Cal Baseball Hosts USC in Final Pac-10 Series

May 20, 2009

BERKELEY, CALIF. -

Fri., May 22 USC Evans Diamond, Berkeley, Calif. 2:30 p.m.Sat., May 23 USC Evans Diamond, Berkeley, Calif. 1:00 p.m.Sun., May 24 USC Evans Diamond, Berkeley, Calif. 1:00 p.m.

TELEVISION: Friday's USC-Cal game will be televised by FoxSportsWest and shown Saturday, May 23 at 12 p.m. on FoxSports Prime Ticket. Announcers will be Barry Tompkins (play-by-play) and John Jackson (color, All-Pac-10 outfielder at USC, 1988-90)

RADIO: KALX Radio (90.7 FM) will broadcast the May 22-24 USC-Cal games. Gametracker available on www.CalBears.com.

BEAR NOTES: Cal (23-27, 8-16), winners of four of its last five games after defeating UCLA two-of-three in Los Angeles and shutting out Sacramento State 15-0 May 12, hosts USC (26-27, 11-13) in its final series this weekend at Evans Diamond. The Golden Bears have been led offensively by junior second baseman Jeff Kobernus, who was the April 20 Pac-10 Player of the Week. In Cal's last five games, Kobernus has gone 9-for-21 (.429) with two doubles, two triples, two home runs and five RBI for 21 total bases. On May 10 at UCLA, he nearly hit for the cycle, leading off with a triple, hitting a two-run homer and finishing with a double. Kobernus is second on the Bears with a .351 average and has 14 doubles, three triples, eight home runs, 40 RBI and a team-best 17 stolen bases. Another Bear who nearly hit for the cycle was junior center fielder Brett Jackson, who went 4-for-6 with an RBI single, a three-run triple and a grand slam for a career-high eight RBI May 12 versus Sacramento State. Cal's other Pac-10 Player of the Week recipient this season is sophomore outfielder/first baseman Mark Canha, who leads the Bears with a .361 average, 12 home runs and 43 RBI. Canha, the March 3 Pac-10 POW after Cal's sweep at Long Beach State, had a career-high 19-game hitting streak from March 9-April 10. On the mound Cal's freshman right-hander Dixon Anderson was the May 11 Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week when he picked up a win and two saves (8.2 innings, eight hits, one run, eight strikeouts, 1.04 ERA). Anderson earned saves versus UC Davis May 5 and at UCLA on May 8, forcing the Bruins into a game-ending double play with runners on first and third in the bottom of the ninth. Anderson threw a career-high 6.2 innings of relief in an 8-3 win over the Bruins May 10. He fanned a career-high seven batters to help lead the Bears to their first Pac-10 series win on the road and pick-up his first career victory.

SERIES RECORD: Cal has a 136-223 all-time record against USC, last winning one-of-three (L 17-1, L 11-5, W 13-11) April 11-13, 2008 at Dedeaux Field. In the last series at Evans Diamond, the Bears swept (4-3, 6-1, 6-3) May 19-21, 2007.

HEAD COACH David Esquer: Esquer, 43, (10th season, 286-263-2, .521) 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. .320, 37 RBI, 8 HR2	SS	Brian Guinn, So. .319, 34 RBI, 2 HR5	1B	Mark Canha, So. .361, 43 RBI, 12 HR23	2B	Jeff Kobernus, Jr. .351, 40 RBI, 8 HR37	DH	Blake Smith, Jr. .325, 36 RBI, 10 HR26	3B	Michael Brady, Sr. .256, 24 RBI, 4 HR19	RF	Danny Oh, Fr. .304, 32 RBI, 6 HR33	C	Dylan Tonneson, Jr. .256, 17 RBI, 7 HR11	LF	Dwight Tanaka, So. .266, 9 RBI, 0 HR35	RHP	Erik Johnson, Fr. (Fri.) 3-5, 5.19 ERA41	RHP	Kevin Miller, So. (Sat.) 2-2, 3.44 ERA                TBA (Sun.)

