BERKELEY - Cal's senior first baseman Chris Paul is saving the best for last as he is having quite a senior campaign. Paul is among the team leaders in almost every offensive category, currently owning an impressive .351 average with six doubles, a triple, six home runs and 23 RBI as David Esquer's squad is 20-7 overall and 7-2 in Pac-12 play.
Paul's stellar play was rewarded when he was named the March 16 Pac-12 Player of the Week after leading the Bears to two-of-three wins over then No. 8 ranked Oregon at Evans Diamond. The veteran infielder was 6-for-10 that week verses Pacific and the Ducks with two doubles, two home runs, six RBI and 14 total bases in four games.
#12 Cal takes on Washington State in a Thursday-Saturday home series. Thursday and Friday are 7 pm starts, while Saturday is a 1 pm start.
#17 Cal travels to Salt Lake City to take on the Utah Utes from Thursday to Saturday. Thursday and Friday are 3 pm starts, and Saturday is a 12 pm start.
Cal's senior standouts Danielle Henderson and Cheyenne Cordes were selected in the first and third rounds of the 2015 National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) College Draft, held Wednesday at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tenn. Henderson was selected in the first round as the fourth overall pick by the Dallas Charge, and Cordes went 14th overall in the third round to the Pennsylvania Rebellion.
After winning three times last week at home, California wings its way to the Pacific Northwest when the 33rd-ranked Golden Bears play at No. 59 Washington on Friday at noon and at No. 51 Oregon on Saturday at 1 p.m.
Zsofi Susanyi claimed the fourth Pac-12 Women's Tennis Player of the Week award of her career on Monday, when the conference honored her with California's sixth accolade of the season.
After playing six consecutive dual matches on the road, third-ranked California returns to the Hellman Tennis Complex for its last six matches of the regular season, starting with Washington and Oregon this week.
By Jonathan Okanes, Cal Athletic Communications
BERKELEY - At last month's Pac-12 Women's Gymnastics Championships in Salt Lake City, Stanford head coach Kristen Smyth reminded Cal sophomore Charlie Owens that when she was a gymnast at Cal, the Bears made the NCAA Championships for the only time in school history after hosting the NCAA Regionals.
"It was kind of like putting fire in my eyes," Owens said.
Cal is once again hosting the NCAA Regionals on Saturday at Haas Pavilion, and the 20th-ranked Bears appear to have their best chance to get back to the national championships since Smyth and the Bears pulled it off in 1992.
Dana Ho and Zoe Draghi draw high scores on the gym floor, but the duo is also being recognized for high scores in the classroom. Both gymnasts were named Pac-12 All-Academic Honorable Mention members, the conference announced Wednesday.
Women's Water Polo
Lead by sophomore Roser Tarrago and her 37 goals so far this season, #4 Cal comes home after a long road trip to host #3 USC on Saturday at noon.
Women's Swimming & Diving
Following a season in which the Golden Bears captured both the NCAA and Pac-12 championships, Cal sophomore Missy Franklin was named the Pac-12 Swimmer of the Year and Teri McKeever was selected the Pac-12 Coach of the Year.
The Bears face the Ducks on Sunday, April 5, at 1 p.m. from Pape Field in Eugene Ore. The game can be seen live on the Pac-12 Networks.
The young and enthusiastic Cal sand volleyball team continues the second season in program history this weekend when it travels to the state capitol for the Sacramento State Tournament.
Two of the most decorated players in California women's basketball history now have added two of the highest honors in program history after Brittany Boyd and Reshanda Gray were both named Associated Press All-Americans Tuesday.
The California women's basketball team will hold its annual Season Celebration Banquet on Wednesday, April 22 at the Doubletree Berkeley Marina (200 Marina Blvd, Berkeley, CA 94710).
The banquet will begin at 6 p.m. and will include a reception and silent auction as we celebrate Cal's 2014-15 season that ended with a fourth-consecutive top three finish in the Pac-12 as well as a fourth-consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament. The Bears have won at least one NCAA Tournament game in all four seasons under Head Coach Lindsay Gottlieb.
All persons interested in attending should email Meagan Edwards at firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, April 17th and include your entrée selection. We are able to offer an oven roasted chicken option or a phyllo crescent filled with kale, wild mushrooms, kalamata olives and tofu. All meals will include caesar salad, dinner rolls and chocolate cake. A cash bar will also be available.
US Women's National Team World Cup Send-Off
Alex Morgan and the USWNT faces New Zealand this Saturday in St. Louis at Busch Stadium.
Here is a story about the time Sydney Leroux wanted to jump off a cliff.
It was in Hawaii a few years ago. Leroux and many other players on the United States Women's national soccerteam were attending the wedding of their teammate Abby Wambach. One afternoon, Leroux heard about a nearby ledge on a bluff from which interested divers could leap. The drop was sheer, more than 50 feet to the water below. Leround grabbed her best friend on the team, Alex Morgan, and dragged her toward the precipice.
"Let's jump!" Leroux said as Morgan eyed the edge warily.
"Wait, wait, wait," Morgan replied. "This is crazy." Leroux looked disppointed. Morgan peered around.
"Look," Morgan said finally. "There are some boys over there. Let's make them jump first just to be sure, O.K?"