Cal Baseball Hosts No. 9 Oregon State, Faces USF at AT&T Park
April 20, 2006
BERKELEY, CALIF. -
Fri., Apr. 21 OSU Evans Diamond, Berkeley, 2:30 p.m.Sat., Apr. 22 OSU Evans Diamond, Berkeley, 1:00 p.m.Sun., Apr. 23 OSU Evans Diamond, Berkeley, 1:00 p.m.Tue., Apr. 25 vs. USF AT&T Park, San Francisco, 1:00 p.m.
RADIO: KALX Radio (90.7 FM) will broadcast the Apr. 21-23 OSU-Cal games. View Gametracker on www.calbears.com.
BEAR NOTES: California (19-17, 6-6) has an exciting series of games coming up, hosting league-leading and 2005 College World Series participant Oregon State (No. 9-ranked in Baseball America, 25-9, 6-3) this weekend in a three-game Pac-10 series at Evans Diamond, before traveling to AT&T Park (home of the San Francisco Giants) Tuesday to take on the University of San Francisco in the inaugural Dante Benedetti Classic. The Golden Bears' baseball family will also be having the dedication of the new Carl Van Heuit Training Center on Sunday, Apr. 23 at 11:30 p.m. The Bears, currently two games back of league-leaders USC (8-4), Arizona State (6-3) and OSU (6-3), feature junior right-hander Brandon Morrow, a third-team preseason All-American (Baseball America), who is 7-0 with a 1.67 ERA, and has 76 strikeouts in 70.0 innings. Morrow has one complete game, has only given up 46 hits in 70.0 innings and opponents are batting .194 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 a team-leading .379 with 11 doubles, six home runs and 20 RBI. He is also among the Pac-10 leaders with 54 hits, a .572 slugging percentage and 83 total bases. Craig had a streak of eight consecutive multiple hit games from Mar. 3-14. For his career, he has a .310 average with 44 doubles (8th on Cal's all-time list), a triple, 22 home runs and 92 RBI in 177 games.
SERIES RECORD: Cal has a 29-19 all-time series record against the Oregon State Beavers. Last season, the Beavers swept the series (11-1, 5-2, 4-2) Apr. 1-3 in Corvallis. In 2004, Cal won one-of-three (L 15-5, W 11-5, L 14-3) Mar. 26-28 at Evans Diamond.
HEAD COACH David Esquer: Esquer, 40, is in his seventh season at Cal with a career record of 194-178 (.521). 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. .347, 9 RBI, 0 HR3 3B Josh Satin, So. .238, 17 RBI, 1 HR4 SS Allen Craig, Sr. .372, 20 RBI, 6 HR32 CF Brennan Boesch, Jr. .268, 27 RBI, 9 HR22 LF Chris Errecart, Jr. .270, 19 RBI, 6 HR42 1B Mike Van Winden, So. .261, 17 RBI, 0 HR34 C Garrett Bussiere, Jr. .263, 12 RBI, 5 HR5 DH Brett Munster, Jr. .247, 8 RBI, 2 HR6 2B Kyle Spraker, So. .179, 2 RBI, 0 HR21 RHP Brandon Morrow, Jr. (Fri.) 7-0, 1.67 ERA44 RHP Tyson Ross, Fr. (Sat.) 4-4, 4.19 ERA TBA (Sun./Tue.)
