Cal Baseball Travels to Stanford for Crucial Pac-10 Series

May 4, 2006

BERKELEY, CALIF. -

Fri., May 5 at Stanford Sunken Diamond, 6:00 p.m.Sat., May 6 at Stanford Sunken Diamond, 4:00 p.m.Sun., May 7 at Stanford Sunken Diamond, 1:00 p.m.

BEAR NOTES: California (23-22, 8-10) visits Bay Area rival Stanford (20-20, 5-10) this weekend in a crucial Pac-10 series at Sunken Diamond, with two of the three games televised - Friday on Comcast Sports Net, Saturday on Fox Sports Net Bay Area. Cal, winners of four straight, have now captured league series from No. 22 Washington, Arizona, Washington State, and most recently UCLA last weekend at Evans Diamond. The Bears still need more Pac-10 wins after being swept by the league's top two teams, USC and No. 5 Oregon State. Cal features junior right-hander Brandon Morrow and senior shortstop Allen Craig, who are both in position for postseason honors. Morrow, a third-team preseason All-American in Baseball America, is 7-2 with a Pac-10 leading 1.59 ERA, and has 85 strikeouts in 85.0 innings. He also has one complete game, has only allowed 59 hits and opponents are batting .200 against him. Morrow was the National Pitcher of the Week on Feb. 6, and is on the Roger Clemens Award Watch List as a National Pitcher of the Year candidate. Craig is having an outstanding year as well after being selected as a 2005 first-team Summer All-American in Baseball America. He is now batting .357 with 13 doubles, nine home runs and 30 RBI, and is third in the Pac-10 with 105 total bases. Junior center fielder Brennan Boesch leads the Bears with 10 home runs and 36 RBI, is currently on an 11-game hitting streak, and has the game-winning RBI in three of Cal's last four victories.

SERIES RECORD: The Bears have a 212-233 all-time series record against the Stanford Cardinal. Earlier this year in a non-conference series, Cal won two-of-three at Evans Diamond (W 7-6 Mar. 3, L 6-5 Mar. 4, W 4-3 May 1). Last season in the Pac-10 series, Cal won two-of-three (L 7-5, W 2-1 in 11 innings, W 9-5) May 6-9, 2005 at Evans Diamond. In the 2005 non-conference series, the Bears won one-of-three (L 10-3, L 3-2, W 10-4) Mar. 5-6 at Sunken Diamond.

HEAD COACH David Esquer: Esquer, 40, is in his seventh season at Cal with a career record of 198-183 (.520). 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 stats23	RF	Rob Nesbitt, Sr. .326, 7 RBI, 2 HR4	SS	Allen Craig, Sr. .357, 30 RBI, 9 HR22	LF	Chris Errecart, Jr. .275, 23 RBI, 7 HR32	CF	Brennan Boesch, Jr. .288, 36 RBI, 10 HR28	3B	Travis Howell, So. .218, 8 RBI, 1 HR42	1B	Mike Van Winden, So. .254, 19 RBI, 0 HR34	C	Garrett Bussiere, Jr. .258, 14 RBI, 6 HR20	DH	Jordan Karnofsky, So. .273, 3 RBI, 1 HR6	2B	Kyle Spraker, So. .196, 3 RBI, 0 HR21	RHP	Brandon Morrow, Jr. (Fri.) 7-2, 1.59 ERA44	RHP	Tyson Ross, Fr. (Sat.) 4-4, 3.78 ERA		TBA (Sun.)

PAC-10 RACE (AS OF May 3) Conference Overall W L PCT GB W L .PCTOSU 9 3 .750 --- 32 10 .762USC 10 8 .556 --- 24 22 .522ASU 8 7 .533 --- 30 16 .652Wash 8 7 .533 --- 30 17 .638UCLA 8 7 .533 --- 25 19 .568WSU 7 8 .467 --- 29 16 .644CAL 8 10 .444 --- 23 22 .511Ariz 6 9 .400 --- 20 23 .465Stan 5 10 .333 --- 20 20 .500

NOTING STANFORD: The Stanford Cardinal, coached by Mark Marquess (30th year at Stanford, 1,244-610-5, .670), are 20-20 and 5-10 in the Pac-10 after winning two-of-three versus No. 20 Arizona State (W 7-1, L 11-7, W 11-4) Apr. 28-30 at Stanford; losing, 4-3, Monday at Cal, and winning 6-2 Tuesday at home versus San Jose State. Leading hitters for the Cardinal are senior shortstop Chris Minaker (.353, 6 HR, 46 RBI), junior center fielder Ryan Seawell (.337, 1 HR, 7 RBI) and sophomore right fielder Michael Taylor (.294, 1 HR, 25 RBI). Stanford's tentative pitching rotation is junior right-hander Greg Reynolds (4-3, 3.66 ERA), TBA and TBA. In 2005, the Cardinal finished 34-25 overall, 12-12 in the Pac-10 (sixth tie), and 2-2 in the Waco (Texas) NCAA Regional.

