Cal Baseball Hosts Washington State to Open Pac-10 Season

March 29, 2007

BERKELEY, CALIF. -

Fri., Mar. 30 WSU Evans Diamond, Berkeley, Calif. 2:00 p.m.Sat., Mar. 31 WSU Evans Diamond, Berkeley, Calif. 1:00 p.m.Sun., Apr. 1  WSU Evans Diamond, Berkeley, Calif. 1:00 p.m.

RADIO: KALX Radio (90.7 FM) will broadcast the Mar. 30-Apr. 1 WSU-Cal games. Gametracker available on www.CalBears.com.

BEAR NOTES: The California baseball team (15-13) begins the season in earnest this weekend when it opens Pac-10 play with a three-game series versus Washington State (15-10, 0-3) at Evans Diamond. The Golden Bears come into the conference slate having won eight of their last 11 games, including series wins over Rhode Island and Oral Roberts, and Wednesday's 9-7 victory at UC Santa Barbara. Cal, with a respectable team batting average of .302 and a team ERA of 4.04, is led by 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 candidate, was named National Player of the Week by Collegiate Baseball after striking out 16 batters in 7.0 innings with only three hits and one walk in a Mar. 22, 2-1, loss to Oral Roberts. He is a hard-luck 2-4, but owns a 2.18 ERA and leads the Pac-10 with 63 strikeouts in 57.2 innings. Cooper, a transfer from Cal State Fullerton where he was on the 2006 College World Series All-Tournament Team, has a .358 average with seven home runs (second in the Pac-10) and 34 RBI. He was named the Feb. 26 Pac-10 Player of the Week and has twice had multiple home run games. Other notables for Cal are junior second baseman Josh Satin, who has two game-winning RBI, leads the team with eight doubles and is second with 25 RBI. Junior right-hander Alex Rollin is 6-1, which is the second-most wins in the conference. Sophomore right-hander Matt Gorgen picked up his fifth and sixth saves in the last two games, and now has 40 strikeouts in 28.1 innings. The Bears also feature freshman outfielder Jeff Kobernus, who is on an eight-game hitting streak, is second in the Pac-10 with 42 hits, and is batting a team-leading .382.

SERIES RECORD: Cal has a 34-24 all-time record against the Washington State Cougars. In the last series, the Bears won two-of-three (W 9-2, L 5-4, W 6-4) Apr. 13-15, 2006 in Pullman, Wash. In the last series at Evans Diamond, Cal swept (13-2, 11-4, 5-4) Mar. 24-26, 2005.

HEAD COACH David Esquer: Esquer, 41, is in his eighth season at Cal with a career record of 216-202 (.517). 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. .304, 5 RBI, 1 HR23	CF	Jeff Kobernus, Fr. .382, 12 RBI, 0 HR18	1B	David Cooper, So. .358, 34 RBI, 7 HR3	2B	Josh Satin, Jr. .281, 25 RBI, 2 HR20	DH	Jordan Karnofsky, Jr. .303, 7 RBI, 0 HR29	LF	Ryan Hanlon, So. .293, 11 RBI, 3 HR37	RF	Blake Smith, Fr. .313, 10 RBI, 2 HR5	SS	Brett Munster, Sr. .314, 11 RBI, 0 HR16	C	Charlie Cutler, So. .246, 8 RBI, 1 HR44	RHP	Tyson Ross, So. (Fri.) 2-4, 2.18 ERA		TBA (Sat.)46	RHP	Alex Rollin, Jr. (Sun.) 6-1, 4.05 ERA

PAC-10 RACE (AS OF Mar. 29)	Conference	                Overall	W	L	PCT	GB	W	L 	.PCTWash	3	0	1.000	---	14	9	.609ASU	2	1	.667	1.0	21	9	.700USC	1	2	.333	2.0	18	12	.600OSU	0	0	.000	---	23	3	.885Ariz	0	0	.000	---	22	6	.786WSU	0	3	.000	3.0	15	10	.600Stan	0	0	.000	---	13	9	.591CAL	0	0	.000	---	15	13	.536UCLA	0	0	.000	---	10	14	.417

