OMAHA, NE - JUNE 29: Whit Merrifield #5 of the South Carolina Gamecocks celebrates after hitting the game winning RBI off pitcher Dan Klein #23 of the UCLA Bruins to win game 2 and the men's 2010 NCAA College Baseball World Series at Rosenblatt Stadium on June 29, 2010 in Omaha, Nebraska. The Gamecocks defeated the Bruins 2-1 in eleven innings to win the National Championship. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

2011 NCAA Baseball Tournament Super Regionals: Cal Headed To College World Series, Will Face #1 Virginia

The California Golden Bears and Stanford Cardinal each won their regional bracket to advance to the super regionals of the 2011 NCAA Baseball Tournament. We provide news updates, previews, and recaps of the super regionals. For more on Cal, check out California Golden Blogs. For more on Stanford, check out Rule of Tree.

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NCAA Baseball Tournament 2011 Scores: Virginia With Epic Comeback Over UC Irvine, Will Face Cal Sunday

Cal might not be the only team of destiny in the College World Series. Top-seeded Virginia needed some heroics of their own to get to Omaha, and they waited until the very last moment to secure their spot.

UC Irvine had taken a 2-1 lead at the top of the ninth after a double-play ground out forced in the go-ahead run. It looked like Virginia was going to go down quietly when Danny Hultzen struck out and Kenny Swab grounded out to force the Cavaliers to their last out with nobody on. 

And then, magic.

  • David Coleman singled up the middle.
  • Jared King dropped an infield single that got him to first and the pinch-runner Mitchell Shifflett to second.
  • Reed Gragnani received four straight balls to load the bases up.
  • Chris Taylor became the hero of the hour with a single on an 0-1 count to bring home King and the pinch-runner Corey Hunt.

Boom, ballgame. 

Cal will now have to go through the top-seeded Cavaliers on Sunday morning in Omaha. The game starts at 11 AM PT/2 PM ET on ESPN. How confident are you about this matchup Cal fans? Let us know in the comments!

For more coverage of the Virginia baseball team, check out Streaking the Lawn. For more coverage of Cal baseball, head to California Golden Blogs.


NCAA Baseball Tournament Super Regionals 2011 Scores: Cal Baseball Headed To Omaha, Sweeps Dallas Baptist

Nine months ago, Cal baseball was marked for extinction. Nine months later, they're headed to Omaha.

After the drama of the Houston Regional, Cal had relatively little trouble dispatching the upstarts in Dallas Baptist. After a dominating 7-0 victory on Saturday night over Dallas Baptist in Game 1 of the Super Regional, Cal had a relatively comfortable 6-2 victory to send the Bears on to the College World Series.

Cal again worked themselves to an early lead. Austin Booker walked on four straight balls, and Chadd Krist brought him home with a two run shot to left field to give the Bears a lead they'd never relinquish. Dallas Baptist placed a run at the top of the second for their first run of the best-of-three series, but Booker responded with a double at the bottom of the inning to help bring home Derek Campbell (although an error by the center fielder was mostly to blame).

Cal's lead was cut to 3-2 in the very next frame, but Cal would put in two more runs at the bottom of the fourth to give the Bears much needed breathing room. Chad Bunting doubled down the left field line, Darrel Matthews's fly-out advanced Bunting to third, and a double by Derek Campbell brought him home. Booker's ground out advanced Campbell, who touched home after Tony Renda singled him home. Cal tacked on their final run when Krist singled up the middle in the bottom of the sixth to bring home Booker.

Cal pitcher Erik Johnson pitched six innings, struck out four, walked four and gave up three hits and the two earned runs. Kevin Miller, Kyle Porter and Matt Flemer all pitched an inning in relief to close out proceedings.

Cal will take on the winner of tomorrow's Virginia-UC Irvine matchup. We'll have more on that game tomorrow. For now, discuss the game over at the California Golden Blogs!


NCAA Baseball Tournament Super Regionals 2011 Scores: Cal Baseball Beats Dallas Baptist, One Win Away From Omaha

The magical run of the Cal baseball team is in full-swing. Thanks to their solid hitting and pitching, the Golden Bears are only one win away from the Promised Land of college baseball: Omaha.

Two three run home runs and an impressive six inning pitching performance by Justin Jones set the pace for the Bears in a 7-0 victory over Dallas Baptist. After allowing a hit in the first inning, Jones settled down and retired FIFTEEN straight batters. Jones gave up the lone hit, a walk in the sixth, and struck out three on his way to earning the win. He left the seventh inning with an apparent arm injury, but luckily for the Bears it looks like it's only a bicep issue and doesn't involve the elbow.

Cal's offense provided him with plenty of support. Devin Rodriguez (the hero of Cal's epic comeback against Baylor) singled in the second inning to get the bats going. Mitch Delfino added another single down the right field line to advance Rodriguez to third, and Chad Bunting cleared the bases with a three run homer to left field to give Cal the early 3-0 advantage.

Marcus Semien added a triple in the sixth inning with one out, and Rodriguez's sacrifice fly brought him home to make it 4-0 Bears. A wild pitch by Dallas Baptist pitcher Brandon Williamson cost him an out, as Tony Renda reached first on the strike. Chadd Krist was walked on the net at-bat, and Semien's three run home run broke the game open. Semien also made some crucial defensive plays, including one double play to end any hopes of a DBU rally.

Cal must beat Dallas Baptist one more time to advance to the College World Series. They'll get their shot Sunday night in Santa Clara. The game will be shown at 7 PM PT/10 PM ET on ESPNU and streamed online on ESPN3.

For more coverage of the Bears, head to California Golden Blogs to discuss Cal baseball.

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