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Golden Nuggets: Cal Baseball Pitcher Justin Jones Ruled Out For Start Against Virginia In College World Series

Not great news:

Cal coach David Esquer hasn't decided on his starting pitcher for Sunday's opener of the College World Series against No. 1 Virginia, but it will not be sophomore left-hander Justin Jones.

Jones, who started Game 1 of the Bears' NCAA Super Regional last weekend against Dallas Baptist, is questionable for the College World Series with soreness in his left biceps. He pitched six scoreless innings against the Patriots on Saturday before leaving with the biceps problem.

"We're not talking about a shoulder or elbow or something more serious, but it's serious enough that it's causing him discomfort," Esquer said. "We're going to wait and see. We won't leverage his future against a win at the College World Series. Unless he's risk-free and 100 percent, he won't pitch."

Jones is 9-6 with a 2.93 ERA and earned All-Pac-10 honorable mention. He was a freshman All-American last year.

Virginia is definitely a tough team and it just got a bit harder to beat them.  However, Cal has a lot of pitching depth in its starting rotation and I am sure whoever does take the mound on Sunday will do great. 

After the jump, lots more baseball news and all the Cal news stories of the day.  GO BEARS!

ESPN story on the Golden baseball Bears.  Isn't it interesting how media mentions went from nothing to everything in about 2 weeks.

Monte Poole on Cal baseball team. 

Cal on Cal baseball!

Official Cal story on history at Omaha

Info on official Cal baseball pregame party

Everybody is talking Cal baseball.  This is so weird.  I really hope Cal can leverage this into more money for next year.  More butts in the seats, perhaps. 


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Easton named 3 Cal softballers to All-American team!