Results tagged “Baseball” from California

BASEBALL SWEEPS COMPETITION AT AT&T PARK

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AT&T Park has been good to the Bears the last couple of years, and with Cal football's move into San Francisco for its 2011 home schedule only six months and three days away (not that we're counting or anything), we can only hope this streak continues.

This past weekend, however, the home of the World Series champion San Francisco Giants was used for its original purpose - baseball. The Cal Baseball Classic hosted visitors Louisiana-Lafayette, Rice and Long Beach State at AT&T Park and the Bears escaped the weekend unscathed.

After beating Louisiana-Lafayette 7-6 on Friday night, No. 20 Cal turned around and beat No. 18 Rice by the same score in 15 innings on Saturday. The Bears closed out the weekend with a 6-1 win over Long Beach State Sunday afternoon.

We were on hand for all 15 innings of the Saturday evening game and spent most of the night in the dugout with the team. The game took close to five hours - the first pitch was thrown at 7:13 p.m. and the final run scored at 11:50 - and the Cal pitching staff managed to hold Rice scoreless for the final 10 innings of the match up.

The Bears will host the University of San Francisco at Evans Diamond on Wednesday afternoon before kicking off a weekend series with Ohio State here in Berkeley.

And if you didn't make it out to AT&T Park this weekend (or just couldn't survive the 15 inning marathon on Saturday night), here's a video of the game-tying run and game-ending celebration as well as some photos from inside the Cal dugout from the game.






Coach David Esquer looks out of the home dugout as Justin Jones throws the first pitch.


Coach Esquer from the dugout usually inhabited by the San Francisco Giants.


Catcher Chadd Krist waits to take an at-bat.


The Cal baseball team lasted 15 long innings but walked away with the win.

 

BASEBALL TROUNCES SANTA CLARA

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The No. 20 Cal baseball team hosted Santa Clara this afternoon at Evans Diamond and put on quite a show. Just moments ago, the Bears finalized a 20-5 victory that included a combined 17 run downpour during the 5th and 6th innings.

Today's match up acts as a preface to what is to come this weekend at the Cal Baseball Classic. The Bears play at 7 p.m. on Friday (vs. Louisiana-Lafayette), Saturday (vs. Rice) and Sunday (vs. Long Beach State).

Of course, AT&T Park is not only the home to the World Series champion San Francisco Giants, but also to the Cal football team during the 2011 season while Memorial Stadium is renovated.

We were in the dugout this afternoon to see the Bears in action. Check out those photos below.



Kyle Porter throws the first pitch, as seen from the third story of Haas Pavilion.


Head Coach David Esquer looks out at Evans Diamond from the dugout.


Coach Esquer (right) coaches up the Bears.


The Bears hydrate between innings during their game against Santa Clara.


Sophomore Trevor Hildenberger (right) and teammates prepare to take the field.



MILLER ALLOWS ONE HIT, BEARS CRUSH COASTAL CAROLINA

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The current Cal baseball season is young, but senior pitcher Kevin Miller is certainly starting things off on the right foot.

In just the fourth game of the year, Miller allowed only one hit in over eight innings of work in a 17-0 victory over Coastal Carolina in the first game of the Caravelle Resorts Tournament in Conway, South Carolina.

Miller's no-hit bid ended with a John Fidanza double in the bottom of the eighth inning. After allowing the hit, Miller was replaced by junior Joey Donofrio.

Be sure to visit CalBears.com later tonight for a full recap of the game. No. 17 Cal plays North Carolina State tomorrow and Kansas State on Sunday to conclude the tournament schedule.


KEVIN MILLER PITCHING BRILLIANTLY

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Cal pitcher Kevin Miller is in the middle of a gem of an outing against Coastal Carolina in Conway, South Carolina this afternoon.

The Bears are currently leading 10-0 in the top of the eight. You can follow the game on gametracker here. Make sure to pay extra attention to Miller's stat line.


GAME TIME AT HAAS PAVILION

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Much of the night is focused on Cal's game against USC at 7:30 p.m, and justifiably so - but that's not all that's happening tonight at Haas Pavilion.

As I write, the women's basketball team is on the floor for its final practice before flying to Los Angeles for its own set of games against USC and UCLA this weekend.

The No. 4 women's water polo team is practicing nearby at Spieker Pool, preparing further for its match up at No. 10 San Jose State on Saturday afternoon.

Meanwhile, the Utah baseball team is out testing the conditions of Evans Diamond before its three game series against No. 17 Cal kicks off tomorrow, weather permitting. As an aside, a very special guest will be on hand for Sunday's series finale between the Bears and the Utes.

The men's basketball team has already concluded its game day shoot around and has finished its pregame meal. Soon, the Bears will report to the locker room and begin their normal pregame routine.

Similarly, numerous staff members are also performing their normal pregame duties. Two UCPD squad cars are parked outside the main entrance of Haas, other workers are opening concession stands and stocking them with food and the athletic department employees not scheduled to work tonight's games are locking their offices and heading home for the evening.

Very shortly I'll be leaving the desk I work at - it's simply an extra computer, I can't call it "mine" - to shadow the Bears before taking in all the action from press row.

As I mentioned earlier, take to Twitter to let me know if you're going to be at Haas tonight. I'd love to stop by and talk Cal sports with you at some point during the game. And if you couldn't make it tonight, you don't have to worry - I'll be publishing exclusive men's basketball content to the Bear Blog tomorrow.

A WALK AROUND HAAS PAVILION

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There's always something going on in the world of Cal atheltics, and I'm here to offer you proof. Here are four pictures of what is happening right now at Haas Pavilion taken by my cell phone only moments ago.

A Walk Around Haas Pavilion
The Cal men's basketball team conducts ball drills to open up practice.


A Walk Around Haas Pavilion
The Cal baseball team removes the protective tarp from Evans Diamond following a day of rain in Berkeley.

A Walk Around Haas Pavilion
Women's swimming and diving takes to the land to work out in the Haas weight room.

A Walk Around Haas Pavilion
The men's swimming team finishes its practice, as seen from a third story window of Haas Pavilion overlooking Spieker Pool.


A RAINY DAY IN BERKELEY

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After a weekend of absolutely beautiful weather (see the swimming and lacrosse posts below), it suddenly feels like February. Here's a photo taken just moments ago from the second floor of the west side of Haas Pavilion looking over Evans Diamond, Edwards Stadium and beyond. Here's to hoping the the sun comes back soon, but from the looks of this forecast, it might be awhile.



Rainy Day in Berkeley


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