Danielle Henderson hit two home runs, and the Cal softball team (37-17) opened NCAA tournament play with a 8-1 rout of Central Michigan (33-19) in the Ann Arbor Regional (Mich.) on Friday.
Victoria Jones and Lindsey Ziegenhirt also homered for Cal, which will play Michigan (46-10) on Saturday. Bears ace Jolene Henderson (31-9) allowed an unearned run and two hits.
Jessica Plaza and Kayla Bonstrom hit two-run homers, leading Stanford (38-19) to a 4-2 win over Tulsa (42-15-1) at the Lincoln Regional (Neb.). Stanford will face Nebraska (41-13) on Saturday.
San Jose State (42-16) dropped its opening game of the Tempe Regional (Ariz.) -- 5-2 to Arizona State (46-10). The Spartans' only runs were unearned in the top of the first. San Jose State plays San Diego State on Saturday in the double-elimination regional.
Stanford was tied for third at 18-over 586 at a regional at Ohio State's Scarlet Course. South Carolina and UNLV shared first at 584. Stanford's Patrick Rodgers was sixth after his second straight 2-over 72. UNLV's Carl Jonson (72) was first at 140.
San Jose State's Cody Blick (San Ramon Valley High) hit only seven fairways and shot a 7-over 77 on Day 2 of a regional in Tempe, Ariz. Playing as an individual, Blick was tied for 61st place at 8 over at Karsten Golf Course.
The SaberCats (5-2), who play at Jacksonville (6-2) on Saturday at 4 p.m., placed fullback Brian Folkerts on the "Other League Exempt" list. He's signed a contract with the NFL's Carolina Panthers. "This is a great opportunity for Brian and well-deserved," coach Darren Arbet said.
Long Beach City College coach Chis Oeding, a former Cal star and two-time Olympian, was named an assistant coach for the U.S. women's senior national team.