Cal Baseball Travels to Bay Area Rival Stanford

Feb. 28, 2007

BERKELEY, CALIF. -

Fri., Mar. 2 at Stanford Sunken Diamond, 5:00 p.m.Sat., Mar. 3 at Stanford Sunken Diamond, 1:00 p.m.Sun., Mar. 4 at Stanford Sunken Diamond, 1:00 p.m.

BEAR NOTES: The 2007 California baseball team (7-7), featuring the Feb. 26 Pac-10 Player of the Week David Cooper, travels to Sunken Diamond this weekend for a three-game non-conference series against Bay Area rival Stanford (7-5). The Golden Bears and the Cardinal have split their six-game series (three non-conference and three conference games) in each of the last two years. Left-handed first baseman Cooper was phenomenal last week in road games at San Jose State, Long Beach State and UC Santa Barbara, going 10-for-27 (.476) with two doubles, three home runs and eight RBI. A transfer from Cal State Fullerton and a member of the 2006 College World Series All-Tournament team, Cooper is batting .444 and leads the Pac-10 with 24 hits, four home runs and 41 total bases. Another bright spot for Cal is freshman designated hitter Jeff Kobernus, who is leading the team with a .471 average, and is tied with Cooper for the conference lead with 24 hits. Yet another young star for the Bears is freshman right fielder Blake Smith, who is batting .362 and had a three-run homer Sunday at UC Santa Barbara. Smith has also thrown two runners out at the plate this season. Cal is currently second in the Pac-10 with a .315 team batting average and is hitting .374 (55-for-147) with runners in scoring position. On the mound, junior right-hander Alex Rollin improved his record to 3-0 with a career-high 6.0 innings (no runs, four strikeouts) Feb. 25 at UC Santa Barbara. Sophomore right-hander Matt Gorgen earned his second save of the season with an impressive seven strikeouts in 3.0 innings against the Gauchos Feb. 26. The Bears also showcase sophomore right-hander Tyson Ross. Ross, on the Wallace Watch List as a candidate for national player of the year, is 1-2 on the season, but is still fifth in the Pac-10 with 21 strikeouts in 27.7 innings and a 2.28 ERA.

SERIES RECORD: Cal has a 213-235 all-time series record against the Stanford Cardinal. In the last series, the Bears won one-of-three at Sunken Diamond, May 5-7, 2006 (L 3-2, W 5-1, L 6-5). In last year's series at Cal, the Bears won two-of-three at Evans Diamond (W 7-6, L 6-5 in 11 inn. Mar. 3-4, W 4-3 May 1).

HEAD COACH David Esquer: Esquer, 41, is in his eighth season at Cal with a career record of 208-196 (.515). In 2001, he was Pac-10 Coach of the Year after leading the Bears to a 34-25 mark and a berth to the NCAA Regional in Baton Rouge, La. (1-2). Thirty nine Cal players have signed professional contracts since Esquer became coach, including first round picks Brandon Morrow (RHP, Seattle, fifth overall) in 2006 and Conor Jackson (INF., Arizona, 19th overall) in 2003. On June 10, 1999, Esquer became the 10th coach in Cal baseball history, which began in 1892. He came to Berkeley after serving as the top assistant at Pepperdine from 1996-99, and the No. 2 assistant at Stanford 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 went on to play professional baseball for four seasons with the Baltimore, California and Milwaukee organizations.

TENTATIVE CALIFORNIA LINE-UPNo.	Pos.	Player	2007 stats10	3B	Stephen Carlson, Sr. .375, 1 RBI, 0 HR3	2B	Josh Satin, Jr. .271, 15 RBI, 1 HR18	1B	David Cooper, So. .444, 17 RBI, 4 HR29	LF	Ryan Hanlon, So. .340, 5 RBI, 1 HR37	RF	Blake Smith, Fr. .362, 8 RBI, 1 HR23	DH	Jeff Kobernus, Fr. .471, 7 RBI, 0 HR24	CF	Michael Capbarat, So. .188, 5 RBI, 0 HR16	C	Charlie Cutler, So. .121, 4 RBI, 1 HR5	SS	Brett Munster, Sr. .356, 8 RBI, 0 HR44	RHP	Tyson Ross, So. (Fri.) 1-2, 2.28 ERA		TBA (Sat.)46	RHP	Alex Rollin, Jr. (Sun.) 3-0, 3.98 ERA

