Cal Baseball Travels to No. 20 Long Beach State for Three-Game Series

Feb. 17, 2005

BERKELEY, CA -

Fri., Feb. 18 at Long Beach State Blair Field 6:30 p.m.Sat., Feb. 19 at Long Beach State Blair Field 2:00 p.m.Sun., Feb. 20 at Long Beach State Blair Field 1:00 p.m.

BEAR NOTES: The young 2005 California baseball team looks to continue its momentum this weekend as the Golden Bears travel to No. 20-ranked Long Beach State for a three-game series versus the 49ers at Blair Field. Cal, which features a starting line-up that includes three sophomores and three freshmen, is coming off a successful road series at Loyola Marymount in which the Bears captured a doubleheader (8-5, 11-9) Feb. 13 after losing a 9-8 heartbreaker Feb. 12. Led by sophomore Chris Errecart (5-for-8, 2-HR, 4 RBI) and freshman Josh Satin (5-for-10, 2-HR, 6 RBI), who both had multiple home run days last Sunday, Cal scored 19 runs on 25 hits, including 10 extra-base hits. Errecart ended up being named this season's first Pac-10 Player of the Week after finishing the LMU series 7-for-13 (.538) with 14 total bases, a 1.077 slugging percentage and a .600 on-base percentage. The Bears will have a challenge against always tough Long Beach State, a team that snapped Stanford's streak of five straight College World Series appearances last season, defeating the Cardinal in the NCAA Regional at Stanford. Cal has won one-of-three games in each of the last three series, including upsetting the then-No. 9-ranked 49ers, 3-1, Feb. 8 at Evans Diamond behind the solid pitching of right-hander Adam Gold (7.3 innings, five hits, one run, two walks, seven strikeouts). The Bears are looking to qualify for NCAA postseason for the 10th time in school history and the second time in David Esquer's six-year head coaching tenure.

SERIES RECORD: Cal has a 22-23 overall series record against the Long Beach State 49ers. In the last meeting, the Bears won one of three games (L 3-2, L 4-3 in 12 inn., W 3-1) at Evans Diamond, Feb. 6-8, 2004. The last time the two teams played in Long Beach, Cal won one of three games (L 1-0, W 6-3, L 6-1) Feb. 21-23, 2003.

HEAD COACH David Esquer: Esquer, 39, is in his sixth season at Cal with a career record of 144-142 (.503). In 2001, he was the Pac-10 Coach of the Year after leading the Bears to a 34-25 mark, a third place finish in the Pac-10 (14-10) and a berth to the NCAA Regional in Baton Rouge, LA (1-2). Twenty five Cal players have signed professional contracts since Esquer became coach, including Conor Jackson, who was a first round draft choice of the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2003. On June 10, 1999, Esquer became only the 10th coach in the history of Cal baseball, which began in 1892. He came to Berkeley after serving as the top assistant at Pepperdine from 1996-99. Esquer was the No. 2 assistant coach at Stanford under Mark Marquess from 1991-96. A shortstop at Stanford from 1984-87, he was a starter on the 1987 College World Series championship team, earning All-Tournament honors. Esquer 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	2005 stats42	1B	Mike Van Winden, Fr. .217, 2 RBI, 0 HR3	2B	Josh Satin, Fr. .344, 11 RBI, 2 HR22	RF	Chris Errecart, So. .310, 7 RBI, 2 HR4	LF	Allen Craig, Jr. .200, 1 RBI, 0 HR44	DH	James Holder, Sr. .286, 3 RBI, 1 HR34	C	Garrett Bussiere, So. .133, 3 RBI, 1 HR32	CF	Brennan Boesch, So. .423, 3 RBI, 1 HR14	3B	Matt Einspahr, Sr. .208, 3 RBI, 0 HR6	SS	Kyle Spraker, Fr. .261, 1 RBI, 0 HR27	RHP	Adam Gold, Jr. (Fri.) 0-1, 10.03 ERA21	RHP	Brandon Morrow, So. (Sat.) 0-0, 8.38 ERA25	RHP	Eric Dworkis, Sr. (Sun.) 0-1, 10.00 ERA