NOTING WASHINGTON STATE: The Washington State Cougars, coached by Donnie Marbut (third year, 72-70, .507), are 15-10, 0-3 in the Pac-10 after getting swept last week versus Washington (5-3, 15-4, 6-5) at home, and winning a doubleheader Tuesday over BYU (4-3, 2-1) in Pullman. Top hitters for the Cougars are junior left fielder Scott Suttmeier (.352, 0 HR, 9 RBI), senior third baseman Jeff Miller (.303, 4 HR, 14 RBI) and senior center fielder Zach Borba (.303, 0 HR, 15 RBI). Washington State's tentative pitching rotation is senior right-hander Wayne Daman, Jr. (2-0, 2.40 ERA), senior right-hander Nick Ison (3-3, 5.57 ERA) and freshman right-hander Connor Lambert (2-1, 2.86 ERA). In 2006, the Cougars were 36-23 overall and 10-14 (8th) in the Pac-10.

IMPRESSIVE ROSS: Cal's No. 1 starter is 6-5 sophomore right-hander Tyson Ross, who was selected last week's National Player of the Week by Collegiate Baseball after striking out 16 batters (three away from the school record of 19 set by Larry Colton in 1963) with only one walk in 7.0 innings against Oral Roberts. Ross was also 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 10 strikeouts. On the year, Ross is 2-4, but has a 2.18 ERA and leads the Pac-10 with 63 strikeouts in 57.2 innings. He has thrown at least 6.0 innings in each of his eight 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 148 strikeouts in 142.1 innings with a 2.78 ERA.

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 .358 with 34 RBI and 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.

STRIKEOUT CLOSER GORGEN: Sophomore right-hander Matt Gorgen has been putting up impressive numbers this season, striking out 40 batters (seventh in the Pac-10) in 28.1 innings with a 1.91 ERA. Gorgen is tied for first in the Pac-10 with 16 appearances, third with six saves, and of his 40 strikeouts, 19 have been called looking (first in the Pac-10). In the Bears' 6-1 win over Oral Roberts Mar. 24, Gorgen threw a career-high 4.0 innings, yielding just one hit with no walks and a career-high eight strikeouts. In 45 career appearances, he now has 74 strikeouts in 68.0 innings. Gorgen's twin brother, Scott, is a starting pitcher at UC Irvine.

KOBERNUS COMING THROUGH: Freshman designated hitter Jeff Kobernus is beginning his college career in impressive fashion, batting a team-best .382 (42-for-110) with five doubles and 12 RBI, including going 3-for-3 with two RBI Wednesday at UC Santa Barbara. Kobernus is second in the Pac-10 with 42 hits, second with nine stolen bases, and is eighth with his .382 average. He also leads the team with 13 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.

ROLLIN'S RACKING-UP THE WINS: For someone who entered the season without a college victory, junior right-hander Alex Rollin is racking up the wins, going 6-1 with a 4.05 ERA. Rollin's six wins is second-most in the Pac-10, with victories over UC Irvine, Portland, UC Santa Barbara, Indiana State, Rhode Island and Oral Roberts. Against Rhode Island, he threw a career-high 6.2 innings with a career-high five strikeouts. Another top outing for Rollin was throwing 6.0 innings with five hits, no runs, two walks and five strikeouts Feb. 25 at UC Santa Barbara.

SATIN'S STORY: Junior second baseman Josh Satin is providing the Bears with solid offensive numbers, batting .281 with a team-high eight doubles, two home runs and 25 RBI. Satin, who was noted on the 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.

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 .313 (25-for-80) with three doubles, a triple, two home runs and 10 RBI. He has started 22 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 .293 average (29-for-99) with five doubles, three home runs and 11 home runs; and hit safely in 20 of the Bears' first 25 games.

