Cal Baseball Begins 2001 Season With Annual Alumni Game

Jan. 16, 2001

BERKELEY, CA - The California baseball team will start off the 2001 season with the annual Alumni Day, Sunday, Jan. 21 at Evans Diamond. The festivities begin at 12 p.m. with a nine-inning game between active (professional) alumni and the 2001 Golden Bears. Admission is free.

The Cal Baseball Alumni Day was first started by former Bear coaching great Clint Evans in 1946. This year's Alumni Game will feature several minor league players, including three-time All-American and 2000 Preseason Player of the Year Xavier Nady of the San Diego Padres organization.

The '01 Bears will be looking to make a return appearance to NCAA Postseason play for the first time since 1995. Cal will feature 2000 Pac-10 honorable mention selections, senior first baseman Clint Hoover and sophomore left-fielder David Weiner, plus talented right-hander Trevor Hutchinson. The Bears also bring in a talented freshman class with pitcher/designated hitter Brian Montalbo, a fourth-round draft pick of the Atlanta Braves, right-hander Matt Brown, MVP of last summer's American Legion World Series and third baseman Conor Jackson, Los Angeles 4A City Player of the Year.

Cal, which finished 25-28 and 11-13 (fifth) in the Pac-10 last season, will open its regular 2001 season, Friday, Feb. 2 at 2 p.m. at Santa Clara. The Bears then play their home opener against Santa Clara, Saturday, Feb. 3 at 1 p.m. at Evans Diamond.

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