BAKERSFIELD, Calif.- After winning their fifth-straight Western Athletic Conference series last weekend, the home portion of the CSUB baseball season came to an as 18,611 fans came through the turnstiles in 28 games, a 664-per-game average, the most in program history.
This season the Roadrunners had seven crowds rank in the top-20 of all-time single-game attendance marks for CSUB baseball which began play in 2009. Additionally, the ‘Runners set a new record for number of season tickets sold, which was 20% higher than the previous record.
“It has been great to see the support by not only the Bakersfield community, but also Kern County as a whole,” said athletics director Ziggy Siegfried. “This year's team has been a fun team to watch, which I believe has helped increase the amount of people coming out to Hardt Field. I want to thank all of our ‘Runner fans for supporting our baseball program and I would encourage individuals to join us for the WAC Tournament in Mesa next week.”
CSUB posted a 20-8 mark at home this season recording notable victories over BYU, Nebraska, and UC Santa Barbara in non-conference play. CSUB also swept Utah Valley and Northern Colorado at home while also taking the series against Seattle U to close out the home schedule.
Hardt Field continued improvements this season with the completion of the press box facilities which added additional shaded seats in the grandstand for the late evening and afternoon games. Plans continue to develop for permanent fan facilities including concessions, restrooms and additional hitting and training space for student-athletes.
Bakersfield will be the number-two seed entering the WAC Baseball Tournament next week in Mesa, Arizona where they will be playing for their second WAC tournament championship in three seasons. CSUB won the 2015 WAC Tournament with five members of the current team playing on that championship squad.
The Roadrunners have a first-round bye and will play the highest seed remaining in their first game scheduled for Thursday, May 25 at 3 P.M. at Hohokam Stadium in Mesa, Arizona.