Baseball: No Bears, no surprise in NCAA field

The NCAA baseball tournament field was released today and, to the surprise of no one, Cal did not make the cut.

Five Pac-12 teams are in the field: Stanford, UCLA, Oregon, Oregon State and Arizona. The Cardinal will host a regional, beginning Friday with a first-round game vs. Fresno State.

For those interested, here’s the NCAA tournament bracket.

The Bears’ season ended Sunday with a 5-3 loss at Stanford. Cal wound up 29-25 overall, 12-18 in Pac-12 play.


Baseball: Bears fall at Stanford in season finale

One year after dodging program extinction and making an unlikely run to the College World Series, the Cal baseball team closed its regular season with a  5-3 road loss to No. 14 Stanford.

The Bears (29-25, 12-18 Pac-12), despite winning two of three games at Stanford this weekend, are considered a longshot to earn an NCAA tournament bid.

Chadd Krist went 2 for 3 with his 65 career double — an ongoing school record — for the Bears. Mitch Delfino homered in the loss.

— WOMEN’S SOCCER: Ex-Cal star Alex Morgan was officially named to the U.S. Olympic team which will try to win its third straight gold medal this summer in London.

— WOMEN’S CREW: The top-ranked Cal women’s squad wound up third for the second straight season at the NCAA championships at Mercer Lake at West Winsor, N.J. Virginia won the title.

–WOMEN’S TENNIS: Freshman Zsofi Susanyi, ranked 13th in the NCAA, was ousted from the NCAA singles tournament atter a 6-2, 6-2 loss to fifth-ranked Mallory Burdette of Stanford. Susanyi, from Hungary, finished the year with a record of 41-8.



Softball: Bears heading to OKC for CWS for rematch with LSU; Cal won 14-3 in 1st meeting

Top-seeded Cal (56-5) will face LSU (38-23) on Thursday at the College World Series in Oklahoma City in the opening round of the College World Series.

The Bears routed LSU 14-3 back on Feb. 19 in Las Vegas, getting home runs from Jace Williams, Breana Kostreba, Jolene Henderson and Frani Echavarria in a five-inning game.

The Bears secured the Berkeley super regional title and advanced to their 12th CWS berth with a 2-0 win over Washington on Sunday afternoon at Levine-Fricke Field.

The NCAA apparently does not award an MVP award at this event, but clearly no Cal player contributed more to the success of the past two weekends than junior pitcher Jolene Henderson.

She pitched a pair of shutouts at Washington in the super regional and enters the CWS with a streak of 23 consecutive scoreless innings. Her ERA for the postseason: 0.48. In other words, a half-run every seven-inning game.

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Baseball: Cal makes it two in a row over Stanford

The day after outlasting No. 14 Stanford 5-4 in an 18-inning marathon, the Cal baseball team (29-24, 12-17 Pac-12) stormed to a 15-5 victory over the Cardinal (37-16, 17-12) at Sunken Diamond.

Seven different Cal players had two hits or more, including Derek Campbell, who had three hits and three RBI, and Mike Reuvekamp, who had three hits. Chadd Krist contributed two doubles, giving him a Cal record 64 for his career.

The teams close the regular season Sunday with a 1 p.m. game at Stanford.

— TRACK AND FIELD: Three more Cal athletes earned berths in the NCAA championships as the regional preliminaries at Austin, Texas, wound up.

Harrison Steed and Brian Carmichael both qualified in the high jump with clearances of 7 feet, 1 1/2 inches. Chelsea Reilly advanced in the women’s 5,000-meter run with a time of 16 minutes, 15.89 seconds.

The NCAA championships will be held June 6-9 at Des Moines, Iowa.

— WOMEN’S TENNIS: Cal freshman Zsofi Susanyi advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA singles tournament with a 6-2, 7-6 (7-4) win over USC freshman Sabrina Santamaria in Athens, Ga. Susanyi, a native of Hungary, will face Stanford’s fifth-seeded senior Mallory Burdette in the semifinals.

Teammate Jana Juricova, the defending NCAA singles champ, was eliminted in the quarterfinal round, losing 7-5, 6-2 to Stanford’s Nicole Gibbs.


Softball: Bears one win away from World Series

The top-seeded Golden Bears (55-5) blanked Washington 5-o in the NCAA softball super regionals at Levine-Fricke Field and need just one victory on Sunday to secure their 12th trip to the College World Series.

Slugger Valerie Arioto, rarely given a pitch to hit in recent games, blasted a two-run homer in the first inning and Jolene Henderson threw her 16th shutout of the season.

