Cal Baseball (19-14, 5-4) Travels to Oregon State for Pac-10 Series

April 5, 2001

BERKELEY, CA -

Date	Opponent TimeApr. 6	at OSU	 2:00 p.m.Apr. 7	at OSU	 1:00 p.m.Apr. 8	at OSU	 1:00 p.m.

RADIO: KALX Radio (90.7 FM) will broadcast the Apr. 6-8 Cal-Oregon State games...SERIES RECORD: Cal has a 22-11 overall series record against the Oregon State Beavers...last season, the Bears won one-of-three games (lost 12-4, won 15-9, lost 8-5 in 10 innings) Apr. 20-22 in Berkeley...

HEAD COACH DAVID ESQUER: The Bears coach is in his second season at Cal and has a career record of 44-42 (.512)...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 19-14 overall and 5-4 in the Pac-10 after sweeping Washington in Seattle Mar. 30-Apr. 1 (8-6, 5-2, 16-7) and defeating San Francisco, 2-1 on a 10th inning home run by junior second baseman Carson White Tuesday at Evans Diamond...the Bears are on a season-high four game winning streak and the sweep of Washington was Cal's first sweep of a Pac-10 opponent since 1998 (Washington State, Mar. 14-16 in Berkeley)...it was the first time the Bears have swept a Pac-10 series since the Northern Division and Southern Division merged in 1999...it was also the first time Cal has swept a conference opponent on the road since sweeping Arizona in Tucson, Mar. 15-17, 1996...the Bears 16-7 win over the Huskies Apr. 1 was the third straight Sunday Cal has exploded offensively, as the Bears won 17-5 Mar. 18 versus Arizona State and 10-1 (scored 10 runs in the first inning on nine hits) Mar. 25 versus Washington State...still, Cal has been involved in 13 one-run games this season, going 5-8 in those contests...several close games is an indication of the Bears pitching strength (3.40 team ERA, second in the Pac-10, opponents are batting .252 against) and the need for improved offensive production (.276 team batting average, eighth in the Pac-10)...White has been impressive at the plate lately, going 2-for-6 with two home runs and a career-high six RBI Apr. 1 at Washington (two other balls were caught at the center field fence) and hitting the game-winning homer Tuesday against San Francisco...senior right-hander David Cash had an outstanding outing Mar. 27 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)...Cash now has a career record of 19-5 with five 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)...

TENTATIVE CALIFORNIA LINE-UPNo.	Pos.   	Player	                     2001 stats2	CF	Ben Conley, So.	             .268, 7 RBI, 0 HR33	DH	John Baker, So.	             .300, 16 RBI, 2 HR24	LF	Brian Horwitz, Fr.	     .341, 15 RBI, 1 HR17	1B	Clint Hoover, Sr.	     .242, 23 RBI, 5 HR34	3B	Conor Jackson, Fr.	     .304, 20 RBI, 1 HR1	2B	Carson White, Jr.	     .294, 23 RBI, 6 HR31	C	Spencer Wyman, Fr.	     .260, 6 RBI, 0 HR26	RF	Rob Meyer, Sr.	             .303, 19 RBI, 3 HR9	SS	Jeff Dragicevich, Fr.	     .337, 11 RBI, 2 HR32	RHP	Trevor Hutchinson, Jr. (Fri.) 2-5, 4.07 ERA5	LHP	Jason Dennis, Jr. (Sat.)      3-1, 3.38 ERA41	RHP	Ryan Atkinson, Jr. (Sun.)     0-3, 4.50 ERA

OREGON STATE: The Oregon State Beavers, coached by Pat Casey (seventh year at OSU, 196-140-4, .582), are 19-12 (3-3) this season...top hitters for the Beavers are senior designated hitter Curtis Davis (.429, 0 HR, 15 RBI), sophomore left fielder Chris Biles (.392, 6 HR, 26 RBI) and junior right fielder Josh Carter (.368, 6 HR, 36 RBI)...OSU's tentative pitching rotation is senior right-hander Thad Johnson (3-4, 4.66 ERA), senior left-hander Scott Nicholson (6-1, 2.90 ERA) and sophomore left-hander Mark McLemore (0-2, 8.42 ERA)...in 2000, the Beavers were 28-27 overall (9-16, 6th Pac-10)...

PAC-10 RACE (as of Apr. 5)	Conference	                Overall	W	L	PCT	GB	W	L 	T	.PCTStan	5	1	.833	---	25	6		.806USC	4	2	.667	1.0	21	11		.656CAL	5	4	.556	2.0	19	14		.576UCLA	3	3	.500	2.5	20	9		.690OSU	3	3	.500	2.5	19	12		.613WSU	3	3	.500	1.0	11	19		.367ASU	4	5	.444	3.0	21	9	1	.694Arizona	4	5	.444	3.0	21	16		.568UW	2	7	.222	4.5	15	10		.600

PLAYER NOTES

RYAN ATKINSON: Is 0-3 with a 4.50 ERA...got no decision in last outing Apr. 1 at Washington (1.3 innings, four hits, three runs, two walks, one strikeout)...lost 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 loss 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 .233 against (8th in Pac-10)...is slated to start Sunday...

