Cal Baseball Travels to Washington For Pac-10 Series
April 23, 2003
BERKELEY, CA -
Apr. 25 at Washington Husky Ballpark, Seattle, WA 6:30 p.m.Apr. 26 at Washington Husky Ballpark, Seattle, WA 1:00 p.m.Apr. 27 at Washington Husky Ballpark, Seattle, WA 1:00 p.m.
TELEVISION/RADIO: The Friday, Apr. 25 Cal-Washington game will be televised tape delayed (shown Apr. 27 at 4 p.m.) by Fox Sports Net, with Jim Watson (play-by-play) and former Arizona coach Jerry Kindall (color) announcing. KALX Radio (90.7 FM) will broadcast the Apr. 25-27 Cal-UW games. Live audio provided on www.calbears.com.
BEAR NOTES: The California baseball team (24-19, 8-7) travels to Washington (26-12, 4-5) this weekend for a Pac-10 series at Husky Ballpark. Cal, winners of four of its last five games, is fresh off of winning two-of-three over USC (L 3-1, W 11-2, W 8-3) and defeating Santa Clara, 11-6, Tuesday. The Bears offense has been led by junior All-America candidate Conor Jackson, who was the Apr. 21 Pac-10 Player of the Week after going 6-for-10 with a double, two home runs and four RBI against the Trojans. Jackson is now batting a team-high .372 with 10 doubles, six home runs and 304 RBI, and is also the Pac-10 leader with a .548 on-base percentage. Junior catcher Chris Grossman is batting .356 with a team-leading 39 RBI, and is in the midst of a 10-game hitting streak from Apr. 4 (17-for-41, .415, 6-2B, HR, 11 RBI). Grossman has had two game-tying home runs, a game-winning home run and a game-winning RBI single this season. On the mound, the Bears will start a pair of sophomore against the Huskies - Jesse Ingram and Mike Padgett. Ingram was the Apr. 8 Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week after picking up two saves Apr. 5-6 at UCLA, and threw a career-high 7.0 innings with a career-high seven strikeouts Apr. 17 versus USC. Padgett picked up the Apr. 18 victory over the Trojans, making his first Cal start and throwing a career-high 7.3 innings. 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 19-14 all-time series record against the Washington Huskies. In the last meeting between the two schools, the Bears were swept (2-0, 5-4, 10-7 in 11 inn.), Apr. 26-28, 2002 at Evans Diamond.
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 112-99 (.531). 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. .261, 8 RBI, 0 HR2 CF Ben Conley, Sr. .278, 19 RBI, 4 HR34 1B Conor Jackson, Jr. .372, 30 RBI, 6 HR35 C Chris Grossman, Jr. .356, 39 RBI, 6 HR24 RF Brian Horwitz, Jr. .333, 34 RBI, 5 HR44 DH James Holder, So. .302, 32 RBI, 5 HR6 LF Justin Nelson, So. .250, 25 RBI, 8 HR9 SS Jeff Dragicevich, Jr. .288, 13 RBI, 2 HR14 3B Matt Einspahr, So. .294, 5 RBI, 0 HR19 RHP Jesse Ingram, So. (Fri.) 2-0, 3.67 ERA41 RHP Mike Padgett, So. (Sat.) 4-2, 2.59 ERA TBA (Sun.)
WASHINGTON: The Washington Huskies, coached by Ken Knutson (11th year at UW, 373-247-1, .601), are 26-12 (4-5), last sweeping Hawaii-Hilo (13-1, 9-2, 10-2) Apr. 21-22 at Washington. Top hitters for the Huskies are freshman center fielder Brent Lillibridge (.391, 6 HR, 25 RBI), freshman third baseman John Otness (.341, 3 HR, 21 RBI) and sophomore catcher Aaron Hathaway (.333, 3 HR, 22 RBI. Washington's tentative pitching rotation is senior right-hander Sean White (5-3, 4.78 ERA), junior right-hander Jeff Peterson (3-3, 4.50 ERA) and junior right-hander Trevor Gibson (3-0, 4.02 ERA). In 2002, the Huskies were 33-27-1, 15-9 in the Pac-10 (tied third) and 3-2 in NCAA Regional play in Houston, Tex.
