Cal Baseball Opens Pac-10 Play Hosting the Washington Huskies

March 22, 2006

BERKELEY, CALIF. -

Fri., Mar. 24 Washington Evans Diamond, 2:00 p.m.Sat., Mar. 25 Washington Evans Diamond, 1:00 p.m.Sun., Mar. 26 Washington Evans Diamond, 1:00 p.m.

RADIO: KALX Radio (90.7 FM) will broadcast the Mar. 24-26 UW-Cal games. Gametracker viewed on www.calbears.com.

BEAR NOTES: California (12-10) opens its 2006 Pac-10 slate this weekend at Evans Diamond with a three-game series against the Washington Huskies (16-7). Friday's contest will feature a duel between two of the top junior right-handers in college baseball. Washington will be starting preseason All-American and two-time All-Pac-10 selection Tim Lincecum, while the Golden Bears counter with preseason All-American Brandon Morrow. Lincecum is 4-2 with a 2.72 ERA and leads the Pac-10 with 69 strikeouts in 43.0 innings, while Morrow is 4-0 with a Pac-10-leading 1.29 ERA and has 46 strikeouts in 42.0 innings. Morrow is not only first in the conference in ERA, but is third in opposing batting average (.186), fourth in strikeouts (46), fifth in wins (four) and seventh in innings pitched (42.0). In Cal's Feb. 3 season-opener at UC Irvine, he threw 6.3 no-hit innings with one walk and 12 strikeouts, earning National Pitcher of the Week (Collegiate Baseball, The Rosenblatt Report) honors. Another Bear who is among the Pac-10 stat leaders is senior shortstop Allen Craig. Craig, a 2005 honorable mention All-Pac-10 pick and a Baseball America Summer All-American, is batting a team-leading .395, has hit safely in 19 of 22 games, and owned an impressive streak of eight-straight multiple-hit games from Mar. 3-14. He is currently fourth in the conference with 55 total bases, fifth with nine doubles and a .640 slugging percentage, seventh with 34 hits and a .395 average, and eighth with four home runs. Team highlights for the Bears so far have been winning two-of-three over No. 17 Long Beach State Feb. 10-12, sweeping UC Santa Barbara Feb. 24-26 and splitting two games with No. 19 Stanford Mar. 3-4.

SERIES RECORD: Cal has a 22-20 all-time series record against the Washington Huskies. Last season, the Bears won one-of-three (L 5-1, L 5-4, W 4-3 11 inn.) Apr. 15-17 in Seattle. In 2004, Cal won one-of-three (W 9-4, L 7-4, L 6-4) Apr. 2-4 at Evans Diamond.

HEAD COACH David Esquer: Esquer, 40, is in his seventh season at Cal with a career record of 187-171 (.522). 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 nine 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 organiz ations.

TENTATIVE CALIFORNIA LINE-UPNo.	Pos.	Player	2006 stats32	CF	Brennan Boesch, Jr. .274, 15 RBI, 5 HR42	1B	Mike Van Winden, So. .288, 11 RBI, 0 HR4	SS	Allen Craig, Sr. .395, 14 RBI, 4 HR22	LF	Chris Errecart, Jr. .256, 13 RBI, 6 HR3	3B	Josh Satin, So. .260, 12 RBI, 1 HR5	2B	Brett Munster, Jr. .281, 5 RBI, 2 HR34	C	Garrett Bussiere, Jr. .286, 3 RBI, 1 HR16	RF	Charlie Cutler, Fr. .255, 5 RBI, 0 HR20	DH	Jordan Karnofsky, So. .286, 3 RBI, 1 HR21	RHP	Brandon Morrow, Jr. (Fri.) 4-0, 1.29 ERA44	RHP	Tyson Ross, Fr. (Sat.) 3-2, 5.40 ERA39	RHP	Michael Cooper, Jr. (Sun.) 1-2, 5.12 ERA

NOTING WASHINGTON: The Washington Huskies, coached by Ken Knutson (14th year, 477-302-2, .612), are 16-7 (host Puget Sound Mar. 22) after winning one-of-three games versus Cal Poly Mar. 18-20 (L 5-4, L 18-3, W 9-8 in 10 innings). Leading hitters for the Huskies are sophomore right fielder Matt Hague (.447, 1 HR, 22 RBI), junior catcher Matt Lane (.349, 5 HR, 26 RBI) and junior first baseman Curt Rindal (.333, 4 HR, 18 RBI). Washington's tentative pitching rotation is junior right-hander Tim Lincecum (4-2, 2.72 ERA), freshman left-hander Tyler Cheney (1-2, 6.00 ERA) and junior right-hander Kyle Parker (2-0, 7.33 ERA). In 2005, the Huskies finished 33-22 overall and 12-12 in the Pac-10 (sixth tie).

