BERKELEY – Cal baseball fans are invited to join the 2014 Golden Bears baseball team this Sunday, Feb. 9 at Evans Diamond for the third annual Cal Baseball Fan Fest. Fans of all ages will get a chance to meet the players, get autographs, run the bases, and test pitching, fielding and batting skills on the Golden Bears’ home baseball field that now features lights and a new video scoreboard. Hosted by Cal Athletics and the Cal Baseball Foundation, gates will open at 11:30 a.m. (weather permitting) for Fan Fest and admission is free.
For the past two years more than 600 fans of all ages have shared in the on-field fun during the annual Fan Fest, and then enjoyed the Blue-Gold intrasquad game. Fans this year will get a sneak preview of the 2014 Cal squad. The Bears feature 25 returners from last year’s squad and an impressive freshman class. Cal has five members from the 2011 College World Series squad – seniors Devon Rodriguez, Kyle Porter, Vince Bruno and Michael Theofanopoulos, and junior Derek Campbell.
Campbell was the starting second baseman for the Bears as a freshman at the CWS, Theofanopoulos is a talented left-handed pitcher/utility player, Porter was a freshman All-American left-hander in 2011 and picked up Cal’s CWS victory over Texas A&M in Omaha, Bruno was an honorable mention all-conference selection in 2011 and Rodriguez was the Most Outstanding Player of the 2011 Houston Regional after knocking in the game-winning hit in Cal’s dramatic come-from-behind victory over Baylor to advance the Bears to the 2011 Super Regionals in Santa Clara.
Fan Fest will run from 11:30 a.m. to approximately 1 p.m., followed by the Blue-Gold intrasquad game at 1:30 p.m. Tickets for the 2014 season are now on sale through the Cal ticket office (Purchase 2014 Cal Baseball Tickets).
The schedule for the 2014 Cal baseball team includes hosting the season-opening four-game series against Texas, Feb. 14-16 at Evans Diamond. The Bears will also be hosting a tournament at Evans Diamond with Arkansas, Tulane and San Francisco March 7-9, as well as Pac-12 series versus 2013 National Champion UCLA (March 14-16), Utah (March 28-30), Washington (April 17-19), 2013 CWS participant Oregon State (May 2-4) and 2012 National Champion Arizona (May 16-18).