Cal Baseball Hosts Rhode Island in Series at Evans Diamond

March 15, 2007

BERKELEY, CALIF. -

Fri., Mar. 16 Rhode Island Evans Diamond, 2:00 p.m.Sat., Mar. 17 Rhode Island Evans Diamond, 1:00 p.m.Sun., Mar. 18 Rhode Island Evans Diamond, 1:00 p.m.

BEAR NOTES: The California baseball team (10-11), fresh off of a come from behind win Tuesday at UC Davis and winners of three of its last four games, host Rhode Island in a three-game series this weekend at Evans Diamond. The Golden Bears, led by the pitching of sophomore right-hander Tyson Ross and the hitting of sophomore first baseman David Cooper, won two of three games at last week's Cardinal Classic in Louisville, Ky., shutting out Kent State, 8-0; falling to host Louisville, 12-9; and defeating Indiana State, 4-1. Ross, on the Wallace Watch List as a candidate for the National Player of the Year, dominated Kent State by throwing 8.0 innings with three hits, no runs, no walks and a career-high 10 strikeouts. He is now first in the Pac-10 with a 1.65 ERA and is second in the league in strikeouts (39) and innings pitched (43.2). Left-handed first baseman Cooper was phenomenal as well, going 5-for-9 with six RBI in the Cardinal Classic, including two, two-run homers against Kent State. He now leads the Pac-10 in home runs (six) and RBI (27), and is second in total bases (55). Earlier, Cooper was named Feb. 26 Pac-10 Player of the Week after going 10-for-27 at San Jose State, Long Beach State and UC Santa Barbara, including a two-home run game versus the Gauchos Feb. 26. The offensive hero for the Bears at UC Davis was junior second baseman Josh Satin, who helped fuel Cal's comeback from a 6-0 deficit by knocking in the game-winning RBI with a two-out, two-run single in the top of the ninth inning. Satin, a 2005 Freshman All-American and All-Pac-10 selection, is tied with Cooper for the team lead in doubles with seven, and is second on the squad with 19 RBI. Sophomore right-handed reliever Matt Gorgen picked up his fourth save of the year at UC Davis by striking out the final batter in the bottom of the ninth and now has 26 strikeouts in 17.0 innings this season. Earlier, Gorgen had seven strikeouts in 3.0 innings against UCSB Feb. 26, and had six strikeouts and no walks in 3.1 innings Mar. 3-4 at Stanford. He is fourth in the Pac-10 with 13 batters struck out looking.

SERIES RECORD: Cal will be playing Rhode Island for the first time.

HEAD COACH David Esquer: Esquer, 41, is in his eighth season at Cal with a career record of 211-200 (.513). 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. .325, 1 RBI, 0 HR5	SS	Brett Munster, Sr. .329, 9 RBI, 0 HR18	1B	David Cooper, So. .375, 27 RBI, 6 HR3	2B	Josh Satin, Jr. .276, 19 RBI, 1 HR23	CF	Jeff Kobernus, Fr. .366, 9 RBI, 0 HR29	LF	Ryan Hanlon, So. .308, 8 RBI, 2 HR20	DH	Jordan Karnofsky, Jr. .714, 2 RBI, 0 HR37	RF	Blake Smith, Fr. .305, 8 RBI, 1 HR16	C	Charlie Cutler, So. .189, 5 RBI, 1 HR44	RHP	Tyson Ross, So. (Fri.)	2-3, 1.65 ERA		TBA (Sat.)46	RHP	Alex Rollin, Jr. (Sun.)	4-1, 4.76 ERA

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NOTING RHODE ISLAND: The Rhode Island Rams, coached by Jim Foster (2nd year, 35-25, .583), are 1-9, losing a three-game series last weekend at New Mexico (17-5, 8-2, 21-4). Top hitters for the Rams are junior catcher Zach Zaneski (.455, 1 HR, 5 RBI), senior infielder Ryan Cunningham (.405, 0 HR, 12 RBI) and senior outfielder Eric Larson (.342, 1 HR, 6 RBI). Rhode Island's tentative pitching rotation is senior right-hander James Norcott (0-2, 8.71 ERA), senior left-hander Adam Perkins (1-2, 6.88 ERA) and junior right-hander Brett Palanski (0-3, 13.91 ERA). In 2006, the Rams were 34-16 and 19-7 (1st) in the Atlantic 10 Conference.

