Cal Baseball Travels to Washington State to Open Pac-10 Play

March 21, 2002

PULLMAN, WA - Fri. Mar. 22 at Washington State Harris Field, Lewiston, ID 2:00 p.m.Sat. Mar. 23 at Washington State Harris Field, Lewiston, ID 1:00 p.m.Sun. Mar. 24 at Washington State Harris Field, Lewiston, ID 1:00 p.m.

RADIO:KALX Radio (90.7 FM) will broadcast the Mar. 23 and 24 Cal-WSU games...SERIES RECORD: Cal has a 23-20 overall series record against the Washington State Cougars...last season the Bears won one-of-three games Mar. 23-25 at Evans Diamond (L 8-6, L 7-6, W 10-1)...the Cal-WSU series will play at Harris Field (Lewis and Clark State) due to weather conditions in Pullman, WA...

HEAD COACH DAVID ESQUER: The 2001 Pac-10 Coach of the Year, Esquer, 36, is in his third season at Cal and has a career record of 75-64 (.540)...he became only the 10th coach in the 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 California baseball team (16-11) won one-of-three games Mar. 15-17 at UC Irvine (W 3-1, L 5-4 in 10 innings, L 7-3) and defeated Saint Mary's, 5-3, Wednesday at Evans Diamond...in Cal's 3-1 victory over UC Irvine, senior right-hander Trevor Hutchinson, a third team Preseason All-American in Baseball America, pitched another solid game, throwing 7.0 innings with five hits, one run, four walks and six strikeouts...in seven starts, Hutchinson has not thrown less than 6.3 innings, has two complete games, is 5-2 with a 2.82 ERA and has a team-high 52 strikeouts in 54.3 innings pitched...he has 242 career strikeouts, third on Cal's all-time career list and is 34 strikeouts away from being the school's all-time strikeout leader...Hutchinson is also eighth (308.0 innings) on the Bears innings pitched list...another pitcher for Cal who is moving up on the school's career list is sophomore right-hander Matt Brown, who is already sixth on the Cal all-time saves list with 12 saves in less than two seasons...sophomore first baseman Conor Jackson is continuing his remarkable 2002 campaign, batting .410 with six doubles, two triples, seven home runs, two grand slams and 34 RBI...earlier this year, he hit a home run in three consecutive games, including his first collegiate grand slam Feb. 8 versus Gonzaga...on Mar. 5 Jackson hit a game-winning grand slam in the 10th inning against Georgetown...senior second baseman Carson White, a 2001 All-Pac-10 selection, is also hot at the plate, batting .368 with seven doubles, three home runs and 21 RBI...White is currently on a 11-game hitting streak from Mar. 1...

TENTATIVE CALIFORNIA LINE-UPNo.	Pos.   	Player                       2002 Cal stats5	CF	David Nicholson, Fr.         .340, 5 RBI, 2 HR15	DH	David Weiner, So.            .266, 4 RBI, 0 HR1	2B	Carson White, Sr.            .368, 21 RBI, 3 HR34	1B	Conor Jackson, So.           .410, 34 RBI, 7 HR24	RF	Brian Horwitz, So.           .303, 16 RBI, 0 HR14	3B	Matt Einspahr, Fr.           .303, 4 RBI, 0 HR2	LF	Ben Conley, Jr.              .200, 14 RBI, 1 HR21	C	Creighton Kahoalii           .077, 0 RBI, 0 HR9	SS	Jeff Dragicevich, So.        .293, 15 RBI, 2 HR32      RHP     Trevor Hutchinson, Sr. (Fri.) 5-2, 2.82 ERA20      RHP     Brian Montalbo, So. (Sat.)    2-3, 3.83 ERA

WASHINGTON STATE: The Washington State Cougars, coached by Tim Mooney (second year at WSU, 25-48, .342), are 10-10 on the year, last being swept Mar. 15-17 at Oregon State (9-1, 5-4, 6-5)...top hitters for the Cougars are senior second baseman Bookie Gates (.382, 2 HR, 21 RBI), junior catcher Jon Baeder (.333, 0 HR, 6 RBI) and junior third baseman Jeff LaRue (.333, 2 HR, 11 RBI)...Washington State's tentative pitching rotation is junior right-hander Eddie Bonine (3-2, 7.04 ERA), junior right-hander Brandon Hundt (4-0, 3.41 ERA) and junior left-hander Garrett Alwert (1-1, 6.46 ERA)...last season the Cougars were 15-39 and 6-18 (ninth) in the Pac-10...

