The second-seeded Warriors (above) had plenty to celebrate after defeating top-ranked Pepperdine in four games in the national championship match at Penn State on May 4. Junior outside hitter Costas Theocharidis (right) had 19 kills in the match, including the final two in the decisive fourth game. He was named the tournament's most outstanding player.
Cal senior Jocelyn Forest (left) tossed a one-hitter, and junior first baseman Veronica Nelson (below) and the Bears got to Arizona ace Jennie Finch for six runs in the top of the seventh inning to give Cal a 6-0 win in the final of the women's College World Series, held in Oklahoma City on May 27 In the face of a family tragedy (LIFE OF REILLY, back page), Forest went 4-0 with a 0.50 ERA and 33 strikeouts in 28 innings in the tournament to earn most outstanding player honors. This is the first NCAA title for a Cal women's team in any sport.
TRACK AND FIELD
On home turf last week the LSU men claimed their fourth title, aided by a victorious 4x100 relay team anchored by freshman Bennie Brazell (above). South Carolina senior Demetria Washington (right) and her 4x400 crew carried the baton to a win that contributed to the Gamecocks' first national team title in any sport.