Cal Baseball Travels to Washington for Pac-10 Series

April 13, 2005

BERKELEY, CA -

Fri., Apr. 15 at UW Husky Ballpark, Seattle, WA 6:30 p.m.Sat., Apr. 16 at UW Husky Ballpark, Seattle, WA 1:00 p.m.Sun., Apr. 17 at UW Husky Ballpark, Seattle, WA 1:00 p.m.

RADIO: KALX Radio (90.7 FM) will broadcast the Apr. 15-17 Cal-UW games. Live game stats provided on www.calbears.com.

BEAR NOTES: The California baseball team (23-14, 5-4) continues its quest for a postseason berth as the Golden Bears travel to Seattle to play Washington (21-13, 2-4) in a three-game series at Husky Ballpark. Cal is coming off winning two-of-three games from then-No. 24 Arizona State last week at Evans Diamond, including a come-from-behind 4-3 victory Apr. 10. Senior third baseman and team captain Matt Einspahr, who hails from Port Orchard, Wash., knocked in the game-winning RBI in the bottom of the ninth in Cal's dramatic win. Einspahr leads the Bears with 27 RBI and is hitting .414 against Pac-10 opponents. Senior right-hander and captain Matt Swanson was impressive last week as well, earning the win in relief Apr. 5 at Nevada and preserving Cal's 7-3 win over ASU Apr. 9 by throwing the final 1.7 innings with two hits, no runs, no walks and two strikeouts. For the year, he is 4-0 with two saves, and a 1.19 ERA in a team-high 18 appearances. Senior left-hander Travis Talbott continues his fine season, earning the win in the Bears' 4-3 victory over ASU, throwing a season-high 4.3 innings to improved his record to 3-1 with six saves and a 0.96 ERA. Redshirt freshman second baseman Josh Satin has put up impressive offensive numbers, batting .380 overall and a team-best .464 in Pac-10 play. Satin is also hitting a team-best .453 (24-for-53) with runners in scoring position. Sophomore center fielder Brennan Boesch still leads the Bears with a .401 average (third in the Pac-10), 91 total bases, 57 hits, .641 slugging percentage, .466 on-base percentage, 12 doubles and six home runs. Cal currently 23-14 after winning 25 games all of last season. The Bears are hitting .327 against Pac-10 competition.

SERIES RECORD: Cal has a 21-18 series record against the Washington Huskies. In the last meeting, the Bears won one of three games (W 9-4, L 7-4, L 6-4) at Evans Diamond, Apr. 2-4, 2004. In the last series played at Husky Ballpark, Cal won one of three (L 16-3, W 6-3, L 11-3) Apr. 25-27, 2003.

HEAD COACH David Esquer: Esquer, 39, is in his sixth season at Cal with a career record of 164-152 (.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. .305, 22 RBI, 1 HR14	3B	Matt Einspahr, Sr. .303, 27 RBI, 3 HR22	RF	Chris Errecart, So. .329, 25 RBI, 6 HR32	CF	Brennan Boesch, So. .401, 25 RBI, 6 HR3	2B	Josh Satin, Fr. .380, 25 RBI, 3 HR4	LF	Allen Craig, Jr. .262, 20 RBI, 4 HR44	DH	James Holder, Sr. .267, 9 RBI, 1 HR34	C	Garrett Bussiere, So. .227, 15 RBI, 4 HR6	SS	Kyle Spraker, Fr. .223, 10 RBI, 1 HR25	RHP	Eric Dworkis, Sr. (Fri.) 3-5, 4.36 ERA27	RHP	Adam Gold, Jr. (Sat.) 5-3, 5.34 ERA39	RHP	Michael Cooper, So. (Sun.) 3-1, 3.03 ERA

NOTING WASHINGTON: The Washington Huskies, coached by Ken Knutson (13th year at UW, 449-286-2, .611), are 21-13, 2-4 after winning two of three (W 9-0, W 19-3, L 14-1) at UC Riverside Apr. 8-10. Top hitters for the Huskies are senior third baseman Nick Batkoski (.345, 3 HR, 24 RBI), junior left fielder Zach Clem (.333, 4 HR, 25 RBI) and senior center fielder Taylor Johnson (.317, 6 HR, 31 RBI). Washington's tentative pitching rotation is sophomore right-hander Tim Lincecum (5-4, 3.24 ERA), sophomore right-hander Kyle Parker (5-4, 4.82 ERA) and junior right-hander Matt Kasser (3-3, 5.28). In 2004, the Huskies finished 39-20-1 overall, 15-9 (second) in the Pac-10 and were 2-2 in the NCAA Regional in Oxford, Miss.

