Cal Baseball Hosts Oral Roberts in Three-Game Series at Evans Diamond

March 20, 2007

BERKELEY, CALIF. -

Thu., Mar. 22 Oral Roberts Evans Diamond, 2:00 p.m.Fri., Mar. 23 Oral Roberts Evans Diamond, 2:00 p.m.Sat., Mar. 24 Oral Roberts Evans Diamond, 1:00 p.m.

RADIO: KALX Radio (90.7 FM) will broadcast the Mar. 23-24 ORU-Cal games. Gametracker available on www.CalBears.com.

BEAR NOTES: The California baseball team (12-12) has a challenge this week as the Golden Bears host Oral Roberts (10-9) - a team that has qualified for postseason nine straight years and finished 41-16 with an NCAA Super Regional appearance in 2006 - in a three-game series at Evans Diamond. The Golden Bears will counter with sophomore right-hander Tyson Ross and sophomore first baseman David Cooper. Ross, on the Wallace Award Watch List as a potential National Player of the Year, is 2-3, but owns a 2.13 ERA and has a Pac-10 leading 47 strikeouts in 50.2 innings. He is projected to be the 2007 Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year by Baseball America. Cooper, a transfer from Cal State Fullerton where he was a member of the 2006 College World Series All-Tournament Team, is leading the Bears with a .380 average, seven home runs (first in the Pac-10) and 31 RBI. He was named the Feb. 26 Pac-10 Player of the Week and has twice had multiple home run games. Some other notables for the Bears include junior second baseman Josh Satin, who last week had two game-winning RBI, helping Cal to 7-6 victories over UC Davis and Rhode Island. Satin, a 2005 Freshman All-American and an All-Pac-10 selection, leads the Bears with eight doubles and is second with 20 RBI. Junior right-hander Alex Rollin has a 5-1 record, including defeating Rhode Island last week when he threw a career-high 6.2 innings with five strikeouts. Sophomore right-hander Matt Gorgen picked up his fourth save Mar. 13 at UC Davis, won last Friday's game versus Rhode Island, and now has 30 strikeouts in 21.1 innings. The Bears also feature freshman outfielders Jeff Kobernus and Blake Smith. Kobernus is hitting .368 with five doubles and nine RBI, while Smith is batting .328 with two doubles, a triple, a home run, eight RBI; and has thrown two runners out at the plate.

SERIES RECORD: Cal has a 3-3 all-time record against the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles. In the last series, the Bears swept the Eagles (8-6, 5-3, 10-8) May 2-3, 1986 at J.L Johnson Stadium in Tulsa, Okla.

HEAD COACH David Esquer: Esquer, 41, is in his eighth season at Cal with a career record of 213-201 (.514). 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. .311, 2 RBI, 0 HR23	CF	Jeff Kobernus, Fr. .368, 9 RBI, 0 HR18	1B	David Cooper, So. .380, 31 RBI, 7 HR3	2B	Josh Satin, Jr. .280, 20 RBI, 1 HR20	DH	Jordan Karnofsky, Jr. .400, 5 RBI, 0 HR29	LF	Ryan Hanlon, So. .315, 10 RBI, 3 HR37	RF	Blake Smith, Fr. .328, 8 RBI, 1 HR5	SS	Brett Munster, Sr. .309, 11 RBI, 0 HR16	C	Charlie Cutler, So. .234, 7 RBI, 1 HR44	RHP	Tyson Ross, So. (Thu.) 2-3, 2.13 ERA		TBA (Fri.)46	RHP	Alex Rollin, Jr. (Sat.) 5-1, 4.37 ERA

PAC-10 RACE (AS OF Mar. 20)	Conference	                Overall	W	L	PCT	GB	W	L 	.PCTOSU	0	0	.000	---	20	3	.870ASU	0	0	.000	---	19	7	.731Ariz	0	0	.000	---	16	6	.727USC	0	0	.000	---	16	9	.640WSU	0	0	.000	---	12	7	.632Stan	0	0	.000	---	11	8	.579Wash	0	0	.000	---	10	8	.556CAL	0	0	.000	---	12	12	.500UCLA	0	0	.000	---	8	13	.381

NOTING ORAL ROBERTS: The Oral Roberts Golden Eagles, coached by Rob Walton (Fourth year, 143-56, .719), are 10-9, last sweeping Penn State (12-0, 11-8, 4-2) Mar. 15-17 in Tulsa. Top hitters for the Eagles are senior second baseman Jake Kahaulelio (.324, 2 HR, 12 RBI), senior left fielder Pat Warfle (.304, 1 HR, 10 RBI) and junior center fielder Kelly Minissale (.298, 2 HR, 12 RBI). Oral Robert's tentative pitching rotation is junior right-hander Jeremy Hefner (3-0, 3.57 ERA), junior left-hander Michael Jarman (1-2, 4.50 ERA) and senior left-hander Kelly Minissale (0-0, 6.00 ERA). In 2006, the Eagles were 41-16 overall, 17-2 (1st) in the Mid Continent Conference, 3-0 in the NCAA Fayetteville, Ark. Regional and 0-2 in the Clemson, S.C. NCAA Super Regional.

