Boesch and Craig Compete in New York-Penn League All-Star Game

Aug. 17, 2006

ABERDEEN, NY - Former University of California baseball standouts Brennan Boesch and Allen Craig have had outstanding summers playing minor league baseball in the New York-Penn League (Class A Short-Season) and both competed in the New York-Penn League All-Star Game Wednesday night at (Cal) Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen, Md. Boesch played for the American League affiliate squad as a member of the Oneonta (N.Y.) Tigers, while Craig played for the National League affiliate squad as a member of the State College Spikes (University Park, Pa.).

Craig, who was drafted in the eighth round in June by the St. Louis Cardinals and played third base Wednesday night, was 1-for-2 with an RBI single in the second inning to help lead the National League to a 4-1 victory. Boesch, a third-round draftee of the Detroit Tigers, started in right field and was 0-for-1 with a walk in the first inning.

Boesch and Craig participated in the all-star game after excelling in their first summer of professional baseball. Craig is batting .274 with 12 doubles, four home runs and 27 RBI in 42 games. Boesch is also hitting .274 with 11 doubles, four triples, four home runs and a New York-Penn League leading 42 RBI in 50 games.

Boesch finished the 2006 college campaign batting .313 with 11 doubles, 10 home runs (seventh in the Pac-10) and a team-leading 42 RBI. He ended the year hitting safely in 19 of the team's final 20 games, including three game-winning RBI. For his career, Boesch had a .327 average with 37 doubles, three triples, 21 home runs and 90 RBI. He was a first-team All-Pac-10 selection in 2005 and honorable mention All-Pac-10 in 2006.

Last spring, Craig owned a team-best .344 average for Cal with a team-high 76 hits, 39 runs, 15 doubles and 11 home runs (fifth in the Pac-10). He also had 27 multiple-hit games, a 124 total bases (eighth in the Pac-10) and a .561 slugging percentage (ninth in the Pac-10). Craig was honorable mention All-Pac-10 in 2005 and 2006. For his career, he had a .308 average with 48 doubles (7th on the Cal all-time list), a triple, 27 home runs (9th on the Cal all-time list) and 107 RBI in 192 games. Craig's 751 career at-bats are eighth, his 362 total bases are ninth, and his 231 hits are 10th on the Cal all-time list.

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