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3/27/2013 5:03:26 PM

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A historic day for the Cal baseball program is coming Thursday, March 28 as the Golden Bears will be playing their first-ever game under the lights at Evans Diamond, beginning at 7 p.m. in a Pac-12 home opener versus USC. Cal will then host the Trojans at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 29, and at 12 p.m. Saturday, March 30 on a game shown on the Pac-12 Networks.


Fans can call 1-800-Go-Bears (1-800-462-3277) or go directly to the Cal baseball ticket link Click Here to purchase tickets. The Bears (14-10 overall, 4-2 in Pac-12 play, visit San Francisco March 26 at 2:30 p.m. at Benedetti Diamond) are undefeated at home this season, sporting a 7-0 record at Evans Diamond, including sweeping series over Michigan and Fresno State.


"These facility improvements mean so much to our baseball family and community," said Cal baseball coach David Esquer, who led the Bears to the College World Series and was named the National Coach of the Year in 2011. "We look forward to night baseball at Evans Diamond giving more families a chance to experience Cal baseball. The persistence and will of our foundation, led by Stu Gordon, have made this possible, along with the cooperation of the campus and athletic department. We couldn't be more thankful."


Eight 90-foot light poles have been erected around Evans Diamond that will support nighttime television broadcasts, team practice and training. Additional lighting will be added to assist with fan access and safety around the stadium.


A modern electronic scoreboard, measuring 38 feet wide by 31 feet high, will also be installed in left-center field in the coming weeks, replacing the outdated structure that currently resides in right field. The new scoreboard will offer scoring, game information, as well as fixed advertising and a full color video board measuring 24 feet wide by 14 feet high.


"This is a dream come true and is almost unbelievable after well over 100 years that at long last we will be getting lights and a new video scoreboard at Evans Diamond," said Gordon, chairman of the Cal Baseball Foundation and a former pitcher for the Bears (1961-62). "We have tried hard for years to make this dream a reality and now it is about to happen so that our first Pac-12 game this year against USC will be played under the lights. I can't tell you how excited I am on the prospect of having this finally become a reality. Thanks to everyone involved for helping to make this happen."


One of the eight light towers shining on Evans Diamond in preparation for the first-ever night game at Evans Diamond on Thursday at 7 p.m.

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3/28/2013 10:19:40 PM

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b8th 2 out Cal has bases loaded score tied 3-3

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3/29/2013 6:27:21 AM

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In an historic evening for Cal baseball, the Golden Bears dropped a 4-3 decision to USC in front of 2,133 fans in the first ever night game at Evans Diamond. Despite the loss, it was a memorable day for David Esquer's program in front of a packed house in a stadium built in 1933.

Cal (15-11, 4-3) made an impressive comeback by scoring two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to tie the game, 3-3, on an RBI single by junior catcher Andrew Knapp and a bases loaded walk by freshman designated hitter Nick Halamandaris.

Unfortunately for the Bears, USC (10-15, 3-4) scored a run in the top of the ninth inning when Adam Landecker hit a ball off Cal reliever Trevor Hildenberger that dribbled down the third base line and scored Timmy Robinson for the game-winner. A two-out single by Greg Zebrack had advanced Robinson to third base. It was the Bears' first home loss of the 2013 season after winning seven straight home contests to start the year.

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