Cal Baseball: Bears Await Postseason Bid After Regular-Season Finale Canceled

Cal pitcher Jared Horn (14) did not get a chance for another regular-season start.rtPhoto by Robert Edwards- KLC Fotos

NCAA postseason field to be announced on Monday, and Bears expect to be invited

Cal was scheduled to play its final regular-season game of the season on Saturday in Seattle against Washington, but rain in the area caused the game to be canceled.

The game would have had little impact on either team’s postseason hopes, so it will not be rescheduled.

So Cal (32-18, 17-11 Pac-12) will return to Berkeley, assuming it will be invited to one of the 16 four-team regionals when the 64-team field for the NCAA playoffs is announced on Monday.

The only drawback for the Bears on Saturday was that scheduled Cal starting pitcher Jared Horn did not get an opportunity to extend his run of outstanding starts.

He has won his last five starts and has pitched at least eight innings in five of his last seven starts. Horn threw his first collegiate complete game last week in a win over Arizona State. He is 6-1 with a 1.82 ERA, and he is likely to be the Bears starter in their first postseason game.

One bit of good news was that outfielder Brandon McIlwain took batting practice Saturday after missing most of the season with a broken foot. That is also good news for Cal football, since the Bears hope McIlwain can provide some big plays as a running backs or wide receiver.

Offensively, the rainout may have been a blessing. Both first baseman Andrew Vaughn and third baseman Quentin Selma were not listed in the starting lineup Saturday because of physical ailments. Vaughn played only three innings in Friday’s 4-3 victory because of illness.