Point guard Cullen Neal, a key piece in the Saint Mary's College 2013 basketball recruiting class, received his release so he can play for his father, the new coach at New Mexico.
The 6-foot-4 Neal averaged 26.5 points per game last season at Eldorado High in Albuquerque.
Neal's father, Craig, replaced Steve Alford, who left for the UCLA job. Craig Neal had been an assistant at New Mexico.
"How do you measure the importance of having the opportunity to play for your dad?" Gaels coach Randy Bennett said. The Cal baseball team (16-18, 5-9 Pac-12) gave up five runs in the first inning en route to a 10-4 home loss to No. 9 Oregon. Freshman Devin Pearson hit a solo homer for Cal. The No. 23 Stanford baseball team (18-11, 6-5 Pac-12) suffered an 11-3 home loss to Washington (9-23, 3-8). Brian Ragira and Austin Wilson homered for the Cardinal. The No. 9 Cal softball team (32-8, 7-5 Pac-12) edged No. 19 UCLA (28-14, 5-10) 5-1 in 10 innings in Los Angeles. Jolene Henderson (27-7) allowed one unearned run in 10 innings and hit a three-run homer. The Saint Mary's softball team (14-26, 6-8 PCSC) took a doubleheader from visiting Santa Clara (6-32, 3-7) -- 5-1 and 1-0. Megan Smith had a two-run hit in the opener and an RBI-singe in the nightcap. Cal (19-0) rallied from a 21-6 halftime deficit to beat Saint Mary's (11-2) 42-31 in rugby. Eakalafi Okusi (Castlemont High) scored a try in the 65th minute that proved to be the game-winner. Senior Emily Csikos had two goals to become Cal's leading scorer, and the No. 5 Bears women's water polo team (16-5, 2-3 MPSF) won 14-7 over host Cal State Bakersfield (12-21, 0-5). Csikos began the day tied with Colette Glinkowski at 212. Melissa Seidemann (College Park High) had two goals and the No. 2 Stanford women's water polo (24-1, 5-0 MPSF) posted a 6-4 road win over No. 1 USC (20-1, 4-1).
San Francisco hosted Alaska on Saturday at the Cow Palace in Game 5 of a best-of-seven playoff series. The Bulls trailed 3-1 in the series.
The Walnut Creek Aquanuts won the senior team title at the U.S. National Championships in Greensboro, N.C.
Wire services contributed to this report.