Cal Baseball Hosts No. 24 Stanford in Big Pac-10 Weekend

May 5, 2005

BERKELEY, CA -

Fri., May 6 Stanford Evans Diamond, Berkeley, CA 2:30 p.m.Sat., May 7 Stanford Evans Diamond, Berkeley, CA 1:00 p.m.Sun., May 8 Stanford, Evans Diamond, Berkeley, CA 1:00 p.m.

RADIO: KALX Radio (90.7 FM) will broadcast the May 6-8 Stanford-Cal games. Live game stats viewed on www.calbears.com.

BEAR NOTES: The California baseball team (29-20, 9-9) hosts Bay Area rival and No. 24-ranked Stanford (26-15, 7-5) in a key three-game conference series at Evans Diamond. The Golden Bears will be looking to win a Pac-10 series versus the Cardinal for the first time since 2001, to last time Cal qualified for a postseason berth. Cal has put up solid numbers at Evans Diamond this season, owning a 14-8 mark with a team batting average of .331 and a team ERA of 3.86. Sophomore center fielder Brennan Boesch is on both the Golden Spikes and Brooks Wallace Award list for the Collegiate National Player of the Year. Boesch is on the Pac-10 Top 10 list in seven different offensive categories - batting average (.374, 5th), doubles (16, 4th), total bases (111, 5th), slugging percentage (.594, 10th), hits (70, 4th), on-base percentage (.446, 10th), home runs (seven, t9th). Senior right-hander Eric Dworkis, the Apr. 26 Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week, leads the Pac-10 in innings pitched with 88.0, while senior right-hander Matt Swanson is first in the Pac-10 with 26 appearances. Junior left fielder Allen Craig finished last week 8-for-18 (.444) with two doubles, a home run and four RBI against UC Davis and UCLA. Craig was 6-for-15 (.400) versus the Bruins with two doubles, a homer and four RBI. He is currently on a six-game hitting streak and has raised his batting average from .248 to .298 in the last two weeks. Junior right-hander Adam Gold pitched six innings with four hits, one run, one walk and four strikeouts in Cal's 7-1 victory at UCLA Apr. 29. Gold now leads the Bears with six victories and is second on the team with 59 strikeouts in 74.0 innings. He is fifth in the Pac-10 in batters struck out looking (26).

SERIES RECORD: Cal has a 208-231 series record against the Stanford Cardinal. In the last meeting, the Bears won one of three games (L 10-3, L 3-2, W 10-4) at Sunken Diamond, Mar. 5-6. In the last series played at Evans Diamond, Cal was swept (12-9, 10-3, 6-2) Feb. 27-29, 2004.

HEAD COACH David Esquer: Esquer, 39, is in his sixth season at Cal with a career record of 170-158 (.518). 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 stats4	LF	Allen Craig, Jr. .298, 28 RBI, 6 HR14	3B	Matt Einspahr, Sr. .276, 34 RBI, 4 HR32	CF	Brennan Boesch, So. .374, 33 RBI, 7 HR22	RF	Chris Errecart, So. .308, 30 RBI, 7 HR3	2B	Josh Satin, Fr. .362, 31 RBI, 3 HR42	1B	Mike Van Winden, Fr. .282, 25 RBI, 1 HR44	DH	James Holder, Sr. .293, 11 RBI, 1 HR34	C	Garrett Bussiere, So. .233, 18 RBI, 5 HR6	SS	Kyle Spraker, Fr. .222, 15 RBI, 3 HR27	RHP	Adam Gold, Jr. (Fri.) 6-5, 5.23 ERA25	RHP	Eric Dworkis, Sr. (Sat.) 5-5, 3.68 ERA39	RHP	Michael Cooper, So. (Sun.) 3-2, 3.42 ERA