STEADY MUNSTER: Senior shortstop Brett Munster is having the best season of his college career, batting .314 (27-for-86) 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 (.304, 2B, 3B, HR, five 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 and is first in the Pac-10 with 99 assists.

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 3-3 with a 4.50 ERA, with a victory in relief Wednesday at UC Santa Barbara, and now has 28 strikeouts in 32.0 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 .302, fifth with a team fielding percentage of .971, and sixth with a team ERA of 4.04...the Bears are hitting .339 (97-for-286) with runners in scoring position...combined with the Bears' 12 one-run games in 2006, Cal has now lost 20 one-run games in the last two years after the 2-1 loss to Oral Roberts Mar. 22...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: 3-3 with a 4.50 ERA in 14 appearances (5th in Pac-10)...has 28 strikeouts in 32.0 innings...earned win in relief Wednesday at UC Santa Barbara (2.1 innings, four hits, one earned run)...had 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...is 0-1 with 4.19 ERA (two earned runs in 4.1 innings with one walk and five strikeouts) career vs. Washington State...

Michael Brady, SO., 3B/SS: Batting .308 (16-for-52) with two doubles and 11 RBI...has 12 starts at third base and has started the last two games at shortstop...went 2-for-3 with two RBI Wednesday at UC Santa Barbara...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 UCSB Feb. 26...went 2-for-4 with an RBI vs. Portland Feb. 11...was 2-for-4 vs. UC Irvine Feb. 3...is batting .438 (7-for-16) 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 .304 (17-for-56) with a double, triple, home run and five RBI...has 14 starts at third base and one as designated hitter...was 2-for-4 with a RBI Mar. 23, and 1-for-3 with first collegiate home run and two RBI Mar. 24 vs. Oral Roberts...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...is 1-for-6 (.167) career vs. Washington State...

David Cooper, SO., 1B: Batting .358 (38-for-106) with seven doubles, seven home runs (2nd in Pac-10) and 34 RBI (4th in Pac-10)...also has a .623 slugging percentage (8th in Pac-10), a .433 on-base percentage, 66 total bases (4th in Pac-10), 17 walks (5th in Pac-10) and is sixth in the Pac-10 with 38 hits...went 2-for-4 with three RBI vs. Oral Roberts Mar. 23...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 after 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 Feb. 2 after transferring from College World Series participant Cal State Fullerton...is batting .483 (14-for-29) with runners in scoring position...

Charlie Cutler, SO., C: Batting .246 (16-for-65) with three doubles, a home run and eight RBI...has caught 20 of 28 games...had a pinch-hit RBI double Wednesday at UC Santa Barbara...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 4.07 ERA in 12 appearances (10th in Pac-10)...threw 4.0 innings in relief Wednesday at UC Santa Barbara (three hits, two runs, four walks)...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 1.91 ERA (3rd in Pac-10) and six saves (3rd in Pac-10) in 16 appearances (1st in Pac-10)...has 40 strikeouts (7th in Pac-10; 19 batters struck out looking, 1st in Pac-10) in 28.1 innings...earned save Wednesday at UC Santa Barbara (1.0 inning, one walk)...earned save throwing a career-high 4.0 innings with one hit, no runs, no walks and a career-high eight strikeouts vs. Oral Roberts Mar. 24...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, 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)...is 1-0 with 3.33 ERA (one earned run in 2.2 innings with one walk and one strikeout) career vs. Washington State...

Taylor Grigsby, JR., OF: Batting .325 (13-for-40) with a home run and four RBI...is 2-for-6 as a pinch hitter...has eight starts in center field and one start in right field...was 2-for-4 Wednesday at UC Santa Barbara...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 .308 (4-for-13) with runners in scoring position...is 3-for-13 (.231) with an RBI career vs. Washington State...

Ryan Hanlon, SO., OF: Batting .293 (29-for-99) with five doubles, three home runs and 11 RBI...has hit safely in 21 of 28 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...is 0-for-1 career vs. Washington State...

