Cal Baseball Hosts No. 4 Arizona State in Pac-10 Series
April 9, 2003
BERKELEY, CA -
Apr. 11 vs. Arizona State Evans Diamond, Berkeley, CA 2:00 p.m.Apr. 12 vs. Arizona State Evans Diamond, Berkeley, CA 1:00 p.m.Apr. 13 vs. Arizona State Evans Diamond, Berkeley, CA 1:00 p.m.
RADIO: KALX Radio (90.7 FM) will broadcast the Apr. 11-13 ASU-Cal games. Live audio provided on www.calbears.com.
BEAR NOTES: The California baseball team (20-15, 6-3) hosts No. 4 ranked Arizona State (35-7, 3-3) this weekend for a Pac-10 series at Evans Diamond, with Saturday being designated as Bob Milano Day. The former Cal coach will have his No. 7 jersey retired in a 1 p.m. ceremony. Cal is currently second in the Pac-10 at 6-3 after winning two-of-three last weekend at UCLA (L 10-2, W 8-6, W 12-9). Behind the pitching of sophomore right-hander Jesse Ingram, the Apr. 8 Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week, and the hitting of sophomore designated hitter James Holder, the Bears had two come-from-behind wins versus the Bruins. Ingram picked up two saves at UCLA, throwing a combined 4.0 innings with no hits, no runs, two walks and four strikeouts. He now has seven saves on the year with a 2-0 record, a 3.90 ERA and 29 strikeouts in 32.3 innings. Ingram's seven saves is eighth on the Cal single season list. Holder was 4-for-7 with a double, home run and six RBI at UCLA. He missed Friday's game with the flu, but came back to get a key RBI double in Cal's four-run ninth inning Apr. 5, and was 2-for-4 with a two-run homer and four RBI Apr. 6 when the Bears rallied from a 9-2 deficit. Other players who shined at UCLA were junior catcher Chris Grossman (6-for-12, 3-2B, HR, 5 RBI) and sophomore third baseman Matt Einspahr (5-for-13, 2-2B, RBI). Grossman is leading Cal with a .351 average and 33 RBI. He has had two game-tying home runs, a game-winning home run and a game-winning RBI single this season. The Bears, who are trying to qualify for postseason play for the second time in head coach David Esquer's four-year tenure, return 13 players who were members of Cal's 2001 NCAA Regional squad.
SERIES RECORD: Cal has a 47-83 all-time series record against the Arizona State Sun Devils. In the last meeting, the Bears won two-of-three games (W 9-5, L 4-3, W 9-3), Apr. 19-21, 2002 at HoHoKam Park in Mesa, AZ.
HEAD COACH DAVID ESQUER: The 37-year-old Esquer, the 2001 Pac-10 Coach of the Year, is in his fourth season at Cal and has a career record of 108-95 (.532). 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 stats5 2B David Nicholson, So. .268, 5 RBI, 0 HR14 3B Matt Einspahr, So. .286, 3 RBI, 0 HR34 1B Conor Jackson, Jr. .333, 24 RBI, 4 HR35 C Chris Grossman, Jr. .351, 33 RBI, 6 HR44 DH James Holder, So. .314, 27 RBI, 5 HR2 RF Ben Conley, Sr. .271, 15 RBI, 3 HR9 SS Jeff Dragicevich, Jr. .255, 10 RBI, 1 HR6 LF Justin Nelson, So. .228, 19 RBI, 7 HR33 CF Jeremy Burchett, Fr. .250, 11 RBI, 1 HR30 RHP Matt Brown, Jr. (Fri.) 2-5, 5.82 ERA20 RHP Brian Montalbo, Jr. (Sat.) 3-2, 6.21 ERA17 RHP Kyle Crist, So. (Sun.) 2-1, 5.45 ERA
ARIZONA STATE: The No. 4 ranked (Sports Weekly/ESPN, No. 6 Collegiate Baseball, No. 7 Baseball America) Arizona State Sun Devils, coached by Pat Murphy (9th year at ASU, 341-171-1, .666), are 35-7 (3-3), last defeating Grand Canyon, 10-2, Apr. 7 in Tempe. Top hitters for the Sun Devils are sophomore shortstop Dustin Pedroia (.427, 3 HR, 30 RBI), freshman right fielder Travis Buck (.386, 2 HR, 31 RBI) and sophomore first baseman Jeff Larish (.374, 13 HR, 65 RBI). Arizona State's tentative pitching rotation is freshman left-hander Erik Averill (6-0, 2.77 ERA), senior right-hander Jered Liebeck (6-0, 2.84 ERA) and senior right-hander Ben Thurmond (3-0, 3.12 ERA). In 2002, the Sun Devils were 37-21, 15-9 in the Pac-10 (third) and 1-2 in NCAA Regional in Mesa, AZ.