PAC-10 RACE (AS OF MAY 19) Conference Overall W L PCT GB W L T .PCTASU 19 5 .792 --- 41 11 0 .788WSU 16 8 .667 3.0 28 23 0 .549UCLA 14 10 .583 5.0 26 27 0 .491OSU 13 11 .542 6.0 32 16 0 .667Wash 13 11 .542 6.0 25 27 0 .481Stan 12 12 .500 7.0 29 23 0 .558USC 11 13 .458 8.0 26 27 0 .491Ariz 10 14 .416 9.0 27 24 0 .529CAL 8 16 .333 11.0 23 27 0 .460Ore 4 20 .167 15.0 14 38 0 .269

NOTING USC: The USC Trojans, coached by Chad Kreuter (third year at USC, 81-84, .491), are 26-27 (11-13) after winning one of three (L 8-6, L 9-1, W 5-2) last weekend versus Stanford and winning, 5-4, Tuesday versus UC Riverside in Los Angeles. Top hitters for the Trojans are junior shortstop Grant Green (.372, 4 HR, 31 RBI), junior left fielder Mike O'Neill (.324, 2 HR, 15 RBI) and freshman first baseman Ricky Oropesa (.318, 12 HR, 46 RBI). USC's tentative pitching rotation is junior right-hander Robert Stock (4-4, 3.18 ERA), junior right-hander Brad Boxberger (5-3, 2.97 ERA) and senior left-hander Anthony Vasquez (4-5, 3.80 ERA). Last season, the Trojans finished 28-28 overall and 11-13 (sixth tie) in the Pac-10.

JACKSON'S HONORS: Junior center fielder Brett Jackson was 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. 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 .320 (66-for-206) with 17 doubles (4th in Pac-10), five triples (2nd in Pac-10), eight home runs and 37 RBI. Jackson is seventh in the Pac-10 in total bases (117) and eighth in hits (66), (117). He had a spectacular game May 12 versus Sacramento State, going 4-for-6 with a three-run triple, a grand slam and a career-high eight RBI.

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. 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 64-for-197 (.325) at the plate (team-leading .344 versus Pac-10) with 14 doubles (10th in Pac-10), 10 home runs (9th in Pac-10) and 36 RBI. On the mound, Smith (0-1) has 26 strikeouts in 20.0 innings with a 5.85 ERA and two saves. He has also thrown two runners out at the plate from right field (March 4 versus San Francisco, March 14 versus Cal Poly).

CANHA'S CONTRIBUTIONS: Sophomore outfielder/first baseman Mark Canha is having a breakout year, leading the Bears with a .361 average (70-for-194, 6th in Pac-10). Canha has 16 doubles (8th in Pac-10), 70 hits (5th in Pac-10), 124 total bases (5th in Pac-10), and a .639 slugging percentage (6th in Pac-10). He also has 12 home runs (6th in Pac-10), 43 RBI (10th in Pac-10) and a .439 on-base percentage (10th 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 (11-8, 9-6, 6-3). Canha has 22 multiple hit and 11 multiple RBI games.

KOBERNUS WATCH: Junior Jeff Kobernus has shown 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 .351 (73-for-208) with 14 doubles (10th in Pac-10), three triples, eight home runs and 40 RBI. He is fourth in the Pac-10 with 73 hits, third with 17 stolen bases, seventh with 117 total bases and eighth with a .351 average. Kobernus was the April 20 Pac-10 Player of the Week after going 11-for-19 (.579), with two doubles, three home runs (including a grand slam) and 12 RBI in games at Stanford, at UC Davis and the three-game series versus Oregon. He had a career-high 14-game hitting streak (27-for-55, .491, 5-2B, 5-HR, 19 RBI) from April 9-May 1. On Feb. 23, Kobernus had the game-winning RBI in the ninth inning in the Bears' 4-3 victory over Vanderbilt.

