The Year That Was

Looking back at 2010-2011's defining moments in Cal sports

We’re already looking ahead to next year! Visit our Sports Blog for 2011-2012’s top stories: Baseball | M. Hoops | W. Hoops | Volleyball | Tennis | Swimming | Water Polo 1. Campus cuts — then reinstates — five teams It was supposed to be the only viable option. Sandy Barbour looked grim. Chancellor Birgeneau smiled through it. On Sept. 28, 2010,
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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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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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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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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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Cal must reinstate fire in postseason play

A friend of mine said a while back that the worst thing that ever happened to the Cal baseball team was getting reinstated. Calm down — it’s a joke. A program as storied as the Bears’ is a cornerstone of the athletic department, and its revival in early April was
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