June 21, 2011
Bears Live to Play Another Day
Porter, Flemer pitch Cal past
By Phil Stanton
(photos by Jimmy Jones)
Neb. – Kyle Porter (right) and Matt Flemer took care of
business on the mound as California eliminated Texas A&M 7-3 at the
2011 College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park.
The Golden Bears (38-22) will play on Wednesday at 6
p.m. CT against Virginia.
Porter (6-0) pitched the first six innings and
allowed seven hits and three runs with one walk and four
strikeouts. Flemer scattered three hits in three scoreless
innings with no walks and five punchouts to record his sixth
“We have tremendous confidence with Kyle,” said
Cal head coach David Esquer. “Every time we use him the whole
year is when the game mattered most, whether it was out of the
pen or starting games. Just an outstanding performance.”
The Aggies (47-22) took an early lead in the
bottom of the fourth on a home run off the bat of Adam Smith,
Golden Bears answered immediately with three in the top
of the fifth. Chad Bunting started the inning by reaching on an
error and moved to third on a base hit by Darrel Matthews. Derek
Campbell (right), playing second due to the quad injury of Tony Renda, singled home Bunting and an error by the centerfielder
allowed Matthews to score the go-ahead run. Renda, the DH, hit a
short fly to right on which Campbell scored to push the lead to
“Tony comes up and hits the ball not too deep,”
Campbell said, “so I’m tagging up. I hear the third base coach
going ‘You’re going, you’re going.’ So I’m just running as fast
as I can and I don’t think twice about it. I trusted my coach.
So luckily it was a little high.”
Campbell had another RBI single in a three-run
sixth as Cal built a 6-1 lead.
“Those guys grinded out at-bats,” said A&M head
coach Rob Childress about the Cal hitters. “They did a great
job. It was a great experience here. Sure wish we could stay
longer, but I’m very proud of the seniors that led us.”
Kevin Gonzalez finished with three hits, while
Krey Bratsen and Brandon Wood both had two hits for the Aggies.
Earlier in the day, before the CWS victory,
Esquer was named Coach of the Year by the National Collegiate
Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA).
“The whole day’s been amazing,” Esquer said. “You
can’t be a good coach without good players. It’s been really,
really gratifying and humbling to have both in one day.”