Cal Baseball Hosts Oregon State in Pac-10 Series at Evans Diamond

March 23, 2004

BERKELEY, CA -

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Mar. 26 vs. Oregon State Evans Diamond, Berkeley, CA 2 p.m.Mar. 27 vs. Oregon State Evans Diamond, Berkeley, CA 1 p.m.Mar. 28 vs. Oregon State Evans Diamond, Berkeley, CA 1 p.m.

RADIO: KALX Radio (90.7 FM) will broadcast the Mar. 26-28 OSU-Cal series.

BEAR NOTES: The California baseball team (14-15, 2-1) looks to continue its momentum against Pac-10 foes as the Golden Bears host Oregon State (14-6) this weekend in a three-game series at Evans Diamond. Cal is fresh off upsetting then-No. 5 ranked Arizona State two-of-three games at Packard Stadium last weekend, winning 9-7 and 20-8, before losing the series final, 8-4. It was the first time the Bears had won a series at Packard Stadium since Apr. 13-15, 1995. In Cal's 20-8 win Mar. 20, the 20 runs were the most scored against ASU since USC defeated the Sun Devils, 21-14, in the championship game of the 1998 College World Series. Cal finished the series with 33 runs on 44 hits. There were several offensive stars for the Bears, including senior right fielder Brian Horwitz (Mar. 23 Pac-10 Player of the Week, 7-for-14, two home runs, seven RBI), senior designated hitter Chris Grossman (7-for-13, four RBI), senior shortstop Jeff Dragicevich (5-for-11, three doubles, four RBI), freshman catcher Garrett Bussiere (5-for-14 two doubles, four RBI) and senior center fielder David Weiner (5-for-14, five RBI). Weiner is on a 12-game hitting streak from Mar. 3 (24-for-50, .480, 3-2B, 2-HR, 14 RBI) and is batting .433 (13-for-30) with runners in scoring position this season. The Bears' top hurler is sophomore right-hander Adam Gold, the Feb. 23 NCBWA National Co-Pitcher of the Week. Gold was one out away from a no-hitter at Fresno State Feb. 21, and is on the watch list for the Roger Clemens Award as the nation's top collegiate pitcher. He is 4-2 (only losses are to No. 1 Stanford and a 1-0 loss at North Carolina) with a 2.34 ERA and has 53 strikeouts in 50.0 innings, leading the Pac-10 in innings pitched.

SERIES RECORD: Cal has a 28-14 overall series record against the Oregon State Beavers. In the last meeting, the Bears won two-of-three games (L 8-6, W 8-6, W 19-13), Mar. 28-30, 2003 in Corvallis, Oregon.

HEAD COACH David Esquer: The 2001 Pac-10 Coach of the Year, Esquer, 38, is in his fifth season at Cal with a career record of 130-122 (.516). On June 10, 1999, he became only the 10th coach in the history of Cal baseball, which began in 1892. Esquer replaced longtime coach 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. 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 the 1987 College World Series championship team, earning All-Tournament honors after hitting .350 with six RBI. He also earned All-Pac-10 Southern Division honors and went on to play professional baseball for four seasons with the Baltimore, California and Milwaukee organizations.

TENTATIVE CALIFORNIA LINE-UPNo.	Pos.	Player	2004 stats4	1B	Allen Craig, So. .330, 14 RBI, 4 HR5	3B	David Nicholson, Jr. .388, 10 RBI, 0 HR15	CF	David Weiner, Sr. .376, 22 RBI, 4 HR35	DH	Chris Grossman, Sr. .313, 14 RBI, 1 HR6	LF	Justin Nelson, Jr. .302, 21 RBI, 4 HR34	C	Garrett Bussiere, Fr. .319, 14 RBI, 3 HR24	RF	Brian Horwitz, Sr. .265, 14 RBI, 3 HR1	2B	Brett Munster, Fr. .333, 3 RBI, 0 HR9	SS	Jeff Dragicevich, Sr. .237, 10 RBI, 1 HR27	RHP	Adam Gold, So. (Fri.) 4-2, 2.34 ERA41	RHP	Mike Padgett, Jr. (Sat.) 1-3, 4.50 ERA		TBA (Sun.)

