Cal Baseball Regionals 6-11-11

Bitter ending won’t spoil a season for the ages

Since defeating Dallas Baptist to advance to the College World Series, the Cal baseball team has been joking that someone should make a movie out of their storybook season. If Hollywood ever does, they’ll probably write a different ending — one that doesn’t involve the Bears being sent home after
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Catcher Chadd Krist went 1-for-4 with a double, Cal's only extra-base hit in its 8-1 loss to Virginia.

Cal’s season ends with 8-1 loss to No. 1 Virginia

Cavaliers stick Bears with their first loss in six elimination games

The ball went off Kenny Swab’s bat and Cal center fielder Darrel Matthews, running forward to make the catch, lost it in the sun. As it bounced past him and rolled away, stopping 408 feet from where it started, so too went the Bears’ dream season. Virginia’s center fielder streaked
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The bottom half of Cal's order provided a spark on Tuesday, accounting for seven of the team's nine hits against the Aggies.

Dream on: Cal eliminates Aggies to advance at CWS

Porter shines, offense awakens against Texas A&M

OMAHA, Neb. — After a solo shot by Texas A&M’s Adam Smith broke a scoreless deadlock in the fourth inning, Cal baseball coach David Esquer brought his starters in for a pep talk. “I told them basically, ‘I’ll take bad contact to the middle of the diamond than you trying
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Scoreboard aside, the Bears showed true grit

OMAHA, Neb. — Before Sunday’s game, while the rest of his team warmed up, Cal pitcher Justin Jones perched alone on a bucket of baseballs. Though a strained bicep would keep him out of the Bears’ first College World Series game since 1992, Jones was not resting. Instead, he worked
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Cal third baseman Mitch Delfino went 2-for-4 against Virginia, but the Bears only totaled six hits in the 4-1 loss.

One down: Bears drop College World Series opener

OMAHA, Neb. — Chad Bunting tumbled onto the right field warning track Sunday afternoon, a soon-to-be triple sailing over his shoulder, a cloud of dust billowing up as he hit the dirt. The ball had tipped off the Cal outfielder’s glove and Virginia, with one out in the eighth, plated
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Cal's batters will have their hands full against Virginia lefty Danny Hultzen, the No. 2 pick this year's MLB Draft.

Cal’s dream continues in Omaha

Bears take on top-seeded Virginia on Sunday

OMAHA — Tony Renda’s eyes flicked back and forth across the field as reporter after reporter asked him about the incredible journey the Cal baseball team has endured on the road to Omaha. He acknowledged their fight to save the program, their battle against elimination in Houston and every other
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The Cal baseball team celebrates after sweeping Dallas Baptist to earn a trip to the College World Series in Omaha, Neb.

On to Omaha! Cal advances to College World Series

Bears top Dallas Baptist, 6-2, on Sunday to clinch CWS berth

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Here are the dry logistics: On Sunday night, the Cal baseball team beat Dallas Baptist, 6-2, to advance to the College World Series. The game took two hours and 41 minutes. Erik Johnson was the winning pitcher for the Bears and catcher Chadd Krist hit a
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Cal baseball: We were all witnesses

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — An eternity ago, Cal second baseman Tony Renda stood stone-faced, steps away from the auburn dirt of Evans Diamond. His team, 118 years of history be damned, would disappear in a few months, a victim of plummeting state budgets. Reporters and cameramen ringed around him, waiting.
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Sophomore pitcher Justin Jones was brilliant on Saturday evening, allowing only one walk and one hit in six innings of work.

Patriot games: Cal blanks Dallas Baptist in Super Regional opener

Jones dominant, Bears' bats shine in Santa Clara

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Midway through what was supposed to be its final season, the Cal baseball team’s bats fell flat and its arms looked drained. A program with no future, its present started flickering away as well. “We’re going to rebound like no Cal team has before,” starting pitcher
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Seven Bears taken in MLB Draft

In the incredible rush of winning the Houston Regional on Monday, this week’s MLB Draft found a way to fade into the background. Nonetheless, through the course of the Draft’s 50 rounds, seven Cal baseball players had their lives changed in another new way. Righty pitcher Erik Johnson led the
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