No. 8 Cal Baseball Hosts Washington in Key Pac-10 Series

April 17, 2008

BERKELEY, CALIF. -

Fri., Apr. 18 Washington, Evans Diamond, Berkeley, Calif. 2:30 p.m.Sat., Apr. 19 Washington, Evans Diamond, Berkeley, Calif. 1:00 p.m.Sun., Apr. 20 Washington, Evans Diamond, Berkeley, Calif. 1:00 p.m.

RADIO: KALX Radio (90.7 FM) will broadcast the Apr. 18-20 UW-Cal games. Gametracker available on www.CalBears.com.

BEAR NOTES: No. 8-ranked California (24-9-2, 5-4) will be looking for a measure of revenge this weekend as the Golden Bears host Washington (23-12, 3-3) in a Pac-10 series at Evans Diamond. Last season, Cal had won five games in a row entering the final conference series in Seattle, but lost two-of-three to the Huskies and was knocked out of contention for an NCAA Regional berth. This season, the Bears are ranked in the Top 10 nationally and in the thick of the Pac-10 race. Cal features four players - senior second baseman Josh Satin, junior first baseman David Cooper, junior closer Matt Gorgen and freshman right-hander Kevin Miller - who are leading the conference in statistical categories. Satin, who has hit safely in 31 of 34 games this season, leads the league in batting average (.435) and on-base percentage (.513). Cooper is the Pac-10 leader with 15 home runs and is batting .393 with a team-high 42 RBI. Gorgen is tied for the conference lead with six saves and has a 1.82 ERA and 28 strikeouts in 24.2 innings. Miller tops the league with a 0.86 ERA and a .135 opponent batting average. As a reliever and spot starter, Miller is now 5-0 and has 43 strikeouts in 41.2 innings. Both Satin (Mar. 4) and Cooper (Apr. 1) have been named Pac-10 Players of the Week this year. Another Pac-10 honoree is junior right-hander Tyson Ross, who has twice been named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week (Apr. 1, Feb. 26) and is 5-1 with a 3.25 ERA, and 36 strikeouts in 36.0 innings. Cooper, Ross and Gorgen were all selected as 2008 preseason All-Americans, while Satin is a two-time Cape Cod League All-Star and was a Collegiate Baseball freshman All-American in 2005. In Rivals.com, Satin was recently mentioned as the nation's top senior in their Midseason Report.

SERIES RECORD: The Bears have a 25-23 all-time record against the Washington Huskies. Cal won one-of-three games (W 8-3, L 12-2, L 5-4) last season, May 25-27, 2007 at Husky Ballpark in Seattle. In the last series at Evans Diamond, the Bears won two-of-three (W 9-3, W 2-1, L 5-0) Mar. 24-26, 2006.

HEAD COACH David Esquer: Esquer, 42, is in his ninth season at Cal with a career record of 254-224-2 (.531). 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 (1B, 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.

TENTATIVE CALIFORNIA LINE-UPNo.	Pos.	Player	2008 stats31	DH	Rich Gorman, So. .267, 17 RBI, 4 HR16	LF	Charlie Cutler, Jr. .288, 8 RBI, 1 HR18	1B	David Cooper, Jr. .393, 42 RBI, 15 HR3	2B	Josh Satin, Sr. .435, 37 RBI, 12 HR4	CF	Brett Jackson, So. .331, 24 RBI, 1 HR23	3B	Jeff Kobernus, So. .291, 21 RBI, 3 HR37	RF	Blake Smith, So. .290, 26 RBI, 6 HR33	C	Dylan Tonneson, So. .360, 21 RBI, 4 HR26	SS	Michael Brady, Jr. .292, 25 RBI, 4 HR44	RHP	Tyson Ross, Jr. (Fri.) 5-1, 3.25 ERA41	RHP	Kevin Miller, Fr. (Sat.) 5-0, 0.86 ERA		TBA (Sun.)

