Cal Olympic Sports Roundup: Road series win at USC keeps slim Baseball postseason hope alive

Cal senior first baseman Devon Rodriguez and the Bears are looking for some late season magic to return to the postseason. - Cal Baseball Facebook

As both Cal Women's and Men's Tennis see their team championships hope ends in the Sweet 16 stage to Stanfurd and Texas, respectively (and those are probably two schools that is on the top of the despite list for most Cal fans), let's look at the chances of two other Cal programs in their bid for the postseason. We also note that Crew will be going for a conference title this weekend.

Cal Baseball (21-25, 9-15 in Pac-12)

Fri., May 16    Arizona, Evans Diamond, Berkeley, Calif.     4 p.m.
Sat., May 17    Arizona, Evans Diamond, Berkeley, Calif.     4 p.m.
Sun., May 18    Arizona, Evans Diamond, Berkeley, Calif.     3 p.m.

All games will be on KALX and regional (and possibly national) Pac-12 Networks action.

Behind a complete game by sophomore Ryan Mason, the Golden Bears won the rubber game of the USC road series last Sunday to keep their postseason hope alive. Vince Bruno went 3 for 4 with 2 RBIs for the Golden Bears in the Sunday 4-1 victory. On the Saturday game, the Bears easily won 11-4 thanks to two homers hit by Devon Rodriguez.

With just 7 games left on the season (3 at home this weekend against Arizona, 1 on the road midweek at USF, and 3 on the road against a great Oregon team), the Bears need to go 6-1 to have a winning record.

So there is a chance.

Cal senior Devon Rodriguez is featured on CalBears.com.

Perseverance and loyalty.

No better words in the dictionary can describe the college baseball career of Cal senior first baseman Devon Rodriguez.

During his time in Berkeley, the Golden Bears’ slugger from Newhall has experienced the exhilaration of producing what many consider the greatest clutch hit in the history of Cal baseball. He also suffered a series of injuries that not only could have ended his baseball career, but included one that was potentially life threatening.

Through it all, the love of his team and the Cal program has brought Rodriguez back for his senior season in 2014.

"I finally feel normal," Rodriguez said. "I know people were going to be doubting me entering this season after coming off injuries the past two years. That’s where it’s been fun. Having the opportunity to prove people wrong and have some fun out there. I’m finally healthy and feeling good."

It's a nice read on the story of the man who had the most famous Cal Baseball hit in recent history.



Cal is also again giving out those fabulous Cal mugs this weekend, on the regular season home finale on Sunday.


Cal Men's Golf (in 7th place after Day 1 of NCAA Regional)

Top seed (and 4th ranked) Golden Bears are competing in the NCAA Sugar Grove Regional. Only the top 8 teams advance to the NCAA Championships. After Day 1 (of 3) yesterday, the Bears found themselves in a somewhat unfamiliar place of being 7th.

Day 2 start have been delayed so far due to weather.

Head coach Steve Desimone appeared on a Golf talk show on May 10th.


Here is the full scoreboard (after Day 1):

NCAA SUGAR GROVE REGIONAL (HOSTED BY NORTHERN ILLINOIS)
SUGAR GROVE, IL
RICH HARVEST FARMS (PAR-72, 7,151 YARDS)

TEAM LEADERBOARD (after 1 of 3 days, 1 of 3 rounds, 18 of 54 holes)
1. UAB (292, +4)
2. Illinois (293, +5)
T3. Clemson (299, +11)
T3. Kent State (299, +11)
T5. Jacksonville State (302, +14)
T5. USC (302, +14)
7. Cal (305, +17)
8. UNLV (308, +20)
9. Purdue (309, +21)
T10. Mississippi State (315, +27)
T10. Cleveland State (315, +27)
12. New Mexico State (317, +29)
13. Cal State Fullerton (319, +31)
14. Saint Peter’s (338, +50)

PLAYER LEADERBOARD – INDIVIDUAL LEADER (after 1 of 3 days, 1 of 3 rounds, 18 of 54 holes)
1. Brian Campbell (Illinois) 69 (-3)

PLAYER LEADERBOARD – CAL INDIVIDUALS (after 1 of 3 days/1 of 3 rounds/18 of 54 holes)
T6. Brandon Hagy 73 (+1)
T11. Joël Stalter 74 (+2)
T33. Shotaro Ban 78 (+6)
T47. Michael Weaver 80 (+8)
T62. Keelan Kilpatrick 82 (+10)

You can follow today's score updates below here.

