Cal Baseball Travels to Washington State for Pac-10 Series
April 11, 2006
BERKELEY, CALIF. -
Thu., Apr. 13 at WSU Bailey-Brayton Field, Pullman, Wash.6:00 p.m.Fri., Apr. 14 at WSU Bailey-Brayton Field, Pullman, Wash.6:00 p.m.Sat., Apr. 15 at WSU Bailey-Brayton Field, Pullman, Wash.1:00 p.m.
RADIO: KALX Radio (90.7 FM) will broadcast the Apr. 13-15 Cal-WSU games.
BEAR NOTES: California (16-16, 4-5) visits Washington State (22-12, 4-5) for a key Pac-10 series this week, looking to snap a four-game losing streak. As a result of two, one-run loses at USC, the Golden Bears have now lost eight, one-run games this season, and four, one-run games in extra-innings. Since starting the last four games in right field for Cal, sophomore Taylor Grigsby has gone 8-for-15 (.533) with two doubles, a triple, four RBI and four runs scored. Grigsby is now batting a team-leading .406 (13-for-32) on the year. Sophomore third baseman Josh Satin has also performed well in the last four games, going 6-for-13 (.462) with two RBI against Santa Clara and USC. The Bears feature junior right-hander Brandon Morrow, a third-team preseason All-American (Baseball America), who is 6-0 with a Pac-10 leading 1.57 ERA, and has 68 strikeouts in 63.0 innings. Morrow also has one complete game this year, has only given up 43 hits in 63.0 innings and opponents are batting .200 against him. He was the National Pitcher of the Week on Feb. 6, and is on the Roger Clemens Award Watch List as a potential national pitcher of the year. Senior shortstop Allen Craig is having an outstanding year as well after being selected a 2005 first-team Summer All-American in Baseball America. Craig is batting .359 with a team-leading 10 doubles, and has five home runs and 16 RBI. He is also among the Pac-10 leaders with 46 hits, a .555 slugging percentage and 71 total bases. Earlier in the year (Mar. 3-14), Craig had a streak of eight consecutive multiple hit games. For his career, he has a .305 average with 43 doubles (10th on the Cal all-time list), a triple, 21 home runs and 88 RBI in 173 games.
SERIES RECORD: Cal has a 32-23 all-time series record against the Washington State Cougars. Last season, the Bears swept the series (13-2, 11-4, 5-4) Mar. 24-26 at Evans Diamond. In 2004, Cal won one-of-three (L 7-3, W 4-0, L 13-3) May 28-30 at Bailey-Brayton Field.
HEAD COACH David Esquer: Esquer, 40, is in his seventh season at Cal with a career record of 191-177 (.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 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 organizations.
TENTATIVE CALIFORNIA LINE-UPNo. Pos. Player 2006 stats2 RF Taylor Grigsby, So. .406, 8 RBI, 0 HR3 3B Josh Satin, So. .252, 16 RBI, 1 HR4 SS Allen Craig, Sr. .359, 16 RBI, 5 HR32 CF Brennan Boesch, Jr. .250, 21 RBI, 7 HR22 LF Chris Errecart, Jr. .274, 17 RBI, 6 HR42 1B Mike Van Winden, So. .265, 14 RBI, 0 HR34 C Garrett Bussiere, Jr. .250, 7 RBI, 3 HR16 DH Charlie Cutler, Fr. .246, 5 RBI, 0 HR5 2B Brett Munster, Jr. .270, 6 RBI, 2 HR21 RHP Brandon Morrow, Jr. (Thu.) 6-0, 1.57 ERA44 RHP Tyson Ross, Fr. (Fri.) 4-4, 4.15 ERA TBA (Sat.)
NOTING WASHINGTON STATE: The Washington State Cougars, coached by Donnie Marbut (2nd year at WSU, 43-49, .467), are 22-12 and 4-5 in the Pac-10 after winning one-of-three at UCLA Apr. 7-9 (L 9-5, W 4-3, L 10-7). Leading hitters for the Cougars are senior left fielder Jay Miller (.418, 0 HR, 25 RBI), freshman right fielder Jared Prince (.411, 1 HR, 32 RBI) and sophomore first baseman Jim Murphy (.342, 3 HR, 25 RBI). WSU's tentative pitching rotation is freshman right-hander Jared Prince (4-0, 1.32 ERA), junior right-hander Mike Wagner (3-5, 5.86 ERA) and junior right-hander Wayne Daman, Jr. (5-2, 3.12 ERA). In 2005, the Cougars finished 21-37 overall and 1-23 in the Pac-10 (ninth).
