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Cal Baseball vs. Utah Sunday Open Thread

It's the rubber game of a 3 game series between Cal and Utah. Bears are going for the sweep.

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Bears complete a 3 game sweep of the Utes by winning 8-7 on Sunday. Bears are now 14-12 and 3-3 in Pac-12 play.

Here is hitting hero Brian Celsi with the Pac-12 Networks after Sunday's win.

Winning pitcher Kyle Porter talked to the Pac-12 Networks after Saturday's 5-4 win.

California Golden Bears (13-12, 2-3) vs. Utah Utes (9-16, 0-8)

When: noon

Where: Evans Diamond

TV: Pac-12 Networks (regional coverage)

Radio: KALX (90.7 FM in Berkeley)

Ahead of a non-conference game against Stanfurd on Tuesday night (also on the Pac-12 Networks), the Golden Bears will wrap up their 3 game series against Utah today. The Golden Bears were able to win 4-2 on Friday and 5-4 on Saturday. They will go for a sweep of Utah today while maintaining their perfect 11-0 all-time record against the Utes.

Cal starter is TBD.

Now that we're firmly in conference play, expect most games to be either on the Pac-12 Networks or available via stream on Pac-12 Digitals (all 6 games coming up in the next two weekends).


From the open thread yesterday:

Bears followed up a Pac-12 opening weekend sweep at home by the UCLA Bruins with a loss at Fresno State midweek. Then off to SLO to play No.6 Cal Poly, the Bears' bat finally woke up. Sadly, the Golden Bears were only able to take the Saturday game in a 4 game series against the Mustangs. The last loss on Monday includes the Bears blowing a 8-2 lead in the 2nd inning thanks to some a string of bloopers from the Mustangs.

Nevertheless, that series got the Bears a mention in ESPN's weekly College Baseball rankings:

2. Cal Poly (20-4)


Last week: 6

Of note: Looks like the Year of the Mustang out west, especially with a 3-1 series win over a good Cal team. Monday's finale saw Poly overcome an 8-2 deficit with a 13-run second inning on the way to a 16-8 win.

Okay, that ranking is clearly about Cal Poly but they do use the adjective "good" to describe Cal.

Given a very tough schedule, should the Bears be able to finish the regular season above 0.500, which would likely require a Pac-12 record close to 0.500, there is a decent chance that that would be sufficient for the Bears to qualify for a postseason. For the Bears to achieve that, they would need to take care of business at home this weekend against the visiting Utah Utes.