Cal Baseball Hosts No. 24 Arizona State in Three-Game Pac-10 Series

April 6, 2005

BERKELEY, CA -

Fri., Apr. 8 ASU Evans Diamond, Berkeley, CA 2:00 p.m.Sat., Apr. 9 ASU Evans Diamond, Berkeley, CA 1:00 p.m.Sun., Apr. 10 ASU Evans Diamond, Berkeley, CA 1:00 p.m.

RADIO: KALX Radio (90.7 FM) will broadcast the Apr. 8-10 ASU-Cal games. Live game stats provided on www.calbears.com.

BEAR NOTES: The California baseball team (21-12, 3-3) will face a nationally-ranked Pac-10 opponent for the second week in-a-row when the Golden Bears host No. 24-ranked (Baseball America) Arizona State (21-13, 2-1) in a three-game series at Evans Diamond. Cal is looking to rebound from being swept last weekend at No. 16 Oregon State, after opening the 2005 league schedule with a sweep of Washington State. The Bears were able to capture a hard-fought 11-8 victory at Nevada (15-11) on Tuesday, behind key performances from seniors Matt Einspahr, Matt Swanson and Travis Talbott. Einspahr had a clutch three-run double in the seventh inning, Swanson earned the win throwing 2.3 innings of shutout relief, and Talbott picked up his sixth save pitching the ninth with no hits and a strikeout. Even though Cal features a starting line-up that includes three freshman and three sophomores, seniors have be vital to the Bears' success this season. Einspahr is batting .308 with a team-leading 25 RBI. Swanson is 4-0 with two saves, a 1.26 ERA, and is third in the Pac-10 with 17 appearances. Talbott is 2-1 with a 0.76 ERA, has a league-leading six saves, has 20 strikeouts and only five walks in 23.7 innings, and has only given-up two earned runs. Sophomore outfielders Brennan Boesch and Chris Errecart, and freshman second baseman Josh Satin, are the Bears' top three hitters. Boesch leads the team with a .405 average and six home runs, Satin is hitting .375 overall and .460 with runners in scoring position, and Errecart has gone 16-for-35 with five doubles and two home runs in the past two weeks to raise his average from .270 to .319.

SERIES RECORD: Cal has a 49-87 series record against the Arizona State Sun Devils. In the last meeting, the Bears won two of three games (W 9-7, W 20-8, L 8-4) at Packard Stadium, Mar. 19-21, 2004. In the last series played at Evans Diamond, Cal was swept (11-3, 6-0, 10-1) Apr. 11, 13, 2003.

HEAD COACH David Esquer: Esquer, 39, is in his sixth season at Cal with a career record of 162-150 (.519). 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. .304, 21 RBI, 1 HR4	LF	Allen Craig, Jr. .252, 16 RBI, 3 HR22	RF	Chris Errecart, So. .319, 23 RBI, 5 HR32	CF	Brennan Boesch, So. .405, 23 RBI, 6 HR3	2B	Josh Satin, Fr. .375, 24 RBI, 2 HR14	3B	Matt Einspahr, Sr. .308, 25 RBI, 3 HR44	DH	James Holder, Sr. .233, 6 RBI, 1 HR6	SS	Kyle Spraker, Fr. .242, 10 RBI, 1 HR34	C	Garrett Bussiere, So. .215, 11 RBI, 2 HR25	RHP	Eric Dworkis, Sr. (Fri.) 3-4, 3.75 ERA27	RHP	Adam Gold, Jr. (Sat.) 4-3, 5.59 ERA39	RHP	Michael Cooper, So. (Sun.) 3-1, 2.91 ERA

NOTING ARIZONA STATE: The No. 24 Arizona State Sun Devils, coached by Pat Murphy (11th year at ASU, 422-209-1, .669), are 21-13 after sweeping Wright State (13-1, 11-3, 14-1) at ASU Apr. 1-3. Top hitters for the Sun Devils are freshman right fielder Rocky Laguna (.356, 1 HR, 21 RBI), junior third baseman Travis Buck (.351, 2 HR, 23 RBI) and senior catcher Tuffy Gosewisch (.346, 5 HR, 39 RBI). Arizona State's tentative pitching rotation is junior left-hander Erik Averill (6-2, 3.03 ERA), sophomore right-hander Pat Bresnehan (3-2, 3.74 ERA) and senior right-hander Jason Urquidez (5-2, 4.64). In 2004, the Sun Devils finished 41-18 overall, 13-11 (fourth) in the Pac-10 and were 1-2 in the NCAA Regional in Fullerton, Calif.

