Cal Baseball Hosts Washington State in Pac-10 Series

March 22, 2005

BERKELEY, CA -

Thu., Mar. 24 WSU Evans Diamond, Berkeley, CA 2:00 p.m.Fri., Mar. 25 WSU Evans Diamond, Berkeley, CA 1:00 p.m.Sat., Mar. 26 WSU Evans Diamond, Berkeley, CA 12:00 p.m.

RADIO: KALX Radio (90.7 FM) will broadcast the Mar. 24-26 WSU-Cal games. Live game stats provided on www.calbears.com.

BEAR NOTES: The 2005 California baseball team, sporting a solid non-conference record of 16-9 (.640 winning percentage), opens Pac-10 play versus Washington State, Mar. 24-26 at Evans Diamond. Some highlights for the Golden Bears up to this point of the season includes - winning nine-straight games from Feb. 13-Mar. 1 (longest winning streak since 1998), sweeping then No. 14 Long Beach State in Long Beach (first road sweep of the 49ers since 1991), sweeping Saint Mary's, winning 10-4 at No. 12 Stanford (first win at Sunken Diamond since 2001) and nearly throwing a no-hitter at Pacific (behind the pitching of junior right-hander Joe Todoroff and senior right-hander Matt Swanson, infield single in the bottom of the ninth). Offensively, Cal has been led by sophomore center fielder Brennan Boesch and freshman second baseman Josh Satin. Boesch is second in the Pac-10 with a .426 batting average and ranks in the Top 10 in the conference in slugging percentage (third, .713), on-base percentage (fourth, .486), home runs (fourth, six), hits (fifth, 40) and total bases (fifth, 67). Satin is batting .363 and is sixth in the Pac-10 in doubles (eight, had a streak of six straight games with a double) and eighth in hits (37). On the mound, the Bears are third in the conference with a team ERA of 3.91. Along with Cal's near no-hitter at Pacific, senior right-hander Eric Dworkis had a complete-game 10-strikeout effort at Saint Mary's Feb. 26 and is second in the Pac-10 in innings pitched (47.3), while senior left-hander Travis Talbott leads the conference with five saves and has a 0.96 ERA.

SERIES RECORD: Cal has a 29-23 series record against the Washington State Cougars. In the last meeting, the Bears won one of three games (L 7-3, W 4-0, L 13-3) at Washington State, May 28-30, 2004. In the last series played at Evans Diamond, Cal won two of three games (W 8-3, W 9-3, L 5-4) Mar. 21-23, 2003.

HEAD COACH David Esquer: Esquer, 39, is in his sixth season at Cal with a career record of 157-147 (.516). 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. .333, 14 RBI, 1 HR6	SS	Kyle Spraker, Fr. .234, 5 RBI, 0 HR22	LF	Chris Errecart, So. .270, 17 RBI, 3 HR32	CF	Brennan Boesch, So. .426, 20 RBI, 6 HR3	2B	Josh Satin, Fr. .363, 19 RBI, 2 HR4	DH	Allen Craig, Jr. .229, 10 RBI, 1 HR33	RF	Jeremy Burchett, Jr. .344, 3 RBI, 0 HR34	C	Garrett Bussiere, So. .200, 5 RBI, 1 HR14	3B	Matt Einspahr, Sr. .266, 18 RBI, 3 HR25	RHP	Eric Dworkis, Sr. (Thu.) 2-3, 3.61 ERA27	RHP	Adam Gold, Jr. (Fri.) 3-2, 5.54 ERA		TBA (Sat.)

NOTING WASHINGTON STATE: The Washington State Cougars, coached by Donnie Marbut (first year, 15-10, .600), are 15-10 after winning three of four games versus Utah Valley State last week at WSU. Top hitters for the Cougars are junior left fielder Jay Miller (.376, 2 HR, 20 RBI), senior catcher Brady Everett (.345, 6 HR, 32 RBI) and freshman first baseman Jim Murphy (.367, 5 HR, 13 RBI). Washington State's tentative pitching rotation is senior left-hander James Freeman (6-0, 2.05 ERA), sophomore right-hander Wayne Daman, Jr. (4-0, 2.04 ERA) and sophomore right-hander Nick Cebula (2-2, 4.97). In 2004, the Cougars finished 29-26 overall and 9-15 (eighth tie) in the Pac-10.

