No. 7 Cal Baseball Travels to No. 6 Arizona State
April 24, 2008
BERKELEY, CALIF. -
Fri., Apr. 25 at Arizona State, Packard Stadium, Tempe, Ariz. 7:00 p.m.Sat., Apr. 26 at Arizona State, Packard Stadium, Tempe, Ariz. 6:00 p.m.Sun., Apr. 27 at Arizona State, Packard Stadium, Tempe, Ariz. 1:00 p.m.
RADIO: KALX Radio (90.7 FM) will broadcast the Apr. 25-27 Cal-ASU games. Gametracker available on www.CalBears.com.
BEAR NOTES: No. 7-ranked California (27-10-2, 7-5) has a huge challenge this weekend as the Golden Bears travel to No. 6-ranked Arizona State (32-7, 7-5) for a battle between a pair of Top-10 nationally ranked teams at Packard Stadium. The Bears and the Sun Devils are two of the best offensive teams in the Pac-10 as they rank 1-2 in the league with ASU owning a .324 team batting average and Cal hitting .320. The two squads also have outstanding Friday starters. The Bears' junior right-hander Tyson Ross is 6-1 with a 3.65 ERA and 41 strikeouts in 43.0 innings, while the Sun Devils' sophomore right-hander Mike Leake is 6-1 with a 3.06 ERA and 62 strikeouts in 67.2 innings. 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 hit safely in the first 22 games this season, leads the Pac-10 in batting average (.417) and has 13 home runs and 39 RBI. Cooper is the league leader with 16 home runs and is batting .392 with a team-high 47 RBI. Gorgen tops the conference with eight saves and has a 2.37 ERA and 34 strikeouts in 30.1 innings. Miller is first in the league with a 0.93 ERA and a .140 opponent batting average. As a reliever and spot starter, Miller is now 5-0 and has 51 strikeouts in 48.1 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 Ross, who has twice been named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week (Apr. 1, Feb. 26). 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 53-92 all-time record against the Arizona State Sun Devils. Cal won two-of-three games (W 4-2, L 15-2, W 13-9) last season, Apr. 27-29, 2007 at Evans Diamond. In the last series at Packard Stadium, the Bears were swept (13-5, 9-3, 7-6 in 11 innings) May 26-28, 2006.
HEAD COACH David Esquer: Esquer, 42, is in his ninth season at Cal with a career record of 257-225-2 (.533). 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 stats24 CF Michael Capbarat, Jr. .250, 10 RBI, 2 HR16 LF Charlie Cutler, Jr. .292, 10 RBI, 1 HR18 1B David Cooper, Jr. .392, 47 RBI, 16 HR3 2B Josh Satin, Sr. .417, 39 RBI, 13 HR4 DH Brett Jackson, So. .324, 27 RBI, 1 HR33 C Dylan Tonneson, So. .367, 25 RBI, 5 HR37 RF Blake Smith, So. .302, 31 RBI, 7 HR26 SS Michael Brady, Jr. .268, 25 RBI, 4 HR23 3B Jeff Kobernus, So. .303, 22 RBI, 3 HR44 RHP Tyson Ross, Jr. (Fri.) 6-1, 3.56 ERA41 RHP Kevin Miller, Fr. (Sat.) 5-0, 0.93 ERA TBA (Sun.)
PAC-10 RACE (AS OF Apr. 24) Conference Overall W L PCT GB W L T .PCTStan 8 4 .667 --- 23 12 2 .649ASU 7 5 .583 --- 32 7 0 .820CAL 7 5 .583 --- 27 10 2 .718Ariz 6 6 .500 --- 27 11 0 .710OSU 6 6 .500 --- 18 13 0 .581USC 6 6 .500 --- 19 20 0 .487Wash 4 5 .444 --- 24 14 0 .632UCLA 4 5 .444 --- 20 16 0 .556WSU 3 9 .250 --- 20 18 0 .526
NOTING ARIZONA STATE: The Arizona State Sun Devils (No. 6 in Baseball America, No. 4 in Collegiate Baseball), coached by Pat Murphy (14th year at ASU, 561-264-1, .680), are 37-7 (7-5 in Pac-10), last weekend losing two-of-three versus Oregon State (L 6-4, L 12-3, W 15-12) at home, and splitting at Cal State Fullerton (L 10-9, W 10-8), Apr. 22-23. Top hitters for the Sun Devils include junior first baseman Ike Davis (.412, 15 HR, 62 RBI) and junior third baseman Brett Wallace (.390, 11 HR, 50 RBI). Arizona State's tentative pitching rotation is sophomore right-hander Mike Leake (6-1, 3.06 ERA), TBA and senior left-hander Josh Satow (4-2, 5.56 ERA). In 2007, the Sun Devil finished 49-15 overall, 19-5 (first) in the Pac-10, 3-0 in the NCAA Regional in Tempe, 2-0 in the NCAA Super Regional in Tempe and 1-2 in the College World Series.
