Cal Scores 4 in 9th to Defeat Baylor, 9-8
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Release:  06/06/2011

June 7, 2011

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HOUSTON (AP) -- Devon Rodriguez singled in two runs with two outs to cap a four-run rally in the bottom of the ninth inning and give California a 9-8 victory against Baylor that sends the Golden Bears from the Pac-10 to the NCAA super regionals.

After Baylor padded its lead with a run in the top of the ninth, Michael Theofanopoulos drove in a run with a ground out for Cal and Tony Renda cut it to 8-7 with an RBI single. Rodriguez finished 3 for 4 with four RBIs. California advances to face Dallas Baptist in the super regionals. The dates and site of the best 2-out-of-3 super regional have not been announced.

Baylor opened up a 7-1 lead heading into the bottom of the sixth, but the Golden Bears cut the lead to 7-3 with two runs in the sixth, and Rodriguez's two-run homer made it 7-5 in the eighth.

Matt Flemer (4-2) got the win in relief and Logan Verrett (7-6) gave up four runs in the ninth to take the loss.

"I knew we had a chance and I knew we would give ourselves that chance," said Cal coach David Esquer, who has now led the Bears to their first-ever NCAA Super Regional. "We had come back from the dead so often this year in games where we had virtually nothing going and I was just kind of walking up and down the dugout rattling off a list of four or five games where we really had no business being in it at the end and all of a sudden we found the game in our lap and we took advantage of it. Just to remember that's who we are, that's what we've been all year. We've never died, we've never stop playing and we never said `hey, this one just not going to be our day,' and Devon (Rodriguez) came up big a couple of times for us and just gave us the lift we needed."

Rodriguez was named the NCAA Houston Regional Most Outstanding Player, while Chadd Krist, Tony Renda, Marcus Semien, Chad Bunting and Kyle Porter were also named all-tournament.