PAC-10 RACE (AS OF Apr. 17)	Conference	                Overall	W	L	PCT	GB	W	L 	T	.PCTASU	6	3	.667	---	30	4	0	.882Stan	6	3	.667	---	19	11	1	.629CAL	5	4	.667	---	24	9	2	.714Wash	3	3	.500	---	23	12	0	.657UCLA	3	3	.500	---	18	14	0	.562USC	6	6	.500	---	19	16	0	.543OSU	4	5	.444	---	16	12	0	.571Ariz	3	6	.333	---	22	11	0	.667WSU	3	6	.333	---	19	15	0	.559

NOTING WASHINGTON: The Washington Huskies, coached by Ken Knutson (16th year as head coach at UW, 549-359-2, .604), are 23-12 (3-3 in Pac-10), last weekend winning two-of-three versus BYU (W 5-1, W 12-4, L 11-7) at home, and falling at Gonzaga, 15-3 and 8-4, Apr. 14-15. Top hitters for the Huskies include junior second baseman Bradley Boyer (.327, 3 HR, 16 RBI) and sophomore left fielder Kyle Conley (.279, 9 HR, 33 RBI). Washington's tentative pitching rotation is sophomore right-hander Cam Nobles (3-1, 2.78 ERA), junior right-hander Jorden Merry (4-0, 1.67 ERA) and junior left-hander Nick Haughian (4-3, 3.29 ERA). In 2007, the Huskies finished 29-27 overall, 11-13 (fifth) in the Pac-10.

IMPRESSIVE ROSS: Junior team captain and 6-6 right-hander Tyson Ross - a 2008 preseason All-American by Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball and Rivals.com; and a Golden Spikes and Wallace Award candidate - started the 2008 season on a high note by one-hitting Kansas State (5.0 innings, one hit, one run, one walk, seven strikeouts) to earn this season's first Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week award. He is coming off an outstanding 2007 summer season with the USA National Team, finishing 4-1 with a 0.82 ERA, striking out 39 batters with only seven walks in 43.2 innings. A first-team All-Pac-10 selection last spring, Ross finished 6-6 and was second in the league with a 2.49 ERA and third in the conference with 120 strikeouts in 115.2 innings. His 120 strikeouts were second on the Cal all-time single-season strikeout list and he threw at least 6.0 innings in 15 of his 17 starts, and 7.0 innings or more 11 times, including a complete game at Stanford. Ross was also named a semifinalist for the Golden Spike Award, and on Mar. 25, 2007, he was picked as the 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 noted for fielding as well, winning the Rawlings Gold Glove award as the nation's best fielding pitcher. For his career, Ross now has 241 strikeouts (fourth on Cal's career list) in 236.1 innings with a 2.86 career ERA.

CLUTCH HITTING COOPER: Junior left-handed first baseman David Cooper is a Baseball America preseason All-American; and a 2008 Golden Spikes and Wallace Award candidate. Cooper has been dominate in 2008, going 53-for-135 (.393) with nine doubles, 15 home runs (including a grand slam) and 42 RBI in the first 35 games. Cal's top newcomer in 2007, he was a transfer from Cal State Fullerton, where he was a member of the 2006 College World Series All-Tournament team. An All-Pac-10 selection and team MVP in 2007 for the Bears, Cooper batted a team-leading .382 with a team-best 14 doubles, 12 home runs and 55 RBI. He also paced Cal with a .627 slugging percentage, 30 walks and had a .450 on-base percentage. Cooper was third in the Pac-10 in batting average, fifth in the league in slugging and on-base percentage, and seventh in the conference in home runs. In 2006, he flirted with a College World Series record with seven consecutive hits, tying Terry Francona (1980) and one short of Dave Magadan (1983) and Barry Bonds (1984). Cooper led all players at the 2006 World Series with a .533 average (8-for-15) with five RBI. In less then two seasons at Cal, he has a combined average of .386 (131-for-339) with 23 doubles, 27 home runs (already tied for ninth on the Cal all-time home run list) and 97 RBI.

SATIN'S STORY: Senior second baseman Josh Satin, after back-to-back summers as a Cape Cod League All-Star, had a school-record 27-game hitting streak carrying over from last year, hitting safely from May 20, 2007 through Mar. 29, 2008. During that time he was 54-for-123 (.439) with eight doubles, nine home runs and 38 RBI. This season, Satin leads Cal and the Pac-10 with a .435 average along with nine doubles, 12 home runs and 37 RBI. He also has a .779 slugging percentage and a .519 on-base percentage. Satin now owns a .316 career average with 40 doubles, two triples, 23 home runs and 138 RBI. 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.