BOESCH'S GOLDEN SEASON: Sophomore center fielder Brennan Boesch continues to be Cal's leading hitter, sporting a .405 average (51-for-126) with nine doubles, a triple, six home runs and 23 RBI. Boesch also owns a team-best .651 slugging percentage, a .469 on-base percentage and is 17-for-40 (.425) with runners in scoring position. He has at least one hit in 28 of 33 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 29 games at short, missing only four games due to a strained hamstring. He is hitting .242, but more importantly, Spraker has only made five errors in 124 chances for a .960 fielding percentage. Satin, a redshirt freshman, is batting .375 with a team-leading nine doubles (along with Boesch and Errecart) and is second on the team with 24 RBI. He is also hitting a team-best .460 (23-for-50) with runners in scoring position. Van Winden, also a redshirt freshman, has also proven to be an extremely valuable addition, batting .304 with eight doubles, a triple, a home run, 21 RBI and a team-leading 24 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, Hawaii-Hilo and Nevada, and wins versus Saint Mary's and Washington State. Talbott is tied for first in the conference with six saves, has a 0.76 ERA and opponents are batting .158 against him, only giving up two earned runs in 23.7 innings. He is also third in the Pac-10 with 16 appearances. Another impressive stat for Talbott is his 20 strikeouts and only five walks in his 23.7 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 40 appearances in relief. In those 47 relief appearances, they are 10-1 with eight saves, and have only given up 12 earned runs in 83.7 innings for a 1.29 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 Gonzaga. 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 is currently second in the Pac-10 in innings pitched with 60.0. 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 fourth in the Pac-10 with a team ERA of 4.16, giving up 124 earned runs in 292.3 innings. The Bears are also third in the conference with a .975 team fielding percentage and are fifth in the league with a .293 team batting average (334-for-1,140) with 66 doubles, four triples, 25 home runs and 175 RBI.

PAC-10 RACE (AS OF APR. 6)	Conference	                Overall	W	L	PCT	GB	W	L 	.PCTOSU	3	0	1.000	---	24	4	.857Stan	3	0	1.000	---	18	9	.667Ariz	5	1	.833	---	21	10	.677ASU	2	1	.667	---	21	13	.618USC	3	3	.500	---	18	9	.667CAL	3	3	.500	---	21	12	.636Wash	2	4	.333	---	19	12	.613UCLA	0	3	.000	---	7	18	.280WSU	0	6	.000	---	16	17	.485

CAL INDIVIDUAL PLAYER NOTES

Brennan Boesch, SO., CF: Is batting a team-leading .405 (51-for-126, 3rd in Pac-10, .391 vs. Pac-10) with nine doubles, two triples (8th in Pac-10), six home runs (5th in Pac-10) and 23 RBI...also is eighth in the Pac-10 with a .651 slugging percentage with 51 hits (6th in Pac-10), 82 total bases (4th in Pac-10) and a .469 on-base percentage...is currently on a eight-game hitting streak from Mar. 24 (11-for-32, .344, 2-2B, 3B, three RBI)...went 3-for-10 with a double last week at OSU...was 6-for-13 (.462) with a double and two RBI vs. WSU Mar. 24-26...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 .425 (17-for-40) with runners in scoring position...has had five, three-hit games and two, four-hit games... is 1-for-1 career vs. Arizona State...

Jeremy Burchett, JR., OF: Is batting .282 (11-for-39, .000 vs. Pac-10) 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 four strikeouts in 4.3 innings on the mound...is 0-for-3 career vs. Arizona State...

Garrett Bussiere, SO., C: Is batting .215 (17-for-79, .263 vs. Pac-10) with a double, two home runs and 11 RBI...was 2-for-11 with a RBI last week at OSU and 1-for-1 with an RBI Tuesday at Nevada...went 3-for-8 (.375) with a grand slam vs. WSU Mar. 24-26...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 5-for-14 (.357) with two doubles and four RBI career vs. Arizona State...

Michael Cooper, SO., RHP: Is 3-1 with a 2.91 ERA (8th in Pac-10)...has 21 strikeouts in 34.0 innings...lost at OSU Apr. 3 (5.0 innings, five hits, no earned runs, three walks, two strikeouts)...won vs. Sac. State Mar. 29 (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 .252 (30-for-113, .348 vs. Pac-10) with seven doubles, three home runs and 16 RBI...was 1-for-4 with a two-run homer at OSU Apr. 3...had a nine-game hitting streak from Mar. 15-29 (15-for-37, .405, 2-2B, 2-HR, 8 RBI)...went 7-for-13 (.538) with a home run and four RBI vs. WSU Mar. 24-26...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 .295 (13-for-44) with runners in scoring position...is 3-for-11 (.273) with a RBI career vs. Arizona State...

Eric Dworkis, SR., RHP: Is 3-4 with a 3.75 ERA...has 37 strikeouts and is second in the Pac-10 with 60.0 innings pitched...lost at OSU Apr. 1 (5.7 innings, 10 hits, six runs, four walks)...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 vs. Arizona State...