GUINN'S GAME: Sophomore shortstop Brian Guinn, who was named to the Brooks Wallace Award Watch List as one of the nation's top shortstops on April 29, had a career-high 15-game hitting streak from March 9-April 3 (23-for-56, .411, 6-2B, 2-3B, 12 RBI) and is now batting .319 (60-for-188) with nine doubles, three triples, two home runs and 34 RBI. Guinn also leads the Bears with a .373 average (25-for-67) with runners in scoring position. He had a career-game April 15 at UC Davis, going 5-for-7 with two, three-run homers. Guinn also had a big game Feb. 25 at Santa Clara, going 4-for-4 with three runs scored, a double and three RBI. He has 18 multiple-hit games, eight multiple-RBI games and 10 stolen bases.

YOUNG ACE JOHNSON: Freshman right-hander Erik Johnson (Los Altos, Calif.), slated to start Friday versus USC, has established himself as one of the Bears' top pitchers. Johnson (3-5) is eighth in the Pac-10 with four saves in 18 appearances (eight starts), while striking out 51 batters in 58.1 innings. He earned a save Feb. 20 versus UC Riverside (1.1 innings, one strikeout) and a win Feb. 23 versus Vanderbilt (1.1 innings, three strikeouts). Johnson earned two saves at Long Beach State (Feb. 27-28) and March 4 versus San Francisco. He won a March 29 start versus WSU (career-high 6.0 innings, six hits, one earned run, four strikeouts) and an April 17 start versus Oregon (career-high 8.0 innings, six hits, one run, one walk and career-high six strikeouts).

MASTERFUL MILLER: Sophomore right-hander Kevin 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 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. Miller's top games in `08 included a career-high eight strikeouts in 6.2 innings versus Washington on Apr. 19, and defeating two-time defending national champion Oregon State in relief (6.2 innings, seven strikeouts). He had 21 appearances (five starts), picking up six straight wins from March 11 through May 11. This season, Miller (2-2) has 43 strikeouts (22 looking, 6th in Pac-10) in 49.2 innings with a 3.44 ERA. He earned his first collegiate save March 25 versus Santa Clara (3.2 innings, five hits, one earned run, one walk, two strikeouts) and picked up the win March 31 versus USF (5.2 innings, five hits, one run, two walks, six strikeouts) at AT&T Park during the Dante Benedetti Classic. On April 19 versus Oregon, Miller threw a career-high 7.0 innings with two hits, one run, two walks and four strikeouts.

OH'S HEROICS: Freshman outfielder Danny Oh ( Mill Creek, Wash.) hit 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 .304 (56-for-184), with five doubles, two triples, six home runs and 32 RBI. He was impressive Feb. 25 at Santa Clara, going 4-for-5 with four RBI; was 4-for-5 with an RBI March 17 at Pacific and hit a grand slam April 9 at Washington.

FLEMER'S DEBUT: In one of the best 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 March 22, 2007. Flemer yielded a lead-off HR to the first hitter he faced, but then retired 19 of the next 20 batters. He earned a save in his second outing Feb. 28 at Long Beach State (2.0 innings, no hits, no runs, no walks, three strikeouts). Flemer is 3-3 with a save and has 47 strikeouts (23 looking, 5th in Pac-10) in 48.2 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 against the Commodores. He threw 6.0 innings with five hits, two earned runs, four walks and a career-high nine strikeouts March 22 versus Stanford. Diemer earned his first collegiate save April 25 versus Arizona State (3.2 innings, three hits, one run, no walks, five strikeouts).

CAL BITS: 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)...entering the final weekend of the regular season, Cal is third in the Pac-10 with a .300 team batting average, and second with 528 hits, 111 doubles and 63 home runs...on the mound, the Bears are first in batters struck out looking (137) and second with 13 saves...Cal was looking for back-to-back regional appearances this season for the first time since 1991-92 campaigns 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 (.292, 7-for-24) 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...redshirt freshman Chad Bunting is 3-for-11 this season with two of his three hits being home runs and the other hit a double for a .909 slugging percentage...

