Cal Baseball (26-26, 8-13) Hosts Oregon State in Final Pac-10 Series

May 6, 2002

BERKELEY, CA -

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Fri. May 10 vs. Oregon State Evans Diamond, Berkeley, CA 2:30 p.m.Sat. May 11 vs. Oregon State Evans Diamond, Berkeley, CA 1:00 p.m.Sun. May 12 vs. Oregon State Evans Diamond, Berkeley, CA 1:00 p.m.

TELEVISION: The Saturday, May 11 Oregon State-Cal game will be televised live on Fox Sports Net...Barry Tompkins (play-by-play) and former Arizona coach Jerry Kindall (color) will be announcing...RADIO:KALX Radio (90.7 FM) will broadcast the May 10-12 OSU-Cal series...SERIES RECORD: Cal has a 23-13 overall series record against the Oregon State Beavers...last year the Bears won one-of-three (L 6-5, L 10-1, W 12-1) Apr. 6-8 at Goss Stadium/Coleman Field...

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 85-79 (.518)...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 (26-26, 8-13 Pac-10) are in the midst of a seven-game losing streak, being swept at home by Washington Apr. 26-28, losing 8-7 in 11 innings Apr. 30 at USF and being swept May 3-5 at Stanford (8-4, 13-6, 8-5)...it is the Bears longest losing streak since Mar. 20-29, 1998...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 batting .374 with 13 doubles, two triples, 16 home runs, two grand slams and 59 RBI...Jackson leads the Pac-10 in home runs, RBI, hits (76) and total bases (141)...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 5-3 with a 3.70 ERA and six saves and is 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 UW became the Bears all-time career strikeout leader with his 276th strikeout (now has 280)...in 13 starts this season, he has not thrown less than 6.3 innings, has two complete games, is 7-5 with a 3.56 ERA and leads the Pac-10 with 90 strikeouts and 108.7 innings pitched...junior catcher John Baker, on the Johnny Bench Award watch list, is also excelling, batting a team-leading .376 (.429 in league play) with a Pac-10 leading .515 on base percentage...

TENTATIVE CALIFORNIA LINE-UPNo.	Pos.   	Player                        2002 Cal stats22	CF	Nick Medrano, Jr.             .250, 3 RBI, 1 HR15	DH	David Weiner, So.             .280, 15 RBI, 1 HR1	2B	Carson White, Sr.             .344, 32 RBI, 7 HR34	1B	Conor Jackson, So.            .374, 59 RBI, 16 HR33	C	John Baker, Jr.               .376, 22 RBI, 4 HR5	3B	David Nicholson, Fr.          .318, 22 RBI, 6 HR24	RF	Brian Horwitz, So.            .273, 25 RBI, 0 HR6	LF	Justin Nelson, Fr.            .254, 20 RBI, 8 HR9	SS	Jeff Dragicevich, So.         .294, 21 RBI, 3 HR26      RHP     Joe Todoroff, Fr. (Fri.)       0-2, 5.91 ERA32      RHP     Trevor Hutchinson, Sr. (Sat.)  7-5, 3.56 ERA30      RHP     Matt Brown, So. (Sun.)         5-3, 3.70 ERA

OREGON STATE: The Oregon State Beavers, coached by Pat Casey (8th year at OSU, 238-167-4, .587), are 30-15 (9-6 Pac-10) on the year, last sweeping WSU (18-1, 10-6, 22-21) May 3-5 at Washington State...top hitters for the Beavers are junior third baseman Brian Barden (.365, 8 HR, 45 RBI), freshman center fielder Aaron Mathews (.364, 1 HR, 23 RBI) and junior catcher Wick Udy (.357, 1 HR, 17 RBI)...Oregon State's tentative pitching rotation is sophomore right-hander Ben Rowe (7-3, 4.72 ERA), junior right-hander Stephen Copeland (5-2, 5.56 ERA) and junior left-hander Mark McLemore (2-3, 5.16 ERA)...in 2001, the Beavers were 31-24 overall and 11-13 (6th) in the Pac-10...

PAC-10 RACE (as of May 6)	Conference	                Overall	W	L	PCT	GB	W	L 	T	.PCTUSC	11	4	.733	---	28	18		.609Wash	10	5	.667	1.0	22	20	1	.523Stan	9	6	.600	2.0	32	13		.711OSU	9	6	.600	2.0	30	15		.667ASU	9	6	.600	2.0	27	16		.628Arizona	6	9	.400	5.0	28	18		.609UCLA	6	9	.400	5.0	21	28		.429CAL	8	13	.381	6.0	26	26		.500WSU	4	14	.222	8.5	18	27		.400

CAL PLAYER NOTES

JOHN BAKER: Is batting a team-best .376 (7th in Pac-10, 50-for-133, 11-2B, 3B, 4-HR, 22 RBI, .429 vs. Pac-10) with a Pac-10 leading .515 on-base percentage...sixth in Pac-10 in walks (28)...went 3-for-11 with a double and RBI last week at Stanford...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 Apr. 26-28 vs. UW...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...is batting .432 (16-for-37) with runners in scoring position...is 4-for-18 (.222) with a double and RBI career vs. Oregon State...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 5-3 with a 3.70 ERA (6th in Pac-10), six saves (2nd in Pac-10) in 21 appearances (7th in Pac-10)...lost May 5 start at Stanford (4.0 innings, six hits, six earned runs, four walks, one strikeout)...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 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...is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA (one strikeout in 1.0 inning) career vs. Oregon State...possible starter Sunday...

