Cal Baseball Hosts Washington State in Pac-10 Series

March 26, 2009

BERKELEY, CALIF. -

Fri., March 27 vs. Washington State Evans Diamond, Berkeley, Calif. 2:30 p.m.Sat., March 28 vs. Washington State Evans Diamond, Berkeley, Calif. 12:00 p.m.Sun., March 29 vs. Washington State Evans Diamond, Berkeley, Calif. 1:00 p.m.

BEAR NOTES: Cal (13-8, 2-1) competes in its second Pac-10 series of the season this week, hosting Washington State March 27-29, at Evans Diamond. The Golden Bears have improved their home record to 7-5 after defeating Bay Area rival Stanford two-of-three games (W 7-6, L 6-5 in 12 inn., W 11-4) March 21-23 to open league play, and topping Santa Clara, 9-6, on Wednesday. Sophomore first baseman/outfielder Mark Canha, the March 3 Pac-10 Player of the Week, continues his torrid pace, batting a team-leading .398 (33-for-83, 2nd in Pac-10) and is first in the conference in total bases (61) and home runs (eight), and is third in the league in hits (33), RBI (26) and slugging percentage (.735). Canha has now hit safely in 20 of the Bears' 21 games. Sophomore shortstop Brian Guinn is second on the team with a .394 average (28-for-71, 3rd in Pac-10) with three doubles, two triples and 13 RBI. Guinn is currently on a career-best nine-game hitting streak. Junior center fielder Brett Jackson, a first-team preseason All-American in Baseball America, has also hit safely in 20 of the Bears' 21 games and leads the Pac-10 with 34 hits. Jackson is batting .378 (34-for-90, 5th in Pac-10) with eight doubles (5th in Pac-10), a triple, four home runs and 15 RBI. Cal leads the league with a .317 team batting average with a conference-high 240 hits, 28 home runs and 389 total bases. On the mound, the Bears have a league-best nine saves, with freshman right-hander Erik Johnson recording four saves (2nd in Pac-10). Cal's No. 1 starter is freshman right-hander Matt Flemer, who is 2-0 with a 4.84 ERA and a save, and has 27 strikeouts in 22.1 innings. Flemer's first outing was Feb. 25 at Santa Clara, pitching 6.2 innings with four hits, two runs, no walks and 13 strikeouts. Another top pitcher has been junior left-handed reliever Michael Bugary, who is 3-0 with a 1.64 ERA (4th in Pac-10) and a team-high 35 strikeouts (6th in Pac-10) in 22.0 innings. Nine of Cal's opponents this season were 2008 NCAA Regional participants. The Bears' 2009 schedule is considered the nation's third toughest by Boyd's World.

SERIES RECORD: Cal has a 38-26 all-time record against Washington State, winning two-of-three games (W 9-1, W 7-4, L 5-4 in 10 inn.), March 20-22, 2008 in Pullman. In the last series at Evans Diamond, the Bears won two-of-three (W 8-4, W 6-2, L 9-6), March 30-April 1, 2007.

HEAD COACH David Esquer: Esquer, 43, (10th season, 276-244-2, .531) was the 2001 Pac-10 Coach of the Year after the Bears went 34-25 and played in the Baton Rouge Regional (1-2). Last year, Cal was 33-21-2 and competed in the Long Beach Regional (0-2). Forty five Bears have signed pro contracts under Esquer, including first round picks David Cooper (1B, Toronto, 17th overall) in 2008, Brandon Morrow (RHP, Seattle, fifth overall) in 2006 and Conor Jackson (INF., Arizona, 19th overall) in 2003. Esquer came to Cal after serving as top assistant at Pepperdine (1996-99), and No. 2 assistant at Stanford (1991-96). A shortstop at Stanford (1984-87), he started on the 1987 College World Series championship team, earning All-Tournament honors. Esquer played professionally for four seasons with Baltimore, California and Milwaukee.

