Cal (10-4) Travels to No. 11 Stanford (9-6) For Three-Game Series

March 2, 2005

BERKELEY, CA -

Fri., Mar. 4 at Stanford Sunken Diamond, 5:00 p.m.Sat., Mar. 5 at Stanford Sunken Diamond, 1:00 p.m.Sun., Mar. 6 at Stanford Sunken Diamond, 1:00 p.m.

BEAR NOTES: The streaking 2005 California baseball team (10-4), winners of nine straight games, will face its biggest challenge of the season when the Golden Bears travel to Sunken Diamond for a three-game non-conference series against the No. 11-ranked Stanford Cardinal (9-6) Mar. 4-6. Cal is coming off sweeps of then-No. 20-ranked Long Beach State, Feb. 18-20, and Saint Mary's last weekend, and have won nine-straight contests for the first time since Mar. 6-18, 1998. A big key to the Bears' success has been the performance of their pitching staff, combining for a 2.93 ERA during the nine games, giving up only 27 earned runs with 72 strikeouts in 83.0 innings. Cal pitchers also had a streak of 18 scoreless inning before giving up three runs to San Francisco in the sixth inning of Tuesday's game. Senior right-hander Eric Dworkis had a stellar effort at Saint Mary's Feb. 26, throwing the Bears' first complete game of the season with six hits, one run, only walk and 10 strikeouts. Dworkis is now sixth in the Pac-10 in strikeouts (26) and seventh in innings pitched (25.0). Senior left-hander Travis Talbott has established himself as one of the conference's top relievers, leading the league in saves (four), ERA (0.57) and opposing batting average (.120). At the plate, sophomore center fielder Brennan Boesch is pacing Cal with a .396 batting average, four doubles, a triple, three home runs, a .679 slugging percentage and a .467 on-base percentage. The Bears' have also had game-winning hits from freshman Josh Satin (RBI single in 11th inning Feb. 5 versus UC Irvine, leads Cal with 12 RBI), sophomore Chris Errecart (three-run homer in ninth inning at Loyola Marymount Feb. 13), freshman Mike Van Winden (two-run double in ninth inning at Long Beach State Feb. 20) and senior James Holder (two-out single in the 12th inning versus Saint Mary's Feb. 25).

SERIES RECORD: Cal has a 207-229 series record against Stanford. In the last meeting, the Bears were swept (7-4, 9-2, 8-3) Apr. 16-18, 2004 at Sunken Diamond. The last time Cal won at Stanford was 3-2, Mar. 3, 2001.

HEAD COACH David Esquer: Esquer, 39, is in his sixth season at Cal with a career record of 151-142 (.515). 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 stats4	SS	Allen Craig, Jr. .241, 4 RBI, 0 HR42	1B	Mike Van Winden, Fr. .318, 8 RBI, 1 HR22	LF	Chris Errecart, So. .276, 10 RBI, 2 HR32	CF	Brennan Boesch, So. .396, 8 RBI, 3 HR44	DH	James Holder, Sr. .292, 5 RBI, 1 HR3	2B	Josh Satin, Fr. .276, 12 RBI, 2 HR34	C	Garrett Bussiere, So. .207, 5 RBI, 1 HR33	RF	Jeremy Burchett, Jr. .333, 1 RBI, 0 HR14	3B	Matt Einspahr, Sr. .271, 10 RBI, 1 HR27	RHP	Adam Gold, Jr. (Fri.) 1-1, 6.08 ERA25	RHP	Eric Dworkis, Sr. (Sat.) 1-1, 4.32 ERA		TBA (Sun.)

NOTING STANFORD: The Stanford Cardinal, coached by Mark Marquess (29th year, 1,199-571-5, .677), are 9-6, winning two-of-three games versus USC last week at Sunken Diamond (W 6-0, W 4-3, L 8-2). Top hitters for the Cardinal are junior shortstop Chris Minaker (.350, 1 HR, 8 RBI), junior second baseman Jed Lowrie (.339, 7 HR, 23 RBI) and junior first baseman John Mayberry, Jr. (.311, 3 HR, 15 RBI). Stanford's tentative pitching rotation is junior left-hander Mark Romanczuk (3-2, 3.26 ERA), junior right-hander Jeff Gilmore (2-1, 2.86 ERA) and freshman right-hander Nolan Gallagher (0-2, 2.55). In 2004, the Cardinal finished 46-14 overall, 16-8 (first) in the Pac-10 and went 2-2 in the NCAA Regional at Sunken Diamond, falling to Long Beach State, 8-4, in the final.

