BERKELEY - With less than 20 minutes remaining in regulation, California trailed No. 16 Ohio State, 13-7, at Kabam Field at California Memorial Stadium. The Golden Bears scored eight of the next 10 goals to send Friday's contest into overtime. The Buckeyes won the draw to start overtime, and went down and scored the gamewinner to hang on and beat Cal, 16-15, in the Bears' 2016 season opener.
"We definitely do our scheduling on purpose," head coach Brooke Eubanks said. "We want to face the top teams in the country. That's really want competing is all about. Competing has been a focus for us, and building our confidence. This game was a huge confidence builder. Are we satisfied? No, but it shows us that we can do it. With a little bit more hard work, I think the outcome will be different next time."
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Good pitching, strong defense and timely hitting added up to a big day for the No. 22-ranked Cal softball team as the Bears opened play at the Campbell/Cartier Classic with an 8-1 win over South Dakota and finished the day with an impressive 5-1 victory over No. 18-ranked Kentucky.
DURHAM, N.C. - The No. 12 California Golden Bears opened the 2016 season with an impressive 5-2 win over the Duke Blue Devils on Friday night at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, North Carolina. As expected, strong pitching was on display, as Cal junior righty and preseason All-American Daulton Jefferies battled Duke junior right-hander Bailey Clark. Jefferies finished the day with nine strikeouts (one off of his 2015 season-high), allowing just two runs, both unearned, in 6.0 sharp innings of work for his first win of the season.
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah- Cal had three players in double figures, but the Golden Bears' effort in hostile territory fell just short to Utah, 72-66, in Salt Lake City on Friday night.
Freshman Kristine Anigwe led with 22 points and seven rebounds. Junior Courtney Range chipped in 13 points and moved into ninth in Cal's single-season records for three-pointers. Sophomore Penina Davidson rounded out the trio with 10 points.
The Bears tied the game up three times, but Utah always managed to slip by with a few more points to lead after every quarter.