PAC-10 RACE (as of Apr. 23) Conference Overall W L PCT GB W L .PCTStan 9 3 .750 --- 27 11 .711ASU 7 5 .583 2.0 39 9 .813Arizona 7 5 .583 2.0 28 15 .651CAL 8 7 .533 2.5 24 19 .558USC 6 6 .500 3.0 21 19 .525Wash 4 5 .444 3.5 26 12 .684UCLA 5 7 .417 4.0 19 25 .432OSU 4 8 .333 5.0 18 19 .486WSU 4 8 .333 5.0 13 26 .333
CAL HONOR CANDIDATES
Conor Jackson, third base, JR - Batting a team-leading .372 with 10 doubles, six home runs and 30 RBI; Apr. 21 Pac-10 Player of the Week; 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 since Mar. 22 vs. WSU, tentative for UW. Chris Grossman, catcher, JR - batting .356 with team-leading 39 RBI; member of the Johnny Bench Award Watch List; game-winning RBI Mar. 14 vs. UC Irvine; game-winning home run Feb. 7 vs. Loyola Marymount. Brian Horwitz, outfield, JR - owns .333 average with five home runs and 34 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. Jesse Ingram, right-handed pitcher, SO - is 2-0 with seven saves and a 3.67 ERA; has 40 strikeouts in 41.7 innings; was the Apr. 8 Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week.
IMPORTANT HOME DATE
May 9-11 vs. StanfordThe Golden Bears host Bay Area rival Stanford in the last regular season conference series.
CAL INDIVIDUAL PLAYER NOTES
BEN CONLEY, SR., OF: Is batting .278 (27-for-97, .269 vs. Pac-10) with six doubles, four home runs and 19 RBI...is second in the Pac-10 in hit by pitch (13)...went 6-for-11 with a RBI Apr. 17-19 vs. USC...was 1-for-3 with a home run and two RBI Apr. 11 vs. ASU...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...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 3-for-15 (.200) with three RBI career vs. Washington...
JEFF DRAGICEVICH, JR., INF: Is batting .288 (40-for-139, .364 vs. Pac-10) with eight doubles, two home runs and 13 RBI...is on a career-high seven-game hitting streak from Apr. 13 (12-for-27, .444, 2B, HR, 3 RBI)...went 6-for-10 with double, home run and three RBI Apr. 17-19 vs. USC and was 2-for-5 Tuesday vs. Santa Clara...went 4-for-13 with two doubles Apr. 4-6 at UCLA and 5-for-11 with a double, home run and two RBI Mar. 28-30 at Oregon State...was 3-for-4 with a double Mar. 18 at Saint Mary's and 3-for-4 with a RBI Feb. 16 vs. Nebraska... is 11-for-25 (.440) with a home run and four RBI career vs. Washington...
MATT EINSPAHR, SO., INF/C: Is batting .294 (15-for-51, .276 vs. Pac-10) with four doubles and five RBI...went 1-for-3 with a RBI Tuesday vs. Santa Clara...was a career-high 3-for-5 with a RBI Apr. 15 at Saint Mary's...went 3-for-9 with a double Apr. 11-13 vs. ASU...was 5-for-13 with two doubles and a RBI Apr. 4-6 at UCLA...
CHRIS GROSSMAN, JR., C: Is batting .356 (57-for-160, .411 vs. Pac-10) with 14 doubles (5th in Pac-10), six home runs and a team-high 39 RBI (8th in Pac-10)...is on a career-high 10-game hitting streak from Apr. 4 (17-for-41, .415, 6-2B, HR, 11 RBI)...was 4-for-13 with two doubles and five RBI Apr. 17-19 vs. USC and 2-for-5 with a double Tuesday vs. Santa Clara...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, 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-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, 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 .345 (19-for-55) with runners in scoring position...is 1-for-2 career vs. Washington...
JAMES HOLDER, SO., 1B/DH: Is batting .302 (45-for-149, .293 vs. Pac-10) with 12 doubles (9th in Pac-10), five home runs and 32 RBI...is first in the Pac-10 in hit by pitch (14)...went 3-for-5 with two RBI Apr. 18 vs. USC and 1-for-2 with a double and three RBI Tuesday vs. Santa Clara...was 4-for-7 with a double, home run and six RBI Apr. 4-6 at UCLA, including 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, 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, 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...