STRIKEOUT CLOSER GORGEN: The Bears' other Louisville Slugger and Rivals.com preseason All-American, and third Wallace Award candidate, is hard-throwing junior closer Matt Gorgen. An honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection last season, Gorgen is one of 40 players on the NCBWA Stopper of the Year Watch List, having struck out 75 batters in 61.0 innings with a 2.51 ERA (third in the Pac-10) last year. He also led the Pac-10 with 31 appearances, was sixth in the league with nine saves (second on the Cal all-time single season list), and 38 of his 75 strikeouts were called looking (second in the Pac-10). In 77 career appearances, Gorgen now has 137 strikeouts in 125.1 innings, and is fourth on Cal's career save list (17 saves). His twin brother, Scott, is a standout starting pitcher at UC Irvine.

MASTERFUL MILLER: Freshman right-hander Kevin Miller is 5-0 and gave up his first earned runs of the season (after starting his college career not giving up an earned run in his first 39.0 innings) last Saturday at USC. Miller had two wins in relief Apr. 1-6. In picking up the decision Apr. 2 versus Fresno State, Miller pitched 2.0 innings with no hits, no runs, one walk and two strikeouts. On Apr. 5 versus two-time defending national champion Oregon State, he threw a career-high 6.2 innings with one hit, no runs, three walks and a career-high seven strikeouts to earn the victory. For that week, Miller pitched 8.2 innings, allowing only one hit with no runs, four walks and nine strikeouts. On the year, he has 43 strikeouts in 41.2 innings with opponents batting a Pac-10 best .135.

TONNESON'S TIME: Sophomore catcher Dylan Tonneson has done a spectacular job replacing injured junior captain Charlie Cutler (broken little finger of right hand sliding into first base in the second game of the year versus Utah Valley, now playing left field). Tonneson, after only seeing action in 18 games last year, is now third on the team with a .360 average (41-for-114) with nine doubles, four home runs and 21 RBI, including a career-best 4-for-4 with a double, home run and two RBI Tuesday night at Pacific. He was also 3-for-3 with two RBI in the Bears' 14-4 victory over then-No. 24 Fresno State in San Diego, three hits in Cal's 5-3 victory over No. 22 San Diego State, and three hits in a 6-1 win over Loyola Marymount Mar. 16.

WORKMAN-LIKE WOLFORD: In the season-opener on Feb. 22 versus Kansas State, sophomore Daniel Wolford, a right-handed transfer from Long Beach State, helped Cal one-hit the Wildcats (along with junior Tyson Ross, whose lone hit given up was a lead-off homer in the first inning) by throwing the final 4.0 innings with no hits, no runs, three walks and five strikeouts, earning his first save as a Bear. In 14 appearances this season, tied for second on the team with Miller, Wolford is 2-0 with a 3.30 ERA and has 39 strikeouts in 30.0 innings. At the San Diego Tournament this season, three Cal pitchers - senior right-hander Alex Rollin, Wolford and Gorgen - combined to shut out then-No. 17-ranked San Diego, 5-0.

STANDOUT SMITH: Sophomore right fielder/pitcher Blake Smith is now batting .290 with six doubles, a triple, six home runs (including a grand slam Apr. 2 versus Fresno State) and 26 RBI. Smith picked up the relief last Sunday at USC, throwing the final two innings with two strikeouts, while also hitting a two-run homer earlier in the fourth inning. On Apr. 7 versus Stanford, he threw the final 3.0 innings of a 5-5 tie, striking out a career-high six batters. On Mar. 4 versus Stanford, Smith was 3-for-3 at the plate and pitched an inning in relief with no hits and two strikeouts. He had a three-run homer versus Northern Iowa Mar. 7, and a 4-for-5 game with a double versus Minnesota Mar. 8, in the Metrodome.

JACKSON'S ACTIONS: Sophomore center fielder Brett Jackson has excelled during the 2008 campaign, batting .331 (42-for-127) with four doubles, four triples (first in the Pac-10), a home run and 24 RBI. Jackson is also fifth in the Pac-10 with nine stolen bases. In game one of the doubleheader versus Utah Valley on Feb. 23, Jackson had a career day, hitting his first collegiate home run in the second inning, and hitting triples in both the fourth and seventh innings. On Mar. 4 against Stanford, he had a key two-run single in the seventh inning to break a 3-3 tie and help propel Cal to an 8-3 win.