NOTING STANFORD: The No. 24 (Baseball America) Stanford Cardinal, coached by Mark Marquess (29th year at Stanford, 1,216-580-5, .677), are 26-15, 7-5 after winning at UC Davis, 8-0, Monday, and at Nevada, 13-0, Tuesday. Top hitters for the Cardinal are sophomore center fielder Jim Rapoport (.360, 3 HR, 20 RBI), junior first baseman John Mayberry, Jr. (.323, 5 HR, 42 RBI) and junior second baseman Jed Lowrie (.322, 11 HR, 48 RBI). Stanford's tentative pitching rotation is junior right-hander Jeff Gilmore (7-1, 3.53 ERA), junior left-hander Mark Romanczuk (5-4, 4.70 ERA) and TBA. In 2004, the Cardinal finished 46-14 overall, 16-8 (first) in the Pac-10 and 2-2 in the NCAA Regional at Stanford.

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 right fielder 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. Winning two of three over then-No. 24-ranked Arizona State at Evans Diamond. Dworkis earning Apr. 26 Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week honors for throwing a complete-game shutout of then-No. 25 USC with four hits, one walk and a career-high 11 strikeouts.

BOESCH'S GOLDEN SEASON: Sophomore center fielder Brennan Boesch, a Golden Spikes Award and Brooks Wallace Award candidate, continues to be Cal's leading hitter and is making a strong push for postseason honors, sporting a .374 average (70-for-187) with 16 doubles, a triple, seven home runs and 33 RBI. Boesch also owns a team-best .594 slugging percentage, a .446 on-base percentage and is 22-for-59 (.373) with runners in scoring position. He has had 17 multiple hit games, including going a career-high 5-for-5 with two doubles and two RBI at UCLA Apr. 29. In Cal's first victory this season, Boesch was 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. Against Stanford earlier this year, he hit two, two-run homers in a doubleheader at Sunken Diamond Mar. 6.

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 43 games at short and is a big key in Cal being third in the conference with a .975 team fielding percentage. He is hitting .222, but more importantly, Spraker has only made six errors in 178 chances for a .966 fielding percentage. Satin, a redshirt freshman, was high school teammates with Boesch at Harvard-Westlake High School in Los Angeles and has put up impressive offensive numbers. He is batting .362 (8th in Pac-10) with 13 doubles and 31 RBI. Satin also has a team-leading 23 multiple-hit games, is hitting an impressive .377 against Pac-10 competition and has a team-best .406 average (26-for-64) with runners in scoring position. Van Winden, also a redshirt freshman, has proven to be an extremely valuable addition as well, batting .282 with 11 doubles, a triple, a home run, 25 RBI and a team-leading 29 walks. This season, he has knocked in game-winning RBI doubles at Long Beach State and versus Washington State, hit the game-winning single in the 11th inning at Washington, had the game-tying RBI against Arizona State and scored the game-winning run against UC Irvine.

SENIOR RELIEVERS Travis Talbott AND Matt Swanson SHINE: Cal's senior left-hander Travis Talbott (4-1, seven saves) and senior right-hander Matt Swanson (5-2, two saves) have been two of the Pac-10's top relievers this season. Talbott has earned saves versus Loyola Marymount, Long Beach State (two), San Francisco, Hawaii-Hilo, Nevada and UCLA, and has wins versus Saint Mary's, Washington State, Arizona State and UC Davis. He is third in the conference with seven saves, has a 1.57 ERA and opponents are batting .226 against him, only giving up six earned runs in 34.0 innings. Talbott is also fourth in the Pac-10 with 23 appearances. Team captain Swanson leads the Pac-10 with 26 appearances and has an impressive 1.51 ERA to go along with his 5-2 record with two saves. He has 34 strikeouts in 41.7 innings and has only yielded seven earned runs all year. Swanson has saves versus Pacific and Sacramento State, and picked up victories over UC Irvine, San Francisco, Stanford (season-high 4.0 innings, one hit, no runs, two walks, three strikeouts Mar. 6), Nevada and Washington.

