Cal Baseball Hosts No. 4 Ranked Arizona State

March 15, 2001

BERKELEY, CA -

Date	Opponent   Site		 TimeMar. 16	vs. ASU	   Evans Diamond 2:00 p.m.Mar. 17	vs. ASU    Evans Diamond 1:00 p.m.Mar. 18	vs. ASU    Evans Diamond 1:00 p.m.

TELEVISION: The Saturday, Mar. 17 ASU-Cal game will be televised live on Fox Sports...Dennis O'Donnell (play-by-play) and former major leaguer Bip Roberts (color) will be announcing...RADIO: KALX Radio (90.7 FM) will broadcast the Mar. 16-18 ASU-Cal games...SERIES RECORD: Cal has a 44-80 overall series record against the Arizona State Sun Devils...last season, the Bears won one-of-three games (lost 6-4, lost 4-2, won 7-2) Mar. 24-26 at Evans Diamond...

HEAD COACH DAVID ESQUER: The Bears coach is in his second season at Cal and has a career record of 38-37 (.507)...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, 1999 after 22 years as the Bears head coach and 29 years involved in the Cal baseball program...Esquer came to Berkeley after serving as the top assistant at Pepperdine from 1996-99...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 2001 Cal baseball team is 13-9 overall after losing two-of-three Mar. 9-11 to UC Santa Barbara (lost 9-2, lost 4-3, won 6-4), and defeating Sacramento State and Columbia by identical 5-2 scores Tuesday and Wednesday...the Bears have been involved in 10 one-run games this season, going 4-6 in those contests...several close games is an indication on the Bears pitching strength (3.41 team ERA, opponents are batting .244 against) and the need for improved offensive production (.267 team batting average, .258 average with runners in scoring position)...freshman outfielder Brian Horwitz has been hot all season, batting a team-leading .361 (30-for-83) with a team-best eight doubles, a triple, a home run and seven RBI...Horwitz is currently on a 17-game hitting streak from Feb. 9 (26-for-71, .366, 8-2B, 3B, HR, six RBI) and has gotten a hit in 20 of 21 games he has played in this season...he went 3-for-4 and hit his first collegiate home run Wednesday versus Columbia and had the game winning RBI Mar. 3 at Stanford...senior right-hander David Cash picked up the win Mar. 11 versus UC Santa Barbara, pitching 4.0 innings in relief (two hits, one earned run, two walks, two strikeouts)...Cash improved his record to a team-best 5-1 with two saves...he now has a Cal career record of 18-5 (.783) with four saves and a combined collegiate record of 25-8 (.758, played his freshman year at Modesto Junior College were he was 7-3)...junior right-hander Trevor Hutchinson has been solid for the Bears all season long, leading the team in both strikeouts (44) and innings pitched (42.0) with a complete game Feb. 8 against BYU and a career-high 12 strikeouts Feb. 16 at Loyola Marymount...Hutchinson has pitched at least 6.0 innings in each of his six starts this season...

TENTATIVE CALIFORNIA LINE-UPNo.	Pos.   	Player	                       2001 stats2	LF	Ben Conley, So.	              .294, 2 RBI, 0 HR26	RF	Rob Meyer, Sr.	              .291, 14 RBI, 2 HR24	CF	Brian Horwitz, Fr.	      .361, 7 RBI, 1 HR17	1B	Clint Hoover, Sr.	      .264, 12 RBI, 4 HR34	3B	Conor Jackson, Fr.	      .274, 15 RBI, 1 HR1	2B	Carson White, Jr.	      .289, 9 RBI, 1 HR33	DH	John Baker, So.	              .312, 7 RBI, 1 HR35	C	Chris Grossman, Fr.	      .286, 6 RBI, 1 HR9	SS	Jeff Dragicevich, Fr.	      .279, 3 RBI, 1 HR32	RHP	Trevor Hutchinson, Jr. (Fri.)	2-3, 3.43 ERA41	RHP	Ryan Atkinson, Jr. (Sat.)	0-2, 3.86 ERA5	LHP	Jason Dennis, Jr. (Sun.)	1-1, 4.00 ERA

ARIZONA STATE: The Arizona State Sun Devils (No. 4 in Collegiate Baseball, No. 6 in Baseball America), coached by Pat Murphy (seventh year at ASU, 249-127-1, .662), are 17-4-1 this season...top hitters for the Sun Devils are freshman first baseman Jeremy West (.452, 5 HR, 23 RBI), senior catcher Casey Myers (.441, 4 HR, 40 RBI) and freshman designated hitter Rod Allen (.423, 2 HR, 20 RBI)...Arizona State's tentative pitching rotation is junior left-hander Jon Switzer (3-0, 4.08 ERA), freshman right-hander Mike Esposito (1-0, 6.10 ERA) and junior right-hander Andy Torres (7-1, 3.54 ERA)...in 2000, the Sun Devils were 44-15 overall (17-7, 1st tie Pac-10) and were 2-2 in the NCAA West Regional in Tempe, AZ...