PAC-10 RACE (AS OF Feb. 28)	Conference	                Overall	W	L	PCT	GB	W	L 	.PCTOSU	0	0	.000	---	11	2	.846ASU	0	0	.000	---	11	3	.786Ariz	0	0	.000	---	11	4	.733USC	0	0	.000	---	10	7	.588Stan	0	0	.000	---	7	5	.583CAL	0	0	.000	---	7	7	.500UCLA	0	0	.000	---	7	7	.500WSU	0	0	.000	---	3	3	.500Wash	0	0	.000	---	1	6	.143

NOTING STANFORD: The Stanford Cardinal, coached by Mark Marquess (31st year, 1,264-622-5, .668), are 7-5, sweeping Kansas (6-5, 4-1, 7-6) last weekend at Sunken Diamond, where they are 6-0 this year. Top hitters for the Cardinal are senior third baseman Ryan Seawell (.367, 2 HR, 4 RBI), junior catcher Brian Juhl (.351, 2 HR, 7 RBI) and junior right fielder Michael Taylor (.229, 2 HR, 8 RBI). Stanford's tentative pitching rotation is junior right-hander Nolan Gallagher (1-2, 6.87 ERA), freshman right-hander Jeffrey Inman (1-1, 4.87 ERA) and sophomore left-hander Jeremy Bleich (1-1, 5.82 ERA). In 2006, Stanford was 33-27, 11-13 (fifth tie) in the Pac-10, 3-0 in the NCAA Regional in Austin, Texas and 0-2 in the NCAA Super Regional in Corvallis, Ore.

WORLD SERIES COOPER: The Bears' top newcomer this season is sophomore David Cooper, a transfer from Cal State Fullerton who was a member of the 2006 College World Series All-Tournament team. Cooper, a 6-0 left-hander, was named the Feb. 26 Pac-10 Player of the Week are going 10-for-27 (.476) with two doubles, three home runs and eight RBI last week at San Jose State, Long Beach State and UC Santa Barbara. In his last game at UC Santa Barbara, he went 2-for-3 with two solo home runs and three RBI. Cooper is now batting .444 and leads the Pac-10 in hits (24), home runs (four) and total bases (41), is second in slugging percentage (.759) and third in RBI (17). Last season, he flirted with a College World Series record when he had seven consecutive hits in Omaha, tying Terry Francona (1980) and one short of Dave Magadan (1983) and Barry Bonds (1984). Cooper led all players at the World Series with a .533 average (8-for-15) with five RBI. He went 5-for-5 with a home run and four RBI in a 7-6 Titan win over top-seeded Clemson. For the 2006 campaign, Cooper hit .305 with nine doubles, two home runs and 37 RBI, earning All-Big West Conference honorable mention. In 2007, he got a hit in his first at-bat as a Bear Feb. 2 versus UC Irvine and went on to lead Cal in the series with a .583 average (7-for-12) and an RBI. Cooper hit his first home run at Cal Feb. 13 versus San Francisco. Baseball America selected Cooper as the nation's ninth-best transfer in its 2007 College Preview.

IMPRESSIVE ROSS: Cal's No. 1 starter is 6-5 sophomore right-hander Tyson Ross, who as a true freshman was honorable mention All-Pac-10, finishing 6-4 with a 3.19 ERA (seventh in the Pac-10). He also had 85 strikeouts (10th in the Pac-10) in 84.7 innings and paced Cal with 15 starts, including a career-high nine strikeouts in 6.0 innings versus Long Beach State. Ross is on the watch list for the Wallace Award as the nation's top collegiate baseball player, and is also projected to be the 2007 Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year by Baseball America. He had a duel with UC Irvine sophomore right-hander Scott Gorgen, twin brother of top Cal reliever Matt Gorgen, in the season-opener Feb. 2 at Evans Diamond, getting a no decision, but throwing 7.0 innings with nine hits, two earned runs, only one walk and six strikeouts. Versus Portland Feb. 11, Ross limited the Pilots to one hit in 6.0 innings to pick up his first win of the season. His career record is now 7-6 with 106 strikeouts in 112.3 innings and a 2.96 ERA. Ross is currently third in the Pac-10 in innings pitched (27.7), fifth in strikeouts (21) and eighth in ERA (2.28).