PAC-10 RACE (as of Apr. 9) Conference Overall W L PCT GB W L .PCTStan 7 2 .778 --- 22 10 .688CAL 6 3 .667 1.0 20 15 .571ASU 3 3 .500 2.5 35 7 .833Arizona 3 3 .500 2.5 24 11 .686Wash 3 3 .500 2.5 21 10 .677UCLA 3 3 .500 2.5 17 19 .472USC 2 4 .333 3.5 15 17 .469OSU 2 4 .333 3.5 15 15 .500WSU 1 5 .167 4.5 9 23 .281
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 and is on the Smith Award watch list. 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. 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 .324 with 12-game hitting streak from Jan. 31-Feb. 18; Feb. 11 Pac-10 Player of the Week; out with sprained left wrist suffered Mar. 22 vs. WSU, doubtful for ASU. Chris Grossman, catcher, JR - Cal's 2003 leader in batting average (.351) and RBI (33); game-winning RBI Mar. 14 vs. UC Irvine; game-winning home run Feb. 7 vs. Loyola Marymount. Brian Horwitz, outfield, JR - Owns .293 average with five home runs and 25 RBI; 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; out with sprained left thumb suffered Mar. 20 in practice, probable for ASU.
IMPORTANT HOME DATES
Apr. 17-19 vs. USCCal faces the No. 6 Preseason ranked and defending Pac-10 champion Trojans.
May 9-11 vs. StanfordThe Golden Bears host Bay Area rival Stanford in the last regular season conference series.
CAL INDIVIDUAL PLAYER NOTES
MATT BROWN, JR., RHP: Is 2-4 with a 5.82 ERA and a team-high 47 strikeouts (4th in Pac-10) in 55.7 innings (6th in Pac-10)...opponents are batting .264 (8th in Pac-10) against him...lost Apr. 4 at UCLA (6.0 inn., eight hits, six earned runs, two walks, eight strikeouts)...lost Mar. 28 at OSU (7.3 inn., seven hits, six earned runs, four walks, nine strikeouts)...won Mar. 21 vs. WSU (8.0 inn., six hits, two earned runs, no walks, five strikeouts)...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 1-1 with a 4.21 ERA (11 strikeouts in 10.7 innings) career vs. ASU...is slated to start Friday...
BEN CONLEY, SR., OF: Is batting .271 (19-for-70, .219 vs. Pac-10) with five doubles, three home runs and 15 RBI...went 4-for-10 with a double, home run and three RBI Apr. 4-6 at UCLA...was 2-for-3 with two home runs and three RBI Mar. 28 at OSU...missed eight games Feb. 25-Mar. 18 due to a right hip flexor 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...went 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 .304 (7-for-23) with runners in scoring position...is 3-for-21 (.143) with a double and RBI career vs. ASU...
KYLE CRIST, SO., RHP: Is 2-1 with a 5.45 ERA and has 24 strikeouts in 36.3 innings...got no decision Apr. 6 at UCLA (1.7 inn., six hits, seven runs, two walks, three strikeouts)...won Mar. 30 at OSU (5.3 inn., seven hits, two earned runs, no walks, four strikeouts)...got no decision Mar. 23 start vs. WSU (4.3 inn., seven hits, three runs, one walk, two strikeouts)...earned first collegiate win in Mar. 16 shutout vs. UC Irvine (career-high 6.0 inn., two hits, no walks, four strikeouts)...lost Mar. 9 at Stanford (3.3 inn., 12 hits, seven runs, no walks, three strikeouts)...was outstanding Feb. 23 at Long Beach State (no decision, career-high 6.0 inn., two hits, no runs, two walks, two strikeouts)...pitched 4.3 relief innings Feb. 16 vs. Nebraska (four hits, one run, two walks, three strikeouts)...got no decision Feb. 11 start vs. San Jose State (4.0 inn., five hits, no runs, one walk, one strikeout)...is slated to start Sunday...
CHRIS GROSSMAN, JR., C: Is batting a team-leading .351 (47-for-134, .436 vs. Pac-10) with 11 doubles (7th in Pac-10), six home runs and a team-high 33 RBI (9th in Pac-10)...went 6-for-12 with three doubles, a home run and five RBI Apr. 4-6 at UCLA...was 6-for-15 with five RBI Mar. 28-30 at OSU, including going 4-for-6 with two RBI Mar. 30...went 5-for-12 with two doubles and four RBI Mar. 21-23 vs. WSU...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. LMU, including hitting the game-winning home run in the ninth inning Feb. 7 vs. the Lions... was 4-for-11 Jan. 31-Feb. 2 vs. UNLV, including 2-for-4 with three RBI in Jan. 31 opener...is batting .341 (15-for-44) with runners in scoring position...is 0-for-5 with a RBI career vs. ASU...