BEARS ARE HUNGRY: Cal is returning seven regular position players from a squad that was 34-23 overall and 13-11 (fifth) in the Pac-10 in 2005. Last season, the Bears notched 13 wins against teams that advanced to an NCAA Regional; captured Pac-10 series versus Stanford, Arizona State and Arizona; and swept Long Beach State; yet were denied an NCAA berth. Cal became the first Pac-10 team not to advance to postseason with an over .500 record in the conference play. Baseball America felt Cal was the most deserving team left off the 2005 NCAA tournament field.

CRAIG'S STANDOUT SENIOR CAMPAIGN: Senior Allen Craig is coming off a phenomenal summer playing shortstop for Alexandria (Minn.) of the Northwoods League, batting .362 with 12 home runs and 40 RBI, earning first-team Summer All-America accolades in Baseball America. Craig has not missed a beat this spring as he leads the Bears with a .395 average with a team-best 34 hits, 18 runs and nine doubles. He also has had 14 multiple-hit games. Craig was honorable mention All-Pac-10 in 2005, batting.358 against conference foes and leading off a game with a home run three times during the year. For his career, Craig has a .307 average with 42 doubles, a triple, 20 home runs and 86 RBI in 163 games.

ERRECART AND MORROW CONTINUE TO SHINE: Similar to Allen Craig, juniors Chris Errecart and Brandon Morrow had outstanding summers that have carried over to the spring. Competing for the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox this summer in the prestigious Cape Cod League, Errecart and Morrow wowed the professional scouts and were named preseason All-Americans in Baseball America (Errecart second-team, Morrow third-team). Errecart hit .303 with six home runs and 22 RBI and was selected the fifth-best professional prospect by Baseball America, while Morrow struck out 24 batters in 14.7 innings with a 1.84 ERA and three saves, and was selected the fifth-best professional prospect. For the Bears this spring, Errecart is batting .256 and leads the team with six home runs, and hit two, two-run homers at UNLV. He also teamed-up with Brennan Boesch to hit back-to-back homers to defeat Long Beach State Feb. 11, on his 21st birthday. Morrow was named the National Pitcher of the Week when he allowed no hits in 6.3 innings with 12 strikeouts and only one walk in the Feb. 3 season-opener at UC Irvine, and at UNLV on Mar. 10, threw his first complete-game with six hits, one run, three walks and seven strikeouts. He is on the Roger Clemens Award Watch List as a candidate for the nation's top collegiate pitcher.

ACCOLADES GALORE FOR BOESCH: Junior center fielder Brennan Boesch enters the 2006 season with the most preseason accolades since Xavier Nady was Baseball America's National Preseason Player of the Year in 2000. Boesch is a preseason All-American with the Collegiate Baseball Writers (first-team), Baseball America (second-team) and Collegiate Baseball (third-team). He is also predicted to be the 2006 Pac-10 Player of the Year by both Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball, and is on the Brooks Wallace List as a candidate for national player of the year honors. Last season, Boesch batted .355 (fifth in the Pac-10) with 21 doubles (fifth in the Pac-10), two triples, seven home runs and 33 RBI. His 21 doubles were third on the Cal all-time single-season doubles list, and he hit .367 (22-for-60) with runners in scoring position, earning first-team All-Pac-10 honors.

SATIN'S STELLAR FRESHMAN CAMPAIGN: Sophomore Josh Satin had one of the finest freshman seasons in school history in 2005, earning All-Pac-10 and Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-America honors. As a redshirt freshman second baseman, Satin had a .348 average and 40 RBI. He also had 77 hits, 15 doubles, a triple, five home runs, a team-leading 26 multiple-hit games, a team-high 15-game hitting streak and a team-best .434 average with runners in scoring position. Satin was the first Cal freshman to earn both Freshman All-America and All-Pac-10 honors since Xavier Nady was the National Freshman of the Year in 1998.

ADDITIONAL CAL NOTES: Of Cal's 10 losses this season, six have been by one run, including three extra-inning losses...on Feb. 11, Cal defeated Long Beach State in dramatic fashion, trailing 2-1 going into the bottom of the ninth, only to have Boesch and Errecart lead off the inning with back-to-back homers for a 3-2 win...several true freshman have performed notably for the Bears, including right-handers Tyson Ross and Matt Gorgen, and outfielders Charlie Cutler and Ryan Hanlon...Ross, a member of the USA Junior National Team, is 3-2 with 27 strikeouts in 26.7 innings and victories over Long Beach State, UC Santa Barbara and Georgetown...Gorgen (1-2, one save, 1.20 ERA) has given up only two earned runs in 15.0 innings with 12 strikeouts, and picked up a save against UCSB and win over Stanford in relief...Cutler has started 15 games in right field, is batting .255, and threw a runner out at the plate against Long Beach State Feb. 11, while Hanlon is batting .300 (9-for-30, 3-2B, four RBI), including going 2-for-5 as a pinch-hitter...senior right-hander Jeremy Burchett has performed well as a reliever after being a two-way player the past three seasons, limiting opponents to a .209 average while striking out 10 in 12.3 innings with a 2.19 ERA...junior third baseman Stephen Carlson, from Seattle, is batting .316 (6-for-19, 2B, three RBI) after sitting out the 2003 and 2004 seasons recovering from surgery on both shoulders...sophomore designated hitter Jordan Karnofsky is 3-for-8 (.375) as a pinch-hitter in 2006.

