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June 7, 2011After a heroic effort on Monday night to propel the California baseball team into its first ever Super Regional berth, sophomore first baseman Devon Rodriguez was named as the NCAA Houston Regional's Most Outstanding Player.
Cal sophomore first baseman Devon Rodriguez was named the most outstanding player of the NCAA Houston Regional. All told, the sophomore got a hit in four of five games, going 8-for-18 (.444) with six RBI, two walks, four runs scored and one home run.
In the Regional Championship, Rodriguez went 3-for-4 with a home run, a two-run single and four RBI to lead the Bears over Baylor.
Also earning recognition as part of the NCAA All-Regional Team were junior catcher Chadd Krist, sophomore second baseman Tony Renda, junior shortstop Marcus Semien, junior right fielder Chad Bunting and freshman left-handed pitcher Kyle Porter.
Krist went a collective 8-for-21 (.381) during the Regional, with three walks, four runs scored, five RBI, two doubles and a triple. He got at least one hit in all but one game.
Renda got at least one base hit in every game during the Regional, going 9-for-24 (.375) with six runs scored and three RBI. In the Regional Championship on Monday night, Renda had his best night of the playoffs, going 3-for-5 with one RBI and three runs - including the game-winner on a headfirst hook slide around Baylor catcher Josh Ludy.
Semien also had his best day in the finale, going 4-for-5 with a run, two RBI and a double. On the weekend, Semien went 8-for-21 (.381) with four runs, three RBI, one double and one walk with three strikeouts.
Bunting had one of the best single days in the entire tournament, going 4-for-7 with three runs, two home runs and four RBI on June 5 against Rice and Baylor as the Bears clawed their way back from the brink of elimination. Bunting's solo shot in the bottom of the sixth against Baylor in the nightcap broke a 0-0 tie, and sparked Cal to an 8-0 victory behind the phenomenal pitching of true freshman Porter.
Porter was called on to start just his third collegiate game against the Baylor Bears, and answered the bell for head coach David Esquer, going a career-high 6.2 innings while allowing just three hits and two walks and striking out a career-high nine batters en route to his fifth win of the year. That victory moved Porter to 5-0 in his first collegiate campaign, and he is now the proud owner of a 1.62 ERA thanks to a devastating curveball and a razor-sharp change.