TENTATIVE CALIFORNIA LINE-UPNo.	Pos.	Player	2009 stats4	CF	Brett Jackson, Jr. .378, 15 RBI, 4 HR2	SS	Brian Guinn, So. .394, 13 RBI, 0 HR37	RF	Blake Smith, Jr. .291, 19 RBI, 4 HR5	1B	Mark Canha, So. .398, 26 RBI, 8 HR23	2B	Jeff Kobernus, Jr. .297, 13 RBI, 1 HR19	LF	Danny Oh, Fr. .333, 14 RBI, 2 HR33	C	Dylan Tonneson, Jr. .268, 10 RBI, 4 HR15	DH	Marcus Semien, Fr. .212, 4 RBI, 1 HR26	3B	Michael Brady, Sr. .293, 15 RBI, 2 HR49	RHP	Matt Flemer, Fr. (Fri.) 2-0, 4.84 ERA51	RHP	Brian Diemer, So. (Sat.) 1-1, 3.46 ERA		TBA (Sun.)

PAC-10 RACE (AS OF MARCH 26)	Conference	                Overall	W	L	PCT	GB	W	L 	T	.PCTASU	3	0	1.000	---	17	3	0	.850CAL	2	1	.667	1.0	13	8	0	.619UCLA	2	1	.667	1.0	8	13	0	.381USC	1	2	.333	2.0	10	10	0	.500Stan	1	2	.333	2.0	5	10	0	.333OSU	0	0	.000	---	13	5	0	.722Ore	0	0	.000	---	10	12	0	.454Wash	0	0	.000	---	9	12	0	.429WSU	0	0	.000	---	8	11	0	.421Ariz	0	3	.000	3.0	11	10	0	.524

NOTING WASHINGTON STATE: The Washington State Cougars, coached by Donnie Marbut (Fifth year at WSU, 123-123, .500), are 8-11 after sweeping South Dakota State (12-0, 12-4, 13-4) last weekend in Pullman. Top hitters for the Cougars are senior catcher Greg Lagreid (.356, 1 HR, 17 RBI), senior first baseman Alex Burg (.345, 3 HR, 18 RBI) and sophomore shortstop Shea Vucinich (.290, 4 HR, 11 RBI). Washington State's tentative pitching rotation is senior left-hander Matt Way (2-2, 1.09 ERA), sophomore right-hander Chad Arnold (1-1, 5.73 ERA) and senior right-hander Jared Prince (1-1, 3.95 ERA). In 2008, the Cougars finished 30-26 overall and 8-16 (eighth) in the Pac-10.

JACKSON'S HONORS: Junior center fielder Brett Jackson has been named a 2009 first-team preseason All-American by Baseball America, is on the Golden Spikes Award Watch List and is a preseason All-Pac-10 selection by Baseball America and Rivals.com. Jackson is Cal's first, first-team preseason All-America selection since outfielder Brennan Boesch in 2006. Earlier he was named the nation's 13th best player by The College Baseball Blog. Jackson was honorable mention All-Pac-10 last season, and was also selected the eighth-best prospect out of the Cape Cod League by Baseball America, hitting .238 with six doubles, four home runs, 14 RBI and eight stolen bases this past summer for the Cotuit Kettleers. Last spring, he batted .307 (62-for-202, .302 versus the Pac-10) with seven doubles, four triples (fourth in the Pac-10), four home runs and 40 RBI for the Bears. Jackson led the team with 12 stolen bases (eighth in the Pac-10) and hit his first career grand slam May 2 versus Arizona. He finished the year batting .333 (23-for-69) with runners in scoring position. Jackson was a 2008 honorable mention Pac-10 All-Academic selection as well, majoring in sociology (now an art major). This season, he is batting .378 (34-for-90, 5th in Pac-10) with eight doubles (5th in Pac-10), a triple, four home runs (9th in Pac-10) and 15 RBI, and has hit safely in 20 of 21 games. Jackson is first in the Pac-10 in hits (34), fourth in runs (21), fifth in stolen bases (8), fifth in total bases (56) and eighth in slugging percentage (.622).

