Cal Baseball Visits No. 18 Oregon State for Pac-10 Series

March 31, 2005

BERKELEY, CA -

Fri., Apr. 1 at OSU Goss Stadium, Corvallis, OR	5:00 p.m.Sat., Apr. 2 at OSU Goss Stadium, Corvallis, OR	1:00 p.m.Sun., Apr. 3 at OSU Goss Stadium, Corvallis, OR	1:00 p.m.

RADIO: KALX Radio (90.7 FM) will broadcast the Apr. 1-3 Cal-OSU games. Live game stats provided on www.calbears.com.

BEAR NOTES: Two of the hottest teams in the Pac-10 square off this weekend as California (20-9, 3-0) travels to No. 18-ranked (Baseball America) Oregon State (21-4) for a three-game conference series. The Golden Bears are 8-2 in their last 10 games, while the Beavers are 9-1. Cal has won eight of its last nine contests, including sweeping Washington State last weekend at Evans Diamond. The Bears' 20-9 start is their best start since 1989 when the team was 23-6 after 29 games. Cal's sweep of WSU was the Bears' first conference sweep since May 10-12, 2002 when they won three-straight over OSU at Evans Diamond. In the series versus WSU, Cal had a team batting average of .385 and a team ERA of 3.00. Freshman Mike Van Winden was outstanding, going 7-for-16 (.438) with three doubles and six RBI. In game three, Van Winden had the game-winning RBI double in the bottom of the eighth inning. He also had a game-winning double at Long Beach State Feb. 20 and scored the game-winning run versus Saint Mary's Feb. 25. Junior Allen Craig was a key player as well, going 7-for-13 (.538) with a home run and four RBI. Sophomore center fielder Brennan Boesch is the Bears' leading hitter this season with a .423 average (47-for-111), including eight doubles, a triple, a team-high six home runs and 23 RBI. On the mound, senior left-hander Travis Talbott continues to put up impressive numbers. Talbott won in relief Mar. 26 against WSU (2.7 innings, two hits, no runs, no walks, one strikeout) and is now 2-1 with a 0.81 ERA and five saves. He also leads the Bears with 14 appearances, has 18 strikeouts and five walks in 22.3 innings and opponents are batting .155 against him.

SERIES RECORD: Cal has a 29-16 series record against the Oregon State Beavers. In the last meeting, the Bears won one of three games (L 15-5, W 11-5, L 14-3) at Evans Diamond, Mar. 26-28, 2004. In the last series played at Oregon State, Cal won two of three games (L 8-6, W 8-6, W 19-13) Mar. 28-30, 2003.

HEAD COACH David Esquer: Esquer, 39, is in his sixth season at Cal with a career record of 161-147 (.523). 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. .347, 20 RBI, 1 HR6	SS	Kyle Spraker, Fr. .258, 10 RBI, 1 HR22	RF	Chris Errecart, So. .303, 22 RBI, 5 HR32	CF	Brennan Boesch, So. .423, 23 RBI, 6 HR3	2B	Josh Satin, Fr. .374, 22 RBI, 2 HR4	LF	Allen Craig, Jr. .265, 14 RBI, 2 HR44	DH	James Holder, Sr. .234, 5 RBI, 1 HR34	C	Garrett Bussiere, So. .209, 9 RBI, 2 HR14	3B	Matt Einspahr, Sr. .293, 21 RBI, 3 HR25	RHP	Eric Dworkis, Sr. (Fri.) 3-3, 3.15 ERA27	RHP	Adam Gold, Jr. (Sat.) 4-2, 5.40 ERA		TBA (Sun.)

NOTING OREGON STATE: The Oregon State Beavers, coached by Pat Casey (11th year at OSU, 316-229-4, .579), are 21-4 after winning two games versus BYU Monday and Tuesday at OSU. Top hitters for the Beavers are junior center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury (.427, 4 HR, 22 RBI), senior first baseman Andy Jenkins (.400, 3 HR, 19 RBI) and sophomore catcher Mitch Canham (.366, 2 HR, 15 RBI). Oregon State's tentative pitching rotation is sophomore right-hander Dallas Buck (5-0, 0.77 ERA), sophomore left-hander Anton Maxwell (4-0, 4.19 ERA) and sophomore right-hander Jonah Nickerson (5-0, 0.90). In 2004, the Beavers finished 31-22 overall and 10-14 (sixth tie) in the Pac-10.