BOESCH'S GOLDEN SEASON: Sophomore center fielder Brennan Boesch continues to be Cal's hotest hitter, sporting a .426 average (40-for-94) with seven doubles, a triple, six home runs and 20 RBI. Boesch also owns a team-best .713 slugging percentage, a .486 on-base percentage and is 13-for-26 (.500) with runners in scoring position. He has at least one hit in 20 of 25 games this season and has 11 multiple hit games. 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.

BEARS FEATURE YOUNG, TALENTED INFIELD: The Bears feature one of the youngest infields in the nation as three of their four infielders are freshmen - shortstop Kyle Spraker, second baseman Josh Satin and first baseman Mike Van Winden. Spraker, a true freshman, has started 21 games at short, missing four games due to a strained hamstring. He is hitting .234, but more importantly Spraker has only made two errors in 88 chances for a .977 fielding percentage. Satin, a redshirt freshman, is batting .363 with a team-leading eight doubles and is second on the team with 19 RBI. He is also hitting a team-best .528 (19-for-36) with runners in scoring position. Van Winden, also a redshirt freshman, has also proven to be a valuable addition, batting .333 with five doubles, a triple, a home run, 14 RBI and a Pac-10 leading 22 walks. This season, he has knocked in the game-winning RBI double at Long Beach State and has scored the game-winning run against UC Irvine.

TALBOTT TOP RELEIVER: Senior left-hander Travis Talbott has been one of the Pac-10's top relievers this season, earning a save at Loyola Marymount, two saves at Long Beach State, a win versus Saint Mary's Feb. 25 and a save Mar. 1 versus San Francisco. Talbott is tied for first in the conference with five saves, has a 0.96 ERA and a opposing batting average of .150, only giving up two earned runs in 18.7 innings. He is also fourth in the Pac-10 with 12 appearances. Another impressive state for Talbott is his 16 strikeouts and only four walks in his 18.7 innings. He came into this season with one career save and a 4-1 career record in 54 appearances.

CAL'S BULLPEN SUCCESS: A key to Cal's success in 2005 has been its bullpen. The Bears' four main relievers - Talbott, junior right-hander Alex Trafton, senior right-hander Matt Swanson and sophomore right-hander Michael Cooper - have a combined 34 appearances in relief. In those 34 relief appearances, they are 8-1 with seven saves, and have only given up 10 earned runs in 68.3 innings for a 1.32 ERA.

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. At Stanford Mar. 6, Dworkis, despite giving up 11 hits, limited the Cardinal to three runs with one walk and three strikeouts in 8.3 innings. He leads the Bears with 35 strikeouts in 47.3 innings and is second in the Pac-10 in innings pitched. Last year at Gonzaga, Dworkis was 8-4 with five complete games, earning second team All-West Coast Conference honors.

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.

PAC-10 RACE (AS OF MAR. 22)	Conference	                Overall	W	L	PCT	GB	W	L 	.PCTOSU	0	0	.000	---	16	3	.842USC	0	0	.000	---	13	6	.684CAL	0	0	.000	---	16	9	.640Ariz	0	0	.000	---	16	9	.640Stan	0	0	.000	---	12	7	.632Wash	0	0	.000	---	13	8	.619WSU	0	0	.000	---	15	10	.600ASU	0	0	.000	---	16	12	.571UCLA	0	0	.000	---	7	13	.350