MULTI-TALENTED SMITH: Junior left-handed hitting, right-handed throwing outfielder/pitcher/first baseman Blake Smith is a second-team preseason All-American utility player in both Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball, and is on the Golden Spikes Award Watch List. Earlier Smith was named the nation's 16th best player, according to The College Baseball Blog, and was selected to the 2009 Wallace Award Watch List as a national player of the year candidate. Additionally, he was named the seventh best prospect from Team USA by Baseball America in early September. Smith was instrumental in the USA Baseball National (Collegiate) Team capturing the gold medal at the IV FISU World Collegiate Baseball Championship in the Czech Republic this past summer as the USA squad topped Japan, 1-0 in 12 innings for the title on July 27. He not only helped pace Team USA to an undefeated 24-0 record, he was the team's leading hitter during the national team's summer tour with a .327 average. Smith finished the summer 18-for-55 (.327) overall with five doubles, a triple, three home runs and 13 RBI in 20 games. He was also one of the national team's top relievers, sporting a 1-0 record with a 0.00 ERA and two saves, striking out 11 batters with only three hits and three walks in 9.0 innings. Another highlight for Smith was hitting a home run versus the Cuban squad that competed in the Beijing Olympics. Last spring, Smith batted .296 with 11 doubles, two triples, 12 home runs and 43 RBI for Cal. On the mound, he was 3-0 with a 3.80 ERA and had 36 strikeouts in 21.1 innings. Smith also threw two runners out at the plate from right field during the year and hit a two-run homer against Long Beach State at the NCAA Regional in Long Beach. This season, he is 25-for-86 (.291) at the plate with seven doubles (9th in Pac-10), four home runs (9th in Pac-10) and 19 RBI (7th in Pac-10). On the mound, Smith (0-1) has 21 strikeouts in 16.1 innings with a 4.96 ERA. He has also thrown two runners out at the plate from right field (March 4 versus USF, March 14 versus Cal Poly).

CANHA'S CONTRIBUTIONS: Sophomore outfielder/first baseman Mark Canha is leading the Bears with a .398 average (33-for-83, 2nd in Pac-10) and has hit safely in 20 of 21 games. Canha has four doubles and leads the Pac-10 with eight home runs and 61 total bases, and is third in the league with 26 RBI. Canha also has a .735 slugging percentage (4th in Pac-10) and a .469 on-base percentage (9th in Pac-10). He was the March 3 Pac-10 Player of the Week after going 9-for-20 (.450) with seven runs, two doubles, two home runs and five RBI in Cal's wins over Vanderbilt (4-3), at Santa Clara (12-2) and three-game sweep at Long Beach State. Canha has hit home runs in two of the last three games, is on a nine-game hitting streak, and is leading the team with 11 multiple hit games and eight multiple RBI games.

MASTERFUL MILLER: The Bears have another Wallace Award candidate in sophomore right-hander Kevin Miller. Miller was a 2008 Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American last season, as well as honorable mention All-Pac-10, finishing 6-1 with a 2.90 ERA. He had 68 strikeouts in 71.1 innings and started his college career in impressive fashion, not giving up an earned run in his first 44.0 innings on the mound. Miller was second in the Pac-10 with a 2.90 ERA and a .196 opponent batting average. Some of Miller's top games in `08 included striking out a career-high eight batters in 6.2 innings versus Washington on Apr. 19, and defeating two-time defending national champion Oregon State in relief, throwing 6.2 innings with seven strikeouts. He ended up making 21 appearances with five starts, picking up six straight wins from March 11 through May 11. This season, Miller (0-1) has 23 strikeouts (15 looking, 1st in Pac-10) in 26.2 innings with a 4.72 ERA. He earned his first collegiate save Wednesday versus Santa Clara (3.2 innings, five hits, one earned run, one walk, two strikeouts).

OH'S HEROICS: Freshman outfielder/first baseman Danny Oh, a native of Mill Creek, Wash., started his college career with a bang, hitting a two-run homer in his first collegiate at-bat, pinch-hitting in the seventh inning Feb. 20 in the Bears' season-opening 8-7 win over UC Riverside. Oh is batting .333 (24-for-72), with two doubles, a triple, two home runs, 14 RBI, and is second on the team with a .394 average (13-for-33) with runners in scoring position. He was impressive Feb. 25 at Santa Clara, going 4-for-5 with four RBI, and was 4-for-5 with an RBI March 17 at Pacific.

