Cal Baseball Opens 2003 Pac-10 Play Versus Washington State

March 19, 2003

BERKELEY, CA -

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Mar. 21	vs. WSU	Evans Diamond, Berkeley, CA 2:00 p.m.Mar. 22	vs. WSU	Evans Diamond, Berkeley, CA 1:00 p.m.Mar. 23	vs. WSU	Evans Diamond, Berkeley, CA 12:00 p.m.

RADIO: KALX Radio (90.7 FM) will broadcast the Mar. 21-23 WSU-Cal games. Live audio provided on www.calbears.com.

BEAR NOTES: The California baseball team (13-10) begins Pac-10 Conference play this weekend, hosting Washington State (5-15) in a three-game series at Evans Diamond. The Bears are 8-3 at home this season after winning two-of-three last weekend versus UC Irvine (W 8-7 in 12 innings, L 9-3, W 2-0) and giving head coach David Esquer his 100th career victory (101-90). During the exciting Mar. 14, 8-7, 12-inning win that gave Esquer his 100th victory, junior catcher Chris Grossman was the hitting star. In the extra-inning affair, Grossman hit two home runs and knocked in the game-winning RBI in the 12th inning. He had a solo home run in the seventh to give Cal a 5-4 lead. In the bottom of the ninth with the game getting dark and the Bears down 7-5, Grossman got behind 0-2 before fouling off nine consecutive pitches. On the 15th pitch of the at-bat, he hit a two-run homer over the left field fence to send the game into extra innings. Then in the bottom of the 12th, Grossman knocked in the game-winning RBI with a drive to right center field. In the Bears' 2-0 shut out of UC Irvine Mar. 16, sophomore right-hander Kyle Crist threw a career-high 6.0 innings with only two hits, no walks and four strikeouts. It was the third time this season Crist has shut out opponents in an extended outing. On Feb. 11, he pitched 5.0 innings with five hits, no runs, one walk and one strikeout versus San Jose State. On Feb. 23 at Long Beach State, Crist pitched 6.0 innings with two hits, no runs, two walks and two strikeouts. The Bears, who are trying to qualify for postseason play for the second time in coach Esquer's four-year tenure, return 13 players who were members of Cal's 2001 NCAA Regional squad.

SERIES RECORD: Cal has a 26-20 all-time series record against the Washington State Cougars. In the last meeting between the two schools, the Bears swept the series (5-1, 5-4, 6-5 in 10 innings), Mar. 22-25, 2002 in Lewiston, Idaho.

HEAD COACH DAVID ESQUER: The 2001 Pac-10 Coach of the Year, Esquer, 37, is in his fourth season at Cal and has a career record of 101-90 (.529). 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.

TENTATIVE CALIFORNIA LINE-UPNo.	Pos.	Player	                2003 stats4	SS	Allen Craig, Fr.	.316, 15 RBI, 2 HR33	CF	Jeremy Burchett, Fr.	.296, 9 RBI, 1 HR34	1B	Conor Jackson, Jr.	.286, 9 RBI, 2 HR35	C	Chris Grossman, Jr.	.341, 19 RBI, 5 HR24	RF	Brian Horwitz, Jr.	.293, 25 RBI, 5 HR44	DH	James Holder, So.	.312, 10 RBI, 3 HR2	LF	Ben Conley, Sr.	        .385, 7 RBI, 0 HR9	3B	Jeff Dragicevich, Jr.	.231, 7 RBI, 0 HR5	2B	David Nicholson, So.	.242, 2 RBI, 0 HR30	RHP	Matt Brown, Jr. (Fri.)	        1-2, 5.77 ERA20	RHP	Brian Montalbo, Jr. (Sat.)	2-2, 5.74 ERA		TBA (Sun.)

WASHINGTON STATE: The Washington State Cougars, coached by Tim Mooney (3rd year at WSU, 41-87, .320), are currently 5-15, splitting two games at Portland (W 6-3, L 9-5) Mar. 17-18. Top hitters for the Cougars are junior left fielder Justin Hart (.333, 1 HR, 4 RBI), sophomore shortstop Derek Bruce (.325, 3 HR, 10 RBI) and sophomore first baseman Grant Richardson (.306, 2 HR, 16 RBI). Washington State's tentative pitching rotation is senior left-hander Tony Banaszak (0-5, 3.83 ERA), sophomore right-hander Bryce Chamberlin (3-1, 5.61 ERA) and TBA. In 2002, the Courgars were 21-33, 6-18 in the Pac-10 (ninth).

