Cal Baseball Hosts No. 25 USC in Pac-10 Series at Evans Diamond

April 21, 2005

BERKELEY, CA -

Fri., Apr. 22 USC Evans Diamond, Berkeley, CA 2:00 p.m.Sat., Apr. 23 USC Evans Diamond, Berkeley, CA 1:00 p.m.Sun., Apr. 24 USC Evans Diamond, Berkeley, CA 1:00 p.m.

RADIO: KALX Radio (90.7 FM) will broadcast the Apr. 22-24 USC-Cal games. Live game stats provided on www.calbears.com.

BEAR NOTES: The California baseball team (25-16, 6-6) faces the challenge of hosting another nationally-ranked opponent at Evans Diamond, this time entertaining No. 25-ranked USC (24-11, 6-3) in a key Pac-10 series. Cal has kept its postseason hopes alive by winning its last two games in decidedly different fashion. The Bears defeated Washington on Apr. 17 in Seattle when freshman first baseman Mike Van Winden knocked in his third game-winning RBI of the season with a two-out single in the 11th inning, scoring senior designated hitter James Holder. On Wednesday, Cal shut out Hawaii, 11-0, at Evans Diamond behind the pitching of junior starter Joe Todoroff and five other Bear hurlers, while senior third baseman and team captain Matt Einspahr hit a grand slam to pace the Cal offense. Einspahr leads the Bears with 33 RBI and also had the game-winning RBI in the bottom of the ninth in Cal's 4-3 come-from-behind versus then No. 24-ranked Arizona State on Apr. 10. Senior right-hander and team captain Matt Swanson picked up the win in relief at Washington, throwing the final 2.3 innings with one hit, no runs, two walks and four strikeouts. For the year, he is an impressive 5-0 with two saves, and a 1.07 ERA in a Pac-10 leading 21 appearances. Sophomore center fielder Brennan Boesch is the Bears' offensive leader with a .392 average (third in the Pac-10), 100 total bases, 62 hits, .633 slugging percentage, .455 on-base percentage, 13 doubles and seven home runs. Cal is currently 25-16, with at least 16 regular season games left, after only winning 25 games all of last season.

SERIES RECORD: Cal has a 131-216 series record against the USC Trojans. In the last meeting, the Bears won two of three games (W 4-2, L 11-4, W 12-9) at Dedeaux Field, Apr. 8-10, 2004. In the last series played at Evans Diamond, Cal won two of three (L 3-1, W 11-2, W 8-3) Apr. 17-19, 2003.

HEAD COACH David Esquer: Esquer, 39, is in his sixth season at Cal with a career record of 166-154 (.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. .307, 25 RBI, 1 HR14	3B	Matt Einspahr, Sr. .289, 33 RBI, 4 HR22	RF	Chris Errecart, So. .321, 25 RBI, 6 HR32	CF	Brennan Boesch, So. .392, 29 RBI, 7 HR3	2B	Josh Satin, Fr. .376, 25 RBI, 3 HR4	LF	Allen Craig, Jr. .252, 21 RBI, 5 HR44	DH	James Holder, Sr. .286, 9 RBI, 1 HR34	C	Garrett Bussiere, So. .215, 15 RBI, 4 HR6	SS	Kyle Spraker, Fr. .217, 11 RBI, 1 HR27	RHP	Adam Gold, Jr. (Fri.) 5-4, 5.49 ERA39	RHP	Michael Cooper, So. (Sat.) 3-2, 3.40 ERA25	RHP	Eric Dworkis, Sr. (Sun.) 3-5, 4.02 ERA