FLEMER'S DEBUT: In one of the best pitching debut in Cal history, freshman right-hander Matt Flemer (El Cerrito, Calif.) threw 6.1 innings with four hits, two runs, no walks and 13 strikeouts Feb. 25 at Santa Clara. Flemer's 13 strikeouts were the most K's for a Bear hurler since Tyson Ross struck out 16 Oral Roberts batters on Mar. 22, 2007. Flemer yielded a lead-off homer to the first hitter he faced, but went on to retire 19 of the next 20 batters. He earned a save in his second outing Feb. 28 at Long Beach State, throwing 2.0 innings with no hits, no runs, no walks and three strikeouts. Flemer is currently 2-0 with a 4.84 ERA and a save with 27 strikeouts (11 looking, 5th in Pac-10) and only three walks in 22.1 innings.

DIEMER DELIEVERS: Another strong pitching performance from a young Cal player was sophomore right-hander Brian Diemer Feb. 23 versus Vanderbilt. Diemer, who only made five appearances last season, threw a career-high 7.2 innings with three hits, three runs, one walk and eight strikeouts. In his last outing he threw 6.0 innings with five hits, two earned runs, four walks and a career-high nine strikeouts March 22 versus Stanford. Diemer is currently 1-1 with a 3.46 ERA and is ninth in the Pac-10 in with a .204 opponent batting average.

KOBERNUS WATCH: Junior Jeff Kobernus has surely shown his versatility. As a freshman, Kobernus played in the Bears' outfield after staring as a shortstop in high school, earning Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-America honors after batting .331 with five doubles, a triple, a home run and 22 RBI. Last season, he moved to third base and hit .303 with 13 doubles, two triples, three home runs (including a grand slam against Loyola Marymount) with 27 RBI. This year Kobernus is Cal's second baseman, batting .297 (27-for-91) with five doubles, a triple, a home run and 13 RBI. He is ninth in the Pac-10 with 27 hits. On Feb. 23, Kobernus had the game-winning RBI in the ninth inning in the Bears' 4-3 victory over Vanderbilt.

TONNESON'S TIME: Junior catcher Dylan Tonneson continues to be one of the Bears' most consistent players. After taking over behind the plate for an injured Charlie Cutler early last season, Tonneson has become Cal's everyday catcher. He is currently batting .268 (19-for-71) with five doubles, four home runs and 10 RBI after hitting .306 with 12 doubles, six home runs and 33 RBI as sophomore. Tonneson was the 2008 recipient of the George Wolfman Award as the team's most improved player.

BULLPEN ACE JOHNSON: Freshman right-hander Erik Johnson (Los Altos, Calif.) has already established himself as one of the Bears' top closer as he is second in the Pac-10 with four saves in 10 appearances with a win, while striking out 19 batters in 15.0 innings. Johnson picked up a save in the Feb. 20 season-opener versus UC Riverside (1.1 innings, no hits, no runs, one strikeout) and the win Feb. 23 versus Vanderbilt (1.1 innings, no hits, no runs, three strikeouts). He earned two saves at Long Beach State (Feb. 27-28) and March 4 versus San Francisco.

GUINN'S GAME: Sophomore shortstop Brian Guinn is currently on a nine-game hitting streak and his average has now risen to .394 (28-for-71, 3rd in Pac-10) with three doubles, two triples, 13 RBI. Guinn has also scored 21 runs (4th in Pac-10) with a .450 on-base percentage and is hitting a team-best .483 (14-for-29) with runners in scoring position. He had a career-game Feb. 25 at Santa Clara, going 4-for-4 with three runs scored, a double and a career-high three RBI. Guinn's average has now risen to.

