Cal Baseball Hosts No. 6 Arizona State at Evans Diamond

April 25, 2007

BERKELEY, CALIF. -

Fri., Apr. 27 Arizona State Evans Diamond, 2:30 p.m.Sat., Apr. 28 Arizona State Evans Diamond, 1:00 p.m.Sun., Apr. 29 Arizona State Evans Diamond, 1:00 p.m.

RADIO: KALX Radio (90.7 FM) will broadcast the Apr. 27-29 ASU-Cal games. Gametracker available on www.CalBears.com.

BEAR NOTES: California (21-20, 5-7) hosts perennial powerhouse Arizona State (32-10, 10-2) in an important Pac-10 series at Evans Diamond. The Golden Bears are fighting to stay in the Pac-10 race against a team ranked sixth in the nation by Collegiate Baseball and 11th in Baseball America. The last time Cal hosted the Sun Devils at Evans Diamond, the Bears captured two-of-three games from an ASU squad that went on to place third at the 2005 College World Series. Cal features three standout sophomores - Tyson Ross, Matt Gorgen and David Cooper - who continue to post impressive numbers. Right-hander Ross and Gorgen are among the Pac-10 leaders in strikeouts, while left-handed first baseman Cooper leads the Bears in practically every offensive category. 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 4-5, but has a 1.98 ERA and 88 strikeouts in 86.1 innings. Gorgen, named to the NCBWA Stopper of the Year Midseason Watch List, has seven saves, a 1.59 ERA, and leads the league with 24 appearances. He also has 60 strikeouts in 45.1 innings. Cooper, a transfer from Cal State Fullerton where he was on the 2006 College World Series All-Tournament Team, leads the Bears with a .372 average, 12 doubles, nine home runs and 41 RBI. He was named the Feb. 26 Pac-10 Player of the Week and has twice had multiple home run games. Another notable is junior right-hander Alex Rollin, who is 7-2, and combined with sophomore left-hander Craig Bennigson and Gorgen to shut out defending national champion Oregon State, 4-0, Apr. 14 in Corvallis. On Apr. 20, Ross and Gorgen combined to shut out Stanford, 3-0.

SERIES RECORD: Cal has a 51-91 all-time mark against the Arizona State Sun Devils. In last year's series, the Bears were swept (13-5, 9-3, 7-6 in 11 innings) May 26-28 in Tempe. In the last series at Evans Diamond, Cal won two-of-three (L 11-7, W 7-3, W 4-3) Apr. 9-10, 2005.

HEAD COACH David Esquer: Esquer, 41, is in his eighth season at Cal with a career record of 222-209 (.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 CWS 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 stats23	CF	Jeff Kobernus, Fr. .336, 16 RBI, 0 HR5	3B	Brett Munster, Sr. .316, 16 RBI, 0 HR18	1B	David Cooper, So. .372, 41 RBI, 9 HR3	2B	Josh Satin, Jr. .287, 28 RBI, 3 HR20	DH	Jordan Karnofsky, Jr. .295, 10 RBI, 1 HR29	LF	Ryan Hanlon, So. .288, 14 RBI, 3 HR37	RF	Blake Smith, Fr. .326, 19 RBI, 3 HR26	SS	Michael Brady, So. .276, 16 RBI, 0 HR16	C	Charlie Cutler, So. .294, 21 RBI, 2 HR44	RHP	Tyson Ross, So. (Fri.) 4-5, 1.98 ERA46	RHP	Alex Rollin, Jr. (Sat.) 7-2, 4.00 ERA		TBA (Sun.)

PAC-10 RACE (AS OF Apr. 24)	Conference	                Overall	W	L	PCT	GB	W	L 	.PCTUCLA	8	1	.889	---	22	17	.564ASU	10	2	.833	---	32	10	.762Ariz	9	3	.750	1.5	31	9	.775Wash	6	6	.500	4.0	20	18	.526OSU	4	5	.444	---	32	8	.800CAL	5	7	.417	5.0	21	20	.512USC	4	8	.333	6.0	21	21	.500WSU	3	9	.250	6.5	20	18	.526Stan	2	10	.167	7.5	16	21	.432

NOTING ARIZONA STATE: The Arizona State Sun Devils (6th in Collegiate Baseball, 11th in Baseball America), coached by Pat Murphy (13th year at ASU, 512-252-1, .670), are 32-10, 10-2 in the Pac-10, sweeping Louisiana-Lafayette last weekend (8-2, 11-8, 9-6) in Tempe. Top hitters for the Sun Devils are sophomore first baseman Brett Wallace (.451, 12 HR, 62 RBI), sophomore catcher Kiel Roling (.402, 10 HR, 45 RBI) and junior outfielder Tim Smith (.396, 3 HR, 20 RBI). Arizona State's tentative rotation is junior left-hander Josh Satow (9-2, 2.12 ERA), freshman right-hander Mike Leake (9-1, 3.30 ERA) and junior left-hander Brian Flores (7-1, 3.47 ERA). In 2006, Arizona State was 37-21, 14-10 (2nd) in the Pac-10 and 1-2 in the NCAA Regional in Houston, Texas.

