2009 Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners baseball team

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2009 Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners baseball
Conference Independent
2009 record 14–36
Head coach Bill Kernen
Hitting coach Jody Robinson, Bill Gentry
Pitching coach Dennis Machado
Home stadium Hardt Field
2010 →
2009 NCAA Division I baseball independents standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Dallas Baptist 38 17   .691     0 0  
Bryant 32 22   .593     0 0  
Longwood 26 22   .542     0 0  
Le Moyne 24 23   .511     0 0  
Savannah State 25 26   .490     0 0  
NYIT 19 29   .396     0 0  
Northern Colorado 18 35   .340     0 0  
Utah Valley 18 35   .340     0 0  
North Dakota 14 29   .326     0 0  
SIU Edwardsville 15 39   .278     0 0  
Cal State Bakersfield 13 37   .260     0 0  
Texas–Pan American 14 41   .255     0 0  
Houston Baptist 11 40   .216     0 0  
North Carolina Central 6 35   .146     0 0  
NJIT 4 33   .108     0 0  
Chicago State 3 38   .073     0 0  
As of June 30, 2009[1]; Rankings from Collegiate Baseball

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,[2] 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.[3]

The team was managed by Bill Kernen.


In June 2006, CSUB president Horace Mitchell announced that CSUB would be moving to Division I, and entering a four-year reclassification process, which would require additional funds for the creation of a new baseball program.[4]

In August, 2008, before the schedule for Cal State Bakersfield's inaugural baseball season was released, coach Bill Kernen confirmed that the Roadrunners would play six games against Fresno State, the defending College World Series champion.[5] August 2008 also marked the groundbreaking of CSUB's Hardt Field, construction of which was completed in 28 weeks.[6] The Roadrunners strength of schedule (SOS) was ranked an astounding 19th in the country.

Hardt Field, Home Field of the CSUB Roadrunners

Regular season[edit]

CSUB entered the 2009 Baseball season with a competitive schedule, competing against multiple teams ranked in the top 30 in Collegiate Baseball poll, along with the 2008 National Champion Fresno State Bulldogs. CSUB opened the season at home against the St. Louis Billikens, in a three-game series which marked the first winning series for the Roadrunners, finishing 2–1 in the series. The second team faced by the Roadrunners was the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos, ranked #30 in the Collegiate Baseball poll, which resulted in a 10–0 loss.

Bill Kernen, Head Coach

The 2009 Season found the team getting off to a .500 start in their first 6 games, including victories over St. Louis and Utah. However, after getting off to a good start, the Roadrunners went 1–14 in the month of March. During the course of the month, the Roadrunners met several in-state opponents, including San Jose State, St. Mary's, and San Francisco. The 'Runners also cemented a rivalry with the nearby Cal Poly Mustangs. The 'Runners also met their valley rivals, the Fresno State Bulldogs, winning one game of the three game series played in Beiden Field, and winning the first game of the homestand in a come from behind win, by a score of 17–12.[7] The Roadrunners' 4-3 victory over the Bulldogs on April 4 marked the first time that a first-year NCAA Division I baseball program defeated the defending College World Series champions.[8]



Name Title First Season at CSUB Alma Mater
Bill Kernen[9] Head Coach 2008–Present University of Redlands (1970)
Jody Robinson[10] Assistant Coach 2008–Present Cal State Fullerton (1981)
Dennis Machado[11] Assistant Coach 2008–Present Montana State-Bozeman (2000)
Bill Gentry[12] Assistant Coach 2008–2010 Concordia University (2002)

Players (Inaugural Roster, 2009)[edit]

Players Number Position Bats/Throws Hometown (Prev School)
Akiyama, Matthew 22 SS/2B R/R Torrance, Calif. (Bishop Montgomery HS)
Boren, Brandon 3 2B/3B/SS R/R Bakersfield, Calif. (Bakersfield College) (Stockdale HS)
Branske, Garrett 15 C/RHP R/R Chino, Calif. (Chino HS)
Draxton, Erik 37 RHP R/R Park City, Utah (Phoenix College) (Park City HS)
Escalera, Richard 11 1B L/L Baldwin Park, Calif. (Mt. SAC) (South Hills HS)
Gaston, Mick 10 OF R/R Quartz Hill, Calif. (Quartz Hill HS)
Geisinger, Derek 16 1B L/R Gilbert, Ariz. (Phoenix College) (Highland HS)
Henry, JJ 26 3B/OF R/R Denver, Colo. (Phoenix College) (Cherry Creek HS)
Jannis, Mickey 55 RHP S/R Sparks, Nev. (Allan Hancock College) (Arroyo Grande HS)
Jones, Sam 40 LHP R/L Morro Bay, Calif. (Allan Hancock College) (Morro Bay HS)
Kudlock, Jason 34 RHP/OF R/R Chandler, Ariz. (Chandler-Gilbert CC) (Hamilton HS)
McIntyre, Ryan 5 OF L/R Henderson, Nev. (Coronado HS)
Medina, Martin 30 INF/P R/R Ventura, Calif. (Saint Bonaventure HS)
Messmore, Spenser 28 RHP R/R Granada Hills, Calif. (Alemany HS)
Mills, Joey 1 OF R/R Englewood, Colo. (Phoenix College) (Cherry Creek HS)
Montoya, Jonathan 19 LHP L/L Chino Hills, Calif. (Chino Hills HS)
Richardson, Kyle 14 SS L/R Sacramento, Calif. (Sierra JC) (Bella Vista HS)
Rodriguez, Jeremy 7 C S/R Thousand Oaks, Calif. (Crespi HS)
Eric Sanchez 2 INF R/R Corona, Calif. (Santiago HS)
Smith, Stuart 25 OF L/R Ventura, Calif. (Buena HS)
Valenzuela, Jacob 12 RHP R/R Bakersfield, Calif. (Garces HS)
Van Dam, Brandon 18 RHP R/R Lancaster, Calif. (Quartz Hill HS)
Walkley, Korie 8 RHP R/R Bakersfield, Calif. (Centennial HS)

