Cal Baseball (14-11, 1-2) Hosts Washington State in Pac-10 Series

March 19, 2001

BERKELEY, CA -

Date	Opponent Site		TimeMar. 23	vs. WSU	 Berkeley, CA	2:00 p.m.Mar. 24	vs. WSU	 Berkeley, CA	1:00 p.m.Mar. 25	vs. WSU	 Berkeley, CA	1:00 p.m.

TELEVISION: The Saturday, Mar. 24 WSU-Cal game will be televised live on Fox Sports Net...Barry Tompkins (play-by-play) and former Arizona coach Jerry Kindall (color) will be announcing...RADIO: KALX Radio (90.7 FM) will broadcast the Mar. 23-25 WSU-Cal games...SERIES RECORD: Cal has a 22-18 overall series record against the Washington State Cougars...last season, the Bears won one-of-three games (won 7-6 in 11 innings, lost 3-2 in 15 innings, lost 6-3) Mar. 3-5 at Evans Diamond...

HEAD COACH DAVID ESQUER: The Bears coach is in his second season at Cal and has a career record of 39-39 (.500)...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 14-11 overall and 1-2 in the Pac-10 after winning one-of-three Mar. 16-18 versus then No. 6 ranked Arizona State...the Bears played even with the defending Pac-10 champion Sun Devils in a 7-4 loss (had three leads during the game) and a heartbreaking 4-2 loss (Cal was one out away from a win), before breaking out and defeating the Sun Devils, 17-5...Cal, which as a team was struggling at the plate, were led by sophomore designated hitter John Baker, freshman shortstop Jeff Dragicevich and junior second baseman Carson White, in the big win over ASU...Baker was 4-for-5 with a double, a home run and a career-high six RBI...he had a two-run homer in the second inning, a three-run double in the fourth and an RBI single in the sixth...Dragicevich had a three-run homer in the third inning and an RBI single in the fourth...White had a double in the second inning and a two-run homer in the fourth inning...freshman Brian Horwitz extended his hitting streak to 20 games by going 2-for-5 with an RBI double...Horwitz, leading Cal with a .368 average, has now gotten a hit in 23 of the 24 games he's played in this season...the winning pitcher for the Bears was senior reliever David Cash, who improved his record to 6-1, throwing 3.3 innings with one hit, no runs, two walks and five strikeouts...Cash now has a career record of 19-5 with four saves at Cal and a combined collegiate record of 26-8 (.765, played his freshman year at Modesto Junior College were he was 7-3)...junior right-hander Trevor Hutchinson has been solid for the Bears as the No. 1 starter, leading the team in both strikeouts (46) and innings pitched (46.7) with a complete game Feb. 8 against BYU and a career-high 12 strikeouts Feb. 16 at Loyola Marymount...

TENTATIVE CALIFORNIA LINE-UPNo. Pos. Player 2001 stats2 LF Ben Conley, So. .320, 3 RBI, 0 HR33 DH John Baker, So. .350, 13 RBI, 2 HR24 CF Brian Horwitz, Fr. .368, 8 RBI, 1 HR17 1B Clint Hoover, Sr. .247, 14 RBI, 4 HR34 3B Conor Jackson, Fr. .274, 16 RBI, 1 HR1 2B Carson White, Jr. .299, 12 RBI, 3 HR26 RF Rob Meyer, Sr. .276, 15 RBI, 2 HR35 C Chris Grossman, Fr. .269, 6 RBI, 1 HR9 SS Jeff Dragicevich, Fr. .296, 7 RBI, 2 HR32 RHP Trevor Hutchinson, Jr. (Fri.) 2-4, 3.86 ERA41 RHP Ryan Atkinson, Jr. (Sat.) 0-2, 3.52 ERA5 LHP Jason Dennis, Jr. (Sun.) 1-1, 5.27 ERA

WASHINGTON STATE: The Washington State Cougars, coached by Tim Mooney (first year at WSU, 8-14, .364), are 8-14 this season...top hitters for the Cougars are senior right fielder Mike Knight (.378, 2 HR, 12 RBI), sophomore first baseman Stefan Bailie (.375, 9 HR, 30 RBI) and junior center fielder Evan Hecker (.312, 1 HR, 8 RBI)...Washington State's tentative pitching rotation is junior right-hander Zach Fisher (0-3, 5.00 ERA), junior left-hander Tony Banaszak (2-4, 4.46 ERA) and junior left-hander Justin Cayetano (1-1, 6.44 ERA)...in 2000, the Cougars were 20-36 overall (6-18, 9th Pac-10)...

PAC-10 RACE (as of Mar. 19)	Conference	                Overall	W	L	PCT	GB	W	L 	T	.PCTUSC	1	0	1.000	---	15	8		.652ASU	2	1	.667	---	19	5	1	.780Arizona	2	1	.667	---	19	12		.613Stan    0	0	.000	---	18	5		.783OSU	0	0	.000	---	16	9		.640WSU	0	0	.000	---	8	14		.364UCLA	1	2	.333	---	15	7		.682CAL	1	2	.333	---	14	11		.560Wash	0	1	.000	---	9	4		.692

PLAYER NOTES

RYAN ATKINSON: Is 0-2 with a 3.52 ERA...last outing got no decision Mar. 17 vs. ASU (5.0 innings, two hits, one run, four walks, four strikeouts)...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 .189 against...is 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA career vs. WSU...is slated to start Saturday...