BOESCH'S GOLDEN SEASON: Sophomore center fielder Brennan Boesch continues to be Cal's hottest hitter, sporting a .423 average (47-for-111) with eight doubles, a triple, six home runs and 23 RBI. Boesch is in a battle with OSU's Jacoby Ellsbury (.427) for the Pac-10 batting crown. Boesch also owns a team-best .694 slugging percentage, a .484 on-base percentage and is 16-for-34 (.471) with runners in scoring position. He has at least one hit in 24 of 29 games this season and has 13 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 25 games at short, missing only four games due to a strained hamstring. He is hitting .258, but more importantly, Spraker has only made three errors in 107 chances for a .972 fielding percentage. Satin, a redshirt freshman, is batting .374 with a team-leading nine doubles and is second on the team with 22 RBI. He is also hitting a team-best .488 (21-for-43) with runners in scoring position and is currently on a career-high 13-game hitting streak from Mar. 6. Van Winden, also a redshirt freshman, has also proven to be an extremely valuable addition, batting .347 with eight doubles, a triple, a home run, 20 RBI and a Pac-10 leading 23 walks. This season, he has knocked in game-winning RBI doubles at Long Beach State and versus Washington State, and 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, earning saves versus Loyola Marymount, Long Beach State (two), San Francisco and Hawaii-Hilo, and wins versus Saint Mary's and Washington State. Talbott is tied for first in the conference with five saves, has a 0.81 ERA and a opposing batting average of .155, only giving up two earned runs in 22.3 innings. He is also fourth in the Pac-10 with 14 appearances. Another impressive state for Talbott is his 18 strikeouts and only five walks in his 22.3 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 40 appearances in relief. In those 40 relief appearances, they are 9-1 with seven saves, and have only given up 11 earned runs in 76.0 innings for a 1.30 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 was solid in his last outing, pitching 7.0 innings with six hits, no runs, three walks and two strikeouts in a 31-2 win over Washington State. Dworkis leads the Bears with 37 strikeouts in 54.3 innings and is first in the Pac-10 in innings pitched. Last year at Gonzaga, he 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. 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.

CAL'S SEASON HIGHLIGHTS: Some highlights for the Bears up to this point of the season include - winning nine-straight games from Feb. 13-Mar. 1 (longest winning streak since 1998). Sophomore outfielder Chris Errecart earning Feb. 15 Pac-10 Player of the Week honors after Cal won two-of-three at Loyola Marymount. Sweeping then No. 14 Long Beach State in Long Beach (first road sweep of the 49ers since 1991). Sweeping Saint Mary's, including senior right-hander Eric Dworkis throwing a complete game with 10 strikeouts and senior right-hander Matt Swanson, sophomore right-hander Michael Cooper, junior right-hander Joe Todoroff and freshman right-hander Jason Corder combining to shutout the Gaels, 7-0, Feb. 27. Winning 10-4 at No. 12 Stanford (first win at Sunken Diamond since 2001). Nearly throwing a no-hitter at Pacific (behind the pitching of Todoroff and Swanson - infield single in the bottom of the ninth). Sweeping Washington State for the first Pac-10 series sweep since 2002.

BEARS AMOUNG PAC-10 TEAM STAT LEADERS: Cal is currently third in the Pac-10 with a team ERA of 3.85, giving up 111 earned runs in 259.3 innings. The Bears are also third in the conference with a .977 team fielding percentage and are fifth in the league with a .301 team batting average (303-for-1,008) with 57 doubles, four triples, 24 home runs and 161 RBI.

