Cal Hosts UNLV in Three-Game Series at Evans Diamond

March 9, 2005

BERKELEY, CA -

Fri., Mar. 11 UNLV Evans Diamond 2:00 p.m.Sat., Mar. 12 UNLV Evans Diamond 1:00 p.m.Sun., Mar. 13 UNLV Evans Diamond 1:00 p.m.

RADIO: KALX Radio (90.7 FM) will broadcast the Mar. 11-13 UNLV-Cal games. Live game stats provided on www.calbears.com.

BEAR NOTES: The 2005 California baseball team (11-6), currently third in the Pac-10 Conference standings, will look to continue its solid play in non-conference action when the Golden Bears host UNLV (3-13) a three-game series at Evans Diamond, Mar. 11-13. Cal has won 10 of its last 12 games, including a nine-game winning streak from Feb. 13-Mar. 1, the Bears' longest winning streak since 1998. In its last contest on Mar. 6, Cal upset No. 11-ranked Stanford, 10-4, in a second game of a doubleheader at Sunken Diamond. In the win over the Cardinal, the Bears scored five runs in the first two innings, including a two-run homer by sophomore center fielder Brennan Boesch in the first inning and a two-run homer by senior third baseman Matt Einspahr in the second inning. Senior right-hander Matt Swanson was also a key in Cal's first victory at Stanford since 2001, throwing 4.0 innings of shutout relief with one hit, two walks and three strikeouts. Boesch was impressive against the Cardinal, going 5-for-11 with two, two-run homers and six RBI. He also finished the series with 11 total bases and a .500 on-base percentage. Boesch is one of the Pac-10's hottest hitters, leading the conference in slugging percentage (.734), and is third in home runs (five), fourth in total bases (47), eighth in batting average (.406) and hits (26), and ninth with a .472 on-base percentage. Even though UNLV has only three wins this season, the Rebels have proved they can compete against the nation's best with a 19-9 victory over Cal State Northridge, a 6-5 win over defending national champion Cal State Fullerton and a 3-2 victory over UC Irvine.

SERIES RECORD: Cal has a 5-7 series record against the UNLV Rebels. In the last meeting between the two teams, the Bears won one-of-three games (L 9-6, W 8-7, L 10-4) Jan. 31-Feb. 2, 2003 at Evans Diamond. Cal played UNLV three times in the 1980 NCAA Midwest Regional in Tulsa, OK, falling to the Rebels 3-2 in the opening round, before winning 6-2 and 12-0 to advance to the College World Series where the Golden Bears placed third.

HEAD COACH David Esquer: Esquer, 39, is in his sixth season at Cal with a career record of 152-144 (.514). 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 stats6	SS	Kyle Spraker, Fr. .234, 1 RBI, 0 HR42	1B	Mike Van Winden, Fr. .321, 10 RBI, 1 HR22	LF	Chris Errecart, So. .257, 11 RBI, 2 HR32	CF	Brennan Boesch, So. .406, 14 RBI, 5 HR4	DH	Allen Craig, Jr. .200, 4 RBI, 0 HR3	2B	Josh Satin, Fr. .290, 12 RBI, 2 HR34	C	Garrett Bussiere, So. .176, 4 RBI, 1 HR33	RF	Jeremy Burchett, Jr. .400, 2 RBI, 0 HR14	3B	Matt Einspahr, Sr. .263, 13 RBI, 2 HR27	RHP	Adam Gold, Jr. (Fri.) 1-2, 7.11 ERA25	RHP	Eric Dworkis, Sr. (Sat.) 1-2, 4.05 ERA21	RHP	Brandon Morrow, So. (Sun.) 0-0, 7.02 ERA

NOTING UNLV: The UNLV Rebels, coached by Buddy Gouldsmith (second year, 40-37, .519), are 3-13 after being swept last weekend by Florida Atlantic in Las Vegas (5-0, 6-4 Mar. 5, 3-1 Mar. 6). Top hitters for the Rebels are junior second baseman C.J. Lang (.296, 0 HR, 6 RBI), senior left fielder Matt Fry (.283, 0 HR, 7 RBI) and senior shortstop Zeke Parraz (.274, 0 HR, 8 RBI). UNLV's tentative pitching rotation is senior right-hander Derek Rodriguez (0-2, 4.25 ERA), sophomore left-hander Koji Pupo (0-0, 2.13 ERA) and junior right-hander Matt Luca (0-4, 3.99). In 2004, the Rebels finished 37-24 overall, 20-10 (first) in the Mountain West Conference and went 0-2 in the NCAA Regional at Sunken Diamond, falling to Stanford, 10-4, and Saint John's, 9-6.

