Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners

The Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners (also known as CSUB Roadrunners, and sometimes as the Bakersfield Roadrunners) are the intercollegiate athletic teams of California State University, Bakersfield, located in Bakersfield, California. The university is currently a NCAA Division I school, after previously competing at the Division II level. The Roadrunners began the transition process in 2006 and became a full Division I member in July 2010.[3] Following a period as one of a tiny number of Division I independents, CSU Bakersfield joined the Western Athletic Conference in July 2013 for most sports.[4] On November 27, 2017, CSUB announced that it would leave the WAC and join the Big West Conference on July 1, 2020.[5]

Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners
Logo
UniversityCSU Bakersfield
ConferenceWestern Athletic Conference
Pac-12 (wrestling)
Big West Conference (beach volleyball)
NCAANCAA Division I
Athletic directorZiggy Siegfried[1]
LocationBakersfield, California
Varsity teams16 (6 men's, 10 women's)
Basketball arenaIcardo Center (3,800)
Baseball stadiumHardt Field (2,000)
Softball stadiumCSUB Softball Complex
Soccer stadiumMain Soccer Field (2,000)
Other arenasBarnes Beach Volleyball Complex
Hillman Memorial Aquatic Center
MascotRowdy the Roadrunner
NicknameRoadrunners
ColorsBlue and Gold[2]
         
Websitewww.gorunners.com

Sports

Men's sports Women's sports
Baseball Basketball
Basketball Beach volleyball
Soccer Cross country
Swimming and diving Golf
Track and field Soccer
Wrestling Softball
Swimming and diving
Track and field
Volleyball
† – Track and field includes both indoor and outdoor
WAC logo in Cal State Bakersfield colors
Western Athletic Conference in Cal State Bakersfield's colors

All varsity teams representing California State University, Bakersfield compete in the Western Athletic Conference except beach volleyball (Independent) and wrestling (Pac-12 Conference).

Baseball

On May 17, 2007, CSUB announced that Bill Kernen would be the school's first baseball coach,[6] with the school's first official season beginning in Spring of 2009.[7] The Roadrunners played their first baseball game on February 20, 2009 against Saint Louis University in an 8-7 loss,[8] and recorded the first win in program history on February 21 with a 4-2 win against the Billikens.[9] On September 20, 2011, the Roadrunners were invited to join the Western Athletic Conference as an affiliate member in baseball.[10] On October 5, 2012 the Western Athletic Conference extended an invitation to the Roadrunners to join on July 1, 2013 as full members.

The Roadrunners won the 2015 WAC Baseball Tournament Championship in Mesa, Arizona and earned their first bid to the NCAA Regionals. The Roadrunners were placed in the Los Angeles Regional hosted by UCLA. CSUB lost twice to the host Bruins but managed to win the program's first postseason game when they defeated 2014 College World Series participant Ole Miss 2-1.

Bill Kernen retired following the 2015 season. Assistant coach Bob Macaluso was promoted to head coach in August 2015.

Wrestling

CSUB Wrestling has competed in the Pac-12 conference since the beginning of the 1987–88 season. CSUB wrestling is the institution's original Division I sport and has placed as high as 3rd (1996) and 8th (1997 & 1999) in the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships.[11][12] The Roadrunner Wrestling team has produced 9 individual NCAA DI Champions beginning in 1980. Stephen Neal (156, 1996-99) is the all-time winningest wrestler at CSU Bakersfield, with a record of 156-10 (the most wins of any CSUB wrestler), the most pins with 71 total, only 1 of 5 Roadrunner Wrestlers to be a 4-time All-American, as well as being a 2-time Division-I Champion in 1998 & 1999.[13] CSUB alum Mike Mendoza served as the head coach until 2016. Current head coach Manny Rivera will begin his first year in the 2016–17 season. He is a former All-American at the Univ of Minnesota and was a member of their National Championship team. The wrestling team practices on campus in the John B. Antonino Sports Center (specifically for wrestling) and competes at the Icardo Center also on campus.[14] Former Roadrunner wrestler and former UFC Champion Tito Ortiz set multiple UFC Light Heavyweight records.[15]

The Cal State Bakersfield men's wrestling team appeared in the NCAA Division I Tournament thirty times, with their highest finish being 3rd place in the 1995–96 school year.[16] Prior to Division I, the Roadrunners wrestling team won eight Division II titles, including five consecutive from 1979 to 1983.