CAL BITS: Junior left-hander Michael Bugary, who has battled injuries (shoulder, knee) the past two seasons, is 3-0 with a save, a 1.64 ERA (4th in Pac-10) and has a team-high 35 strikeouts (6th in Pac-10) in 22.0 innings and a team-high 11 appearances (4th in Pac-10)...sophomore right-hander Yasser Clor is also 3-0 (6.39 ERA) with a victory in relief in the Feb. 20 season-opener versus UC Riverside, and wins in starts March 4 versus San Francisco and Wednesday versus Santa Clara...Cal head coach David Esquer has mentored seven All-Americans since 2000, including three freshman All-Americans in the last four years...last season, second baseman Josh Satin was Cal's first, first-team All-American in Baseball America since Troy Penix in 1992, and first baseman David Cooper was a member of four different All-America teams...in 2008, the Bears twice defeated eventual national champion Fresno State (14-4 in San Diego, 5-4 in Berkeley)...Cal is predicted by Baseball America to qualify for the 2009 NCAA Austin, Texas Regional as the No. 3 seed team behind Texas and Arkansas and ahead of Texas-San Antonio...Cal will be looking for back-to-back regional appearances for the first time since 1991-92 under former head coach Bob Milano...Milano, who guided the Bears from 1978-1999 and led them to three College World Series (third place finish in 1980), will be inducted into the ABCA Hall of Fame in January, 2010...he will join Clint Evans and George Wolfman as Cal coaches in the ABCA Hall of Fame...Evans led the Bears to the first-ever CWS title in 1947 and Wolfman guided Cal to the 1957 national championship...the Bears have two sophomore infielders, Austin Booker and Guinn, who are sons of former Cal standouts and professional ballplayers Rod Booker (1979-80) and Brian Guinn, Sr. (1981-83), while freshman infielder Marcus Semien is the son of former Cal wide receiver Damian Semien (1990-93)...Booker (.375, 3-for-8) hit a home run in his first at-bat of the season Feb. 21 (game one) against UC Riverside and scored the winning run in the Bears' 4-3 victory over Vanderbilt...

DID YOU KNOW?

*Cal won the inaugural College World Series title in 1947, defeating former President George H.W. Bush's Yale team, 8-7, in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

*The Golden Bears have had two players become league MVPs in professional baseball - Jackie Jensen (1947, 49) 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 - the highest draft pick in Cal history.

CAL INDIVIDUAL PLAYER NOTES

Dixon Anderson, FR., RHP: 0-0 with a 3.00 ERA and a save in eight appearances...has a 14 strikeouts and only four walks in 15.0 innings...earned first collegiate save March 23 vs. Stanford (3.0 innings, no hits, no runs, no walks, two strikeouts)...threw a career-high 4.0 innings with a career-high four strikeouts March 14 vs. Cal Poly (eight hits, three runs)...

Michael Brady, SR., 3B/SS: Batting .293 (24-for-82, .375 vs. Pac-10) with nine doubles (1st in Pac-10), two triples, two home runs, 15 RBI and 43 total bases (10th in Pac-10)...was 3-for-4 with a double and RBI Wednesday vs. Santa Clara...went 2-for-3 with two doubles and an RBI vs. Stanford March 21...was 2-for-5 with a double and RBI March 17 at Pacific...had a seven-game hitting streak from Feb. 28- March 7 (9-for-23, .391, 3-2B, 3B, HR, five RBI)...went 3-for-4 with a double and home run March 6 at Arkansas...was 2-for-4 with a double, triple and RBI Feb. 28 at Long Beach State...hit a home run in the season-opener vs. UC Riverside...is batting .345 (10-for-29) with runners in scoring position...7-for-19 (.368) with two RBI career vs. Washington State...

Michael Bugary, JR., LHP: 3-0 (4th in Pac-10) with a 1.64 ERA (4th in Pac-10) and a save in a team-high 11 appearances (4th in Pac-10)...has a team-high 35 strikeouts (6th in Pac-10) in 22.0 innings...opponents are batting .220...won in relief March 23 vs. Stanford (2.0 innings, three hits, two runs, three walks, six strikeouts)...won in relief March 21 vs. Stanford (2.0 innings, one hit, no runs, no walks, three strikeouts)...had six strikeouts in 3.0 innings March 17 at Pacific...earned save March 7 at Arkansas with a career-high seven strikeouts in 3.2 innings...had five strikeouts in a career-high 4.0 innings Feb.21 vs. UC Riverside...

