Cal Baseball Travels to Stanford for Non-Conference Tilt
April 21, 2009
BERKELEY, CALIF. -
Wed., April 22 at Stanford Sunken Diamond, Stanford, Calif. 5:00 p.m.Fri.-Sat., April 24-26 Arizona State Evans Diamond, Berkeley, Calif. 2:30, 1:00, 1:00 p.m.
RADIO: KALX Radio (90.7 FM) will broadcast the April 22 Cal-Stanford game. Gametracker available on www.CalBears.com.
BEAR NOTES: Cal (18-19, 5-10) travels to Stanford (16-16, 7-8) on Wednesday, April 22 for a 5 p.m. non-conference game at Sunken Diamond. The Golden Bears are 2-2 against the Cardinal this season, winning two-of-three Pac-10 games March 21-23 at Evans Diamond (lone loss was 6-5 in 12 innings) and fell, 14-4, in a non-conference game April 13 at Stanford. Most recently Cal won two-of-three games over Oregon, April 17-19 at Evans Diamond. The Bears were led by junior second baseman Jeff Kobernus, who was named the April 20 Pac-10 Player of the Week, going 11-for-19 (.579), with two doubles, three home runs and 12 RBI. The San Leandro native was 2-for-4 with a double and RBI April 13 at Stanford, 3-for-5 with a two-run double and two-run homer April 14 at UC Davis, 2-for-3 with a grand slam and a sacrifice fly versus Oregon April 17 and 3-for-4 with a two-run homer versus the Ducks on April 19. Kobernus is batting .338 with eight doubles, a triple, four home runs and 29 RBI. Cal's other Pac-10 Player of the Week recipient this season is sophomore outfielder/first baseman Mark Canha, who is batting a team-leading .396 (3rd in Pac-10) with 12 home runs (2nd in Pac-10) and 32 RBI (6th in Pac-10). Canha, who was the March 3 Pac-10 POW after Cal's sweep at Long Beach State, is also first in the Pac-10 with 57 hits and 105 total bases, second in slugging percentage (.729) and fourth with a .473 on-base percentage. He had a career-high 19-game hitting streak from March 9-April 10 and has hit safely in 35 of 37 games this season. On the mound, the Bears will be staring sophomore right-hander Brian Diemer, who is 1-4 with a 6.30 ERA (25 strikeouts in 40.0 innings). Diemer's best outings were Feb. 23 versus Vanderbilt, when he threw a career-high 7.2 innings with three hits, three runs, one walk and eight strikeouts. He threw 6.0 innings with five hits, two earned runs, four walks and a career-high nine strikeouts March 22 versus Stanford. 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 220-242-1 record against Stanford, winning two-of-three Pac-10 games (W 7-6, L 6-5 in 12 inn., W 11-4), March 21-23 at Evans Diamond and losing, 14-4, in a non-conference game April 13 at Sunken Diamond. In the last nine games against the Cardinal, the Bears are 5-3-1.
HEAD COACH David Esquer: Esquer, 43, (10th season, 281-255-2, .524) 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. .338, 25 RBI, 7 HR2 SS Brian Guinn, So. .366, 27 RBI, 2 HR37 RF Blake Smith, Jr. .315, 30 RBI, 8 HR5 1B Mark Canha, So. .396, 32 RBI, 12 HR23 2B Jeff Kobernus, Jr. .338, 29 RBI, 4 HR26 3B Michael Brady, Sr. .297, 22 RBI, 4 HR19 LF Danny Oh, Fr. .288, 24 RBI, 5 HR33 C Dylan Tonneson, Jr. .250, 10 RBI, 4 HR11 DH Dwight Tanaka, So. .233, 3 RBI, 0 HR51 RHP Brian Diemer, So. (Wed.) 1-4, 6.30 ERA