KOBERNUS COMING THROUGH: Freshman designated hitter Jeff Kobernus is beginning his college career in impressive fashion as he is batting a team-leading .471 (24-for-51) with three doubles and seven RBI. Kobernus joins Cooper as the Pac-10 leader with 24 hits and is second in the conference with his .471 average and fifth with a .500 on-base percentage. He also paces the Bears with eight multiple hit games and is on an eight-game hitting streak from Feb. 16 (18-for-35, .514, 2-2B, three RBI). Kobernus, a 6-2, 185-pounder, was an All-East Bay shortstop at Bishop O'Dowd High School, where he was teammates with sophomore right-hander Tyson Ross.

STANDOUT SMITH: Freshman right fielder Blake Smith, who has excelled both offensively and defensively, is another one of Cal's top freshman. Smith is hitting .362 (17-for-47) with a double, triple, home run and eight RBI. He has started 13 of the team's 14games in right field, throwing two runners out at the plate. Smith had a career day Feb. 25 at UC Santa Barbara, going 3-for-5 with four RBI, including hitting a three-run homer (first of his home run of his college career) and throwing a Gaucho out at the plate. A 6-2, 200-pound left-handed hitter, Smith was an All-District third baseman at Thomas Downey High School in Modesto.

HANLON'S HOT START: Cal sophomore outfielder Ryan Hanlon had a break-out series against UC Irvine to start the 2007 season, going 5-for-12 (.417) with a double, a home run and four RBI. Feb. 3 was a big day for Hanlon as he was a career-high 3-for-5 with a double and a three-run homer - the first home run of his college career. He also robbed a UCI player of a home run in right field for the final out of the Bears' 10-4 victory. Hanlon, owning a .340 average (18-for-53), has batted in the clean-up spot all season and has hit safely in 12 of the Bears' first 14 games.

SATIN'S STORY: Junior second baseman Josh Satin is providing the Bears with some solid offensive numbers this season, batting .271 with four doubles and 15 RBI (8th in Pac-10) from the No. 2 spot in the batting order. 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, Satin had a .348 average with 40 RBI. He also had 77 hits, 15 doubles, a triple, five home runs, 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 Freshman All-America and All-Pac-10 honors since Xavier Nady was National Freshman of the Year in 1998.

STEADY MUNSTER: Senior shortstop Brett Munster is having the best season of his college career, batting .356 with three doubles and eight RBI. Munster is one of only two seniors on Cal's 2007 roster, along with third baseman Stephen Carlson (.375, 3B, RBI). Munster started the season on a career-high six-game hitting streak (6-for-17, .353, 2B, four RBI) and is currently hitting .500 (8-for-16) with runners in scoring position. Munster has knocked in an RBI for the Bears in eight of 14 games this season.

EMERGING BENNIGSON: Sophomore left-hander Craig Bennigson had a big game on the mound versus UNLV Feb. 17, picking up his first collegiate victory in only his third collegiate start. Bennigson threw a career-high 6.0 innings with a career-high six strikeouts against the Rebels. He is currently 1-2 with a 2.89 ERA, and has 15 strikeouts in 18.7 innings. Bennigson was able to strikeout the side with the bases loaded and no outs in the eighth inning at San Jose State Feb. 20.

BEARS' 2006 SUMMER SHINE: Cal had several players excel in 2006 summer league play. Junior second baseman Josh Satin was a Cape Cod League All-Star for the Orleans Cardinals, and was named Eastern Division MVP during the all-star game when he was 1-for-1 with a two-run homer and a sacrifice fly. Satin had one of the finest freshman seasons in school history in 2005, earning All-Pac-10 and Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-America honors. He hit .348 with 15 doubles, a triple, five home runs, 40 RBI, a team-leading 26 multiple-hit games. 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. Senior shortstop Brett Munster starred for the Moses Lake Pirates in the West Coast Collegiate League, earning all-league honors and a Gold Glove award at shortstop. Sophomore left-hander Craig Bennigson had six saves with a 2.39 ERA and 23 strikeouts in 26.3 innings for the Matsu Miners of the Alaska League. Junior right-hander Alex Rollin threw two complete games with a team-high 76.4 innings for the Alexandria Beetles of the Northwoods League. Sophomore right-hander Matt Gorgen went 3-1 with a 0.92 ERA and nine saves in 20 appearances for the Anchorage Bucks of the Alaska League. Sophomore catcher Charlie Cutler was an all-star catcher for the St. Cloud (Minn.) Riverbats of the Northwoods League, batting .299 with 11 doubles, a home run and 29 RBI. Junior left-handed hitting designated hitter Jordan Karnofsky batted .302 with 12 doubles, five home runs and 24 RBI for the Front Royal (Va.) Cardinals of the Valley League. He was listed as the Valley Leagues' ninth-best professional prospect by Baseball America.

