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Cal second baseman Tony Renda is Pac-10 Baseball Player of Year Posted: 05/31/2011 09:44:51 PM PDT Updated: 05/31/2011 10:01:40 PM PDT Cal sophomore Tony Renda was named Pac-10 Baseball Player of the Year by a vote of the coaches.

Cal sophomore Tony Renda was named Pac-10 Baseball Player of the Year by a vote of the coaches Tuesday and joined teammates Erik Johnson and Chadd Krist on the all-conference first team.

A second baseman from Serra High-San Mateo, Renda hit .330 and led the Bears in hits, RBIs, slugging percentage and stolen bases. He's the first Cal player to win the award since Jon Zuber and Troy Penix shared the Southern Division honor in 1992.

"I wasn't expecting it, which made it all the better," Renda said. "It's an incredible honor."

Johnson, a junior right-hander, was 6-3 with a 2.08 ERA. Krist, a junior catcher, led the Pac-10 with 22 doubles.

Junior right-hander Matt Flemer (St. Mary's High) and sophomore outfielder Vince Bruno (Clayton Valley High/Los Medanos) were Pac-10 honorable mention.

Sophomore third baseman Stephen Piscotty (Amador Valley High) was Stanford's only first-team selection after batting .361. Brian Ragira, who hit .321 and led the Cardinal with 41 RBIs, was named Freshman of the Year.

Pacific: Senior first baseman Brian Martin (Livermore High) was named second-team All-Big West. He hit .351 this season.

West Florida 5, Sonoma State 4: Reliever Shane Waller recorded the final seven outs, including six by strikeouts, to preserve the Argos' win over the Seawolves at the NCAA Division II championships in Cary, N.C. Sonoma State (37-21) loaded the bases in the top of ninth with one out, but Waller, who came into the game with 13 saves and a 0.64 ERA, struck out the No. 4 hitter, Alex Todd, and No. 5 Kyle Jones to end the game. The Seawolves, who scored all their runs in the seventh after trailing 5-0, play Southern Connecticut State on Wednesday.

Football

Ohio State: A day after coach Jim Tressel's forced resignation for lying about players receiving improper benefits, the focus shifted to the investigation of star quarterback Terrelle Pryor.

Aaron Kniffin, a salesman who put Pryor behind the wheel of several cars, said in an affidavit released by the school that he didn't offer any special deals to players.

Tressel was forced to step down for breaking NCAA rules. He knew players received cash and tattoos for championship rings and memorabilia and didn't tell anyone at Ohio State or the NCAA what he knew for more than nine months.

Pryor is one of five players who've already been suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season for taking money and tattoos from tattoo-parlor owner Edward Rife, who pleaded guilty last week to federal drug trafficking and money-laundering charges.

Ohio State confirmed the NCAA continues to look into potential violations.

The Columbus Dispatch has reported the NCAA and the school are investigating more than 50 vehicle purchases by players, family members and friends.

Sports Illustrated reported Pryor might have driven as many as eight cars while in Columbus. He drove to a players-only team meeting Monday in a Nissan 350Z with 30-day plates.

SI also reported the memorabilia-for-tattoos violations involved at least 28 current and former players.

Athletic director Gene Smith declined to comment.

Luke Fickell, an assistant coach, will be interim coach through the 2011 season. Ohio State faces an Aug. 12 date with the NCAA's committee on infractions.

Kansas: Defensive coordinator Carl Torbush, 59, retired after being diagnosed with prostate cancer. The former head coach at Louisiana Tech and North Carolina will have surgery soon and expects a full recovery.

Softball

Stanford: Junior shortstop Ashley Hansen was selected as USA Softball's Collegiate Player of the Year. She's the first Cardinal to win the Amateur Softball Association of America award. She hit .495 this season.

Golf

NCAA men's championship: James White shot a 5-under 67 to lead Georgia Tech to the first-round lead in Stillwater, Okla. The Yellow Jackets shot a 5-under 283 at Karsten Creek, three strokes ahead of UCLA. Cal, led by Michael Weaver's 71, was at 12-over 300.

The Associated Press and wire services contributed to this report.