JOHN BAKER: Is batting .350 (14-for-40, 5-2B, 2-HR, 13 RBI) with a team-leading .625 slugging percentage...had huge game Mar. 18 vs. ASU, going 4-for-5 with a double, home run and a career-high six RBI...has gone 7-for-14 with two doubles, a home run and eight RBI in the last five 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 .636 (7-for-11) with runners in scoring position...

MATT BROWN: Is 1-3 with a 5.56 ERA and a team-high four saves and 12 appearances (has pitched in four of the Bears last six games)...has 22 strikeouts and only six walks in 22.7 innings...suffered loss Mar. 17 vs. ASU after being one out away from win (3.0 innings, four hits, two earned runs, two walks, three strikeouts)...picked up save Mar. 14 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 6-1 with a 3.86 ERA and two saves...has 38 strikeouts in 37.3 innings...last outing earned win in relief Mar. 18 vs. ASU (3.3 innings, one hit, no runs, two walks, five strikeouts)...won 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 19-5 career record (.792) with four saves as a Bear...is 0-0 with a 4.19 ERA career vs. WSU...

BEN CONLEY: Is batting .320 (8-for-25) with a double and three RBI...went 3-for-8 with a double, an RBI and four runs scored last week vs. ASU...got first collegiate hit Mar. 7 at Stanford and went 3-for-5 with an RBI against the Cardinal...saw action on the mound Mar. 6 vs. Nevada (1.0 inning, one walk)...is batting .375 (3-for-8) with runners in scoring position...

JASON DENNIS: Is 1-1 with a 5.27 ERA...started Mar. 18 vs. ASU (no decision 4.7 innings, nine hits, four earned runs, four walks, three strikeouts)...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 Tommy John surgery (3.0 innings, two hits, no runs, no walks, two strikeouts)...is 1-0 with a 3.86 ERA career vs. WSU...is slated to start Sunday...

JEFF DRAGICEVICH: Is batting .296 (16-for-54, 2-2B, 2-HR, seven RBI) with 16 starts at shortstop...was 4-for-11 with a home run and four RBI last week vs. ASU, including hitting a three-run homer Mar. 18 vs. the Sun Devils...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...is batting .353 (6-for-17) with runners in scoring position...

CHRIS GROSSMAN: Is batting .269 (14-for-52, 3-2B, HR, 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 .247 (24-for-97) with four doubles, 14 RBI and a team-leading four home runs...went 1-for-10 with a two-run double last week vs. ASU...was 2-for-9 with a double, home run and three RBI Mar. 9-11 vs. UC Santa Barbara...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 Feb. 2-4 vs. 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 .167 (4-for-24, 2B, 2-HR, two RBI) career vs. WSU...

BRIAN HORWITZ: Is batting a team-leading .368 (35-for-95) with a team-best 10 doubles, a triple, a home run and eight RBI...is on a 20-game hitting streak from Feb. 9 (31-for-83, .373, 10-2B, 3B, HR, seven RBI)...has gotten a hit in 23 of 24 games he has played in this season...was 5-for-12 with two doubles and an RBI last week vs. ASU...went 3-for-4 and hit his first collegiate home run Mar. 14 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 2-4 with a 3.86 ERA and a team-leading 46 strikeouts and 46.7 innings pitched...last outing suffered loss Mar. 16 vs. ASU (4.7 innings, seven hits, four earned runs, four walks, two strikeouts)...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 2.57 ERA career vs. WSU...is slated to start Friday...

CONOR JACKSON: Is batting .274 (26-for-95) with five doubles, a home run and a team-leading 16 RBI...is currently on a seven-game hitting streak from Mar. 10 (7-for-25, .280, 2-2B, three RBI)...went 3-for-11 with an RBI last week vs. ASU...was 1-for-2 with a double Mar. 2 at Stanford and went 2-for-2 with an RBI Mar. 6 vs. Nevada...had a seven-game hitting streak 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...

RYAN LUBNER: Is 0-0 with a 0.77 ERA and one save...has 10 strikeouts in 11.7 innings...has only given up two walks and one run in 11.7 innings...pitched 2.0 innings with one hit, no runs, no walks and three strikeouts Mar. 16 vs. ASU...pitched a season-high 3.0 innings (three hits, one run, no walks, one strikeout) Mar. 14 vs. Columbia...earned save Feb. 20 vs. Saint Mary's (0.7 innings, no hits, no runs)...opponents batting .158 against...

ROB MEYER: Is batting .276 (24-for-87) with two home runs and 15 RBI...also has four outfield assists this season...went 1-for-8 with an RBI last week vs. ASU...was 2-for-4 with two RBI Mar. 13 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 .367 (11-for-30) with runners in scoring position...is batting .333 (8-for-24, 2B, one RBI) career vs. WSU...

BRIAN MONTALBO: Is 2-0 with a 2.27 ERA and has 29 strikeouts in 35.7 innings...earned win 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 Mar. 14 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 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA (5 ks, 2.0 inn.) career vs. ASU...

CARSON WHITE: Is batting .299 (26-for-87) with three doubles, two triples, three home runs and 12 RBI...went 4-for-11 with a double, two home runs and three RBI last week vs. ASU...was 3-for-5 with a double and a two-run homer Mar. 18 vs. the Sun Devils...was 2-for-3 with a double Mar. 14 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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