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 .372 with 41 RBI, and is fourth in the Pac-10 with nine home runs, including two, two-run homers versus 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 selected the Mar. 25 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 4-5, but has a 1.98 ERA and is second in the Pac-10 with 88 strikeouts in 86.1 innings. He has thrown at least 6.0 innings in all 12 of his 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 173 strikeouts in 171.0 innings with a 2.59 ERA.

STRIKEOUT CLOSER GORGEN: Sophomore right-hander Matt Gorgen has been selected one of 40 players on the NCBWA Stopper of the Year Midseason Watch List. Gorgen has struck out 60 batters (seventh in the Pac-10) in 45.1 innings with a 1.59 ERA (second in the Pac-10). He also leads the Pac-10 with 24 appearances, is third with seven saves, and of his 60 strikeouts, 29 have been called looking (second 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 53 career appearances, he now has 94 strikeouts in 85.0 innings, and is 10th on Cal's career save list with nine saves. Gorgen's 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, batting .287 with eight doubles, three home runs and 28 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.

ROLLIN RACKING UP THE WINS: For someone who entered the season without a college victory, junior right-hander Alex Rollin is gathering up the wins, going 7-2 with a 4.00 ERA. Rollin's seven wins is third-most in the Pac-10, with victories over UC Irvine, Portland, UC Santa Barbara, Indiana State, Rhode Island, Oral Roberts and Oregon State. His victory against the defending national champion Beavers is his most impressive, limiting OSU to four hits and no runs in 6.0 innings. Combined with sophomore Craig Bennigson and Gorgen, Rollin and the Bears shut out a Beaver team at home for the first time since Apr. 28, 2002. Another top outing for Rollin was against Rhode Island Mar. 18, when he threw a career-high 6.2 innings with a career-high five strikeouts.

STANDOUT SMITH: Freshman right fielder Blake Smith has excelled both offensively and defensively, and is starting to hit his stride on the mound. Smith is batting .326 (42-for-129) with seven doubles, a triple, three home runs and 19 RBI after going 5-for-13 with three RBI last week versus Stanford, and 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI at Sacramento State Apr. 17. He has started 35 of the team's games in right field, throwing two runners out at the plate. Smith also has 13 strikeouts in 13.1 innings on the mound. He 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.

KOBERNUS COMING THROUGH: Freshman designated hitter Jeff Kobernus is beginning his college career in fine fashion, batting .336 (48-for-143) with five doubles and 16 RBI, including going 3-for-3 with two RBI at UC Santa Barbara Mar. 28. Kobernus also leads the Bears with 12 stolen bases and is second with 48 hits. He also has 14 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.

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 .288 average (36-for-125) with seven doubles, three home runs and 14 RBI. He 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 .316 (36-for-114) with seven doubles, a triple and 16 RBI. Munster had a big day Apr. 6 at Arizona, going 4-for-4 with a double and four RBI. He is one of only two seniors on Cal's roster, along with third baseman Stephen Carlson (.296, 2-2B, 2-3B, HR, 10 RBI). Munster is currently hitting .424 (14-for-33) with runners in scoring position.

EMERGING BENNIGSON: Sophomore left-hander Craig Bennigson had a big game versus UNLV Feb. 17, picking up his first collegiate victory in 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 4.00 ERA, with a victory in relief at UC Santa Barbara Mar. 28, and now has 28 strikeouts in 36.0 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 third in the Pac-10 in team batting average (.303), team ERA (3.91) and fielding percentage (.973)...the Bears are hitting .325 (141-for-434) with runners in scoring position, and have turned a Pac-10-leading 45 double plays...combined with 12 one-run losses in 2006 and 11 one-run losses in 2007, Cal has lost 23 one-run games in the last two years after a 4-3 loss to Stanford Apr. 21...besides shutting out the Beavers, 4-0, on Apr. 14, the Bears' pitching staff had a 1.80 ERA in the three-game series against the defending national champs...last weekend against Stanford, Cal had a team batting average of .355, including scoring eight runs on eight hits in the first inning on Apr. 22...an indication of sophomore right-hander Tyson Ross' tough luck this season, Ross has lost four, one-run games, including two, 1-0 losses...he also got a no decision after throwing 8.0 innings of shut out ball at Arizona...Ross does have two shut out wins, 8-0 versus Kent State Mar. 9 (8.0 innings), and 3-0 Apr. 20 versus Stanford (7.2 innings)...along with having Austin Booker, the son of former Bear All-American and major leaguer Rod Booker on the 2007 squad, Cal has signed B.J. Guinn, a 6-1, 165-pound shortstop from Berkeley High School for next season. Guinn is the son of former Bear standout (1981-83) and professional baseball player Brian Guinn.