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, is batting .380 with 31 RBI, and is leading the Pac-10 with seven home runs, including two, two-run homers vs. Kent State Mar. 9, and two solo home runs at UC Santa Barbara Feb. 26. 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. Last season, Cooper 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). He led all players at the World Series with a .533 average (8-for-15) and five RBI. He went 5-for-5 with a home run and four RBI in a 7-6 Titan win over top-seeded Clemson. In 2006, 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 Mar. 12 by the College Baseball Foundation (honor roll) and InsidePitching.com (West Regional Performance of the week) for his 8-0 shutout of Kent State at the Louisville Cardinal Classic Mar. 9, throwing 8.0 innings with three hits, no walks and a career-high 10 strikeouts. On the year, Ross is 2-3, but has a 2.13 ERA and leads the Pac-10 with 47 strikeouts and 50.2 innings pitched. He has thrown at least 6.0 innings in each of his seven starts this season, including a complete game at Stanford Mar. 2. 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 132 strikeouts in 135.1 innings with a 2.79 ERA.

STRIKEOUT CLOSER GORGEN: Sophomore right-hander Matt Gorgen has been putting up impressive numbers this season, striking out 30 batters (10th in the Pac-10) in 21.1 innings. Gorgen is second in the Pac-10 with 13 appearances, fifth with four saves and of his 30 strikeouts, 16 have been called looking (third in the Pac-10). In 42 career appearances with the Bears, he now has 64 strikeouts in 61.0 innings. His twin brother, Scott, is a starting pitcher at UC Irvine.

SATIN'S STORY: Junior second baseman Josh Satin is providing the Bears with solid offensive numbers this season, batting .280 with a team-high eight doubles, a home run and 20 RBI. Satin, who was noted on this week's College Baseball Foundation Honor Roll, was the hero Mar. 13 at UC Davis, going 2-for-4 with a double and the game-winning two-run single in the ninth inning, and Mar. 16 versus Rhode Island, hitting the game-winning RBI in the bottom of the 11th. 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 hit .348 with 15 doubles, a triple, five home runs and 40 RBI. He also had 77 hits, 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.

KOBERNUS COMING THROUGH: Freshman designated hitter Jeff Kobernus is starting his college career in impressive fashion, batting .368 (35-for-95) with five doubles and nine RBI. Kobernus is tied with Cooper for fourth in the Pac-10 with 35 hits, fifth with seven stolen bases, and is ninth with his .368 average. He also tied with Cooper with 11 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 .328 (22-for-67) with two doubles, a triple, a home run and eight RBI. He has started 19 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 currently owns a .315 average (28-for-89) with five doubles, three home runs and 10 home runs; and has hit safely in 20 of the Bears' first 24 games.

STEADY MUNSTER: Senior shortstop Brett Munster is having the best season of his college career, batting .309 (25-for-81) with six doubles, a triple and 11 RBI. Munster is one of only two seniors on Cal's 2007 roster, along with third baseman Stephen Carlson (.311, 2B, 3B, two 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 (11-for-22) 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 5.06 ERA, and has 25 strikeouts in 26.2 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 .299, fifth with a team fielding percentage of .971, and sixth with a team ERA of 4.27...the Bears are hitting .333 (85-for-255) with runners in scoring position...combined with the Bears' 12 one-run games in 2006, Cal has now lost 19 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 in Pullman...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 5.06 ERA in 11 appearances (7th in Pac-10)...has 25 strikeouts in 26.2 innings, including seven strikeouts in 3.0 innings (two appearances) vs. Rhode Island Mar. 16 and 18...won in relief at UC Davis Mar. 13 (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 .267 (12-for-45) with a double and nine RBI...has 12 starts at third base...was 1-for-3 with two RBI vs. Rhode Island Mar. 17...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 .400 (6-for-15) with runners in scoring position...

Michael Capbarat, SO., OF: Batting .200 (5-for-25) 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 .444 (4-for-9) with runners in scoring position...

Stephen Carlson, SR., 3B: Batting .311 (14-for-45) with a double, triple and two RBI...has 11 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 .380 (35-for-92, 6th in Pac-10) with seven doubles, seven home runs (1st in Pac-10) and 31 RBI (3rd in Pac-10)...also has a .685 slugging percentage (4th in Pac-10), a .445 on-base percentage (10th in Pac-10), 63 total bases (2nd in Pac-10), 14 walks (6th in Pac-10) and is fourth in the Pac-10 with 35 hits...was 5-for-12 with a two-run homer and three RBI vs. Rhode Island Mar. 16-18...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 (12-for-24) with runners in scoring position...