Mark Canha, SO., 1B/OF: Batting a team-leading .398 (33-for-83, 2nd in Pac-10, .300 vs. Pac-10) with four doubles, and a team-leading eight home runs (1st in Pac-10) and 26 RBI (3rd in Pac-10)...also has 61 total bases (1st in Pac-10), a .735 slugging percentage (4th in Pac-10), a .469 on-base percentage (9th in Pac-10), 19 runs scored (10th in Pac-10) and is third in the Pac-10 with 33 hits...is first on the team with 11 multiple hit games and eight multiple RBI games...has hit safely in 20 of 21 games and is currently on a nine-game hitting streak from March 9 (15-for-36, .417, 5-HR, 18 RBI)...went 2-for-4 with two RBI Wednesday vs. Santa Clara...hit a two-run homer vs. Stanford March 23 and a three-run homer vs. the Cardinal March 22...was 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI March 17 at Pacific...went 3-for-4 with an RBI March 13 vs. Cal Poly...was 3-for-5 with two home runs and three RBI March 9 at Oklahoma...started the season off on a career-high 11-game hitting streak (18-for-45, .400, 4-2B, 3-HR, eight RBI), including four straight two-hit games (Feb. 27-March 4)...is batting .343 (12-for-35) with runners in scoring position...

Yasser Clor, SO., RHP: 3-0 (4th in Pac-10) with a 6.39 ERA in five appearances and two starts...earned win in start Wednesday vs. Santa Clara (career-high 5.1 innings, six hits, one earned run, two walks, two strikeouts)...won in start March 4 vs. San Francisco (3.0 innings, four hits, one run, two walks, two strikeouts)...won in relief in the season-opener Feb. 20 vs. UC Riverside (2.2 innings, two hits, one run, two walks)...

Brian Diemer, SO., RHP: 1-1 with a 3.46 ERA in five starts...opponents are batting .204 (9th in Pac-10)...no decision March 22 vs. Stanford (6.0 innings, five hits, two earned runs, four walks, career-high nine strikeouts)...lost March 14 vs. Cal Poly (2.1 innings, four hits, four runs, three walks, one strikeout)...earned first collegiate win March 7 at Arkansas (5.0 innings, two hits, no runs, six walks, one strikeout)...got no decision March 1 at Long Beach State (5.0 innings, one earned run, four walks)...got no decision, but threw a career-high 7.2 innings with three hits, three runs, one walk and eight strikeouts Feb. 23 vs. Vanderbilt...is slated to start Saturday vs. Washington State...

Matt Flemer, FR., RHP/1B: 2-0 with a 4.84 ERA and a save in five appearances and four starts...has 27 strikeouts (11 looking, 5th in Pac-10) and only three walks in 22.1 innings...is also 1-for-5 with an RBI at the plate...got no decision March 21 vs. Stanford (4.0 innings, six hits, four runs, one walk, two strikeouts)...won March 13 vs. Cal Poly (5.0 innings, nine hits, four runs, three strikeouts)...got no decision March 6 at Arkansas (5.0 innings, four hits, two runs, two walks, six strikeouts)...earned first collegiate save March 1 at Long Beach State (2.0 innings, no hits, no runs, three strikeouts)...was 1-for-2 with an RBI at Long Beach State Feb. 28....in first collegiate outing threw a career-high 6.1 innings with four hits, two runs, no walks and a career-high 13 strikeouts Feb. 25 at Santa Clara...gave up a lead-off home run and then retired 19 of the next 20 Broncos with his 13 K's...is slated to start Friday vs. Washington State...