CAL INDIVIDUAL PLAYER NOTES

Craig Bennigson, SO., LHP: 3-3 with a 4.12 ERA in 22 appearances (3rd in Pac-10)...has 33 strikeouts in 43.2 innings...threw 4.1 innings of relief vs. Stanford Apr. 22 (five hits, one unearned run, one walk, three strikeouts)...earned win in relief at UC Santa Barbara Mar. 28 (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...has given up six earned runs in 0.2 innings career vs. Arizona State...

Michael Brady, SO., SS/3B: Batting .276 (27-for-98, .233 vs. Pac-10) with four doubles and 16 RBI...has 14 starts at shortstop and 12 starts at third base...was 2-for-5 vs. Stanford Apr. 22...went 1-for-3 with a two-run double at Oregon State Apr. 14...had a career-high eight-game hitting streak from Mar. 23-Apr. 5 (12-for-25, .480, 2B, five RBI)...was 5-for-11 with an RBI vs. Washington State Mar. 30-Apr. 1...went 2-for-3 with two RBI at UC Santa Barbara Mar. 28...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 .333 (10-for-30) with runners in scoring position...

Michael Capbarat, SO., OF: Batting .217 (10-for-46, .238 vs. Pac-10) with a triple, two home runs and 14 RBI...has seven starts in center field and three in left field...went 1-for-3 with a two RBI vs. Stanford Apr. 22...was 3-for-10 with a home run at Oregon State Apr. 13-15...went 1-for-2 with two RBI at Arizona Apr. 6...hit first collegiate homer (three-run HR) 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 1-for-3 with an RBI vs. UC Irvine Feb. 3...is batting .353 (6-for-17) with runners in scoring position...

Stephen Carlson, SR., 3B: Batting .296 (24-for-81, .280 vs. Pac-10) with two doubles, two triples, a home run and 10 RBI...has 21 starts at third base...was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI vs. Stanford Apr. 22...went 1-for-4 with two RBI at Arizona Apr. 7...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...hit first career triple vs. UNLV Feb. 16...went 2-for-3 with an RBI vs. Portland Feb. 11...

David Cooper, SO., 1B: Batting .372 (58-for-156, 6th in Pac-10, .383 vs. Pac-10) with 12 doubles (8th in Pac-10), nine home runs (4th in Pac-10) and 41 RBI (7th in Pac-10)...also has a .622 slugging percentage (7th in Pac-10), a .440 on-base percentage, 97 total bases (4th in Pac-10), 23 walks (7th in Pac-10) and is third in the Pac-10 with 58 hits...leads the team with 19 multiple hit games and 13 multiple RBI games...went 6-for-11 with four RBI vs. Stanford Apr. 20-22...was 2-for-3 with a double, a home run and two RBI at Sacramento State Apr. 17, and was 2-for-4 with a double at Oregon State Apr. 15...went 4-for-6 with two doubles at Arizona Apr. 6...was 6-for-13 with a double and RBI vs. Washington State Mar. 30-Apr. 1, including going 3-for-5 vs. the Cougars Mar. 30...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 vs. San Francisco Feb. 13...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 .419 (18-for-43) with runners in scoring position...

Charlie Cutler, SO., C: Batting .294 (30-for-102, .371 vs. Pac-10) with four doubles, two home runs and 21 RBI...has caught 33 of team's 41 games...went 6-for-9 with a double and two RBI vs. Stanford Apr. 20-22, including going 2-for-2 Apr. 21 and 3-for-4 Apr. 22...was 2-for-2 with an RBI at Arizona Apr. 7...had a career-high seven-game hitting streak from Mar. 16-Apr. 1 (10-for-23, .435, 2-2B, HR, 10 RBI)...went 4-for-11 with a home run and seven RBI vs. Washington State Mar. 30-Apr. 1, including going 2-for-4 with a career-high three RBI vs. the Cougars Mar. 30...had a pinch-hit RBI double at UC Santa Barbara Mar. 28...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...is 1-for-2 with a triple and RBI career vs. Arizona State...

