Cal Baseball Travels to No. 9 Ranked Stanford

May 1, 2002

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Fri. May 3 at Stanford Sunken Diamond, Stanford, CA 6:00 p.m.Sat. May 4 at Stanford Sunken Diamond, Stanford, CA 1:00 p.m.Sun. May 5 at Stanford Sunken Diamond, Stanford, CA 1:00 p.m.

RADIO:KALX Radio (90.7 FM) will broadcast the May 3-5 Cal-Stanford series...SERIES RECORD: Cal has a 207-214 overall series record against the Stanford Cardinal...earlier this season the Bears won one-of-three (L 15-4, W 2-1, L 4-2) versus Stanford in a non-conference series Mar. 8-10 at Evans Diamond...last season the Bears won two-of-three (W 7-4, W 4-0, L 8-0) in the conference series Apr. 27-29 at Evans Diamond...

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 85-76 (.528)...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 (26-23, 8-10 Pac-10) are in the midst of a four-game losing streak after being swept at home by Washington Apr. 26-28 (2-0, 5-4, 10-7 in 11 innings) and losing 8-7 in 11 innings Tuesday at USF...Cal has had three players-sophomore first baseman Conor Jackson, sophomore right-hander Matt Brown and senior right-hander Trevor Hutchinson-earn Pac-10 Pitcher or Player of the Week honors this season...Jackson was named Pac-10 Player of the Week Apr. 22 and on Apr. 24 was invited to try out for the USA National Team in June...he is currently batting .387 with 13 doubles, two triples, 15 home runs, two grand slams and 56 RBI...Jackson leads the Pac-10 in home runs, hits (74) and total bases (136)...Brown was named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week Apr. 15 after throwing a complete game Apr. 14 versus Arizona (four hits, one run, one walk, career-high 10 strikeouts)...he is 5-2 with a 3.13 ERA and six saves...Brown is already tied for fourth on the Cal all-time saves list with 14 saves...Hutchinson was the Apr. 8 Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week and on Apr. 28 versus Washington became the Bears all-time career strikeout leader with 276th strikeout...in 12 starts this season, he has not thrown less than 6.3 innings, has two complete games, is 7-4 with a 3.19 ERA and leads the Pac-10 with 86 strikeouts and 101.7 innings pitched...junior catcher John Baker, a member of the Johnny Bench Award watch list, is also excelling this season, batting .385 overall, .467 in league play, with a Pac-10 leading .522 on base percentage...

TENTATIVE CALIFORNIA LINE-UPNo.	Pos.   	Player                      2002 Cal stats2	CF	Ben Conley, Jr.                .210, 18 RBI, 3 HR15	DH	David Weiner, So.              .286, 15 RBI, 1 HR1	2B	Carson White, Sr.              .345, 31 RBI, 6 HR34	1B	Conor Jackson, So.             .387, 56 RBI, 15 HR33	C	John Baker, Jr.                .385, 21 RBI, 4 HR5	3B	David Nicholson, Fr.           .319, 22 RBI, 6 HR24	RF	Brian Horwitz, So.             .257, 20 RBI, 0 HR6	LF	Justin Nelson, Fr.             .252, 19 RBI, 7 HR9	SS	Jeff Dragicevich, So.          .302, 20 RBI, 3 HR26      RHP     Joe Todoroff, Fr. (Fri.)       0-2, 5.28 ERA32      RHP     Trevor Hutchinson, Sr. (Sat.)  7-4, 3.19 ERA30      RHP     Matt Brown, So. (Sun.)         5-2, 3.13 ERA

STANFORD: The No. 9 (Baseball America) Stanford Cardinal, coached by Mark Marquess (26th year, 1075-528-5, .670), are 29-13 (6-6 Pac-10) on the year, winning one-of-three Apr. 26-28 at Oregon State (L 3-1, L 4-3, W 13-0) and losing 12-0 Wednesday at SJS...top hitters for the Cardinal are junior designated hitter Jason Cooper (.366, 10 HR, 39 RBI), sophomore center fielder Sam Fuld (.364, 3 HR, 26 RBI) and senior second baseman Chris O'Riordan (.354, 7 HR, 36 RBI)...Stanford's tentative pitching rotation is junior right-hander Jeremy Guthrie (6-1, 2.89 ERA), junior left-hander Tim Cunningham (5-2, 4.08 ERA) and sophomore right-hander John Hudgins (7-0, 4.01 ERA)...last season the Cardinal were 51-17, 17-7 (second) in the Pac-10 and were national runner-ups...