Brian Guinn, SO., SS: Batting .394 (28-for-71, 3rd in Pac-10, .417 vs. Pac-10) with three doubles, two triples and 13 RBI...is fourth in the Pac-10 with 21 runs, sixth with 28 hits and has a .450 on-base percentage...is currently on a career-high nine-game hitting streak from March 9 (15-for-34, .441, 2B, 2-3B, nine RBI)...was 2-for-3 with two RBI vs. Stanford March 23...went 2-for-4 with two RBI vs. Stanford March 21...was 3-for-4 with a triple and two RBI March 17 at Pacific...was 3-for-4 March 7 at Arkansas...went a career-high 4-for-4 with a double and three RBI at Santa Clara Feb. 25...batting a team-best .483 (14-for-29) with runners in scoring position...0-for-3 career vs. Washington State...

Brett Jackson, JR., CF: Batting .378 (34-for-90, 5th in Pac-10, .231 vs. Pac-10) with eight doubles (5th in Pac-10), a triple, four home runs (9th in Pac-10) and 15 RBI...also leads the Pac-10 in hits (34), is fourth in runs (21), fifth in total bases (56), fifth in stolen bases (eight) and eighth in slugging percentage (.622)...has hit safely in 20 of 21 games this season...started the season on a career-high 18-game hitting streak (31-for-76, .408, 8-2B, 3B, 4-HR, 14 RBI)...went 2-for-4 with a home run March 21 vs. Stanford...was 3-for-5 with two home runs March 9 at Oklahoma...was 1-for-3 with a home run March 8 at Arkansas...went 2-for-4 with a triple and three RBI vs. San Francisco March 4...was 3-for-5 with an RBI at Long Beach State Feb. 28 and a career-high 4-for-6 with two doubles and an RBI Feb. 27 vs. the 49ers...has had 10 multiple-hit games...is a first-team Preseason All-American in Baseball America and is on the Golden Spikes Watch List...2-for-9 (.222) with an RBI career vs. Washington State...

Erik Johnson, FR., RHP: 1-2 with a 6.60 ERA and four saves (2nd in Pac-10)...has 19 strikeouts in 15.0 innings...opponents are batting .242...loss in first collegiate start March 15 vs. Cal Poly (career-high 3.0 innings, six hits, eight runs, three earned runs, one walk, career-high four strikeouts)...earned save March 4 vs. San Francisco (1.0 inning, one walk)...earned two saves Feb. 27-28 at Long Beach State (combined 2.1 innings, two hits, no runs, one walk, three strikeouts)...earned save Feb. 23 vs. Vanderbilt (1.1 innings, no hits, no runs, one walk, three strikeouts)...earned save in Feb. 20 season-opener vs. UC Riverside (1.1 innings, no hits, no runs, one strikeout)...

Jeff Kobernus, JR., 2B: Batting .297 (22-for-91) with five doubles, a triple, a home run and 13 RBI...is ninth in the Pac-10 with 27 hits and six stolen bases...had a career-high 12-game hitting streak from Feb. 21-March 13 (20-for-56, .357, 5-2B, eight RBI)...was 3-for-5 with a double March 7 at Arkansas...went 3-for-5 with a double and two RBI Feb. 23 vs. Vanderbilt, including knocking in the game-winning RBI in the ninth inning...was 2-for-4 with a triple, home run and two RBI in the Feb. 20 season-opener vs. UC Riverside...has eight multiple hit games...6-for-20 (.300) with two doubles and two RBI career vs. Washington State...

Kevin Miller, FR., RHP: 0-1 with a 4.72 ERA and a save in seven appearances and three starts...has 23 strikeouts (15 looking, 1st in Pac-10) in 26.2 innings...earned first collegiate save Wednesday vs. Santa Clara (3.2 innings, five hits, one earned run, one walk, two strikeouts)...threw in relief March 22 vs. Stanford (3.1 innings, four hits, one run, three walks, three strikeouts)...threw in relief March 15 vs. Cal Poly (3.0 innings, five hits, no earned runs, two walks)...threw a season-high 6.0 innings in March 9 start (loss) at Oklahoma (seven hits, five runs, two walks, season-high seven strikeouts)...threw in relief March 4 vs. San Francisco (3.0 innings, two hits, one run, four strikeouts)...got no decision Feb. 27 at Long Beach State (2.2 innings, three hits, two earned runs, five walks, three strikeouts)...got no decision Feb. 20 vs. UC Riverside (5.0 innings, nine hits, four earned runs, one walk, four strikeouts)...0-0 with a 0.00 ERA (four strikeouts in 3.2 innings) career vs. Washington State...

