Cal completed the sweep over Arizona, pounding out 13 hits with junior designated hitter Nick Halamandaris going 3-for-4 with a triple and three RBI in an 8-3 win over the Wildcats Sunday in Tucson. The Bears face Fresno State at home tonight. You can catch the game on KALX radio at 7 pm.
Cal's 6-7 junior right-hander Ryan Mason, who against the Pac-12's top hitting team - Arizona - pitched 8.0 shutout innings to lead the Golden Bears to a 4-0 shutout of the Wildcats last Saturday, has earned the April 27 Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week honor, it was announce today by the conference office.
A trio of booming home runs helped No. 20 California softball clinch their second Pac-12 series win as the Golden Bears topped No. 18 Washington 9-5 in Sunday's rubber match at Levine-Fricke Field. Cal improves to 34-13 overall and 7-11 in conference play.
On Saturday, May 2, a couple of weeks before he receives his degree in Sociology from the University, Sione Sina will be a starting lock for the Golden Bears against Brigham Young in the 2015 Penn Varsity Cup National Rugby Championship final. The match in Rio Tinto Stadium outside of Salt Lake City kicks off at 2 p.m. MT/1 p.m. PT on NBC Sports Network.
In his first year of collegiate rugby following his final season with the Cal football program, Sina has displayed a quick acumen in his rugby skill and understanding. Sina was a gridiron defensive end at Monterey Trail High School and the College of San Mateo before joining the Cal football team in 2013; now, as a vital force in the second row of the Rugby Bears' forwards, he's in position to help Cal win a national title to cap off a two-sport senior year that will soon include the invaluable achievement of degree from the University of California.
CalBears.com: Does the championship you're chasing right now compare to anything else you've been through as an athlete?
Sione Sina: This is different, but all athletics demand everything you can give. I've tried to give what I can to the team. Rugby has demanded even more, in the conditioning aspect for sure, but in all athletics you have to give your utmost if you want to be successful. In high school, my football team went to the Sacramento-Joaquin Division I Sectional championship game and we lost. That game never leaves my mind, that championship game. Every time I go home to Sacramento, those are my guys. They were my teammates the last time I competed for a championship. Now we've got another one coming up. Hopefully we can seal the deal.
CB.com: How do you approach a championship as opposed to any other game?
Sina: You try to keep the same standards for every game. You try to treat the week like it's the same week, but you can't. There's going to be a championship game. You're going to have come at it with somewhat of a different mindset. Especially with it being my last game at Cal, you've got to approach it different emotionally and mentally. The physical aspect, that can't change; just keep to it. I don't take any of these moments for granted. One more week left, I don't take any of this for granted, especially with these guys. I cherish every moment with these guys out there enjoying it. That's the only difference. A championship game, the level of intensity is going to be higher. The mentality is going to be different no matter how much you try to downplay it.
The Cal sand volleyball closed out the 2015 season Sunday with an ultra-competitive 3-2 loss to Stanford that came down to the final set of the final match of the day.
Gaby Christman scored four goals in her final game at Cal, but No. 15 Stanford thumped the Golden Bears, 25-9, on Senior Day Sunday afternoon from Kabam Field at California Memorial Stadium.
Women's Water Polo
#4 Cal women's water polo team earned its fourth bid to the NCAA Championships in the past six years when it was awarded an at-large berth. The Bears (19-7) open play Friday, May 8 against UC Irvine (19-8) at 5:15 p.m. The 2015 NCAA Championships run May 8-10 at Stanford.
Track & Field
The Pac-12 Conference announced on Monday that California junior Thomas Joyce was named the men's Track Athlete of the Week. Joyce won the Don Bowden Mile on Saturday at the Brutus Hamilton Challenge in Berkeley.
Attempting to win California's first conference singles title since 2006, Klara Fabikova lost to UCLA's Catherine Harrison in the top-flight final at the Pac-12 Championships on Sunday at Libbey Park.
Shotaro Ban (67-71 - 138, -2) spent most of the day near the top of the leaderboard Monday during the first 36 holes of the 2015 Pac-12 Championships before settling for a tied for sixth-place spot five shots behind second-round leader Maverick McNealy of Stanford (65-68 - 133, -7) at the end of the day's action.
Ban has been performing at a high level for most of the spring with an increased confidence after the talented fourth-year junior began to realize that he must make some changes in his approach to the game. Ban said the transformation began last fall when he played in just one of the team's five events despite coming into the season as one of the team's two most experienced players.
"This fall I was just not playing well, but it was a good wake up call," Ban said. "Going into the fall everyone was expecting Keelan [Kilpatrick] and I to lead the squad but in the fall it was mostly the freshmen and Cameron Shaw."
Cal's women's golf team earned its 16th consecutive bid to the NCAA Regionals after it was announced that Cal will head to St. George, Utah, for the regional that is hosted by BYU from May 7-9.
The California Grid Club of Sacramento honored former Cal defensive lineman and tight end Harrison Wilfley as its recipient of the 2014 Henry J. "Tiny" Bates Award.
Cal head coach Sonny Dykes and Director of Athletics Michael Williams were on hand for the Grid Club's annual Tiny Bates Award Dinner on Monday evening at the Lions Gate Hotel in North Highlands where the award was presented to Wilfley.
"When I thought I couldn't be rewarded any more for playing at Cal I was awarded with the Tiny Bates Award and was able to attend tonight's award dinner," Wilfley said. "What an honor and a half. I couldn't be happier to receive such a noble award from such a noble family and such a noble organization. It is something I will remember for the rest of my life."
First Team All-Pac-12 standout guard Tyrone Wallace was voted the Most Valuable Player at the California men's basketball awards banquet on Monday evening in a ceremony held at the University Club on campus.