ADDITIONAL BEAR NOTES: Cal is second in the Pac-10 with a team batting average of .315, fourth with a team fielding percentage of .970 and fifth with a team ERA of 4.32...of Cal's seven losses this season, four have been by one run...the Bears lost 12, one-run games in 2006...last season's team ERA of 3.92 was the Bears' lowest since 1989, and Cal's 3.65 ERA against Pac-10 competition was second only to 2006 national champion Oregon State...when the Bears compete in the Cardinal Classic, Mar. 9-11 in Louisville, Ky., it will be the first time in school history Cal has faced Kent State, Louisville and Indiana State...despite a losing record last season (26-28, 9-15), the Bears were 3-3 versus Bay Area rival Stanford, swept UC Santa Barbara, and won Pac-10 series versus Washington, Arizona and UCLA at Evans Diamond, and Washington State on the road...besides having Austin Booker, the son of former Cal All-American and major leaguer Rod Booker on the 2007 squad, the Bears have signed B.J. Guinn, a 6-1, 165-pound shortstop from Berkeley High School for next season. Guinn is the son of former Cal standout (1981-83) and professional baseball player Brian Guinn.

CAL INDIVIDUAL PLAYER NOTES

Craig Bennigson, SO., LHP: 1-2 with a 2.89 ERA and 15 strikeouts in 18.7 innings...lost in start Feb. 24 at Long Beach State (4.0 innings, eight hits, five earned runs, three walks, one strikeout)...struck out the side with the bases loaded in relief at San Jose State (Feb. 20)...picked up first collegiate win Feb. 17 vs. UNLV, throwing a career-high 6.0 innings with three hits, one run, three walks and a career-high six strikeouts...had three strikeouts in 3.0 innings Feb. 11 vs. Portland...made two appearances against Stanford last season (0-0, 1.7 innings, two hits, no runs, two walks, one strikeout)...

Michael Brady, SO., 3B: Batting .250 (7-for-28) with three RBI...has started eight games at third base...was 2-for-4 with an RBI at UC Santa Barbara Feb. 26...went 2-for-4 with an RBI vs. Portland Feb. 11...was 2-for-4 vs. UC Irvine Feb. 3...is hitting .444 (4-for-9) with runners in scoring position...

Michael Capbarat, SO., OF: Batting .188 (3-for-16) with a triple and five RBI...has three starts in center field and one start in left field...had a two-run triple at San Jose State Feb. 20...was 1-for-3 with an RBI vs. UNLV Feb. 18...went 1-for-3 with an RBI vs. UC Irvine Feb. 3...is batting .600 (3-for-5) with runners in scoring position...

Stephen Carlson, SR., 3B: Batting .375 (9-for-24) with a triple and an RBI...has six starts at third base and one as designated hitter...was 2-for-4 at Long Beach State Feb. 23...went 2-for-5 at San Jose State Feb. 20...was 1-for-3 with a triple vs. UNLV Feb. 16...went 2-for-3 with an RBI vs. Portland Feb. 11...is batting .500 (1-for-2) with runners in scoring position...

David Cooper, SO., 1B: Batting .444 (24-for-54, 6th in Pac-10) with a team-high five doubles (9th in Pac-10), four home runs (1st in Pac-10) and 17 RBI (3rd in Pac-10)...also leads the Bears with a .759 slugging percentage (2nd in Pac-10) and is first in the Pac-10 with 41 total bases and 24 hits...is on a six-game hitting streak from Feb. 18 (11-for-26, .423, 2-2B, 3-HR, eight RBI) was named Feb. 26 Pac-10 Player of the Week are going 10-for-27 (.476) with two doubles, three home runs and eight RBI at San Jose State, Long Beach State and UC Santa Barbara...versus the Gauchos was 4-for-5 with a double and two RBI Feb. 25, and 2-for-3 with two home runs and three RBI Feb. 26...had a double and three RBI vs. UNLV Feb. 16...went 2-for-3 with an RBI single and a two-run homer Feb. 13 vs. San Francisco...was 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI vs. Portland Feb. 11...went 4-for-5 vs. UC Irvine Feb. 3, and finished the series 7-for-12 with an RBI...got a hit in his first at-bat as a Golden Bear after transferring from College World Series participant Cal State Fullerton...went 3-for-6 versus Stanford last season as a Titan...is batting .533 (8-for-15) with runners in scoring position...

