Cal Baseball Ranked 18th in Baseball America and 26th in Collegiate Baseball

March 3, 2008

BERKELEY, CALIF. - The University of California baseball team (5-1-1), fresh off of winning three-of-four games against ranked opponents last week in San Diego, is ranked 18th in Baseball America and 26th in Collegiate Baseball, it was announced today by the national polls. It is the first time this season the Golden Bears have been ranked.

Last week at the University of San Diego Tournament, Cal went 3-1, upsetting three nationally-ranked teams - No. 24 Fresno State (14-4), No. 22 San Diego State (5-3) and No. 17 University of San Diego (5-0). The Golden Bears' only loss was to No. 6-ranked Missouri, 7-5, on Feb. 29.

Cal had some top performances last week, including the play of senior second baseman Josh Satin, who went 10-for-19 (.526) with a double, two home runs and eight RBI. On Saturday at San Diego State, Satin had a clutch three-run homer in the seventh inning to overcome a 3-2 Aztec advantage and lead the Bears to their 5-3 victory. On Sunday, he sealed the 5-0 shutout against San Diego by hitting a two-run homer in the top of the ninth inning. On the year, he is 15-for-32 (.469) with a double, four home runs and 12 RBI.

Another top effort was by junior left-hander Craig Benningson, who picked up his second win of the season by throwing a career-high 8.0 innings with four hits, three runs, four walks and a career-high seven strikeouts in Cal's 5-3 win at San Diego State. On the year, Bennigson is 2-0 with a 2.40 ERA and has 13 strikeouts in 15.0 innings. Opponents are batting .160 against him.

In the win over San Diego State, junior closer Matt Gorgen picked up his first save of the season by throwing the bottom of the ninth (1.0 inning, one hit) against the Aztecs. It was Gorgen's 12th career save, placing him eighth on the Cal all-time career save list. In Sunday's shutout of the University of San Diego, senior right-hander Alex Rollin, sophomore right-hander Daniel Wolford and Gorgen combined to limit the Toreros to five hits and no runs. Wolford (1-0), a transfer from Long Beach State, picked up the victory, throwing 4.1 innings with two hits, one walk and two strikeouts. He had replaced senior right-hander Rollin (3.2 innings, two hits, four walks, four strikeouts) in the fourth inning. Gorgen pitched the ninth inning with one hit and one strikeout.

Junior first baseman David Cooper was also stellar in San Diego, going 5-for-14 (.357) with two, two-run homers. On the season, Cooper is 9-for-24 (.375) with five home runs and 15 RBI in seven games, with a 1.000 slugging percentage.

The Bears will next play Bay Area rival Stanford (6-2) in a non-league game, Tuesday, Mar. 4 at 1:30 p.m. at Evans Diamond. The Cardinal are currently ranked 30th in Collegiate Baseball and just swept Cal State Fullerton (12-5, 11-7, 6-5) last weekend at Sunken Diamond on the Stanford campus.

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