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: 1-0 with a 3.98 ERA and three saves in 20 appearances...has 37 strikeouts in 43.0 innings...was May 11 Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week with a win and two saves (8.2 innings, eight hits, one run, eight strikeouts, 1.04 ERA)...earned saves vs. UC Davis May 5 and at UCLA May 8, forcing the Bruins into a game-ending double play with runners on first and third in the bottom of the ninth...won in relief May 10 at UCLA (career-high 6.2 innings, seven hits, one run, two walks, career-high seven strikeouts...threw 5.0 innings with one hit, no runs, one walk and five strikeouts April 10 at Washington...had three strikeouts in 1.2 innings (one hit, one earned run, no walks) April 3 at Oregon State...earned first collegiate save March 23 vs. Stanford (3.0 innings, no hits, no runs, no walks, two strikeouts)...threw 4.0 innings with four strikeouts March 14 vs. Cal Poly (eight hits, three runs)...

Michael Brady, SR., 3B/SS: Batting .256 (42-for-164, .242 vs. Pac-10) with 12 doubles, two triples, four home runs and 24 RBI...went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI at Stanford April 13...was 4-for-5 with a double at Oregon State April 5...went 2-for-4 with a double, home run and three RBI March 27 vs. Washington State...was 3-for-4 with a double and RBI March 25 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...7-for-21 (.333) with three home runs and five RBI in career vs. USC...

Michael Bugary, JR., LHP: 3-4 with a 4.15 ERA and a save in a team-high 27 appearances (4th in Pac-10)...has a team-high 65 strikeouts in 47.2 innings...had five strikeouts in 4.0 innings May 3 at Arizona...had two appearances April 24-26 vs. Arizona State, striking out eight batters in 5.2 innings...threw a career-high 4.2 innings April 26 vs. the Sun Devils...had four strikeouts in 2.1 innings April 11 at Washington...had three strikeouts in 1.2 innings (one hit, one walk) April 5 at Oregon State...won in relief March 23 vs. Stanford (2.0 innings, three hits, two runs, three walks, six strikeouts)...had four strikeouts in 2.1 innings March 31 vs. San Francisco...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 4.0 innings Feb.21 vs. UC Riverside...

Mark Canha, SO., 1B/OF: Batting a team-leading .361 (70-for-194, 7th in Pac-10, .300 vs. Pac-10) with 16 doubles (8th in Pac-10), and a team-leading 12 home runs (6th in Pac-10) and 43 RBI (10th in Pac-10)...also has 70 hits (5th in Pac-10), 124 total bases (5th in Pac-10), a .639 slugging percentage (6th in Pac-10), 43 runs and a .439 on-base percentage (10th in Pac-10)...has 22 multiple hit games and 11 multiple RBI games...had a career-high 19-game hitting streak from March 9-April 10 (30-for-74, .405, 4-2B, 7-HR, 20 RBI)...went 2-for-3 with a career-high four RBI April 25 vs. Arizona State...was 2-for-4 with a two-run triple and three RBI April 22 at Stanford...went 5-for-10 with two doubles, a home run and two RBI April 17-19 vs. Oregon...was 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI April 15 at UC Davis...went 2-for-4 with two doubles at Stanford April 13...hit a home run at Washington April 9...was 2-for-3 with a double and home run April 1 vs. Long Beach State...went 4-for-5 with a double March 29 vs. Washington State...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 an 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 0-for-3 career vs. USC...

Brian Diemer, SO., RHP: 2-6 with a 6.55 ERA and a save in 15 appearances and 10 starts...had three strikeouts in 2.0 innings May 8 at UCLA...had four strikeouts in 3.2 innings (three hits, one run, one walk) May 2 at Arizona...earned first collegiate April 25 vs. Arizona State (3.2 innings, three hits, one run, no walks, five strikeouts)...lost April 22 at Stanford (2.1 innings, six hits, two walks, one strikeout)...got no decision in April 15 at UC Davis (4.0 innings, three hits, one run, three walks, three strikeouts)...lost in April 10 start at Washington (3.0 innings, seven hits, six runs, two walks, one strikeout)...lost April 4 at Oregon State (5.2 innings, five hits, six runs, three walks, one strikeout)...lost March 28 vs. Washington State (1.1 innings, six hits, five earned runs, one walk, one strikeout)...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)...threw a career-high 7.2 innings (no decision, three hits, three runs, one walk, eight strikeouts) Feb. 23 vs. Vanderbilt...

