BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – CSU Bakersfield’s softball team has taken the past week to prepare for its upcoming tournament and the Roadrunners are ready to head to Los Angeles for the CSUN/LMU Tournament this weekend. The ‘Runners will play five games over three days, Mar. 10-12, including a matchup with No. 6 Arizona on Saturday.
“This weekend is another step for us to keep growing and gaining momentum as a team,” said Crissy Buck-Ziegler, Head Coach of the ‘Runners. “This week gave us some much needed time to keep maturing as individuals and as a team. I am excited to see how we play against some great competition this weekend.”
After having last weekend off to hone in on their game, the ‘Runners are prepared to take on a tough set of challengers in Southern California this weekend. CSUB will open the tournament on Friday, Mar. 10, with a game against Hartford in the afternoon. Saturday will feature a doubleheader with Bryant in the morning and Arizona in the afternoon. The ‘Runners will close the tourney with another doubleheader on Sunday, starting with Quinnipiac and wrapping up with host CSUN.
Hartford, a program from West Hartford, Conn., comes into the tournament with a 2-9 record. The Hawks, who play in the American East Conference, dropped a doubleheader to Manhattan earlier this week before flying to the West Coast.
The Bryant Bulldogs will come to California from Smithfield, R.I. with a 1-9 record on the season. After defeating Cleveland State on Feb. 18, the Bulldogs have dropped their last seven contests including an 0-5 showing at the Citrus Classic 2 in Orlando, Fla.
Arizona comes into the weekend ranked No. 6 in the nation after an 18-1 start to the year. The Wildcats’ only loss of the season came at the hands of No. 1 Florida State on Feb. 25 in a 1-0 decision. This past weekend, Arizona swept a three-game series against Texas in Tucson, Ariz.
Another school from Connecticut, Quinnipiac is a member of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. The Bobcats have a 3-5 record on the season, but have lost their last three games. During that span, Quinnipiac gave up more than 10 runs in each game, falling to George Washington twice and Bucknell once.
CSUN enters its co-hosted tournament with a 12-9 record. After heading to Boise, Idaho for a tournament last weekend, the Matadors opened their home schedule with a doubleheader sweep over Sacred Heart on Tuesday.
For dates and times for this weekend’s CSUB games at the CSUN/LMU Tournament, visit the Roadrunner softball schedule page. Live stats will be available for all games this weekend and links for those can be found at the softball schedule page as well.