Cal pitching coach leaves for USC

Hubbs takes same position at alma mater

Looks like there’s no place like home — not even a miraculous season that ended in Omaha. Less than a month after the Cal baseball team exited the College World Series, pitching coach Dan Hubbs is returning to USC, where he took the mound from 1990 to 1993. Hubbs will
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This spring’s Bears a team for all seasons

Four young men stand before the entrance to the College World Series. Three are huddled together, caps askew, lifting the other above their heads as he raises a single finger to the sky. They are no one and everyone, ecstasy cast in bronze to represent every player who has stepped
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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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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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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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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 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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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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