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Bakersfield Has Record Draft Class

Four more Bakersfield Roadrunners were selected on Saturday during the completion of Major League Baseball's First Year Player draft, making it the largest draft class ever in the short history of Roadrunners baseball.


Bill Kernen


Head Coach

Bill Kernen was named Bakersfield's first head coach on May 17, 2007, and enters his sixth season at the helm of the program in 2014.

In the program's first season in the Western Athletic Conference in 2013, Kernen was name WAC Coach of the Year after leading the 'Runners to a share of the regular season championship and the No. 1 seed in the WAC Tournament. The Roadrunners won a school record 37 games (37-22). Jeff McKenzie was selected third team All-American and the WAC Pitcher of the Year. Tyler Shryock was chosen WAC Player of the Year.

A total of six CSUB players were named All-Conference with Oscar Sanay being named to the All-WAC Tournament team. A school record five players were taken in the Major League Baseball Draft.

In 2012, the Roadrunners had to replace its entire starting rotation and went 25-30. Five players were selected to the All-Independent team with McKenzie being selected as CSM's Independent Pitcher of the Year.


Jody Robinson


Assistant Coach

Jody Robinson is in his sixth season as a member of the coaching staff at CSU Bakersfield. On Sept. 20, 2011, Robinson was promoted to associate head coach from assistant coach by CSUB head coach Bill Kernen.

Robinson's main duties include running the Roadrunner offense, serving as the team's hitting instructor and infielders.

Robinson and Kernen first joined forces as assistant coaches at Cal State Fullerton in the late 1970's through 1981. During that time, the Titans, who had just made the transition to Division I in 1975, earned five NCAA Tournament appearances, including two trips to the College World Series and a national championship title in 1979.

Robinson moved on to be named the head coach at Long Beach City College from 1982-85, where he led the Vikings to a runner-up finish in the Metropolitan Conference, falling to eventual state champion L.A. Harbor. He then spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Cerritos Community College, which won state championships in 1985 and 1987.


Brandon Boren


Assistant Baseball Coach

Brandon Boren is in his second season as an assistant coach at CSU Bakersfield.

Boren, who played for the Roadrunners from 2009-10, returned to the program after serving as an assistant coach at Bakersfield College for three seasons.

As a 'Runner player, Boren set the school records for career batting average (.350), games played in a season (56-2010), most at-bats in a season (247-2010), doubles in a season (18-2010), runs scored in a season (53-2010), and hits in a season (98-2010). He also holds the school record for most hits in a game (5-two times).

Boren, a Bakersfield native, began his playing career at Bakersfield College where he was named a California Community College All-American in 2008.

Richie Escalera


Volunteer Assistant Coach

Richie Escalera is in his first season the volunteer assistant baseball coach at CSU Bakersfield. Escalera served as the director of operations for Bakersfield in 2013.

Escalera played for the Roadrunners in 2009 when hit hit .257 with two home runs and 23 RBI's. Escalera set the school record for highest fielding percentage in a season when he did make an error in 197 chances during the 2009 campaign.

After leaving the program, Escalera served as a baseball coach for Baldwin Park (2010-11) and San Dimas High Schools (2011-12) where both programs advanced to the CIF-SS Division 3 playoffs. Escalera has also worked with the Southern California Bombers Baseball Organization (2006-12) and the Line Drive Baseball/Softball Academy (2011-12). Escalera was the athletic director at St. John the Baptist School in Baldwin Park, Calif. from Sept. 2010 to June 2011.

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