CAL INDIVIDUAL PLAYER NOTES

Brennan Boesch, SO., CF: Is batting a team-leading .426 (40-for-94, 2nd in Pac-10) with seven doubles (10th in Pac-10), a triple, six home runs (4th in Pac-10) and 20 RBI...also is third in the Pac-10 with a .713 slugging percentage with 40 hits (5th in Pac-10), 67 total bases (5th in Pac-10) and a .486 on-base percentage (4th in Pac-10)...had a career-high nine-game hitting streak from Feb. 26-Mar. 15 (19-for-37, .514, 2B, 4-HR, 10 RBI)...went 5-for-15 with a home run and four RBI last week at Hawaii-Hilo and 2-for-2 with two doubles and two RBI at Pacific Mar. 15...was 7-for-13 with a double and RBI vs. UNLV Mar. 11-13...went 5-for-11 with two home runs and six RBI at Stanford Mar. 5-6...on Mar. 6 doubleheader vs. the Cardinal was 4-for-7 with two, two-run homers...went 4-for-13 with a double, two home runs and four RBI vs. Saint Mary's Feb. 25-27...was 4-for-10 at Long Beach State Feb. 18-20...was 5-for-12 with a double and RBI at Loyola Marymount 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 .500 (13-for-26) with runners in scoring position...has had four, three-hit games and two, four-hit games... is 5-for-12 (.417) with a double and two RBI career vs. Washington State...

Jeremy Burchett, JR., OF: Is batting .344 (11-for-32) with four doubles and three RBI...was 5-for-12 (.417) with a double last week at Hawaii-Hilo...went 2-for-7 with an RBI double vs. UNLV Mar. 11-13...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 .333 (4-for-12) with runners in scoring position...is 2-for-20 (.100) with a double and two RBI career vs. Washington State...

Garrett Bussiere, SO., C: Is batting .200 (11-for-55) with a double, a home run and five RBI...was 4-for-8 with an RBI vs. UNLV Mar. 11-13...went 2-for-8 with an RBI vs. Saint Mary's Feb. 25-27...was 2-for-6 with an RBI at Long Beach State Feb. 18-20...went 2-for-4 with a double, home run and three RBI at Loyola Marymount Feb. 12...is 3-for-9 (.333) with a double and RBI career vs. Washington State...

Michael Cooper, SO., RHP: Is 2-0 with a 4.30 ERA...has 14 strikeouts in 23.0 innings...got no decision in start at Hawaii-Hilo Mar. 19 (season-high 5.3 innings, six hits, seven earned runs, three walks, three strikeouts)...threw 5.0 innings in relief vs. UNLV Mar. 13 (five hits, no runs, two walks, two strikeouts)...pitched 4.3 innings of relief at Stanford Mar. 5 (five hits, three runs, two walks, three strikeouts)...got the win in relief vs. Saint Mary's Feb. 27 (5.0 innings, three hits, no runs, one walk, five strikeouts)...won in relief in game one at Loyola Marymount Feb. 13 (2.0 innings, one hit, no runs, one walk, one strikeout)...

Allen Craig, JR., OF/INF: Is batting .229 (22-for-96) with seven doubles, a home run and 10 RBI...is currently on a five-game hitting streak from Mar. 15 (7-for-20, .350, 2-2B, HR, 4 RBI)...was 6-for-16 (.375) with a double, home run and four RBI last week at Hawaii-Hilo...went 1-for-4 with a double at Pacific Mar. 15, and 2-for-4 with a RBI double vs. UNLV Mar. 12...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 Long Beach State Feb. 18-20...was 2-for-5 at Loyola Marymount Feb. 12...is 3-for-12 (.250) career vs. Washington State...

Eric Dworkis, SR., RHP: Is 2-3 with a 3.61 ERA...has a team-high 35 strikeouts and 47.3 innings pitched (2nd in Pac-10)...won at Hawaii-Hilo Mar. 18 (8.0 innings, 11 hits, one earned run, two walks, four strikeouts)...lost vs. UNLV Mar. 12 (6.0 innings, eight hits, five runs, three earned runs, two walks, two strikeouts)...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 Long Beach State Feb. 20 (7.0 innings, one run, one walk, six strikeouts)...got no decision at Loyola Marymount 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 Thursday vs. Washington State...

