Cal Baseball Travels to Washington for Pac-10 Series

March 28, 2001

BERKELEY, CA -

Date	Opponent	TimeMar. 30	at Washington	6:30 p.m.Mar. 31	at Washington	1:00 p.m.Apr. 1	at Washington	1:00 p.m.

RADIO: KALX Radio (90.7 FM) will broadcast the Mar. 30-Apr. 1 Cal-Washington games...SERIES RECORD: Cal has a 16-11 overall series record against the Washington Huskies...last season, the Bears won two-of-three games (won 10-1, lost 8-5, won 8-2) Mar. 31-Apr. 2 in Seattle...

HEAD COACH DAVID ESQUER: The Bears coach is in his second season at Cal and has a career record of 40-42 (.488)...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 15-14 overall and 2-4 in the Pac-10 after winning one-of-three Mar. 23-25 versus Washington State (lost 8-6, lost 7-6, won 10-1) and falling 9-8 in 13 innings Tuesday versus Pacific...the Bears have now been involved in 12 one-run games this season, losing eight of those contests...Cal is also 0-3 in extra-inning games...several close games is an indication of the Bears pitching strength (3.50 team ERA, second in the Pac-10, opponents are batting .253 against) and the need for improved offensive production (.272 team batting average, eighth in the Pac-10)...however, Cal's offensive production has been extremely potent the past two Sundays as the Bears had 17 hits in a 17-5 victory over Arizona State Mar. 18 and scored 10 runs on nine hits in the first inning in a 10-1 victory over Washington State Mar. 25...freshman outfielder Brian Horwitz finally had his school-record hitting streak stopped at 23 games Tuesday versus Pacific...Horwitz, leading Cal with a .363 average (.440 versus Pac-10 opponents), has now gotten a hit in 26 of the 28 games he's played in this season...fellow freshman, third baseman Conor Jackson, has a his own hitting streak going, hitting in 11 consecutive games...senior right-hander David Cash had an outstanding outing Tuesday versus Pacific, pitching 6.0 innings with three hits, one run, two walks and a career-high 11 strikeouts...Cash got a no decision in the contest, but currently has a 6-1 record (second in the Pac-10), throwing 3.3 innings with one hit, no runs, two walks and five strikeouts in the Mar. 18 win over ASU...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 the Bears as the No. 1 starter all season, leading the team in strikeouts (49, tied with Cash) and innings pitched (54.7) with a complete game Feb. 8 versus BYU and a career-high 12 strikeouts Feb. 16 at Loyola Marymount...

TENTATIVE CALIFORNIA LINE-UPNo.	Pos.   	Player	                       2001 stats2	LF	Ben Conley, So.	              .256, 4 RBI, 0 HR33	DH	John Baker, So.	              .311, 13 RBI, 2 HR24	CF	Brian Horwitz, Fr.	      .363, 13 RBI, 1 HR17	1B	Clint Hoover, Sr.	      .241, 22 RBI, 5 HR34	3B	Conor Jackson, Fr.	      .282, 18 RBI, 1 HR1	2B	Carson White, Jr.	      .295, 14 RBI, 3 HR31	C	Spencer Wyman, Fr.	      .250, 6 RBI, 0 HR26	RF	Rob Meyer, Sr.	              .266, 15 RBI, 2 HR9	SS	Jeff Dragicevich, Fr.	      .329, 10 RBI, 2 HR32	RHP	Trevor Hutchinson, Jr. (Fri.)  2-5, 3.79 ERA5	LHP	Jason Dennis, Jr. (Sat.)       2-1, 3.66 ERA41	RHP	Ryan Atkinson, Jr. (Sun.)      0-3, 3.89 ERA

WASHINGTON: The Washington Huskies, coached by Ken Knutson (ninth year at UW, 298-192, .608), are 13-7 (2-4) this season...top hitters for the Huskies are junior third baseman Michael Done (.412, 3 HR, 17 RBI), freshman second baseman John Otness (.395, 0 HR, 4 RBI) and sophomore outfielder Brandon Jacobson (.409, 2 HR, 5 RBI)...Washington's tentative pitching rotation is sophomore right-hander Tyler Shepple (0-3, 7.43 ERA), freshman right-hander Clay Johnson (3-1, 6.75 ERA) and senior right-hander Jeff Carlsen (1-1, 7.00 ERA)...in 2000, the Huskies were 26-30 overall (7-17, 8th Pac-10)...