IMPRESSIVE ROSS: Junior team captain and 6-6 right-hander Tyson Ross (6-1, 3.56 ERA) - 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 246 strikeouts (fourth on Cal's career list) in 243.1 innings with an 18-12 record and a 2.92 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 dominant in 2008, going 60-for-153 (.392) with 11 doubles, 16 home runs (including a grand slam) and 47 RBI in 39 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 batting average of .386 (138-for-357, vying for the school record for career batting average) with 25 doubles, 28 home runs (ninth on the Cal all-time home run list) and 102 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 .417 average and has nine doubles, 13 home runs and 39 RBI. He also has a .750 slugging percentage and a .511 on-base percentage. Satin now owns a .314 career average with 40 doubles, two triples, 24 home runs and 140 RBI (eighth on the Cal all-time list). 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 (eight saves in 2008). 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 80 career appearances, Gorgen now has 143 strikeouts in 131.0 innings, and is tied for third on Cal's career save list (18 saves, with Bobby Kahlon, 1993-94). His twin brother, Scott, is a standout starting pitcher at UC Irvine.
MASTERFUL MILLER: Freshman right-hander Kevin Miller is 5-0 with a 0.93 ERA and has 51 strikeouts in 48.1 innings. Miller 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) Apr. 12 at USC. He had a solid outing in his last appearance, getting a no decision but throwing 6.2 innings (four hits, one earned run, five walks) with a career-high eight strikeouts last Saturday versus Washington. Miller had two wins in relief Apr. 1-6 versus Fresno State and Oregon State. On Apr. 5 versus the two-time defending national champion Beavers, he threw 6.2 innings with one hit, no runs, three walks and 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, opponents are batting a Pac-10 best .140.
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 third on the team with a .367 average (47-for-128) with nine doubles, five home runs and 25 RBI, including a career-best 4-for-4 with a double, home run and two RBI Apr. 15 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.
STANDOUT SMITH: Sophomore right fielder/pitcher Blake Smith is batting .302 with seven doubles, a triple, seven home runs (including a grand slam Apr. 2 versus Fresno State) and 31 RBI, while also going 2-0 with a 2.31 ERA and 19 strikeouts in 11.2 innings on the mound. Smith has picked up the win in relief the last two Sunday's of Pac-10 play (Apr. 20 versus Washington, Apr. 13 at USC)...at USC, besides throwing the final two innings with two strikeouts, he earlier had hit a two-run homer. 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 .324 (45-for-139) with four doubles, four triples (first in the Pac-10), a home run and 27 RBI. Jackson is also fifth in the Pac-10 with 11 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.
CAPBARAT CAPITALIZING: Junior center fielder Michael Capbarat went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer versus Washington Apr. 20, and 2-for-5 with an RBI Tuesday versus Cal Poly. Also impressive was Capbarat's fielding Tuesday against the Mustangs, catching a ball that deflected off of left-fielder Charlie Cutler's glove, and later making an over the head Willie Mays style catch, to double up Cal Poly. Capbarat was recently selected to be the recipient of the 2008 Pac-10 Sportsmanship Award.
ROLLIN RACKING UP WINS: Senior right-hander Alex Rollin was 8-5 with a 4.91 ERA in 2007. 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, OSU 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 Craig 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 Apr. 15 at Pacific, Rollin threw a career-high 7.0 innings with five strikeouts.
WORKMAN-LIKE WOLFORD: In the season-opener on Feb. 22 versus Kansas State, sophomore Daniel Wolford (2-0, 42 strikeouts in 33.0 innings), 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.