PAC-10 RACE (as of Mar. 20)

Conference Overall W L PCT GB W L T .PCTStan 0 0 .000 0.0 14 5 .737Arizona 0 0 .000 0.0 19 8 .708ASU 0 0 .000 0.0 16 8 .667OSU 0 0 .000 0.0 13 7 .650CAL 0 0 .000 0.0 16 11 .593USC 0 0 .000 0.0 12 9 .571Wash 0 0 .000 0.0 9 8 .529UCLA 0 0 .000 0.0 13 13 .500WSU 0 0 .000 0.0 10 10 .500

CAL PLAYER NOTES

MATT BROWN: Is 2-1 with a 3.15 ERA and four saves...has 26 strikeouts in 34.3 innings...suffered loss in last outing Mar. 16 at UC Irvine (2.7 innings, five hits, two earned runs, two walks, three strikeouts)...earned save Mar. 15 vs. the Anteaters (2.0 innings, no hits, no runs, no walks, career-high five strikeouts)...picked up save Mar. 9 vs. Stanford (1.7 innings, one hit, one strikeout)...got no decision in Mar. 3 start at North Carolina (4.7 innings, six hits, four runs, three walks, three strikeouts)...earned win in relief Feb. 26 vs. Centenary (3.0 innings, two hits, no runs, one walk, three strikeouts)...picked up save Feb. 23 vs. Boston College (0.3 innings, one hit, one strikeout)...had first collegiate start Feb. 17 vs. Long Beach State (no decision, career-high 7.0 innings, eight hits, three runs, two walks, one strikeout)...picked up win in relief Feb. 10 vs. Gonzaga, (6.0 innings, eight hits, two runs, one walk, one strikeout)...earned save in season opener Feb. 1 at UNLV (2.0 innings, no hits, no runs, no walks, four strikeouts)...is already sixth on the Cal all-time saves list with 12...was the Pac-10 leader in saves (eight) as a true freshman and was Pac-10 Honorable Mention... is a possible starter for the Bears Sunday...

BEN CONLEY: Is batting .198 (16-for-81) with three doubles, a home run and 12 RBI...went 4-for-10 with a double, home run and three RBI Mar. 8-10 vs. Stanford...had a three-run homer vs. the Cardinal Mar. 8...was 7-for-12 with a double and four RBI Feb. 22-24 vs. Boston College, including going a career-high 4-for-5 with a double and an RBI Feb. 22 vs. the Eagles...had a key RBI single in the ninth inning Feb. 12 at Santa Clara...went 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI Feb. 6 vs. San Jose State...is batting .333 (10-for-30) with runners in scoring position...was Pac-10 Honorable Mention last season...

KYLE CRIST: Is 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA...has two starts as a true freshman with 15 strikeouts in 12.0 innings...threw Wednesday vs. Saint Mary's, pitching 2.0 innings with two hits, no runs, one walk and four strikeouts...in last start got no decision, pitching 3.0 innings with six hits, two runs, one walk and one strikeout Feb. 10 vs. Gonzaga...started Feb. 3 at UNLV, throwing 5.0 innings with three hits, five earned runs, four walks and eight strikeouts...is a possible starter for the Bears Sunday...

JEFF DRAGICEVICH: Is batting .293 (27-for-92) with a team-high seven doubles, one triple, two home runs and 15 RBI...went 1-for-10 last week at UC Irvine, but was 1-for-4 with a solo home run Wednesday vs. Saint Mary's...was 3-for-11 with a double and three RBI Mar. 1-3 at North Carolina...went 5-for-11 with two doubles and five RBI Feb. 22-24 vs. Boston College, including going a career-high 4-for-5 with a double and three RBI Feb. 24 vs. the Eagles...was 3-for-4 with two RBI Feb. 26 vs. Centenary...went 3-for-8 with a home run and two RBI Feb. 15-17 vs. Long Beach State...had a key two-run homer Feb. 17 vs. the 49ers...was 5-for-10 with a double and an RBI Feb. 8-10 vs. Gonzaga...went 3-for-4 with a double and a triple Feb. 2 at UNLV...is batting .290 (9-for-31) with runners in scoring position...older brother, Scott, is the starting shortstop for Stanford...

MATT EINSPAHR: Is batting .303 (10-for-33) with four RBI...was 2-for-4 Wednesday vs. Saint Mary's...had a key two-out RBI pinch hit single in the ninth inning to tie the game Mar. 16 at UC Irvine...also had a key two-out pinch hit RBI single in the ninth to tie the game Mar. 5 vs. Georgetown...was 1-for-3 Feb. 15 vs. Long Beach State...went 1-for-4 with an RBI Feb. 12 at Santa Clara...was 2-for-6 Feb. 8-10 vs. Gonzaga...went 1-for-3 with an RBI Feb. 6 vs. San Jose State...got a hit in his first collegiate at bat Feb. 2 at UNLV...

