Track and Field
BERKELEY --- The second day of split competition for the California track and field teams produced numerous noteworthy performances, including the establishment of a pair of new Golden Bear school records and another event victory.
Junior Eugune Hamilton III and sophomore Bethan Knights cemented their names in the Cal record books with their respective efforts in the 800 Meters and the Mile at the Husky Classic in Washington. Hamilton's third place mark of 1:48.94 broke the previous record set by former Bear Sean Carey at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Championships in 2009. Knights' performance (4:39.70) placed her ninth in the event and edged Chelsea Reilly's 2012 MPSF Championships mark of 4:41.29.
Women's Swimming and Diving
TEMPE, Ariz. - After a back and forth affair saw Indiana rally to tie the game in the fifth inning, the No. 21/22-ranked Cal softball team called on another display of resilience to pull out a hard-fought win, plating an unearned run in the bottom of the fifth and closing it out to win 7-6 and finish 3-1 at the Kajikawa Classic.
A three-run top of the fifth pulled Indiana even with the Bears at 6-all, but Cal (3-1) didn't wait long to take the lead right back. With Kylie Reed on second, Taylor Koenig on first and two outs, Danika Bailey used her speed to pressure Indiana's defense, hustling down the line on a chopper to second.
When Indiana second baseman Erin Lehman saw Bailey would beat the play, she spun and fired a quick throw to second with Koenig already sliding into the base. The throw trickled into short left-center field and Reed didn't stop, wheeling around third to score the go-ahead run.
From there, it was Stephanie Trzcinski's game to win in the circle and she shut the door on any potential Indiana rallies, allowing only one base runner over the final two innings. She induced three pop outs in the seventh to seal the victory, improving to 2-0 with three innings of relief.
"I'm really pleased. I thought our bats came on, especially the last three games," Cal head coach Diane Ninemire said. "Our pitching is a little bit up and down but I think that's just getting their nerves out. Working on their location I think is going to be important going into our next games. I feel like yesterday's games, as hard as they were, I think they were really character builders. This will give us something to look back on when we think we might not be able to do it. We don't have to look far to know we've done it once and we can do it again. This team is going to fight with everything it has."
STANFORD, Calif. --- The first tournament of the Spring schedule for the No. 21 California women's golf team ended with the Golden Bears finishing the 21st Annual Peg Barnard Invitational in third place Sunday afternoon at the Stanford Golf Course.
Each member of Cal's scoring foursome - Hannah Suh, Marthe Wold, Lucia Gutierrez & Marianne Li - finished second round play at 1-over 72 for a Sunday total of 288 (+4). Combined with Saturday's 5-over (289), the Bears held their third place spot from Saturday with a 9-over (577)
Even with the Bears remaining in its first round position, Cal head coach Nancy McDaniel saw positives in the team's overall play.
"The team was very consistent across the board, which was great to see," said McDaniel. "I'm sure the more experience we get in those positions , the better we'll perform."
SAN FRANCISCO - In a polling of the Pac-12 baseball coaches, the California Golden Bears were picked to finish third in the conference, earning one first place vote and tallying a total of 84 points, the conference announced on Thursday. Cal returns 17 letter-winners from the team that went 36-21 with a school-record-tying 18 conference victories and reached the postseason for the first time since 2011's College World Series run. The Bears return their entire weekend rotation, seven position players who were starters in 2015 and are buoyed with a talented group of freshmen.
BERKELEY - Kristine Anigwe powered her way to a game-high 24 points to lead California to a 75-56 victory over Arizona and snap a four-game Golden Bear losing streak Sunday afternoon at Haas Pavilion.
Sophomore Mikayla Cowling added 13 points and seven rebounds while fellow sophomore Gabby Green chipped in 11 points and a game-high eight assists, along with matching her career-high six steals for Cal (12-13, 3-11 Pac-12).
With the win, the Golden Bears snapped a four-game losing streak and avenged their 57-52 loss to Arizona (11-15, 2-12 Pac-12) on January 4 in Tucson that broke Cal's 17-game series winning streak.
Anigwe shot a perfect 8-8 from the field and 8-11 from the charity stripe. With her performance, the seven-time Pac-12 Freshman of the Week honoree has scored in double figures in 23 games this season and netted 20 or more in 11 contests.