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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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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Cardiac Cal: Bears complete stunning rally against Baylor, advance to Super Regionals

Cal overcomes early 7-1 deficit, scores four in the bottom of the ninth to win

Some ancient philosopher, probably misattributed and misquoted through the centuries, once said that the rough road leads to the height of greatness. Maybe this isn’t the height; maybe there are greater things left to achieve for a team that, not long ago, had no future. But this must be close.
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Lightning strikes: Cal tops Rice, Baylor to preserve season

Bunting homers twice to spark Bears over Baylor

On Sunday afternoon, the Cal baseball team’s season seemed like it would never end. For nearly three hours, it sat around as lightning warnings repeatedly delayed an elimination game tied at 3-3 midway through the eighth. But a little rest was all the Bears needed to survive another day, notching
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Bears survive in 10-6 win to top Alcorn State

Cal erupts for six runs in third to overcome 4-0 deficit

One day after spotting Baylor a 6-0 lead in three frames, the Cal baseball team generously handed Alcorn State four second-inning runs Saturday afternoon. Luckily for the Bears, the Braves more than returned the favor, handing coach David Esquer his second postseason win at Cal and first since 2001. “We
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