PAC-10 RACE (AS OF Mar. 22)	Conference	                Overall	W	L	PCT	GB	W	L 	.PCTUSC	2	1	.667	---	15	11	.577OSU	1	2	.333	---	12	7	.632WSU	0	0	.000	---	18	6	.750ASU	0	0	.000	---	18	7	.720Wash	0	0	.000	---	16	7	.696Stan	0	0	.000	---	11	7	.611UCLA	0	0	.000	---	15	11	.577CAL	0	0	.000	---	12	10	.545Ariz	0	0	.000	---	10	11	.476

CAL INDIVIDUAL PLAYER NOTES

Brennan Boesch, JR., CF: Is batting .274 (23-for-84) with three doubles, five home runs (4th in Pac-10) and a team-leading 15 RBI...went 2-for-4 with a RBI double and a three-run homer Tuesday vs. Sac. State (career-high four RBI)...was 3-for-10 with a double and four RBI vs. Stanford Mar. 3-4, and hit a two-run homer vs. Georgetown Mar. 7...went 5-for-10 with three home runs and four RBI vs. Long Beach State Feb. 10-12...hit two homers against the 49ers Feb. 11, and was 3-for-3 with a homer Feb. 12...was 3-for-4 at UC Irvine Feb. 5...is 3-for-15 (.200) with a double, home run and four RBI career vs. Washington...

Garrett Bussiere, JR., C: Is batting .286 (16-for-56) with four doubles, a home run and three RBI...went 4-for-10 with a double and home run at UNLV Mar. 10-12, including 3-for-3 with a double Mar. 10...went 3-for-4 with a double and RBI at UC Irvine Feb. 3...is 0-for-8 career vs. Washington...

Michael Cooper, JR., RHP: Is 1-2 with a 5.12 ERA...no decision vs. Pacific Mar. 19 (6.0 inn., 8 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO)...lost at UNLV Mar. 12 (5.0 inn., 7 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO)...no decision vs. Stanford Mar. 4 (1.3 inn., 7 H, 5 ER, 1 BB)...won vs. UCSB Feb. 25 (career-high 7.0 inn., 8 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO)...no decision vs. Long Beach State Feb. 11 (career-high 7.0 inn., 4 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO)...lost at UC Irvine Feb. 4 (3.3 inn., 8 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO)...is 0-0 with 10.00 ERA (2.7 inn.) career vs. Washington...is slated to start Sunday vs. the Huskies...

Allen Craig, SR., SS: Is batting a team-leading .395 (34-for-86, 7th in Pac-10) with nine doubles (5th in Pac-10), four home runs (8th in Pac-10) and 14 RBI...has 34 hits (7th in Pac-10), 18 runs, 55 total bases (4th in Pac-10), .640 slugging percentage (5th in Pac-10) and .453 on-base percentage...has hit safely in 19 of 22 games with 14 multiple-hit games...had a 10-game hitting streak from Mar. 3-19 (20-for-40, .500, 6-2B, 3-HR, 11 RBI), including eight-straight multiple-hit games from Mar. 3-14...went 7-for-13 (.538) with four doubles, a home run and four RBI last week vs. Saint Mary's and Pacific...was 7-for-12 (.583) with a double, home run and three RBI at UNLV Mar. 10-12...went 4-for-10 with a double, home run and three RBI vs. Stanford Mar. 3-4...is hitting .444 (8-for-18) with runners in scoring position...is 6-for-32 (.187) with two doubles and three RBI career vs. Washington...

Chris Errecart, JR., OF: Is batting .256 (20-for-78) with a double, six home runs (3rd in Pac-10) and 13 RBI...had a eight-game hitting streak from Feb. 25-Mar. 12 (11-for-32, .344, 2B, 2-HR, four RBI)...went 5-for-13 with a double and two, two-run homers at UNLV Mar. 10-12...was 4-for-10 with two home runs, including the game-winner vs. Long Beach State on his 21st birthday Feb. 11...hit a two-run homer vs. San Francisco Feb. 7...is 2-for-11 (.182) career vs. Washington...