WORLD SERIES COOPER: The Bears' top addition 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, went 5-for-9 with two doubles, two home runs and six RBI last week at the Cardinal Classic, including two, two-run homers vs. Kent State Mar. 9. Earlier he was named the Feb. 26 Pac-10 Player of the Week after 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, including two home runs Feb. 26 versus UC Santa Barbara. Cooper is now batting .375 and leads the Pac-10 with six home runs and 27 RBI. 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. 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 was noted by the College Baseball Foundation (honor roll) and InsidePitching.com (West Regional Performance of the week) for his 8-0 shutout of Kent State last week at the Cardinal Classic, throwing 8.0 innings with three hits, no walks and a career-high 10 strikeouts. On the year, Ross is 2-3, but leads the Pac-10 with a 1.65 ERA and is second in the conference with 39 strikeouts and 43.2 innings pitched. He has thrown at least 6.0 innings in each of his six starts this season, and 8.0 innings in his last two starts at Stanford (first career complete game) and versus Kent State. As a true freshman, Ross 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. He 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. For his career, Ross has 124 strikeouts in 128.1 innings with a 2.67 ERA.

STRIKEOUT CLOSER GORGEN: Sophomore right-hander Matt Gorgen has been putting up impressive numbers this season, striking out 26 batters in 17.0 innings. Gorgen is fourth in the Pac-10 with four saves and of his 26 strikeouts, 13 have been called looking (fourth in Pac-10). He is also sixth in the conference with 10 appearances. In 39 career appearances for the Bears, Gorgen now has 60 strikeouts in 56.2 innings. His twin brother, Scott, is starting pitcher at UC Irvine.

KOBERNUS COMING THROUGH: Freshman designated hitter Jeff Kobernus is starting his college career in impressive fashion as he is batting .366 (30-for-82) with four doubles and nine RBI. Kobernus is fifth in the Pac-10 with 30 hits, eighth with his .366 average. He also tied with Cooper with nine multiple hit games and had a team-high nine-game hitting streak from Feb. 16-Mar. 2 (19-for-39, .487, 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 .305 (18-for-59) with a double, triple, home run and eight RBI. He has started 17 of the team's games 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 .308 average (24-for-78), has batted in the clean-up spot the majority of the season and has hit safely in 17 of the Bears' first 21 games.

SATIN'S STORY: Junior second baseman Josh Satin is providing the Bears with some solid offensive numbers this season, batting .276 with seven doubles, a home run and 19 RBI. Satin was the hero Tuesday at UC Davis, going 2-for-4 with a double and the game-winning two-run single in the ninth inning. He 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 .329 (23-for-70) with five doubles, a triple and nine RBI. Munster is one of only two seniors on Cal's 2007 roster, along with third baseman Stephen Carlson (.325, 2B, 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 a team-best .526 (10-for-19), among starters, with runners in scoring position.

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 2-3 with a 4.94 ERA, and has 18 strikeouts in 23.2 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 hit a two-run homer and had a sacrifice fly. 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 fourth in the Pac-10 with a team batting average of .296 and fifth with a team fielding percentage of .970 and team ERA of 4.20...the Bears are hitting .329 (74-for-225) with runners in scoring position...redshirt freshman infielder Rich Gorman got his first career hit, a double that barely missed clearing the right field fence, Mar. 4 at Stanford...combined with the Bears' 12 one-run games in 2006, Cal has now lost 18 one-run games in the last two years...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...despite a losing record last year (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: 2-3 with a 4.94 ERA and 18 strikeouts in 23.2 innings...won Tuesday in relief at UC Davis (1.2 innings, one hit, no runs, two strikeouts)...lost Mar. 10 at Louisville (0.2 innings, seven hits, four earned runs, one strikeout)...lost 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 (career-high 6.0 innings, three hits, one run, three walks, career-high six strikeouts)...had three strikeouts in 3.0 innings Feb. 11 vs. Portland...