PAC-10 RACE (AS OF MAR. 30)	Conference	                Overall	W	L	PCT	GB	W	L 	.PCTCAL	3	0	1.000	---	20	9	.690Ariz	2	1	.667	---	18	10	.643ASU	2	1	.667	---	18	13	.581USC	1	2	.333	---	15	8	.652Wash	1	2	.333	---	17	10	.630OSU	0	0	.000	---	21	4	.840Stan	0	0	.000	---	14	9	.609UCLA	0	0	.000	---	7	14	.333WSU	0	3	.000	---	15	14	.517

CAL INDIVIDUAL PLAYER NOTES

Brennan Boesch, SO., CF: Is batting a team-leading .423 (47-for-111, 2nd in Pac-10) with eight doubles (10th in Pac-10), two triples (8th in Pac-10), six home runs (5th in Pac-10) and 23 RBI...also is third in the Pac-10 with a .694 slugging percentage with 47 hits (4th in Pac-10), 77 total bases (4th in Pac-10) and a .484 on-base percentage (4th in Pac-10)...was 6-for-13 (.462) with a double and two RBI last week vs. WSU and 1-4 with a triple and RBI Tuesday vs. Sac. State...had a career-high 10-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 at Hawaii-Hilo Mar. 18-20 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 .471 (16-for-34) with runners in scoring position...has had five, three-hit games and two, four-hit games... is 1-for-2 (.500) with a triple career vs. Oregon State...

Jeremy Burchett, JR., OF: Is batting .282 (11-for-39) with four doubles and three RBI...was 5-for-12 (.417) with a double at Hawaii-Hilo Mar. 18-20...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 4.50 ERA and four strikeouts in 4.0 innings on the mound...is 1-for-3 (.333) career vs. Oregon State...

Garrett Bussiere, SO., C: Is batting .209 (14-for-67) with a double, two home runs and nine RBI...went 3-for-8 (.375) with a grand slam last week vs. WSU...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 1-for-8 (.125) with a RBI career vs. Oregon State...

Michael Cooper, SO., RHP: Is 3-0 with a 3.41 ERA...has 19 strikeouts in 29.0 innings...won Tuesday vs. Sac. State (season-high 6.0 innings, three hits, no runs, no walks, season-high five strikeouts)...got no decision in start at Hawaii-Hilo Mar. 19 (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 .265 (30-for-113) with seven doubles, two home runs and 14 RBI...is currently on a nine-game hitting streak from Mar. 15 (15-for-37, .405, 2-2B, 2-HR, 8 RBI)...went 7-for-13 (.538) with a home run and four RBI last week vs. WSU...was 6-for-16 (.375) with a double, home run and four RBI at Hawaii-Hilo Feb. 18-20...went 4-for-11 (.364) with three doubles and an RBI at Long Beach State Feb. 18-20...is hitting .317 (13-for-41) with runners in scoring position...is 2-for-9 (.222) with a double career vs. Oregon State...

Eric Dworkis, SR., RHP: Is 3-3 with a 3.15 ERA...has a team-high 37 strikeouts and a Pac-10 leading 54.3 innings pitched...won vs. WSU Mar. 24 (7.0 innings, six hits, no runs, three walks, two strikeouts)...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 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 Friday at Oregon State...

Matt Einspahr, SR., INF.: Is batting .293 (27-for-92) with two doubles, three home runs and 21 RBI...went 4-for-9 (.444) with two RBI last week vs. WSU and 2-for-4 with a RBI Tuesday vs. Sac. State...was 3-for-9 with two RBI at Hawaii-Hilo Mar. 18-20...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...is batting .333 (12-for-36) with runners in scoring position...is 1-for-2 (.500) with a home run career vs. Oregon State...

Chris Errecart, SO., OF: Is batting .303 (36-for-119) with five doubles, five home runs and 22 RBI...went 6-for-15 (.400) with a double, home run and three RBI last week vs. WSU and 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBI Tuesday vs. Sac. State...was 6-for-14 (.429) with a double, home run and five RBI at Hawaii-Hilo Mar. 18-20...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 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 .359 (14-for-39) with runners in scoring position...

Adam Gold, JR., RHP: Is 4-2 with a 5.40 ERA...has 36 strikeouts in 43.3 innings...is fifth in the Pac-10 in batters struck out looking (17)...won vs. WSU Mar. 25 (6.0 innings, six hits, three earned runs, three walks, three strikeouts)...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 14.40 ERA (four strikeouts in 5.0 innings) career vs. Oregon State...is slated to start Saturday at Oregon State...

