Earlier this season, the team was one of five programs threatened by budget cuts. But a group of former players got together and within a span of months, collected over $9 million to help restore the program.
As the team was having to deal with off the field issues and underclassmen were wondering where they might be playing next year, the Bears were proving that they could cut out all the distractions, as they had a fairly successful regular season.
The team was ranked in the Top 25 for much of the season and finished the regular season with a 31-20 record, 13-13 in the Pac-10. That got them an at-large berth in the Houston Regional. After losing the opening to Baylor, the Bears ran off four straight wins, including a stunning 9-8 win over Baylor in the regional finals. Showing that same never-say-die attitude that they have all season, Cal scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth to cap the victory.
They played host to Dallas Baptist this past weekend and won both games, advancing to their first College World Series since 1992. The Bears will begin the tournament on Sunday against either UC Irvine or Virginia.
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