Michael Brady, SO., 3B: Batting .262 (11-for-42) with a double and seven RBI...has 11 starts at third base...went a career-high 3-for-4 with a three-run double at Stanford Mar. 3...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 .357 (5-for-14) with runners in scoring position...

Michael Capbarat, SO., OF: Batting .208 (5-for-24) with a triple, home run and eight RBI...has three starts in center field and two starts in left field...hit first collegiate homer, a three-run shot at Louisville Mar. 10...had a two-run triple at San Jose State Feb. 20...was 1-for-3 with an RBI vs. UNLV Feb. 18 and vs. UC Irvine Feb. 3...is batting .500 (4-for-8) with runners in scoring position...

Stephen Carlson, SR., 3B: Batting .325 (13-for-40) with a double, triple and an RBI...has 10 starts at third base and one as designated hitter...went 2-for-4 vs. Kent State Mar. 9...was 2-for-4 at Long Beach State Feb. 23...went 2-for-5 at San Jose State Feb. 20...hit first career triple vs. UNLV Feb. 16...went 2-for-3 with an RBI vs. Portland Feb. 11...

David Cooper, SO., 1B: Batting .375 (30-for-80, 8th in Pac-10) with a team-high seven doubles (5th in Pac-10), six home runs (1st in Pac-10) and 27 RBI (1st in Pac-10)...also has a .688 slugging percentage (4th in Pac-10), a .422 on-base percentage, 55 total bases (2nd in Pac-10) and is fifth in the Pac-10 with 30 hits...went 5-for-9 with two doubles, two home runs and six RBI at the Cardinal Classic Mar. 9-11, including two, two-run homers vs. Kent State Mar. 9...had a six-game hitting streak from Feb. 18-26 (11-for-26, .423, 2-2B, 3-HR, eight RBI)...had a three RBI game vs. Stanford Mar. 4...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 Feb. 20-26 at San Jose State, Long Beach State and UC Santa Barbara...against UC Santa Barbara 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...is batting .500 (11-for-22) with runners in scoring position...

Charlie Cutler, SO., C: Batting .189 (10-for-53) with a double, home run and five RBI...has started 17 of 21 games behind the plate...went a career-high 3-for-3 with an RBI at Stanford Mar. 4...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...

Dane Ferguson, SO., RHP: 1-0 with a 3.20 ERA in 10 appearances (6th in Pac-10)...threw a career-high 4.2 innings (five hits, one earned run, one strikeout) Tuesday at UC Davis...had two strikeouts in 1.1 innings at Louisville Mar. 10...won first collegiate game with 2.1 innings in relief vs. UC Irvine Feb. 3 (two hits, no runs, one walk, one strikeout)...

Matt Gorgen, SO., RHP: 0-1 with a 3.18 ERA and four saves (4th in Pac-10) in 10 appearances (6th in Pac-10)...has 26 strikeouts in 17.0 innings...picked up save Tuesday at UC Davis with a strikeout in the ninth...earned save vs. Indiana State Mar. 11 (3.1 innings, one hit, two walks, four strikeouts)...made two appearances at Stanford Mar. 3-4, throwing 3.1 innings with two hits, no earned runs, no walks and six strikeouts...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 .267 (8-for-30) with three RBI...is 2-for-5 as a pinch hitter...has seven starts in center field...was 1-for-3 with an RBI vs. Indiana State Mar. 11...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...is 3-for-10 with runners in scoring position...