PAC-10 RACE (as of Mar. 15)	Conference	                Overall	W	L	PCT	GB	W	L 	T	.PCTArizona	2	1	.667	---	16	12		.571ASU     0	0	.000	---	17	4	1	.795Stan.	0	0	.000	---	18	5		.783Wash.	0	0	.000	---	9	3		.750USC	0	0	.000	---	14	8		.636CAL	0	0	.000	---	13	9		.591OSU	0	0	.000	---	13	9		.591WSU	0	0	.000	---	6	13		.316UCLA	1	2	.333	---	15	7		.682

PLAYER NOTES

RYAN ATKINSON: Is 0-2 with a 3.86 ERA...in last outing suffered lost Mar. 10 vs. UC Santa Barbara (6.0 innings, six hits, four runs, three walks, two strikeouts)...got no decision Mar. 3 at Stanford (4.0 innings, one hit, no runs, one walk, two strikeouts)...Feb. 17 at LMU got no decision (3.3 innings, four hits, three runs, three walks, three strikeouts)...suffered loss vs. BYU Feb. 10 (5.3 innings, five hits, three runs, two walks, four strikeouts)...got no decision Feb. 3 vs. Santa Clara (7.0 innings, two hits, one earned run, no walks, six strikeouts)...Santa Clara game was his first appearance since May 10, 1999 at Washington State, sitting out 2000 season after Tommy John surgery...opponents are batting only .200 against and has 17 strikeouts and nine walks in 25.7 innings...is 0-3 with a 18.00 ERA career vs. ASU...is slated to start Saturday...

JOHN BAKER: Is batting .312 (10-for-32, four doubles, home run, seven RBI) with a team-leading .531 slugging percentage...has gone 3-for-6 with a double and two RBI in the last three games...went 2-for-3 Mar. 3 at Stanford and was 1-for-3 with a two-run double Mar. 6 vs. Nevada...went 2-for-2 with a double, a home run (first collegiate homer) and two RBI Feb. 17 at Loyola Marymount...is batting .500 (4-for-8) with runners in scoring position...

MATT BROWN: Is 1-2 with a 5.49 ERA and a team-high four saves and 11 appearances (has pitched in the Bears last three games)...has 19 strikeouts and only four walks in 19.7 innings...picked up save Wednesday vs. Columbia (1.0 inning, one hit, no runs, two strikeouts)...suffered loss Mar. 7 at Stanford (2.3 innings, one hit, one run, no walks, two strikeouts), but was outstanding in series against the Cardinal, pitching in all three games, earning a save Mar. 3 (0.7 inning, one strikeout with bases loaded) and not giving up a hit until a solo home run...had five strikeouts and no walks in his 5.0 innings against Stanford....earned save Feb. 9 vs. BYU (3.0 innings, two hits, no runs, no walks, season-high five strikeouts)...picked up win Feb. 13 at Pacific (1.0 inning, two hits, two runs, no walks, one strikeout)...was the MVP of this past summer's American Legion World Series, leading his Danville, CA team to the national title...

DAVID CASH: Is 5-1 with a 3.82 ERA and two saves...has 33 strikeouts in 33.0 innings...last outing picked up win in relief Mar. 11 vs. UC Santa Barbara (4.0 innings, two hits, two runs, one walk, two strikeouts)...started Mar. 7 at Stanford (no decision, 5.0 innings, two hits, one run, three walks, four strikeouts)...picked up win Mar. 3 at Stanford (1.7 innings, four hits, one run, three walks, two strikeouts)...earned save Feb. 27 vs. San Jose State (1.3 innings, one hit, unearned run, one walk, three strikeouts)...earned win Feb. 18 at LMU (career-high 8.0 innings, seven hits, five runs, one walk, career-high nine strikeouts)...earned save Feb. 13 at Pacific (1.0 inning, no hits, no runs, one strikeout)...picked up wins Feb. 9 vs. BYU (6.0 innings, seven hits, three runs, four walks, career-high nine strikeouts) and Feb. 3 vs. Santa Clara (1.0 innings, two hits, one run, one strikeout)...has a 18-5 career record (.783) with four saves as a Bear...is 1-1 with a 9.76 ERA career vs. ASU...

