When the Golden Bears started hitting, there was nothing the Aggies pitching staff could do to stop the bleeding in Cal’s 7-3 defeat of Texas A&M in today’s second game of the 2011 College World Series bracket play. It also cemented the recent National Coach of the Year Award given to Cal’s David Esquer with yet another unexpected win.
After being shut out the first few innings, Cal broke through against the Aggies Michael Wacha for three runs in the fifth and sixth and added another run in the seventh, eventually chasing Wacha out. Freshman shortstop Derek Campbell did the most damage, going 2-4 and driving in 2 runs. Third baseman Mitch Delfino added an RBI double for Cal’s only extra base hit.
On the pitching side, Cal’s Kyle Porter was making only his fourth start on the season, but he went to 6-0 on the season and did a decent job shutting down A&M’s bats with 3 runs allowed over 6 innings. Matt Flemer took over after that with a stunning three shutout inning performance to close out the game.
The game ended a successful season for the Aggies as they finish 47-22 on the season. California advances to face the winner of tonight’s Virginia-North Carolina winner.