TELEVISION INFORMATION/THE LEXUS CHALLENGE: The Friday, May 5 Cal-Stanford baseball game will be televised live at 6 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet (http://west.comcastsportsnet.com/channel-locations.asp for viewing information) with Ted Robinson (play-by-play) and F.P. Santangelo (color) announcing. The Saturday, May 6 Cal-Stanford games will be televised live at 4 p.m. on Fox Sports Net Bay Area with Jim Watson (play-by-play) and former Arizona coach Jerry Kindall (color) announcing. This weekend's Big Series is part of the Lexus Gauntlet series, a contest between Cal and Stanford to determine which university will have the most success against its rival in head-to-head competition this year. RADIO: KALX Radio (90.7 FM) will broadcast the May 5-7 Cal-Stanford games. View Gametracker on www.calbears.com.

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 .357 average with a team-best 65 hits, 33 runs and 13 doubles. He also has 24 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 .309 average with 46 doubles (7th on the Cal all-time list), a triple, 26 home runs (9th on the Cal all-time list) and 106 RBI in 187 games.

MORROW CONTINUES TO SHINE: Similar to Craig, junior Brandon Morrow had an outstanding summer that has carried over to the spring. Competing for the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox in the Cape Cod League, Morrow and junior outfielder Chris Errecart wowed the 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 national pitcher of the year. This spring, Errecart is batting .275, but has seven 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.

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 .288, has the game-winning RBI in three of the last four games and leads the team with 10 home runs and 36 RBI.

BEARS NOTED NATIONALLY: Besides having three players - Brennan Boesch, Chris Errecart and Brandon Morrow - selected as preseason All-Americans, Cal has also been noted by the College Baseball Foundation's National Honor Roll. Morrow and freshman right-hander Matt Gorgen were selected Feb. 28 after combining for a 3-0 shutout of UC Santa Barbara on Feb. 24 (Morrow 6.0 innings, one hit, six walks, nine strikeouts; Gorgen 3.0 innings, two hits, no walks, five strikeouts). Boesch was a Mar. 28 national honoree after going 6-for-16 with a double, two home runs and six RBI, plus throwing a runner out at the plate, Mar. 21-26 against Sacramento State and Washington.

SATIN'S STELLAR 2005 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: Cal sophomore catcher/third baseman Travis Howell had a couple big games the last week, going a career-best 3-for-4 with an RBI double versus UCLA Apr. 30, and on Tuesday at Saint Mary's hit his first collegiate homer, a three-run shot in the Bears' 7-6 win...Cal senior outfielder Rob Nesbitt was impressive against UC Davis and Oregon State Apr. 18-23, going 7-for-10 with two doubles and two RBI...Nesbitt, who has started the past eight games, went 6-for-7 in the last two games against OSU, including going 4-for-4 with an RBI double Apr. 23 against the Beavers...earlier, Nesbitt came off the bench to hit the game-winning homer in the 13th inning against Arizona in the Bears' 5-4 victory Apr. 1-2...Cal has lost 10, one-run games this season, including four, one-run games in extra-innings...however, the Bears have won three one-run games in their last four victories (3-2 in 11 innings versus UCLA Apr. 29, 4-3 versus Stanford May 1, 7-6 at Saint Mary's May 2)...Cal is leading the Pac-10 with 135 strikeout versus conference foes and is second in the league with a 3.70 team ERA (lowest Cal team ERA since 1989)...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 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...the Bears currently have six former players on major league rosters (Geoff Blum, 1992-94, San Diego; Ryan Drese, 1995, 98, Washington; Conor Jackson, 2001-03, Arizona; Jeff Kent, 1987-89, Los Angeles Dodgers; Xavier Nady, 1998-00, New York Mets; Tyler Walker, 1996-97, Tampa Bay), which trails only USC (14) and UCLA (seven) as the most in the Pac-10.