Brandon Morrow, JR., RHP: Is 4-0 with a 1.29 ERA (1st in Pac-10)...has 46 strikeouts (4th in Pac-10) in 42.0 innings (7th in Pac-10)...opponents are batting .186 (3rd in Pac-10)...won vs. Pacific Mar. 17 (8.3 inn., 4 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 10 SO)...won at UNLV Mar. 10 with first complete-game (6 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 7 SO)...no decision vs. Stanford Mar. 3 (7.3 inn., 7 H, 2 ER, 5 BB, 7 SO)...won vs. UCSB Feb. 24 (6.0 inn., 1 H, 0 ER, 6 BB, 9 SO)...no decision vs. Long Beach State Feb. 10 (5.0 inn., 8 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO)...was named National Pitcher of the Week after 6.3 innings, no hits, no runs, one walk and a career-high 12 strikeouts at UC Irvine Feb. 3...is 0-0 with 0.00 ERA (2 SO in 1.0 inn.) career vs. Washington...is slated to start Friday vs. the Huskies...

Brett Munster, JR., INF: Is batting .281 (18-for-64) with a double, two home runs and five RBI...was 3-for-8 vs. Stanford Mar. 3-4 and 2-for-2 with a home run vs. Georgetown Mar. 7...went 3-for-8 with a home run and two RBI vs. UCSB Feb. 24-26...is hitting .333 (3-for-9) with runners in scoring position...is 3-for-15 (.200) with a double career vs. Washington...

Tyson Ross, FR., RHP: Is 3-2 with 5.40 ERA, 27 strikeouts in 26.7 innings...lost at Pacific Mar. 18 (3.0 inn., 6 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 2 SO)...no decision at UNLV Mar. 11 (4.7 inn., 5 H, 5 ER, 4 BB, 2 SO)...won vs. Georgetown Mar. 7 (3.0 inn., 2 H, 0 ER, 2 SO)...won vs. UCSB Feb. 26 (5.0 inn., 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 SO)...won vs. Long Beach State Feb. 12 (career-high 6.0 inn., 6 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, career-high 9 SO)...lost at UC Irvine Feb. 5 (5.0 inn., 6 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO)...is slated to start Saturday vs. Washington...

Josh Satin, SO., INF: Is batting .260 (20-for-77) with four doubles, a triple, a home run and 12 RBI...went 3-for-12 with a double, triple and two RBI at UNLV Mar. 10-12...was 3-for-9 with a double vs. Stanford Mar. 3-4...went 3-for-5 with two doubles, a home run and a career-high seven RBI at UC Davis Feb. 14...is 4-for-11 (.364) career vs. Washington...

Alex Trafton, SR., RHP: Is 1-2 with a 3.97 ERA and three saves (4th in Pac-10) in 12 appearances (4th in Pac-10)...has eight strikeouts in 11.3 innings...earned save vs. Pacific Mar. 17 (0.3 inn.), and UCSB Feb. 25 (1.0 inn., 1 H)...earned win and save vs. Long Beach State Feb. 11-12 (2.0 inn., 2 H, 0 BB, 3 SO)...is 0-0 with 0.00 ERA (3.3 inn.) career vs. Washington...

Mike Van Winden, SO., 1B: Is batting .288 (17-for-59) with six doubles and 11 RBI...went 3-for-10 with a two-run double vs. Pacific Mar. 17-20, and 1-for-2 with two RBI Tuesday vs. Sac. State...was 3-for-4 with two doubles and three RBI vs. Georgetown Mar. 7...went 5-for-11 with two doubles and an RBI vs. Long Beach State Feb. 10-12...is batting .375 (6-for-16) with runners in scoring position... is 3-for-14 (.214) with an RBI career vs. Washington...

DID YOU KNOW?

*Cal won the first College World Series title in 1947, defeating George Bush senior's Yale team, 8-7, in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

*Cal is one of only 20 schools to win a NCAA baseball title, and one of 12 to win more then one College World Series (1947, 1957). The Bears have competed in five CWS (1947, 1957, 1980, 1988, 1992).

*The Golden Bears have two players who became league MVPs in professional baseball - Jackie Jensen was American League MVP in 1958 and Jeff Kent was National League MVP in 2000.

*The 2006 Cal coaching staff of David Esquer, Dan Hubbs and Jon Zuber has been part of 17 NCAA Regionals, four College World Series and two National Championships.

*Senior shortstop Allen Craig (Jan. 31, 2003 vs. UNLV), junior outfielder Brennan Boesch (Jan. 29, 2004 vs. BYU) and junior catcher Garrett Bussiere (Feb. 8, 2004 vs. Long Beach State) hit home runs in their first collegiate at-bats.

*On Apr. 25, Cal will play USF in the inaugural Dante Benedetti Classic at 1 p.m. at SBC Park, home of the San Francisco Giants. Later that night, former Bears Xavier Nady (New York Mets) and Tyler Walker (Giants) will play each other at SBC.

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