INDIANAPOLIS - Five former Cal football players will participate at the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine presented by Hyundai to take place February 23-29 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The former Cal players participating in the event include tight end Stephen Anderson, wide receiver Trevor Davis, quarterback Jared Goff, running back Daniel Lasco and wide receiver Kenny Lawler. The five former players equal Cal's most combine participants since five Golden Bears also participated in 2013.
BERKELEY, Calif. - The No. 12 California Golden Bears (2-2) opened their home schedule with a 5-4 win over cross-bay foe San Francisco (0-5) on Tuesday night at Evans Diamond in Berkeley, California. Senior third baseman Mitchell Kranson was 2-for-5 in the win, including a big two-run double in a three-run fourth inning for the Bears, while fellow senior, first baseman Brenden Farney continued his hot start to 2016, going 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles and a walk. Three freshman saw action for the Bears on the mound; right-handed starter Joey Matulovich (three innings pitched, allowing two runs, both earned on six hits and striking out four), righty Aaron Shortridge, who picked up his first career win (also three innings pitched, allowing no runs on three hits with two punchouts), and reliever Tanner Dodson (one and two thirds scoreless innings of work with a pair of strikeouts). Another true freshman, shortstop Ripken Reyes also got the start.
"A close game was not unexpected," head coach David Esquer said on Tuesday night. "For the 17 years I have been here, USF and Cal have played that same game over and over again. It's always a close ballgame because they are so well-coached. I know they're off to a little bit of a tough start, but they are so well coached and I knew they would be in this game. We are just trying to get our feet on the ground and figure out a little bit of how we are going to create offense and score runs. It was also nice to have those three [freshmen] be able to compete right off the bat because they are the future of this program. They [Joey Matulovich, Aaron Shortridge and Tanner Dodson] will continue to get better and that's the positive thing. We are very excited that those guys got to get out there and be a part of a win."
Jena Fritts, California women lacrosse's junior attacker, is no stranger to travel. As she and the Golden Bears prepare for a cross-country trip to Marquette and Notre Dame this weekend, Fritts has already been logging the travel miles.
Joined by her sister, Fritts studied abroad at the London School of Economics last summer, taking courses in marketing and consumer behavior. She and her sister also visited Paris with fellow family members and met others like them enjoying the same experience. On her way back to California, Fritts made a pit stop in Nantucket, Mass., close to her hometown of Darien, Conn., to teach lacrosse to kids.
It was a productive summer for Fritts, who enjoyed every minute of the learning experiences of taking classes in another country and being a mentor in the game of lacrosse for a change, instead of being a player.
"Being in London this summer gave me a new perspective on life in other countries and the differences in our lifestyles," Fritts said. "I feel more open to new experiences and different kinds of people now. The people and places I visited were so awesome. It was an experience I will never forget."
Women's Swimming and Diving
The No. 6 California women's swimming & diving team will aim to capture its third consecutive Pac-12 Championship when it participates in the 2016 Pac-12 Women's Swimming & Diving Championships this week in Federal Way, Wash. Last year, the Bears won their second straight conference crown with a record 1,629.50 points. Cal features four swimmers who have won individual conference titles in previous years, including senior Rachel Bootsma, who has won three titles in a row in the 100 back.