Cal Baseball Hosts USC in Key Pac-10 Series

May 16, 2007

BERKELEY, CALIF. -

Sat.,May 19 USC Evans Diamond, Berkeley, Calif. 1:00 p.m.Sun.,May 20 USC Evans Diamond, Berkeley, Calif. 1:00 p.m.Mon.,May 21 USC Evans Diamond, Berkeley, Calif. 1:00 p.m.

RADIO: KALX Radio (90.7 FM) will broadcast the May 19-20 USC-Cal games. Gametracker available on www.CalBears.com.

BEAR NOTES: After taking 10 days off for finals, California (25-24, 8-10) will host USC (25-23, 8-10) in a Pac-10 showdown May 19-21 at Evans Diamond. Both teams sport 8-10 league marks (along with defending national champion Oregon State) with two weeks left in the regular season. In Cal's last Pac-10 series at home, the Bears upset No. 8-ranked Arizona State two-of-three games. Cal then captured one game at UCLA (16-0) and had a 7-6, 11-inning home victory over San Jose State May 8 on senior third baseman Brett Munster's game-winning RBI double. Munster, batting a career-best .324 with 10 doubles, a triple, a home run and 21 RBI, was recently named to ESPN The Magazine's District 8 All-Academic Team. The Bears feature three standout sophomores - Tyson Ross, Matt Gorgen and David Cooper. On Wednesday, Ross was one of the first 11 players selected to be on the USA National Team and will compete in the Pan Am Games and World Port Tournament this summer. Earlier, he was named a semifinalist for the Golden Spike Award as a potential National Player of the Year candidate, and was the 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 contest versus Oral Roberts. Ross is 5-6, but owns a 2.35 ERA and has 108 strikeouts in 103.1 innings. Gorgen, named to the NCBWA Stopper of the Year Midseason Watch List, has eight saves, a 2.35 ERA, 69 strikeouts in 53.2 innings, and a league-high 28 appearances. Cooper, a transfer from Cal State Fullerton where he was on the 2006 College World Series All-Tournament Team, is hitting .366 with 12 doubles, 11 home runs and 49 RBI. He was the Feb. 26 Pac-10 Player of the Week and has twice had multiple home run games.

SERIES RECORD: Cal has a 132-221 all-time mark against the USC Trojans. In last year's series, the Bears were swept (2-1 in 10 innings, 3-2, 10-1) Apr. 7-9 at Dedeaux Field. In the last series at Evans Diamond, Cal won one-of-three (L 7-4, L 5-4, W 9-0) Apr. 22-24, 2005.

HEAD COACH David Esquer: Esquer, 41, is in his eighth season at Cal with a career record of 226-213 (.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. .341, 20 RBI, 1 HR16	C	Charlie Cutler, So. .293, 24 RBI, 2 HR3	2B	Josh Satin, Jr. .275, 35 RBI, 4 HR18	1B	David Cooper, So. .366, 49 RBI, 11 HR20	DH	Jordan Karnofsky, Jr. .290, 10 RBI, 1 HR29	LF	Ryan Hanlon, So. .273, 17 RBI, 3 HR37	RF	Blake Smith, Fr. .327, 28 RBI, 5 HR5	3B	Brett Munster, Sr. .324, 21 RBI, 1 HR26	SS	Michael Brady, So. .268, 23 RBI, 2 HR44	RHP	Tyson Ross, So. (Sat.) 5-6, 2.35 ERA46	RHP	Alex Rollin, Jr. (Sun.)	7-4, 4.76 ERA		TBA (Mon.)

PAC-10 RACE (AS OF May 15)	Conference	                Overall	W	L	PCT	GB	W	L 	.PCTASU	14	4	.778	---	37	12	.755UCLA	12	6	.667	2.0	28	22	.560Ariz	11	7	.611	3.0	36	13	.735Wash	9	9	.500	5.0	26	23	.531OSU	8	10	.444	6.0	36	13	.735USC	8	10	.444	6.0	25	23	.521CAL	8	10	.444	6.0	25	24	.510WSU	8	13	.381	---	25	23	.521Stan	6	15	.286	---	21	27	.438

NOTING USC: The USC Trojans, coached by Chad Kreuter (first year at USC, 25-23, .521), are 25-23, 8-10 in the Pac-10, winning two-of-three at Arizona (L 5-2, W 7-5, W 4-2) May 12-14 (host UC Santa Barbara May 16). Top hitters for the Trojans are freshman shortstop Grant Green (.319, 2 HR, 23 RBI), junior second baseman Matt Cusick (.305, 0 HR, 28 RBI) and junior left fielder Lucas Duda (.272, 6 HR, 31 RBI). USC's tentative rotation is freshman right-hander Brad Boxberger (3-5, 2.90 ERA), sophomore right-hander Ryan Cook (7-2, 4.50 ERA) and sophomore left-hander Tommy Milone (3-5, 5.78 ERA). In 2006, USC was 25-33 overall and 11-13 (tie 5th) in the Pac-10.