Matt Einspahr, SR., INF.: Is batting .308 (32-for-104, .444 vs. Pac-10) with four doubles, three home runs and a team-leading 25 RBI...is currently on a career-high six-game hitting streak from Mar. 26 (9-for-19, .474, 2-2B, five RBI)...was 4-for-9 with a double last week at OSU and 1-for-3 with a three-run double and four RBI Tuesday at Nevada...went 4-for-9 (.444) with two RBI vs. WSU Mar. 24-26...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 (14-for-42) with runners in scoring position...is 3-for-10 (.300) with a double career vs. Arizona State...

Chris Errecart, SO., OF: Is batting .319 (43-for-135) with nine doubles, five home runs and 23 RBI...was 5-for-11 with three doubles last week at OSU and 2-for-5 with a double and RBI Tuesday at Nevada...went 6-for-15 (.400) with a double, home run and three RBI vs. WSU Mar. 24-26 and 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBI vs. Sac. State Mar. 29...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 .349 (15-for-43) with runners in scoring position...

Adam Gold, JR., RHP: Is 4-3 with a 5.59 ERA...has team-high 43 strikeouts in 48.3 innings...is fourth in the Pac-10 in batters struck out looking (20)...lost at OSU Apr. 2 (5.0 innings, six hits, four runs, two walks, seven strikeouts)...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 0-0 with 11.49 ERA (five strikeouts in 4.7 innings) career vs. Arizona State...is slated to start Saturday vs. Arizona State...

James Holder, SR., 1B/DH: Is batting .233 (17-for-73, .167 vs. Pac-10) with four doubles, a home run and six RBI...was 1-for-3 at OSU Apr. 3 and 1-for-4 with a RBI double Tuesday at Nevada...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...is 2-for-12 (.167) career vs. Arizona State...

Travis Howell, FR., C: Is batting .213 (10-for-47, .143 vs. Pac-10) with three doubles and seven RBI...has started 14 games behind the plate...went 1-for-3 with a RBI double Tuesday at Nevada...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 9.36 ERA and a save...has 25 strikeouts in 25.0 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 .375 (48-for-128, 9th in Pac-10, .444 vs. Pac-10) with 48 hits (7th in Pac-10), nine doubles, a triple, two home runs and 24 RBI...was 4-for-9 with a RBI last week at OSU...had a 15-game hitting streak from Mar. 6-Apr. 2 (24-for-43, 558, 7-2B, 11 RBI)...went 4-for-9 (.444) with a double and two RBI vs. WSU Mar. 24-26...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 .460 (23-for-50) with runners in scoring position...

Kyle Spraker, FR., INF: Is batting .242 (24-for-99, .250 vs. Pac-10) with six doubles, a home run and 10 RBI...has started 29 games at shortstop with five errors in 124 chances (.960 fielding percentage) and 18 double plays...went 1-for-8 last week at OSU and was 3-for-8 with a three-run homer vs. WSU Mar. 24-26...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 4-0 with a 1.26 ERA and two saves (7th in Pac-10) in 17 appearances (2nd in Pac-10)...won in relief Tuesday at Nevada (2.3 innings, two hits, no runs, one walk, one strikeout)...earned save vs. Sac. State Mar. 29 (1.3 innings, two hits, no runs, key pick-off in eighth inning)...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 a save and 4.86 ERA (3.7 innings) career vs. Arizona State...

Travis Talbott, SR., LHP: Is 2-1 with a 0.76 ERA and leads the Pac-10 with six saves...opponents are also batting .158 against him and he is third in the conference with 16 appearances...has 20 strikeouts in 23.7 innings and has only allowed two earned runs...earned save Tuesday at Nevada (1.0 inning, no hits, no runs, one strikeout)...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 in 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 0-0 with 0.00 ERA (two strikeouts in 3.0 innings) career vs. Arizona State...

Joe Todoroff, JR., RHP: Is 3-1 with a 3.89 ERA in 13 appearances...got no decision Tuesday at Nevada (5.0 innings, six hits, four runs, two walks, four strikeouts)...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 0.00 ERA (three strikeouts in 3.0 innings) career vs. Arizona State...

Alex Trafton, JR., RHP: Is 2-0 with a 1.32 ERA and a save...has 11 strikeouts in 13.7 innings with two earned runs...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)...is 0-0 with 0.00 ERA (0.7 inning) career vs. Arizona State...

Mike Van Winden, FR., 1B: Is batting .304 (35-for-115, .286 vs. Pac-10) with eight doubles, a triple, a home run and 21 RBI...is third in the Pac-10 in walks (24)...was 7-for-16 with three doubles and six RBI vs. WSU Mar. 24-26, 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 .406 (13-for-32) 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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