Cal baseball clashes with UC Irvine in four-game series

Small sample sizes do not faze Cal baseball coach David Esquer. Despite kicking off the season with a 3-0 record after a sweep of Michigan, Esquer declined to renege on his preseason worries about the lack of consistent starting pitching hampering the Bears’ chances at lasting success. “No, (my expectations)
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Cal baseball begins season with trio of walk-off wins

Even three consecutive walk-off thrillers over Michigan at Evans Diamond this weekend to begin the 2013 campaign were not enough to quell the Bears’ starting pitching uncertainties. The Bears’ top two starters, Justin Jones and Kyle Porter, both struggled in their first starts of the season. In Friday’s season opener,
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Cal baseball opens season at home against Michigan

Evans Diamond is getting a facelift this season. The Cal baseball team is hoping for a similar rebirth this year after a disappointing season last spring. The inexperienced and young Bears have a lot to change after last season, and it all begins with a three-game home series against Michigan
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Renda, Krist among seven taken in 2012 MLB Draft

Encompassing 1,238 picks, 40 rounds and three days, the MLB First-Year Player Draft is the longest draft in American professional sports. For every Cal baseball player drafted except Tony Renda, the wait for their names to be called was a long one. Renda was one of seven Cal players drafted
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Cal’s season ends with loss at Stanford

STANFORD, Calif. — Friday night’s 18-inning marathon at Sunken Diamond was emblematic of last year’s Cal baseball team. A combination of gritty at-bats, a lively clubhouse and a never-say-die attitude helped the Bears outlast No. 14 Stanford, 5-4, in the nearly six-hour contest. Cal (29-25, 12-18 in the Pac-12) followed
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Bears blow out Stanford to win series

STANFORD, Calif. — In Friday’s series opener, it took the Cal baseball team 18 innings to defeat Stanford, 5-4. In Saturday’s matinee at Sunken Diamond, the Bears needed just the first four frames. Two big innings — a four-run second and a five-run fourth — were enough to propel Cal
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Cal overcomes Stanford in 18-inning affair

By the time the 17th inning rolled around at Sunken Diamond on Friday, the two best hitters in the game — Tony Renda of the Cal baseball team and Stanford’s Stephen Piscotty — were a combined 0-for-14. Renda picked the perfect time to get his first knock in Stanford, Calif.
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Bears face Cardinal in must-win final series

Balls were jumping off the bat of Devon Rodriguez in practice on Wednesday, several falling in places that would be sure-fire hits. But Rodriguez won’t be taking the field against No. 14 Stanford at Sunken Diamond in Stanford, Calif., as the Cal baseball team opens the regular season’s final series
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More than a game

Matt Flemer spent his senior year as a starting pitcher for the Bears. But baseball is more than a game of numbers to him.

Underneath the bill of Matt Flemer’s blue baseball cap, three initials are stenciled in bold capital letters: TDM. Those initials belong to the late Tyler De Martini, an El Cerrito High School student who was killed in a skateboarding accident earlier this year. De Martini was the Little League teammate
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