Cal quarterback Beau Sweeney is transferring out of the program, coach Jeff Tedford said Wednesday.
Sweeney, a redshirt junior with two years of eligibility left, has been granted a release from his scholarship. Tedford said He's interested in transferring to a Football Championship Subdivision program so he doesn't have to sit out this season.
"He's a backup here and wants a chance to play. He's a great kid. We wish him all the best," Tedford said.
Sweeney was one of six quarterbacks vying for the starting job in spring camp but didn't make the cut when Tedford narrowed that competition to the top three. He spent most of the 2009 season and part of 2010 as the Bears' No. 2 quarterback but was dropped to the No. 3 spot about halfway through last season.
No. 9 Cal pounded (31-9) out 10 hits en route to a 12-0 five-inning rout of visiting Santa Clara (6-24). Cal freshman Arianna Erceg (4-3) pitched five innings, allowing three hits. Victoria Jones had two hits and three RBIs in the mercy-rule game.
Lionel Messi had two goals, lifting visiting Barcelona a
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Patrick Chan scored 93.02 points in the men's short program in Moscow, and the Canadian grabbed a big lead at the world championships. Runner-up Nobunari Oda was almost a dozen points back. American Richard Dornbush was 11th with 70.54. Defending pairs champions Pang Qing and Tong Jian led after the short program. U.S. champions Caitlin Yankowskas and John Coughlin were eighth.
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Associated Press and wire services contributed to this report.