PAC-10 RACE (as of Mar. 19)	Conference	                               Overall	W	L	PCT	GB	W	L 	.PCTASU	0	0	.000	0.0	31	2	.939Arizona	0	0	.000	0.0	18	7	.720Wash	0	0	.000	0.0	14	6	.700Stan	0	0	.000	0.0	14	7	.667CAL	0	0	.000	0.0	13	10	.565USC	0	0	.000	0.0	12	11	.522OSU	0	0	.000	0.0	10	10	.500UCLA	0	0	.000	0.0	12	14	.462WSU	0	0	.000	0.0	5	15	.250

CAL HONOR CANDIDATES

Conor Jackson, third base, JR - preseason All-American in Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers; 2002 first team All-Pac-10 selection; member of the 2002 USA National Team; led the Pac-10 in total bases (152) and slugging percentage (.691), and was second with a .382 batting average in 2002; is a candidate for the Golden Spikes Award as the nation's top collegiate baseball player. Matt Brown, right-handed pitcher, JR - preseason All-American in Baseball America; two-time Pac-10 Honorable Mention; 2002 Cape Cod League All-Star; is tied for fourth on the Cal all-time save list (14), on the Smith Award watch list. Chris Grossman, catcher, JR - Cal's 2003 leader in home runs (five); batting .341 with 19 RBI; game-winning RBI Mar. 14 vs. UC Irvine; game-winning home run Feb. 7 vs. Loyola Marymount. Brian Horwitz, outfield, JR - Cal's 2003 leader in home runs (five) and RBI (25); tied school record with eight RBI Feb. 14 versus Texas-Pan American; is school record holder with 23-game hitting streak set as a freshman in 2001.

KEY NEWCOMERS

Jeremy Burchett, outfield, FR - Capistrano Valley HS (Coto de Caza, CA) - batting .296 with team-leading eight doubles; had 10-game hitting streak from Feb. 18-Mar. 15. Allen Craig, infield, FR - Chaparral HS (Temecula, CA) - batted .485 with 11 runs, three doubles, two home runs and 10 RBI for USA Junior National Team this summer; helped Team USA to bronze medal at 2002 World Junior Championship; is batting .316 with 12-game hitting streak from Jan. 31-Feb. 18; Feb. 11 Pac-10 Player of the Week.

IMPORTANT HOME DATES

Apr. 17-19 vs. USC

Cal faces the No. 6 Preseason ranked and defending Pac-10 champion Trojans.

May 9-11 vs. Stanford

The Golden Bears host Bay Area rival Stanford in the last regular season conference series.

CAL INDIVIDUAL PLAYER NOTES

MATT BROWN, JR., RHP: Is 1-2 with a 5.77 ERA and has 25 strikeouts in a team-high 34.3 innings...got no decision Mar. 14 vs. UC Irvine (7.3 innings, seven hits, five runs, three walks, seven strikeouts)...lost Mar. 7 at Stanford (4.0 innings, six hits, four earned runs, two walks, three strikeouts)...lost on unearned run Feb. 21 at Long Beach State (7.0 innings, three hits, two walks, four strikeouts)...won Feb. 14 vs. Texas-Pan American (5.0 inning, six hits, five runs, two walks, six strikeouts)...got no decision Feb. 7 vs. Loyola Marymount (6.0 innings, seven hits, four runs, three walks, four strikeouts)...got no decision Jan. 31 vs. UNLV (5.0 innings, eight hits, four runs, one walk, one strikeout)...is 1-0 with a save and a 1.29 ERA (four strikeouts in 7.0 innings) career vs. Washington State...is slated to start Friday...

JEREMY BURCHETT, FR., OF/RHP: Is batting .296 (21-for-71) with a team-high eight doubles, a home run and nine RBI...had 10-game hitting streak from Feb. 18-Mar. 15 (14-for-41, .341, 4-2B, 6 RBI)...hit a double in four straight games Feb. 18-23...went 5-for-10 with three doubles and three RBI Feb. 21-23 at Long Beach State...was 2-for-9 with two doubles Feb. 14-16 at the College Express Classic...went 2-for-5 with a double and two RBI Feb. 18 vs. Saint Mary's...got a hit in his first collegiate at-bat, Jan. 31 vs. UNLV...went 2-for-7 with a home run and three RBI Jan. 31-Feb. 1 vs. UNLV...

BEN CONLEY, SR., OF: Is batting a team-leading .385 (10-for-26) with two doubles and seven RBI...has not played in the last eight games due to a right hip flexer strain...went 2-for-6 Feb. 21-23 at Long Beach State...was 2-for-4 with a double Feb. 11 vs. San Jose State...was 5-for-12 with a double and six RBI Feb. 7-9 vs. Loyola Marymount...had game-tying RBIs Feb. 7 and Feb. 8, and the game-winning RBIs Feb. 9 vs. LMU... is batting .500 (5-for-10) with runners in scoring position...is 3-for-14 (.231) career vs. Washington State...