VALUABLE TRANSFER DWORKIS: An obvious key addition to the Bears' pitching staff is senior transfer Eric Dworkis, who played at Gonzaga from 2002-04. Dworkis has produced some of Cal's best pitching performances in recent history with the complete-game, four-hit, one walk, 11 strikeout shutout of USC Apr. 24. He was also outstanding Feb. 26 at Saint Mary's, throwing a complete game with six hits, one run, one walk with 10 strikeouts. At Washington on Apr. 17, Dworkis helped the Bears salvage the third game of the series, getting a no decision, but throwing 7.7 innings with five hits, one run, one walk and five strikeouts. 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, have captured two road games in the top of the ninth inning, and recently scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth for a come-from-behind Pac-10 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. Down 3-2, Van Winden and senior Matt Einspahr combined to defeat Arizona State on Apr. 10 as Van Winden tied the game with a hard-hit single, followed by Einspahr's game-winner in a come-from-behind 4-3 victory.

CAL AMOUNG PAC-10 TEAM STAT LEADERS: Cal is currently fifth in the Pac-10 with a team ERA of 4.20, giving up 202 earned runs in 433.3 innings. The Bears are also third in the conference with a .975 team fielding percentage and are fifth in the league with a .289 team batting average (485-for-1,679) with 93 doubles, five triples, 40 home runs and 248 RBI.

PAC-10 RACE (AS OF MAY 4)	Conference	                Overall	W	L	PCT	GB	W	L 	.PCTAriz	12	3	.800	---	29	15	.659OSU	11	4	.733	---	33	8	.805ASU	10	5	.667	---	29	17	.630USC	9	6	.600	---	27	15	.643Stan	7	5	.583	---	26	15	.634CAL	9	9	.500	---	29	20	.592Wash	7	8	.467	---	27	17	.614UCLA	1	11	.083	---	11	30	.268WSU	0	15	.000	---	18	27	.400

CAL INDIVIDUAL PLAYER NOTES

Brennan Boesch, SO., CF: Is batting a team-leading .374 (70-for-187, 7th in Pac-10, .333 vs. Pac-10) with 16 doubles (4th in Pac-10), two triples, seven home runs (9th in Pac-10) and 33 RBI...also has a .594 slugging percentage with 70 hits (4th in Pac-10), 111 total bases (5th in Pac-10) and a .446 on-base percentage...went a career-high 5-for-5 with two doubles and two RBI at UCLA Apr. 29...was 5-for-16 with three doubles, a home run and four RBI vs. Sac. State and at Washington Apr. 12-17...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 .373 (22-for-59) with runners in scoring position...has had six, three-hit games, two, four-hit games and one five-hit game...

Jeremy Burchett, JR., OF: Is batting .291 (16-for-55, .267 vs. Pac-10) with four doubles, two home runs and nine RBI...was 2-for-2 with an RBI vs. USC Apr. 24...went 3-for-7 with two, two-run homers and five RBI at Sac. State and Washington Apr. 12-17...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 hitting .292 (7-for-24) with runners in scoring position...is 1-for-4 (.250) career vs. Stanford in Pac-10 games...

Garrett Bussiere, SO., C: Is batting .233 (27-for-116, .260 vs. Pac-10) with two doubles, five home runs and 18 RBI...was 3-for-4 with a RBI at UCLA Apr. 30...went 2-for-7 with a home run and two RBI vs. USC Apr. 23-24...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 0-for-5 at Stanford Mar. 5-6...went 4-for-8 with an RBI vs. UNLV Mar. 11-13...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...

Michael Cooper, SO., RHP: Is 3-2 with a 3.42 ERA (7th in Pac-10)...has 33 strikeouts in 52.7 innings...got no decision at UCLA May 1 (season-high 6.0 innings, four hits, one run, no earned runs, no walks, six strikeouts)...got no decision vs. USC Apr. 23 (4.3 innings, nine hits, four runs, one walk, one strikeout)...lost at Washington Apr. 16 (2.7 innings, seven hits, three runs, three walks)...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 vs. Stanford...

