Tonight, Cal defeated Dallas Baptist, 6-2, to win the best of three in the Super Regional in Santa Clara.
The win of the Super Regional event now leads Cal to playing the Monday winner of the series between UC Irvine and the #1 Univ. of Virginia in the College World Series in Omaha.
This feel-good story about Cal Baseball will be told and re-told for years to come. On September 28, 2010, Chancellor Robert Birgeneau and Athletic Director Sandy Barbour hosted a press conference to announce that 5 different sports would be either dropped or demoted to club level: and baseball would be one of those getting dropped.
Cal Baseball began in 1892. Cal won the first NCAA Baseball Championship (I need to confirm the year.). Dozens of Cal Alumni have played or retired from the MLB; perhaps the best-known is Jeff Kemp, formerly of the Houston Astros.
When the announcement was made, Cal alumni near and far were furious, motivated, and in a generous spirit. In six months, $9 million was raised, and the Chancellor announced the reinstatement of the program. Meanwhile, the student-athletes began for their last season as Cal baseball players even while searching for new universities to attend & play for, even within the Pac-10!
Congratulations to the Cal Baseball team of 2011! The season is not over yet! Go Bears!