EMERGING BENNIGSON: Junior left-hander Craig Bennigson, 2007 Pac-10 honorable mention, is 3-1 and has 44 strikeouts in 43.1 innings. Bennigson struck out a career-high 10 batters Mar. 8 versus Minnesota at the Metrodome. He had some of his best performances of his career at the end of last season, finishing 5-3 with a 3.34 ERA. Bennigson had a top outing May 6, shutting out UCLA, 16-0, and throwing a career-high 8.0 innings with five hits, two walks and six strikeouts. Bennigson also pitched well in a win versus Pac-10 champion Arizona State Apr. 29, throwing 6.0 innings with five hits, one earned run, one walk and four strikeouts.

ROLLIN RACKING UP THE WINS: Senior right-hander Alex Rollin was 8-5 with a 4.91 ERA last season. Rollin's eight wins were the 10th-most in the Pac-10, with victories over UC Irvine, Portland, UC Santa Barbara, Indiana State, Rhode Island, Oral Roberts, Oregon State and USC. His victory against the defending national champion Beavers was his most impressive, limiting OSU to four hits and no runs in 6.0 innings. Combined with Bennigson and Gorgen, Rollin and the Bears shut out a Beaver team in Corvallis for the first time since Apr. 28, 2002. This season he is 4-1 and on Mar. 30 defeated No. 5 Long Beach State, throwing 5.0 innings with six hits, one run, two walks and two strikeouts. On Tuesday at Pacific, Rollin threw a career-high 7.0 innings with five strikeouts.

BEARS PICKED FIFTH IN PAC-10 PRESEASON POLL: The Bears were tabbed fifth in the 2008 Pac-10 preseason poll behind Arizona, Arizona State, UCLA and two-time defending national champion Oregon State; and ahead of Stanford, USC, Washington State and Washington. Arizona was the No. 1-ranked team in Collegiate Baseball's preseason poll, and UCLA was the No. 1-ranked team in Baseball America's preseason poll. The Bears barely missed the NCAA tournament in 2007, finishing 29-26 overall and were alone in fourth place in the Pac-10 with a 12-12 record. Cal won six of their last eight games, including sweeping USC at Evans Diamond, and earlier won series against World Series qualifiers UC Irvine and Arizona State. The Bears also shut out two-time defending national champion Oregon State, 4-0, in Corvallis. Cal was the only team in the conference to win two-of-three games over Pac-10 champion ASU when the Bears upset the then-No. 7-ranked Sun Devils at Evans Diamond.

ADDITIONAL CAL NOTES: Cal is eighth in Baseball America, 10th in Rivals.com, and 15th in Collegiate Baseball...the highest Bears' ranking was third in Baseball America on Mar. 20, 1989...Cal is second in the Pac-10 with a .319 team batting average and fourth with a 3.87 team ERA...sophomore DH Rich Gorman led-off the bottom of the first inning with a home run in both the Mar. 15 and Mar. 16 games versus Loyola Marymount...the Bears had back-to-back-to-back home runs by Kobernus (grand slam), Cooper and Satin against LMU in game one on Mar. 15...former Bear catcher Bob Melvin (1980) was named the 2007 National League Manager of the Year for the Arizona Diamondbacks with former Cal standout Conor Jackson as his first baseman...the 2008 Bears have two infielders, redshirt freshman Austin Booker and true freshman Brian Guinn, who are sons of former Cal standouts and pro players Rod Booker (1979-80) and Brian Guinn, Sr. (1981-83)...video of junior right-hander Tyson Ross pitching for Team USA this past summer is available by clicking the left sidebar of the calbears.com baseball page, as well as Cal players and coaches, Dan Hubbs and Jon Zuber, featured on KQED's Out of the Park: The Physics of Baseball.

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.

*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).

*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.

*In 2006 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.