JAMES HOLDER, SO., 1B/DH: Is batting .314 (38-for-121, .344 vs. Pac-10) with a team-high 11 doubles (7th in Pac-10), five home runs and 27 RBI...is first in the Pac-10 in hit by pitch (12)...is currently on a career-high eight-game hitting streak from Mar. 25 (12-for-32, .375, 5-2B, 2-HR, 12 RBI)...was 4-for-7 with a double, home run and six RBI Apr. 4-6 at UCLA, including going 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBI Apr. 6...went 5-for-13 with two doubles, a home run and five RBI Mar. 28-30 at OSU, including going 2-for-5 with a double, home run and four RBI Mar. 30...was 3-for-4 with a home run Feb. 25 at Santa Clara...went 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. LMU...went 2-for-3 in the Jan. 31 opener vs. UNLV...is batting .324 (12-for-37) with runners in scoring position...
JESSE INGRAM, SO., RHP: Is 2-0 with seven saves (1st in Pac-10) and a 3.90 ERA in 19 appearances (1st in Pac-10)...has 29 strikeouts in 32.3 innings...was the Apr. 8 Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week, picking up two saves Apr. 5-6 at UCLA (4.0 inn., no hits, no runs, two walks, four strikeouts)...his seven saves are eighth on Cal's single-season save list...earned save Mar. 29 at OSU (3.0 inn., one hit, no runs, one walk, three strikeouts)...earned save Mar. 16 vs. UC Irvine (3.0 inn., two hits, no runs, two walks, one strikeout)...earned save Feb. 25 at Santa Clara (1.3 inn., two hits, two runs, two walks, two strikeouts)...earned save Feb. 11 vs. San Jose State (1.0 inn., one hit, one run, no walks, one strikeout)...won Feb. 7 (0.7 inn., one hit, no runs, one walk) and Feb. 9 (1.7 inn., two hits, no runs, one walk, four strikeouts) vs. LMU...earned save Feb. 4 at San Francisco (2.0 inn., no hits, no runs, one walk, four strikeouts)... is 1-0 with 0.00 ERA (three strikeouts in 4.0 innings) career vs. ASU...
CONOR JACKSON, JR., INF: Is batting .333 (29-for-87, .367 vs. Pac-10) with eight doubles, four home runs and 24 RBI...has a team-leading .520 on-base percentage (3rd in Pac-10) and 31 walks (3rd in Pac-10)...is currently on a nine-game hitting streak from Mar. 25 (12-for-29, .414, 4-2B, HR, 13 RBI)...was 4-for-11 with a double and RBI Apr. 4-6 at UCLA...went 2-for-3 with two doubles and three RBI Apr. 2 vs. Sac. State...was 4-for-10 with a double and four RBI Mar. 28-30 at OSU...went 3-for-9 with a double and a two-run homer Mar. 21-23 vs. WSU and hit a grand slam Mar. 25 at Sac. State...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 hitting a team-best .481 (13-for-27) with runners in scoring position...is 9-for-24 (.3750) with a double, three home runs and nine RBI career vs. ASU...
BRIAN MONTALBO, JR., RHP: Is 3-2 with a 6.21 ERA...got no decision Apr. 5 at UCLA (5.0 inn., seven hits, five runs, five walks, four strikeouts)...got no decision Mar. 29 at OSU (3.3 inn., seven hits, five runs, three walks, three strikeouts)...won Mar. 22 vs. WSU (7.0 inn., five hits, two runs, three walks, five strikeouts)...lost Mar. 15 vs. UC Irvine (4.3 inn., six hits, three earned runs, two walks, four strikeouts)...lost Mar. 8 at Stanford (5.7 inn., 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 inn., four hits, two runs, three walks, three strikeouts)...picked up win in relief Feb. 8 vs. LMU (3.0 inn., two hits, three walks, two strikeouts) )...is 0-0 with a 6.00 ERA (three strikeouts in 3.0 innings) career vs. ASU...is slated to start Saturday...
DAVID NICHOLSON, SO., INF./OF: Is batting .268 (38-for-142, .366 vs. Pac-10) with five doubles, a triple, five RBI and is 12-for-14 in stolen bases (3rd in Pac-10)...went 4-for-14 Apr. 4-6 at UCLA...was 6-for-14 with RBI double Mar. 28-30 at OSU...went 5-for-13 with two RBI Mar. 21-23 vs. WSU...had career-high eight-game hitting streak from Feb. 1-14 (15-for-32, .469, 3-2B, 2 RBI)...was 5-for-12 with a double and RBI Feb. 7-9 vs. LMU...went 3-for-5 Feb. 4 at USF...was 4-for-4 with a double Feb. 1 vs. UNLV...is 5-for-11 (.455) with a double, two home runs and five RBI career vs. ASU...
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.
*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 outfielder David Weiner's uncle is USA Olympic swimming legend Mark Spitz.
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