Eleven players from the three Division I Bay Area colleges were among the 333 players invited to this month's NFL combine.

Asked to come to Indianapolis from Feb. 20-26 were Cal wide receiver Keenan Allen, running back CJ Anderson, offensive lineman Brian Schwenke and defensive backs Marc Anthony and Steve Williams.

Stanford players invited were tight ends Zach Ertz (Monte Vista High-Danville) and Levine Toilolo, running back Stepfan Taylor and linebacker Chase Thomas.

San Jose State players invited were offensive lineman David Quessenberry and tight end Ryan Otten.

Some mock drafts have Allen and Ertz as first-round choices.

  • Evans Diamond, Cal's baseball field since 1933, will have a new sports lighting system and scoreboard for later this spring. Cal is the only Pac-12 school without permanent lighting. The $2.25 million budgeted project will be funded by donations and increased ticket and sponsorship revenue. Cal hopes to have lights in place for a first-ever night game March 28 against USC.

  • The No. 20/21 Stanford softball team beat Bradley 8-2 in the season opener for both teams in Tempe, Ariz. Sarah Hassman and Erin Ashby hit homers for the Cardinal. San Jose State had its highest season-opening run total in a 12-2 rout of Portland State in Tempe. Freshman Jessie Hufstetler had two hits, three runs and three RBIs.


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    Saint Mary's began its season in Honolulu with losses to Washington (8-0) and Mississippi (10-2).

  • Stanford was ninth at 4-under 572, and San Jose was 14th at 3-over 579 at the Amer Ari Invitational at Kohala Coast, Hawaii.

    The Spartans' Cody Blickenderfer shot a 4-under 68 and was tied for 16th along with Stanford's Steven Kearney (72) at 3-under 141. Texas' Cody Gribble and UCLA's Pontus Widegren led at 7-under 137. Washington led at 21-under 555.

  • Stanford signed U.S. national team goalkeeper Jane Campbell, the star of an eight-member class for women's soccer. The recruiting class also featured Pleasanton's Stephanie Amack. Cal's class included Alamo's Alexa Vandevanter. Santa Clara added eight players led by Mariana Galvan of Woodside Priory High.

    Cal men's team signed seven California natives, including Nick Lima of Castro Valley and Trevor Long of Livermore.

    Soccer

    Former North Carolina star Courtney Jones (Monte Vista High-Danville) was among seven players with Bay Area ties taken in the supplemental draft of the new National Women's Soccer League. Also selected were Brittany Cameron (Dublin High), Val Henderson (Miramonte High-Orinda), Stanford grad Allison Falk (San Ramon Valley High-Danville) and former Santa Clara stars Bianca Henninger (Presentation High-San Jose), Jordan Angeli and Marian Dalmy.

    Staff writer Elliott Almond contributed to this report.