CAL INDIVIDUAL PLAYER NOTES

Craig Bennigson, JR., LHP: 3-1 with a 6.65 ERA in 10 appearances...has 44 strikeouts in 43.1 innings...lost Apr. 12 start at USC (3.0 innings, seven hits, six runs, three walks, two strikeouts)...had three strikeouts in 1.1 innings of relief vs. Stanford Apr. 7...got no decision vs. Oregon State Apr. 5 (2.1 innings, four hits, three runs, three walks, one strikeout)...got no decision vs. Long Beach State Mar. 29 (4.1 innings, four hits, six runs, three walks, six strikeouts)...got no decision at WSU Mar. 21 (5.1 innings, nine hits, four runs, two walks, three strikeouts)...got no decision vs. LMU Mar. 15 (4.2 innings, 13 hits, eight earned runs, no walks, five strikeouts)...won at Minnesota Mar. 8, throwing 6.1 innings with five hits, one run, four walks and a career-high 10 strikeouts...earned win at San Diego State Mar. 1, throwing a career-high 8.0 innings (four hits, three runs, four walks, seven strikeouts)...won Feb. 23 vs. Utah Valley (7.0 innings, four hits, one run, one walk, six strikeouts)...was a 2007 honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection...0-0 with a 2.78 ERA (10 hits, three runs, eight strikeouts in 9.2 innings) career vs. Washington...

Michael Brady, JR., SS: Batting .292 (33-for-113, .296 vs. Pac-10) with a double, two triples, four home runs and 25 RBI...had a career-high 11-game hitting streak from Mar. 8-28 (14-for-40, .350, 3B, 2-HR, seven RBI)...has hit a home run in each of the last two games...was a career-high 3-for-5 with a home run and two RBI at USC Apr. 13 and hit a two-run homer Tuesday at Pacific...went 2-for-4 with a triple and four RBI vs. Oregon State Apr. 5, and 2-for-4 with four RBI vs. Santa Clara Apr. 9...was 5-for-11 (.455) with two home runs and three RBI vs. LMU Mar. 14-16...hit first career triple Mar. 9 vs. New Mexico at the Metrodome...has had seven two-hit games this season...2-for-11 (.182) with a double career vs. Washington...

David Cooper, JR., 1B: Batting .393 (53-for-135, 5th in Pac-10, .353 vs. Pac-10) with nine doubles, and a team-leading 15 home runs (1st in Pac-10) and 42 RBI (3rd in Pac-10)...also has 41 runs scored (3rd in Pac-10), a .793 slugging percentage (2nd in Pac-10), a .491 on-base percentage (3rd in Pac-10), 107 total bases (2nd in Pac-10), 27 walks (3rd in Pac-10) and is third in the Pac-10 with 53 hits...is first on the team with 14 multiple RBI games...was 3-for-5 with a three-run homer Tuesday at Pacific...went 4-for-6 and had the game-winning two-run single at USC Apr. 13...was 3-for-5 with a double, home run and three RBI vs. Santa Clara Apr. 9...was the Apr. 1 Pac-10 Player of the Week after going 6-for-12 (.500) with two doubles, two home runs and three RBI vs. Long Beach State...was 4-for-13 with two doubles, a home run and two RBI at WSU Mar. 20-22...went 5-for-15 (.333) with a home run and two RBI vs. LMU Mar. 14-16, and was 3-for-5 with a three-run homer Mar. 18 vs. Sac. State...was 3-for-5 with a double, home run and three RBI vs. New Mexico Mar. 9 at the Metrodome...in a doubleheader vs. Utah Valley Feb. 23, went 2-for-4 with two home runs and a career-high five RBI in game one, and 1-for-2 with a grand slam in game two...batting .375 (15-for-40) with runners in scoring position...is a Baseball America Preseason All-American and a 2008 Golden Spikes and Wallace Award candidate...was first-team All-Pac-10 in 2007...4-for-11 (.364) with a double and three RBI career vs. Washington...

Charlie Cutler, JR., LF/C: Batting .288 (23-for-80, .297 vs. Pac-10) with two doubles, a home run and eight RBI...missed three weeks with broken little finger of right hand versus Utah Valley Feb. 23...has started the last 19 games (18 in left field) in the outfield after starting the season behind the plate...went 2-for-5 with a home run at USC Apr. 13...was 2-for-4 with a double vs. Oregon State Apr. 5, and was 2-for-3 with an RBI vs. Santa Clara Apr. 9...went 5-for-13 (.385) with an RBI vs. Long Beach State Mar. 28-30...was 5-for-13 (.385) with two RBI at WSU Mar. 20-22 and was 3-for-5 Mar. 25 at Santa Clara...batting .300 (6-for-20) with runners in scoring position...5-for-18 (.278) with an RBI career vs. Washington...