IMPRESSIVE ROSS: Cal's No. 1 starter is 6-5 sophomore right-hander Tyson Ross, who on Wednesday was one of the first 11 players selected to play on the USA National Team this summer, competing at the Pan Am Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and at the World Port Tournament in The Netherlands. USA Baseball will also host the 36 th Annual USA versus Japan Collegiate Championship Series, and an inaugural Friendship Series versus the Chinese National Team. On May 1, Ross was named a semifinalist for the Golden Spike Award as the nation's top collegiate baseball player. Earlier, he 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 5-6, but has a 2.35 ERA and is second in the Pac-10 with 108 strikeouts in 103.1 innings. His 108 strikeouts are already fourth on the Cal all-time single-season strikeout list. Ross has thrown at least 6.0 innings in 13 of his 15 starts this season, and 7.0 innings or more 11 times, 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 projected to be the 2007 Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year by Baseball America. For his career, Ross now has 193 strikeouts in 188.0 innings with a 2.73 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 .366 with 49 RBI, and is fourth in the Pac-10 with 11 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.

STRIKEOUT CLOSER GORGEN: Sophomore right-hander Matt Gorgen is one of 40 players on the NCBWA Stopper of the Year Midseason Watch List, striking out 69 batters (ninth in the Pac-10) in 53.2 innings with a 2.35 ERA (third in the Pac-10). He also leads the Pac-10 with 28 appearances, is fifth with eight saves (sixth on the Cal all-time single season list), and 34 of his 69 strikeouts 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, with one hit, no walks and a career-high eight strikeouts. In 57 career appearances, he has 103 strikeouts in 93.1 innings, and is ninth on Cal's career save list (10 saves). Gorgen's twin brother, Scott, is a starting pitcher at UC Irvine.

STANDOUT SMITH: Freshman right fielder Blake Smith has excelled both offensively and defensively, and is a strikeout pitcher on the mound. Smith is batting .327 (51-for-156) with 11 doubles, a triple, five home runs and 28 RBI. He has started 43 of the team's games in right field, throwing two runners out at the plate. Smith also has 15 strikeouts in 15.2 innings on the mound. He has been hot the last two games - going 2-for-4 with a double, home run and three RBI May 8 versus San Jose State; and 3-for-6 with a double, a home run and two RBI May 6 at UCLA. Smith was also outstanding Feb. 25 at UC Santa Barbara, going 3-for-5 with four RBI, including hitting a three-run homer (first of his college career) and throwing a Gaucho out at the plate.

STEADY MUNSTER: Senior third baseman/shortstop Brett Munster, who was named to ESPN The Magazine's District 8 All-Academic Team this week, is having the best season of his college career, batting .324 (46-for-142) with 10 doubles, a triple, a home run and 21 RBI. In the Bear's last contest May 8, Munster knocked in the game-winning run with an RBI double in Cal's 7-6, 11-inning victory over San Jose State. He also 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 (.303, 3-2B, 2-3B, 2-HR, 11 RBI). Munster is currently hitting .452 (19-for-42) with runners in scoring position.

EMERGING BENNIGSON: Sophomore left-hander Craig Bennigson had the best outing of his college career in his last start, shutting out UCLA, 16-0, May 6, throwing a career-high 8.0 innings with five hits, two walks and a career-high six strikeouts. Bennigson also pitched well in a win versus Arizona State Apr. 29, pitching 6.0 innings with five hits, one earned run, one walk and four strikeouts. He picked up his first collegiate victory Feb. 17 versus UNLV with a career-high six strikeouts in 6.0 innings. He is currently 4-3 with a 3.28 ERA (eighth in the Pac-10), and now has 43 strikeouts in 57.2 innings. In relief, Bennigson was able to strikeout the side with the bases loaded and no outs in the eighth inning at San Jose State Feb. 20.

SATIN'S STORY: Junior second baseman Josh Satin is providing the Bears with solid offensive numbers, batting .275 with 10 doubles, four home runs and 35 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 has gathered up the wins, going 7-4 with a 4.76 ERA. Rollin's seven wins is fourth-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.

KOBERNUS COMING THROUGH: Freshman designated hitter Jeff Kobernus has begun his college career in fine fashion, batting .341 (56-for-164) with five doubles, a triple, a home run and 20 RBI, including hitting his first collegiate home run Apr. 29 versus Arizona State. Kobernus leads the Bears with 12 stolen bases and is second with 56 hits. He has 18 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 .273 average (38-for-139) with eight doubles, three home runs and 17 RBI. He hit safely in 20 of the Bears' first 25 games this season.