BEARS PICKED FIFTH IN PAC-10 PRESEASON POLL: The Bears were tabbed fifth in the 2008 Pac-10 preseason poll behind Arizona, ASU, UCLA and two-time defending national champion OSU. Arizona was ranked No. 1 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 ASU. The Bears also shut out two-time defending national champion OSU, 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 now sixth in Rivals.com, seventh in Baseball America, and 14th 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 .320 team batting average and third with a 3.94 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: 3-2 with a 6.41 ERA in 12 appearances...has 46 strikeouts in 46.1 innings...lost in relief Apr. 19 vs. UW (2.1 innings, five hits, one earned run, three walks, two strikeouts)...lost Apr. 12 start at USC (3.0 innings, seven hits, six runs, three walks, two strikeouts)...had three strikeouts in 1.1 innings vs. Stanford Apr. 7...no decision vs. Oregon State Apr. 5 (2.1 innings, four hits, three runs, three walks, one strikeout)...no decision vs. Long Beach State Mar. 29 (4.1 innings, four hits, six runs, three walks, six strikeouts)...no decision at WSU Mar. 21 (5.1 innings, nine hits, four runs, two walks, three strikeouts)...no decision vs. LMU Mar. 15 (4.2 innings, 13 hits, eight earned runs, five strikeouts)...won at Minnesota Mar. 8 (6.1 innings, five hits, one run, four walks, career-high 10 strikeouts)...won at San Diego State Mar. 1 (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)...2007 HM All-Pac-10...0-0 with 9.40 ERA (10 hits, seven earned runs, four strikeouts in 6.2 innings) career vs. Arizona State...
Michael Brady, JR., SS: Batting .268 (34-for-127, .237 vs. Pac-10) with two doubles, 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)...was a career-high 3-for-5 with a home run and two RBI at USC Apr. 13 and hit a two-run homer Apr. 15 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...has had seven two-hit games this season...3-for-7 (.429) with two home runs and five RBI career vs. Arizona State...
Michael Capbarat, JR., OF: Batting .250 (8-for-32, .375 vs. Pac-10) with two home runs and 10 RBI...has started the last two games in center field, going 4-for-8 with a home run and three RBI...was 2-for-5 with a double and two spectacular catches Tuesday vs. Cal Poly, and 2-for-3 with a two-run homer Sunday vs. UW...hit home run Mar. 18 vs. Sac. State...
David Cooper, JR., 1B: Batting .392 (60-for-153, 5th in Pac-10, .362 vs. Pac-10) with 11 doubles (7th in Pac-10), and a team-leading 16 home runs (1st in Pac-10) and 47 RBI (3rd in Pac-10)...has 44 runs (4th in Pac-10), a .778 slugging percentage (2nd in Pac-10), a .481 on-base percentage (4th in Pac-10), 119 total bases (2nd in Pac-10), 28 walks (6th in Pac-10) and is second in the Pac-10 with 60 hits...is first on the team with 15 multiple RBI games...was 2-for-5 with an RBI double Tuesday vs. Cal Poly...had the game-winning hit Apr. 20 vs. UW and was 3-for-5 with a double, home run and two RBI vs. the Huskies Apr. 18...was 3-for-5 with a three-run homer at Pacific Apr. 15...went 4-for-6 and had 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...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 .362 (17-for-47) with runners in scoring position...is a Baseball America Preseason All-American and a 2008 Golden Spikes and Wallace Award candidate...2007 first-team All-Pac-10...3-for-10 (.300) with a home run and four RBI career vs. Arizona State...
Charlie Cutler, JR., LF/C: Batting .292 (28-for-96, .271 vs. Pac-10) with three doubles, a home run and 10 RBI...was out Feb. 23-Mar. 18 with broken little finger of right hand...started last 23 games in the outfield after starting year behind the plate...was 3-for-5 with a double and RBI Tuesday vs. Cal Poly...went 2-for-5 with a home run at USC Apr. 13...was 5-for-13 (.385) with RBI vs. Long Beach State Mar. 28-30...went 5-for-13 (.385) with two RBI at WSU Mar. 20-22 and 3-for-5 Mar. 25 at Santa Clara...batting .320 (8-for-25) with runners in scoring position...2-for-13 (.154) with double, triple and RBI career vs. Arizona State...
