BERKELEY, Calif. - No. 12 California (4-2) clinched their first series win of 2016 on Saturday night in Berkeley, California, with a 4-0 win over visiting Purdue (1-4) at Evans Diamond. The Bears shutout the Boilermakers for the second straight night, and sophomore catcher Brett Cumberland went 4-for-4 with his second home run in as many nights, as well as a pair of doubles with two knocked in offensively. Senior starter, righty Ryan Mason tallied his first win of the year with a 10-strikeout performance in seven spotless innings of work, scattering six hits. Cal homered twice on the night, pushing their season total to five, all coming in the last two outings.
"I've seen [Ryan Mason] as good but never better," head coach David Esquer said of his starter on Saturday night. "He was really pitching with that changeup today, which you like to see with him. There are a couple of things you want to see with Mason; you'd like to see the ball out of the air and if they don't see his changeup, that's big for us. Brett [Cumberland] really took over this game for us as well. That's one of the keys for us. You want to play good defense, you want to pitch well and you want someone different to step up for you each and every night. We are not the type of team that is going to be able to rely on one guy and ride them. It was Brett's turn for us tonight; Devin [Pearson] had a big one last night and we've got a couple of guys that we want to get going. We are confident that it will come for those guys though, and while we are waiting for that to happen, if we are able to win games, that's a big deal."
Women's Swimming & Diving
FEDERAL WAY, Wash. - Junior Farida Osman won her third title at the 2016 Pac-12 Championships when she captured the 100 butterfly with a record-breaking time of 50.53 on Friday night at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center.
That was part of an overall strong showing in the 100 fly, part of a solid evening for Cal in which the Bears also had top performers in the 400 individual medley and the 100 backstroke.
Osman's time in the 100 fly set a new Pac-12 Championships record, the third record she has set this week. It was also a lifetime best and the second-fastest time in the nation this season.
BERKELEY - Olivia Hauger was in a familiar spot. The California freshman was playing in the last singles match of a huge contest for the Golden Bears, and she was trailing. But the young Bear provided another clutch moment, rebounding to win her match in three sets - on Friday beating Brianna Morgan, 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 - and this time giving No. 1 California a 4-3 come-from-behind win over No. 7 Florida at the Hellman Tennis Complex.
Friday's win gave Cal its best start in school history at 10-0 and also marked the Bears' first win over Florida.
"They just fought really, really hard," Cal head coach Amanda Augustus said. "We talked the other day about ‘competing hard,' and that's something I want to do each match, because you never know what court's going to have a good matchup or not such a good matchup. We had some good courts and some not so god courts today, but the team stuck together and fought through. I'm really proud of how hard they worked to get that victory as a team."
BERKELEY - California women's basketball opened its final home weekend of the season with a 65-54 victory over the University of Oregon Friday evening at Haas Pavilion.
Freshman Kristine Anigwe scored a game-high 18 points on 7-15 shooting and pulled down a team-best seven rebounds. Anigwe, along with fellow starters Courtney Range (13), Mikayla Cowling (12), and Asha Thomas (11), all reached double figures for the Golden Bears (13-15, 4-13 Pac-12).