Year Gender Ranking Points
1988 Men No. 53 2
1989 Men No. 28 14​12
1990 Men No. 12 30​12
1991 Men No. 9 38​12
1992 Men No. 36 5​12
1993 Men No. 54 2​12
1994 Men No. 49 4
1995 Men No. 28 13
1996 Men No. 3 66
1997 Men No. 8 43​12
1998 Men No. 11 42​12
1999 Men No. 8 58​12
2000 Men No. 23 20​12
2001 Men No. 28 12​12
2002 Men No. 52 3
2003 Men No. 39 7​12
2004 Men No. 29 15​12
2005 Men No. 22 27
2006 Men No. 47 4​12
2007 Men No. 44 7
2008 Men No. 53 2
2009 Men No. 36 16
2010 Men No. 35 16
2011 Men No. 62 1
2013 Men No. 60 1
2014 Men No. 47 5
2015 Men No. 58 1
2016 Men No. 36 9​12
2017 Men No. 53 1​12
2018 Men No. 33 9​12

Soccer

The Roadrunner men's soccer program won the 1997 Division II National Championship and has provided several MLS and international professionals to various rosters. Men's soccer was the first team to appear in a Division I postseason match when they earned an at-large spot in the 2011 NCAA Men's Soccer Tournament. The most notable soccer alumni is Los Angeles Galaxy star and US Men's National Team striker Gyasi Zardes. Zardes competed for the Roadrunners from 2010-2012. He signed a MLS homegrown contract with the Galaxy in 2012.

The Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners men's soccer team have an NCAA Division I Tournament record of 0–1 through one appearance.[17]

Year Round Opponent Result
2011 First Round Saint Mary's L 0–1

Volleyball

The CSUB Roadrunners enjoyed a successful NCAA Division II history including a 1989 National Championship. Following the Division I reclassification and the hiring of Giovana Melo as head coach, the Roadrunners won the Western Athletic Conference Tournament Championship in 2014 with a 3-0 victory over Seattle U in a tournament hosted in Bakersfield. The Roadrunners drew top-ranked Stanford and fell in the first round 25-21, 25-21 and 25-18. CSUB has appeared in three-straight WAC Tournament championship matches dating back to the 2013 season.

The Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners women's volleyball team have an NCAA Division I Tournament record of 0–2 through two appearances.[18]

Year Round Opponent Result
2014 First Round Stanford L 0–3
2017 First Round Stanford L 0–3

Softball

The CSUB softball team has reached the NCAA tournament once during the program's Division I tenure, in 2016. That year, the Roadrunners won the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) postseason tournament and earned the conference's automatic berth into the NCAA tournament.[19] The Roadrunners are coached by Crissy Buck-Ziegler, who will enter the eighth year of her tenure with the 2019 season.

The Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners softball team has an NCAA Division I Tournament record of 0–2 through one appearance.

Year Round Opponent Result
2016 First Round UCLA L 0–7
2016 First Round Fresno State L 5-8

Championships

Appearances

The CSU Bakersfield Roadrunners competed in the NCAA Tournament across 7 active sports (5 men's and 2 women's) 37 times at the Division I level.[20]

Team

CSU Bakersfield has never won a national championship at the NCAA Division I level.[21]

CSUB won 30 national championships and received the Sears Directors Cup in 1998 at the NCAA Division II level.[22]

  • Men's basketball: 1993, 1994, 1997
  • Men's swimming and diving: 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004
  • Wrestling: 1976, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1987
  • Men's soccer: 1997
  • Softball: 1988, 1989, 1990
  • Women's volleyball: 1989
  • Women's tennis: 1977 (AIAW)

Individual

CSU Bakersfield had 9 Roadrunners win NCAA individual championships at the Division I level.[21]