BEN CONLEY: Is batting .294 (5-for-17) with two RBI...got his first collegiate hit Mar. 7 at Stanford and went on to go 3-for-5 with an RBI against the Cardinal...saw action on the mound Mar. 6 vs. Nevada (1.0 inning, one walk)...

JASON DENNIS: Is 1-1 with a 4.00 ERA...started Mar. 11 vs. UC Santa Barbara (no decision 4.0 innings, five hits, two runs, no walks, season-high five strikeouts)...suffered loss Mar. 6 vs. Nevada (2.0 innings, four hits, two runs, one walk, three strikeouts)...earned win Feb. 27 vs. San Jose State, making first appearance since 1999 after sitting out last season after having Tommy John elbow surgery...had a predetermined pitch count (allowing the win), throwing 3.0 innings with two hits, no runs, no walks and two strikeouts...is 0-0 with a 4.15 ERA career vs. ASU...is slated to start Sunday...

JEFF DRAGICEVICH: Is batting .279 (12-for-44, two doubles, home run, three RBI) with 13 starts at shortstop...went 3-for-10 with two RBI Mar. 9-11 vs. UC Santa Barbara...was 2-for-3 and hit his first collegiate home run Mar. 9 vs. the Gauchos...went 2-for-5 with a double Feb. 18 at Loyola Marymount...brother, Scott, is the starting shortstop for Stanford...

CHRIS GROSSMAN: Is batting .286 (14-for-49, three doubles, home run, six RBI), getting a hit in his first five at bats of the season...is believed to the be the first player in Cal history to start his collegiate career with five straight hits...started the season on a seven-game hitting streak (11-for-23, .478, 2-2B, HR, five RBI) from Feb. 4-18...was 1-for-3 with a double Mar. 11 vs. UC Santa Barbara...went 4-for-12 with a double and three RBI Feb. 16-18 at LMU...had the game-winning RBI (sacrifice fly) Feb. 20 vs. Saint Mary's...went 2-for-5 and hit his first collegiate home run Feb. 13 at Pacific...in his first collegiate game Feb. 4 at Santa Clara, started behind the plate, going 2-for-2 with a double and an RBI, and threw a runner out at second...

CLINT HOOVER: Is batting .264 (23-for-87) with three doubles, 12 RBI and a team-leading four home runs...was 2-for-9 with a double, home run and three RBI Mar. 9-11 vs. UC Santa Barbara, but was 0-for-7 vs. Sacramento State and Columbia...went 8-for-15 with a double, home run and four RBI Feb. 16-18 at LMU and was 2-for-4 with a two-run homer Feb. 20 vs. Saint Mary's...went a career-high 4-for-5 with a double Feb. 17 at LMU...had two hits in each of the three games versus Santa Clara, including a solo home run Feb. 4...is tied for fifth on the Cal all-time career home run list (32)...is a two-time Pac-10 honorable mention selection...is batting .156 (5-for-32, 2B, HR, three RBI) career vs. ASU...

BRIAN HORWITZ: Is batting a team-leading .361 (30-for-83) with a team-best eight doubles, a triple, a home run and seven RBI...is on a 17-game hitting streak from Feb. 9 (26-for-71, .366, 8-2B, 3B, HR, six RBI)...has gotten a hit in 20 of 21 games he has played in this season...went 3-for-4 and hit his first collegiate home run Wednesday vs. Columbia...was 6-for-13 and hit a double in each of the three games Mar. 9-11 vs. UC Santa Barbara...went 3-for-13 in the Stanford series with the game winning RBI Mar. 3 and was 2-for-4 Mar. 6 vs. Nevada...went 2-for-4 with an RBI double Feb. 27 vs. San Jose State...was 5-for-15 with three doubles and a triple Feb. 16-18 at LMU...had a pinch-hit double and scored the winning run Feb. 13 at Pacific... threw a base runner out at home from left field Feb. 2 at Santa Clara and had a key pinch hit single in the ninth Feb. 3 vs. the Broncos...went 2-for-4 with an RBI Feb. 4 at Santa Clara...