BEARS HAVE A FLAIR FOR THE DRAMATIC: The 2005 Bears have won two extra-inning games this season and have captured two road games in the top of the ninth. Cal won its first game of the season in extra-innings when freshman second baseman Josh Satin had a two-out single in the bottom of the 11th inning to defeat UC Irvine, 5-4, Feb. 5. On Feb. 13 at Loyola Marymount, sophomore left fielder Chris Errecart had a three-run homer in the ninth to defeat the Lions, 8-5. On Feb. 20, freshman Mike Van Winden had the game-winning two-run double in the ninth inning at Long Beach State, followed by junior right-hander Alex Trafton forcing a double play with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth. This past weekend, senior designated hitter James Holder had a two-out single in the bottom of the 12th to defeat Saint Mary's, 5-4, Feb. 25. On Tuesday, senior third baseman Matt Einspahr had a three-run homer in the sixth inning to bring the Bears back from a 3-2 deficit in a 8-3 win over San Francisco.

VALUABLE TRANSFER DWORKIS: A key addition to Cal's pitching staff this season is senior transfer Eric Dworkis. Dworkis was outstanding Feb. 26 at Saint Mary's, throwing the Bears' first complete game since Adam Gold's one-hitter at Fresno State last season (Feb. 21). Dworkis went 9.0 innings with six hits, one run, only one walk with 10 strikeouts. His 10 strikeouts were only one away from his career-best 11 strikeouts, recorded against the Gaels when he was a sophomore in Spokane. Dworkis, who was 8-4 with five complete games last season for the Bulldogs, is now 1-1 on the year with a 4.32 ERA and 26 strikeouts in 25.0 innings.

BOESCH HIGHLIGHTS: Sophomore center fielder Brennan Boesch is continuing to lead Cal in hitting, sporting a .396 average, going 21-for-53 with four doubles, a triple, three home runs and eight RBI. Last weekend, Boesch was 4-for-13 with a double and two home runs against Saint Mary's. 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. At Loyola Marymount, Boesch was 5-for-12 with a triple and RBI, and at Long Beach he was 4-for-10 with a RBI double. Boesch currently has a team-best .679 slugging percentage, a .467 on-base percentage and is 6-for-13 (.462) with runners in scoring position. Last season, in his first collegiate at-bat, Boesch hit a two-run homer versus BYU, and went on to hit another two-run homer later in the game against the Cougars.

TALBOTT SAVE LEADER: Senior left-hander Travis Talbott has been one of the Pac-10's hottest pitchers of late, earning two saves at Long Beach State, a win versus Saint Mary's Feb. 25 and a save Tuesday versus San Francisco. Talbott leads the conference with four saves, a 0.57 ERA and a opposing batting average of .120, only giving up one earned run in 15.7 innings. He is also third in the Pac-10 with eight appearances. Another impressive state for Talbott is his 13 strikeouts and only four walks in 15.7 innings. He came into this season with only one career save, but did have a 4-1 career record.

OTHER PITCHING NOTABLES: Several Cal pitchers have been effective during the Bears' nine-game winning streak. Sophomore right-hander Michael Cooper, a junior college transfer from Santa Ana College, is 2-0 with a 1.08 ERA after throwing a season-high 5.0 innings with three hits, no runs, one walk and five strikeouts in a 7-0 shutout versus Saint Mary's Feb. 27. Matt Swanson, Joe Todoroff and Jason Corder combined with Cooper to give the Bears their first shutout of the season. Junior reliever Alex Trafton, who did not pitch as a senior in high school or in 2002 due to a stress fracture in his elbow, has a 1-0 record and has not given up a run in 7.7 innings. Trafton also has 10 strikeouts and only two walks in his 7.7 innings. Todoroff, 2-0 with a 3.86 ERA, had his best outing of the year Tuesday in a start versus San Francisco, pitching 5.0 innings with five hits, no runs, two walks and two strikeouts. The Bears still feature junior right-hander Adam Gold, an honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection last year, who had an impressive outing versus Long Beach State, defeating the 49ers Feb. 19 by pitching a season-high 7.0 innings with five hits, no earned runs, two walks and three strikeouts. Last season, Gold was one out away from a no-hitter at Fresno State and was named the NCBWA National Co-Pitcher of the Week.

ERRECART FEB. 15 PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Sophomore Chris Errecart has the distinction of being named this season's first conference player of the week when he went 7-for-13 (.538) with a double, two home runs and six RBI at Loyola Marymount Feb. 12-13. In the first game of a doubleheader Feb. 13, Errecart was 3-for-3, including the game-winning three-run homer in the top of the ninth. He finished the series with 14 total bases (1.077 slugging percentage) and a .600 on-base percentage.