CAL INDIVIDUAL PLAYER NOTES

Brennan Boesch, JR., CF: Batting .288 (51-for-177, .268 vs. Pac-10) with eight doubles, 10 home runs (3rd in Pac-10) and a team-leading 36 RBI...is currently on a 11-game hitting streak from Apr. 16 and has had the game-winning RBI in three of the last four games (17-for-46, .370, 3-2B, HR, nine RBI)...went 5-for-13 with two doubles and three RBI vs. UCLA Apr. 28-30, 2-for-3 with two RBI Monday vs. Stanford and 2-for-5 with an RBI Tuesday at Saint Mary's...was 2-for-5 with a three-run homer Apr. 25 vs. USF at AT&T Park...went 3-for-5 with a double, two, two-run homers and a career-high five RBI Apr. 13 at WSU...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...hitting .319 (15-for-47) with runners in scoring position...3-for-11 (.273) with two doubles career vs. Stanford in Pac-10 Conference games...

Jeremy Burchett, SR., RHP: 0-2 with a 3.00 ERA and four saves (7th in Pac-10) in 18 appearances...has 19 strikeouts in 27.0 innings...earned save Monday vs. Stanford (2.0 inn., 1 H, 1 SO)...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)...

Garrett Bussiere, JR., C: Batting .258 (32-for-124, .226 vs. Pac-10) with four doubles, six home runs and 14 RBI...went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer Tuesday at Saint Mary's...was 5-for-11 with two home runs and five RBI at WSU Apr. 13-16...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...was 2-for-6 with a double vs. Stanford Mar. 4...went 3-for-4 with a double and RBI at UC Irvine Feb. 3...3-for-10 (.300) with an RBI career vs. Stanford in Pac-10 Conference games...

Michael Cooper, JR., RHP: 1-3 with a 5.70 ERA...has 32 strikeouts in 53.7 innings...no decision vs. UCLA Apr. 30 (3.0 inn., 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO)...no decision vs. OSU Apr. 23 (3.7 inn., 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO)...no decision at WSU Apr. 16 (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)...0-0 with 0.00 ERA (no earned runs in 1.7 inn.) career vs. Stanford in Pac-10 Conference games...

Allen Craig, SR., SS: Batting .357 (65-for-182, 7th in Pac-10, .338 vs. Pac-10) with 13 doubles (9th in Pac-10), nine home runs (5th in Pac-10) and 30 RBI...also has 65 hits (6th in Pac-10), 33 runs, 105 total bases (3rd in Pac-10), .577 slugging percentage (7th in Pac-10) and .418 on-base percentage...has 24 multiple-hit games and has hit home runs in four of five games Apr. 18-25...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 6-for-14 with a double and five RBI vs. UCLA Apr. 28-30, including 3-for-5 with a career-high five RBI Mar. 30...went 2-for-5 with a double and home run vs. USF Apr. 25 at AT&T Park...was 6-for-16 with three home runs and seven RBI vs. UC Davis (3-for-4, HR, four RBI) and OSU Apr. 18-23...went 5-for-13 with a double at WSU Apr. 13-16...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 .349 (15-for-43) with runners in scoring position...9-for-35 (.257) with three doubles and three RBI career vs. Stanford in Pac-10 Conference games...

Charlie Cutler, FR., OF/C: Batting .246 (16-for-65, .231 vs. Pac-10) with a double and five RBI...has started 16 games in right field, one behind the plate and one as designated hitter...was 2-for-4 at USC Apr. 8...threw a runner out at the plate in the 12th inning vs. UA Apr. 1...went 1-for-3 with a career-high three runs vs. Pacific Mar. 19...was 2-for-2 at UNLV Mar. 10...went 2-for-3 with an RBI vs. UCSB Feb. 24...threw a runner out at the plate vs. Long Beach in the seventh inning Feb. 11...

Chris Errecart, JR., OF: Batting .275 (44-for-160, .277 vs. Pac-10) with six doubles, seven home runs (9th in Pac-10) and 23 RBI...had a eight-game hitting streak from Feb. 25-Mar. 12 (11-for-32, .344, 2B, 2-HR, four RBI)...was 4-for-13 with a two-run homer vs. UCLA Apr. 28-30...went 2-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI vs. USF Apr. 25 at AT&T Park...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...4-for-13 (.308) with a double, home run and three RBI career vs. Stanford in Pac-10 Conference games...

Matt Gorgen, FR., RHP: 3-4 with a 1.85 ERA in 24 appearances (4th in Pac-10) and one save...has 26 strikeouts in 34.0 innings...won in relief vs. UCLA Apr. 30 (career-high 3.7 inn., 1 H, 3 SO)...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)...