PAC-10 RACE (AS OF Apr. 18) Conference Overall W L PCT GB W L .PCTUSC 8 4 .667 --- 22 17 .564OSU 6 3 .667 --- 25 9 .735ASU 6 3 .667 --- 27 12 .692UCLA 5 4 .556 1.0 21 15 .583CAL 6 6 .500 2.0 19 17 .528Wash 4 5 .444 2.0 25 14 .641WSU 5 7 .417 3.0 23 15 .605Ariz 3 6 .333 3.0 15 19 .441Stan 2 7 .222 3.5 16 15 .516
NOTING OREGON STATE: The No. 9-ranked (Baseball America) Oregon State Beavers, coached by Pat Casey (12th year at OSU, 366-246-4, .597), are 25-9 and 6-3 in the Pac-10 after sweeping Stanford (3-0, 1-0, 12-1) Apr. 13-16 in Corvallis. Leading hitters for the Beavers are junior left fielder Cole Gillespie (.373, 7 HR, 27 RBI), sophomore shortstop Darwin Barney (.358, 0 HR, 18 RBI) and senior first baseman Bill Rowe (.349, 2 HR, 25 RBI). OSU's tentative pitching rotation is junior right-hander Dallas Buck (7-0, 3.41 ERA), junior right-hander Jonah Nickerson (6-3, 2.33 ERA) and sophomore right-hander Mike Stutes (3-2, 3.05 ERA). In 2005, the Beavers finished 46-12 overall, 19-5 in the Pac-10 (first), 3-0 in the NCAA Corvallis Regional, 2-1 in the NCAA Corvallis Super Regional and 0-2 in the College World Series (tied for seventh).
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 .372 average with a team-best 54 hits, 26 runs and 11 doubles. He also has had 20 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 .310 average with 44 doubles (8th on the Cal all-time list), a triple, 22 home runs and 92 RBI in 177 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 .270, but 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.
CAL BASEBALL TO FACE USF IN INAGURAL DANTE BENEDETTI CLASSIC: Cal will travel across the bay Tuesday to face USF at AT&T Park in the inaugural Dante Benedetti Classic celebrating the legacy of a giant in San Francisco youth and collegiate baseball. Benedetti, who coached USF for 16 years for an annual salary of one dollar passed away in November, 2005 at the age of 86 after a long illness. The 1 p.m. contest will be the first collegiate game ever played in the home park of the San Francisco Giants, and will precede the Giants' 7 p.m. night contest against the New York Mets. Two former Cal standouts, Tyler Walker and Xavier Nady, will be playing in the major league game. Walker (1996-97) is a right-handed relief pitcher for the Giants, and Nady (1998-00) is an outfielder for the Mets. For information on tickets call (415) 972-2298 or visit sfgiants.com/specialevents. All proceeds from the event will go to the 'Dante Benedetti Field of Dreams' fund.
HONORING CARL VAN HEUIT: On Sunday, Apr. 23, the official dedication of the Carl J. Van Heuit Training Facility will be held at 11:30 p.m. Fans have notice changes at Evans Diamond in 2006, as construction has been completed on the Bears' new training facility which includes the Jeff Kent Batting Cages and the Stuart Gordon Bullpens down the right field line, plus a new picnic and patio area graces the left field line. The Carl Van Heuit Training Facility, named after the former Cal football Hall of Famer who was a staunch supporter of the Bears' baseball program, provides the team with indoor batting cages, indoor and outdoor bullpens, as well as weight training equipment. Van Heuit, who was an All-American safety in 1950 and helped Cal to the 1949 and '50 Rose Bowls, was also instrumental in the fundraising for construction of the Jackie Jensen Pressbox in 1987, and the field facelift of Evans Diamond in the fall of 1992.
PRESEASON 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 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 .268, but leads the team with nine home runs, 27 runs and 27 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.