PAC-10 RACE (as of Mar. 27)	Conference	                Overall	W	L	PCT	GB	W	L 	T	.PCTStan	3	0	1.000	---	22	5		.815USC	4	2	.667	0.5	19	11		.633OSU	2	1	.667	1.0	18	10		.643WSU	2	1	.667	1.0	10	17		.370ASU	3	3	.500	1.5	20	7	1	.732UCLA	1	2	.333	2.0	17	8		.680UW	2	4	.333	2.5	13	7		.650Arizona	2	4	.333	2.5	19	15		.559CAL	2	4	.333	2.5	15	14		.517

PLAYER NOTES

RYAN ATKINSON: Is 0-3 with a 3.89 ERA...suffered loss in last outing Mar. 24 vs. WSU (4.0 innings, six hits, three earned runs, one walk, one strikeout)...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 .215 against (6th in Pac-10)...is 0-0 with a 1.43 ERA career vs. UW (nine strikeouts, no walks in 6.3 innings)...is slated to start Sunday...

JOHN BAKER: Is batting .311 (14-for-45, 5-2B, 2-HR, 13 RBI) with a team-leading .556 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-19 with two doubles, a home run and eight RBI in the last six 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 .538 (7-for-13) with runners in scoring position...

MATT BROWN: Is 1-3 with a 5.19 ERA and a team-high four saves (2nd in Pac-10) and 15 appearances (3rd in Pac-10, has pitched in seven of the Bears last 10 games)...has 26 strikeouts and only six walks in 26.0 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 3.53 ERA and two saves...is second in Pac-10 with six wins and has a team-high 49 strikeouts (6th in Pac-10) in 43.3 innings...was outstanding last outing Mar. 27 vs. Pacific (6.0 innings, three hits, one run, two walks, career-high 11 strikeouts)...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, nine strikeouts)...earned save Feb. 13 at Pacific (1.0 inning, no hits, no runs, one strikeout)...picked up win Feb. 9 vs. BYU (6.0 innings, seven hits, three runs, four walks, nine strikeouts) and Feb. 3 vs. Santa Clara (1.0 innings, two hits, one run, one strikeout)...has a 19-5 Cal career record (.792) with four saves...is 0-0 with a 11.49 ERA career vs. UW...

BEN CONLEY: Is batting .256 (11-for-43) with a double and four RBI...was 3-for-13 with four runs last week vs. WSU...went 3-for-8 with a double, an RBI and four runs Mar. 16-18 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)...

JASON DENNIS: Is 2-1 with a 3.66 ERA...earned win Mar. 25 vs. WSU (6.0 innings, four hits, no earned runs, no walks, four strikeouts)...got no decision Mar. 18 vs. ASU (4.7 innings, nine hits, four earned runs, four walks, three strikeouts)...got no decision Mar. 11 vs. UC Santa Barbara (4.0 innings, five hits, two runs, no walks, five 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 0-1 with a 16.36 ERA career vs. UW in Pac-10 play (CG 6-0 shutout in 1998)...is slated to start Saturday...

JEFF DRAGICEVICH: Is batting .329 (23-for-70, 3-2B, 2-HR, 10 RBI, .381 vs. Pac-10)...went 4-for-10 with a double and two RBI last week vs. WSU and was 3-for-6 with an RBI Tuesday vs. Pacific...was 4-for-11 with a home run and four RBI Mar. 16-18 vs. ASU, including hitting a three-run homer Mar. 18 vs. 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. UCSB...went 2-for-5 with a double Feb. 18 at Loyola Marymount...brother, Scott, is the starting shortstop for Stanford...is batting .348 (8-for-23) with runners in scoring position...

CHRIS GROSSMAN: Is batting .273 (15-for-55, 4-2B, HR, seven RBI), getting a hit in his first five at bats of the season...believed to be first Bear to start career with five consecutive hits...started year on seven-game hitting streak (11-for-23, .478, 2-2B, HR, five RBI) from Feb. 4-18...went 1-for-3 with RBI double Mar. 24 vs. WSU...was 1-for-3 with a double Mar. 11 vs. UCSB...went 4-for-12 with a double and three RBI Feb. 16-18 at LMU...had the game-winning RBI Feb. 20 vs. Saint Mary's...went 2-for-5 with first collegiate home run Feb. 13 at Pacific...in first collegiate game Feb. 4 at Santa Clara, went 2-for-2 with a double and an RBI...

