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.



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: No. 1 Bears sweep Beavers, set up season-ending showdown with No. 2 ASU

Jolene Henderson struck out 12 batters and pitched a four-hitter, improving to 28-1, as the top-ranked Cal softball team (48-3, 19-2 Pac-12) scored a 4-1 win over Oregon State (33-19, 8-12) at Corvallis, Ore.

The win completes a three-game road sweep and keeps the Bears atop the Pac-12 standings headed into next week’s regular-season-ending three-game series at Berkeley against No. 2 Arizona State (45-5, 17-2), the defending national champion. Game 1 of the series is Thursday at Levine-Fricke Field. First pitch is at 3 p.m.

Lindsey Ziegenhirt hit a two-run homer for the Bears, who managed just three hits.

— BASEBALL: Junior left-hander Justin Jones pitched a complete-game 2-hitter and the Bears (25-19, 9-12) posted a 8-0 win over Washington State (23-20, 9-11) at Pullman, Wash. Jones walked the first batter he faced, then didn’t walk another. He struck out six and retired the final 15 batters he faced. His 23rd career victory tied Jones for fifth on Cal’s career list.

Junior Mitch Delfino was 4 for 5 with a double, raising his average to a team-leading .381. Junior Vince Bruno was 3 for 4 and drove in three runs.



Baseball: Sweep of Pacific caps big Cal weekend

Cal’s No. 22 baseball team beat Pacific 9-3 at Evans Diamond on Sunday, completing a three-game, season-opening series sweep of the Tigers.

A pretty good exclamation point on the weekend for Cal athletics:

   — The men’s basketball team beat Oregon and Oregon State to improve to 22-6 overall, 12-3 and still tied for first place in the Pac-12 standings. Expect the Bears to move into the top-30 on Monday when the official NCAA RPI ratings are released, and expect sophomore point guard Justin Cobbs to be named Pac-12 Player of the Week.

   — The women’s basketball team went on the road and swept the Oregons, reaching 20 victories for the fifth time in six seasons. The Bears are 10-4 in conference play and have a two-game cushion on third place.

   — The Cal rugby team, which hardly broke a sweat while outscoring its first nine opponents 650 to 23, claimed a 13-12 win over the British Columbia Thunderbirds, a Canadian powerhouse, in the first game of their long-time “World Cup” series. The Bears travel to B.C. on March 25 to complete the two-game set.

   — The Cal softball team, ranked No. 1 and No. 3 nationally by separate polls, improved to 8-0 on the season with four wins at the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic in Las Vegas. The Bears beat LSU 14-3 on Sunday to close out the event.  Pleasanton native Valerie Arioto is batting .625 with seven homers and 18 RBI through eight games. On Sunday, LSU wisely walked her three times.

   — The only notable defeats for the Bears came in men’s and women’s swimming. The No. 3 Stanford men beat the No. 6 Bears 146.5 to 96.5 and the the Cardinal women upended the top-ranked Bears 174-126, in dual meets Saturday at Stanford.


Baseball: Bears set Fan Fest on Saturday, 11 a.m.

Cal baseball, coming off a season that featured remarkable lows (announced axing of the program) and highs (a College World Series appearance), will hold a free Fan Fest on Saturday beginning at 11 a.m.

The event will be held weather-permitting, but the forecast at this point is favorable for Saturday.

The Bears will hold a scrimmage at 1 p.m. The morning session includes the opportunity to meet the players, get autographs and take photos.


Baseball: Update

Here’s our story recounting Cal’s win yesterday in the College World Series.

Some notes, focusing on David Esquer’s award for National Coach of the Year.

Freshman second baseman Derek Campbell will be get loose for tomorrow’s game against Virginia by hosting a live chat at 8:30 a.m. PT

A quick note: If you plan on listening to tomorrow’s game on the radio, it has been moved from 960-AM to 1550-AM. It still is on ESPN2 and the campus radio station, 90.7-FM