Schedule and results[edit]

2009 CSUB Roadrunners baseball game log


The 'Runners have yet to be ranked, and are ineligible for the post season until 2011.

Awards and honors[edit]

Erik Draxton and Jason Kudlock were selected to the All-Independent Academic Team in 2009. Erik Draxton had a 3.42 gpa in Business Administration. Jason Kudlock had a 3.38 gpa in Psychology.

Major League Baseball Draft[edit]

In CSUB's first year of eligible draftees, the first three baseball players in CSUB's short history (2nd year) were selected in the 2010 MLB Draft. Zach Arneson was selected by the San Francisco Giants in the 21st round as the 648th pick. Jason Kudlock was selected by the Texas Rangers in the 36th round as the 1096th pick. Finally, Mickey Jannis was selected by the Tampa Bay Rays as the 1331th pick.


  1. ^ "Baseball Standings". 
  2. ^ CSUB commits to Div. I
  3. ^ Launching ceremony: CSUB scores 4 in ninth, loses 8–7 in first-ever baseball game
  4. ^ CSUB commits to Div. I
  5. ^ 'Runners to play Fresno St. 6 times
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ CSUB Erupts For 22 Hits In 17–12 Win Over 'Dogs
  8. ^ "Pick CSUB Athletics' Top Moment From Spring 2009". Cal State Bakersfield Athletics. Retrieved 16 May 2016. 
  9. ^ Bill Kernen Bio @ gorunners.com
  10. ^ Jody Robinson Bio @ gorunners.com
  11. ^ Dennis Machado Bio @ gorunners.com
  12. ^ Bill Gentry Bio @ gorunners.com
  13. ^ 'Runners Nearly Complete Comback [sic] In Season Opener
  14. ^ Launching ceremony: CSUB scores 4 in ninth, loses 8–7 in first-ever baseball game
  15. ^ Sweep success: CSUB baseball makes history twice on the same day
  16. ^ Sweep success: CSUB baseball makes history twice on the same day
  17. ^ No. 30 Santa Barbara Tops 'Runners
  18. ^ 'Runners Flat in Loss To Utes
  19. ^ Baseball Rallies Late To Claim Win
  20. ^ Baseball Rallies Late To Claim Win
  21. ^ 'Runners Open Tournament Play With 7–6 Loss to Buffalo
  22. ^ CSUB Falls To Defending National Champion Fresno State
  23. ^ Nine Run, Eighth Inning Fuels Win Over Portland
  24. ^ CSUB Comes Up Short in Offensive Battle With Buffalo
  25. ^ 'Runners Nearly Upend Defending National Champs
  26. ^ CSUB Falls to Pilots in Final Tournament Game
  27. ^ Baseball Drops 6–2 Decision To No. 16 Cal Poly
  28. ^ 'Runners Drop Second Straight to No. 16 Cal Poly
  29. ^ CSUB Plays Cal Poly Tough, Mustangs Rally Late For Win
  30. ^ CSUB Comes Up Short In Slugfest, 18–15
  31. ^ Baseball Falls 8–4 to San Jose State
  32. ^ Yet Another Late Rally Comes Up Short For CSUB
  33. ^ Spartans Take Series From 'Runners
  34. ^ Draxton Near Flawless But Offense Strands A Dozen In Loss
  35. ^ Key Hit Evades 'Runners In Second Consecutive Outing
  36. ^ Baseball Drops Heartbreaker to Fresno State
  37. ^ 'Runners Rally For Win Over Fresno State
  38. ^ CSUB Drops Mid-Series Game to Bulldogs
  39. ^ CSUB Erupts For 22 Hits In 17–12 Win Over 'Dogs
  40. ^ Boren’s Walk-Off RBI Single Push 'Runners Past Fresno State
  41. ^ CSUB Falls 10–2 to Highlanders
  42. ^ UCR Pitching Dominates In CSUB Loss
  43. ^ Kudlock Blasts Walk-Off Home Run in 15-Inning Thriller
  44. ^ Errors Costly in 3–1 Loss to Matadors
  45. ^ Baseball Falls to Gauchos Despite Seven-Run Fifth Inning
  46. ^ Baseball Falls to UC Santa Barbara, 17–2
  47. ^ 'Runners Drop Seesaw Battle With Wolf Pack
  48. ^ CSUB Drops Second Straight To Nevada
  49. ^ Nevada Sweeps Series Against CSUB
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