Stanford clinched its unprecedented 19th consecutive NCAA Division I Learfield Sports Directors' Cup as the top intercollegiate athletic department in the country.

In the closest race of the 20-year-old program, the Cardinal collected 1261.25 points -- just 41.50 ahead of Florida. Stanford football's Rose Bowl victory bolstered the department's finish in a title chase that ultimately came down to the final weeks of the spring season. Strong showings in women's tennis (national title) and women's track & field (sixth-place finish) ensured that the Cup would remain on The Farm for another year.

Cal is currently 17th with 858.83 points.

The final standings will be released after baseball's College World Series.

Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in up to 20 sports -- 10 women's and 10 men's.

  • Longtime San Jose State sports information director Lawrence Fan was honored with the Trailblazer Award at the annual College Sports Information Directors of America convention.

  • Cal football fans can guarantee tickets to home games against Ohio State (Sept. 14) and USC (Nov. 9) by purchasing partial season-ticket packages. There are three packages to choose from starting at $85 for youth and seniors. Visit CalBears.com for more information.

  • Archbishop Mitty High product Keilani Ricketts and former Cal stars Valerie Arioto and Lindsey Ziegenhirt were selected to USA Softball's women's national team. The 18-player roster is set for three competitions beginning July 11 with the World Cup in Oklahoma City.

    Ricketts, who helped lead Oklahoma to the 2013 College World Series title, and Arioto, a utility player, join the roster for the third year in a row. Catcher Ziegenhirt received her first selection.

    San Jose Giants

    Chris Lofton scored the go-ahead run from second base on an infield fielding error in the top of the 10th inning, and the San Jose Giants clinched the California League North Division first-half title on Friday night with a 5-4 win over the Visalia Rawhide.

    It is the eighth time in nine years the Giants have won the Cal League's first-half crown.

    Giants closer Josh Osich retired the side in order in the bottom of the 10th to wrap up the title.

  • Villalona, the Giants' first baseman, was named as one of the six participants in the home run derby before the California League-Carolina League All-Star Game on Tuesday at Municipal Stadium.

    Joining Villalona for the Cal League are High Desert outfielder Jabari Blash and Inland Empire outfielder Zach Borenstein. Representing the Carolina League are Lynchburg outfielder Robby Hefflinger, Carolina outfielder Tyler Naquin and Winston-Salem infielder Chris Curley.

    AFL

    The SaberCats (8-3) travel to Des Moines to take on the Iowa Barnstormers (5-7) on Saturday at 5:05 p.m. (PT). Iowa is just 1-4 at home.

    It's unclear who'll start at quarterback for the SaberCats on Saturday -- Mitch Mustain or Russ Michna. Mustain stepped in for injured Michna (concussion) last week, completing 21 of 37 for 250 yards and six touchdowns in his first league start. Iowa is quarterbacked by J.J. Raterink.