The top-ranked Cal men's golf team broke the modern-era NCAA single-season win record Saturday when the Bears closed out the NCAA Pullman Regional (Wash.) for their 11th title in 13 tournaments this season.
Michael Weaver shot a 2-under 70 and became Cal's first regional individual medalist at 14-under 202, tied with USC's Sam Smith (76). There was no playoff.
The Bears advanced to the 30-team field at the NCAA Championship on May 28-June 2 in Alpharetta, Ga. Cal finished at 43-under 821 after a final-round 280 at Palouse Ridge. Saint Mary's (285-842) also advanced, along with runner-up TCU (841), USC (844) and Ball State (856).
Cal's Joël Stalter (73-206) and Brandon Hagy (69-208) were third and fifth, respectively, and Max Homa (68-211) and Michael Kim (74-211) tied for 11th.
"It surreal to have the most wins in history of the modern-era of NCAA golf," said Homa, a senior who missed his graduation ceremony at Cal.
The Gaels' Mac McClung (Irvington High) closed with a 72 and took fourth at 207, and teammate Jonathan De Los Reyes (De La Salle High) tied for sixth at 209 after a final-round 69.
After closing with a 14-over 298, Stanford placed seventh at the NCAA regional at Ohio State's Scarlet Course and failed to advance. New Mexico won with an 18-over 870 total. The Cardinal finished at 884. USF was 11th at 893. Stanford's Patrick Rodgers (76) tied for 18th at 7-over 220. The Lobos' James Erkenbeck (68) was medalist at 210, and the Dons' Cory McElyea (72) tied for 13th at 218.
San Jose State freshman Cody Blick (San Ramon Valley High) closed with a 1-over 71 and tied for 50th place at an NCAA regional in Tempe, Ariz. Blick, playing as an individual, had a 9-over 219 total. UCF's Greg Eason was medalist at 12-under 198 at Karsten Golf Course. UCLA won the team title at 30-under 810.
Teagan Gerhart (21-12) pitched a four-hitter, and Stanford (39-20) remained alive in the NCAA Lincoln Regional (Neb.) with a 4-1 win over Northern Iowa. Kayla Bonstrom, the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, had two hits and two RBIs for the Cardinal, which will play Nebraska (42-13) on Sunday. Earlier in the day, Stanford lost 7-1 to the Cornhuskers. Leah White's RBI single in the second provided the Cardinal's sole run.
Markesha Collins and Jessica Garcia hit solo homers, but San Jose State (42-17) lost 5-2 to San Diego State (36-19) in a loser's bracket game in the NCAA Tempe Regional (Ariz.).
The Spartans are now 0-6 in postseason play. Patrice Jackson, the Mountain West Player of the Year, hit a grand slam in the fifth inning to give the Aztecs a 5-1 lead. WAC Pitcher of the Year Amanda Pridmore (29-11) took the loss.
Danny Diekroeger's two-run single keyed a three-run first inning, and Stanford (28-21, 13-13 Pac-12) went on to a 9-4 victory at Cal (22-30, 10-19). Brian Ragira and Alex Blandino also had two RBIs for Stanford. Mitchell Kranson had a homer for Cal.
The San Rafael Pacifics traveled to San Quentin to begin their spring training schedule and came away with a 17-3 rout of the prison's all-star team. Price Kendall, Darrick Hale, Chase Fontaine and Kyle Dhanani hit homers. Ke' Lam went 2 for 4 for the all-stars.