JEFF DRAGICEVICH: Is batting .294 (52-for-177, .319 vs. Pac-10) with 13 doubles, two triples, three home runs and 21 RBI...was 1-for-8 with a double and RBI last week at Stanford...went 6-for-13 with a home run and three RBI Apr. 26-28 vs. UW...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...is 6-for-10 (.600) with a double, home run and RBI career vs. Oregon State...brother, Scott, is a senior infielder for Stanford...

BRIAN HORWITZ: Is batting .273 (51-for-187, .263 vs. Pac-10) with six doubles, a triple and 25 RBI...went 6-for-12 with a double, triple and five RBI last week at Stanford...threw a runner out at home plate in 10th inning Apr. 30 at USF...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 3-for-14 (.214) with an RBI career vs. Oregon State...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 7-5 with a 3.56 ERA (5th in Pac-10) and has team-high 90 strikeouts (1st in Pac-10) in 108.7 innings (1st in Pac-10)...opponents are batting .239 (2nd in Pac-10)...is the Cal all-time career strikeout leader with 280 strikeouts and is second on the all-time innings pitched list (362.3)...lost May 4 at Stanford (7.0 innings, nine hits, seven runs, four walks, four strikeouts)...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)...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...is 2-0 with a 6.19 ERA (16 strikeouts in 16.0 innings) career vs. Oregon State...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 5.91 ERA, leads the team with 28 appearances (1st in Pac-10) and has 40 strikeouts in 45.7 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 .374 (76-for-203, 9th in Pac-10, .309 vs. Pac-10) with 13 doubles, two triples, 16 home runs (1st in Pac-10) and 59 RBI (1st in Pac-10)...also leads the Pac-10 in total bases (141) and hits (76), is third in slugging percentage (.695), seventh in on-base percentage (.453) and eighth in walks (26)...went 2-for-12 with a home run and three RBI last week at Stanford...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 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 grand slam Feb. 8 vs. Gonzaga...is batting .446 (33-for-74) with runners in scoring position...is 2-for-12 (.167) with an RBI career vs. Oregon State...

NICK MEDRANO: Is batting .250 (12-for-48, .278 vs. Pac-10) with two doubles, a home run and three RBI...was 2-for-8 with a home run and two RBI last week at Stanford...went 2-for-6 and had several outstanding catches Mar. 1-3 at North Carolina...is 0-for-1 career vs. Oregon State...

JUSTIN NELSON: Is batting .254 (29-for-114, .317 vs. Pac-10) with four doubles, eight home runs and 20 RBI...was 3-for-11 with a double and home run last week at Stanford...went 6-for-11 with a double and four RBI Apr. 26-28 vs. UW...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 .318 (63-for-198, .291 vs. Pac-10) with 63 hits (9th in Pac-10), seven doubles, a triple, six home runs and 22 RBI...was 2-for-7 last week at Stanford...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...went 3-for-5 with two RBI Feb. 12 at Santa Clara...was 6-for-13 with an RBI Feb. 8-10 vs. Gonzaga...had the game-winning RBI in the Bears 5-4 victory over the Gonzaga Feb. 10...

JOE TODOROFF: Is 0-2 with a 5.91 ERA in 12 appearances (seven starts)...got no decision in May 3 start at Stanford (3.0 innings, four hits, four runs, one walk, one strikeout)...pitched well in relief Apr. 26 vs. UW (3.3 innings, three hits, no runs, two walks, three strikeouts)...lost in 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)...got 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 .280 (45-for-161, .280 vs. Pac-10) with nine doubles, two triples, a home run and 15 RBI...went 1-for-7 last week at Stanford...was 3-for-5 Apr. 27 vs. UW...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...is 2-for-14 (.143) with a home run and two RBI career vs. Oregon State...

CARSON WHITE: Is batting .344 (73-for-212, .307 vs. Pac-10) with 73 hits (3rd in Pac-10), 13 doubles, seven home runs and 32 RBI...is also sixth in Pac-10 in total bases (107)...went 3-for-10 with a double and home run last week at Stanford...was 2-for-5 with a home run Apr. 30 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 home run Feb. 8-10 vs. Gonzaga...was a first team All-Pac-10 selection last season...is 3-fo-12 (.455) with a double and three RBI career vs. Oregon State...

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