James Holder, SR., 1B/DH: Is batting .234 (15-for-64) with three doubles, a home run and five RBI...is 10th 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-9 (.3333) as a pinch-hitter this season... is 5-for-17 (.294) with two doubles, a home run and five RBI career vs. Oregon State...

Travis Howell, FR., C: Is batting .225 (9-for-40) with two doubles and six RBI...has started 12 games behind the plate...was 1-for-3 with an RBI vs. WSU Mar. 26...went 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 8.87 ERA and a save...has 24 strikeouts in 22.3 innings...threw twice in relief at Hawaii-Hilo with one hit and six strikeouts in 3.0 innings Mar. 18-20...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)...

Josh Satin, FR., INF: Is batting .374 (43-for-115) with 43 hits (6th in Pac-10), nine doubles (7th in Pac-10), a triple, two home runs and 22 RBI...is currently on a career-high 13-game hitting streak from Mar. 6 (20-for-37, 520, 7-2B, 10 RBI)...went 4-for-9 (.444) with a double and two RBI last week vs. WSU and 2-for-4 with a RBI Tuesday vs. Sac. State...hit doubles in six consecutive games from Mar. 6-18...was 9-for-17 (.529) with a double, triple and RBI at Hawaii-Hilo Mar. 18-20...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 6-for-15 (.400) with a double, two home runs and eight RBI at Loyola Marymount Feb. 12-13...was 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 a team-best .488 (21-for-43) with runners in scoring position...

Kyle Spraker, FR., INF: Is batting .258 (23-for-89) with six doubles, a home run and 10 RBI...has started 25 games at shortstop with only three errors in 107 chances (.972 fielding percentage) and 16 double plays...was 3-for-8 with a three-run homer last week vs. WSU and 2-for-4 with two RBI Tuesday vs. Sac. State...went 5-for-14 (.357) with a double vs. UNLV Mar. 11-13, including a career-high 4-for-5 Mar. 13...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 1.52 ERA and two saves (7th in Pac-10) in 14 appearances (4th in Pac-10)...has 13 strikeouts in 23.7 innings...earned save Tuesday vs. Sac. State (1.3 innings, two hits, no runs, key pick-off in eighth inning)...threw twice in relief last week vs. WSU (2.7 innings, four hits, one run, two walks, two strikeouts) and twice at Hawaii-Hilo (3.0 innings, one hit, no runs, one strikeout) Mar. 18-20...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 1-0 with 4.84 ERA (six strikeouts in 9.3 innings) career vs. Oregon State...

Travis Talbott, SR., LHP: Is 2-1 with a 0.81 ERA and leads the Pac-10 with five saves...also has an opponent batting average of .155 and is fourth in the conference with 14 appearances...has 18 strikeouts in 22.3 innings and has only allowed two earned runs...threw twice in relief last week vs. WSU (3.7 innings, two hits, no runs, one walk, two strikeouts)...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 game one Feb. 20 (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)...is 1-0 with 0.97 ERA (four strikeouts in 9.3 innings) career vs. Oregon State...

Joe Todoroff, JR., RHP: Is 3-1 with a 3.46 ERA in 12 appearances (10th in Pac-10)...got no decision vs. WSU Mar. 26 (4.7 innings, five hits, three runs, three walks, three strikeouts)...lost 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)... is 0-0 with 18.00 ERA (two strikeouts in 3.0 innings) career vs. Oregon State...

Alex Trafton, JR., RHP: Is 2-0 with a 0.73 ERA and a save...has 11 strikeouts in 12.3 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 .347 (34-for-98) with eight doubles (10th in Pac-10), a triple, a home run and 20 RBI...leads the Pac-10 in walks (23) and has a .468 on-base percentage (9th in Pac-10)...was 7-for-16 with three doubles and six RBI last week vs. WSU, including the game-winning RBI double in the eighth inning Mar. 26...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 at Hawaii-Hilo Mar. 18-20...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 .481 (13-for-27) 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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