TREVOR HUTCHINSON: Is 2-3 with a 3.43 ERA and a team-leading 44 strikeouts and 42.0 innings pitched...has thrown at least 6.0 innings in each of his starts this season...last outing suffered loss Mar. 9 vs. UC Santa Barbara (7.0 innings, eight hits, five runs, one walk, four strikeouts)...lost Mar. 2 at Stanford (6.0 innings, five hits, three runs, five walks, five strikeouts)...got no decision Feb. 23 at Long Beach State (8.0 innings, 10 hits, four runs, four walks, eight strikeouts)...earned win Feb. 16 at Loyola Marymount (6.0 innings, seven hits, three earned runs, one walk, career-high 12 strikeouts)...threw well, but suffered loss Feb. 8 vs. BYU (first collegiate complete game, six hits, no earned runs, one walk, 10 strikeouts)...earned win Feb. 2 at Santa Clara (6.0 innings, six hits, one run, no walks, five strikeouts)...is 0-0 with a 7.20 ERA career vs. ASU...is slated to start Friday...

CONOR JACKSON: Is batting .274 (23-for-84) with five doubles, a home run and a team-leading 15 RBI...went 1-for-4 with a double and two RBI Wednesday vs. Columbia...was 1-for-2 with a double Mar. 2 at Stanford and went 2-for-2 with an RBI Mar. 6 vs. Nevada...was on a seven-game hitting streak from Feb. 18-Mar. 6 (10-for-26, .385, 2B, HR, six RBI)...went 2-for-4 with a three-run homer (first collegiate HR) Feb. 27 vs. San Jose State...went 2-for-6 Feb. 23 at Long Beach State...in season-opener Feb. 2 vs. Santa Clara went 3-for-5 with a double and two RBI...was the Los Angeles 4A City Player of the Year last season at El Camino Real High School...

ROB MEYER: Is batting .291 (23-for-79) with two home runs and 14 RBI...also has four outfield assists this season...was 2-for-4 with two RBI Tuesday vs. Sacramento State...went 2-for-3 with an RBI Mar. 3 at Stanford...was 2-for-5 with three RBI Feb. 23 at Long Beach State...went 1-for-2 and threw a runner out at home Feb. 27 vs. San Jose State...was 3-for-5 with a two-run homer Feb. 13 at Pacific...had key lead-off homer in the seventh inning and threw a runner out at first base from right field in the ninth inning Feb. 3 vs. Santa Clara...is batting .357 (10-for-28) with runners in scoring position...is batting .355 (11-for-31, 2-2B, four RBI) career vs. ASU...

BRIAN MONTALBO: Is 2-0 with a 2.34 ERA and has 29 strikeouts in 34.7 innings...earned win in last outing Mar. 13 vs. Sacramento State (career-high 6.3 innings, four hits, no earned runs, five walks, career-high seven strikeouts)...pitched 6.0 innings Feb. 20 vs. Saint Mary's (no decision, two hits, no earned runs, one walk, six strikeouts)...Feb. 13 at Pacific pitched 4.0 innings with only one hit, one earned run, two walks and a career-high seven strikeouts...picked up win in first collegiate start Feb. 4 at Santa Clara (5.0 innings, six hits, no runs, two walks, three strikeouts)...was a fourth round draft pick by the Atlanta Braves out of Dimond High School in Anchorage, AK...

ANDREW SPROUL: Is 2-0 with a 2.16 ERA and has 13 strikeouts in 16.7 innings...opponents are batting .213 against...picked up win in start Wednesday vs. Columbia (season-high 5.0 innings, three hits, one run, one walk, four strikeouts)...pitched 4.0 innings in relief Mar. 6 vs. Nevada (two hits, no earned runs, two walks, four strikeouts)...picked up win Feb. 20 vs. Saint Mary's (2.3 innings, three hits, two runs, one walk, two strikeouts)...earned save Feb. 18 at Loyola Marymount (1.0 inning, no hits, no runs, no walks, one strikeout)...is 0-0 with a 7.50 ERA career vs. ASU...

CARSON WHITE: Is batting .289 (22-for-76) with two doubles, two triples, a home run and nine RBI...was 2-for-3 with a double Wednesday vs. Columbia...went 2-for-6 Feb. 23 at Long Beach State...was 5-for-14 with a double, triple and five RBI Feb. 16-18 at Loyola Marymount...went 4-for-5 with a triple and three RBI Feb. 17 at LMU...in the season-opener Feb. 2 at Santa Clara, went 3-for-5 with a triple and an RBI...went 2-for-4 Feb. 3 vs. Santa Clara...was a junior college All-American last season at Fresno City College...

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