Cal Baseball Travels to USC for Three-Game Pac-10 Series

March 26, 2002

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Thu. Mar. 28 at USC Dedeaux Field, Los Angeles, CA 6:00 p.m.Fri. Mar. 29 at USC Dedeaux Field, Los Angeles, CA 6:00 p.m.Sat. Mar. 30 at USC Dedeaux Field, Los Angeles, CA 1:00 p.m.

RADIO:KALX Radio (90.7 FM) will broadcast the Mar. 28-30 Cal-USC series...SERIES RECORD: Cal has a 127-211 overall series record against the USC Trojans...last season the Bears won one-of-three games Apr. 12-14 at Evans Diamond (L 1-0, L 5-3, W 5-4 in 10 inn.)...

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 78-64 (.549)...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 (19-11, 3-0 Pac-10) is in first place in the conference after sweeping WSU Mar. 22-25 in Lewiston, ID (5-1, 5-4, 6-5 in 10 innings)...in Cal's 5-1 victory over the Cougars, senior right-hander Trevor Hutchinson, a third team Preseason All-American in Baseball America, pitched yet another solid game, throwing 8.0 innings with seven hits, one run, one walk and nine strikeouts...in eight starts, Hutchinson has not thrown less than 6.3 innings, has two complete games, is 6-2 with a 2.60 ERA and has a team-high 61 strikeouts in 62.3 innings pitched...he has 251 career strikeouts, third on Cal's all-time career list and is 25 strikeouts away from being the school's all-time strikeout leader...another pitcher moving up on the school's career list is sophomore right-hander Matt Brown, who is already tied for fifth on the Cal all-time saves list with 13 saves in less than two seasons...sophomore first baseman Conor Jackson is continuing his remarkable 2002 campaign, batting .402 with seven doubles, two triples, nine home runs, two grand slams and 37 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 .383 with eight doubles, four home runs and 24 RBI...White is currently on a 14-game hitting streak from Mar. 1 and hit the game-winning home run at WSU in the top of 10th inning...he followed that with throwing a Cougar baserunner out at the plate in the bottom of the 10th to help seal the win...

TENTATIVE CALIFORNIA LINE-UPNo.	        Pos.   	       Player                        2002 Cal stats5		CF	David Nicholson, Fr.         .325, 5 RBI, 2 HR15		DH	David Weiner, So.            .263, 7 RBI, 0 HR34		1B	Conor Jackson, So.           .402, 37 RBI, 9 HR1		2B	Carson White, Sr.            .383, 24 RBI, 4 HR24		RF	Brian Horwitz, So.           .300, 16 RBI, 0 HR14		3B	Matt Einspahr, Fr.           .267, 5 RBI, 0 HR28		LF	Noah Jackson, So.            .286, 1 RBI, 0 HR21		C	Creighton Kahoalii, So.      .105, 0 RBI, 0 HR9		SS	Jeff Dragicevich, So.        .301, 16 RBI, 2 HR32              RHP     Trevor Hutchinson, Sr. (Thu.)   6-2, 2.60 ERA20              RHP     Brian Montalbo, So. (Fri.)      3-3, 3.83 ERA                        TBA (Sat.)

USC: The USC Trojans, coached by Mike Gillespie (16th year at USC, 620-345-2, .643), are 12-13 on the year, last being swept Mar. 23-24 versus Stanford (9-6, 12-10, 5-4)...top hitters for the Trojans are junior catcher Alberto Concepcion (.361, 4 HR, 12 RBI), freshman designated hitter Joey Metropoulos (.344, 3 HR, 16 RBI) and senior center fielder Brian Barre (.333, 6 HR, 23 RBI)...USC's tentative pitching rotation is freshman left-hander Matt Chico (3-2, 4.54 ERA), junior right-hander Anthony Reyes (0-0, 4.50 ERA) and freshman left-hander J.P. Howell (3-3, 4.41 ERA)...last season the Trojans were 45-19, 18-6 (first) in the Pac-10 and were 1-2 at the College World Series...

PAC-10 RACE (as of Mar. 26)

Conference Overall W L PCT GB W L T .PCTCAL 3 0 1.000 --- 19 11 .633ASU 2 1 .667 1.0 18 9 .667Arizona 1 2 .333 2.0 20 10 .667Stan 0 0 .000 0.0 17 5 .773OSU 0 0 .000 0.0 15 9 .625Wash 0 0 .000 0.0 10 8 1 .553USC 0 0 .000 0.0 12 13 .480UCLA 0 0 .000 0.0 13 16 .448WSU 0 3 .000 3.0 10 14 .417

CAL PLAYER NOTES

MATT BROWN: Is 3-1 with a 2.97 ERA (7th in Pac-10) and five saves (second in Pac-10)...has 28 strikeouts in 39.3 innings...earned a save and a win last week at WSU...earned save Mar. 23 (2.0 innings, three hits, one run, one strikeout) and win Mar. 25 (3.0 innings, one hit, one walk, one strikeout) against the Cougars...earned save Mar. 15 at UC Irvine (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)...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 tied for fifth (Jon Zuber, 1989-92) on the Cal all-time saves list with 13...was the Pac-10 leader in saves (eight) as a true freshman and was Pac-10 Honorable Mention...is 0-0 with an 0.00 ERA (0.3 inning) career vs. USC...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...is 4-fo-15 (.267) career vs. USC...was Pac-10 Honorable Mention last season...

