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Tuesday, Feb 04 2014 11:32 AM

'First Look': Hot Stove Dinner, baseball and more at CSUB athletics

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    Corey Costelloe, host of "Roadrunner Rundown," talks about Cal State Bakersfield sports with Californian President and CEO Richard Beene on "First Look with Scott Cox."

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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

Tommy John is known for his career victories, but most people remember the revolutionary surgery, now named after him, that was performed on a damaged ligament in his left pitching arm.

John, a former Major League Baseball player for the Los Angeles Dodgers, will be the special guest speaker at the Roadrunner Baseball Hot Stove Dinner hosted by Cal State Bakersfield on Saturday.

Tuesday on "First Look with Scott Cox," Corey Costelloe, host of Roadrunner Rundown, talked about the event and other sports happenings.

The dinner at the Kern County Fairgrounds starts at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $100 each.

"John won 288 games in his major league career and went on to win over half of his career victories following the surgery," Costelloe said.

To purchase tickets, call Mark Mayes at 654-3473 or visit www.gorunners.com.

CSUB baseball

The CSUB baseball season starts Feb. 14 and the team is ready to win games and qualify for the NCAA tournament, Costelloe said.

The two biggest Roadrunner rivalries are the Fresno State Bulldogs and the Cal Poly Mustangs.

Sand volleyball

CSUB is entering its second year of sand volleyball. Although many people don't understand the point of sand volleyball, Costelloe said the indoor volleyball team saw big improvement after the athletes played in the sand.

"The development of the players was amazing," Costelloe said. Running in the sand and playing every position helps indoor volleyball players, he said.

The NCAA has not officially created a sand volleyball championship, calling it "an emerging sport." But as more schools start to create sand volleyball teams, it could grow into a huge sport, Costelloe said.

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