NCAA individual championships
Order School year Athlete(s) Sport Source
1 1979–80 John Azevedo Wrestling [23]
2 1979–80 Joe Gonzales Wrestling [23]
3 1980–81 Dan Cuestas Wrestling [23]
4 1981–82 Dan Cuestas Wrestling [23]
5 1982–83 Adam Cuestas Wrestling [23]
6 1983–84 Jesse Reyes Wrestling [23]
7 1990–91 Paul Keysaw Wrestling [23]
8 1997–98 Stephen Neal Wrestling [23]
9 1998–99 Stephen Neal Wrestling [23]

At the NCAA Division II level, CSU Bakersfield garnered 209 individual championships, where the Roadrunners are No. 4 in total NCAA Division II championships after the 2017–18 school year.[21]

Conference championships

Western Athletic Conference Championships

  • Volleyball, 2014
  • Baseball, 2015
  • Men's Basketball, 2016
  • Softball, 2016

References

  1. ^ http://www.gorunners.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=13300&ATCLID=210280893
  2. ^ CSU Bakersfield Identity Standards Manual: Visual System and Writing Guidelines (PDF). October 12, 2012. Retrieved August 10, 2018.
  3. ^ "The Move To NCAA Division I". Cal State Bakersfield. Retrieved June 4, 2011.
  4. ^ http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/8482600/western-athletic-conference-adds-cal-state-bakersfield-utah-valley
  5. ^ "CSU Bakersfield Accepts Invitation To Join Big West Conference". Cal State Bakersfield. Retrieved November 28, 2017.
  6. ^ "Bill Kernen Bio". GoRunners.com. Retrieved March 21, 2008.
  7. ^ Kelly, Mason (August 6, 2007). "New CSUB baseball coach building foundation, future schedule". Bakersfield Californian. Retrieved June 4, 2011.
  8. ^ "CSUB Baseball: St. Louis University at CSU Bakersfield (Game 1)". CSU Bakersfield. Feb 20, 2009. Retrieved June 4, 2011.
  9. ^ "Billikens Drop Both Games of Doubleheader at CSU Bakersfield". St. Louis University. Feb 21, 2009. Retrieved June 4, 2011.
  10. ^ "WAC adds Bakersfield and Dallas Baptist as Baseball schools". Las Cruces Sun-News. September 20, 2011. Retrieved September 21, 2011.
  11. ^ http://www.wrestlingstats.com/ncaa/pdf/brackets/NCAA%201996.pdf
  12. ^ http://www.wrestlingstats.com/ncaa/pdf/brackets/NCAA%201999.pdf
  13. ^ "History and Records Handbook" (PDF). CSUB Wrestling. Retrieved May 7, 2017.
  14. ^ "CSUB Athletics Facilities". CSUB Wrestling. Retrieved May 7, 2017.
  15. ^ "Tito Ortiz Cal State Bakersfield". Retrieved May 7, 2017.
  16. ^ "Division I Wrestling Championships Records Book" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association. Retrieved August 11, 2018.
  17. ^ "Division I Men's Soccer Championships Records Book" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association. Retrieved July 22, 2018.
  18. ^ "Division I Women's Volleyball Championship Records Book" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association. Retrieved August 6, 2018.
  19. ^ "'Runners Defeat No. 1 NMSU To Win WAC Tournament". GoRunners.com. Retrieved November 29, 2018.
  20. ^ "NCAA Championships Statistics". National Collegiate Athletic Association. Retrieved May 23, 2018.
  21. ^ a b c "Championships Summary" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association. Retrieved May 20, 2018.
  22. ^ Loveless, Jaclyn. "AD is 4th CSUB Wang winner". Cal State Today. Retrieved March 21, 2008.
  23. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Division I Wrestling Championships Records Book" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association. Retrieved July 1, 2018.

External links

2009 Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners baseball team

The 2009 CSUB Roadrunners baseball team represented California State University, Bakersfield in the NCAA Division I baseball season of 2009. The 2009 season was the inaugural season for the Roadrunners in baseball, with CSUB beginning the transition from Division II to Division I in 2006, launching baseball in 2009, and completing the transition and eligible for the post season in 2011. A new stadium, Hardt Field, was built on the CSUB campus during the off-season and opened on opening day of the 2009 season.The team was managed by Bill Kernen.