BRENT HALE: Is 1-0 with a 3.52 ERA and 16 strikeouts in 23.0 innings...picked up the win in a start Feb. 24 vs. Boston College, throwing a shutout in a career-high 6.0 innings (one hit, no runs, three walks, three strikeouts)...pitched well in relief Mar. 12 vs. USF (4.0 innings, four hits, no earned runs, one walk, career-high five strikeouts)...opponents are batting .195 against him...

BRIAN HORWITZ: Is batting .303 (30-for-99) with three doubles and 16 RBI...was 3-for-13 with double last week at UC Irvine...went 3-for-10 with a double and an RBI Mar. 8-10 vs. Stanford...was 4-for-13 with three RBI Mar. 1-3 at North Carolina...went 2-for-5 with a career-high three RBI, including the game-winning RBI in the 10th inning Feb. 26 vs. Centenary...was 8-for-10 with five RBI Feb. 22-24 vs. Boston College...is batting .318 (14-for-44) with runners in scoring position...last season had a school record 23-game hitting streak from Feb. 9-Mar. 25 (37-for-96, .385, 12-2B, 3B, HR, 12 RBI)...

TREVOR HUTCHINSON: Is 5-2 with a 2.82 ERA and has team-high 52 strikeouts and 11 walks in 54.3 innings...opponents are batting .211 against him...won Mar. 15 at UC Irvine (7.0 innings, five hits, one run, four walks, six strikeouts)...lost Mar. 8 vs. Stanford (6.3 innings, seven hits, five earned runs, one walk, six strikeouts)...has thrown two complete games, Mar. 1 at North Carolina (five hits, one earned run, no walks, eight strikeouts) and Feb. 22 vs. Boston College (10 hits, four runs, two walks, five strikeouts)...suffered loss Feb. 15 vs. Long Beach State (8.0 innings, six hits, five runs, four walks, nine strikeouts)...had a no-hitter through five innings against the 49ers...earned win Feb. 8 vs. Gonzaga (8.0 innings, six hits, one earned run, no walks, seven strikeouts) ...earned win Feb. 1 at UNLV (7.0 innings, three hits, no runs, no walks, 11 strikeouts)...is currently third on the Cal all-time career strikeout list with 242 strikeouts (34 strikeouts away from surpassing Doug Weiss, 275 from 1955-57) and is eighth on the all-time innings pitched list (308.0)...older brother, Chad, is former two-sport standout as a pitcher and quarterback for Stanford who recently signed with the Dallas Cowboys...was Pac-10 Honorable Mention last season and is a third team Preseason All-American in Baseball America ...is slated to start Friday...

JESSE INGRAM: Is 3-2 with a 6.75 ERA, leads the team with 14 appearances and has 28 strikeouts in 25.3 innings...earned his first collegiate save Wednesday vs. Saint Mary's (2.0 innings, one hit, one run, one walk, one strikeout)...picked up wins in relief Mar. 3 at North Carolina (career-high 4.3 innings, two hits, no runs, two walks, five strikeouts), Feb. 17 vs. Long Beach State (2.0 innings, no hits, no runs, no walks, one strikeout) and Feb. 12 at Santa Clara (3.7 innings, three hits, two runs, three walks, career-high six strikeouts)...

CONOR JACKSON: Is batting a team-leading .410 (43-for-105) with six doubles, two triples, seven home runs and 34 RBI...was 6-for-11 with a double and six RBI last week at UC Irvine and was 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI Wednesday vs. Saint Mary's...is currently on a six-game hitting streak...hit a game-winning grand slam in the 10th inning Mar. 5 vs. Georgetown...had career-high 15-game hitting streak (30-for-63, 4-2B, 2-3B, 6-HR, 20 RBI) to begin the season...was 3-for-4 with two home runs and three RBI Feb. 26 vs. Centenary...went 8-for-14 with a double, home run and four RBI Feb. 22-24 vs. Boston College, including going a career-high 4-for-5 with an RBI Feb. 22 against the Eagles...was 5-for-11 with a home run and five RBI Feb. 8-10 vs. Gonzaga...went 3-for-5 with a triple, home run and three RBI Feb. 6 vs. San Jose State...was 6-for-12 with two doubles, a home run and three RBI Feb. 1-3 at UNLV...hit home runs in three consecutive games from Feb. 3-8, including hitting his first collegiate grand slam Feb. 8 vs. Gonzaga...is batting .513 (20-for-39) with runners in scoring position...

