University of California Golden Bears Baseball Tickets
To think that the University of California’s baseball program was all but on life support in 2010, when university officials announced that the sport would be cut as part of cost-saving measures — a program that had produced the likes of Andy Messersmith, Jeff Kent, Bob Melvin, Allen Craig, Jackie Jensen, Xavier Nady, Kevin Maas, Brandon Morrow, Tyson Ross and Mike Epstein; one that had appeared in the College World Series five times, winning twice (1947, 1957). But after receiving more than $9 million in pledges, the team was saved, and both college sports and its fans are the better off for it. Catch the Golden Bears in action at the picturesque Evans Diamond in Berkeley; grab your Cal baseball tickets at StubHub.
Cal Bears Baseball Info
A 32-22 campaign in 2018 saw UC-Berkeley claim 16 Pac-12 victories for the first time in three years, including series wins over UCLA and Washington. Sophomore Andrew Vaughn led the way for Mike Neu’s Bears, hitting .402 with 23 home runs, 63 RBIs, an .819 slugging percentage and a .531 on-base percentage, and becoming the sixth Cal player to be named Pac-12 Player of the Year. Vaughn also ended the year as the Pac-12 batting champion, Cal's first since John Baker hit .383 in 2002.
Cal Bears Baseball History
Despite hitting .375 in 1963 and receiving a contract offer from the Los Angeles Dodgers, Mike Epstein, a social psychology major, opted to return to Cal for his senior season and earn his degree. It’s a good thing the Bronx-born first baseman did. The following season, Epstein hit .384 and earned All-America honors, and went on to earn a gold medal with the US baseball team at the 1964 Olympics. He would enjoy an 18-year Major League career with the Baltimore Orioles, Washington Senators, Texas Rangers, California Angels and Oakland A’s, with whom he would win a World Series in 1972. Epstein isn’t the only Cal alum with Fall Classic experience. Also winning rings in October were former California ballplayers Xavier Nady (2012), Allen Craig (2011) and Jackie Jensen (1950).
Cal Bears Baseball Home: Evans Diamond
Opened in 1933, the historic Edward Field is the 2,500-seat home of Cal baseball. The facility is located in the UC sports complex in the southwest corner of campus adjacent to Haas Pavilion.
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