ALLEN CRAIG, FR., INF.: Is batting .316 (30-for-95) with a team-high 22 runs, seven doubles, two home runs and 15 RBI...started season with 12-game hitting streak (19-for-49, .388, 4-2B, 2-HR, 14 RBI Jan. 31-Feb. 18)...went 5-for-14 with a RBI last week vs. UC Irvine...was 2-for-5 with three runs Feb. 25 at Santa Clara...went 5-for-16 with a double and four RBI Feb. 14-16 at the Express College Classic...was 2-for-4 with two RBI Feb. 18 vs. Saint Mary's...was the Pac-10 Player of the Week for Feb. 4-10 after going 7-for-17 (.412) with two doubles, a grand slam and five RBI Feb. 4 at San Francisco and Feb. 7-9 vs. Loyola Marymount...hit a home run in his first collegiate at-bat, Jan. 31 vs. UNLV...went 4-for-9 with a home run and two RBI Jan. 31-Feb. 2 vs. the Rebels...is batting .423 (11-for-26) with runners in scoring position...

KYLE CRIST, SO., RHP: Is 1-1 with a 3.60 ERA (10th in Pac-10)...earned first collegiate win in Mar. 16 shutout vs. UC Irvine (career-high 6.0 innings, two hits, no walks, four strikeouts)...lost Mar. 9 at Stanford (3.3 innings, 12 hits, seven runs, no walks, three strikeouts)...was outstanding Feb. 23 at Long Beach State (no decision, 6.0 innings, two hits, no runs, two walks, two strikeouts)...pitched 4.3 relief innings Feb. 16 vs. Nebraska (4.3 innings, four hits, one run, two walks, three strikeouts)...got no decision Feb. 11 start vs. San Jose State (4.0 innings, five hits, no runs, one walk, one strikeout)...is possible starter Sunday...

CHRIS GROSSMAN, JR., C: Is batting .341 (29-for-85) with six doubles, five home runs and 19 RBI...was 5-for-14 with two doubles, two home runs and five RBI Mar. 14-16 vs. UC Irvine...went 4-for-6 with a double, two home runs and four RBI, including game-winning RBI in 12th inning Mar. 14 vs. UCI...was 5-for-13 with a double and two-run homer Mar. 7-9 at Stanford...was 1-for-3 with three RBI Feb. 25 at Santa Clara...went 3-for-4 with a double Feb. 18 vs. Saint Mary's...was 1-for-4 with a key home run in the eighth inning Feb. 11 vs. San Jose State...went 5-for-13 with a double, home run and two RBI Feb. 7-9 vs. Loyola Marymount, including hitting the game-winning home run in the ninth inning Feb. 7 vs. LMU... was 4-for-11 Jan. 31-Feb. 2 vs. UNLV, including 2-for-4 with three RBI in Jan. 31 season-opener...is 2-for-5 (.400) with two doubles and a RBI career vs. Washington State...

JAMES HOLDER, SO., 1B: Is batting .312 (24-for-77) with five doubles, three home runs and 10 RBI...went 3-for-11 with two RBI Mar. 14-16 vs. UC Irvine...was 3-for-10 with a double Mar. 7-9 at Stanford...went 3-for-4 with a home run Feb. 25 at Santa Clara...was 4-for-12 with two home runs and five RBI Feb. 14-16 at the Express College Classic, including going 2-for-3 with two home runs and career-high five RBI Feb. 14 vs. Texas-Pan American...was 3-for-5 with a RBI Feb. 18 vs. Saint Mary's...went 3-for-6 with two doubles and RBI Feb. 7-9 vs. Loyola Marymount...went 2-for-3 in the Jan. 31 season-opener vs. UNLV...

BRIAN HORWITZ, JR., OF: Is batting .293 (27-for-92) with six doubles, a triple, five home runs and team-leading 25 RBI...was 3-for-10 with a double and two RBI Mar. 14-16 vs. UC Irvine...went 8-for-15 with two doubles, two home runs and 11 RBI Feb. 14-16 at the Express College Classic...was 4-for-4 with a double, two home runs and tied a school record with eight RBI Feb. 14 vs. Texas-Pan American...went 2-for-5 with two RBI, including game-winning RBI Feb. 16 vs. Nebraska...was 2-for-3 with two RBI, including game-winning home run Feb. 11 vs. San Jose State...was 2-for-5 with a double, home run and three RBI Feb. 4 at San Francisco...went 4-for-12 with two doubles, a home run and four RBI Jan. 31-Feb. 2 vs. UNLV...is batting .333 (10-for-30) with runners in scoring position...is 9-for-24 (.375) with two doubles and five RBI career vs. Washington State...