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 inning. 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. Most recently, 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. Due to weather, the Bears have also been forced to play three doubleheaders, but have won five of six of those contests, with their only loss being a 3-2 affair at Stanford Mar. 6.

BOESCH HIGHLIGHTS: Sophomore center fielder Brennan Boesch continues to be Cal's top hitter, sporting a .406 average (26-for-64) with four doubles, a triple, five home runs and 14 RBI. Boesch also owns a team-best .734 slugging percentage, a .472 on-base percentage and is 9-for-17 (.529) with runners in scoring position. He has now hit four home runs in the last six games, including two, two-run homers at Stanford Mar. 6, after going 4-for-13 with a double and two home runs during the Feb. 25-27 Saint Mary's series. In Cal's first victory this season, Boesch was a perfect 3-for-3 with a double, a home run and scored the winning run in the Bears' Feb. 5 extra-inning win over UC Irvine. 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.

VALUABLE TRANSFER DWORKIS: A key addition to Cal's pitching staff is senior transfer Eric Dworkis, who played at Gonzaga from 2002-04. 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. Last weekend at Stanford Dworkis, despite giving up 11 hits, limited Stanford to three runs with one walk and three strikeouts in 8.3 innings. He leads the Bears with 29 strikeouts in 33.3 innings and is sixth in the Pac-10 in innings pitched and ninth in strikeouts. Last year at Gonzaga, Dworkis was 8-4 with five complete games, earning second team All-West Coast Conference honors.

TALBOTT SAVE LEADER: Senior left-hander Travis Talbott has been one of the Pac-10's hottest pitchers this season, earning two saves at Long Beach State, a win versus Saint Mary's Feb. 25 and a save Mar. 1 versus San Francisco. Talbott leads the conference with four saves and has a 0.57 ERA and a opposing batting average of .120, only giving up one earned run in 15.7 innings. He is also fourth in the Pac-10 with nine appearances. Another impressive state for Talbott is his 13 strikeouts and only four walks in 15.7 innings. He came into this season with one career save and a 4-1 career record in 54 appearances.

OTHER PITCHING NOTABLES: Several Cal pitchers were 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 2.84 ERA, and threw 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. 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 only given up one run in 9.7 innings. Trafton also has 11 strikeouts and only three walks in his 9.7 innings. Todoroff, 2-0 with a 3.86 ERA, had his best outing of the year in a start versus San Francisco Mar. 1, pitching 5.0 innings with five hits, no runs, two walks and two strikeouts. Junior right-hander Adam Gold, an honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection last year, had an impressive outing versus then No. 14-ranked Long Beach State Feb. 19, pitching a season-high 7.0 innings with five hits, no earned runs, two walks and three strikeouts.

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. 8)	Conference	                Overall	W	L	PCT	GB	W	L 	.PCTOSU	0	0	.000	---	11	2	.846Ariz	0	0	.000	---	12	5	.706CAL	0	0	.000	---	11	6	.647Stan	0	0	.000	---	11	7	.611USC	0	0	.000	---	7	5	.583Wash	0	0	.000	---	9	7	.563WSU	0	0	.000	---	10	8	.556ASU	0	0	.000	---	11	10	.524UCLA	0	0	.000	---	7	9	.438

CAL INDIVIDUAL PLAYER NOTES

Brennan Boesch, SO., CF: Is batting a team-leading .406 (26-for-64, 8th in Pac-10) with four doubles, a triple, five home runs (3rd in Pac-10) and 14 RBI...also has a Pac-10 leading .734 slugging percentage with 26 hits (8th in Pac-10), 47 total bases (4th in Pac-10) and a .472 on-base percentage (9th in Pac-10)...is on a career-high six-game hitting streak from Feb. 26 (10-for-22, .455, 2B, 4-HR, 10 RBI)...last week at Stanford was 5-for-11 with two home runs and six RBI...on Mar. 6 doubleheader vs. the Cardinal was 4-for-7 with two, two-run homers...was 4-for-13 with a double, two home runs and four RBI vs. Saint Mary's Feb. 25-27...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 .529 (9-for-17) with runners in scoring position...

Jeremy Burchett, JR., OF: Is batting .400 (4-for-10) with two doubles and two RBI...was 2-for-4 with a RBI at Stanford Mar. 6...went 2-for-3 with two doubles and an RBI vs. Saint Mary's Feb. 27...is 0-0 with a 6.00 ERA and has three strikeouts in 3.0 innings on the mound...is hitting .600 (3-for-5) with runners in scoring position...