Matt Gorgen, JR., RHP: 0-2 with a 1.82 ERA and six saves (1st in Pac-10) in a team-high 17 appearances (2nd in Pac-10)...has 28 strikeouts in 24.2 innings...opponents are batting .218...threw a season-high 3.2 innings (three hits, no runs, one walk) with a season-high four strikeouts at USC Apr. 13...earned save vs. Oregon State Apr. 4 (1.0 inning, one hit, one strikeout)...earned save vs. Fresno State Apr. 2 (3.0 innings, one hit, no runs, one walk, four strikeouts)...earned save Mar. 30 vs. Long Beach State (1.1 innings, one hit, no runs, one walk, two strikeouts)...earned save at WSU Mar. 21 (1.0 inning, one strikeout)...earned save at Minnesota Mar. 8 (1.0 inning, no hits, one strikeout)...earned save at San Diego State Mar. 1 (1.0 inning)...is on watch list for the NCBWA Stopper of the Year, is a preseason All-American in Collegiate Baseball and Rivals.com, and is a Wallace Award candidate...was a 2007 honorable mention All-Pac-10...0-1 with a 6.00 ERA (five hits, two runs, four strikeouts in 3.0 innings) career vs. Washington...

Rich Gorman, SO., DH/2B: Batting .267 (31-for-116, .281 vs. Pac-10) with seven doubles, four home runs and 17 RBI...had a career-high seven-game hitting streak from Mar. 16-28 (9-for-28, .321, 3-2B, 3-HR, eight RBI)...has two hits in each of the last three games, including 2-for-3 Tuesday at Pacific...went 4-for-13 (364) with a double, home run and three RBI at WSU Mar. 20-22, and hit a two-run homer at Santa Clara Mar. 25...was 5-for-15 (.333) with a double, two home runs and five RBI vs. LMU Mar. 14-16...led-off the bottom of the first inning with home runs twice against the Lions...hit first career home run Mar. 15 vs. LMU...went 5-for-9 with three RBI at Minnesota Tournament at the Metrodome...hit doubles in the first three games this season...is batting .438 (14-for-32) with runners in scoring position...1-for-4 (.250) with a double career vs. Washington...

Brett Jackson, SO., CF: Batting .331 (42-for-127, .353 vs. Pac-10) with four doubles, four triples (1st in Pac-10), a home run and 24 RBI...also leads the team with nine stolen bases (5th in Pac-10)...is currently on a six-game hitting streak from Apr. 7 (12-for-25, .500, 2-2B, 2-3B, six RBI)...had a triple and two RBI Tuesday at Pacific...went 6-for-12 with two doubles and two RBI at USC Apr. 11-13...was 2-for-5 with a triple vs. Stanford Apr. 7 and a career-high 3-for-4 with two RBI vs. Santa Clara Apr. 9...went 4-for-9 with three RBI vs. Oregon State Apr. 4-5...was 2-for-3 with a key two-run double vs. Stanford Mar. 4...was a career-high 3-for-4 with two triples, two RBI and first collegiate home run Feb. 23 (game one) vs. Utah Valley...is batting .375 (15-for-40) with runners in scoring position...1-for-7 (.143) with a triple career vs. Washington...

Jeff Kobernus, SO., 3B: Batting .291 (43-for-148, .371 vs. Pac-10) with a team-high 10 doubles (4th in Pac-10), three home runs and 21 RBI...had a two-run triple at USC Apr. 12...went 6-for-13 with a triple vs. Oregon State Apr. 4-6, 2-for-6 with a double and two RBI vs. Stanford Apr. 7 and 3-for-6 with a home run Apr. 9 vs. Santa Clara...was 5-for-13 (.385) with a double and three RBI vs. Long Beach State Mar. 28-30...went 6-for-12 with two doubles at WSU Mar. 20-22...was 3-for-6 with a grand slam Mar. 15 (game one) vs. LMU...went 9-for-20 (.450) with three doubles and an RBI at the San Diego Tournament, including going 3-for-5 vs. Missouri and 3-for-6 with a double vs. Fresno State...was 2-for-4 with a double and home run in the season-opener Feb. 22 vs. Kansas State...was a 2007 Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American and an honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection...1-for-7 (.143) with an RBI career vs. Washington...