2011–12 Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners men's basketball team

The 2011–12 Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners men's basketball team represented California State University, Bakersfield during the 2011–12 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Roadrunners, led by first year head coach Rod Barnes, played their home games at the Icardo Center, with two home games at Rabobank Arena, and played as an independent. The Roadrunners were invited to the 2012 CollegeInsider Tournament for the programs first ever post season appearance since joining Division I. They lost in the first round to Utah State.

2012–13 Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners men's basketball team

The 2012–13 Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners men's basketball team represented California State University, Bakersfield during the 2012–13 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Roadrunners, led by second year head coach Rod Barnes, played their home games at the Icardo Center, with four home games at Rabobank Arena, and played as an independent. They finished the season 14–16. This was the Roadrunners last year as an independent as they will join the Western Athletic Conference in July 2013.

2013–14 Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners men's basketball team

The 2013–14 Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners men's basketball team represented California State University, Bakersfield during the 2013–14 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Roadrunners were led by third year head coach Rod Barnes and played their home games at the Icardo Center and the Rabobank Arena. The Roadrunners competed as a new member of the Western Athletic Conference. They finished the season 13–19, 5–11 in WAC play to finish in a three way tie for seventh place. They advanced to the semifinals of the WAC Tournament where they lost to New Mexico State.

2013–14 Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners women's basketball team

The 2013–14 Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners women's basketball team represented California State University, Bakersfield during the 2013–14 NCAA Division I women's basketball season. The Roadrunners were led by third year head coach Greg McCall and played their home games at the Icardo Center. The Roadrunners competed as members of the Western Athletic Conference. The Roadrunners would finish second in the WAC regular season and qualify for the 2014 WNIT.

2014–15 Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners men's basketball team

The 2014–15 Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners men's basketball team represented California State University, Bakersfield during the 2014–15 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Roadrunners were led by fourth year head coach Rod Barnes and played their home games at the Icardo Center. The Roadrunners competed as member of the Western Athletic Conference. They finished the season 14–19, 7–7 in WAC play to finish in a tie for fourth place. They advanced to the semifinals of the WAC Tournament where they lost to New Mexico State.

2015–16 Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners men's basketball team

The 2015–16 Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners men's basketball team represented California State University, Bakersfield during the 2015–16 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Roadrunners were led by fifth year head coach Rod Barnes and played their home games at the Icardo Center. The Roadrunners competed as members of the Western Athletic Conference. They finished the season 24–9, 11–3 in WAC play to finish in a tie for second place. They defeated Chicago State, Seattle, and New Mexico State to be champions of the WAC Tournament. They earned the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, their first ever appearance, where they lost in the first round to Oklahoma.

2015–16 Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners women's basketball team

The 2015–16 Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners women's basketball team represented California State University, Bakersfield during the 2015–16 NCAA Division I women's basketball season. The Roadrunners, led by fifth year head coach Greg McCall, play their home games at the Icardo Center and were members of the Western Athletic Conference. They finished the season 12–19, 8–6 in WAC play to finish in a 3 tie for third place. They advanced to the semifinals of the WAC Women's Tournament where they lost to Texas–Rio Grande Valley.

2016–17 Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners men's basketball team

The 2016–17 Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners men's basketball team represented California State University, Bakersfield during the 2016–17 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Roadrunners, led by sixth-year head coach Rod Barnes, played their home games at the Icardo Center as members of the Western Athletic Conference. They finished the season 25–10, 12–2 in WAC play to win the regular season WAC championship. They defeated Utah Valley to advance to the championship game of the WAC Tournament where they lost to New Mexico State. As a regular season conference champion who failed to win their conference tournament, they received an automatic bid to the National Invitation Tournament. As a No. 8 seed, they defeated California, Colorado State, and Texas–Arlington to become the first No. 8 seed to advance to the semifinals since the NIT introduced seeding in 2006. In the semifinals at Madison Square Garden they lost to Georgia Tech.

