Former Centennial High and Bakersfield College baseball standout Tyler Painton signed a professional contract with the Oakland Athletics as a non-drafted free agent.
Painton, a left-handed pitcher, made his professional debut on July 8 for the Athletics' farm team in the Arizona League. He allowed three runs, one hit and one walk in one inning of work.
According to his father, BC baseball coach Tim Painton, Tyler has been diagnosed with mononucleosis and is now sidelined.
"He was sick the day he threw," Tim Painton said. "The next morning they diagnosed it."
Painton, 22, transferred to Oregon State after playing one season at BC. Plagued by illness, he pitched in only one game for the Beavers this season. Oregon State went 45-14 and won the Pac-12 Conference championship (23-7).
Tyler Painton, who had one year of eligibility remaining at Oregon State, needs only three classes to earn his degree, Tim Painton said, adding that the classes can be taken on-line.
Tyler was a 13th-round draft pick by Toronto after graduating from Centennial in 2010.
"Obviously, four years ago out of high school we felt like college was important," Tim Painton said. "We priced him out of it and he came to our place.
"He's close enough now (to graduate) and the timing was right."
New roles for CSUB's Siegfried, Costelloe
Kenneth "Ziggy" Siegfried was named Cal State Bakersfield's interim athletic director and Corey Costelloe, who has been Cal State Bakersfield's athletic department's director of new media and broadcasting, was been promoted to assistant athletics director for communications.
Siegfried, 33, is CSUB's senior associate athletic director for external relations, where he oversees athletic fundraising.
Jeff Konya, who has been CSUB's athletic director since November 2010, announced last week he was leaving CSUB to become athletic director at Oakland (Mich.) University.
Siegfried came to CSUB in March 2012. The last two years, he has overseen CSUB's record-setting fundraising for the CSUB athletic scholarship fund, including just over $603,000 raised in the fiscal year that ended on June 30.
Costelloe said in Tuesday's Roadrunner Rundown show that Konya gave him the promotion prior to Konya's announcement that he was leaving CSUB.
Costelloe said his role is overseeing the athletic communications office, website, sports information and the marketing department.
"Now we'll have the marketing department report to me," he said. "It's not anything different. I've been handling the marketing aspect of advertising for several years. ... Now it's lumped into one title."
Costelloe, a Tehachapi High graduate, began broadcasting CSUB basketball in the 2003-04 academic year.
Huxhold outstanding WAC male athlete
Cal State Bakersfield swimmer Mitchell Huxhold has won the Western Athletic Conference's Joe Kearney Award as the conference's outstanding male athlete.
Huxhold, who just completed his junior year, was the WAC Swimmer of the Year after setting conference records in the 500- and 1,650-yard freestyle races at the conference swimming championships.
His 1,650 time of 14:47.18 broke a record that had stood for 27 years and shattered the CSUB record by 29 seconds. That was the ninth-fastest time in the nation for Div. I swimmers this season.
Men's swimming was discontinued by the WAC after the 1999-2000 academic year and was reinstated last season.
Chris Hansen, CSUB's director of swimming, said on Tuesday's Roadrunner Rundown show that Huxhold's win will help CSUB's recruiting.
"It's great for the sport of swimming," Hansen said. "The WAC didn't have men's swimming for a long time and the first (season) it returned, a swimmer wins it."
CSUB unveils new marketing campaign
Cal State Bakersfield has unveiled its new marketing campaign and is targeting community, family and affordability for its home contests.
"We're All Runners" will debut this fall in a variety of platforms and projects throughout the season. The emphasis is focusing on Kern County's only university and the only Division I institution within a 100-mile radius.
Along with the "We're All Runners" phrase, the new official social media hash tag will be #allrunners and fans are encouraged to use that on all Twitter, Instagram and other social networks.
"We want the community to be emotionally attached to our product," interim athletic director Ziggy Siegfried said in a news release. "We want them to feel included in what our student athletes are accomplishing."
In addition, the hand sign that has become more frequent at recent athletic events is being emphasized. It's an index finger-to-thumb hand gesture that when held up with the other fingers extended bears a striking resemblance to the CSUB Roadrunners logo.
The hand gesture was first used by the CSUB baseball team in 2011 and is now commonly used by other Roadrunner teams.
CSUB is also undergoing a $300,000 renovation in the Icardo Center.
When completed, the blue floor will have a new design, highlighted by a new Roadrunner logo at center court.