#22 Cal (31-17, 15-10 Pac-12) dropped the opener of a three game series with #15 USC (35-16, 16-9 Pac-12) 11-3 on Saturday afternoon at Evans Diamond.
The Pittsburgh Panthers beat the Golden Bears 6-3, eliminating Cal from the NCAA Softball Tournament’s Ann Arbor Regional
Cal came up a single stroke shy of extending its school-record streak of appearances at the NCAA Championships to six by finishing seventh in a wild NCAA Lubbock Regional.
By Jonathan Okanes, Cal Athletic Communications
BERKELEY - It wasn’t long after he had committed to Cal that Omid Jalali’s father told him that he shouldn’t expect to be able to play soccer and succeed in the classroom during his entire time at Berkeley. It wasn’t a no-vote of confidence. Jalali’s father was just acknowledging the incredible challenges and demands a student-athlete is faced with at Cal.
And it wasn’t just his dad. Jalali heard the same skepticism while at Cal. How did he expect to be a pre-med majoring in business administration and still excel on the soccer pitch?
Breaking news: This is what Cal student-athletes do.
Undefeated and #1-ranked Cal eyes its first Pac-12 title since 2009 when the Golden Bears compete in the 2015 conference championships today in Gold River, CA.
#4 Cal, winners of six of the last seven Pac-12 titles, travels to Gold River, CA, today to compete in the 2015 conference championships.
FIFA Women's World Cup
Hype is building for Alex Morgan and the USWNT ahead of next month's 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada. American Idol winner Nick Fradiani performs the USWNT anthem for a video featuring Morgan.
Alex Morgan was a bright-eyed Cal grad for her first World Cup back in 2011 and instantly became a star. Now she’s a savvy vet, handling her fame with aplomb as she prepares for her World Cup sequel. Morgan’s star rose quickly following her performance in Germany four years ago. As the youngest player on the US World Cup team she became a super sub with a goal and an assist in the final against Japan. She has since become one of the most recognized players on the US team. She’s a spokeswoman for ChapStick and she’s on boxes of Cocoa Pebbles. She has appeared in Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit edition twice and she has even been animated for “The Simpsons.” But she really just wants to play soccer. “I don’t get wrapped up in that because I don’t want to dwell on something like a commercial or doing something off the field,” she said recently. “I don’t want to dwell on something like that too long. I don’t want to think, ‘Wow that’s really cool, that’s me.’ Once I start to think like that, then I’ve changed my focus from what I do on the field to what I do off the field.”