NOTING USC: The No. 25 (Baseball America) USC Trojans, coached by Mike Gillespie (19th year at USC, 721-427-2, .628), are 24-11, 6-3 after most recently defeating UC Santa Barbara, 8-2, at USC Apr. 19, and falling at No. 2 Cal State Fullerton, 5-3, Apr. 20. Top hitters for the Trojans are junior catcher Jeff Clement (.345, 9 HR, 32 RBI), sophomore left fielder Cyle Hankerd (.328, 1 HR, 25 RBI) and junior third baseman Billy Hart (.313, 2 HR, 18 RBI). USC's tentative pitching rotation is sophomore right-hander Ian Kennedy (6-1, 2.87 ERA), junior left-hander Jack Spradlin (4-1, 3.36 ERA) and junior right-hander Zack Kalter (2-2, 1.60). In 2004, the Trojans finished 24-32 overall and 10-14 (sixth tie) in the Pac-10.

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-ranked 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, winning two of three over then No. 24-ranked Arizona State at Evans Diamond, and shutting out Hawaii, 11-0, Wednesday 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 .392 average (62-for-158) with 13 doubles, a triple, seven home runs and 29 RBI. Boesch also owns a team-best .633 slugging percentage, a .455 on-base percentage and is 20-for-52 (.385) with runners in scoring position. He has at least one hit in 35 of 41 games this season and has 16 multiple hit games, including 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. In a doubleheader this season (Mar. 6) at Stanford, he hit two-run homers in each of the two games.

SENIOR CAPTAINS Matt Swanson AND Matt Einspahr: Senior captains Matt Swanson and Matt Einspahr are saving their best for last as both players are having outstanding senior campaigns. Swanson has a 5-0 record with two saves and a 1.07 ERA, only giving up four earned runs in 33.7 innings. Earlier this season, he earned the win at Stanford, throwing a season-high 4.0 shutout innings with one hit, two walks and three strikeouts to defeat the Cardinal at Sunken Diamond for the first time since 2001. Most recently, Swanson helped the Bears to a key extra-inning win at Washington, throwing the final 2.3 scoreless innings with one hit, two walks and four strikeouts. Einspahr, who came into this season with a .237 career batting average with one home run and 18 RBI, is hitting .289 with a team-best 33 RBI, including a grand slam Wednesday versus Hawaii and the game-winning RBI in the ninth inning versus Arizona State.

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 36 games at short. He is hitting .217, but only five errors in 144 chances (.965 fielding percentage). Satin, a redshirt freshman, is batting .376 with nine doubles, a triple, three home runs and 25 RBI. He is hitting .436 against Pac-10 competition and a team-best .429 (24-for-56) with runners in scoring position. Satin and Boesch were high school teammates at Harvard-Westlake High School in Los Angeles. Van Winden, a redshirt freshman as well, has proven to be an extremely valuable with the knack for game-winning hits, batting .307 with 11 doubles, a triple, a home run, 25 RBI and a team-leading 28 walks. This season, he scored the game-winning run against UC Irvine, knocked in game-winning RBI doubles at Long Beach State and versus Washington State, had the game-tying RBI against Arizona State and hit the game-winning single at Washington.

TALBOTT A TOP RELEIVER: Senior left-hander Travis Talbott (3-1, six saves, 1.50 ERA) has been one of the Pac-10's top relievers this season, 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 third in the conference with six saves, has a 1.50 ERA and opponents are batting .208 against him, only giving up five earned runs in 30.0 innings. He is also fifth in the Pac-10 with 19 appearances. Another impressive stat for Talbott is his 24 strikeouts and only eight walks in his 30.0 innings.

VALUABLE STARTERS DWORKIS AND GOLD: A key addition to Cal's pitching staff is senior transfer Eric Dworkis (3-5, 4.02 ERA), 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. He is currently third in the Pac-10 with 71.7 innings pitched. Last year at Gonzaga, Dworkis was 8-4 with five complete games, earning second team All-West Coast Conference honors. Junior right-hander Gold (5-4, 5.49) is Cal's top returning starter after earning honorable mention All-Pac-10 accolades last year. He leads the Bears this season with 51 strikeouts in 62.3 innings.