CAL'S JENSEN AND EVANS ON HALL OF FAME BALLOT: Cal has two baseball legends - Jackie Jensen and Clint Evans - among the 46 nominees for the inaugural class of the College Baseball Hall of Fame. The finalist will be announced Apr. 26 by the College Baseball Foundation, followed by an induction ceremony July 4 in Lubbock, Texas. The list of legendary players includes such athletes as Jensen, Will Clark of Mississippi State, Dave Winfield of Minnesota, Robin Ventura of Oklahoma State and Fred Lynn of USC. Evans is part of a list of pre-1947 candidates who also include Lou Gehrig of Columbia and Bobby Layne of Texas, among others. One of the greatest athletes ever to play for the University of California, Jensen twice earned All-America status (1947, 1949) as an outfielder for Cal's baseball team, and helped the Bears to the NCAA College World Series title in 1947. He also pitched Cal to one of its victories in the 1947 College World Series, over a Yale team that featured future president George Bush. Jensen had a distinguished pro baseball career and was selected as the American League MVP while with the Boston Red Sox in 1958, and played in the World Series for the New York Yankees as well. He also earned first-team All-America honors at running back in 1948 while becoming Cal's first-ever 1,000-yard rusher in a season. Jensen rushed for 1,703 yards in his three years as a starter and averaged 6.0 yards per carry. He is one of the few athletes in history to play in both the Rose Bowl and the World Series, and was voted into the National Football Foundation College Hall of Fame in 1984. Clint Evans was the head baseball coach at Cal from 1930-54, amassing a .681 winning percentage with a 547-256 mark during his 25 seasons leading the Golden Bears. Evans coached Cal to the nation's first NCAA College World Series title in 1947 with a 8-7 victory over Bush's Yale team in Kalamazoo, Mich. He was instrumental in college baseball establishing a world series in order to determine a national champion, and overall his Cal teams won six California Intercollegiate Baseball Association titles and tied for three others. Cal's baseball field, Evans Diamond, is named in his honor.
ADDITIONAL CAL NOTES: The Bears are leading the Pac-10 with 100 strikeout versus conference foes and are third in the league with a 3.81 team ERA...Cal has captured two games 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, throwing Washington's Bradley Boyer out at the plate in the top of the ninth to preserve Cal's 2-1 win Mar. 24...sophomore right fielder Taylor Grigsby has been impressive since starting Apr. 5 at Santa Clara, hitting safely in seven of the last eight games while batting .375 (12-for-32) with two doubles, a triple and five RBI...Bear freshman right-hander Matt Gorgen (2-3, one save, 1.69 ERA), whose twin brother, Scott, pitches for UC Irvine, has given up only five earned runs in 26.7 innings with 21 strikeouts, and picked up a save against UCSB and wins over Stanford and Washington State in relief...senior right-hander Jeremy Burchett has struck out 15 in 19.7 innings with three saves and a 1.83 ERA after being a two-way player the past three seasons.
CAL INDIVIDUAL PLAYER NOTES
Brennan Boesch, JR., CF: Batting .268 (37-for-138, .244 vs. Pac-10) with five doubles, nine home runs (3rd in Pac-10) and a team-leading 27 RBI...went 3-for-5 with a double, two, two-run homers and a career-high five RBI Apr. 13 at WSU ...was 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 double, a three-run homer and four RBI vs. Sac. State 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...4-for-12 (.333) with a double and triple career vs. Oregon State...
Jeremy Burchett, SR., RHP: 0-1 with a 1.83 ERA and three saves (7th in Pac-10) in 13 appearances...has 15 strikeouts in 19.7 innings...earned save Apr. 16 at WSU (1.7 inn, 0 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO)...earned save Mar. 30 vs. UA (1.0 inn., 2 H, 0 ER) and Mar. 25 vs. UW (1.0 inn., 2 H, 0 ER, 1 SO)...0-0 with 48.46 ERA (7 ER in 1.3 inn.) career vs. Oregon State...
Garrett Bussiere, JR., C: Batting .263 (26-for-99, .229 vs. Pac-10) with four doubles, five home runs and 12 RBI...was 5-for-11 with two home runs and five RBI Apr. 13-16 at WSU...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...3-for-19 (.158) with two RBI career vs. Oregon State...
Michael Cooper, JR., RHP: 1-3 with a 5.12 ERA...no decision Apr. 16 start at WSU (3.0 inn., 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO)...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)...0-1 with 0.00 ERA (4 unearned runs in 5.0 inn.) career vs. Oregon State...