Jordan Karnofsky, JR., DH: Batting .303 (10-for-33) with five doubles and seven RBI in 13 games...had a two-run double vs. Oral Roberts Mar. 24...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 4-for-9 (.444) with runners in scoring position...is 0-for-3 career vs. Washington State...

Jeff Kobernus, FR., OF: Batting a team-leading .382 (42-for-110, 8th in Pac-10) with five doubles and 12 RBI...leads the team with 13 multiple-hit games and 42 hits (2nd in Pac-10)...leads Cal with 11 stolen bases (2nd in Pac-10)...is currently on an eight-game hitting streak from Mar. 13 (13-for-33, .394, 2-2B, five RBI)...had a team-high nine-game hitting streak from Feb. 16-Mar. 2 (19-for-39, .487, 2-2B, three RBI)...went 3-for-3 with two RBI Wednesday at UC Santa Barbara...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 .333 (10-for-30) with runners in scoring position...

Brett Munster, SR., SS: Batting .314 (27-for-86) 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...is 0-for-9 with two RBI career vs. Washington State...

Nick Nunez, JR., RHP: 2-0 with a 6.12 ERA in 13 appearances (5th in Pac-10)...earned win in start Mar. 23 vs. Oral Roberts, throwing a career-high 6.0 innings with six hits, one earned run, no walks and three strikeouts...had a career-high four strikeouts in 4.0 innings vs. Rhode Island Mar. 17...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: 6-1 with a 4.05 ERA...his six wins is tied for second in the Pac-10...won vs. Oral Roberts Mar. 24 (5.0 innings, four hits, one run, four walks, three strikeouts)...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 colligate win Feb. 4 (5.1 innings, two hits, no runs, two walks, three strikeouts)...slated to start Sunday versus Washington State...

Tyson Ross, SO., RHP: 2-4 with 2.18 ERA (6th in Pac-10), and a Pac-10-leading 63 strikeouts (13 struck out looking, 9th in Pac-10) in 57.2 innings (2nd in Pac-10)...opponents are batting .210 (6th in Pac-10)...was named Mar. 26 National Player of the Week by Collegiate Baseball, despite losing 2-1 to Oral Roberts Mar. 22...threw 7.0 innings with three hits, two runs, one walk and a career-high 16 strikeouts against the Golden Eagles Mar. 22...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, no runs, no walks, 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)...is 0-0 with 4.50 ERA (three earned runs in 6.0 innings with one walk and eight strikeouts) career vs. Washington State...slated to start Friday versus Washington State...

Josh Satin, JR., INF: Batting .281 (32-for-114) with a team-high eight doubles (10th in Pac-10), two home runs and 25 RBI (10th in Pac-10)...had a two-run single Wednesday at UC Santa Barbara...was 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI vs. Oral Roberts Mar. 23...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 .394 (13-for-33) with runners in scoring position...is 6-for-21 (.286) with a double and three RBI career vs. Washington State...

Blake Smith, FR., OF: Batting .313 (25-for-80) with three doubles, a triple, two home runs and 10 RBI...has started 22 games in right field, throwing two runners out at the plate...has four strikeouts in 5.1 innings on the mound...began college career hitting safely in first eight games (13-for-28, .464, 2B, 3B, three RBI)...was 2-for-5 with a double and RBI Wednesday at UC Santa Barbara...hit a solo home run vs. Oral Roberts Mar. 24...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 .333 (8-for-24) with runners in scoring position...

Dylan Tonneson, FR., C: Batting .292 (7-for-24) with three RBI...has started last three games behind the plate, going 4-for-8 with an RBI...was 2-for-3 with an RBI Wednesday at UC Santa Barbara...started first game Feb. 20 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...

Mike Van Winden, JR., 1B: Batting .235 (4-for-17) with a double and five RBI...was 1-for-2 with an RBI vs. Oral Roberts Mar. 22-24...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 (4-for-8) with runners in scoring position...is 10-for-26 (.385) with three doubles and nine RBI career vs. Washington State...

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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