Porter’s pitching gem keeps Cal baseball alive at Houston Regional
HOUSTON — Former Oak Ridge Trojan and current Cal Berkeley freshman Kyle Porter posted career highs in innings and strikeouts Sunday night to pitch the Bears to an 8-0 victory over Baylor in the NCAA Houston Regional playoffs at Reckling Park.
Earlier Sunday, Cal eliminated eighth-ranked host Rice 6-3 to set up a rematch with Baylor, which upended the Bears 6-4 to open the tournament.
Porter got the call to keep the Bears’ season alive and he responded with six and two-thirds innings of shutout ball. The left-hander allowed just three hits while striking out nine to improve to 5-0 on the season. Cal gave Porter a 1-0 lead with a run in the sixth before exploding for seven in the eighth to put Baylor away.
“The performance of the tournament,” is how Bears’ head coach David Esquer labeled Porter’s effort to the Cal online press release following the game.
Porter could get a shot to pitch again as the Bears pulled out a dramatic last-inning 9-8 win over Baylor Monday night. The victory advanced Cal to the Super Regionals to host Dallas Baptist in a best-of-three series beginning June 11 at Santa Clara’s Stephen Schott Baseball Stadium.
The first two games will be televised on ESPNU and if necessary, the final can be seen on either ESPN2 or ESPNU.