BEARS ARE HUNGRY: Cal returns 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 owns a .359 average with a team-best 46 hits, 21 runs and 10 doubles. He also has had 17 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 .305 average with 43 doubles (10th on the Cal all-time list), a triple, 21 home runs and 88 RBI in 173 games.
MORROW CONTINUES TO SHINE: Similar to Allen Craig, junior Brandon Morrow had an outstanding summer that has carried over to the spring. Competing for the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox this summer in the prestigious Cape Cod League, Morrow and junior outfielder Chris Errecart wowed the professional scouts and were named preseason All-Americans in Baseball America (Errecart second-team, Morrow third-team). 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, while Errecart hit .303 with six home runs and 22 RBI and was selected the fourth-best professional prospect by Baseball America. This spring for the Bears, 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 career 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. This spring, Errecart is batting .274, but is hitting .314 in league play, has 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.
ACCOLADES GALORE FOR BOESCH: Junior center fielder Brennan Boesch entered 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. This season, Boesch is hitting .250, but leads the team with seven home runs and 21 RBI.
SATIN'S STELLAR FRESHMAN CAMPAIGN: Sophomore Josh Satin was stellar 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 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: The Bears are leading the Pac-10 with 73 strikeout versus conference foes and are sporting a solid 3.90 team ERA (4th in the Pac-10)...Cal have captured two games this season via dramatic home runs - on Feb. 11, Cal defeated Long Beach State after trailing 2-1 going into the bottom of the ninth on back-to-back homers by Boesch and Errecart for a 3-2 win, and on Apr. 2 senior outfielder Rob Nesbitt defeated Arizona, 5-4 in 13 innings, with an opposite field homer to right...Boesch was involved in another dramatic finish when he threw Washington's Bradley Boyer out at the plate in the top of the ninth to preserve Cal's 2-1 win Mar. 24...Bear freshman right-hander Matt Gorgen (1-3, one save, 1.64 ERA), whose twin brother, Scott, pitches for UC Irvine, has given up only four earned runs in 22.0 innings with 20 strikeouts, and picked up a save against UCSB and win over Stanford in relief...senior right-hander Jeremy Burchett has struck out 14 in 18.0 innings with two saves and a 2.00 ERA after being a two-way player the past three seasons...since a rough start at UC Davis Feb. 14, freshman left-hander Craig Bennigson has only given up one earned run in his last 14.7 innings pitched.
PAC-10 RACE (AS OF Apr. 10) Conference Overall W L PCT GB W L .PCTUSC 7 2 .778 --- 20 14 .588ASU 4 2 .667 --- 25 10 .714OSU 3 3 .500 --- 21 9 .700UCLA 3 3 .500 --- 18 14 .563WSU 4 5 .444 --- 22 12 .647Wash 4 5 .444 --- 22 13 .629CAL 4 5 .444 --- 16 16 .500Stan 2 4 .333 --- 14 11 .560Ariz 2 4 .333 --- 14 16 .467
CAL INDIVIDUAL PLAYER NOTES
Brennan Boesch, JR., CF: Batting .250 (31-for-124, .194 vs. Pac-10) with four doubles, seven home runs (5th in Pac-10) and a team-leading 21 RBI...hit a three-run homer vs. UA Apr. 1...was 4-for-12 with a home run and two RBI vs. UW Mar. 24-26...went 2-for-4 with a RBI double and a three-run homer vs. Sac. State (career-high four RBI) Mar. 21...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...11-for-25 (.440) with two doubles and four career vs. Washington State...
Garrett Bussiere, JR., C: Batting .250 (21-for-84, .125 vs. Pac-10) with four doubles, three home runs and seven RBI...had a three-run homer Mar. 30 vs. UA, and was 2-for-4 with a home run at Santa Clara Apr. 5...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...6-for-17 (.353) with a double, home run and five RBI career vs. Washington State...