Dane Ferguson, SO., RHP: 1-1 with a 5.00 ERA in 16 appearances (8th in Pac-10)...threw 4.0 innings in relief at UC Santa Barbara Mar. 28 (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: 1-4 with a 1.59 ERA (2nd in Pac-10) and seven saves (3rd in Pac-10) in 24 appearances (1st in Pac-10)...has 60 strikeouts (7th in Pac-10; 29 batters struck out looking, 2nd in Pac-10) in 45.1 innings...opponents are batting .221 (6th in Pac-10)...is on the watch list for the NCBWA Stopper of the Year...lost vs. Stanford Apr. 21 (1.1 innings, four hits, one unearned run, one walk, two strikeouts)...earned save vs. Stanford Apr. 20 (1.1 innings, no hits, no runs, one walk, one strikeout)...had five strikeouts in 5.0 innings with no runs at Oregon State Apr. 14-15...suffered two losses, but still threw well at Arizona Apr. 5, Apr. 7 (4.2 innings, four hits, two earned runs, three walks, seven strikeouts)...had five strikeouts with one hit in 4.2 innings vs. Washington State Mar. 31-Apr. 1...earned save at UC Santa Barbara Mar. 28 (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 0-1 with three walks, one strikeout and three earned runs in 1.1 innings career vs. Arizona State...

Rich Gorman, FR., 2B/3B: Batting .310 (9-for-29, .267 vs. Pac-10) with two doubles and two RBI...has two starts at third base and one start at second base...was 2-for-5 vs. Stanford Apr. 20-21...went 2-for-2 with a double and RBI at Sacramento State Apr. 17...was 2-for-4 with an RBI at Oregon State Apr. 14...first collegiate hit was a double at Stanford Mar. 4...

Taylor Grigsby, JR., OF: Batting .298 (17-for-57, .286 vs. Pac-10) with a double, a home run and five RBI...is 3-for-9 as a pinch hitter...has 11 starts in center field and one start in right field...was 1-for-3 vs. Stanford Apr. 20...went 2-for-4 with a double at Oregon State Apr. 14...had a pinch-hit RBI single vs. Washington State Mar. 31...was 2-for-4 at UC Santa Barbara Mar. 28...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...

Ryan Hanlon, SO., OF: Batting .288 (36-for-125, .318 vs. Pac-10) with seven doubles, three home runs and 14 RBI...went 2-for-4 with a double and RBI vs. Stanford Apr. 22...was 5-for-10 with a double and two RBI vs. Washington State Mar. 30-Apr. 1, including going 3-for-4 with an RBI Mar. 31...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...had a career-high seven-game hitting streak to start the season (9-for-26, .346, 2-2B, HR, four RBI)...went 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 .295 (18-for-61, .296 vs. Pac-10) with five doubles, a home run and 10 RBI in 23 games...was 2-for-4 with an RBI at Oregon State Apr. 15...went 4-for-10 with a home run and two RBI vs. Washington State Mar. 30-Apr. 1...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 6-for-18 (.333) with runners in scoring position...is 5-for-14 (.357) with a triple and two RBI career vs. Arizona State...

Jeff Kobernus, FR., OF: Batting .336 (48-for-143, .182 vs. Pac-10) with five doubles and 16 RBI...has 48 hits and 14 multiple-hit games...leads Cal with 12 stolen bases (6th in Pac-10)...was 2-for-6 with an RBI at Arizona Apr. 6...had an eight-game hitting streak from Mar. 13-28 (13-for-33, .394, 2-2B, five RBI) and 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 at UC Santa Barbara Mar. 28...was 5-for-13 with a double vs. Rhode Island Mar. 16-18...had a two-run double 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...

Brett Munster, SR., 3B/SS: Batting .316 (36-for-114, .292 vs. Pac-10) with seven doubles, a triple and 16 RBI...has 27 starts at shortstop and six starts at third base...was 2-for-4 with an RBI at Sacramento State Apr. 17...went a career-high 4-for-4 with a double and a career-high four RBI at Arizona Apr. 6...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 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 .424 (14-for-33) with runners in scoring position...is 6-for-21 (.286) with two doubles and three RBI career vs. Arizona State...

