Senior captain Nick Andrews has been a prototypical overachiever for the Bears and will look to build off a successful 2011 postseason for his last hurrah.

The underdog

Originally a nonscholarship athlete, men's tennis player Nick Andrews now finds himself holding down the top court as a senior leader for the Bears.

Nick Andrews is in an all-too familiar position. He finds himself down early, 0-2, in the first set against Robin Cambier of Oregon, and the Saturday crowd at the Hellman Tennis Center is anxious to see the senior captain get back in the game. A quick serve catches him off-guard,
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Cal lost its third game in a row on Monday, a 19-6 defeat at the hands of Stanford.

Battered Bears suffer worst home loss since 2002

In the top of the fifth, Cal reliever Stephen Pistoresi took not one but two batted balls off his body. The first, a grounder, struck him just above his left knee. The second, a screaming line drive, smacked him square in the backside — a tangible manifestation of the bruising
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Bears set school record with fourth tourney win

The current Cal men’s golf team is perhaps the best that head coach Steve Desimone has seen. The team set a school record this weekend with its fourth tournament win of the regular season with nearly two months to play. The Bears had never won four tournaments in a regular
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Senior left fielder Jamia Reid led off the potent Cal lineup, hitting 2-for-5 and stealing two bases on Saturday. The Bears connected for 14 hits.

Cal sweeps with third straight mercy win

After the second game of the Bears’ three-game series against Utah was snowed out, the Bear’s took advantage of the snowcapped scenery. “We had a snowball fight,” said senior Jace Williams. “Some of the girls had never felt snow before!” The next day, however, meant twice the business as Saturday
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Matthew Del Junco scored a 13.30 on pommel horse and 13.10 on rings for Cal at the MPSF Championships. The Bears finished third, ahead of only Air Force.

Bears’ performance presents questions for NCAAs

As his team got ready to travel to Colorado Springs, Colo., last week for the MPSF Championships, Cal men’s gymnastics coach Tim McNeill was expecting one of team’s best performances of the year. Saturday, McNeill’s team disappointed him so much that he struggled to find words to describe it. The
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Closer Logan Scott gave up two earned runs in the ninth inning on Friday to take a loss at USC.

Bears drop closest of series on two Trojan walk-offs

Cal and USC entered their Easter weekend series nearly identical on paper; USC’s 17-9 records barely edged the Bears’ 16-10 mark. The two teams played this distinction out to a T on Dedeaux Field in Los Angeles this past weekend. The slimmest of margins — one run — separated the
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Running back Bigelow impresses at spring practice

At the Cal football team’s spring practice on Saturday, sophomore running back Brendan Bigelow “grew up a lot,” according to head coach Jeff Tedford. As the squad participated in full pad drills and scrimmages, the tailback proved to be one of the highlights of the morning, tallying eight carries for
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