Brian Guinn, SO., SS: Batting .319 (60-for-188, .274 vs. Pac-10) with nine doubles, three triples, two home runs and 34 RBI...was named to the Watch List for the Wallace Award as a candidate for the nation's top shortstop...had a career-high 15-game hitting streak from March 9-April 3 (23-for-56, .411, 6-2B, 2-3B, 12 RBI)...was 2-for-5 with a three-run triple May 3 at Arizona...went a career-high 5-for-7 with two, three-run homers (six RBI) April 15 at UC Davis...was 2-for-5 with two RBI at Oregon State April 5...went 2-for-3 with two doubles vs. Washington State March 27...was 2-for-3 with two RBI vs. Stanford March 23...went 2-for-4 with two RBI vs. the Cardinal 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 4-for-4 with a double and three RBI at Santa Clara Feb. 25...batting a team-best .373 (25-for-67) with runners in scoring position...is 0-for-2 career vs. USC...

Brett Jackson, JR., CF: Batting .320 (66-for-206, .224 vs. Pac-10) with 17 doubles (4th in Pac-10), five triples (2nd in Pac-10), eight home runs and 37 RBI...also seventh in the Pac-10 in total bases (117) and eighth in hits (66)...started the season on a career-high 18-game hitting streak (31-for-76, .408, 8-2B, 3B, 4-HR, 14 RBI)...had a spectacular game May 12 vs. Sacramento State, going 4-for-6 with an RBI single, a three-run triple and a grand slam for a career-high eight RBI...was 3-for-5 with a triple and two RBI vs. Arizona State April 25...went 2-for-5 with a double and triple vs. Oregon April 17...hit a home run at Oregon State April 4 and was 2-for-5 with two doubles and an RBI vs. the Beavers April 3...hit a three-run homer April 1 vs. Long Beach State and was 2-for-4 with two doubles March 31 vs. San Francisco...went 2-for-4 with a home run March 21 vs. Stanford...was 3-for-5 with two home runs March 9 at Oklahoma...hit 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 20 multiple-hit games...is a first-team Preseason All-American in Baseball America and is on the Golden Spikes Watch List...7-for-18 (.389) with three doubles and three RBI career vs. USC...

Erik Johnson, FR., RHP: 3-5 with a 4.47 ERA and four saves (8th in Pac-10) in 18 appearances and eight starts...has 51 strikeouts in 58.1 innings...got no decision May 8 at UCLA (6.0 innings, six hits, no earned runs, four walks, three strikeouts)...lost May 2 at Arizona (4.1 innings, eight hits, seven runs, four walks, three strikeouts)...lost April 24 start vs. Arizona State (7.1 innings, seven hits, three runs, five walks, career-high seven strikeouts)...won April 17 start vs. Oregon (career-high 8.0 innings, six hits, one run, one walk, six strikeouts)...lost April 11 start at Washington (5.2 innings, six hits, four runs, one walk, five strikeouts)...got no decision in April 5 start at Oregon State (4.0 innings, six hits, two earned runs, three walks, three strikeouts)...won in start March 29 vs. Washington State (6.0 innings, six hits, one earned run, no walks, four strikeouts)...loss in first collegiate start March 15 vs. Cal Poly (3.0 innings, six hits, three earned runs, one walk, 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)...is slated to start Friday vs. USC...