BRIAN HORWITZ, JR., OF: Is batting .333 (40-for-120, .409 vs. Pac-10) with nine doubles, two triples, five home runs and 34 RBI...missed 12 games from Mar. 21-Apr. 8...was 5-for-11 with three doubles and four RBI Apr. 17-19 vs. USC and 2-for-4 with two RBI Tuesday vs. Santa Clara...went 4-for-11 with a triple Apr. 11-13 vs. ASU and 2-for-2 with three RBI Apr. 15 at Saint Mary's...was 8-for-15 with two doubles, two home runs and 11 RBI Feb. 14-16 at Express College Classic...was 4-for-4 with a double, two home runs and a school record 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 game-winning home run Feb. 11 vs. San Jose State...was 2-for-5 with double, home run and three RBI Feb. 4 at USF...went 4-for-12 with two doubles, a home run and four RBI Jan. 31-Feb. 2 vs. UNLV...is batting .350 (14-for-40) with runners in scoring position...is 5-for-18 (.278) with two RBI career vs. Washington...
JESSE INGRAM, SO., RHP: Is 2-0 with seven saves (1st in Pac-10) and a 3.67 ERA in 21 appearances (2nd in Pac-10)...has 40 strikeouts in 41.7 innings...had no decision in first collegiate start Apr. 17 vs. USC, pitching a career-high 7.0 innings with two hits, one run, four walks and a career-high seven strikeouts...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 0-0 with 3.91 ERA (two strikeouts in 2.3 innings) career vs. Washington...is slated to start Friday at Washington...
CONOR JACKSON, JR., INF: Is batting a team-leading .372 (42-for-113, .388 vs. Pac-10) with 10 doubles, six home runs and 30 RBI...also has team-leading .548 on-base percentage (1st in Pac-10) and 40 walks (2nd in Pac-10)...was the Apr. 21 Pac-10 Player of the Week, going 6-for-10 with a double, two home runs and four RBI Apr. 17-19 vs. USC, and was 1-for-2 with two RBI Tuesday vs. Santa Clara...went 4-for-5 with a double Apr. 15 at Saint Mary's...had 10-game hitting streak from Mar. 25-Apr. 11 (13-for-32, .406, 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...hit 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...missed seven games to start season...hit a home run in first at-bat after injury, Feb. 14 vs. Texas-Pan American...is hitting a team-best .438 (14-for-32) with runners in scoring position...is 10-for-25 (.400) with three RBI career vs. Washington...
JUSTIN NELSON, SO., OF: Is batting .250 (30-for-120, .293 vs. Pac-10) with seven doubles, a triple, team-high eight home runs and 25 RBI...was 2-for-4 with RBI double Tuesday vs. Santa Clara and 2-for-5 with a home run and four RBI Apr. 15 at Saint Mary's...was 3-for-3 with a double Apr. 11 vs. ASU...was 5-for-10 with a double, four home runs and eight RBI Mar. 28-30 at Oregon State...went 3-for-4 with three home runs, including an inside-the-park HR, and a career-high five RBI Mar. 30 vs. OSU...was 2-for-3 with a triple and two RBI Mar. 8 at Stanford...is 6-for-11 (.125) with a double and four RBI career vs. Washington...
MIKE PADGETT, SO., RHP: Is 4-2 with a 2.59 ERA in 17 appearances (9th in Pac-10)...batters are hitting .229 against him...won Apr. 18 vs. USC in first Cal start (career-high 7.3 inn., seven hits, two runs, one walk, three strikeouts)...made two appearances Apr. 13 vs. ASU (3.3 inn., no hits, no earned runs, three walks, four strikeouts)...won in relief Apr. 6 at UCLA (4.3 inn., one hit, no runs, one walk, one strikeout)...won in relief Mar. 14 vs. UC Irvine (3.7 inn., three hits, no runs, no walks, two strikeouts)...won in relief Feb. 16 vs. Nebraska (1.3 inn., one hit, one run, one walk, two strikeouts)...is slated to start Saturday at Washington...
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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