The Golden Bears are in the midst of a school record 8th straight NCAA Regional. They are also trying to extend their school best consecutive trips to the NCAA Championships to 5.

Cal Crew (Pac-12 Championships this weekend)

Live Timing and Results: here

In Lake Natoma, No.2 Cal Men's Crew will look to upend the top ranked Washington squad and capture the first conference title since 2009. Meanwhile, No.4 Cal women will be going for their 7th straight Pac-12 title.

Below is the full schedule and the scoring system.

Pac-12 Championships Schedule (for Sunday, May 18th)

9:00 a.m. – Women’s Novice 8 Grand Final
9:15 a.m. – Men’s Novice 8 Grand Final
9:30 a.m. – Women’s Varsity 4 Grand Final
9:45 a.m. – Men’s Varsity 4 Grand Final
10:00 a.m. – Women’s 2nd Varsity 8 Grand Final
10:15 a.m. – Men’s 2nd Varsity 8 Grand Final
10:30 a.m. – Women’s Varsity 8 Grand Final
10:45 a.m. – Men’s Varsity 8 Grand Final
11:30 a.m. – Awards Presentation

Seeding for Men’s Races

Men’s Varsity Eight
No. 1 Seed: Washington
No. 2 Seed: California
No. 3 Seed: Stanford
No. 4 Seed: Oregon State
No. 5 Seed: Washington State
No. 6 Seed: Colorado

Men’s 2nd Varsity Eight
No. 1 Seed: Washington
No. 2 Seed: California
No. 3 Seed: Oregon State
No. 4 Seed: Stanford

Men’s Varsity Four
No. 1 Seed: California
No. 2 Seed: Washington
No. 3 Seed: Oregon State
No. 4 Seed: Stanford
No. 5 Seed: Washington State

Men’s Novice Eight
No. 1 Seed: Washington
No. 2 Seed: California
No. 3 Seed: Stanford
No. 4 Seed: Oregon State
No. 5 Seed: Colorado

Men's Scoring System

Place

1V8

2V8

N8

1V4

1

32

16

16

8

2

28

14

14

7

3

24

12

12

6

4

20

10

10

5

5

16

8

8

4

6

12

6

6

3

7

8

4

4

2

8

4

2

2

1

9

0

0

0

0




Women's Varsity Eight
No. 1 Seed:  USC
No. 2 Seed: Stanford
No. 3 Seed: California
No. 4 Seed: Washington
No. 5 Seed: UCLA
No. 6 Seed: Washington State
No. 7 Seed: Oregon State

Women’s 2nd Varsity Eight
No. 1 Seed: Stanford
No. 2 Seed: California
No. 3 Seed: Washington
No. 4 Seed: UCLA
No. 5 Seed: USC
No. 6 Seed: Washington State
No. 7 Seed: Oregon State

Women’s Varsity Four
No. 1 Seed: Stanford
No. 2 Seed: Washington
No. 3 Seed: California
No. 4 Seed: USC
No. 5 Seed: Washington State
No. 6 Seed: UCLA
No. 7 Seed: Oregon State

Women’s Novice Eight
No. 1 Seed: Washington
No. 2 Seed: California
No. 3 Seed: UCLA
No. 4 Seed: Oregon State
No. 5 Seed: Washington State
No. 6 Seed: USC
No. 7 Seed: Stanford

Women’s Scoring System

Place

1V8

2V8

1V4

N8

1

32

14

7

3.5

2

18

12

6

3

3

15

10

5

2.5

4

12

8

4

2

5

9

6

3

1.5

6

6

4

2

1

7

3

2

1

0.5


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