Charlie Cutler, SO., C: Batting .121 (4-for-33) with a double, home run and four RBI...has started 11 of 14 games behind the plate...had a two-run double vs. UNLV Feb. 16...hit his first collegiate home run in his first at-bat of the 2007 season vs. UC Irvine Feb. 2...was 2-for-8 against Stanford last season...

Dane Ferguson, SO., RHP: 1-0 with a 4.26 ERA in seven appearances (7th in Pac-10)...threw a career-high 4.3 innings vs. UNLV Feb. 18...won first collegiate game with 2.3 innings in relief vs. UC Irvine Feb. 3 (two hits, no runs, one walk, one strikeout)...

Matt Gorgen, SO., RHP: 0-1 with a 6.00 ERA and two saves (5th in Pac-10)...has 13 strikeouts in 9.0 innings...earned save at UC Santa Barbara Feb. 26 (3.0 innings, four hits, no runs, no walks, career-high seven strikeouts)...had four strikeouts in 2.0 innings vs. UNLV Feb. 16...earned save vs. Portland Feb. 11 (1.0 inning, one hit, one run)...

Taylor Grigsby, JR., OF: Batting .300 (6-for-20) with two RBI...is 2-for-3 as a pinch hitter...had an RBI bunt single vs. Portland Feb. 11...came off the bench for a key pinch-hit RBI single vs. UC Irvine Feb. 3...

Ryan Hanlon, SO., OF: Batting .340 (18-for-53) with two doubles, a home run and five RBI...has hit safely in 12 of 14 games...went 3-for-3 at UC Santa Barbara Feb. 25 and was 2-for-5 with an RBI at San Jose State Feb. 20...went 2-for-4 with a career-high three runs vs. UNLV Feb. 18...had a career-high seven-game hitting streak to start the season (9-for-26, .346, 2-2B, HR, four RBI)...was 3-for-5 with an RBI single, a double and a three-run homer (first collegiate) vs. UC Irvine Feb. 3...made a home run saving catch for the final out against the Anteaters Feb. 3...was 1-for-3 with an RBI versus Stanford last season...

Jeff Kobernus, FR., OF/INF: Batting a team-leading .471 (24-for-51, 2nd in Pac-10) with three doubles and seven RBI...leads the Bears with eight multiple-hit games, 24 hits (1st in Pac-10, tied with Cooper), and a .500 on-base percentage (5th in Pac-10)...also leads Cal with four stolen bases (7th in Pac-10)...has started 13 of 14 games as designated hitter and is on an eight-game hitting streak from Feb. 16 (18-for-35, .514, 2-2B, three RBI)...was 5-for-9 with a double at UC Santa Barbara Feb. 25-26...went 3-for-5 at Long Beach State Feb. 24...had an RBI double at San Jose State Feb. 20...was a career-high 4-for-6 with two RBI vs. UNLV Feb. 18...went 3-for-5 vs. UNLV Feb. 17...was 4-for-7 with a double and two RBI in two games vs. Portland Feb. 11...in first collegiate contest was 2-for-4 vs. UC Irvine Feb. 2...is batting .538 (7-for-13) with runners in scoring position...

Brett Munster, SR., SS: Batting .356 (16-for-45) with three doubles and eight RBI...has an RBI in eight of 14 games...went a career-high 3-for-4 with a double at UC Santa Barbara Feb. 25...was 2-for-4 with an RBI at Long Beach State Feb. 24...went 2-for-4 with an RBI double at San Jose State Feb. 20...was 2-for-5 with an RBI vs. UNLV Feb. 18...started the season on a career-high six-game hitting streak (6-for-17, .353, 2B, four RBI)...had an RBI double vs. UC Irvine Feb. 3...is batting .500 (8-for-16) with runners in scoring position...was 3-for-10 with an RBI versus Stanford last season...

Nick Nunez, JR., RHP: 1-0 with a 6.39 ERA in a team-high eight appearances (2nd in Pac-10)...picked up first win at Cal, throwing a season-high 3.7 innings in relief at UC Santa Barbara Feb. 26 (one hit, no runs, one walk, one strikeout)...got Cal out of a bases loaded jam with a strikeout vs. UC Irvine Feb. 3...