Allen Craig, JR., OF/INF: Is batting .298 (54-for-181, .377 vs. Pac-10) with 10 doubles, six home runs and 28 RBI...is currently on a six-game hitting streak (13-for-24, .542, 2-2B, HR, five RBI)...was 6-for-15 with two doubles, a home run and four RBI last week at UCLA...went 7-for-10 with three RBI vs. USC Apr. 22-24, including a 3-for-3 game Apr. 22 and a 4-for-4 game Apr. 24...was 1-for-2 with a solo home run vs. Hawaii Apr. 20...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 0-for-11 at Stanford Mar. 5-6...was 4-for-11 (.364) with three doubles and an RBI at Long Beach State Feb. 18-20...is 4-for-21 (.190) career vs. Stanford in Pac-10 games...

Eric Dworkis, SR., RHP: Is 5-5 with a 3.68 ERA...has a team-leading 61 strikeouts and is first in the Pac-10 with 88.0 innings pitched...won at UCLA Apr. 30 (7.3 innings, 10 hits, four runs, one walk, six strikeouts)...was named Apr. 26 Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week after throwing a complete game shutout vs. USC with four hits, one walk and 11 strikeouts Apr. 24...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 Saturday vs. Stanford...

Matt Einspahr, SR., INF.: Is batting .276 (45-for-163, .286 vs. Pac-10) with seven doubles, four home runs and a team-leading 34 RBI...went 1-for-3 with a double Tuesday at San Francisco...was 4-for-13 vs. USC Apr. 22-24...went 2-for-4 with a RBI double and a grand slam vs. Hawaii (career-high five RBI) Apr. 20...was 4-for-11 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 .306 (19-for-62) with runners in scoring position...is 3-for-15 (.200) with an RBI career vs. Stanford in Pac-10 games...

Chris Errecart, SO., OF: Is batting .308 (62-for-201, .316 vs. Pac-10) with 62 hits (8th in Pac-10), 14 doubles (6th in Pac-10), seven home runs (9th in Pac-10), 97 total bases (9th in Pac-10) and 30 RBI...has had 18 multiple-hit games this season...went 5-for-13 with a home run and three RBI vs. USC Apr. 22-24...was 2-for-5 with two doubles vs. Hawaii Apr. 20...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 2-for-12 with a double and RBI at Stanford Mar. 5-6...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...went 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 .318 (21-for-66) with runners in scoring position...

Adam Gold, JR., RHP: Is 6-5 with a 5.23 ERA...has 59 strikeouts in 74.0 innings...is fifth in the Pac-10 in batters struck out looking (26)...won at UCLA Apr. 29 (6.0 innings, four hits, one run, one walk, four strikeouts)...lost vs. USC Apr. 22 (5.7 innings, nine hits, six runs, four earned runs, no walks, four strikeouts)...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 0-1 with 4.62 ERA (two strikeouts in 11.7 innings) career vs. Stanford in Pac-10 games...is slated to start Friday vs. Stanford...

James Holder, SR., 1B/DH: Is batting .293 (36-for-123, team-leading .400 vs. Pac-10) with five doubles, a triple, a home run and 11 RBI...is eighth in the Pac-10 in hit by pitch (nine)...on his 23rd birthday, went 1-for-2 with a triple and scored the winning run vs. UC Davis Apr. 26...was 4-for-10 with a RBI vs. USC Apr. 22-24...went 5-for-9 at Washington Apr. 15-17, including scoring the winning run in the 11th inning Apr. 17...was 6-for-10 with a double and three RBI vs. ASU Apr. 9-10...went 0-for-2 at Stanford Mar. 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 4-for-20 (.571) with a double, home run and three RBI career vs. Stanford in Pac-10 games...