PAC-10 RACE (AS OF MAR. 1)	Conference	                Overall	W	L	PCT	GB	W	L 	.PCTOSU	0	0	.000	---	9	1	.900Ariz	0	0	.000	---	11	3	.786USC	0	0	.000	---	6	2	.750CAL	0	0	.000	---	10	4	.714Stan	0	0	.000	---	9	6	.600UCLA	0	0	.000	---	7	6	.538WSU	0	0	.000	---	7	7	.500ASU	0	0	.000	---	8	10	.444Wash	0	0	.000	---	4	7	.364

CAL INDIVIDUAL PLAYER NOTES

Brennan Boesch, SO., CF: Is batting a team-leading .396 (21-for-53) with four doubles, a triple, three home runs and eight RBI...also has a .679 slugging percentage (8th in Pac-10), 36 total bases (7th in Pac-10) and a .467 on-base percentage...has started all 14 games in center field...was 4-for-13 with a double, two home runs and four RBI last week vs. Saint Mary's...went 4-for-10 at LBS Feb. 18-20, including 3-for-5 with a RBI double in game one Feb. 20...was 5-for-12 with a double and RBI at LMU Feb. 12-13...went 5-for-10 with two doubles and a home run vs. 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 .462 (6-for-13) with runners in scoring position...

Garrett Bussiere, SO., C: Is batting .207 (6-for-29) with a double, a home run and five RBI...went 2-for-8 with an RBI last week vs. Saint Mary's...was 2-for-6 with an RBI at LBS Feb. 18-20...went 2-for-4 with a double, home run and three RBI at LMU Feb. 12...is hitting .300 (3-for-10) with runners in scoring position...

Michael Cooper, SO., RHP: Is 2-0 with a 1.08 ERA...has six strikeouts in 8.3 innings...got the win in relief vs. Saint Mary's Feb. 27 (season-high 5.0 innings, three hits, no runs, one walk, five strikeouts)...won in relief in game one at LMU Feb. 13 (2.0 innings, one hit, no runs, one walk, one strikeout)...

Allen Craig, JR., SS.: Is batting .241 (13-for-54) with four doubles and four RBI...was 2-for-5 with a double and RBI at Saint Mary's Feb. 26...went 4-for-11 (.364) with three doubles and an RBI at LBS Feb. 18-20...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 1-1 with a 4.32 ERA...has a team-high 26 strikeouts (6th in Pac-10) with five walks in 25.0 innings (7th in Pac-10)...threw a complete game with six hits, one run, one walk and a season-high 10 strikeouts at Saint Mary's Feb. 26...got no decision at LBS Feb. 20 (7.0 innings, one run, one walk, six strikeouts)...got no decision at LMU Feb. 13 (2.0 innings, eight hits, seven runs, three walks, three strikeouts)...lost vs. UC Irvine Feb. 6 (6.0 innings, 10 hits, three earned runs, no walks, five strikeouts)...is slated to start Saturday at Stanford...

Matt Einspahr, SR., INF.: Is batting .271 (13-for-48) with two doubles, a home run and 10 RBI...went 2-for-3 with a double, a three-run homer and a career-high five RBI Tuesday vs. USF...was 4-for-10 with a double vs. Saint Mary's last week...went 2-for-4 with an RBI at LMU Feb. 13...is batting .368 (7-for-19) with runners in scoring position...

Chris Errecart, SO., OF: Is batting .276 (16-for-58) with two doubles, two home runs and 10 RBI...went 4-for-13 with two RBI vs. Saint Mary's last weekend and was 2-for-4 Tuesday vs. USF...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 at LMU Feb. 12-13...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 home run in game two Feb. 13...is batting .333 (6-for-18) with runners in scoring position...

Adam Gold, JR., RHP: Is 1-1 with a 6.08 ERA...has 22 strikeouts and eight walks in 23.7 innings (9th in Pac-10)...got no decision vs. Saint Mary's Feb. 25 (5.0 innings, five hits, three runs, four walks, six strikeouts)...won at LBS Feb. 18 (7.0 innings, five hits, no earned runs, two walks, three strikeouts)...got no decision at LMU Feb. 12 (6.0 innings, six hits, six runs, one walk, career-high 10 strikeouts)...lost vs. UC Irvine Feb. 4 (5.7 innings, nine hits, seven runs, one walk, three strikeouts)...is slated to start Friday at Stanford...

