Cal’s striking pitching leads to 9-1 opening-day win

On Friday afternoon, the Cal baseball team dominated Pacific in a 9-1 win to start off the 2012 season. On a beautiful opening day in Berkeley, lefthander Justin Jones threw five innings to earn the win and the Bears’ bats woke up late to pound out 11 hits and take
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Jones returns to mound in season opener

Junior Justin Jones has been a mainstay in the starting rotation for the past two years. Yet when the lefty takes the Evans Diamond mound on Friday at 1:30 p.m. against Pacific, it will usher in a new era of Cal pitching. And it’s not just because Friday marks the
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Neu kid on the block

Cal's new pitching coach, Mike Neu, uses his experience in the majors to inspire the next generation of pros.

The stinging sound of balls hitting mitts reverberates in Evans Diamond. Often the most robust pops come from the arm of the man wearing No. 11 on his back. But sometimes, Mike Neu’s power-packed throws are not accompanied by the smack of the glove. The 33-year-old Neu fires the ball
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Mike Neu named Cal baseball’s pitching coach

In the spring of 2012, the Cal baseball team will look to build on a magical College World Series run. Luckily, the newest addition to the Bears’ staff is no stranger to success in Omaha, Neb. Former University of Miami (Fla.) closer Mike Neu, who helped the Hurricanes to a
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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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