Grizzled catcher Chadd Krist -- who was just two and a half years old the last time the Bears went to the College World Series in 1992 -- came back from an 0-for-4 opening-game performance to go 2-for-4 with three RBI and an unconscionably long two-run home run in the bottom of the first to kick start the Cal offense to a 6-2 win over Dallas Baptist and a berth in the College World Series for the first time since 1992.
Sophomore Tony Renda -- hobbled by a his injured quad -- came back from his own 0-for-4 day on Saturday to go 3-for-5 with an RBI.
"You know, Chadd and I are roommates, so we usually eat an apple before every game," Renda chuckled. "We forgot to eat our apples [Saturday]. We did everything else the same, that's why we won. We just got to get our apples, so we both went 0-for-4 on the day but we had our apples today. We were sure of it. We both came up with some hits, so it felt great. To get this win and go to Omaha is amazing."
After the jump Jason Kidd earns an NBA title, the Bears head to Omaha, and Zach Kline grows out his hair for locks of love.
- The Bears are going to Omaha to play top-seeded Virginia after sweeping the other fan-favorite, Dallas Baptist.
- Fun fact: backup tight end Jacob Wark is a reserve first baseman on the baseball team.
- Formerly toting a crew cut, Zach Kline is embracing his inner Justin Bieber with a full, shaggy head of hair. Actually, he's growing out his hair so he can send it to Locks of Love.