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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 CSU Bakersfield's first head coach on May 17, 2007, and enters his fifth season at the helm of the program in 2013, the first as a member of the Western Athletic Conference.

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 Jeff McKenzie being selected as CSM's Independent Pitcher of the Year.

Year three under Kernen saw CSUB defeat the defending national champion South Carolina and four other nationally ranked opponents (No. 10 Arizona State, No. 13 UCLA, No. 17 UC Irvine, and No. 19 Fresno State). The program earned its first national ranking after posting a 10-game winning streak in March 2011.

After finishing 33-22, four CSUB players; Ryan McIntyre (Marlins, 12th round), Mike McCarthy (Red Sox, 14th round), Jeremy Rodriguez (Padres, 16th round), and Martin Medina (White Sox, 20th round) were taken in the MLB draft.


Jody Robinson


Assistant Coach

Jody Robinson is in his fifth 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 first season as an assistant coach at CSU Bakersfield.

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

As a Roadrunner 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.

Anthony Barone


Volunteer Assistant Coach

Anthony Barone is in his first season as a volunteer assistant coach at CSU Bakersfield.

Barone comes to Bakersfield after spending the past seven years as the head coach at Jamestown (N.Y.) Community College where he led the Jayhawks to a 207 victories and a 101-62 regiona record. Barone was named NJCAA Region 3 Coach of the Year in 2008 as Jamestown qualified for five consecutive NJCAA Regional Tournaments. Barone's Jamestown teams defeated 11 nationall ranked opponentus during his tenure. He coached 33 All-Conference, 15 All-Region, and one All-American while at the helm of the Jayhwaks.

Prior to becoming the head coach at JCC, Barone served as an assistant at the school for four years where in 2004 the team advanced to the NJCAA Division III World Series and made four straight NJCAA Regional Tournaments.

Barone played collegiately at Jamestown, where he was a two sport athlete also competing on the basketball team which won a regional title and competed in the NJCAA National Tournament. On the diamond Barone, a shortstop, was an all-conference player and was voted one of Jamestown Community College's Top 50 Athletes.


Richie Escalera


Student Assistant Coach

Richie Escalera is in his first season as a student assistant coach at CSU Bakersfield.

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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