JESSE INGRAM, SO., RHP: Is 2-0 with four saves (2nd in Pac-10) and a 4.35 ERA in 12 appearances (2nd in Pac-10)...earned save Mar. 16 vs. UC Irvine (3.0 innings, two hits, no runs, two walks, one strikeout)...earned save Feb. 25 at Santa Clara (1.3 innings, two hits, two runs, two walks, two strikeouts)...earned save Feb. 11 vs. San Jose State (1.0 inning, one hit, one run, no walks, one strikeout)...won Feb. 7 (0.7 inning, one hit, no runs, one walk) and Feb. 9 (1.7 innings, two hits, no runs, one walk, four strikeouts) vs. Loyola Marymount...earned save Feb. 4 at San Francisco (2.0 innings, no hits, no runs, one walk, four strikeouts)...

CONOR JACKSON, JR., INF: Is batting .286 (14-for-49) with three doubles, two home runs and nine RBI...was 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI Mar. 14 vs. UC Irvine...went 6-for-9 with two doubles, a home run and four RBI Feb. 14-16 at the Express College Classic...sprained his right ankle in the Jan. 31 opener vs. UNLV, missing seven games...hit a home run in first at-bat after injury, Feb. 14 vs. Texas-Pan American...is batting .364 (4-for-11) with runners in scoring position...is 8-for-22 (.364) with two doubles, a triple, two home runs and four RBI career vs. Washington State...

BRIAN MONTALBO, JR., RHP: Is 2-2 with a 5.74 ERA...opponents are batting .237 against him (7th in Pac-10)...lost Mar. 15 vs. UC Irvine (4.3 innings, six hits, three earned runs, two walks, four strikeouts)...lost Mar. 8 at Stanford (5.7 innings, five hits, five earned runs, five walks, four strikeouts)...won Feb. 22 at Long Beach State (career-high 8.3 innings, five hits, three runs, one walk, five strikeouts)...got no decision Feb. 15 vs. Southwest Texas State (5.0 innings, four hits, two runs, three walks, three strikeouts)...picked up win in relief Feb. 8 vs. Loyola Marymount (3.0 innings, two hits, no runs, three walks, two strikeouts)...is 1-0 with a 3.51 ERA (four strikeouts in 7.7 innings) career vs. Washington State)...is slated to start Saturday...

JOE TODOROFF, SO., RHP: Is 3-1 with a 3.82 ERA (8th in Pac-10)...lost Mar. 18 at Saint Mary's (4.0 innings, six hits, three runs, two walks, five strikeouts)...won in relief Feb. 25 at Santa Clara (career-high 6.3 innings, five hits, one run, one walk, career-high eight strikeouts)...won Feb. 18 start vs. Saint Mary's (5.0 innings, six hits, no runs, one walk, two strikeouts)...earned first collegiate win Feb. 1 vs. UNLV (5.0 innings, three hits, three runs, three walks, two strikeouts)...

DID YOU KNOW?

*Cal won the inaugural College World Series title in 1947, defeating former President George Bush's Yale team, 8-7, in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

*The Golden Bears have had two players go on to be league MVPs in professional baseball - Jackie Jensen was the American League MVP in 1958 with the Red Sox and Jeff Kent was the National League MVP in 2001 with the Giants.

*The 2003 Cal coaching staff of David Esquer, Dan Hubbs and Ron Witmeyer have been a part of 17 NCAA Regionals, four College World Series and two National Championships as either a player or coach.

*Cal is one of only 20 schools that have won NCAA Baseball titles and only one of 12 schools that have won more than one national championship (1947, 1957).

*Junior third baseman Conor Jackson played for the USA National Team last summer and is one of six Golden Bears to have competed for Team USA. Former Bear head coach Bob Milano (1978-99) was an assistant coach for the 1988 United States Olympic team and was the USA National Team coach in 1997. Paul Mohler was a trainer for the USA National Team in 1988.

*Since 1947, Cal has had 31 All-American selections, 72 All-Pac-10 selections and 40 major leaguers. Since 1978, the Bears have had 97 athletes play professional baseball.

*Conor Jackson's dad, John Jackson, plays Admiral A.J. Chegwidden on the television series JAG. Junior first baseman/outfielder Noah Jackson's godfather is Chicago Cubs manager Dusty Baker. Junior left-hander Matt Irwin was a member of the Cal band from 1999-2000 before again taking up baseball.

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