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 hitting .330 (168-for-509) with runners in scoring position...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...sophomore shortstop Michael Brady had a career-day in Cal's 13-9 upset of Arizona State Apr. 29, going 3-for-4 with a three-run homer in the sixth inning and a two-run homer in the eighth inning - the first home runs of his college career...the Bears ended up hitting five home runs against the Sun Devils Apr. 29...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)...freshman center fielder Brett Jackson has played well of late, going 8-for-18 in his last eight games to raise his average from .156 to .250...Jackson is hitting .385 (5-for-13) versus Pac-10 competition.

CAL INDIVIDUAL PLAYER NOTES

Craig Bennigson, SO., LHP: 4-3 with a 3.28 ERA (8th in Pac-10) in 24 appearances (5th in Pac-10)...won in start at UCLA May 6, throwing a career-high 8.0 innings with five hits, no runs, two walks and a career-high six strikeouts...got no decision in start vs. Arizona State Apr. 29 (6.0 innings, five hits, one earned run, one walk, four strikeouts)...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 (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 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA (one hit, two strikeouts in 3.0 innings) career vs. USC...

Michael Brady, SO., SS/3B: Batting .268 (33-for-123, .262 vs. Pac-10) with five doubles, two home runs and 23 RBI...has 22 starts at shortstop and 12 starts at third base...was 2-for-5 with a double and two RBI at UCLA May 6...had a career day vs. Arizona State Apr. 29, going 3-for-4 with a three-run homer and a two-run homer...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 .368 (14-for-38) with runners in scoring position...

Michael Capbarat, SO., OF: Batting .212 (11-for-52, .231 vs. Pac-10) with a triple, two home runs and 14 RBI...has eight 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 .303 (27-for-89, .290 vs. Pac-10) with three doubles, two triples, two home runs and 11 RBI...has 24 starts at third base...hit a solo home run vs. Arizona State Apr. 28...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 .366 (67-for-183, 7th in Pac-10, .364 vs. Pac-10) with 12 doubles, 11 home runs (4th in Pac-10) and 49 RBI (6th in Pac-10)...also has a .612 slugging percentage (7th in Pac-10), a .442 on-base percentage, 112 total bases (5th in Pac-10), 28 walks (6th in Pac-10) and is sixth in the Pac-10 with 67 hits...leads the team with 22 multiple hit games and 16 multiple RBI games...went 2-for-2 with a home run and three RBI at UCLA May 6...was 3-for-10 with a two-run homer and four RBI vs. Arizona State Apr. 27-29, and was 2-for-4 with an RBI at San Francisco May 1...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 .407 (22-for-54) with runners in scoring position...

Charlie Cutler, SO., C: Batting .293 (39-for-133, .322 vs. Pac-10) with five doubles, two home runs and 24 RBI...has caught 41 of team's 49 games...was 3-for-4 with an RBI vs. San Jose State May 8, and 5-for-13 with two RBI at UCLA May 4-6...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 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 batting .313 (15-for-48) with runners in scoring position...is 2-for-5 (.400) career vs. USC...

Dane Ferguson, SO., RHP: 1-1 with a 5.59 ERA in 20 appearances...threw 4.1 innings of relief at San Francisco May 1 (five hits, two runs, two walks, four strikeouts)...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: 2-4 with a 2.35 ERA (3rd in Pac-10) and eight saves (5th in Pac-10) in 28 appearances (1st in Pac-10)...has 69 strikeouts (9th in Pac-10; 34 batters struck out looking, 2nd in Pac-10) in 53.2 innings...opponents are batting .227 (5th in Pac-10)...is on the watch list for the NCBWA Stopper of the Year...won in relief vs. Arizona State Apr. 29 (3.0 innings, four hits, two runs, four walks, four strikeouts), and earned save vs. the Sun Devils Apr. 27 (1.0 inning, one hit, one strikeout)...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 a 9.00 ERA (six hits, two earned runs in 2.0 innings) career vs. USC...

Rich Gorman, FR., 2B/3B: Batting .289 (11-for-38, .263 vs. Pac-10) with two doubles and two RBI...has two starts at third base, two starts at second base and four as designated hitter...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 .297 (22-for-74, .300 vs. Pac-10) with a double, a home run and six RBI...is 3-for-10 as a pinch hitter...has 14 starts in center field and one start each in left and right field...went a career-high 3-for-5 with an RBI at UCLA May 6... was 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...is 5-for-11 (.454) with two doubles and an RBI career vs. USC...

Ryan Hanlon, SO., OF: Batting .273 (38-for-139, .290 vs. Pac-10) with eight doubles, three home runs and 17 RBI...had an RBI double at UCLA May 4...had an RBI single vs. Arizona State Apr. 29...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 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 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...