Allen Craig, SR., SS: Batting a team-leading .372 (54-for-145, 7th in Pac-10, .333 vs. Pac-10) with 11 doubles (10th in Pac-10), six home runs (7th in Pac-10) and 20 RBI...also has 54 hits (5th in Pac-10), 26 runs, 83 total bases (5th in Pac-10), .572 slugging percentage (5th in Pac-10) and .428 on-base percentage...has 20 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...was 5-for-13 with a double at WSU Apr. 13-16 and 3-for-4 with a home run and four RBI Tuesday vs. UC Davis...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 .343 (12-for-35) with runners in scoring position...3-for-19 (.158) with a double, home run and two RBI career vs. Oregon State...
Chris Errecart, JR., OF: Batting .270 (34-for-126, .293 vs. Pac-10) with three doubles, six home runs (7th in Pac-10) and 19 RBI...had a eight-game hitting streak from Feb. 25-Mar. 12 (11-for-32, .344, 2B, 2-HR, four RBI)...went 1-for-3 with two RBI Tuesday vs. UC Davis...was 6-for-13 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...5-for-11 (.454) with three doubles career vs. Oregon State...
Matt Gorgen, FR., RHP: 2-3 with a 1.69 ERA in 18 appearances (8th in Pac-10)...has 21 strikeouts in 26.7 innings...won in relief at WSU Apr. 16 (1.7 inn., 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO)...threw well in relief Apr. 5 at Santa Clara (3.0 inn., 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO)...won in relief vs. Stanford Mar. 3 (0.3 inn.)...earned save vs. UCSB Feb. 24 (3.0 inn., 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, career-high 5 SO)...threw a career-high 3.3 innings vs. Long Beach State Feb. 10 (2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO)...
Taylor Grigsby, SO., OF: Batting .347 (17-for-49, .333 vs. Pac-10) with two doubles, a triple and nine RBI...has started the last eight games in right field and has hit safely in seven of the last eight games (12-for-32, .375, 2-2B, 3B, five RBI) since starting Apr. 5 at Santa Clara...had a career-high five-game hitting streak from Apr. 5-13 (10-for-20, .500, 2-2b, 3B, four RBI)...went a career-high 3-for-4 with a triple and three RBI at Santa Clara Apr. 5...in first collegiate start was 1-for-4 with two RBI at UNLV Mar. 10...went 1-for-1 with a run off the bench at UC Irvine Feb. 4...hitting .412 (7-for-17) with runners in scoring position...
Brandon Morrow, JR., RHP: 7-0 with a 1.67 ERA (2nd in Pac-10)...has 76 strikeouts (3rd in Pac-10) in 70.0 innings (3rd in Pac-10)...opponents are batting .194 (2nd in Pac-10)...won at WSU Apr. 13 (7.0 inn., 3 H, 2 ER, 5 BB, 8 SO)...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...0-0 with 0.00 ERA (1 SO in 2.0 inn.) career vs. Oregon State...slated to start Friday vs. Oregon State...
Brett Munster, JR., INF: Batting .247 (24-for-97, .1677 vs. Pac-10) with three doubles, two home runs and eight 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...1-for-12 (.083) with an RBI career vs. Oregon State...
Tyson Ross, FR., RHP: 4-4 with 4.19 ERA, and 53 strikeouts in 53.7 innings...no decision at WSU Apr. 14 (6.0 inn., 6 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 8 SO)...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 Saturday vs. Oregon State...
Josh Satin, SO., INF: Batting .238 (30-for-126, .186 vs. Pac-10) with five doubles, a triple, a home run and 17 RBI...was 4-for-10 with an RBI at USC Apr. 7-9, 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 an RBI career vs. Oregon State...
Alex Trafton, SR., RHP: 1-2 with a 2.81 ERA and three saves (7th in Pac-10) in 18 appearances (8th in Pac-10)...has 13 strikeouts in 16.0 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 6.92 ERA (1.3 inn.) career vs. Oregon State...
Mike Van Winden, SO., 1B: Batting .261 (29-for-111) with eight doubles, a triple and 17 RBI...was 3-for-10 with three RBI at WSU Apr. 13-16...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 .375 (9-for-24) with runners in scoring position...1-for-12 (.083) with an RBI career vs. Oregon 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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