Taylor Grigsby, SO., OF: Batting .253 (19-for-75, .217 vs. Pac-10) with two doubles, a triple and nine RBI...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 .350 (7-for-20) with runners in scoring position...

Brandon Morrow, JR., RHP: 7-2 with a 1.59 ERA (1st in Pac-10)...has 85 strikeouts (3rd in Pac-10) in 85.0 innings (3rd in Pac-10)...opponents are batting .200 (2nd in Pac-10)...lost vs. UCLA Apr. 28 (8.0 inn., 10 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO)...lost vs. OSU Apr. 21 (7.0 inn., 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO)...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 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...slated to start Friday at Stanford...

Brett Munster, JR., INF: Batting .248 (29-for-117, .213 vs. Pac-10) with four doubles, a triple, two home runs and 12 RBI...went 4-for-10 with a double, triple and four RBI vs. OSU Apr. 21-23...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 vs. Stanford Mar. 3-4...was 3-for-8 with a home run and two RBI vs. UCSB Feb. 24-26...2-for-9 (.222) with an RBI career vs. Stanford in Pac-10 Conference games...

Rob Nesbitt, SR., OF: Batting .326 (15-for-46, .435 vs. Pac-10) with four doubles, two home runs and seven RBI...went 1-for-1 with a double Monday vs. Stanford...was 3-for-11 with a two-run homer vs. UCLA Apr. 28-30...went 6-for-8 with an RBI vs. OSU Apr. 21-23, including going 4-for-4 Apr. 23...hit the game-winning homer in the 13th inning vs. UA Apr. 2...was 1-for-1 with a RBI double Feb. 4 at UC Irvine...hitting .300 (3-for-10) with runners in scoring position...

Chris Petrini, FR., LHP: 2-1 with 5.33 ERA and a save in 13 appearances...has 14 strikeouts in 25.3 innings...earned save Tuesday at Saint Mary's (2.0 inn., 2 H)...threw well in relief Apr. 23 vs. OSU (3.3 inn., 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO) and Apr. 18 vs. UC Davis (4.0 inn., 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO)...won Apr. 2 in 5-4, 13-inning victory vs. UA (1.0 inning, one hit, one strikeout)...won in relief Mar. 14 vs. Saint Mary's (1.0 inn., 2 H, 0 ER, 1 SO)...threw career-high 4.7 inning vs. Stanford Mar. 4 (2 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO)...

Tyson Ross, FR., RHP: 4-4 with 3.78 ERA, and 64 strikeouts in 64.3 innings...no decision vs. UCLA Apr. 29 (5.0 inn., 2 H, 1 ER, 5 BB, 7 SO)...no decision vs. OSU Apr. 22 (5.7 inn., 4 H, 1 ER, 6 BB, 4 SO)...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 at Stanford...

Josh Satin, SO., INF: Batting .223 (35-for-157, .179 vs. Pac-10) with five doubles, a triple, a home run and 19 RBI...went 1-for-4 Monday vs. Stanford...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...was 3-for-5 with two doubles, a home run and a career-high seven RBI at UC Davis Feb. 14...4-for-13 (.308) with a double, home run and two RBI career vs. Stanford in Pac-10 Conference games...

Alex Trafton, SR., RHP: 3-3 with a 3.00 ERA and three saves in 26 appearances (3rd in Pac-10)...has 18 strikeouts in 24.0 innings...earned wins in relief vs. UCLA Apr. 29 (1.0 inn.) and Tuesday at Saint Mary's (season-high 2.3 inn., 1 H, 2 BB, 2 SO)...earned save vs. Pacific Mar. 17 (0.3 inn.), and UCSB Feb. 25 (1.0 inn., 1 H)...earned win and save in relief vs. Long Beach State Feb. 11-12 (2.0 inn., 2 H, 0 BB, 3 SO)...

Mike Van Winden, SO., 1B: Batting .254 (35-for-138, .242 vs. Pac-10) with 10 doubles, a triple and 19 RBI...went 2-for-5 with two doubles at Saint Mary's May 2...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 RBI vs. Long Beach State Feb. 10-12...hitting .345 (10-for-29) with runners in scoring position...1-for-7 (.43) career vs. Stanford...

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.

*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 played USF in the inaugural Dante Benedetti Classic at AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants. Later that night, former Bear standout Xavier Nady played for the New York Mets versus the Giants, hitting a home run and throwing a runner out at second base from right field in New York's 4-1 win.

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