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, and winning two of three over then No. 24-ranked Arizona State last weekend at Evans Diamond.

BOESCH'S GOLDEN SEASON: Sophomore center fielder Brennan Boesch continues to be Cal's leading hitter and is making a strong push for postseason honors, sporting a .401 average (57-for-142) with 12 doubles, a triple, six home runs and 25 RBI. Boesch also owns a team-best .641 slugging percentage, a .466 on-base percentage and is 17-for-40 (.391) with runners in scoring position. He has at least one hit in 31 of 37 games this season and has 15 multiple hit games, including last Tuesday (Apr. 12) at Sac. State when he was 2-for-4 with two doubles and a RBI on his 20th birthday. 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 33 games at short, missing only four games due to a strained hamstring. He is hitting .223, but more importantly, Spraker has only made five errors in 137 chances for a .964 fielding percentage. Satin, a redshirt freshman, is batting .380 with nine doubles and is second on the team with 25 RBI (along with Boesch and Errecart). He is also hitting a team-best .464 against Pac-10 competition and .436 (24-for-55) with runners in scoring position. Van Winden, also a redshirt freshman, has proven to be an extremely valuable addition, batting .305 with nine doubles, a triple, a home run, 22 RBI and a team-leading 27 walks. This season, he has knocked in game-winning RBI doubles at Long Beach State and versus Washington State, the game-tying RBI against Arizona 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, Washington State and Arizona State. Talbott is tied for second in the conference with six saves, has a 0.96 ERA and opponents are batting .176 against him, only giving up three earned runs in 28.0 innings. He is also sixth in the Pac-10 with 17 appearances. Another impressive stat for Talbott is his 22 strikeouts and only five walks in his 28.0 innings. He came into this season with one career save and a 4-1 career record in 54 appearances.

GOLD SOLID: Junior right-hander Adam Gold was impressive in Cal's 7-3 win over Arizona State Apr. 9, pitching a season-high 7.3 innings with eight hits, three runs, two walks and four strikeouts to improve his record to 5-3. Another top victory for Gold this season was winning 3-2 at then No. 14-Long Beach State Feb. 18, throwing 7.0 innings with five hits, no earned runs, two walks and three strikeouts. An honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection last season, he now leads the Bears in victories with five and has a team-high 47 strikeouts in 55.7 innings.

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. 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 third in the Pac-10 with 64.0 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, have captured two road games in the top of the ninth inning, and most recently scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth for a come-from-behind win. 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. Last Sunday, Van Winden and senior Matt Einspahr combined to defeat ASU as Van Winden tied the game with a hard hit single, followed by Einspahr's game-winner. Due to weather, the Bears have been forced to play four doubleheaders this season, but have won six of eight of those contests.

BEARS AMOUNG PAC-10 TEAM STAT LEADERS: Cal is currently sixth in the Pac-10 with a team ERA of 4.28, giving up 161 earned runs in 327.3 innings. The Bears are also third in the conference with a .975 team fielding percentage and are fifth in the league with a .297 team batting average (379-for-1,275) with 74 doubles, four triples, 31 home runs and 196 RBI.