BRIAN MONTALBO: Is 2-3 with a 3.83 ERA and has 28 strikeouts and in 40.0 innings...got no decision in last outing Mar. 16 at UC Irvine (5.7 innings, seven hits, two runs, five walks, four strikeouts)...defeated No. 1 ranked Stanford Mar. 9 (career-high 7.3 innings, five hits, one run, one walk, three strikeouts)...lost Mar. 1 at North Carolina (4.0 innings, nine hits, seven runs, two walks, four strikeouts)...won Feb. 23 vs. Boston College (6.0 innings, five hits, no runs, three walks, five strikeouts)...lost Feb. 16 vs. Long Beach State (5.0 innings, seven hits, five earned runs, three walks, three strikeouts)...lost Feb. 9 vs. Gonzaga (7.0 innings, five hits, one earned run, no walks, six strikeouts)...got no decision Feb. 2 at UNLV (5.0 innings, five hits, one run, two walks, three strikeouts)...was a fourth round draft pick by the Atlanta Braves in 2000 out of Dimond High School in Anchorage, AK...is slated to start Saturday...

DAVID NICHOLSON: Is batting .340 (36-for-106) with three doubles, a triple, two home runs and five RBI...has hit safely in 20 of 26 games he has played in this season...went 6-for-14 with a double and a triple last week at UC Irvine and was 3-for-4 with a double and a home run Wednesday vs. Saint Mary's...was 5-for-14 Mar. 1-3 at North Carolina...went 3-for-10 Feb. 22-24 vs. Boston College...hit his first collegiate home run Feb. 15 and scored the winning run Feb. 17 vs. Long Beach State...went 3-for-5 with two RBI Feb. 12 at Santa Clara...was 6-for-13 with an RBI Feb. 8-10 vs. Gonzaga, including going 3-for-4 Feb. 8 against the Bulldogs...had the game-winning RBI in the Bears 5-4 victory over the Gonzaga Feb. 10...

JOE TODOROFF: Is 0-2 with a 5.40 ERA and has five starts as a true freshman...pitched well but got a loss in a Mar. 10 start vs. Stanford (4.0 innings, one earned run, one walk)...got no decision Mar. 5 vs. Georgetown (career-high 5.7 innings, five hits, two runs, one walk, career-high four strikeouts)...got no decision Feb. 12 at Santa Clara (4.0 innings, five hits, two earned runs, three walks)...got no decision Feb. 6 vs. San Jose State (3.7 innings, four hits, no earned runs, three walks, two strikeouts)...

DAVID WEINER: Is batting .266 (17-for-64) with five doubles, two triples and four RBI...was 2-for-12 with a double and an RBI last week at UC Irvine and was 1-for-4 Wednesday vs. Saint Mary's...went 4-for-12 with a double and an RBI Mar. 8-10 vs. Stanford and was 1-for-3 with a double Mar. 12 vs. USF...was 1-for-5 with an RBI double Mar. 3 at North Carolina...went 4-for-11 with two triples and an RBI Feb. 22-24 vs. Boston College...was 4-for-9 Feb. 15-17 vs. Long Beach State...hit a double in the sixth inning Feb. 16 against Long Beach State - his first hit since the 2000 season, sitting out the 2001 season with an injured left shoulder...is 5-for-5 in stolen bases...

CARSON WHITE: Is batting .368 (39-for-106) with seven doubles, three home runs and 21 RBI...is currently on a 11-game hitting streak from Mar. 1 (17-for-43, .395, 5-2B, HR, 10 RBI)...went 4-for-11 with two doubles and two RBI last week at UC Irvine and was 2-for-3 Wednesday vs. Saint Mary's...went 3-for-4 with two doubles and four RBI Mar. 12 vs. USF...went 2-for-4 Mar. 5 vs. Georgetown and was 3-for-12 with a home run and four RBI Mar. 1-3 at North Carolina...went 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBI Mar. 1 (game two) against the Tar Heels...had a 13-game hitting streak from Feb. 3-26 (22-for-52, .423, 2-2B, 2-HR, 11 RBI)...went 7-for-13 with a home run and five RBI Feb. 22-24 vs. Boston College...was 4-for-10 Feb. 15-17 vs. Long Beach State and knocked in the game-winning RBI in the bottom of the ninth Feb. 17 against the 49ers...went 6-for-11 with a double and a home run Feb. 8-10 vs. Gonzaga...was a first team All-Pac-10 selection last season...is batting .378 (14-for-37) with runners in scoring position...

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