Nick Nunez, JR., RHP: 3-2 with a 6.98 ERA in 18 appearances (7th in Pac-10)...won in relief vs. Stanford Apr. 22 (3.0 innings, five hits, two runs, no walks, one strikeout)...lost in start at Oregon State Apr. 15 (3.0 innings, three hits, four runs, three earned runs, four walks, one strikeout)...got no decision at Arizona Apr. 7 (3.1 innings, three hits, two runs, one walk, three strikeouts)...lost in start vs. Washington State Apr. 1 (3.1 innings, five hits, five runs, two walks, two strikeouts)...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: 7-2 with a 4.00 ERA...his seven wins is the third-most in the Pac-10...got no decision vs. Stanford Apr. 21 (6.0 innings, four hits, one run, one walk)...won a shut out at Oregon State Apr. 14 (6.0 innings, four hits, no runs, one walk, four strikeouts)...lost at Arizona Apr. 6 (4.2 innings, 10 hits, 10 runs, seven earned runs, two walks, four strikeouts)...won vs. Washington State Mar. 31 (6.1 innings, 10 hits, two runs, no walks, four strikeouts)...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)...gave up three earned runs in 1.0 inning career vs. Arizona State...slated to start Saturday...

Tyson Ross, SO., RHP: 4-5 with 1.98 ERA (4th in Pac-10), and 88 strikeouts (2nd in Pac-10, 20 struck out looking, 4th in Pac-10) in 86.1 innings (4th in Pac-10)...opponents are batting .216 (5th in Pac-10)...threw shut out vs. Stanford Apr. 20 (7.2 innings, five hits, no runs, three walks, six strikeouts)...lost 1-0 at Oregon State Apr. 13 (6.0 innings, six hits, one run, four walks, eight strikeouts)...got no decision at Arizona Apr. 5 (8.0 innings, four hits, no runs, four walks, five strikeouts)...won vs. Washington State Mar. 30 (7.0 innings, eight hits, four runs, one walk, six strikeouts)...was named Mar. 26 National Player of the Week by Collegiate Baseball, despite losing 2-1 to Oral Roberts Mar. 22 when he threw 7.0 innings with three hits, two runs, one walk and a career-high 16 strikeouts...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 2.57 ERA (two earned runs in 7.0 innings with nine hits, three walks and seven strikeouts) career vs. Arizona State...slated to start Friday...

Josh Satin, JR., INF: Batting .287 (45-for-157, .325 vs. Pac-10) with eight doubles, three home runs and 28 RBI...was 5-for-15 with a home run and two RBI vs. Stanford Apr. 20-22...had a seven-game hitting streak from Mar. 23-Apr. 5 (10-for-26, .385, HR, six RBI)...went 5-for-9 with an RBI vs. Washington State Mar. 30-Apr. 1, including 3-for-3 Mar. 31...had a two-run single at UC Santa Barbara Mar. 28...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 .306 (15-for-49) with runners in scoring position...is 5-for-10 (.500) with a home run career vs. Arizona State...

Blake Smith, FR., OF: Batting .326 (42-for-129, .333 vs. Pac-10) with seven doubles, a triple, three home runs and 19 RBI...has started 35 games in right field, throwing two runners out at the plate...also has 13 strikeouts in 13.1 innings on the mound...began college career hitting safely in first eight games (13-for-28, .464, 2B, 3B, three RBI)...went 5-for-13 with three RBI vs. Stanford Apr. 20-22, including 3-for-5 with two RBI Apr. 22...was 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI at Sacramento State Apr. 17, and 2-for-4 with a double at Oregon State Apr. 15...went 6-for-11 with three doubles at Arizona Apr. 5-7, including 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI Apr. 6...was 2-for-5 with a double and RBI at UC Santa Barbara Mar. 28...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 UCSB 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 .390 (16-for-41) with runners in scoring position...

Dylan Tonneson, FR., C: Batting .286 (8-for-28, .000 vs. Pac-10) with a double and four RBI...has five starts behind the plate...in last three games started (Mar. 23-24 vs. Oral Roberts, Mar. 28 at UC Santa Barbara), went 4-for-8 with an RBI...went 1-for-1 with a double Tuesday at Sacramento State...was 2-for-3 with an RBI at UC Santa Barbara Mar. 28...started first game at catcher 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 .346 (9-for-26, .571 vs. Pac-10) with a double and seven RBI...was 3-for-5 with an RBI vs. Stanford Apr. 20-22, including 2-for-4 with an RBI Apr. 22...went 1-for-1 an RBI at Arizona Apr. 6...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 .615 (8-for-13) with runners in scoring position...is 7-for-22 (.318) with a double and two RBI career vs. Arizona State...

DID YOU KNOW?

*Two former Cal players, Jeff Kent of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Xavier Nady of the Pittsburgh Pirates, both hit home runs on opening day (Apr. 2) of the 2007 Major League season.

*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. Morrow has made the Mariners' squad after pitching in only eight minor league games. He made his major league debut Apr. 3 versus the Oakland A's.

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