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Aptly named after Tom and Barbara Hardt, whose $1 million donation was the driving force behind the project, Hardt Field serves as the CSUB baseball competition and training facility. read more

Bill Kernen


Head Coach

Bill Kernen was named Bakersfield's first head coach on May 17, 2007, and will begin his seventh season as head coach in 2015.

The Roadrunners posted a 26-33 record in 2014, finishing fifth in the Western Athletic Conference. The 'Runners rallied in the WAC Tournament, winning two games and advancing into the winner's bracket semifinals before finishing third in the tournament. Three Bakersfield players were named All-Conference. Upon the conclusion of the season, two players Austin Davis (12th round, Phillies) and Taylor Aikenhead (32nd round, Padres) were taken in the MLB Draft. A third player, Oscar Sanay was signed as free agent by the Tampa Bay Rays.

In the program's first season in the WAC in 2013, Kernen was named 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 Bakersfield 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.


Alex Hoover


Assistant Coach

Alex Hoover begins his first season as an assistant coach at Bakersfield in the Spring of 2015.

Hoover joins the 'Runner program from Cal Poly where he served as the volunteer assistant coach for the Mustangs from 2010-14. Cal Poly appeared in back-to-back NCAA Tournaments in 2013 and 2014. Hoover worked with the outfielders and the Mustang hitters.

Hoover moved to the Mustangs' program after serving as an assistant coach at Santa Barbara City College from 2007-10. Hoover helped SBCC to four consecutive winning seasons and a 102-65 overall mark. The Vaqueros won the Western State Conference's North Division title in 2001 and qualified for the California Community College state playoffs in both 2007 and 2008. He was the team's infield coach, worked with the hitters and was the third-base coach.


Bob Macaluso


Assistant Coach

Bob Macaluso is in his first season as an assistant coach on the Bakersfield staff in the Spring of 2015.

He joins the 'Runners after spending the past six seasons at UC Irvine. During his stint with the Anteaters, UCI went 274-136, advanced to the NCAA Tournament four times, made the Super Regionals in 2011, and advanced to the 2014 College World Series.

Macaluso joined the Irvine staff after serving in a similar capacity at Cal State L.A. from 2007-08 where he helped the Golden Eagles win the 2007 Division II West Regional title and advance to the College World Series in Montgomery, Ala. Macaluso was the team's third-base coach and worked with the infielders.


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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