Arioto now has 23 home runs on the season — an ongoing school record — and 54 for her career.

Henderson improved to 5-0 in the postseason, her ERA dipping to 0.57 over the past two weekends.

Game 2 is Sunday at 4 p.m., with a third game, if necessary, at 6:30 p.m. The games are sold out, but will be aired on ESPN2.


Baseball: An instant classic — Renda’s RBI single lifts Cal past No. 14 Stanford in 18th inning

Tony Renda singled home Mike Reuvekamp with two outs in the top of the 18th inning and Cal baseball beat No. 14 Stanford 5-4 in a marathon at Sunken Diamond.

Reuvekamp singled to left to open the 18th and was bunted to second by Danny Oh. Renda drove in the game-winner for the Bears (28-24, 11-17 Pac-12) with a single to center.

Logan Scott pitched 5 1/3 innings of three-hit relief to get the victory. Justin Jones escaped one last comeback try by the Cardinal (37-15, 17-11) in the bottom of the 18th to earn the save and end the six-hour contest.

The victory clinched a winning season for the Bears, who play again at Stanford on Saturday and Sunday to complete their 2012 schedule.

The final rally was preceded by wild 12th-inning fireworks by both clubs.

Chadd Krist hit a two-out, two-run double in the top of the 12th, giving the Bears a 4-2 lead.

But in the bottom of the 12th, Stanford scored once off Cal’s third pitcher, Michael Lowden, who left the bases loaded for reliever Scott. Pinch-hitter Brett Michael Duran then delivered a game-tying single. The Bears sent the game to the 13th when second baseman Reuvekamp (Miramonte HS) made a relay throw home to gun down baserunner Austin Wilson at the plate. 

Cal got 7 2/3 innings from starter Matt Flemer, who scattered seven hits and allowed just one run. Flemer dueled Stanford starter Mark Appel (Monte Vista HS) — regarded as possibly the No. 1 pick in the upcoming baseball draft — on even terms before giving way to reliever Joey Donofrio in the eighth. Donofrio pitched 2 1/3 innings of scoreless, one-hit ball.

The Bears led 1-0 in the second inning when Andrew Knapp delivered an RBI double and tied the game at 2-2 after an RBI groundout by Darrel Matthews in the eighth.

— TRACK AND FIELD: Redshirt freshman Scott Esparza (Amador Valley HS) qualified for the NCAA championship meet with a mark of 206 feet, 3 inches in the hammer throw that ranked No. 5 all-time at Cal. Esparza set a personal best by more than eight feet while finishing eighth in the NCAA Regional preliminary meet at Austin, Texas.

Junior Chad Jones leaped 51-3 1/2 to qualify 11th in the triple jump.

The NCAA championships will be held June 6-9 at Des Moines, Iowa.


Softball: Bears ready for UW in super regional

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The distance between top-seeded Cal and No. 16 Washington appears large entering Saturday’s NCAA super regional softball opener at Levine-Fricke Field. Coach Diane Ninemire knows that isn’t the case.

The Bears are 54-5, having won the Pac-12 title and finished the season atop both national polls for seven consecutive weeks. The Huskies are 39-17, eighth-place finishers in the conference.

But when Cal and UW faced off for the first time this season two months ago in Berkeley, everything still was up for grabs.

The Bears were No. 1 nationally, but the Huskies were close behind at No. 3, boasting a 32-1 record and looking every bit a contender for the Pac-12 crown.

Then Cal pulled off a three-game sweep, sending Washington’s season spiraling in the wrong direction, losing 15 of its next 18.

But it could have been different.

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Track and field: Two Bears qualify for NCAA finals

Cal’s Chase Wheeler and Deborah Maier qualified for the NCAA Championships with performances Thursday at the NCAA West Preliminary meet in Austin, Texas.

Wheeler had a wind-aided long jump mark of 25 feet, 2 3/4 inches to finish 11th.

Maier easily advanced to the NCAA finals in the 10,000 meters, running fifth in a field of 48 with a time of 33 minutes, 59.90 seconds. Earlier this season, the junior ran the third-fastest 10K time ever by a collegiate runner, clocking 32:12.47.

The West prelims meet continues through Saturday with athletes vying for spots at the NCAA Championships, June 6-9 at Des Moines, Iowa.


Football: Cecil Whiteside dismissed from team

Cal sophomore outside linebacker Cecil Whiteside was dismissed from the football team for unspecified violation of team rules, coach Jeff Tedford announced.
Whiteside, from Huntington Beach, is listed as a backup on Cal’s post-spring practice depth chart. He started three games last season, totaling 17 tackles, including three sacks.