PAC-10 RACE (as of May 1)	Conference	                Overall	W	L	PCT	GB	W	L 	T	.PCTUSC	11	4	.733	---	28	18		.609Wash	8	4	.667	1.5	20	19	1	.513ASU	9	6	.600	2.0	27	16		.628Stan	6	6	.500	3.5	29	12		.707OSU	6	6	.500	3.5	27	15		.643CAL	8	10	.444	4.5	26	23		.531UCLA	5	7	.417	4.5	20	26		.435Arizona	6	9	.400	5.0	28	18		.609WSU	4	11	.267	7.0	17	24		.415

CAL PLAYER NOTES

JOHN BAKER: Is batting .385 (4th in Pac-10, 47-for-122, 10-2B, 3B, 4-HR, 21 RBI, .467 vs. Pac-10) with a Pac-10 leading .522 on-base percentage...had a career-high 14-game hitting streak from Mar. 10-Apr. 26 (24-for-46, .522, 3-2B, 2-HR, 12 RBI)...was 4-for-9 with three doubles last week vs. UW and 2-for-3 with a double and RBI Tuesday at USF...went 7-for-13 with an RBI Apr. 19-21 at ASU...was 6-for-11 with a double, home run and five RBI Apr. 12-14 vs. Arizona, including going 3-for-4 with four RBI and a three-run homer Apr. 13...went 4-for-12 with a home run and three RBI Apr. 5-7 vs. UCLA... was 2-for-2 with an RBI Mar. 12 vs. USF, but was hit by a pitch, breaking a bone in his right hand and was out Mar. 13-Apr. 1...went 3-for-8 with a double, home run and three RBI Feb. 22-24 vs. Boston College...hit his first collegiate triple Feb. 12 at Santa Clara...is batting .429 (15-for-35) with runners in scoring position...was 1-for-7 in the first Stanford series...in Pac-10 games is 4-fo-24 (.167) with two doubles and two RBI career vs. Stanford...was Pac-10 Honorable Mention last season and was a Cape Cod League All-Star this past summer...is on the Johnny Bench Award watch list...

MATT BROWN: Is 5-2 with a 3.13 ERA (4th in Pac-10), six saves (2nd in Pac-10) in 20 appearances (8th in Pac-10)...suffered loss Apr. 27 (0.3 innings, two hits, one run, one walk, one strikeout) and got no decision Apr. 28 (4.0 innings, two hits, no runs, two walks, two strikeouts) vs. UW...won in Apr. 21 start at ASU (7.7 innings, seven hits, three runs, no walks, eight strikeouts)...was the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week Apr. 15, throwing his first career complete game (four hits, one run, one walk career-high 10 strikeouts) Apr. 14 vs. Arizona...earned save Apr. 5 vs. UCLA (0.3 inning)...earned save and a win Mar. 23-25 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, five strikeouts)...earned 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)...earned 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, 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 Feb. 1 at UNLV (2.0 innings, no hits, no runs, no walks, four strikeouts)...is already tied for fourth (Joe Buckley, 1986-89) on the Cal all-time saves list with 14...was the Pac-10 leader in saves (eight) and Pac-10 Honorable Mention as a freshman...pitched twice in relief (one save) in first Stanford series (5.0 innings, two hits, no earned runs, one walk, three strikeouts)...in Pac-10 games is 0-0 with one save and a 0.00 ERA (one strikeout in 0.7 innings) career vs. Stanford...possible starter Sunday...