Garrett Bussiere, SO., C: Is batting .176 (6-for-34) with a double, a home run and four RBI...went 2-for-8 with an RBI vs. Saint Mary's Feb. 25-27...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...

Michael Cooper, SO., RHP: Is 2-0 with a 2.84 ERA...has nine strikeouts in 12.7 innings...pitched 4.3 innings at Stanford Mar. 5 (five hits, three runs, two walks, three strikeouts)...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., OF/INF: Is batting .200 (13-for-65) 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 1-2 with a 4.05 ERA...has a team-high 29 strikeouts (9th in Pac-10) with six walks in a team-high 33.3 innings (6th in Pac-10)...lost, but threw well at Stanford Mar. 6 (8.3 innings, 11 hits, three runs, one walk, three strikeouts)...pitched 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 vs. UNLV...

Matt Einspahr, SR., INF.: Is batting .263 (15-for-57) with two doubles, two home runs and 13 RBI...was 2-for-6 with a two-run homer and a sacrifice fly at Stanford Mar. 6...went 2-for-3 with a double, a three-run homer and a career-high five RBI vs. USF Mar. 1...was 4-for-10 with a double vs. Saint Mary's Feb. 25-27...went 2-for-4 with an RBI at LMU Feb. 13...is batting .350 (7-for-20) with runners in scoring position...

Chris Errecart, SO., OF: Is batting .257 (18-for-70) with three doubles, two home runs and 11 RBI...was 1-for-5 with a RBI double at Stanford Mar. 6... was 2-for-4 Tuesday vs. USF Mar. 1...went 4-for-13 with two RBI vs. Saint Mary's Feb. 25-27...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 .300 (6-for-20) with runners in scoring position...

Adam Gold, JR., RHP: Is 1-2 with a 7.11 ERA...has 22 strikeouts in 25.3 innings...is fifth in the Pac-10 in batters struck out looking (12)...lost at Stanford Mar. 5 (1.7 innings, four hits, four earned runs, three walks)....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 vs. UNLV...

James Holder, SR., 1B/DH: Is batting .280 (14-for-50) with two doubles, a home run and five RBI...is sixth in the Pac-10 in hit by pitch (five)...was 3-for-4 vs. USF Mar. 1...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 .250 (7-for-28) with two doubles and four RBI...has started eight games behind the plate...was 3-for-4 with an RBI double vs. USF Mar. 1...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 7.02 ERA...has 16 strikeouts in 16.7 innings...got no decision at Stanford Mar. 6 (3.0 innings, four hits, three runs, two walks, two strikeouts)...got no decisions at LBS Feb. 20 (4.0 innings, three hits, one run, three walks, three strikeouts), at LMU Feb. 13 (career-high 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)...is slated to start Sunday versus UNLV...

Josh Satin, FR., INF: Is batting .290 (20-for-69) with three doubles, two home runs and 12 RBI...had a five-game hitting streak from Feb. 5-13 (10-for-25, .400, double, 2-HR, 10 RBI) and from Feb. 25-Mar. 1 (6-for-21, 2B, RBI)...was 3-for-4 with a double at Stanford Mar. 6...went 2-for-4 with a RBI double vs. USF Mar. 1...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 .480 (12-for-25) with runners in scoring position...

Kyle Spraker, FR., INF: Is batting .234 (11-for-47) with four doubles and a RBI...has started 13 games at shortstop with only one error in 62 chances (.984 fielding percentage) and 11 double plays...was 1-for-3 with a double at Stanford Mar. 5...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 3-0 with a 2.45 ERA...his three wins is fourth in the Pac-10...earned win in relief at Stanford Mar. 6 (season-high 4.0 innings, one hit, no runs, two walks, three strikeouts)...won in relief vs. USF Mar. 1 (1.0 inning, four hits, three runs, one walk)...won in a relief vs. 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 1-1 with a 0.57 ERA and a Pac-10 leading four saves...also has an opponent batting average of (.120) and is fourth in appearances (nine)...has 13 strikeouts in 15.7 innings and has only allowed six hits...earned save vs. USF Mar. 1 (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 vs. USF Mar. 1, 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 0.93 ERA and a save...has 11 strikeouts and three walks in 9.7 innings...threw 2.0 innings (four hits, one run, one walk, one strikeout) at Stanford Mar. 6...pitched 1.3 innings (one hit, no runs, one walk, two strikeouts) vs. USF Mar. 1, 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 .321 (17-for-53) with five doubles, a home run and 10 RBI...is also third in the Pac-10 in walks (14)...went 3-for-9 with a double and two RBI last week at Stanford...was 5-for-9 with a double, home run and four RBI vs. Saint Mary's Feb. 25-27...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 .444 (4-for-9) 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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