Kevin Miller, FR., RHP: 5-0 (4th in Pac-10) with a 0.86 ERA (1st in Pac-10) in 14 appearances...has 43 strikeouts in 41.2 innings...opponents are batting .135 (1st in Pac-10)...won Apr. 5 vs. Oregon State, throwing a season-high 6.2 innings (one hit, no runs, three walks) with a career-high seven strikeouts...won vs. Fresno State Apr. 2 (2.0 innings, no hits, no runs, one walk, two strikeouts), and Mar. 29 vs. Long Beach State (2.2 innings, no hits, no runs, two walks, four strikeouts)...pitched in relief Mar. 25 at Santa Clara, throwing 4.2 innings (two hits, no earned runs, one walk) with a career-high seven strikeouts...earned wins vs. San Francisco and LMU; throwing 3.1 innings (one hit, no runs, one walk, one strikeout) in relief vs. the Lions Mar. 15 (game one), and pitching a career-high 6.0 innings (three hits, no earned runs, no walks, two strikeouts) in a start vs. San Francisco Mar. 11...got a no decision in a strong start (5.0 innings, five hits, no runs, one walk, career-high four strikeouts) Mar. 4 vs. Stanford...had three strikeouts in an inning of relief Feb. 29 vs. Missouri...is slated to start Saturday vs. the Huskies...

Alex Rollin, SR., RHP: 4-1 with a 4.29 ERA in eight starts...won Tuesday at Pacific (career-high 7.0 innings, six hits, one run, three walks, six strikeouts)...lost Apr. 6 vs. Oregon State (2.1 innings, nine hits, four runs, one walk, two strikeouts)...won Mar. 30 vs. Long Beach State (5.0 innings, six hits, one run, two walks, two strikeouts)...got no decision Mar. 22 at WSU (3.1 innings, eight hits, four runs, one walk)...won vs. LMU Mar. 16 (5.2 innings, six hits, one run, two walks, career-high five strikeouts)...won vs. New Mexico at the Metrodome Mar. 9 (5.2 innings, four hits, one earned run, one walk, four strikeouts)...got no decisions in starts Mar. 2 at San Diego (3.2 innings, two hits, no runs, four walks, four strikeouts) and Feb. 23 vs. Utah Valley (3.0 innings, five hits, five earned runs, one walk, four strikeouts)...0-1 with a 64.29 ERA (five hits, five runs in 0.2 innings) career vs. Washington...

Tyson Ross, JR., RHP: 5-1 (3rd in Pac-10) with 3.25 ERA (10th in Pac-10) in six starts, and has 36 strikeouts in 36.0 innings...opponents are batting .211 (5th in Pac-10)...lost at USC Apr. 11 (4.0 innings, 10 hits, six runs, three walks, six strikeouts)...won vs. Oregon State Apr. 4 (7.0 innings, seven hits, two runs, three walks, season-high nine strikeouts)...won vs. Long Beach State Mar. 28 and was Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week (career-high 8.0 innings, five hits, no runs, two walks, six strikeouts)...won at Washington State Mar. 20 (7.0 innings, two hits, one run, three walks, five strikeouts)...won vs. LMU Mar. 14 (5.0 innings, three hits, three runs, one walk, three strikeouts)...was first Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week, throwing 5.0 innings (one hit, one run, one walk, seven strikeouts) vs. Kansas State Feb. 22...is a preseason All-American in Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball, Rivals.com; and a Golden Spikes and Wallace Award candidate...was first-team All-Pac-10 in 2007...is 2-0 with a 1.93 ERA (10 hits, three runs, 10 strikeouts in 14.0 innings) career vs. Washington...is slated to start Friday vs. the Huskies...