Alex Rollin, JR., RHP: 3-0 (1st in Pac-10) with a 3.98 ERA...won Feb. 25 at UC Santa Barbara (career-high 6.0 innings, five hits, no runs, two walks, career-high four strikeouts)...won Feb. 11 vs. Portland (5.0 innings, eight hits, two runs, two walks, three strikeouts)...earned first college win vs. UC Irvine Feb. 4 (5.3 innings, two hits, no runs, two walks, three strikeouts)...was 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA in two appearances against Stanford last season (8.0 innings, nine hits, four earned runs, three walks, four strikeouts)...slated to start Sunday at Stanford...

Tyson Ross, SO., RHP: 1-2 with 2.28 ERA (8th in Pac-10), and a team-leading 21 strikeouts (5th in Pac-10) in a team-high 27.7 innings (3rd in Pac-10)...lost Feb. 23 at Long Beach State (season-high 7.3 innings, nine hits, three earned runs, two walks, season-high eight strikeouts)...lost Feb. 17 vs. UNLV (season-high 7.3 innings, two earned runs, three walks, three strikeouts)...won Feb. 11 vs. Portland (6.0 innings, one hit, no runs, three walks, four strikeouts)...got no decision vs. UC Irvine Feb. 2 (7.0 innings, nine hits, two earned runs, one walk, six strikeouts)...won last season at Stanford May 6, throwing 7.3 innings with six hits one run, three walks and eight strikeouts...slated to start Friday at Stanford...

Josh Satin, JR., INF: Batting .271 (16-for-59) with four doubles, a home run and 15 RBI (8th in Pac-10)...was 3-for-4 with an RBI at UC Santa Barbara Feb. 25...had an RBI double vs. UNLV Feb. 18...went 2-for-4 with three RBI vs. UNLV Feb. 16...was 1-for-3 with a double and two RBI vs. Portland Feb. 11...had a three-run double vs. UC Irvine Feb. 4, and went 3-for-5 with a double and RBI vs. UC Irvine Feb. 3...hit a two-run homer vs. UC Irvine Feb. 2...has four multiple RBI games...is batting .389 (7-for-18) with runners in scoring position...was 6-for-22 (.273) with a double and a home run versus Stanford last season...

Blake Smith, FR., OF: Batting .362 (17-for-47) with a double, triple, home run and eight RBI...has started 13 of 14 games in right field, throwing two runners out at the plate...has a .434 on-base percentage...began college career hitting safely in first eight games...was 3-for-5 with a three-run homer (first collegiate HR) and a career-high four RBI at UC Santa Barbara Feb. 25...also threw a Gaucho runner out at the plate...went 6-for-10 with a double and two RBI in the UNLV series Feb. 16-18, including going 3-for-4 with an RBI double and throwing a runner out at the plate Feb. 18...was 2-for-3 Feb. 13 vs. San Francisco...went 2-for-4 with an RBI triple vs. UC Irvine Feb. 3...is batting .375 (6-for-16) with runners in scoring position...

Dylan Tonneson, FR., C: Batting .231 (3-for-13) with two RBI...started first game behind the plate Tuesday at San Jose State, going 1-for-4 with an RBI single...came off the bench to go 1-for-2 vs. UNLV Feb. 18, and 1-for-2 with an RBI vs. San Francisco Feb. 13...

DID YOU KNOW?

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

*The Golden Bears have had two players become league MVPs in professional baseball - Jackie Jensen was the American League MVP in 1958 and Jeff Kent was the National League MVP in 2001.

*The 2007 Cal coaching staff of David Esquer, Dan Hubbs and Jon Zuber has been a part of 17 NCAA Regionals, four College World Series and a National Championship as either players or coaches.

*Cal is one of only 20 schools that have won NCAA Baseball titles and only one of 12 schools that have won more than one national championship (1947, 1957). The Bears have competed in five College World Series (1947, 1957, 1980, 1988, 1992).

*Entering 2007, the all-time record for Cal baseball is 2,249-1,666-13 for a .574 winning percentage in 115 seasons.

*Geoff Blum, Cal's starting shortstop as a freshman on the Bears' 1992 College World Series team, had a game-winning homer for the Chicago White Sox in the 2005 Major League World Series.

*Last season the Bears had a school-record five players selected in the first 10 rounds of the Major League Amateur Draft, including junior right-hander Brandon Morrow, the fifth pick overall by the Seattle Mariners.

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