2011 Santa Clara Super Regional


California Golden Bears

Berkeley, California

At-large bid from Pac-10, Won Houston Regional

2011 record: 13-13, 35-21 (sixth in Pac-10)

Head coach: David Esquer (Stanford, 1987)

Record at school: 351-311-2, 12 years

Overall record: same

Assistant coaches: Dan Hubbs, Tony Arnerich, Brad Sanfilippo

Team offense: .286 BA, 311 R, 28 HR, .400 SLG%, .356 OB%, 46-70 SB

Team pitching: 2.88 ERA, 511.2 IP, 444 H, 162 BB, 443 K

Top hitters: Tony Renda (.335/3/41), Austin Booker (.313/1/24), Chadd Krist (.306/1/40/25 2B), Vince Bruno (.301/0/13), Devon Rodriguez (.292/5/33), Marcus Semien (.272/4/32)

Top Pitchers: Kyle Porter (5-0, 1.62, 2 SV, 50 IP, 42 H, 14 BB, 52 K), Matt Flemer (4-2, 2.14, 5 SV, 33.2 IP, 28 H, 8 BB, 36 K), Kevin Miller (6-4, 2.62, 79 IP, 70 H, 13 BB, 84 K), Erik Johnson (6-4, 2.91, 96 IP, 63 H, 50 BB, 96 K), Justin Jones (8-6, 3.09, 113.2 IP, 112 H, 30 BB, 78 K)

Last NCAA appearance: 2010 (0-2 at Norman Regional)

Notes: One of the best endings to the 2011 season, California - who appeared to be ready to fold as a program – not only earned an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament, but won the Houston Regional and advanced to its first Super Regional. The Golden Bears have reached the College World Series five times, most recently in 1992. Cal won the national championship in 1947 and 1957. Coach David Esquer, who played on a CWS championship team at Stanford, not only kept the Golden Bears together, but also helped keep the program alive. Winning was the icing on the cake. The Bears pitch and play defense, with Erik Johnson leading the way. Johnson shaved two runs off his ERA and held opponents to a .194 average. Freshman Kyle Porter, who once threw an eight-inning perfect game with 18 strikeouts, has been amazing out of the pen. And Kevin Miller's ERA is 2.5 runs less than a year ago, making eight starts and nine appearances. Defensively, Cal fields at a .974 clip and only one player has made more than 10 errors. Tony Renda followed his splendid freshman year with another big year, leading the Bears in hits and slugging.


Dallas Baptist Patriots

Dallas, Texas

At-large bid as independent, Won Fort Worth Regional

2011 record: 42-18

Head coach: Dan Heefner (Olivet Nazarene, 2001)

Record at school: 145-81, 4 years

Overall record: same

Assistant coaches: Bob Keller, Nate Frieling, Austin Knight

Team offense: .311 BA, 507 R, 60 HR, .483 SLG%, .415 OBP, 62-76 SB

Team pitching: 4.68 ERA, 519.1 IP, 543 H, 254 BB, 361 K

Top hitters: Jason Krizan (.419/10/81/39 2B/13-17 SB), Landon Anderson (.358/7/58/21-24 SB), Tyler Robbins (.325/10/40/17 2B), Ryan Behmanesh (.323/4/51/18 2B), Joel Hutter (.308/9/49), Kenny Hatcher (.292/2/47), Duncan McAlpine (.280/9/38)

Top pitchers: Chris Haney (4-2, 15 SV, 2.34, 34.2 IP, 30 H, 11 BB, 37 K), Jared Stafford (8-4, 3.03, 101 IP, 87 H, 33 BB, 60 K), Brandon Williamson (10-3, 3.98, 115.1 IP, 129 H, 40 BB, 67 K), Jordan Staples (6-2, 5.37, 53.2 IP, 55H, 28BB, 25 K)

Last NCAA Appearance: 2008 (0-2 at College Station Regional)

Notes: Dallas Baptist is in the NCAA tournament for the second time as a Division I program. The Patriots are in their first Super Regional. DBU has had 33 straight winning seasons for the program. The Patriots are 3-0 in extra-inning games, outscoring their opponents 7-0 in extra frames. Senior Jason Krizan set a Division I record with 39 doubles this season. Krizan was picked in the eighth round by the Detroit Tigers in the MLB Draft. DBU is 28-1 when leading after seven innings. Senior closer Chris Haney saved all three regional victories to raise his season total to 15. Haney was selected in the 20th round by the San Diego Padres in the MLB Draft. Assistant coach Bob Keller was pitching coach at Michigan for six seasons before joining the Patriots this year.