Ryan Hanlon, SO., OF: Batting .308 (24-for-78) with four doubles, two home runs and eight RBI...has hit safely in 17 of 21 games...was 2-for-5 with two doubles and an RBI vs. Kent State Mar. 9...hit a solo home run at Stanford Mar. 4...went 3-for-3 at UC Santa Barbara Feb. 25...was 2-for-5 with an RBI at San Jose State Feb. 20...went 2-for-4 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 over the right field fence for the final out against the Anteaters Feb. 3...

Jordan Karnofsky, JR., DH: Batting .714 (5-for-7) with two doubles and two RBI in six games...went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI Tuesday at UC Davis...is 2-for-3 as a pinch hitter and is 1-for-1 with runners in scoring position...

Jeff Kobernus, FR., OF: Batting .366 (30-for-82, 8th in Pac-10) with four doubles and nine RBI...is tied with Cooper with nine multiple-hit games and 30 hits (5th in Pac-10)...had a team-high nine-game hitting streak from Feb. 16-Mar. 2 (19-for-39, .487, 2-2B, three RBI)...had a double and two RBI Tuesday at UC Davis...went 3-for-5 at Stanford Mar. 4...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...was 2-for-4 vs. UC Irvine Feb. 2...is batting .348 (8-for-23) with runners in scoring position...

Brett Munster, SR., SS: Batting .329 (23-for-70) with five doubles, a triple and nine RBI...had a triple and RBI vs. Kent State Mar. 9 and 2-for-3 with a double vs. Indiana State Mar. 11...was 2-for-3 with a double at Stanford Mar. 4...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 .526 (10-for-19) with runners in scoring position...

Nick Nunez, JR., RHP: 1-0 with a 7.20 ERA in a team-high 11 appearances (4th 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: 4-1 with a 4.76 ERA...four wins are tied for second in the Pac-10...won vs. Indiana State Mar. 11 (5.2 innings, five hits, one run, three strikeouts)...lost at Stanford Mar. 4 (2.1 innings, four hits, five runs, two walks, one strikeout)...won at UC Santa Barbara Feb. 25 (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)...vs. UC Irvine earned first college win Feb. 4 (5.1 innings, two hits, no runs, two walks, three strikeouts)...slated to start Sunday versus Rhode Island...

Tyson Ross, SO., RHP: 2-3 with 1.65 ERA (1st in Pac-10), and a team-leading 39 strikeouts (2nd in Pac-10) in a team-high 43.2 innings (2nd in Pac-10)...opponents are batting .217 (9th in Pac-10)...won vs. Kent State Mar. 9 (8.0 innings, three hits, 0 runs, 0 walks, career-high 10 strikeouts)...lost 1-0 complete game at Stanford Mar. 2 (five hits, one run, one walk, eight strikeouts)...lost at Long Beach State Feb. 23 (7.1 innings, nine hits, three earned runs, two walks, season-high eight strikeouts)...lost Feb. 17 vs. UNLV (7.1 innings, two earned runs, three walks, three strikeouts)...won vs. Portland Feb. 11 (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)...slated to start Friday versus Rhode Island...

Josh Satin, JR., INF: Batting .276 (24-for-87) with a team-high seven doubles (5th in Pac-10), a home run and 19 RBI...had the game-winning RBI Tuesday at UC Davis with a two-run single with two outs in the ninth...went 4-for-13 with two doubles and two RBI at the Cardinal Classic Mar. 9-11...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...had 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...is batting .385 (10-for-26) with runners in scoring position...

Blake Smith, FR., OF: Batting .305 (18-for-59) with a double, triple, home run and eight RBI...has started 17 games in right field, throwing two runners out at the plate...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 .333 (7-for-21) with runners in scoring position...

Dylan Tonneson, FR., C: Batting .200 (3-for-15) with two RBI...started first game behind the plate at San Jose State Feb. 20, 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...

Mike Van Winden, JR., 1B: Batting .214 (3-for-14) with a double and four RBI...was 1-for-1 with an RBI at Louisville Mar. 10...went 1-for 2 with a double and two RBI at Stanford Mar. 4...had a pinch-hit RBI single at Stanford Mar. 3...is batting .600 (3-for-5) with runners in scoring position...

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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