JOHN BAKER: Is batting .300 (18-for-60, 7-2B, 2-HR, 16 RBI)...went 4-for-11 with two double and three RBI last week at Washington...had huge game Mar. 18 vs. ASU, going 4-for-5 with a double, home run and a career-high six RBI...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 .421 (8-for-19) with runners in scoring position...

MATT BROWN: Is 1-3 with a 4.88 ERA and a team-high six saves (1st in Pac-10, 8th in nation) and 17 appearances (2nd in Pac-10)...has 31 strikeouts and only six walks in 27.7 innings...picked up two saves last week at Washington, pitching a total of 1.7 innings with one hit, no runs, no walks, five strikeouts)...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 3.28 ERA and three saves...is third in Pac-10 with six wins and has a team-high 53 strikeouts (6th in Pac-10) in 49.3 innings...earned save in last outing Apr. 1 at Washington (4.7 innings, three hits, one run, three walks, one strikeout)...was outstanding 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 five saves...is 0-0 with two saves and a 2.78 ERA career vs. OSU...

BEN CONLEY: Is batting .268 (15-for-56, .300 vs. Pac-10) with a double and seven RBI...went 3-for-9 with three RBI last week at Washington...was 3-for-13 with four runs Mar. 23-25 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)...is batting .389 (7-for-18) with runners in scoring position...

JASON DENNIS: Is 3-1 with a 3.38 ERA...earned win Mar. 31 at Washington (7.0 innings, six hits, two runs, no walks, four strikeouts)...won 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 12.00 ERA career vs. OSU in Pac-10 play...is slated to start Saturday...

JEFF DRAGICEVICH: Is batting .337 (28-for-83, 3-2B, 2-HR, 11 RBI, .394 vs. Pac-10)...was 5-for-12 with an RBI last week at Washington...went 4-for-10 with a double and two RBI Mar. 23-25 vs. WSU and was 3-for-6 with an RBI Mar. 27 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 .414 (12-for-29) 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 .242 (32-for-132) with five doubles, five home runs (5th in Pac-10) and team-high 23 RBI...was 4-for-12 with an RBI last week at Washington...went 3-for-13 with a double, grand slam (third career) and seven RBI Mar. 23-25 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 .261 (6-for-23, 3B, HR, 6 RBI) career vs. OSU in Pac-10 play...

BRIAN HORWITZ: Is batting a team-high .341 (44-for-129, batting .368 vs. Pac-10) with a team-best 12 doubles (2nd in Pac-10), a triple, a home run and 15 RBI...also has a team-leading eighth stolen bases (6th in Pac-10) and 13 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 28 of 32 games he has played in this season...was 3-for-13 with two RBI last week at Washington...went 6-for-13 with two doubles and five RBI Mar. 23-25 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 .333 (12-for-36) with runners in scoring position...

TREVOR HUTCHINSON: Is 2-5 with a 4.07 ERA, 52 strikeouts (7th in Pac-10) and a team-high 59.7 innings pitched (9th in Pac-10)...got no decision Mar. 30 at Washington (5.0 innings, eight hits, four earned runs, two walks, three strikeouts)...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 lost 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 2-0 with a 6.00 ERA career vs. OSU (10 strikeouts, seven walks in 9.0 innings)...is slated to start Friday...

CONOR JACKSON: Is batting .304 (38-for-125, team-leading .424 vs. Pac-10) with six doubles, triple, home run, 20 RBI and team-high 22 walks...had a 14-game hitting streak from Mar. 10-Apr. 1 (19-for-52, .365, 3-2B, 3B, seven RBI)...was 7-for-12 with two RBI last week at Washington...went 4-for-10 with a double, triple and RBI Mar. 23-25 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 1-0 with a 3.06 ERA and one save...has 12 strikeouts in 17.7 innings...picked up win in relief Tuesday vs. San Francisco (3.0 innings, one hit, no runs, no walks, two strikeouts)...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 .194 against...

ROB MEYER: Is batting .303 (33-for-109) with three home runs and 19 RBI...also has four outfield assists this season...went 6-for-12 with a home run and four RBI last week at Washington and was 2-for-3 Tuesday vs. San Francisco...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 .342 (13-for-38) with runners in scoring position...is batting .278 (5-for-18, 2B, RBI) career Pac-10 vs. OSU...

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 3-0 with a 2.08 ERA and has 18 strikeouts in 21.7 innings...opponents are batting .200 against...earned win in relief Apr. 1 at Washington (3.0 innings, three hits, one earned run, one walk, four strikeouts)...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)...

CARSON WHITE: Is batting .294 (35-for-119, .324 vs. Pac-10) with four doubles and a team-high three triples (2nd in Pac-10), six home runs (4th in Pac-10), 23 RBI and .529 slugging percentage...has hit three home runs in the last two games...had game-winning homer in the 10th inning Tuesday vs. San Francisco...went 2-for-5 with two home runs and a career-high six RBI Apr. 1 at Washington...was 4-for-12 with a double, triple and two RBI Mar. 23-25 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...

SPENCER WYMAN: Is batting .260 (13-for-50) with three doubles and six RBI...has started 13 of the Bears last 14 games...went 4-for-12 with a double last week at Washington...was 2-for-5 Mar. 27 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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