice home crowd Saturday night.


Volleyball will be waiting a week for their home opener but in the meantime Bakersfield is on the road at the Cal Poly ShareSLO Tournament. The ‘Runners open with host Cal Poly tonight at 7 P.M.

CSUB hosts the Roadrunner Invitational next weekend at the Icardo Center.

Women’s soccer is seeking their first win of the season as they go on the road for a pair of tough matches starting tonight at UC Riverside. Bakersfield has played well on Friday nights but has come up a goal short on a couple occasions, including last Friday night’s 1-1 draw with Northern Iowa.

Next week we’ll have a special edition of ‘Roadrunner Rundown’ as we’ll be live on-campus in front of the Student Union as part of the ‘Week of Welcome’ festivities at CSUB. Should be a fun show with head men’s soccer coach Richie Grant scheduled along with interim AD Ziggy Siegfried, President Dr. Horace Mitchell and Sarah Hendrick from the CSUB Alumni office.

Have a great weekend and we’ll see you at The Main Soccer Field Saturday night.

Friday Morning Sports Page

We open another weekend of action with one home match, women’s soccer, still seeking their first win of 2014 will host Northern Iowa tonight at 7 at the Main Soccer Field. The Panthers are 1-3 on the season after a pair of losses last weekend.

Bakersfield is coming off a pair of close losses in each of their first Friday nights, hopefully this Friday it bounces their way. The Roadrunners also travel to #23 Long Beach State on Sunday.

Onto men’s soccer, Bakersfield (1-0) is at the UNLV Tournament this weekend where today they take on Howard today at 4:30 P.M., the Bison are 0-3 entering the season. The Roadrunners will also take on IPFW on Sunday at 10:30 A.M. The Mastadons are 1-0-1 this season but have had eight different players score in two matches.

More traveling for the Roadrunners this weekend as well as volleyball is at the Flyer-Raider Invitational in Dayton, Ohio. Bakersfield will play four matches over a two-day stretch starting with IPFW at Noon (PDT) and then Bowling Green at 4 P.M. (PDT). Add in an 11-mile journey between the two host campuses (Dayton and Wright State) and you have for an interesting day. Bakersfield will also take on Nebraska at 8 A.M. (PDT) on Saturday morning before concluding the tournament with host Dayton on Saturday at 5 P.M. (PDT).

Volleyball has one more weekend on the road as they spend next weekend at the Cal Poly Invitational before coming home the following weekend to open their own tournament at the Icardo Center.

On a basketball note congrats to former Roadrunner Stephon Carter who signed a pro deal in Spain. We featured it on ‘Roadrunner Rundown’ last week. The show is available below as well.

Wednesday Morning Sports Page

Greetings on a Wednesday, we are back in full swing with every Fall sport underway starting this weekend.

Men’s soccer opens at San Diego State on Friday while Cross Country runs Saturday at the Mark Covert Classic in Southern California.

Women’s soccer who opened up last season takes a long road trip to Sacramento State Friday before playing Sunday at Southern Utah. After a tough 0-2 weekend, head coach Gary Curneen is still looking for his first win as a Division I head coach.

If you missed Roadrunner Rundown Tuesday, the show is available below. We unveiled both the men’s and women’s basketball schedules while also talking about the cross country opener with Ariana Mariscal and Megan Thompson. Check it out:

Onto some headlines. It made news that men’s basketball will be playing ALL of their 2014-15 home games here at the friendly confines of the Icardo Center. Bakersfield will be doing that for the first time since the 1997-98 season, before Rabobank Arena opened downtown.

Bakersfield Californian: Evans on Sports Blog-Men’s Basketball home games all on campus

Bakersfield Californian: Fresno State to visit Icardo Center on Dec. 6th

GoRunners.com- 2014-15 Men’s Basketball schedule released

GoRunners.com: Women’s basketball releases 2014-15 schedule

In other news, Here’s a cool piece about former wrestler Erik Martinez, now a pro body builder.

On a soccer note, as we mentioned the Roadrunners men’s team opens at San Diego State on Friday, the Roadrunners were recently picked to finish third in the WAC by the soccer coaches in their poll released Tuesday.

Have a great Wednesday.

 

 

Wednesday Morning Sports Page

 

FIRST DAY TRAINING

The fall season opened up this morning with the first practice of the new year as CSUB women’s soccer took to the field for a training session and some fitness testing.

It’s the first practice under new head coach Gary Curneen who is preparing his team for an August 22nd season opener against Gonzaga at The Main Soccer Field.

We’ll have more with coach Curneen and the team this week as they get into the swing of 2014 Training.

 

While coach Curneen is one of a few new head coaches on staff this year, there are also several new assistants coming on board within the various programs. I had the chance to speak with some of them yesterday on our one-year anniversary edition of ‘Roadrunner Rundown.’

The show began with former 2008 US Olympian Lindsey Anderson who is now a volunteer assistant with the CSUB track and field team. We also spoke with new women’s soccer assistant Clifton Bush who happens to be a local product by way of Tehachapi who has returned to Kern County to coach. Then another local product Nikki Blue, formerly of West High School, UCLA, the WNBA’s Washington Mystics and New York Liberty joined us to talk about her new position with CSUB women’s basketball.

A great show with some great stories to cap off our first season on television. Check it out below.

 Bakersfield Californian: Blue Relishes Return to Bakersfield

 

 

Monday Morning Sports Page

It was a busy weekend for CSUB Roadrunner alumni as some great things happened for some ‘Runners in the pros.

Starting with baseball, Michael McCarthy was promoted to AAA Pawtucket in the Boston Red Sox organization and performed well in his Pawsox debut hurling 3.2 innings allowing one run on just two hits while striking out three batters and walking one. McCarthy is the second Roadrunner to appear in a AAA game following Cael Brockmeyer who spent a portion of his rookie season with the AAA Iowa Cubs following and injury in that organization.

Bakersfield Californian: Ex-Roadrunner McCarthy Promoted to Red Sox AAA Team

McCarthy’s emotions about the promotion were also shared in his recent Bakersfield Californian column.

In other baseball news, former Roadrunner Martin Medina continues to recover from an eye injury suffered during a AA Birmingham Barons game on July 27th. Medina was sucker-punched from the side during a bench-clearing situation and reportedly has been place on the disabled list due to vision troubles. An update and a video of the incident is available here.

Onto the MLS where our own Gyasi Zardes continues to have a phenomenal run with the LA Galaxy. Zardes and company were on NBC this past weekend and he didn’t waste time impressing, scoring the equalizer in first-half stoppage time as LA beat Portlant 3-1. It was his 8th goal in as many matches.

RotoWire: Gyasi Zardes, emerging MLS Star

Pro Soccer Talk: Electric L.A. forward Zardes deserves USMNT Look

Here are the Galaxy’s highlights and Zardes’ goal from Saturday.

 

More to come this week as practices open up for men’s and women’s soccer.