Matt Einspahr, SR., INF.: Is batting .266 (21-for-79) with two doubles, three home runs and 18 RBI...was 3-for-9 with two RBI last week at Hawaii-Hilo...went 3-for-10 with a home run and three RBI vs. UNLV Mar. 11-13...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. San Francisco Mar. 1...was 4-for-10 with a double vs. Saint Mary's Feb. 25-27...went 2-for-4 with an RBI at Loyola Marymount Feb. 13...is batting .300 (9-for-30) with runners in scoring position...is 4-for-20 (.200) with two doubles and a RBI career vs. Washington State...

Chris Errecart, SO., OF: Is batting .270 (27-for-100) with four doubles, three home runs and 17 RBI...was 6-for-14 (.429) with a double, home run and five RBI last week vs. Hawaii-Hilo... was 2-for-4 vs. San Francisco 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 Loyola Marymount Feb. 12-13...was 2-for-5 with a double and two RBI Feb. 12 vs. the Lions...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 at Loyola Marymount Feb. 13... is batting .344 (11-for-32) with runners in scoring position...is 2-for-8 (.250) with a double and RBI career vs. Washington State...

Adam Gold, JR., RHP: Is 3-2 with a 5.54 ERA...has 33 strikeouts in 37.3 innings...is sixth in the Pac-10 in batters struck out looking (15)...won at Hawaii-Hilo Mar. 19 (5.0 innings, four hits, one run, one walk, six strikeouts)...won vs. UNLV Mar. 11 (season-high 7.0 innings, three hits, two runs, two walks, five strikeouts)...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 Long Beach State Feb. 18 (season-high 7.0 innings, five hits, no earned runs, two walks, three strikeouts)...got no decision at Loyola Marymount 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 0-1 with 21.00 ERA (one strikeout in 3.0 innings) career vs. Washington State...is slated to start Friday vs. Washington State...

James Holder, SR., 1B/DH: Is batting .246 (15-for-61) with three doubles, a home run and five RBI...is ninth in the Pac-10 in hit by pitch (five)...went 1-for-4 with a double vs. UNLV Mar. 13...was 3-for-4 vs. San Francisco 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 vs. Pacific Feb. 1...is 3-for-8 (.375) as a pinch-hitter this season... is 3-for-16 (.188) with a double and five RBI career vs. Washington State...

Travis Howell, FR., C: Is batting .216 (8-for-37) with two doubles and five RBI...has started 11 games behind the plate...went 1-for-3 vs. UNLV Mar. 13...was 3-for-4 with an RBI double vs. San Francisco Mar. 1...went 1-for-2 with two RBI in game one at Long Beach State Feb. 20...was 2-for-5 vs. UC Irvine Feb. 5...

Brandon Morrow, SO., RHP: Is 0-1 with a 7.40 ERA and a save...has 22 strikeouts in 20.7 innings...threw twice in relief at Hawaii-Hilo with one hit and six strikeouts in 3.0 innings...earned save vs. the Vulcans Mar. 19 (2.0 innings, no hits, three strikeouts)...lost vs. UNLV Mar. 13 (1.0 inning, six hits, four earned runs)...got no decision at Stanford Mar. 6 (3.0 innings, four hits, three runs, two walks, two strikeouts)...got no decisions at Long Beach State Feb. 20 (4.0 innings, three hits, one run, three walks, three strikeouts), at Loyola Marymount 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 0-1 with 4.50 ERA (one strikeout in 4.0 innings) career vs. Washington State...

Josh Satin, FR., INF: Is batting .363 (37-for-102) with 37 hits (8th in Pac-10), eight doubles (sixth in Pac-10), a triple, two home runs and 19 RBI...is currently on a career-high nine-game hitting streak from Mar. 6 (20-for-37, 540, 6-2B, 7 RBI)...hit doubles in six consecutive games from Mar. 6-18...was 9-for-17 (.529) with a double, triple and RBI last week at Hawaii-Hilo, and 1-for-4 with a RBI double at Pacific Mar. 15...went 7-for-12 (.583) with three doubles and five RBI vs. UNLV Mar. 11-13...was 3-for-4 with a double at Stanford Mar. 6...went 2-for-4 with a RBI double vs. San Francisco Mar. 1...was 6-for-15 (.400) with a double, two home runs and eight RBI at Loyola Marymount 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 vs. the Lions...was 2-for-6 with the game-winning RBI vs. UC Irvine Feb. 5...is hitting .528 (19-for-36) with runners in scoring position...

