Cal Baseball Hosts San Jose State, Three-Game Series Versus Gonzaga.
Feb. 4, 2002
BERKELEY, CA -
Wed. Feb. 6 vs. San Jose State Evans Diamond 2:00 p.m.Fri. Feb. 8 vs. Gonzaga Evans Diamond 2:00 p.m.Sat. Feb. 9 vs. Gonzaga Evans Diamond 1:00 p.m.Sun. Feb. 10 vs. Gonzaga Evans Diamond 1:00 p.m.
SERIES RECORD: Cal has a 76-34 overall series record against the San Jose State Spartans...the Bears won both meetings last season, winning 5-3 Feb. 27 at Evans Diamond and 9-7 Apr. 10 at San Jose State...Cal has a 1-2 overall series record against the Gonzaga Bulldogs...in the last meeting between the two schools, the Bears fell 5-4 Mar. 11, 1981 at Evans Diamond...
HEAD COACH DAVID ESQUER: The 2001 Pac-10 Coach of the Year, Esquer, 36, is in his third season at Cal and has a career record of 60-55 (.522)...he became only the 10th coach in the history of Cal baseball, which began in 1892, when he was hired June 10, 1999...Esquer replaced longtime Bear mentor Bob Milano, who retired May 17, 1999 after 22 years as the Bears head coach and 29 years involved in the Cal baseball program...Esquer came to Berkeley after serving as the top assistant at Pepperdine from 1996-99...prior to working at Pepperdine, he was the No. 2 assistant coach at Stanford under Mark Marquess from 1991-96...a shortstop at Stanford from 1984-87, Esquer was a starter on Stanford's 1987 College World Series championship team, earning All-Tournament honors after hitting .350 with six RBI in Omaha...he also earned All-Pac-10 Southern Division honors as a senior and went on to play professional baseball for four seasons with the Baltimore Orioles, California Angels and Milwaukee Brewers organizations...
BEAR NOTES: The California baseball team (1-2) began the 2002 season with a three-game series Feb. 1-3 at UNLV (won 2-0, lost 4-2, lost 10-5)...in the Bears season-opening 2-0 victory, Cal was led by the stellar pitching of senior right-hander Trevor Hutchinson and sophomore closer Matt Brown, and the hitting of sophomores James Holder and Conor Jackson...Hutchinson, a third team Preseason All-American in Baseball America, got the win, going 7.0 innings with three hits, no runs, no walks and 11 strikeouts...Brown, the 2001 Pac-10 saves leader (eight), picked up his first save of the year, pitching 2.0 innings with no hits, no runs, no walks and four strikeouts...the Cal pitching staff got 15 of its 28 outs via strikeouts...of Hutchinson's 77 pitches on the evening, 60 were strikes...offensively, the Bears got their first run in the second inning when first baseman Holder hit a lead-off home run...it was only Holder's second hit of his college career...Cal got an insurance run in the eighth inning when third baseman Jackson hit an RBI triple down the right field line, scoring sophomore shortstop Jeff Dragicevich, who had led off the inning with a walk...Jackson finished the day going 2-for-3 with the RBI triple...sophomore right fielder Brian Horwitz got the Bears their other hit, knocking a single to right center in the first inning...Horwitz also had an outstanding catch in foul territory in the seventh inning, doubling up a UNLV baserunner...in the second game against UNLV, Dragicevich was the Bears' top hitter, going 3-for-4 with a double in the fifth inning, a triple in the eighth and a single in the ninth...sophomore Brian Montalbo was solid in his start, going 5.0 innings with five hits, one run, two walks and three strikeouts...Montalbo gave up his lone run in the bottom of the first on a close call on a potential double play that would have ended the inning...in game three of the series, Cal was plagued by giving up two big innings, surrendering six runs to the Rebels in the second inning and four runs in the sixth inning...the Bears had scored two runs in the top of the first on a two-run double by senior second baseman Carson White...the Bears later got within 6-5 on a two-run homer by Jackson in the fifth inning and a lead-off homer by freshman right fielder Justin Nelson in the sixth inning (first collegiate home run)...Jackson led Cal at the plate, going 3-for-5 with a double, a home run and two RBI...senior first baseman Derek Ayres went 2-for-3 with a double...as a team, Cal is predicted by the Pac-10 Coaches to finish fourth in the conference and Baseball America predicts the Bears to be one of the five Pac-10 teams (Stanford, USC, Arizona State, Washington, Cal) to make NCAA postseason...Collegiate Baseball selected Cal 38th in its preseason poll...
TENTATIVE CALIFORNIA LINE-UPNo. Pos. Player 2002 Cal stats2 LF Ben Conley, Jr. .077, 1 RBI, 0 HR34 3B Conor Jackson, So. .500, 3 RBI, 1 HR24 RF Brian Horwitz, So. .222, 0 RBI, 0 HR33 C John Baker, Jr. .111, 0 RBI, 0 HR1 2B Carson White, Sr. .083, 2 RBI, 0 HR6 DH Justin Nelson, Fr. .286, 2 RBI, 1 HR25 1B Derek Ayres, Sr. .400, 0 RBI, 0 HR3 CF Brad Smith, Jr. .000, 0 RBI, 0 HR9 SS Jeff Dragicevich, So. .300, 0 RBI, 0 HR32 RHP Trevor Hutchinson, Sr. (Fri.) 1-0, 0.00 ERA20 RHP Brian Montalbo, So. (Sat.) 0-0, 1.80 ERA TBA
GONZAGA: The Gonzaga Bulldogs, coached by Steve Hertz (23rd year at Gonzaga, 585-575-5, .504), opened their 2002 season last weekend going 1-2 at UCLA (lost 5-2, won 14-10, lost 12-6)...top hitters for the Bulldogs are senior outfielder Kevin Cave (.500, 0 HR, two RBI), junior shorstop Grant Zurmely (.444, 0 HR, one RBI) and freshman infielder/outfielder Jeff Culpepper (.429, 0 HR, one RBI)...Gonzaga's tentative pitching rotation is sophomore left-hander Errol Simonitsch (0-1, 3.00 ERA), sophomore left-hander John Gonzalez (0-0, 1.80 ERA) and sophomore left-hander Ed Clelland (0-1, 9.64 ERA)...last season, the Bulldogs finished 28-27 overall and 17-13 (first) in the West Coast Conference...
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