NAPA, CALIF. --- In the final tune-up before hosting the 2016 Pac-12 Championships, California women's golf ended the first round of the Silverado Showdown in a tie for seventh place Sunday afternoon.
Cal combined to shoot a 12-over 300, with freshman Marianne Li carding a team-low score of 1-over 73. Li, who is tied for 16th on the individual leaderboard, bogeyed three of her first eight shots on the front nine before sinking back-to-back birdies on Nos. 9 & 10 and shooting even par on the final eight holes.
SAN DIEGO - The No. 2 Golden Bears made a big statement this weekend racing to four victories in four races at the 43rd-annual San Diego Crew Classic. After a strong preliminary session Saturday that saw all boats advance to their respective grand finals, the Bears closed out the weekend with victories in the collegiate women's varsity eight, second varsity eight, third varsity eight and varsity four races.
"I couldn't be more pleased with the team's racing on Sunday," said head coach Al Acosta. "I think every boat learned something from their Saturday heats and then improved for the finals. We have some very tough racing in the weeks ahead, so hopefully this weekend will serve as a stepping stone in our preparation. As a side note, our alumni eight won today as well!"
BERKELEY - In the marquee matchup of the Big Slam, Maegan Manasse defeated Carol Zhao for the first time in her career to clinch No. 1 California's eventual 4-3 victory over No. 18 Stanford on Sunday at the Hellman Tennis Complex.
Manasse, ranked seventh, held off the 59th-ranked Zhao, 7-5, 6-4, at court-one singles to make the overall score 4-1 at that point.
Cal improved to 17-0, while Stanford fell to 10-5 after the nonconference match.
"It was a good weekend," Cal head coach Amanda Augustus said. "We knew we were going to be tested, which is good for us. It's always a great match when we play them. They fight to the end; we fight to the end. I was really pleased to see us come away with a victory. We had a great crowd today, which was exciting. Everybody got to see really great tennis, so I'm happy about that."
BERKELEY, Calif. - The No. 13 Golden Bears (18-6, 7-2 Pac-12) completed the sweep of the UCLA Bruins (12-13, 4-5 Pac-12) 5-3 on Sunday afternoon at Evans Diamond in Berkeley. Sophomore catcher Brett Cumberland, the Pac-12's leading hitter, was the difference for the Bears, going 3-for-4 with two home runs and four RBI. Sophomore left-hander Matt Ladrech improved to 3-1 on the season, tossing 6.2 quality innings, allowing one unearned run on nine scattered hits with a pair of strikeouts. Cal picked up its fourth sweep of the season, and seventh consecutive win, to remain atop the Pac-12 standings, tied with Utah.
"I feel good right now," Cumberland said following his monster afternoon. "Hopefully it continues for us. This is huge for our team, especially after that series loss at USC. These last two sweeps were huge; with Oregon State and then coming in here to keeping everything rolling. We took care of business today and are looking to continue that."
Cal forward Kristine Anigwe was named National Freshman of the Year by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association on Sunday.
Anigwe is the Bears' first national honoree, and she is just the second player in Pac-12 history to earn the honor. Stanford's Candice Wiggins was a co-winner in 2004-05.
"I feel humbled and grateful to win this award," Anigwe said in a news release. "I couldn't have done it without the support from my teammates and coaches. I'm blessed that they believed in me and I'm looking forward to building on what I learned this season while I live my dream playing at Cal."
The 6-foot-4 Anigwe averaged 20.3 points and 8.9 rebounds per game in the regular season, becoming the program's leading freshman scorer. Her 567 regular-season points were the most among freshmen from Power 5 Conference schools.
Anigwe was also voted the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year. She scored in double digits in 30 of 31 appearances this season and recorded 15 double-doubles.
"Kristine, quite simply, is a special talent with a competitive spirit," Cal head coach Lindsay Gottlieb said. "She loves the game of basketball and has a tireless work ethic. Her skill set and athleticism were put to the test every night in the toughest conference in the country."