OREGON STATE: The Oregon State Beavers, coached by Pat Casey (10th year at OSU, 278-209-4, .570), are 14-6 after winning two-of-three last weekend versus Utah Valley State (W 11-5, W 7-0, L 5-4). Top hitters for the Beavers are sophomore right fielder Jacoby Ellsbury (.417, 2 HR, 8 RBI), junior center fielder Aaron Mathews (.358, 1 HR, 19 RBI) and sophomore third baseman Shea McFeely (.352, 3 HR, 20 RBI). Oregon State's tentative pitching rotation is senior right-hander Jake Postlewait (5-0, 2.83 ERA), sophomore right-hander Andy Baldwin (4-2, 2.67 ERA) and TBA. In 2003, the Beavers were 25-28 overall and 7-17 (eighth tie) in the Pac-10.

PAC-10 RACE (as of Mar. 23)	Conference	                Overall	W	L	PCT	GB	W	L 	T	.PCTCAL	2	1	.667	---	14	15	0	.483ASU	1	2	.333	0.5	20	5	0	.800Stan	0	0	.000	---	15	3	0	.833OSU	0	0	.000	---	14	6	0	.700WSU	0	0	.000	---	14	6	0	.700Wash	0	0	.000	---	12	6	1	.658UCLA	0	0	.000	---	13	8	0	.619Ariz	0	0	.000	---	11	10	1	.523USC	0	0	.000	---	9	13	0	.409

2004 CAL OUTLOOK: The 2004 Golden Bears are led by seniors Matt Brown (right-handed pitcher), Brian Horwitz (right field) and Jeff Dragicevich (shortstop) - all four-year starters and members of Cal's 2001 NCAA Regional Squad. The Bears also return senior catcher Chris Grossman, a 2003 semifinalist for the Johnny Bench Award as the nation's top collegiate catcher. Cal is predicted to be a NCAA Regional team by Baseball America and is selected to finish sixth in the Pac-10 Coaches Preseason Poll. Cal will be attempting to qualify for NCAA postseason for the 10th time in school history and the second time in David Esquer's five-year head coaching tenure with the Bears. Cal was ranked 26th in Baseball America's Preseason Top-50 Poll and features a freshman class that is rated the nation's fifth-best in Baseball America.

CAL PLAYERS TO WATCH: Brian Horwitz, right field, SR - 2003 Pac-10 Honorable Mention, batting .347 with team-high 47 RBI; school record holder for consecutive game hitting streak (23) and single-game RBI (eight)...Chris Grossman, catcher, SR - 2003 Pac-10 Honorable Mention, batting .341 with team-high hits (72), doubles (16) and total bases (112); 2003 semifinalist for the Johnny Bench Award as the nation's top catcher...Jeff Dragicevich, shortstop, SR - 2003 Pac-10 Honorable Mention, batting .292 with a .326 Pac-10 average; three-year starter with career .300 Pac-10 batting average...Matt Brown, right-handed pitcher, SR - two-time Pac-10 Honorable Mention, leading the Bears in strikeouts (66) and innings pitched (86.7) in 2003; 2002 Cape Cod League All-Star; tied for third on the Cal all-time save list (15)...Jesse Ingram, right-handed pitcher, JR - in 2003 was 2-3 with eight saves, and had 49 strikeouts in 50.7 innings; was Apr. 8, 2003 Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week; eight saves in 2003 was second on Cal's single-season save list...Mike Padgett, right-handed pitcher, JR - was 5-3 with a 3.43 ERA in 2003; limited opponents to .244 batting average; picked up Pac-10 wins over USC, Washington and Arizona.

KEY NEWCOMERS: Brennan Boesch, outfield/first base, FR - Harvard-Westlake HS (Los Angeles, CA) - 2003 All-CIF Southern Section; 2003 All-Los Angeles Times; 2003 Pacific Palisades Post Athlete of the Year; batted .490 with seven home runs...Garrett Bussiere, catcher, FR - Northglenn HS (Thornton, CO) - drafted in 14th round by the Milwaukee Brewers; 2003 first team All-State; batted .471 with six home runs and 26 RBI; Junior Olympic Team member in 2001 and 2002...Chris Errecart, outfield, FR - Lincoln HS (Stockton, CA) - 2003 first team all-league, all-area MVP, all-state and Collegiate Baseball All-American; batted .531 with 12 home runs, 41 RBI and 20 stolen bases...Brandon Morrow, right-handed pitcher, FR - Rancho Cotate HS (Rohnert Park, CA) - 2003 first team all-league and first team All-North Coast Section; was 9-2 with a 0.61 ERA and had 84 strikeouts in 63.0 innings as a senior; drafted in the 40th round by the Anaheim Angles.

