Thursday Roundup

The nascent baseball program at Cal State Bakersfield, which will begin its first year in Division I next season, found itself a coach. Bakersfield hired former playwright Bill Kernen, a volunteer assistant at Cal State Fullerton, to become the school’s first baseball coach. Kernen has an excellent reputation as a pitching coach and as a former Cal State Northridge head coach, and this seems like a wise hire.

In other news, the Cal Ripken Sr. Collegiate League announced that its all-star game will be televised next year by Peter Angelos-owned MASN, the same network that broadcasts Orioles and Nationals games. The all-star game, scheduled for July 23 at the home of short-season Aberdeen (Ripken Stadium), will reach 6.2 million households in the Mid-Atlantic, making it a very significant development for the Ripken League.

Plenty of weekend series get underway today as teams make their final pushes for conference tournaments. One team that is not making much of a postseason push is Tulane, which lost 12 of 14 heading into today’s series opener against Chicago State. When it rains, it pours; Chicago State got to Tulane closer Daniel Latham for a run in the eighth and another in the ninth to pull out a 2-1 victory. The Cougars improved to 4-47 on the season. Stay hot, Green Wave.

Check tomorrow’s Weekend Preview for the skinny on a huge weekend in college baseball.