NOTING LONG BEACH STATE: The No. 20-ranked (Baseball America) Long Beach State 49ers, coached by Mike Weathers (third year at LBS, 125-65), are 5-3, losing two games to USC last week (4-3 Feb. 12, 7-5 Feb. 13 at USC). Top hitters for the 49ers are freshman first baseman Brandon Godfrey (.478, 0 HR, 5 RBI), senior third baseman Danny Mocny (.333, 0 HR, 4 RBI) and senior right fielder Steve Velazco (.333, 0 HR, 2 RBI). Long Beach State's tentative pitching rotation is junior left-hander Cesar Ramos (2-1, 3.18 ERA), junior right-hander Marco Estrada (1-0, 1.80 ERA) and sophomore right-hander Jared Hughes (0-0, 0.00). In 2004, the 49ers finished 40-21 overall, 14-7 (second) in the Big West Conference and lost to Arizona in the NCAA Super Regional.

ERRECART PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Sophomore right fielder Chris Errecart has the distinction of being named this season's first conference player of the week as he went 7-for-13 (.538) with a double, two home runs and six RBI as Cal won two-of-three games last weekend at Loyola Marymount. Errecart was 2-for-5 with a double and two RBI in game one on Saturday. In game two, which was the first game of a doubleheader Sunday, Feb. 13, Errecart was a perfect 3-for-3, including the game-winning three-run homer in the top of the ninth in the Bears' 8-5 win. Then in game three (second game of doubleheader), he was 2-for-5 with a solo home run in Cal's six-run fifth inning. Errecart finished the weekend with 14 total bases (1.077 slugging percentage) and a .600 on-base percentage.

SATIN'S EXPLOITS: Freshman Josh Satin, who redshirted last year after injuring his right shoulder prior to the season, has made the most of his opportunities in 2005. Satin had a big weekend at the plate for the Bears at Loyola Marymount, going 6-for-15 (.400) with a double, two home runs and eight RBI. He had two home runs on Sunday, going 2-for-5 with a home run in game one of the doubleheader, and then went 2-for-5 with a double, two-run homer and four RBI in game two. Satin is now batting .344 (11-for-32) with a team-leading 11 RBI, including the game-winning RBI in the 11th inning in the Bears' 5-4 victory over UC Irvine. He is hitting an impressive 8-for-14 (.571) with runners in scoring position. Satin also caught a line drive with the bases loaded in the top of the 11th that helped contribute to Cal's win over the Anteaters.

BOESCH HIGHLIGHTS: Sophomore center fielder Brennan Boesch is leading Cal with a .423 average, going 11-for-26 with two doubles, a triple, a home run and three RBI. He had a RBI in the season-opener versus Pacific and was a perfect 3-for-3 with a double, a home run and scored the winning run in the Bears' extra-inning victory over UC Irvine Feb. 5. Last weekend at Loyola Marymount, Boesch was 5-for-12 with a triple and RBI. He currently has a team-best .692 slugging percentage. a .500 on-base percentage and is 3-for-4 (.750) with runners in scoring position.

SPRAKER SOLID: True freshman Kyle Spraker has done an admirable job as the Bears' shortstop this season, starting all seven games, batting .261 with two doubles and an RBI. Spraker has also fielded his position well, only making one error in 29 chances for a .966 fielding percentage. After starting the season 0-for-11 at the plate, he is currently on a four-game hitting streak, going 6-for-12, including 5-for-10 last weekend at Loyola Marymount.

CAL PITCHING NOTES: Despite a team ERA of 6.57, the Cal pitching staff has had some notable efforts. Junior right-hander Adam Gold tied a career-high with 10 strikeouts at Loyola Marymount Feb. 12, and on the season has a team-high 13 strikeouts with only two walks in 11.7 innings. Gold is currently seventh in the Pac-10 in strikeouts and 10th in innings pitched. Senior right-hander Eric Dworkis has 10 strikeouts and three walks in 9.0 innings, and sophomore right-hander Brandon Morrow has 11 strikeouts in 9.7 innings. Relievers Michael Cooper (sophomore right-hander), Alex Trafton (junior right-hander), Joe Todoroff (junior right-hander) and Travis Talbott (senior left-hander) threw well in Cal's doubleheader victory at LMU Feb. 13. Cooper pitched 2.0 innings with one hit to earn the win, and Trafton notched the save with two strikeouts in the ninth inning in game one. Todoroff picked up the win in game two by throwing a season-high 4.0 innings, while Talbott earned the save with no hits and three strikeouts in the final 2.0 innings. Senior right-hander Matt Swanson pitched 4.3 innings of shutout relief with three hits, one walk and one strikeout in Cal's victory over UC Irvine Feb. 5. He now has a career record of 6-2 with one save and a 3.69 ERA in 44 appearances. Last season, Swanson led the Pac-10 in appearances (30) and finished 3-2 with a save and a 2.97 ERA.

