June 13, 2011
(BERKELEY) - California (37-21) opens play at the 2011 College World Series against national top seed Virginia (51-9) on Sunday, June 19. First pitch for the Golden Bears and Cavaliers at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha is scheduled for 1 p.m. CT/11 a.m. PT. The game will be televised live on ESPNHD and ESPN3. Radio broadcast information is expected to be announced soon.
Cal has reached the CWS for the first time since 1992 by sweeping Dallas Baptist, 7-0 and 6-2, in two games Saturday and Sunday at the NCAA Santa Clara Super Regional.
The last time the Bears were in the CWS they also played the national No. 1 seed, falling 4-3 in 13 innings to Miami, Fla. Cal's last victory in the CWS came on June 4, 1980, when the Bears were a 4-3 winner over Miami, Fla. Cal will be making its sixth all-time appearance at the CWS in 2011. The Bears won the inaugural CWS played in Kalamazoo, Mich., in 1947, beating a Yale team that had future President George H.W. Bush. Cal also won the CWS in 1957, before finishing third in 1980 and tying for seventh in both 1988 and 1992. The Bears have an all-time 10-6 CWS record.
Cal started its current post-season run by winning the NCAA Houston Regional in dramatic fashion. The Bears lost their Regional opener against Baylor before coming back with four consecutive victories. Cal capped its regional run with a dramatic come-from-behind 9-8 victory over Baylor in an elimination championship game, scoring four times in the bottom of the ninth inning, with Devon Rodriguez' two-out, two-strike single plating the tying and winning runs.
The other half of Cal's CWS bracket two features defending champion South Carolina and Texas A&M.
The Bears' second CWS game is scheduled for Tuesday, June 21. A Cal victory over Virginia would match the Bears against the winner of the South Carolina/Texas A&M game at 6 p.m. CT/4 p.m. PT. A loss would pit Cal in an elimination game against the South Carolina/Texas loser at 1 p.m. CT/11 a.m. PT.
Action in the College World Series begins with bracket on action on Saturday, June 18. North Carolina plays Vanderbilt at 1 p.m. CT/11 a.m. PT and Florida meets Texas at 6 p.m. CT/4 p.m. PT.
Tickets for Cal's first two CWS games are now on sale over the phone only at (800) GO BEARS. The Cal Athletic Ticket Office is open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
All tickets are reserved and are $28 per game with a limit of four tickets per account. There will also be a $7 handling fee. Seating will be reserved in sections based on whether Cal is the designated home or visiting team and tickets will be allocated based on Bear Backer priority points.
Visit NCAA.com for more information about the College World Series.