Travis Howell, FR., C: Is batting .190 (12-for-63, .059 vs. Pac-10) with three doubles and eight RBI...has started 19 games behind the plate...was 1-for-3 with a RBI vs. Hawaii Apr. 20...went 1-for-3 with a RBI double at Nevada Apr. 5...was 0-for-5 with a RBI at Stanford Mar. 5-6...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 .362 (67-for-185, 8th in Pac-10, .377 vs. Pac-10) with 67 hits (5th in Pac-10), 13 doubles (8th in Pac-10), a triple, three home runs, 31 RBI and a .436 on-base percentage...has a team-high 23 multiple-hit games...was 2-for-3 with a double Tuesday at San Francisco...went 5-for-12 with three doubles and five RBI vs. USC Apr. 22-24...was 4-for-11 at Washington Apr. 15-17...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 team-high 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 .406 (26-for-64) with runners in scoring position...

Kyle Spraker, FR., INF: Is batting .222 (32-for-144, .176 vs. Pac-10) with six doubles, three home runs and 15 RBI...has started 43 games at shortstop with six errors in 178 chances (.966 fielding percentage) and 31 double plays...had a six-game hitting streak from Apr. 20-29 (7-for-21, .333, 2-HR, four RBI)...went 3-for-10 with a home run vs. USC Apr. 22-24 and 2-for-3 with a home run vs. UC Davis Apr. 26...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...was 2-for-12 with a double at Stanford Mar. 5-6...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 5-2 with a 1.51 ERA and two saves (10th in Pac-10) in a Pac-10-leading 26 appearances...has 34 strikeouts and has only given up seven earned runs in 41.7 innings...lost in relief at UCLA May 1 (1.0 inning, three hits, two runs, no walks, two strikeouts)...lost in relief vs. USC Apr. 23 (2.0 innings, one hit, one run, no walks, three strikeouts)...earned win in relief at Washington Apr. 17 (2.3 innings, one hit, no runs, two walks, four 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)...won 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 3.7 innings) career vs. Stanford in Pac-10 games...

Travis Talbott, SR., LHP: Is 4-1 with a 1.57 ERA and is third in the Pac-10 with seven saves...opponents are batting .226 against him and he is fourth in the conference with 23 appearances...has 28 strikeouts in 34.3 innings and has only allowed six earned runs...earned save at UCLA Apr. 30 (1.7 innings, three hits, no runs, no walks, two strikeouts)...won in relief vs. UC Davis Apr. 26 (1.0 inning, no hits, no runs, one walk, two strikeouts)...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 a 9.73 ERA (one strikeout in 3.7 innings) career vs. Stanford in Pac-10 games...

Joe Todoroff, JR., RHP: Is 4-3 with a 4.66 ERA in 20 appearances (10th in Pac-10)...lost Tuesday at San Francisco (2.0 innings, six hits, six runs, three earned runs, no walks, two strikeouts)...got no decision vs. UC Davis Apr. 26 (3.2 innings, six hits, five runs, two walks, two strikeouts)...won vs. Hawaii Apr. 20 (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 at Hawaii-Hilo Mar. 20 (6.0 innings, six hits, two runs, one walk, five strikeouts)...won 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 a 9.00 ERA (three strikeouts in 8.0 innings) career vs. Stanford in Pac-10 games...

Alex Trafton, JR., RHP: Is 2-0 with a 3.12 ERA and a save in 18 appearances...has 20 strikeouts in 26.0 innings...earned win in relief at Hawaii-Hilo Mar. 19 (1.7 innings, three hits, no earned runs, one walk)...threw 2.0 innings at Stanford Mar. 6 (four hits, one run, one walk, one strikeout)...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 .282 (50-for-177, .241 vs. Pac-10) with 11 doubles, a triple, a home run and 25 RBI...is fifth in the Pac-10 in walks (29)...went 2-for-5 at UCLA Apr. 29...was 3-for-5 with two doubles and two RBI vs. Hawaii Apr. 20...had the game-winning single in the 11th inning at Washington Apr. 17...went 4-for-12 with a double and RBI vs. ASU Apr. 9-10 ...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 .340 (16-for-47) 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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