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.

  • Saint Mary's Brenden Kalfus extended his WCC-record hitting streak to 36 games by going 1 for 3, but the Gaels baseball team (21-33, 11-12 WCC) lost 6-3 at BYU (29-19, 14-9).

  • The top-ranked Cal men's golf team shot a 12-under 276 to extend its lead at the NCAA Pullman Regional (Wash.). The Bears had a two-round total of 35-under 541, 11 shots ahead of USC at Palouse Ridge. Saint Mary's (290) was third at 557. With the wind picking up and more difficult pin placements, just 30 of 75 players shot par or better. USC's Sam Smith had an 8-under 64 and was the top individual at 18-under 126. Michael Weaver (67) was second at 132, a shot ahead of Cal teammate Joël Stalter (68). The Gaels' Mac McClung (Irvington High) shot a 72 and was tied for fourth place at 135.

    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 Cal women's tennis team (19-5) posted a 4-1 win over Alabama (21-6) in the round of 16 of the NCAA tournament in Urbana, Ill. After losing the doubles point, the Bears earned singles points from Anett Schutting, Klara Fabikova, Zsofi Susanyi and Lynn Chi. Cal will play Florida on Sunday. Also, Pleasanton native Ellen Tsay outlasted Gabriella DeSimone 5-7, 7-5, 6-3 on court five, providing the clincher in Stanford's 4-3 win over USC (23-3). The Cardinal (19-4) will play Georgia on Sunday.

  • Saint Mary's (17-2) will battle Life on Saturday in Greensboro, N,C., to determine the Division 1-A National Collegiate Rugby Championship.

    AFL

    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.

    Water polo

    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.