Michael Cooper, JR., RHP: 1-3 with a 5.48 ERA...no decision vs. UA Apr. 1 (3.7 inn., 7 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 2 SO)...lost vs. UW Mar. 26 (4.1 inn., 6 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO)...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)...
Allen Craig, SR., SS: Batting .359 (46-for-128, 9th in Pac-10, .316 vs. Pac-10) with 10 doubles (10th in Pac-10), five home runs (10th in Pac-10) and 16 RBI...also has 46 hits (7th in Pac-10), 21 runs, 71 total bases (7th in Pac-10), .555 slugging percentage and .414 on-base percentage...has 17 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 5-for-6 vs. Arizona Apr. 1...was 4-for-12 with a home run vs. UW Mar. 24-26...went 7-for-13 (.538) with four doubles, a home run and four RBI vs. Saint Mary's and Pacific Mar. 14-19...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...hitting .313 (10-for-32) with runners in scoring position...10-for-25 (.400) with a home run and four RBI career vs. Washington State...
Chris Errecart, JR., OF: Batting .274 (32-for-117, .314 vs. Pac-10) with three doubles, six home runs (6th in Pac-10) and 17 RBI...had a eight-game hitting streak from Feb. 25-Mar. 12 (11-for-32, .344, 2B, 2-HR, four RBI)...was 6-for-13 (.462) with a RBI double vs. UA Mar. 30-Apr. 1...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 21st birthday Feb. 11...hit a two-run homer vs. San Francisco Feb. 7...8-for-23 (.348) with two doubles, a home run and four RBI career vs. Washington State...
Brandon Morrow, JR., RHP: 6-0 with a 1.57 ERA (1st in Pac-10)...has 68 strikeouts (2nd in Pac-10) in 63.0 innings (4th in Pac-10)...opponents are batting .200 (3rd in Pac-10)...no decision at USC Apr. 7 (6.0 inn., 4 H, O ER, 6 BB, 5 SO)...won vs. UA Mar. 30 (8.0 inn., 5 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 9 SO)...won vs. UW Mar. 24 (7.0 inn., 8 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 8 SO)...won vs. Pacific Mar. 17 (8.3 inn., 4 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 10 SO)...won at UNLV Mar. 10 with first career 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...0-1 with 4.50 ERA (2 R in 4.0 inn.) career vs. Washington State...slated to start Thursday at Washington State...
Brett Munster, JR., INF: Batting .270 (24-for-89, .227 vs. Pac-10) with three doubles, two home runs and six RBI...was 3-for-9 with an RBI vs. UW Mar. 24-26 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...0-for-2 career vs. Washington State...
Tyson Ross, FR., RHP: 4-4 with 4.15 ERA, and 45 strikeouts in 47.7 innings...lost at USC Apr. 8 (6.7 inn., 7 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 7 SO)...lost vs. UA Apr. 1 (6.3 inn., 6 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO)...won vs. UW Mar. 25 (career-high 8.0 inn., 3 H, 1 ER, 5 BB, 7 SO)...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 (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)...slated to start Friday at Washington State...
Josh Satin, SO., INF: Batting .252 (28-for-111, .194 vs. Pac-10) with five doubles, a triple, a home run and 16 RBI...was 4-for-10 with an RBI last week at USC and 2-for-3 with an RBI at Santa Clara Apr. 5...went 2-for-3 with a double and triple at UNLV Mar. 12...went 3-for-5 with two doubles, a home run and a career-high seven RBI at UC Davis Feb. 14...4-for-9 (.444) with a double and two RBI career vs. Washington State...
Alex Trafton, SR., RHP: 1-2 with a 3.29 ERA and three saves (7th in Pac-10) in 15 appearances (10th in Pac-10)...has 11 strikeouts in 13.7 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)...0-0 with 0.00 ERA (1.0 inn.) career vs. Washington State...
Mike Van Winden, SO., 1B: Batting .265 (26-for-98) with eight doubles, a triple and 14 RBI...went 3-for-10 with a double, triple and two RBI vs. UW Mar. 24-26...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...hitting .381 (8-for-21) with runners in scoring position...7-for-16 (.437) with three doubles and six RBI career vs. Washington State...
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 and 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.
*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 AT&T 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 AT&T.
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