CLINT HOOVER: Is batting .241 (28-for-116) with five doubles and a team-high five home runs (4th in Pac-10) and 22 RBI...went 3-for-13 with a double, grand slam (third career) and seven RBI last week vs. WSU...was 2-for-9 with a double, home run and three RBI Mar. 9-11 vs. UCSB...went 8-for-15 with a double, home run and four RBI Feb. 16-18 at LMU...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 game Feb. 2-4 vs. Santa Clara...is fourth on the Cal all-time career home run list (33)...is a two-time Pac-10 honorable mention selection...is batting .346 (9-for-26, 3B, 5-HR, 16 RBI) career vs. UW in Pac-10 play...

BRIAN HORWITZ: Is batting a team-high .363 (41-for-113, 7th in Pac-10, batting .440 vs. Pac-10) with a team-best 12 doubles (1st in Pac-10), a triple, a home run and 13 RBI...also has a team-leading seven stolen bases (7th in Pac-10) and 12 multiple hit games...had a school record 23-game hitting streak from Feb. 9-Mar. 25 (37-for-96, .385, 12-2B, 3B, HR, 12 RBI)...has gotten a hit in 26 of 28 games he has played in this season...went 6-for-13 with two doubles and five RBI last week vs. WSU...was 5-for-12 with two doubles and an RBI Mar. 16-18 vs. ASU...went 3-for-4 with first collegiate home run Mar. 14 vs. Columbia...was 6-for-13 and hit a double in each game Mar. 9-11 vs. UCSB...had game winning RBI single Mar. 3 at Stanford...was 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 pinch-hit double and scored winning run Feb. 13 at Pacific...has three outfield assists...is batting .367 (11-for-30) with runners in scoring position...

TREVOR HUTCHINSON: Is 2-5 with a 3.79 ERA and a team-high 49 strikeouts (6th in Pac-10) and 54.7 innings pitched (8th in Pac-10)...lost Mar. 23 vs. WSU (8.0 innings, 16 hits, three earned runs, no walks, three strikeouts)...lost Mar. 16 vs. ASU (4.7 innings, seven hits, four earned runs, four walks, two strikeouts)...lost 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 LMU (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 1-0 with a 3.66 ERA career vs. UW (10 strikeouts, five walks in 12.3 innings)...is slated to start Friday...

CONOR JACKSON: Is batting .282 (31-for-110) with six doubles, triple, home run and 18 RBI...currently on an 11-game hitting streak from Mar. 10 (12-for-40, .300, 3-2B, 3B, five RBI)...went 4-for-10 with a double, triple and RBI last week vs. WSU...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 3.68 ERA and one save...has 10 strikeouts in 14.7 innings...went 2.0 innings with one hit, no runs, no walks and three strikeouts Mar. 16 vs. ASU...pitched 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 .212 against...

ROB MEYER: Is batting .266 (25-for-94) with two home runs and 15 RBI...also has four outfield assists this season...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 .344 (11-for-32) with runners in scoring position...is batting .160 (4-for-25, 2B, two RBI) career Pac-10 vs. UW...

BRIAN MONTALBO: Is 2-0 with a 2.23 ERA (3rd in Pac-10) and has 29 strikeouts in 36.3 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 1.93 ERA and has 14 strikeouts in 18.7 innings...opponents are batting .194 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 LMU (1.0 inning, no hits, no runs, no walks, one strikeout)...is 0-0 with a save and 0.00 ERA (2 ks, 3.0 inn.) career vs. UW...

CARSON WHITE: Is batting .295 (31-for-105, .348 vs. Pac-10) with four doubles, three triples (2nd in Pac-10), three home runs and 14 RBI...was 4-for-12 with a double, triple and two RBI last week vs. WSU...went 4-for-11 with a double, two home runs and three RBI Mar. 16-18 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 LMU...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...is batting .303 (10-for-33) with runners in scoring position...

SPENCER WYMAN: Is batting .250 (9-for-36) with two doubles and six RBI...has started the Bears last six games...was 2-for-5 Tuesday vs. Pacific...went a career-best 3-for-4 with a double and RBI Mar. 23 vs. WSU...was 1-for-3 with a double, two RBI and three runs scored Mar. 18 vs. ASU...went 2-for-4 with an RBI Mar. 13 vs. Sacramento State...got first collegiate hit Feb. 10 vs. Brigham Young...

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