BAKERSFIELD, Calif.--32 home games including a season opening weekend in which Nebraska, USC, and Cal State Fullerton come to Hardt Field highlight CSU Bakersfield’s first season in the Western Athletic Conference.

Opening day will be Feb. 15 and will feature Nebraska and CSUB playing at 3 p.m. Saturday the 16th sees USC returning to Bakersfield for the second year in a row (at 2 p.m.) with Sunday the 17th’s action featuring Cal State Fullerton playing the Roadrunners for the first time at 2 p.m. Seven more home games in February including Tuesday games against Cal State Northridge (Feb. 19) and Fresno State (Feb. 26) round out the month.

CSUB will play two teams from the state of New York in Hofstra (Feb. 22-24) and LIU-Brooklyn (Mar. 1-3) as well as Northern Colorado (Mar. 15-17). The Roadrunners will play four games against Fresno State and other in-state foes include UC Irvine (twice), UC Davis, and Cal Poly (twice).

The WAC schedule gets underway Mar. 22 at Sacramento State for a three-game series. The first home WAC series is set for Mar. 28-30 when New Mexico State returns to Hardt Field. CSUB will play a total of 27 conference games. The Roadrunners are at UT-Arlington (Apr. 5-7), Texas State (Apr. 26-28), Louisiana Tech (May 3-5) and San Jose State (May 17-19). The remaining home WAC series will be UT-San Antonio (Apr. 12-14), Dallas Baptist (Apr. 19-21), and Seattle University (May 10-12). The WAC Tournament is scheduled for May 22-26 at QuickTrip Park in Grand Prairie, Texas.

“The major difference in the 2013 schedule from previous years is that we are now in the Western Athletic Conference,” said CSUB head coach Bill Kernen. “This means playing the other nine teams and a conference tournament to determine the automatic bid to the NCAA Regionals.  The other highlight this year is the opening weekend, which features consecutive games in Bakersfield with Nebraska, USC and Cal State Fullerton.  Obviously, we will get an early read on where we are as a team by playing those prestigious programs.”

CSUB is still finializing final plans for season and single game ticket sales. Those plans should be finalized later on in the Fall and be available for sales this Winter. Please note as with all our outdoor events at CSUB, games, times, and dates are subject to change.