Matt Gorgen, JR., RHP: 0-2 with 2.37 ERA and eight saves (1st in Pac-10) in 20 appearances (3rd in Pac-10)...has 34 strikeouts in 30.1 innings...opponents are batting .222...earned saves Tuesday vs. Cal Poly (1.0 inning, one strikeout) and Apr. 18 vs. UW (1.2 innings, two strikeouts)...threw season-high 3.2 innings (three hits, one walk) with a season-high four strikeouts at USC Apr. 13...earned save vs. OSU Apr. 4 (1.0 inning, one hit, one strikeout)...earned save vs. Fresno State Apr. 2 (3.0 innings, one hit, one walk, four strikeouts)...earned save Mar. 30 vs. Long Beach State (1.1 innings, one hit, one walk, two strikeouts)...earned save at WSU Mar. 21 (1.0 inning, one strikeout)...earned save at Minnesota Mar. 8 (1.0 inning, one strikeout)...earned save at San Diego State Mar. 1 (1.0 inning)...on watch list for NCBWA Stopper of the Year, is a preseason All-American in Collegiate Baseball and Rivals.com, and is a Wallace Award candidate...2007 HM All-Pac-10...1-1 with a save and 8.49 ERA (eight hits, five runs, five strikeouts in 5.1 innings) career vs. Arizona State...
Rich Gorman, SO., DH: Batting .273 (33-for-121, .297 vs. Pac-10) with seven doubles, four home runs and 18 RBI...had a career-high seven-game hitting streak Mar. 16-28 (9-for-28, .321, 3-2B, 3-HR, eight RBI)...has two hits in three of last four games, including 2-for-3 with an RBI vs. UW Apr. 19...went 4-for-13 (364) with a double, home run and three RBI at WSU Mar. 20-22...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 home run Mar. 15 vs. LMU...was 5-for-9 with three RBI at Minnesota Tournament...hit doubles in the first three games...batting .424 (14-for-33) with runners in scoring position...
Brett Jackson, SO., CF: Batting .324 (45-for-139, .326 vs. Pac-10) with four doubles, four triples (1st in Pac-10), a home run and 27 RBI...leads team with 11 stolen bases (6th in Pac-10)...has gotten a hit in nine of the last 10 games...had a triple and two RBI at Pacific Apr. 15...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 two-run double vs. Stanford Mar. 4...was a career-high 3-for-4 with two triples, two RBI and first collegiate HR Feb. 23 vs. Utah Valley...batting .364 (16-for-44) with runners in scoring position...3-for-7 (.429) career vs. Arizona State...
Jeff Kobernus, SO., 3B: Batting .303 (50-for-165, .404 vs. Pac-10) with a team-high 11 doubles (7th in Pac-10), three home runs and 22 RBI...was 6-for-12 with a double and RBI vs. UW Apr. 18-20...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 Feb. 22 vs. Kansas State...2007 Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American and HM All-Pac-10...2-for-7 (.286) with a home run career vs. Arizona State...
Kevin Miller, FR., RHP: 5-0 (6th in Pac-10) with a 0.93 ERA (1st in Pac-10) in 15 appearances (three starts)...has 51 strikeouts (8th in Pac-10) in 48.1 innings...opponents are batting .140 (1st in Pac-10)...no decision in start vs. UW Apr. 19 (6.2 innings, four hits, one earned run, five walks, career-high eight strikeouts)...won Apr. 5 vs. Oregon State (6.2 innings, one hit, three walks, 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, two walks, four strikeouts)...pitched in relief Mar. 25 at Santa Clara (4.2 innings, two hits, no earned runs, one walk, seven strikeouts)...earned wins vs. San Francisco and LMU (3.1 innings, one hit, one walk, one strikeout) in relief vs. the Lions Mar. 15 (game one), and 6.0 innings (three hits, no earned runs, no walks, two strikeouts) in a start vs. USF Mar. 11...no decision in Mar. 4 start vs. Stanford (5.0 innings, five hits, one walk, four strikeouts)...had three strikeouts in an inning of relief Feb. 29 vs. Missouri...slated to start Saturday at Arizona State...
Alex Rollin, SR., RHP: 4-1 with a 4.08 ERA in nine starts...no decision Apr. 20 vs. UW (4.0 innings, five hits, one run, one walk, two strikeouts)...won Apr. 15 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 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 21.00 ERA (seven hits, seven runs in 3.0 innings) career vs. Arizona State...