PAC-10 RACE (AS OF APR. 13)	Conference	                Overall	W	L	PCT	GB	W	L 	.PCTAriz	8	1	.889	---	24	10	.706OSU	5	1	.833	---	26	5	.839USC	6	3	.667	---	22	9	.710Stan	4	2	.667	---	20	11	.645CAL	5	4	.556	---	23	14	.622ASU	3	3	.500	---	22	15	.595Wash	2	4	.333	---	21	13	.618UCLA	0	6	.000	---	7	22	.241WSU	0	9	.000	---	17	20	.459

CAL INDIVIDUAL PLAYER NOTES

Brennan Boesch, SO., CF: Is batting a team-leading .401 (57-for-142, 3rd in Pac-10, .371 vs. Pac-10) with 12 doubles (4th in Pac-10), two triples (9th in Pac-10), six home runs (8th in Pac-10) and 25 RBI...also is seventh in the Pac-10 with a .641 slugging percentage with 57 hits (5th in Pac-10), 91 total bases (4th in Pac-10) and a .466 on-base percentage (9th in Pac-10)...was 4-for-12 with a double and RBI last week vs. ASU and 2-for-4 with two doubles and a RBI Tuesday at Sac. State...had a career-high 10-game hitting streak from Mar. 24-Apr. 9 (15-for-40, .375, 3-2B, 3B, five RBI)...went 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 .391 (18-for-46) with runners in scoring position...has had six, three-hit games and two, four-hit games... is 0-for-3 with a RBI career vs. Washington...

Jeremy Burchett, JR., OF: Is batting .300 (12-for-40, .000 vs. Pac-10) with four doubles, a home run and five RBI...had a pinch-hit, two-run homer Tuesday at Sac. State...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 six strikeouts in 5.3 innings on the mound...is 1-for-3 (.333) with a RBI career vs. Washington...

Garrett Bussiere, SO., C: Is batting .227 (20-for-88, .286 vs. Pac-10) with two doubles, four home runs and 15 RBI...was 3-for-9 with a double, two home runs and four RBI last week vs. ASU...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-6 with an RBI at Long Beach State Feb. 18-20...was 2-for-4 with a double, home run and three RBI at Loyola Marymount Feb. 12...is 0-for-3 career vs. Washington...

Michael Cooper, SO., RHP: Is 3-1 with a 3.03 ERA (8th in Pac-10)...has 25 strikeouts in 38.7 innings and opponents are batting .232 against him (8th in Pac-10)...got no decision Apr. 10 vs. ASU (4.7 innings, four hits, two runs, one walk, four strikeouts)...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 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)...is slated to start Sunday at Washington...

Allen Craig, JR., OF/INF: Is batting .262 (37-for-141, .361 vs. Pac-10) with eight doubles, four home runs and 20 RBI...went 5-for-13 (.385) with a double, home run and three RBI last week vs. ASU...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 6-for-24 (.250) with two doubles and three RBI career vs. Washington...

Eric Dworkis, SR., RHP: Is 3-5 with a 4.36 ERA...has 39 strikeouts and is third in the Pac-10 with 64.0 innings pitched...lost vs. ASU Apr. 9 (4.0 innings, 10 hits, six runs, three walks, two strikeouts)...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 at Washington...

Matt Einspahr, SR., INF.: Is batting .303 (36-for-119, .414 vs. Pac-10) with four doubles, three home runs and a team-leading 27 RBI...was 4-for-11 (.364) with two RBI last week vs. ASU, including the game-winning RBI vs. the Sun Devils Apr. 10...had a career-high nine-game hitting streak from Mar. 26-Apr. 10 (13-for-30, .433, 2-2B, seven RBI)...went 1-for-3 with a three-run double and four RBI at Nevada Apr. 5...was 4-for-9 with a double at OSU Apr. 1-3...went 4-for-9 with two RBI vs. WSU Mar. 24-26...was 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 .340 (16-for-47) with runners in scoring position...is 0-for-3 career vs. Washington...

Chris Errecart, SO., OF: Is batting .329 (50-for-152, .395 vs. Pac-10) with 10 doubles, six home runs (8th in Pac-10), 78 total bases (10th in Pac-10) and 25 RBI...went 4-for-12 with a double, home run and two RBI last week vs. ASU and 2-for-5 Tuesday at Sac. State...was 2-for-5 with a double and RBI at Nevada Apr. 5...went 5-for-11 with three doubles at OSU Apr. 1-3...was 6-for-15 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...went 6-for-14 (.429) with a double, home run and five RBI at Hawaii-Hilo Mar. 18-20...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 .327 (16-for-49) with runners in scoring position...