Jeff Kobernus, JR., 2B: Batting .351 (73-for-208, 8th in Pac-10, .330 vs. Pac-10) with 14 doubles, three triples, eight home runs and 40 RBI...is fourth in the Pac-10 with 73 hits, third with 17 stolen bases and seventh with 117 total bases...had a career-high 14-game hitting streak (27-for-55, .491, 5-2B, 5-HR, 19 RBI) from April 9-May 1...had a career-high 12-game hitting streak from Feb. 21-March 13 (20-for-56, .357, 5-2B, eight RBI)...went 2-for-5 with a double, triple and RBI at UCLA May 9, and 3-for-5 with a double, triple, home run and two RBI vs. the Bruins May 10...was 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBI May 5 vs. UC Davis...went 2-for-5 with a home run April 28 vs. Pacific and 3-for-4 with a double and RBI April 26 vs. Arizona State...was 3-for-5 with a two-run homer and three RBI April 22 at Stanford...went 6-for-10 with two home runs and seven RBI vs. Oregon April 17-19...was 2-for-3 with a grand slam and five RBI vs. the Ducks April 17...went 3-for-5 with a double, two-run homer and four RBI April 15 at UC Davis...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 a team-best 24 multiple hit games and 10 multi-RBI games...4-for-20 (.200) with a triple and three RBI career vs. USC...

Kevin Miller, FR., RHP: 2-2 with a 3.44 ERA and a save in 14 appearances and nine starts...has 43 strikeouts (22 looking, 6th in Pac-10) in 49.2 innings...won April 19 start vs. Oregon (career-high 7.0 innings, two hits, one run, two walks, four strikeouts)...got no decision April 13 start at Stanford (5.1 innings, six hits, two runs, three walks, six strikeouts)...won March 31 start vs. San Francisco at AT&T Park (5.2 innings, five hits, one run, two walks, six strikeouts)...earned first collegiate save March 25 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 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. USF (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 12.00 ERA (five strikeouts in 3.0 innings) career vs. USC...is slated to start Saturday vs. the Trojans...

Danny Oh, FR., OF: Batting .304 (56-for-184, .239 vs. Pac-10) with five doubles, two triples, six home runs and 32 RBI...hit a two-run homer in first collegiate at-bat Feb. 20 vs. UC Riverside...went 4-for-5 with an RBI May 12 vs. Sacramento State...was 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBI April 28 vs. Pacific...hit a two-run triple vs. Arizona State April 26 and went 3-for-5 with an RBI vs. the Sun Devils April 25...was 2-for-5 with a home run vs. Oregon April 19 and 2-for-5 with a double and home run vs. the Ducks April 17...went 2-for-4 with a grand slam April 9 at Washington...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 four RBI Feb. 25 at Santa Clara...has had 15 multiple-hit games and nine multiple-RBI games...is batting .342 (25-for-73) with runners in scoring position...

Blake Smith, JR., RF/1B/RHP: Batting .325 (64-for-197, team-leading .344 vs. Pac-10) with 14 doubles (10th in Pac-10), 10 home runs (9th in Pac-10) and 36 RBI...is 10th in the Pac-10 in total bases (108)...has thrown two runners out at the plate from right field...is 0-1 with a 5.85 ERA and two saves in nine appearances and three starts...has 26 strikeouts in 20.0 innings...had an eight-game hitting streak from March 22-April 1 (12-for-29, .414, 2-2B, 3-HR, eight RBI)...went 2-for-2 May 12 vs. Sacramento State...was 2-for-5 with a home run and two RBI May 3 at Arizona...went 2-for-5 with a home run and two RBI vs. Arizona State April 25...was 6-for-10 with two doubles, a home run and three RBI vs. Oregon April 17-19...went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI April 15 at UC Davis...was 2-for-5 with a home run April 1 vs. Long Beach State...hit a solo home run and earned a save (1.0 inning, three hits, two runs, one walk, one strikeout) March 31 vs. San Francisco...went 3-for-5 with two doubles and an RBI March 27 vs. Washington State...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 .361 (26-for-72) 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 Watch List...3-for-21 (.143) with a home run and two RBI career vs. USC...

Dylan Tonneson, JR., C: Batting .256 (31-for-121, .178 vs. Pac-10) with six doubles, seven home runs and 17 RBI...is second in the Pac-10 in hit by pitch (14)...went 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBI May 1 at Arizona...was 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBI April 28 vs. Pacific...hit a home run April 26 vs. Arizona State...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...4-for-9 (.444) with two doubles and an RBI career vs. USC...

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