YOUNG BEARS: Cal's position players are extremely young. The Bears' projected line-up this weekend includes a true freshman at shortstop (Kyle Spraker), redshirt freshmen at first base (Mike Van Winden) and second base (Josh Satin), and sophomores at catcher (Garrett Bussiere), center field (Brennan Boesch) and right field (Chris Errecart). The only upperclassmen slated to start are junior Allen Craig in left field, senior Matt Einspahr at third base and senior James Holder as designated hitter.

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 2005 Cal coaching staff of David Esquer, Dan Hubbs and Jon Zuber 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).

*Cal is the 15th winningest Division I baseball program in the nation with 2,170 wins in 123 seasons.

*Freshman first baseman Mike Van Winden's great, great uncle is the late Cal football Hall of Famer Vic Bottari.

*Three Cal players, junior infielder Allen Craig, sophomore outfielder Brennan Boesch and sophomore catcher Garrett Bussiere hit home runs in their first collegiate at-bats - Jan. 31, 2003 versus UNLV for Craig, Jan. 29, 2004 versus BYU for Boesch and Feb. 8, 2004 versus Long Beach State for Bussiere.

*Nineteen Cal baseball players and three head baseball coaches (Clint Evans, 1930-54; George Wolfman, 1955-73; Bob Milano, 1978-99) have been inducted into the Cal Athletic Hall of Fame. Milano, Arleigh Williams (1932-35) and John Fiscalini (1946-48) were members of the 2004 Cal Hall of Fame class. Milano led the Bears to three College World Series appearances (1980, 1988, 1992) and was twice named Pac-10 Southern Division Co-Coach of the Year (1980, 1992).

CAL INDIVIDUAL PLAYER NOTES

Brennan Boesch, SO., CF: Is batting a team-leading .423 (11-for-26) with two doubles, a triple, a home run and three RBI...has started all seven games in center field...is on a career-high five-game hitting streak from Feb. 5 (10-for-19, .526, 2-2B, HR, two RBI)...was 5-for-12 with a double and RBI last weekend at LMU...went 5-for-10 with two doubles and a home run versus UC Irvine Feb. 4-6...was 3-for-3 with a home run and scored the game-winning run versus UCI Feb. 5...is hitting .750 (3-for-4) with runners in scoring position...

Garrett Bussiere, SO., C: Is batting .133 (2-for-15) with a double, a home run and three RBI...went 2-for-4 with a double, home run and three RBI at LMU Feb. 12...is Cal's top returning hitter average-wise, batting .307 with seven doubles, two triples, five home runs and 21 RBI last season as a freshman...

Allen Craig, JR., OF.: Is batting .200 (5-for-25) with an RBI...was 2-for-5 at LMU Feb. 12...had a four-game hitting streak from Feb. 4-12 (5-for-12, .417, RBI)...

Eric Dworkis, SR., RHP: Is 0-1 with a 10.00 ERA...has 10 strikeouts and three walks in 9.0 innings...got no decision at LMU Feb. 13 (2.0 innings, eight hits, seven runs, three walks, three strikeouts)...lost versus UC Irvine Feb. 6 (6.0 innings, 10 hits, three earned runs, no walks, five strikeouts)...was 8-4 with a 4.86 ERA and five complete games last season at Gonzaga... is slated to start Sunday at Long Beach State...

Matt Einspahr, SR., INF.: Is batting .208 (5-for-24) with three RBI...has started all seven games at third base...was 2-for-4 with an RBI at LMU Feb. 13...went 1-for-5 with a two-run single versus UC Irvine Feb. 5...

