How the Bears survived again: Notes on Cal-Texas A&M

OMAHA, Neb. — For a game unfurled quietly and quickly for the first four innings, Cal’s final 7-3 win to knock out Texas A&M Tuesday afternoon ended up becoming surprisingly lopsided. The Bears, as they were in the Houston Regional, were on the verge of elimination after losing their College
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Esquer wins National Coach of the Year

OMAHA, Neb. — Surprises keep coming for the Cal baseball team. Tuesday morning, coach David Esquer was named National Coach of the Year, an honor that caught even him off guard. “You don’t expect something like that, and you don’t coach for honors,” Esquer said. “You coach to teach, and I’m
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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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Omaha: Look at me now!

OMAHA, Neb. — Above these words is a shot of the TD Ameritrade Park, which is hosting the College World Series for the first time ever. As you can tell, it’s filled to the brim for last Saturday’s Florida-Texas game, which the Gators ended up winning, 8-4. The move into
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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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This is what a sold-out park looks like …

OMAHA — The press box at TD Ameritrade Park is a sterile and well-insulated place. Full of reporters silently at work, the game feels like an entirely separate world. Since Cal wasn’t playing, we took a step out into the stadium itself to get a real feel for the sold-out
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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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