BEARS HAVE A FLAIR FOR THE DRAMATIC: The 2005 Bears have won three extra-inning games, have captured two road games in the top of the ninth and 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, on 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. On Apr. 10, 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. Finally, Van Winden had the game-winning RBI with two outs in the 11th to defeat Washington, 4-3 on Apr. 17. Due to weather, the Bears have been forced to play four doubleheaders this season, but have been able to win six of those eight contests.

PAC-10 RACE (AS OF APR. 21)	Conference	                               Overall	W	L	PCT	GB	W	L 	.PCTAriz	10	2	.833	---	27	11	.711OSU	6	3	.667	---	27	7	.794USC	6	3	.667	---	24	11	.686ASU	6	3	.667	---	25	15	.625CAL	6	6	.500	---	25	16	.610Wash	4	5	.444	---	24	14	.632Stan	4	5	.444	---	21	14	.600UCLA	0	6	.000	---	8	25	.242WSU	0	9	.000	---	18	20	.474

CAL INDIVIDUAL PLAYER NOTES

Brennan Boesch, SO., CF: Is batting a team-leading .392 (62-for-158, 3rd in Pac-10, .340 vs. Pac-10) with 13 doubles (5th in Pac-10), two triples (9th in Pac-10), seven home runs (7th in Pac-10) and 29 RBI...also is sixth in the Pac-10 with a .633 slugging percentage with 62 hits (4th in Pac-10), 100 total bases (4th in Pac-10) and a .455 on-base percentage...went 5-for-16 with three doubles, a home run and four RBI last week vs. Sac. State and a Washington, and 2-for-4 with a RBI Wednesday vs. Hawaii...was 4-for-12 with a double and RBI vs. ASU Apr. 9-10...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 .385 (20-for-52) with runners in scoring position...has had six, three-hit games and two, four-hit games...

Jeremy Burchett, JR., OF: Is batting .298 (14-for-47, .154 vs. Pac-10) with four doubles, two home runs and eight RBI...went 3-for-7 with two, two-run homers and five RBI last week vs. Sac. State and a Washington...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 0-for-2 career vs. USC...

Garrett Bussiere, SO., C: Is batting .215 (20-for-93, .242 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 vs. ASU Apr. 9-10...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...

Michael Cooper, SO., RHP: Is 3-2 with a 3.40 ERA...has 26 strikeouts in 42.3 innings and opponents are batting .259 against him...lost at Washington Apr. 16 (2.7 innings, seven hits, three runs, three walks) and threw one inning with one strikeout Wednesday vs. Hawaii...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 Saturday vs. USC...

Allen Craig, JR., OF/INF: Is batting .252 (38-for-151, .295 vs. Pac-10) with eight doubles, five home runs and 21 RBI...was 1-for-2 with a solo home run Wednesday vs. Hawaii...went 5-for-13 (.385) with a double, home run and three RBI vs. ASU Apr. 9-10...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 5-for-12 (.417) with two doubles, a home run and two RBI career vs. USC...

Eric Dworkis, SR., RHP: Is 3-5 with a 4.02 ERA...has 44 strikeouts and is third in the Pac-10 with 71.7 innings pitched...got no decision at Washington Apr. 17 (7.7 innings, five hits, one run, one walk, five strikeouts)...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 Sunday vs. USC...

Matt Einspahr, SR., INF.: Is batting .289 (39-for-135, .317 vs. Pac-10) with five doubles, four home runs and a team-leading 33 RBI...went 2-for-4 with a RBI double and a grand slam Wednesday vs. Hawaii (career-high five RBI)...was 4-for-11 (.364) with two RBI vs. ASU Apr. 9-10, 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 .365 (19-for-52) with runners in scoring position...is 1-for-19 (.053) with an RBI career vs. USC...