2003 REVIEW: Cal did not qualify for a NCAA Regional in 2003 with an 28-27 overall record (10-14, seventh in the Pac-10), but had junior first baseman/third baseman Conor Jackson earn first team All-Pac-10 honors and three players - Brian Horwitz, Chris Grossman and Jeff Dragicevich - named Pac-10 Honorable Mention. Jackson was the Arizona Diamondbacks' first round draft pick and the 19th pick overall in the 2003 June Major League Amateur Draft. He concluded his Cal career last spring batting .388 with 14 doubles, one triple, 10 home runs, 44 RBI and a Pac-10-leading .538 on-base percentage. Jackson was selected a third team All-American by Baseball America and earned All-Pac-10 honors for the second year in-a-row. He was the first Cal baseball player to be drafted in the first round since right-handed pitcher Dave Masters was selected by the Chicago Cubs and was the 24th pick overall in 1985. Besides Jackson, the Bears had three other players drafted. Junior right-hander Brian Montalbo was picked in the seventh round by the Milwaukee Brewers. Horwitz was selected in the 26th round by the Oakland A's, and Brown was picked in the 29th round by the Chicago Cubs.

CAL INDIVIDUAL PLAYER NOTES

Matt Brown, SR., RHP: Is 3-1 with a save and a 3.78 ERA in 14 appearances (first in Pac-10)...earned save at Arizona State Mar. 19 (1.0 inning, one hit, no runs, no walks, two strikeouts)...won in relief at North Carolina Mar. 14 (4.7 innings, one hit, no runs, three walks, four strikeouts)...won in relief vs. Sac. State Mar. 3 (2.0 innings, one hit, two unearned runs, one walk)...lost start at UC Irvine Feb. 13 (3.3 innings, four hits, five earned runs, five walks, two strikeouts)...got no decision vs. Long Beach State Feb. 6 (5.0 innings, seven hits, no runs, two walks, three strikeouts)...earned win vs. BYU Jan. 29 (6.0 innings, five hits, one run, one walk, one strikeout)...has 15 career wins, 15 career saves (third tie on Cal all-time list) and 201 career strikeouts (eighth on Cal all-time list)... is 0-1 with a 6.51 ERA (10 strikeouts in 8.3 innings) career vs. Oregon State...

Garrett Bussiere, FR., C: Is batting .319 (22-for-69) with five doubles, a triple, three home runs and 14 RBI...has started the past 15 games at catcher...was 5-for-14 with two doubles and four RBI at Arizona State Mar. 19-21, including 4-for-6 with a double and four RBI Mar. 20...had eight-game hitting streak from Mar. 7-20 (14-for-32, .438, 3-2B, 8 RBI)...went 5-for-13 at North Carolina Mar. 12-14, including 3-for-6 with a double and RBI Mar. 14...was 3-for-11 with a home run and three RBI vs. Saint Mary's Mar. 5-7...went 2-for-8 with a double, home run and three RBI vs. Stanford Feb. 27-29...was 1-for-2 with a RBI triple at UC Irvine Feb. 14...first collegiate hit was a home run vs. Long Beach State Feb. 8...is hitting .333 (7-for-21) with runners in scoring position...

Allen Craig, SO., INF.: Is batting .330 (33-for-100) with six doubles, a triple, a team-high four home runs (seventh in Pac-10) and 14 RBI...also has 53 total bases (fourth in Pac-10), 20 walks (fourth in Pac-10) and 25 runs (fourth in Pac-10)...was 3-for-11 with a RBI at Arizona State Mar. 19-21...went 4-for-12 with two RBI at North Carolina Mar. 12-14 and 2-for-5 vs. Pacific Mar. 16...was 3-for-6 with a home run vs. Nevada Mar. 9...went 4-for-11 with two doubles vs. Saint Mary's Mar. 5-7...was 7-for-12 with a double, home run and two RBI at Fresno State Feb. 20-22 and went 2-for-4 with a home run vs. USF Feb. 24...was 3-for-9 with a triple and three RBI at UC Irvine Feb. 13-15...was 2-for-4 with a two-run homer vs. BYU Jan. 31...