Adam Gold, JR., RHP: Is 5-3 with a 5.34 ERA...has team-high 47 strikeouts in 55.7 innings...is third in the Pac-10 in batters struck out looking (24) and eighth in wins (five)...won vs. ASU Apr. 9 (season-high 7.3 innings, eight hits, three runs, two walks, four strikeouts)...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 (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 (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 1-0 with 3.00 ERA (six strikeouts in 9.0 innings) career vs. Washington...is slated to start Saturday at Washington...

James Holder, SR., 1B/DH: Is batting .267 (23-for-86, .438 vs. Pac-10) with five doubles, a home run and nine RBI...was 6-for-10 with a double and three RBI last week vs. ASU...went 1-for-4 with a RBI double at Nevada Apr. 5...was 1-for-4 with a double vs. UNLV Mar. 13...went 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 vs. UC Irvine Feb. 4...is 2-for-13 (.154) career vs. Washington...

Travis Howell, FR., C: Is batting .216 (11-for-51, .111 vs. Pac-10) with three doubles and seven RBI...has started 16 games behind the plate...was 1-for-2 Tuesday at Sac. State...went 1-for-3 with a RBI double at Nevada Apr. 5...was 3-for-4 with an RBI double vs. San Francisco Mar. 1...went 1-for-2 with two RBI 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 Mar. 18-20 (3.0 innings, one hit, six strikeouts)...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 0-0 with 0.00 ERA (two strikeouts in 1.0 inning) career vs. Washington...

Josh Satin, FR., INF: Is batting .380 (54-for-142, 7th in Pac-10, team-best .464 vs. Pac-10) with 54 hits (6th in Pac-10), nine doubles, a triple, three home runs, 25 RBI and a .453 on-base percentage...went 5-for-10 with a home run last week vs. ASU...was 4-for-9 with a RBI at OSU Apr. 1-3...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 .436 (24-for-55) with runners in scoring position...

Kyle Spraker, FR., INF: Is batting .223 (25-for-112, .185 vs. Pac-10) with six doubles, a home run and 10 RBI...has started 33 games at shortstop with five errors in 137 chances (.964 fielding percentage) and 21 double plays...went 1-for-11 last week vs. ASU 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 1.19 ERA and two saves (8th in Pac-10) in 18 appearances (2nd in Pac-10)...threw 1.7 innings vs. ASU Apr. 9 (two hits, no runs, no walks, two strikeouts)...won in relief at Nevada Apr. 5 (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 0.00 ERA (1.0 inning) career vs. Washington...

Travis Talbott, SR., LHP: Is 3-1 with a 0.96 ERA and is second in the Pac-10 with six saves...opponents are batting .176 against him and he is sixth in the conference with 17 appearances...has 22 strikeouts in 28.0 innings and has only allowed three earned runs...won in relief vs. ASU Apr. 10 (season-high 4.3 innings, four hits, one run, no walks, two strikeouts)...earned save at Nevada Apr. 5 (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 two 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 0-1 with 14.40 ERA (two strikeouts in 5.0 innings) career vs. Washington...

Joe Todoroff, JR., RHP: Is 3-2 with a 4.41 ERA in 14 appearances...lost Tuesday at Sac. State (5.0 innings, eight hits, three walks, eight strikeouts)...got no decision at Nevada Apr. 5 (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 7.01 ERA (six strikeouts in 7.7 innings) career vs. Washington...

Alex Trafton, JR., RHP: Is 2-0 with a 3.86 ERA and a save...has 13 strikeouts in 16.3 innings...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 .305 (40-for-131, .300 vs. Pac-10) with nine doubles, a triple, a home run and 22 RBI...is second in the Pac-10 in walks (27)...went 4-for-12 with a double and RBI last week vs. ASU, including game-tying RBI Apr. 10 against the Sun Devils...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 .389 (14-for-36) 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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