It was one of those miraculous endings that make sports worth watching. Having trailed most of the game and going into the bottom of the ninth still down by three, the Golden Bears looked to be finished for the season. The game would determine who advanced to the NCAA super regional. The loser would go home. Afterward, even Coach David Esquer had to admit his doubts. "I told the guys that we could do this, but when it actually happened, I don't know that I actually believed it," he said.
Shortly after the cuts were announced, I asked Esquer what he has was saying to his players to keep their morale up. "I told our team, ‘We stand for something, and if what they’re telling us is that we stand for the very last team in the history of California baseball, we can give them one hell of a team.’ And I really do believe that. We can give them one hell of a team this year."
So far, so great.
Cal will take on Dallas Baptist in the Super Regional, a best-of-three series beginning this Saturday at Santa Clara University. The winner advances to the College World Series. Go Bears!