Danny Oh, FR., OF/1B: Batting .333 (24-for-72, .000 vs. Pac-10) with two doubles, a triple, two home runs and 14 RBI...hit a two-run homer in first collegiate at-bat Feb. 20 vs. UC Riverside...was 4-for-5 with an RBI March 17 at Pacific...hit an opposite field home run March 14 vs. Cal Poly...went 3-for-5 with a triple Feb. 28 at Long Beach State...was 4-for-5 with a career-high four RBI Feb. 25 at Santa Clara...has had seven multiple-hit games and four multiple-RBI games...batting .394 (13-for-33) with runners in scoring position...

Marcus Semien, FR., 3B: Batting .212 (7-for-33) with a double, a triple, home run and four RBI...has four starts at third base and three starts as designated hitter...hit first collegiate home run March 22 vs. Stanford...was 1-for-2 with a triple March 17 at Pacific...went a career-high 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI March 4 vs. San Francisco (first collegiate hit was RBI double)...batting .300 (3-for-10) with runners in scoring position...

Blake Smith, JR., RF/1B/RHP: Batting .291 (25-for-86, .300 vs. Pac-10) with seven doubles (9th in Pac-10), four home runs (9th in Pac-10) and 19 RBI (7th in Pac-10)...is eighth in the Pac-10 in total bases (44) and ninth in runs (20)...has thrown two runners out at the plate from right field...is 0-1 with a 4.96 ERA and a save in six appearances and three starts...has 21 strikeouts in 16.1 innings...was 2-for-3 with a three-run homer and a career-high four RBI March 23 vs. Stanford...earned save March 21 vs. Stanford (1.0 inning, one hit, one run, one walk, one strikeout)...had a two-run homer March 17 at Pacific...went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI March 13 vs. Cal Poly...also struck out the side in the ninth inning vs. the Mustangs March 13...lost in start March 8 at Arkansas (5.1 innings, three hits, five runs, six walks, career-high seven strikeouts)...was 2-for-5 with a double, home run and three RBI March 7 at Arkansas...go no decision in Feb. 28 start at Long Beach State (2.1 innings four hits, three earned runs, five walks, three strikeouts)...went 2-for-5 with a double and two RBI Feb. 27 at Long Beach State...got no decision in Feb. 21 start vs. UC Riverside (career-high 5.2 innings, four hits, no earned runs, four walks, career-high seven strikeouts)...batting .371 (13-for-35) with runners in scoring position...is a second-team Preseason All-American in both Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball, and is on the Golden Spikes and Wallace Award Watch List...3-for-22 (.136) with a home run and four RBI career vs. Washington State...on the mound, one strikeout in 1.0 innings career vs. Washington State...

Dylan Tonneson, JR., C: Batting .268 (19-for-71, .091 vs. Pac-10) with five doubles, four home runs (9th in Pac-10) and 10 RBI...is third in the Pac-10 in hit by pitch (seven)...hit a two-run homer vs. Stanford March 21...tied a career-high seven-game hitting streak March 6-15 (10-for-23, .435, 2-2B, 3-HR, five RBI)...was 3-for-4 with a double, home run and two RBI March 7 at Arkansas...went 3-for-4 with a double in the season-opener Feb. 20 vs. UC Riverside...1-for-14 (.071) with a double and RBI career vs. Washington State...

Daniel Wolford, JR., RHP: 1-1 with a 7.90 ERA in nine appearances...has 21 strikeouts in 13.2 innings...had a career-high five strikeouts in 2.1 innings March 6 at Arkansas (two hits, no runs, one walk)...earned win in relief Feb. 27 at Long Beach State (1.0 inning, one hit, no runs, one strikeout)...had a career-high five strikeouts in 3.1 innings Feb. 21 vs. UC Riverside (three hits, two runs, two walks)...

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