JEFF DRAGICEVICH: Is batting .302 (51-for-169, .344 vs. Pac-10) with 12 doubles, two triples, three home runs and 20 RBI...went 6-for-13 with a home run and three RBI last week vs. UW and was 2-for-4 with a double Tuesday at USF...was 4-for-9 with a double and triple Apr. 12-14 vs. Arizona...went 4-for-11 Apr. 5-7 vs. UCLA...was 4-for-11 with two doubles and RBI Mar. 22-25 at WSU...was 5-for-11 with two doubles and five RBI Feb. 22-24 vs. Boston College, going a career-high 4-for-5 with a double and three RBI Feb. 24 vs. the Eagles...was 3-for-8 with a home run and two RBI Feb. 15-17 vs. Long Beach State...went 5-for-10 with a double and RBI Feb. 8-10 vs. Gonzaga...was 3-for-4 with a double and a triple Feb. 2 at UNLV...was 1-for-9 in first Stanford series...in Pac-10 games is 1-fo-9 (.111) with two RBI career vs. Stanford...brother, Scott, is a senior shortstop for Stanford...

BRIAN HORWITZ: Is batting .257 (45-for-175, .219 vs. Pac-10) with five doubles and 20 RBI...threw a runner out at home plate in 10th inning Tuesday at USF...was 2-for-3 Apr. 28 vs. Washington...went 2-for-3 with a double Mar. 30 at USC...was 3-for-10 with a double and 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...in Pac-10 games is 1-fo-12 (.083) career vs. Stanford...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 7-4 with a 3.19 ERA (5th in Pac-10) and has team-high 86 strikeouts (1st in Pac-10) in 101.7 innings (1st in Pac-10)...opponents are batting .232 (3rd in Pac-10)...is the Cal all-time career strikeout leader with 276 strikeouts and is second on the all-time innings pitched list (355.3)...got no decision Apr. 27 vs. Washington (8.3 innings, eight hits, four runs, five walks, four strikeouts)...got no decision Apr. 20 at ASU (9.0 innings, nine hits, three runs, four walks, six strikeouts)...lost Apr. 12 vs. Arizona (7.0 innings, eight hits, three runs, two walks, four strikeouts)...was named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week Apr. 8 after win Apr. 5 vs. UCLA (8.7 innings, six hits, three runs, three walks, six strikeouts)...lost Mar. 28 at USC (6.3 innings, eight hits, five runs, one walk, five strikeouts)...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)...lost 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)...won Feb. 1 at UNLV (7.0 innings, three hits, no runs, no walks, 11 strikeouts)... was Pac-10 Honorable Mention last season and is a third team Preseason All-American in Baseball America...in Pac-10 games is 1-0 with a 3.23 ERA (15 strikeouts in 16.7 innings) career vs. Stanford...brother Chad was a two-sport (quarterback, pitcher) standout at Stanford (1996-98)...is slated to start Saturday...

JESSE INGRAM: Is 4-2 with a 5.56 ERA, leads the team with 26 appearances (1st in Pac-10) and has 40 strikeouts in 43.7 innings...won in relief Apr. 19 at ASU (2.7 innings, two hits, no earned runs, one walk, one strikeout)...threw well Apr. 7 vs. UCLA (career-high 5.0 innings, one hit, one run, three walks, one strikeout)...earned first collegiate save Mar. 20 vs. Saint Mary's (2.0 innings, one hit, one run, one walk, one strikeout)...also picked up wins in relief Mar. 3 at North Carolina (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 .387 (74-for-191, 3rd in Pac-10, .333 vs. Pac-10) with 13 doubles (8th in Pac-10), two triples, 15 home runs (1st in Pac-10) and 56 RBI (2nd in Pac-10)...also leads the Pac-10 in total bases (136) and hits (74), is third in slugging percentage (.712) and fifth in walks (26) and on-base percentage (.471)...was Pac-10 Player of the Week after going 7-for-16 with a double, four home runs and 10 RBI versus Fresno State Apr. 16 and at ASU Apr. 19-21...hit home runs in four consecutive games Apr. 16-21...was 4-for-4 with three RBI Apr. 9 at Saint Mary's...hit home runs in four consecutive games Mar. 23-29...was 6-for-8 with two doubles, two home runs and five RBI Mar. 28-30 at USC...went 4-for-12 with a double, two home runs and three RBI Mar. 22-25 at WSU...was 6-for-11 with a double and six RBI Mar. 15-17 at UC Irvine...hit a game-winning grand slam in 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 start 2002 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 4-for-5 with an RBI Feb. 22...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 Feb. 3-8, including hitting first collegiate grand slam Feb. 8 vs. Gonzaga...is batting .471 (32-for-68) with runners in scoring position...in first Stanford series was 1-for-12...in Pac-10 games is 2-for-12 (.167) with an RBI career vs. Stanford...