Chris Errecart, SO., OF: Is batting .310 (9-for-29) with a double, two home runs and seven RBI...is sixth in the Pac-10 in home runs...was the Feb. 15 Pac-10 Player of the Week after going 7-for-13 (.538) with a double, two home runs and six RBI last weekend at LMU...was 2-for-5 with a double and two RBI Feb. 12...was 3-for-3, including the game-winning three-run homer in the top of the ninth in game one, and 2-for-5 with a solo home run in game two Feb. 13...finished the weekend with 14 total bases, a 1.077 slugging percentage and a .600 on-base percentage...is hitting .333 (3-for-9) with runners in scoring position...

Adam Gold, JR., RHP: Is 0-1 with a 10.03 ERA...has 13 strikeouts (7th in Pac-10) and only two walks in 11.7 innings (10th in Pac-10)...leads team in strikeouts and innings pitched...got no decision at LMU Feb. 12 (6.0 innings, six hits, six runs, one walk, career-high 10 strikeouts)...lost versus UC Irvine Feb. 4 (5.7 innings, nine hits, seven runs, one walk, three strikeouts)...last season was the Feb. 23 NCBWA Co-Pitcher of the Week after being one out away from a no-hitter at Fresno State Feb. 21...last year defeated Long Beach State at Evans Diamond Feb. 8, 2004 (7.3 innings, five hits, one run, two walks, seven strikeouts)...is slated to start Friday at Long Beach State...

James Holder, SR., 1B/DH: Is batting .286 (6-for-21) with a double, home run and three RBI...went 3-for-12 with a double and RBI at LMU Feb. 12-13...had a pinch-hit home run Feb. 4 versus UC Irvine and a pinch-hit RBI single Feb. 1 versus Pacific...

Brandon Morrow, SO., RHP: Is 0-0 with a 8.38 ERA...has 11 strikeouts and six walks in 9.7 innings...got no decision at LMU Feb. 13 (5.0 innings, eight hits, five runs, three walks, six strikeouts)...got no decision versus UC Irvine Feb. 5 (4.7 innings, five hits, four runs, three walks, five strikeouts)...is slated to start Saturday at Long Beach State...

Josh Satin, FR., INF: Is batting .344 (11-for-32) with a double, two home runs and a team-high 11 RBI...is tied for fourth in the Pac-10 in RBI and tied for sixth in home runs...is on a five-game hitting streak from Feb. 5 (10-for-25, .400, double, 2-HR, 10 RBI)...was 6-for-15 (.400) with a double, two home runs and eight RBI at last weekend at LMU...went 2-for-5 with a home run in game one and 2-for-5 with a double, two-run homer and four RBI in game two at LMU Feb. 13...was 2-for-6 with the game-winning RBI versus UC Irvine Feb. 5...is hitting .571 (8-for-14) with runners in scoring position...

Kyle Spraker, FR., INF: Is batting .261 (6-for-23) with two doubles and a RBI...has started all seven games at shortstop...is on a four-game hitting streak from Feb. 6 (6-for-12, .500, 2-2B, RBI)...was 5-for-10 with two doubles and an RBI at LMU last weekend...is hitting .333 (1-for-3) with runners in scoring position...

Matt Swanson, SR., RHP: Is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA... won in a relief versus UC Irvine Feb. 5 (3.3 innings, two hits, no runs, one walk, one strikeout)...last season went 3-2 with a save and 2.97 ERA, leading the Pac-10 with 30 appearances...

Travis Talbott, SR., LHP: Is 0-1 with a 0.00 ERA and a save...picked up a save in game two at Loyola Marymount Feb. 13 (2.0 innings, no hits, no runs, three strikeouts)...pitched a season-high 3.0 innings (two hits) versus UC Irvine Feb. 5...

Joe Todoroff, JR., RHP: Is 1-0 with a 5.40 ERA...picked up the win in game two at Loyola Marymount Feb. 13 (season-high 4.0 innings, five hits, two runs, two walks, three strikeouts)...

Alex Trafton, JR., RHP: Is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a save...picked up the save in game one at Loyola Marymount Feb. 13 (1.0 inning, two hits, two strikeouts)...has thrown 2.0 innings with two hits, no walks and four strikeouts this season.

Mike Van Winden, FR., 1B: Is batting .217 (5-for-23) with two doubles and two RBI...started the season on a four-game hitting streak from Feb. 1-6 (5-for-15, .333, 2-2B, 2 RBI)... was 4-for-12 with two doubles and two RBI versus UC Irvine Feb. 4-6...

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