Kyle Spraker, FR., INF: Is batting .234 (18-for-77) with six doubles and five RBI...has started 21 games at shortstop with only two errors in 88 chances (.977 fielding percentage) and 13 double plays...was 1-for-14 with a double and four RBI at Hawaii-Hilo last week...went 5-for-14 (.357) with a double vs. UNLV Mar. 11-13, including a career-high 4-for-5 Mar. 13...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 Loyola Marymount Feb. 12-13...

Matt Swanson, SR., RHP: Is 3-0 with a 1.37 ERA and a save in 11 appearances (8th in Pac-10)...has 11 strikeouts in 19.7 innings...opponents are batting .200 against him...threw twice in relief last week at Hawaii-Hilo (3.0 innings, one hit, no runs, one strikeout)...earned save at Pacific Mar. 15 (2.7 innings, one hit, no runs, three strikeouts)...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. San Francisco 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)...is 0-0 with 0.00 ERA (one strikeout in 1.0 inning) career vs. Washington State...

Travis Talbott, SR., LHP: Is 1-1 with a 0.96 ERA and leads the Pac-10 with five saves...also has an opponent batting average of (.150) and is fourth in the conference in appearances (12)...has 16 strikeouts in 18.7 innings and has only allowed nine hits...earned save at Hawaii-Hilo Mar. 19 (1.0 inning, one hit, one strikeout)...earned save vs. San Francisco 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 Long Beach State 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 Loyola Marymount Feb. 13 (2.0 innings, no hits, no runs, three strikeouts)...

Joe Todoroff, JR., RHP: Is 3-1 with a 3.15 ERA in 11 appearances (8th in Pac-10)...lost in start at Hawaii-Hilo Mar. 20 (6.0 innings, six hits, two runs, one walk, five strikeouts)...won in start at Pacific Mar. 15, throwing a season-high 6.3 innings of no-hit ball with four walks and a career-high nine strikeouts...got no decision vs. San Francisco Mar. 1 (5.0 innings, five hits, no runs, two walks, two strikeouts)...earned win in relief in game one at Long Beach State Feb. 20 (3.0 innings, four hits, two runs, one walk)...earned win in game two at Loyola Marymount Feb. 13 (4.0 innings, five hits, two runs, two walks, three strikeouts)...

Alex Trafton, JR., RHP: Is 2-0 with a 0.79 ERA and a save...has 11 strikeouts in 11.3 innings with one earned run...earned win in relief at Hawaii-Hilo Mar. 19 (1.7 innings, three hits, no earned runs, one walk)...won game two at Long Beach State Feb. 20 (2.0 innings, two hits, one strikeout), forcing a double play with the bases loaded...earned save in game one at Loyola Marymount Feb. 13 (1.0 inning, two hits, two strikeouts)...

Mike Van Winden, FR., 1B: Is batting .333 (26-for-78) with five doubles, a triple, a home run and 14 RBI...leads the Pac-10 in walks (22) and has a .476 on-base percentage (7th in Pac-10)...had a career-high eight-game hitting streak from Mar. 6-19 (11-for-27, .407, 2B, 6 RBI)...went 4-for-10 with a triple and two RBI last week at Hawaii-Hilo...was 4-for-13 with two RBI vs. UNLV Mar. 11-13...went 3-for-9 with a double and two RBI at Stanford Mar. 5-6...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 Long Beach State Feb. 20...was 4-for-12 with two doubles and two RBI vs. UC Irvine Feb. 4-6...is hitting .368 (7-for-19) 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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