JUSTIN NELSON: Is batting .252 (26-for-103, .327 vs. Pac-10) with three doubles, seven home runs and 19 RBI...went 6-for-11 with a double and four RBI last week vs. UW...was 3-for-9 Apr. 19-21 at ASU...went 3-for-11 with two home runs Apr. 12-14 vs. Arizona...went 2-for-3 and hit the game-winning home run Apr. 14 vs. the Wildcats...hit solo home runs Mar. 25 at Washington State and Mar. 12 vs. USF...went 2-for-2 with a home run Mar. 1 at North Carolina...was 1-for-2 with a three-run homer and a sacrifice fly Feb. 24 vs. Boston College...hit his first collegiate homer Feb. 3 at UNLV...

DAVID NICHOLSON: Is batting .319 (61-for-191, .292 vs. Pac-10) with 61 hits (8th in Pac-10), seven doubles, a triple, six home runs and 22 RBI...was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI Apr. 27 vs. UW...went 5-for-11 with a double, two home runs and five RBI Apr. 19-21 at ASU...was 4-for-13 with a double and two RBI Apr. 12-14 vs. Arizona...went 3-for-13 with two home runs and five RBI Apr. 5-7 vs. UCLA...was 4-for-11 with a double Mar. 28-30 at USC...went 6-for-14 with a double and triple Mar. 15-17 at UC Irvine...was 3-for-4 with a double and home run Mar. 20 vs. Saint Mary's...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...went 1-for-12 in first Stanford series...had the game-winning RBI in the Bears 5-4 victory over the Gonzaga Feb. 10...

JOE TODOROFF: Is 0-2 with a 5.28 ERA in 11 appearances...pitched well in relief Apr. 26 vs. UW (3.3 innings, three hits, no runs, two walks, three strikeouts)...lost in a Mar. 10 start vs. Stanford (4.0 innings, four hits, one earned run, one walk)...threw a career-high 5.7 innings in relief Mar. 5 vs. Georgetown (five hits, two runs, one walk, career-high four strikeouts)...got no decision in Feb. 12 start at Santa Clara (4.0 innings, five hits, two earned runs, three walks)...no decision in Feb. 6 start vs. San Jose State (3.7 innings, four hits, no earned runs, three walks, two strikeouts)...possible starter Friday...

DAVID WEINER: Is batting .286 (44-for-154, .293 vs. Pac-10) with nine doubles, two triples, a home run and 15 RBI...was 3-for-5 Apr. 27 vs. UW and 2-for-6 with an RBI Tuesday at USF...went 4-for-13 with a double and two RBI Apr. 19-21 at ASU...was 4-for-13 Apr. 12-14 vs. Arizona and 2-for-3 with a double Apr. 16 vs. Fresno State...went 7-for-15 and had the game-winning grand slam in the 15th inning (Apr. 7) Apr. 5-7 vs. UCLA...was 3-for-12 with two doubles and three RBI Mar. 22-25 at WSU...went 4-for-12 with a double and an RBI Mar. 8-10 vs. Stanford...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...sat out the 2001 season with an injured left shoulder...in Pac-10 play is 3-for-14 (.214) with an RBI career vs. Stanford...

CARSON WHITE: Is batting .345 (70-for-203, .304 vs. Pac-10) with 70 hits (2nd in Pac-10), 12 doubles, six home runs and 31 RBI...went 3-for-6 with a double Apr. 28 vs. UW and was 2-for-5 with a home run Tuesday at USF...was 5-for-15 with a double Apr. 19-21 at ASU...went 5-for-13 with an RBI Apr. 12-14 vs. Arizona...had a 14-game hitting streak from Mar. 1-25 (26-for-60, .433, 6-2B, 2-HR, 13 RBI)...was 7-for-14 with a double, a game-winning homer (Mar. 25) and three RBI Mar. 22-25 at WSU...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...was 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBI Mar. 1 (game two) at North Carolina...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...was 3-for-13 with a double in first Stanford series...in Pac-10 play is 5-fo-11 (.455) with a double career vs. Stanford...

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