Josh Satin, SR., 2B: Batting .435 (57-for-131, 1st in Pac-10, .400 vs. Pac-10) with nine doubles, 12 home runs (3rd in Pac-10) and 37 RBI (6th in Pac-10)...is third in the Pac-10 in total bases (102), second in hits (57), fifth in runs scored (37), third in slugging percentage (.779), sixth in walks (25) and first in on-base percentage (.519)...got a hit in first 22 games this season and ended with a school-record a 27-game hitting streak (ended Mar. 30 vs. Long Beach State)...has hit safely in 31-of-34 games...was 3-for-4 with a double, home run and two RBI at USC Apr. 13, and 2-for-4 with a home run Tuesday at Pacific...went 2-for-4 with a home run Apr. 7 vs. Stanford and 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI vs. Santa Clara Apr. 9...was 5-for-10 with two doubles and three RBI vs. Long Beach State Mar. 28-30...went 5-for-11 (.455) with a home run and four RBI Mar. 20-22 at WSU and had a two-run homer at Santa Clara Mar. 25...was 8-for-16 (.500) with two doubles, a home run and two RBI vs. LMU Mar. 14-16...was Mar. 4 Pac-10 Player of the Week when the Bears upset three nationally-ranked teams during the San Diego Tournament, going 10-for-19 (.526) with a double, two home runs and eight RBI...vs. San Diego State Mar. 1 had a three-run homer, and against San Diego Mar. 2 went 4-for-5 with a two-run homer...in doubleheader vs. Utah Valley Feb. 23 was 3-for-9 with two home runs and four RBI...batting .436 (17-for-39) with runners in scoring position...is 9-for-30 (.300) with a double and four RBI career vs. Washington...

Blake Smith, SO., RF/RHP: Batting .290 (36-for-124, .194 vs. Pac-10) with six doubles, a triple, six home runs and 26 RBI...has thrown two runners out at the plate from right field...is 1-0 with 16 strikeouts in 9.2 innings...had a two-run homer and earned win (2.0 innings, one hit, no runs, one walk, two strikeouts) at USC Apr. 13...had six strikeouts in 3.0 innings Apr. 7 vs. Stanford...was 6-for-16 (.375) with a home run and five RBI against Fresno State and Oregon State Apr. 2-6...hit first career grand slam Apr. 2 vs. Fresno State...went 3-for-10 with a home run and two RBI vs. Long Beach State...hit a two-run homer at WSU Mar. 21...had a career-high eight-game hitting streak from Mar. 9-21 (13-for-34, .382, 4-2B, 2-HR, nine RBI)...hit doubles in four-straight games Mar. 9-15...was 6-for-16 (.375) with two doubles, a home run and five RBI vs. LMU Mar. 14-16...had a three-run homer vs. New Mexico Mar. 7 at the Metrodome...went 3-for-3 and had two strikeouts in 1.0 inning vs. Stanford Mar. 4...was 2-for-4 with three RBI vs. Fresno State at the San Diego Tournament Feb. 28...batting .306 (15-for-49) with runners in scoring position...was a 2007 honorable mention All-Pac-10...4-for-11 (.364) with a double, home run and two RBI career vs. Washington...

Dylan Tonneson, SO., C: Batting .360 (41-for-114, .200 vs. Pac-10) with nine doubles, four home runs and 21 RBI...has started the last 33 games behind the plate...has hit a double in each of the last three games...went 4-for-9 with two doubles and an RBI at USC Apr. 11-13, and was a career-high 4-for-4 with a double, home run and two RBI Tuesday at Pacific...went 3-for-10 with two home runs and four RBI vs. Long Beach State Mar. 28-30...hit first collegiate home run Mar. 18 vs. Sac. State...went 6-for-12 (.500) with three RBI vs. LMU Mar. 14-16, including 3-for-4 with an RBI Mar. 16 vs. the Lions...was 2-for-3 with a double and a career-high four RBI Mar. 7 vs. Northern Iowa at the Metrodome...went 3-for-5 Mar. 1 vs. San Diego State, and 3-for-3 with two RBI Feb. 28 vs. Fresno State, during the San Diego Tournament...

Daniel Wolford, SO., RHP: 2-0 with a 3.30 ERA in 14 appearances...has 39 strikeouts in 30.0 innings...had four strikeouts in 1.2 innings vs. Long Beach State (two appearances) Mar. 29-30...had four strikeouts in 2.0 innings at Santa Clara Mar. 25...made two appearances at WSU Mar. 21-22, (nine strikeouts in 4.2 innings)...picked up the win Mar. 21 vs. the Cougars in relief (2.2 innings, three hits, no runs, one walks, career-high five strikeouts)...made two appearances against LMU Mar. 14-16 (4.1 innings, four hits, no runs, one walk, three strikeouts)...had four strikeouts in 1.2 innings at Minnesota Mar. 8 in the Metrodome...won Mar. 2 in relief at San Diego (4.1 innings, two hits, no runs, one walk, two strikeouts)...earned save in season-opener Feb. 22 vs. Kansas State (4.0 innings, no hits, three walks, five strikeouts)...a sophomore transfer from Long Beach State...

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