James Holder, SR., 1B/DH: Is batting .292 (14-for-48) with two doubles, a home run and five RBI...was 3-for-4 Tuesday vs. USF...went 2-for-6 with a double and the game-winning RBI in the 12th inning vs. Saint Mary's Feb. 25...had a pinch-hit home run Feb. 4 versus UC Irvine and a pinch-hit RBI single Feb. 1 versus Pacific...is 3-for-3 as a pinch-hitter this season...

Travis Howell, FR., C: Is batting .304 (7-for-23) with two doubles and three RBI...has started six games behind the plate...was 3-for-4 with an RBI double Tuesday vs. USF...went 1-for-2 with two RBI in game one at LBS Feb. 20...was 2-for-5 vs. UC Irvine Feb. 5...

Brandon Morrow, SO., RHP: Is 0-0 with a 6.59 ERA...has 14 strikeouts in 13.7 innings...got no decisions at LBS Feb. 20 (4.0 innings, three hits, one run, three walks, three strikeouts), at LMU Feb. 13 (5.0 innings, eight hits, five runs, three walks, six strikeouts) and vs. UC Irvine Feb. 5 (4.7 innings, five hits, four runs, three walks, five strikeouts)...

Josh Satin, FR., INF: Is batting .276 (16-for-58) with two doubles, two home runs and a team-high 12 RBI...had a five-game hitting streak from Feb. 5-13 (10-for-25, .400, double, 2-HR, 10 RBI)...went 2-for-4 with a RBI double Tuesday vs. USF...was 6-for-15 (.400) with a double, two home runs and eight RBI at LMU Feb. 12-13...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, Feb. 13...was 2-for-6 with the game-winning RBI vs. UC Irvine Feb. 5...is hitting .455 (10-for-22) with runners in scoring position...

Kyle Spraker, FR., INF: Is batting .257 (9-for-35) with three doubles and a RBI...has started 10 games at shortstop...had a five-game hitting streak from Feb. 6-18 (8-for-16, .500, 3-2B, RBI)...was 5-for-10 with two doubles and an RBI at LMU Feb. 12-13...

Matt Swanson, SR., RHP: Is 2-0 with a 3.86 ERA...won in relief Tuesday vs. USF (1.0 inning, four hits, three runs, one walk)...won in a relief vs. UC Irvine Feb. 5 (season-high 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 1-1 with a Pac-10 leading 0.57 ERA and four saves...is also first in the conference in opponent batting average (.120) and is third in appearances (eight)...has 13 strikeouts in 15.7 innings and has only allowed six hits...earned save Tuesday vs. USF (1.7 innings, no hits, no runs, one strikeout)...won in relief vs. Saint Mary's Feb. 25 (2.7 innings, no hits, no runs, one walk, two strikeouts)...earned saves at LMU Feb. 18 (2.0 innings, one hit, no runs, four strikeouts) and Feb. 20 in game one (2.0 innings, two hits, one run, one strikeout)...picked up save in game two at LMU Feb. 13 (2.0 innings, no hits, no runs, three strikeouts)...

Joe Todoroff, JR., RHP: Is 2-0 with a 3.86 ERA...started Tuesday vs. USF, pitching a season-high 5.0 innings with five hits, no runs, two walks and two strikeouts...earned win in relief in game one at LBS Feb. 20 (3.0 innings, four hits, two runs, one walk)...earned win in game two at LMU Feb. 13 (4.0 innings, five hits, two runs, two walks, three strikeouts)...

Alex Trafton, JR., RHP: Is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a save...has 10 strikeouts and two walks in 7.7 innings...pitched 1.3 innings (one hit, no runs, one walk, two strikeouts) Tuesday vs. USF, and 2.3 innings (three hits, no runs, one walk, three strikeouts) vs. Saint Mary's Feb. 25...won game two at LBS Feb. 20 (2.0 innings, two hits, one strikeout), forcing a double play with the bases loaded...earned save in game one at LMU Feb. 13 (1.0 inning, two hits, two strikeouts)....

Mike Van Winden, FR., 1B: Is batting .318 (14-for-44) with four doubles, a home run and eight RBI...was 5-for-9 with a double, home run and four RBI vs. Saint Mary's last weekend...scored the game-winning run in the 12th inning vs. the Gaels Feb. 25...went 3-for-5 with game-winning double in game two at LBS Feb. 20...started his college career on four-game hitting streak Feb. 1-6 (5-for-15, .333, 2-2B, 2 RBI)... was 4-for-12 with two doubles and two RBI vs. UC Irvine Feb. 4-6...is hitting .429 (3-for-7) with runners in scoring position...

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 a National Championship 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).

*Entering 2005, 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).

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