Charlie Cutler, SO., C: Batting .234 (15-for-64) with two doubles, a home run and seven RBI...has caught 20 of 24 games...was 5-for-11 with a double and two-RBI vs. Rhode Island Mar. 16-18...went a career-high 3-for-3 with an RBI at Stanford Mar. 4...had a two-run double vs. UNLV Feb. 16...hit first collegiate home run in first at-bat of 2007 season vs. UC Irvine Feb. 2...

Dane Ferguson, SO., RHP: 1-1 with a 3.98 ERA in 11 appearances (7th in Pac-10)...threw a career-high 4.2 innings (five hits, one earned run, one strikeout) at UC Davis Mar. 13...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: 1-1 with a 2.53 ERA and four saves (5th in Pac-10) in 13 appearances (2nd in Pac-10)...has 30 strikeouts (10th in Pac-10; 16 batters struck out looking, 3rd in Pac-10) in 17.0 innings...earned win vs. Rhode Island Mar. 16 (2.1 innings, two hits, no runs, three strikeouts)...picked up save at UC Davis Mar. 13 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 .294 (10-for-34) with a home run and four RBI...is 2-for-5 as a pinch hitter...has seven starts in center field and one start in right field...went 2-for-4 with his first collegiate home run Mar. 17 vs. Rhode Island...was 1-for-3 with an RBI vs. Indiana State Mar. 11...had an RBI bunt single vs. Portland Feb. 11...had a pinch-hit RBI single vs. UC Irvine Feb. 3...is batting .333 (4-for-12) with runners in scoring position...

Ryan Hanlon, SO., OF: Batting .315 (28-for-89) with five doubles, three home runs and 10 RBI...has hit safely in 20 of 24 games...went 4-for-11 with a double and two-run homer vs. Rhode Island Mar. 16-18...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 .400 (8-for-20) with four doubles and five RBI in nine games...was 2-for-4 with a double and RBI vs. Rhode Island Mar. 17...went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI at UC Davis Mar. 13...is 2-for-3 as a pinch hitter and 3-for-5 (.600) with runners in scoring position...

Jeff Kobernus, FR., OF: Batting .368 (35-for-95, 9th in Pac-10) with five doubles and nine RBI...is tied with Cooper with 11 multiple-hit games and 35 hits (4th in Pac-10)...leads Cal with seven stolen bases (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)...was 5-for-13 with a double vs. Rhode Island Mar. 16-18...had a double and two RBI at UC Davis Mar. 13...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 .309 (25-for-81) with six doubles, a triple and 11 RBI...had an RBI double vs. Rhode Island Mar. 18...had a triple and RBI vs. Kent State Mar. 9, and went 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 .500 (11-for-22) with runners in scoring position...

Nick Nunez, JR., RHP: 1-0 with a 7.58 ERA in 12 appearances (5th in Pac-10)...picked up first win at Cal, throwing 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: 5-1 with a 4.37 ERA...five wins is tied for second in the Pac-10...won vs. Rhode Island Mar. 18 (career-high 6.2 innings, eight hits, two runs, one walk, career-high five strikeouts)...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 (6.0 innings, five hits, no runs, two walks, 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 Saturday versus Oral Roberts...

Tyson Ross, SO., RHP: 2-3 with 2.13 ERA (6th in Pac-10), and a Pac-10-leading 47 strikeouts in 50.2 innings...opponents are batting .222 (7th in Pac-10)...got no decision vs. Rhode Island Mar. 16 (7.0 innings, seven hits, four runs, one walk, eight strikeouts)...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, 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 Thursday versus Oral Roberts...

Josh Satin, JR., INF: Batting .280 (28-for-100) with a team-high eight doubles (4th in Pac-10), a home run and 20 RBI...had back-to-back game-winning RBI - Mar. 16 vs. Rhode Island (3-for-5) with a bases loaded single in the 11th, and Mar. 13 at UC Davis (2-for-4, 2B) with a two-run single with two outs in the ninth inning...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 .379 (11-for-29) with runners in scoring position...

Blake Smith, FR., OF: Batting .328 (22-for-67) with two doubles, a triple, a home run and eight RBI...has started 19 games in right field, throwing two runners out at the plate...also has four strikeouts in 4.1 innings on the mound...began college career hitting safely in first eight games...went 4-for-8 with a double vs. Rhode Island Mar. 16-18...was 3-for-5 with a three-run homer (first collegiate HR), a career-high four RBI, and threw a runner out at the plate at UC Santa Barbara Feb. 25...went 6-for-10 with a double and two RBI vs. UNLV Feb. 16-18, including 3-for-4 with an RBI double and throwing a runner out at the plate Feb. 18...went 2-for-4 with an RBI triple vs. UC Irvine Feb. 3...is batting .364 (8-for-22) 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 .200 (3-for-15) 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 .500 (3-for-6) 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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