KYLE CRIST: Is 0-1 with a 6.14 ERA...has three starts as a true freshman with 15 strikeouts in 14.7 innings...started Monday at WSU (no decision, 2.7 innings, four hits, one run, one walk)...threw Mar. 20 vs. Saint Mary's (2.0 innings, two hits, no runs, one walk, four strikeouts)...in Feb. 10 start vs. Gonzaga got no decision (3.0 innings, six hits, two runs, one walk, one strikeout)...started Feb. 3 at UNLV (career-high 5.0 innings, three hits, five earned runs, four walks, career-high eight strikeouts)...is a possible starter for the Bears Sunday...

JEFF DRAGICEVICH: Is batting .301 (31-for-103) with a team-high nine doubles (6th in Pac-10), one triple, two home runs and 16 RBI...went 4-for-11 last week at WSU, including going 2-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI Monday vs. the Cougars...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 .270 (10-for-37) with runners in scoring position... is 1-fo-11 (.091) career vs. USC...older brother, Scott, is the starting shortstop for Stanford...

MATT EINSPAHR: Is batting .267 (12-for-45) with five RBI...went 2-for-12 with a double and RBI last week at WSU...was 2-for-4 Mar.20 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...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 3.55 ERA and 17 strikeouts in 25.3 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 .202 against him...

BRIAN HORWITZ: Is batting .300 (33-for-110) with three doubles and 16 RBI...went 3-for-11 last week at WSU...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 .304 (14-for-46) with runners in scoring position...is 2-fo-12 (.167) with two RBI career vs. USC...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 6-2 with a 2.60 ERA (5th in Pac-10) and has team-high 61 strikeouts (1st in Pac-10) and 12 walks in 62.3 innings (1st in Pac-10)...opponents are batting .213 against him (third in Pac-10)...won Mar. 22 at WSU (8.0 innings, seven hits, one run, one walk, nine strikeouts)...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 251 strikeouts (25 strikeouts away from surpassing Doug Weiss, 275 from 1955-57) and is sixth on the all-time innings pitched list (316.0)...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 0-2 with a 4.41 ERA (six strikeouts in 14.3 innings) career vs. USC...is slated to start Friday...

JESSE INGRAM: Is 3-2 with a 6.99 ERA, leads the team with 16 appearances (1st in Pac-10) and has 29 strikeouts in 28.3 innings...earned his first collegiate save Mar. 20 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 .402 (47-for-117 2nd in Pac-10) with seven doubles, two triples, nine home runs (2nd in Pac-10) and 37 RBI (1st in Pac-10)...also leads the Pac-10 in total bases (85) and hits (47)...is currently on a nine-game hitting streak...went 4-for-12 with a double, two home runs and three RBI last week at WSU and was 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI Mar. 20 vs. Saint Mary's...was 6-for-11 with a double and six RBI Mar. 15-17 at UC Irvine...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 .512 (22-for-43) with runners in scoring position...is 3-fo-10 (.300) with an RBI career vs. USC...

BRIAN MONTALBO: Is 3-3 with a 3.83 ERA and has 32 strikeouts and in 47.0 innings...won Mar. 23 at WSU (7.0 innings, seven hits, three runs, one walk, four strikeouts)...got no decision 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 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA (two strikeouts in 3.3 innings) career vs. USC...is slated to start Saturday...

DAVID NICHOLSON: Is batting .325 (39-for-120) with 31 runs scored (2nd in Pac-10), three doubles, a triple, two home runs and five RBI...has hit safely in 22 of 29 games he has played in this season...was 3-for-14 last week at WSU...went 6-for-14 with a double and a triple Mar. 15-17 at UC Irvine and was 3-for-4 with a double and a home run Mar. 20 vs. Saint Mary's...was 5-for-14 Mar. 1-3 at North Carolina...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...

DAVID WEINER: Is batting .263 (20-for-76) with seven doubles, two triples and seven RBI...was 3-for-12 with two doubles and three RBI last week at WSU...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...is 6-fo-14 (.429) with a home run and five RBI career vs. USC...

CARSON WHITE: Is batting .383 (46-for-120 6th in Pac-10) with eight doubles, four home runs and 24 RBI...is currently on a 14-game hitting streak from Mar. 1 (26-for-60, .433, 6-2B, 2-HR, 13 RBI) and has got a hit in 27 of 30 games played...was 7-for-14 with a double, a game-winning homer and three RBI last week at WSU...also threw a runner out at the plate in the 10th inning...went 4-for-11 with two doubles and two RBI Mar. 15-17 at UC Irvine ...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 .366 (15-for-41) with runners in scoring position...is 4-fo-11 (.364) with a double career vs. USC...

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