Tyson Ross, JR., RHP: 6-1 (2nd in Pac-10) with 3.56 ERA in seven starts, and has 41 strikeouts in 43.0 innings...opponents are batting .231 (8th in Pac-10)...won vs. UW Apr. 18 (7.0 innings, nine hits, four runs, three walks, five strikeouts)...lost at USC Apr. 11 (4.0 innings, 10 hits, six runs, three walks, six strikeouts)...won vs. OSU Apr. 4 (7.0 innings, seven hits, two runs, three walks, 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 WSU 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 Pac-10 POW Feb. 26, throwing 5.0 innings (one hit, one run, one walk, seven strikeouts) vs. Kansas State Feb. 22...preseason All-American in Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball, Rivals.com; and Golden Spikes and Wallace Award candidate...2007 first-team All-Pac-10...1-0 with a 2.40 ERA (16 hits, four earned runs, 16 strikeouts in 15.0 innings) career vs. Arizona State...slated to start Friday vs. the Sun Devils...
Josh Satin, SR., 2B: Batting .417 (60-for-144, 1st in Pac-10, .317 vs. Pac-10) with nine doubles, 13 home runs (3rd in Pac-10) and 39 RBI (6th in Pac-10)...is third in the Pac-10 in total bases (108), second in hits (60), fifth in runs scored (42), third in slugging percentage (.750), fifth in walks (29) and second in on-base percentage (.511)...hit safely in first 22 games and had a school-record a 27-game hitting streak (May 20, 2007-Mar. 29, 2008)...went 2-for-2 with a home run Tuesday vs. Cal Poly...was 3-for-4 with a double, home run and two RBI at USC Apr. 13, and 2-for-4 with a home run at Pacific Apr. 15...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 Cal topped three ranked teams at San Diego Tournament (10-for-19, .526, 2B, 2-HR, eight RBI)...vs. San Diego State Mar. 1 had a three-run homer, and vs. San Diego Mar. 2 went 4-for-5 with two-run homer...vs. Utah Valley Feb. 23 (DH) was 3-for-9 with two home runs and four RBI...batting .419 (18-for-43) with runners in scoring position...8-for-20 (.400) with two doubles, a home run and three RBI career vs. Arizona State...
Blake Smith, SO., RF/RHP: Batting .302 (42-for-139, .239 vs. Pac-10) with seven doubles, a triple, seven home runs and 31 RBI...has thrown two runners out at the plate from right field...is 2-0 with 2.31 ERA and 19 strikeouts in 11.2 innings...was 2-for-2 with a home run and four RBI vs. UW Apr. 18, and won vs. Huskies Apr. 20 (2.0 innings, one hit, one walk, three strikeouts)...had a two-run homer and won (2.0 innings, one hit, 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 vs. Fresno State and OSU Apr. 2-6...hit grand slam Apr. 2 vs. Fresno State...hit two-run homer at WSU Mar. 21...had career-high eight-game hitting streak from Mar. 9-21 (13-for-34, .382, 4-2B, 2-HR, nine RBI)...doubled 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...went 3-for-3 with two strikeouts in 1.0 inning vs. Stanford Mar. 4...batting .327 (18-for-55) with runners in scoring position...2007 HM All-Pac-10...1-for-8 (.125) with an RBI career vs. Arizona State...
Dylan Tonneson, SO., C: Batting .367 (47-for-128, .275 vs. Pac-10) with nine doubles, five home runs and 25 RBI...has a .463 on-base percentage (8th in Pac-10)...has started last 37 games at catcher...was 5-for-10 with a home run and two RBI vs. UW Apr. 18-20...went 4-for-9 with two doubles and RBI at USC Apr. 11-13..was a career-high 4-for-4 with a double, home run and two RBI at Pacific Apr. 15...had two home runs and four RBI vs. Long Beach State Mar. 28-30...went 6-for-12 (.500) with three RBI vs. LMU Mar. 14-16, including 3-for-4 with an RBI Mar. 16 vs. Lions...was 2-for-3 with a double and four RBI Mar. 7 vs. Northern Iowa...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 4.64 ERA in 16 appearances...has 42 strikeouts in 33.0 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...won Mar. 2 in relief at San Diego (4.1 innings, two hits, no runs, one walk, two strikeouts)...earned save Feb. 22 vs. Kansas State (4.0 innings, no hits, three walks, five strikeouts)...sophomore transfer from Long Beach State...
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