FROM CBD NEWS SOURCE
BAKERSFIELD, Calif.-CSU Bakersfield head coach Bill Kernen has announced the 2012 Roadrunner baseball schedule with CSUB opening its final campaign as an independent Feb. 18 when the Roadrunners host 2011 NCAA Tournament qualifier Kansas State in a three-game series (Feb. 18-20).
CSUB hosts Valley rival Fresno State Feb. 22 in the first of four games against the Bulldogs in 2012. CSUB’s opening homestand concludes with a series against UC Davis Feb. 24-26.
The Roadrunners hit the road for the first time Feb. 28-29 at UNLV. In addition to three games at Fresno State (Mar. 16-18) Other road opponents on 2012 slate include USC (Mar. 9-11), Washington (Mar. 23-25). Nebraska (Apr. 27-29), and North Carolina State (May 4-6). 26 of CSUB’s games will be at home with over half the schedule coming against teams from the Pac 12 and the Big West Conference. CSUB joins the Western Athletic Conference in 2013.
“As an Independent for one more year, we are playing a broad spectrum of teams from eight conferences around the country,” Kernen said. “We are playing over half the schedule (29 games, 19 on the road) with the Pac-12 and Big West, the two top conferences on the West Coast.” This provides a major challenge for us in what I would describe as a transition year for the program. New athletes make up half our roster and we lost our top producers to the MLB draft.Ê This schedule will give us a barometer reading of where we are now as a program.