Chris Errecart, SO., OF: Is batting .321 (54-for-168, .347 vs. Pac-10) with 12 doubles, six home runs (9th in Pac-10), 84 total bases (10th in Pac-10) and 25 RBI...was 2-for-5 with two doubles Wednesday vs. Hawaii...went 4-for-12 with a double, home run and two RBI vs. ASU Apr. 9-10...was 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 .302 (16-for-53) with runners in scoring position...

Adam Gold, JR., RHP: Is 5-4 with a 5.49 ERA...has team-high 51 strikeouts in 62.3 innings...is third in the Pac-10 in batters struck out looking (25)...lost at Washington Apr. 15 (6.7 innings, six hits, five runs, three walks, four strikeouts)...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 2.86 ERA (eight strikeouts in 6.3 innings) career vs. USC...is slated to start Friday vs. USC...

James Holder, SR., 1B/DH: Is batting .286 (28-for-98, team-leading .480 vs. Pac-10) with five doubles, a home run and nine RBI...is eighth in the Pac-10 in hit by pitch (eight)...went 5-for-9 last week at Washington, including scoring the winning run in the 11th Apr. 17...was 6-for-10 with a double and three RBI vs. ASU Apr. 9-10...went 1-for-4 with a RBI double at Nevada Apr. 5...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 vs. UC Irvine Feb. 4...is 8-for-27 (.296) with two home runs and four RBI career vs. USC...

Travis Howell, FR., C: Is batting .207 (12-for-58, .077 vs. Pac-10) with three doubles and eight RBI...has started 18 games behind the plate...was 1-for-3 with a RBI Wednesday vs. Hawaii...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)...

Josh Satin, FR., INF: Is batting .376 (59-for-157, 8th in Pac-10, .436 vs. Pac-10) with 59 hits (6th in Pac-10), nine doubles, a triple, three home runs, 25 RBI and a .446 on-base percentage...was 4-for-11 last week at Washington...went 5-for-10 with a home run vs. ASU Apr. 9-10...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 .429 (24-for-56) with runners in scoring position...

Kyle Spraker, FR., INF: Is batting .217 (26-for-120, .161 vs. Pac-10) with six doubles, a home run and 11 RBI...has started 36 games at shortstop with five errors in 144 chances (.965 fielding percentage) and 21 double plays...went 1-for-4 with a RBI Wednesday vs. Hawaii...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 5-0 with a 1.07 ERA and two saves (9th in Pac-10) in 21 appearances (1st in Pac-10)...earned win in relief at Washington Apr. 17 (2.3 innings, one hit, no runs, two walks, four strikeouts) and pitched one inning with a strikeout Wednesday vs. Hawaii...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 (two strikeouts in 1.7 innings) career vs. USC...

Travis Talbott, SR., LHP: Is 3-1 with a 1.50 ERA and is third in the Pac-10 with six saves...opponents are batting .208 against him and he is fifth in the conference with 19 appearances...has 24 strikeouts in 30.0 innings and has only allowed five 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 0-0 with 0.00 ERA (one strikeout in 1.7 innings) career vs. USC...

Joe Todoroff, JR., RHP: Is 4-2 with a 4.15 ERA in 16 appearances...won Wednesday in start vs. Hawaii (4.0 innings, one hit, no runs, one walk, three strikeouts)...lost at Sac. State Apr. 12 (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 0.00 ERA (1.0 inning) career vs. USC...

Alex Trafton, JR., RHP: Is 2-0 with a 3.05 ERA and a save...has 15 strikeouts in 20.7 innings...pitched 1.0 inning with one hit, two walks and a strikeout Wednesday vs. Hawaii...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 .307 (46-for-150, .278 vs. Pac-10) with 11 doubles, a triple, a home run and 25 RBI...is fourth in the Pac-10 in walks (28)...had the game-winning single in the 11th inning at Washington Apr. 17 and was 3-for-5 with two doubles and two RBI Wednesday vs. Hawaii...went 4-for-12 with a double and RBI vs. ASU Apr. 9-10, 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 .400 (16-for-40) 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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