The top-ranked Cal softball team opened NCAA tournament play with a bang, scoring three runs in the first inning and five in the fifth to mercy Iona 8-0 in five innings in the Berkeley Regional on Friday night.
The Bears (51-4) play Arkansas at Levine-Fricke Field at 3 p.m. Saturday, followed by the Iona-Boston University game.
It was the first postseason game in Berkeley since 1993 and the first time in program history that Cal played under lights on its home field.
"It's awesome because it's the first game under the lights," said pitcher Jolene Henderson, who limited Iona to two hits while improving to 31-2.
Breana Kostreba, Frani Echavarria and Britt Vonk each had two hits for Cal. No. 16 Stanford (39-17) opened NCAA tournament play with a 1-0 win over No. 23 Baylor (33-21) in the Lafayette (La.) Regional. Teagan Gerhart (31-11) earned the win in the circle with her ninth shutout of the season. Stanford scored in the bottom of the fifth. Hanna Winter led off with an infield single, and Leah White laid down a sacrifice bunt. After Jenna Rich was intentionally walked, Cassandra Rouldund brought home Winter with a single. The Cardinal will face Louisiana-Lafayette at 11 a.m. (PT) Saturday in a winner's bracket game. The Ragin' Cajuns (50-4) routed Mississippi Valley State 8-0. The Cal baseball team (26-23, 9-16 Pac-12) scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth but still lost 7-2 to No. 11 UCLA (37-13, 16-9) at Evans Diamond. Jacob Wark, Michael Theofanopoulos (Foothill High) and Danny Oh led off the ninth with singles and later in the inning Mitch Delfino flew out to the warning track in left center to just miss a grand slam. Mark Appel (Monte Vista High) pitched a four-hitter, leading No. 12 Stanford (34-14, 15-10 Pac-12) to a 6-0 win over visiting Utah (14-36, 7-21). Appel improved to 9-1, striking out 13. Eric Smith's two-run single in the fourth gave Stanford a 2-0 lead. Two RBI ground outs and two sacrifice flies completed the scoring. ... Appel is a semifinalists for the Dick Howser trophy, named for college baseball's top player. The Howser Trophy will be June 15. Chico State reliever Mike Botelho (Castro Valley High) was named first-team NCAA Division II All-West Region, and center fielder Cody Foster (Mission San Jose High) was named second team. ... The Wildcats posted a 7-6 win over host Western Oregon in the opening round of the NCAA West Regional on Thursday. Botelho got the save, and Foster had three hits, including an RBI single. Chico State (54-11) beat Dixie State 5-1 on Friday. The Cal men's tennis team (14-12) fell 4-0 to second-ranked Virginia (27-1) in the round of 16 of the NCAA Championships in Athens, Ga. Mitchell Frank's 6-4, 6-4 win over Carlos Cueto at No. 3 singles clinched the match. Virginia will face Stanford (20-8) in the quarterfinals. The Cardinal posted a 4-1 win over Kentucky (28-6). John Morrissey's 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 win at No. 4 singles provided the clincher.
The final match point was awarded to Morrissey after an unsportsmanlike point penalty on Tom Jomby. Freshman Jonathan De Los Reyes (De La Salle High) tied the lowest NCAA regional round ever for a Saint Mary's golfer and moved into third place at the NCAA Southwestern Regional in Norman, Okla. The Gaels were seventh in the 14-team field with one round to play. They had a two-day total of 12-over 588. Washington led at 9-under 567. The top five teams from each regional advance to the NCAA Championships on May 29-June 3 at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades. De Los Reyes posted a 4-under 68 and was third at 5-under 139. Teammate Mac McClung (Irvington High) shot a 75 and was tied for 34th at 149. Illinois' Thomas Pieters was the top individual at 137. Second-ranked Cal sat atop the leader board at the NCAA Men's Golf Championships-Stanford Regional, one shot ahead of San Diego State. The Bears had a second-round 10-under 270 at Stanford Golf Course for a 14-under 546. Stanford (275) was tied for third at 552, first-round leader USF was sixth at 554, and San Jose State was 11th in the field of 13 at 567. Cal's Michael Kim was the top individual, shooting a 6-under 64 for a 9-under 131. Pepperdine's Josh Anderson and BYU's Zachary Blair shared second at 132. Cal's Brandon Hagy (66) was tied for fourth at 133, while Stanford's Patrick Rodgers (66) shared eighth at 136.
USF's Taylor Travis (American High) was also at 4 under after a 68. The Spartans' Jay Myers (67) stood at 138.
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