Brett Jackson, FR., OF: Batting .250 (12-for-48, .385 vs. Pac-10) with three RBI...has 14 starts in center field and on start in left field...was 1-for-3 vs. San Jose State May 8, and 1-for-1 with an RBI at UCLA May 6...went 2-for-3 at San Francisco May 1...was 3-for-7 vs. Arizona State Apr. 27-29, including 2-for-4 Apr. 27...is 1-for-3 as a pinch hitter...

Jordan Karnofsky, JR., DH: Batting .290 (20-for-69, .281 vs. Pac-10) with six doubles, a home run and 10 RBI...went 1-for-3 with a double at San Francisco May 1, and had a pinch-hit single vs. Arizona State Apr. 29...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 3-for-6 as a pinch hitter and 6-for-19 (.316) with runners in scoring position...

Jeff Kobernus, FR., OF: Batting .341 (56-for-164, .250 vs. Pac-10) with five doubles, a triple, a home run and 20 RBI...is second on the team with 56 hits and 18 multiple-hit games...leads Cal with 12 stolen bases (8th in Pac-10)...was 4-for-8 with a triple and two RBI at UCLA May 4-6...went 2-for-5 with first collegiate home vs. Arizona State Apr. 29...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...is batting .302 (13-for-43) with runners in scoring position...

Brett Munster, SR., 3B/SS: Batting .324 (46-for-142, .289 vs. Pac-10) with 10 doubles, a triple, a home run and 21 RBI...has 27 starts at shortstop and 11 at third base...was 2-for-5 with the game-winning RBI double in the 11th inning May 8 vs. San Jose State, and 2-for-5 with a double at UCLA May 6...went 2-for-2 with a double at San Francisco May 1, and 2-for-4 with a two-run homer vs. Arizona State Apr. 29...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 .452 (19-for-42) with runners in scoring position...is 2-for-13 (.154) career vs. USC...

Nick Nunez, JR., RHP: 3-3 with a 7.65 ERA in 20 appearances (8th in Pac-10)...lost in start at San Francisco May 1 (0.2 inning, two hits, four runs)...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: 7-4 with a 4.76 ERA...his seven wins is the fourth-most in the Pac-10...lost at UCLA May 5 (5.0 innings, three hits, five runs, six walks, four strikeouts)...lost vs. Arizona State Apr. 28 (2.0 innings, four hits, four runs, one walk)...got no decision vs. Stanford Apr. 21 (6.0 innings, four hits, one run, one walk)...threw shutout 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)...is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA (one hit in 1.0 inning) career vs. USC...is slated to start Sunday vs. USC...

Tyson Ross, SO., RHP: 5-6 with 2.35 ERA (3rd in Pac-10), and 108 strikeouts (2nd in Pac-10, 24 struck out looking, 7th in Pac-10) in 103.1 innings (3rd in Pac-10)...opponents are batting .227 (5th in Pac-10)...got no decision vs. San Jose State May 8 (5.0 innings, two hits, one run, no walks, six strikeouts)...lost at UCLA May 4 (4.0 innings, 10 hits, five earned runs, three walks, five strikeouts)...won vs. Arizona State 27 (8.0 innings, seven hits, two runs, two walks, nine strikeouts)...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 0-1 with a 4.03 ERA (three earned runs in 6.2 innings with seven hits, three walks and seven strikeouts) career vs. USC...slated to start Saturday vs. USC...

Josh Satin, JR., INF: Batting .275 (50-for-182, .295 vs. Pac-10) with 10 doubles, four home runs and 35 RBI...was 2-for-5 with a home run and three RBI at UCLA May 4...went 3-for-10 with two doubles and two RBI vs. Arizona State Apr. 27-29...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...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 9-for-22 (.409) with three doubles and six RBI career vs. USC...

Blake Smith, FR., OF: Batting .327 (51-for-156, .318 vs. Pac-10) with 11 doubles, a triple, five home runs and 28 RBI...has started 43 games in right field, throwing two runners out at the plate...also has 15 strikeouts in 15.2 innings on the mound...began college career hitting safely in first eight games (13-for-28, .464, 2B, 3B, three RBI)...was 2-for-4 with a double, home run and three RBI vs. San Jose State May 8...went 5-for-13 with three doubles, a home run and three RBI at UCLA May 4-6, including 3-for-6 with a double, home run and two RBI May 6...was 1-for-2 with two RBI at San Francisco...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, 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 .396 (19-for-48) with runners in scoring position...

Dylan Tonneson, FR., C: Batting .300 (9-for-30, .250 vs. Pac-10) with a double and five RBI...has five starts behind the plate...was 1-for-1 with an RBI at UCLA May 6...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 .314 (11-for-35, .400 vs. Pac-10) with a double and nine RBI...went 2-for-7 with two RBI vs. Arizona State Apr. 28-29...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 .529 (9-for-17) with runners in scoring position...is 3-for-25 (.120) with an RBI career vs. USC...

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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