Kyle Crist, JR., RHP: Is 2-4 with a 5.56 ERA...lost at Arizona State Mar. 22 (2.7 innings, five hits, two earned runs, two walks, two strikeouts)...got no decision in start at North Carolina Mar. 14 (3.3 innings, six hits, four runs, one walk, one strikeout)...won vs. Saint Mary's Mar. 7 (6.0 innings, four hits, three earned runs, two walks, seven strikeouts)...lost vs. Stanford Feb. 29 (4.0 innings, nine hits, three earned runs, no walks, three strikeouts)...lost at Fresno State Feb. 22 (0.3 inning, five hits, three runs)...got no decision at UC Irvine Feb. 14 (career-high 7.3 innings, three hits, one run, two walks, five strikeouts)...lost vs. Long Beach State Feb. 7 (5.3 innings, nine hits, four runs, one walk, two strikeouts)...won vs. BYU Jan. 30 (5.0 innings, four hits, one run, two walks, six strikeouts)...is 1-0 with a 3.40 ERA (four strikeouts in 5.3 innings) career vs. Oregon State...

Chris Errecart, FR., OF: Is batting .284 (23-for-81) with two doubles, three home runs and 14 RBI...went 3-for-13 with a home run and three RBI vs. Saint Mary's Mar. 5-7...was 4-for-13 with a RBI vs. Stanford Feb. 27-29...went 2-for-5 with a home run and three RBI at Fresno State Feb. 20...was 3-for-5 with two RBI at UC Irvine Feb. 15...went 4-for-5 with a grand slam and five RBI vs. BYU Jan. 30...is hitting .320 (8-for-25) with runners in scoring position...

Adam Gold, SO., RHP: Is 4-2 with a 2.34 ERA (fourth in Pac-10)...has 53 strikeouts (second in Pac-10) in 50.0 innings (first in Pac-10) and opponents are batting .235 against him...is on the Roger Clemens Award Watch List as the nation's top collegiate pitcher...got no decision at Arizona State Mar. 19 (4.7 innings, six hits, six earned runs, five walks, five strikeouts)...lost 1-0 at North Carolina Mar. 12 (7.0 innings, seven hits, one run, one walk, four strikeouts)...won vs. Saint Mary's Mar. 5 (6.0 innings, eight hits, two runs, one walk, eight strikeouts)...lost vs. Stanford Feb. 28 (6.0 innings, seven hits, two earned runs, one walk, four strikeouts)...was the Feb. 23 NCBWA Co-Pitcher of the Week after being one out away from a no-hitter at Fresno State Feb. 21 (career-high 9.0 innings, one hit, no runs, five walks, career-high 10 strikeouts)...got no decision at UC Irvine Feb. 15 (5.0 innings, six hits, one earned run, one walk, five strikeouts)...won vs. Long Beach State Feb. 8 (7.3 innings, five hits, one run, two walks, seven strikeouts)...earned first collegiate win vs. BYU Jan. 31 (5.0 innings, three hits, no runs, one walk, career-high 10 strikeouts)... is 0-0 with a 30.00 ERA (one run in 0.3 inning) career vs. Oregon State...is slated to start Friday...

Chris Grossman, SR., C/DH: Is batting .313 (21-for-67) with four doubles, a home run and 14 RBI...went 7-for-13 with four RBI at Arizona State Mar. 19-21 and 1-for-3 with two RBI vs. Pacific Mar. 16...missed 11 games with a pulled hamstring Feb. 28-Mar. 14...is currently on a six-game hitting streak from Feb. 24 (12-for-25, .480, 2B, 9 RBI)...was 3-for-5 with a double and two RBI vs. Stanford Feb. 27...was 5-for-11 with three doubles, a home run and three RBI vs. BYU Jan. 29-31...is hitting .346 (9-for-26) with runners in scoring position... is 6-for-17 (.353) with six RBI career vs. Oregon State...