2017–18 Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners men's basketball team

The 2017–18 Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners men's basketball team represented California State University, Bakersfield during the 2017–18 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Roadrunners, led by seventh-year head coach Rod Barnes, played their home games at the Icardo Center as members of the Western Athletic Conference. They finished the season 12–18, 5–9 in WAC play to finish in a tie for sixth place. They lost in the quarterfinals of the WAC Tournament to Utah Valley.

2018–19 Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners men's basketball team

The 2018–19 Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners men's basketball team represents California State University, Bakersfield in the 2018–19 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Roadrunners are led by eighth-year head coach Rod Barnes and competes at the Icardo Center. CSU Bakersfield is a member of the Western Athletic Conference, and participates in their 6th consecutive season in that league.

Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners baseball

The Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners baseball team represents California State University, Bakersfield in NCAA Division I college baseball. Cal State Bakersfield competes as a member of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) and plays its home games at Hardt Field.

During its inaugural season in 2009, Cal State Bakersfield became the first NCAA Division I first-year program to defeat the defending College World Series champions when the Roadrunners defeated Fresno State 4-3 on April 4.

Winning the last six of seven games in 2015, the Roadrunners captured the WAC championship and were selected to play in the Los Angeles Regional of the 2015 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament for the first time in school history. After losing to UCLA 7–2 in the first game, they defeated Ole Miss 2–1 in the second game to stay alive to play again with UCLA in the third game. Coach Kernen has indicated that he would retire after the season.

Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners men's basketball

The Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners men's basketball represents California State University, Bakersfield in Bakersfield, California, United States. The team is currently led by head coach Rod Barnes and competes in the Western Athletic Conference, and will be leaving for the Big West Conference in 2020.

The Roadrunners joined NCAA Division I in 2007. During their time in NCAA Division II they participated in 21 NCAA Division II Tournaments. They advanced to the final four eight times and are three time national champions (1993, 1994, 1997). They won the Western Athletic Conference Tournament in 2016 earning their first bid to the NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament.

Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners women's basketball

The Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners women's basketball represents California State University, Bakersfield in Bakersfield, California, United States. They compete in the Western Athletic Conference.

Giovanni Ramos-Godoy

Giovanni Ramos-Godoy (born April 15, 1995) is an American soccer player who currently plays for Orange County SC in the United Soccer League.

Gyasi Zardes

Gyasi Zardes (born September 2, 1991) is an American professional soccer player who plays for American club Columbus Crew SC of Major League Soccer and the United States national team.

Zardes began playing for the Galaxy youth system in 2008, before leaving the following year. He began playing college soccer for Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners in 2009, and played there for three years. In December 2012, he signed for the Galaxy senior team as a homegrown player. He was called up to the United States national team for the first time in 2015.

Hardt Field

Hardt Field, also known in development as the Roadrunner Baseball Complex, is a baseball stadium in Bakersfield, California, United States. It is the home field of the Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners baseball team. The stadium is located in the south-west section of the campus of Cal State Bakersfield.

The stadium was named for Tom and Barbara Hardt. The Hardt Family Trust's $1 million gift and donation of general contracting work supported the construction of the on campus baseball training and playing facility.The first game played in Hardt Field was the inaugural game for the Cal State Bakersfield baseball team on February 20, 2009, between CSUB and Saint Louis, with the Billikens beating the Roadrunners 8-7 before a sold-out crowd. Highlights from the inaugural (2009) season included a walk-off win in the 15th inning over UC Riverside. Also during the 2009 season, Hardt Field was the site of the first time that an NCAA Division I first-year program had defeated the reigning College World Series champion, when the Roadrunners beat Fresno State 4-3.Prior to the start of the 2013 season, 750 chairbacked seats were added at the field.

Icardo Center

Icardo Center is a 3,800-seat multi-purpose arena in Bakersfield, California. It is home to the California State University, Bakersfield, men's basketball (although some games are played in nearby Rabobank Arena), women's basketball, women's volleyball and wrestling teams.

Justin Hutson

Justin Lee Hutson (born October 16, 1971) is an American college basketball coach who is the current head coach of the Fresno State Bulldogs men's basketball team.

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