Cal Baseball Begins 2001 Season With Three Game Series Versus Santa Clara
Jan. 29, 2001
BERKELEY, CA -
Date Opponent Site TimeFeb. 2 at Santa Clara Buck Shaw Stadium, Santa Clara, CA 2:00 p.m.Feb. 3 vs. Santa Clara Evans Diamond, Berkeley, CA 1:00 p.m.Feb. 4 at Santa Clara Buck Shaw Stadium, Santa Clara, CA 1:00 p.m.
SERIES RECORD: Cal has a 148-91 overall series record against the Santa Clara Broncos...last season, the Bears defeated the Broncos, 15-7, Feb. 2 at Santa Clara, and, 6-3, Apr. 11 at Cal...
HEAD COACH DAVID ESQUER: The Bears coach is in his second season at Cal and has a career record of 25-28 (.472)...Esquer, 35, became only the 10th coach in the long history of Cal baseball, which began in 1892, when he was hired June 10, 1999...Esquer replaced longtime Bear mentor Bob Milano, who retired May 17 after 22 years as the Bears head coach and 29 years involved in the Cal baseball program...Esquer comes to Berkeley after serving as the top assistant at Pepperdine since 1996...prior to working at Pepperdine, he was the No. 2 assistant coach at Stanford under Mark Marquess from 1991-96...a shortstop at Stanford from 1984-87, Esquer was a starter on Stanford's 1987 College World Series championship team, earning All-Tournament honors after hitting .350 with six RBI in Omaha...he also earned All-Pac-10 Southern Division honors as a senior and went on to play professional baseball for four seasons with the Baltimore Orioles, California Angels and Milwaukee Brewers organizations...
BEAR NOTES: The California baseball team will begin the 2001 season with a three-game series versus Santa Clara...the Bears return 16 letterwinners from a team that finished 25-28 overall and 11-13 (fifth) in the Pac-10 last season...top returners include junior right-hander Trevor Hutchinson, projected to be one of the nation's top draft pick in 2001 by Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball, and returning Pac-10 honorable mention selections, senior first baseman Clint Hoover and sophomore left fielder David Weiner...Hutchinson, the younger brother of former Stanford two-sport standout Chad Hutchinson, was 4-4 with a 5.38 ERA last season and had 63 strikeouts in 90.3 innings...Hoover, who is considered the best defensive first baseman in the Pac-10 by Baseball America, batted .296 with 13 home runs and 43 RBI last season and is seventh on the Cal career home run list with 28 roundtrippers...Weiner batted .306 with five home runs and 24 RBI last season as a freshman, and led the Bears with 12 stolen bases as well...Weiner is the nephew of Mark Spitz of Olympic swimming fame...Cal has an impressive freshman class this season, highlighted by Brian Montalbo, a 6-5, 215-pound right-hander from Anchorage, AK, Matt Brown, a 6-5, 220-pound right-hander from Danville, CA, and Conor Jackson, a 6-3, 190-pound third baseman from Woodland Hills, CA...Montalbo, who was drafted in the fourth round by the Atlanta Braves last June, is also a power hitting switch-hitter who could help the Bears as a designated hitter...on the mound, he throws in the low 90s with a fastball, slider and change up...Brown is also a hard-thrower with an 89-91 mile an hour fastball and a knuckle-curve...he had an outstanding summer in which he led Danville to the American Legion World Series title in Alton, IL and was named World Series MVP...Jackson played at El Camino Real High School, where he was a high school All-American, Los Angeles 4A City Player of the Year, first team All-Valley and first team All-City...Jackson led his team to Los Angeles City Championships at Dodger Stadium in 1998 and '99 and batted .450 with 10 home runs as a senior last spring...another Cal newcomer who should step in and contribute right away is junior college transfer Carson White...White should control the second base duties for the Bears after an outstanding career at Fresno City College where he was all-state, All-American and the Central Valley Conference Player of the Year...as a sophomore he batted .390 with 16 doubles eight triples, 11 home runs and 72 RBI...as a team, Cal is predicted by the Pac-10 Coaches and Baseball America to finish fifth in the conference...
TENTATIVE CALIFORNIA LINE-UP
No. Pos. Player 2000 Cal stats15 DH David Weiner, So. .306, 24 RBI, 5 HR3 CF Brad Smith, So. .268, 6 RBI, 0 HR16 LF Curtis Johnson, Sr. .270, 38 RBI, 6 HR (1999 stats)17 1B Clint Hoover, Sr. .296, 43 RBI, 13 HR33 C John Baker, So. .220, 6 RBI, 0 HR34 3B Conor Jackson, Fr. .000, 0 RBI, 0 HR26 RF Rob Meyer, Sr. .290, 24 RBI, 2 HR1 2B Carson White, Jr. .000, 0 RBI, 0 HR23 SS Brent Cook, So. .236, 1 RBI, 0 HR32 RHP Trevor Hutchinson, Jr. (Fri.) 4-4, 5.38 ERA41 RHP Ryan Atkinson, Jr. (Sat.) 5-7, 5.23 ERA (1999 stats)4 RHP David Cash, Sr. (Sun.) 8-4, 5.27 ERA
SANTA CLARA: The Santa Clara Broncos, coached by Mike Cummins (fourth year at Santa Clara, 69-99, .371), play at USC Jan. 31...top returning hitters (2000 stats) for the Broncos are sophomore outfielder Jack Headley (.380, 4 HR, 40 RBI), sophomore utility Joe Diefenderfer (.320, 3 HR, 15 RBI) and senior outfielder Matt Miller (.314, 3 HR, 21 RBI)...Santa Clara's tentative pitching rotation (2000 stats) is sophomore left-hander Joe Diefenderfer (2-8, 7.66 ERA), sophomore left-hander Matt Travis (5-8, 6.35 ERA) and freshman left-hander John Redmond...last season, the Broncos finished 22-37 overall and 12-18 in the West Coast Conference.