James Holder, JR., 1B/DH: Is batting .319 (23-for-72) with five doubles, two home runs and 15 RBI...went 6-for-10 with a double, home run and four RBI vs. Stanford Feb. 27-29...was a career-high 4-for-5 with a double, home run and four RBI vs. the Cardinal Feb. 27...was 5-for-14 with a double and three RBI at Fresno State Feb. 20-22...had a career-high eight-game hitting streak Jan. 29-Feb. 20 (14-for-33, .424, 3-2B, HR, 11 RBI)...went 6-for-12 with a double and two RBI at UC Irvine Feb. 13-15, including the game-winning RBI Feb. 15...was 1-for-3 with a home run vs. Long Beach State Feb. 8...was 2-for-4 with two doubles and a RBI vs. BYU Jan. 29...is hitting .417 (10-for-24) with runners in scoring position...is 5-for-13 (.385) with two doubles, a home run and five RBI career vs. Oregon State...

Brian Horwitz, SR., OF: Is batting .265 (26-for-98) with five doubles, three home runs and 14 RBI...was the Mar. 23 Pac-10 Player of the Week after going 7-for-14 with two home runs and seven RBI at Arizona State Mar. 19-21, including 4-for-5 with four RBI Mar. 20 and 2-for-4 with two home runs Mar. 21...went 4-for-5 with two doubles and three RBI at Fresno State Feb. 20...was 4-for-12 with a double at UC Irvine Feb. 13-15...went 2-for-5 with a home run in the season-opener vs. BYU Jan. 29...is 6-for-27 (.222) with a double and RBI career vs. Oregon State...

Jesse Ingram, JR., RHP: Is 0-2 with three saves (third in Pac-10) and a 2.36 ERA in 14 appearances (first in Pac-10)... has 25 strikeouts in 26.7 innings...pitched twice in relief at Arizona State Mar. 19 and Mar. 21 (total 5.0 innings, eight hits, one earned run, one walk, five strikeouts)...pitched twice in relief at North Carolina Mar. 12 and Mar. 14 (total 2.0 innings, two hits, no runs, two walks, two strikeouts)...lost in relief vs. Nevada Mar. 9 (2.7 innings, five hits, one earned run, one strikeout)...earned save vs. Sac. State Mar. 3 (2.0 innings, one hit, no runs, one walk, four strikeouts)...lost in relief at UC Irvine Feb. 14 (3.7 innings, four hits, one earned run, three walks, four strikeouts)...earned save vs. Long Beach State Feb. 8 (1.7 innings, no hits, no runs, no walks, one strikeout)...earned save vs. BYU Jan. 31 (3.7 innings, five hits, two runs, one walk, three strikeouts)...has 12 career saves, seventh on the Cal all-time career save list... is 1-0 with a 3.50 ERA and one save (nine strikeouts in 10.3 innings) career vs. Oregon State...

Justin Nelson, JR., OF: Is batting .302 (29-for-96) with five doubles, two triples, four home runs and 21 RBI (seventh in Pac-10)...also has 50 total bases (seventh in Pac-10) and 17 walks (eighth in Pac-10)...was 2-for-6 with a home run and two RBI at Arizona State Mar. 20...went 2-for-2 with a RBI double and a three-run homer at North Carolina Mar. 14...was 3-for-9 with two doubles and three RBI vs. Saint Mary's Mar. 5-7...went 2-for-4 with an RBI triple vs. USF Feb. 24 and was 3-for-5 with a double and two RBI at Fresno State Feb. 20...was 5-for-12 with a triple, home run and six RBI at UC Irvine Feb. 13-15...went 3-for-5 with a triple and three RBI vs. the Anteaters Feb. 15...was 4-for-5 with a home run and two RBI vs. BYU Jan. 30...is 7-for-22 (.318) with a double, four home runs and 10 RBI career vs. Oregon State...

David Nicholson, JR., INF: Is batting a team-leading .388 (40-for-103, sixth in Pac-10) with eight doubles (seventh in Pac-10), a triple and 10 RBI...is 5-for-7 in stolen bases (ninth in Pac-10)...also has a team-leading 40 hits (second in Pac-10) with 50 total bases (seventh Pac-10)...went 4-for-12 with a double and RBI at Arizona State Mar. 19-21...was 3-for-5 with a double and RBI at North Carolina Mar. 14 and 3-for-5 vs. Pacific Mar. 16...went 3-for-4 with a RBI vs. Nevada Mar. 9...was 9-for-12 with two doubles and two RBI vs. Saint Mary's Mar. 5-7, including going a career-high 4-for-4 with two RBI Mar. 7...had a career-high 18-game hitting streak carrying over from May 3 of last season to Feb. 27 (32-for-78, .410, 6-2B, 2-3B, 6 RBI)...went a career-high 4-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI at Fresno State Feb. 20...was 4-for-9 with a double vs. Long Beach State Feb. 6-8...is hitting .308 (8-for-26) with runners in scoring position...is 9-for-31 (.290) with a double and two RBI career vs. Oregon State...

Mike Padgett, JR., RHP: Is 1-3 with a save and a 4.50 ERA...has 33 strikeouts (ninth in Pac-10) in 38.0 innings (seventh in Pac-10)...got no decision in start at Arizona State Mar. 20 (3.3 innings, six hits, four runs, one walk, one strikeout)...lost in start at North Carolina Mar. 13 (5.0 innings, nine hits, four runs, three walks, one strikeout)...lost in start at Saint Mary's Mar. 6 (7.0 innings, one earned run, two walks, career-high nine strikeouts)...got no decision in start vs. Stanford Feb. 27 (5.0 innings, seven hits, five runs, three walks, two strikeouts)...won in start at Fresno State Feb. 20 (6.0 innings, six hits, two runs, three walks, seven strikeouts)...got no decision in relief at UC Irvine Feb. 13 (4.7 innings, four hits, one earned run, no walks, five strikeouts)...lost in relief vs. Long Beach State Feb. 6 (4.0 innings, two earned runs, one walk, four strikeouts)...earned first collegiate save vs. BYU Jan. 29 (3.0 innings, no hits, no runs, no walks, four strikeouts)...is 0-0 (did not record an out, two hits, one run) career vs. Oregon State... is slated to start Saturday...

David Weiner, SR., OF: Is batting .376 (35-for-93, eighth in Pac-10) with five doubles, a triple, four home runs (sixth in Pac-10) and a team-leading 22 RBI (fifth in Pac-10)...also has 35 hits (third in Pac-10) and a team-leading 54 total bases (third in Pac-10)...is currently on a career-high 12-game hitting streak from Mar. 3 (24-for-50, .480, 3-2B, 2-HR, 14 RBI)...went 5-for-14 with five RBI at Arizona State Mar. 19-21...was 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBI vs. Pacific Mar. 16...went 7-for-13 with a double at North Carolina Mar. 12-14, including a career-high 4-for-5 vs. the Tar Heels Mar. 14...was 7-for-13 with a double, home run and five RBI vs. Saint Mary's Mar. 5-7, including going 2-for-4 with a home run and a career-high four RBI Mar. 5...went 3-for-10 with a double, home run and two RBI vs. Stanford Feb. 27-29...was 3-for-5 vs. USF Feb. 24...went 3-for-5 with a triple and three RBI vs. BYU Jan. 30...went 2-for-4 with a double, a two-run homer and three RBI in the season-opener vs. the Cougars Jan. 29...is hitting .433 (13-for-30) with runners in scoring position... is 5-for-27 (.185) with a double, two home runs and seven RBI career vs. Oregon State...

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 become league MVPs in professional baseball - Jackie Jensen was the American League MVP in 1958 and Jeff Kent was the National League MVP in 2001.

*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).

*Senior outfielder David Weiner's uncle is USA Olympic swimming legend Mark Spitz. Freshman infielder/outfielder Mike Van Winden's great, great uncle is the late Cal football Hall of Famer Vic Bottari.

*The No. 5 national ranking of Cal's 2004 freshman class is the highest in school history and is second among Pac-10 schools, trailing only Arizona State (No. 3) and ahead of Arizona (No. 9) and Stanford (No. 11).

*Junior left-fielder Justin Nelson hit three home runs in a single game last season at Oregon State, including an inside the park home run. Nelson is now one of four Cal players to have hit three home runs in a game (Kevin Maas versus Arizona State, Apr. 26, 1986; Matt Luke and Jon Zuber versus George Mason, May 23, 1992 at NCAA East Regional).

*As a freshman, sophomore infielder Allen Craig hit a home run in his first collegiate at bat - Jan. 31, 2003 versus UNLV - and started the 2003 campaign with a 12-game hitting streak. A freshman on the 2004 squad - Brennan Boesch - hit a home run in his first collegiate at-bat versus BYU Jan. 29.

*Seventeen Cal baseball players and two head baseball coaches (Clint Evans, 1930-54; George Wolfman, 1955-73) have been inducted into the Cal Athletic Hall of Fame.

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