Cal Baseball Hosts No. 1 Ranked Stanford in Non-League Series

March 6, 2002

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Fri. Mar. 8 vs. Stanford Evans Diamond, Berkeley, CA 2:00 p.m.Sat. Mar. 9 vs. Stanford Evans Diamond, Berkeley, CA 1:00 p.m.Sun. Mar. 10 vs. Stanford Evans Diamond, Berkeley, CA 1:00 p.m.

RADIO:KALX Radio (90.7 FM) will broadcast the Mar. 8-10 Stanford-Cal series...live stats and live audio will also be provided on www.calbears.com...SERIES RECORD: Cal has a 206-212 overall series record against the Stanford Cardinal...last season the Bears were 3-3 (2-1 in Pac-10 play) versus the Cardinal (L 3-1 Mar. 2, W 3-2 Mar. 3, L 3-2 10 inn. Mar. 7, W 7-4 Apr. 27, W 4-0 Apr. 28, L 8-0 Apr. 29)...

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 71-60 (.542)...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 (12-7) has won eight of its last nine games, including winning two-of-three Mar. 1-3 at North Carolina (W 4-2, L 7-5, W 7-4) and defeating Georgetown, 6-5 in 10 innings Tuesday at Evans Diamond...sophomore first baseman Conor Jackson had a game-winning grand slam to defeat the Hoyas...the Bears had come back from a 2-0 deficit in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game on an RBI double by junior catcher John Baker and a two-out single by freshman pinch hitter Matt Einspahr...Cal was down 5-2 in the bottom of the 10th when Jackson hit his game-winning homer...the Bears have had three games this season in which they have won in the bottom of the ninth or 10th (Feb. 17 vs. Long Beach State on game-winning hit by senior second baseman Carson White, Feb. 26 vs. Centenary on game-winning hit by sophomore right fielder Brian Horwitz and Mar. 5 vs. Georgetown on Jackson's grand slam)...Jackson is continuing his remarkable 2002 season, batting .434 with four doubles, two triples, seven home runs, two grand slams and 26 RBI...earlier this year, he hit a home run in three consecutive games, including his first collegiate grand slam Feb. 8 versus Gonzaga...on the mound, the Bears are led by senior right-hander Trevor Hutchinson, a third team Preseason All-American in Baseball America...in five starts Hutchinson is 4-1 with an 2.41 ERA and has a team-high 41.0 innings pitch with 40 strikeouts and only six walks...he has 230 career strikeouts, fourth on Cal's all-time career list and is 46 strikeouts away from being the school's all-time strikeout leader...

TENTATIVE CALIFORNIA LINE-UP

No. Pos. Player 2002 Cal stats5 3B David Nicholson, Fr. .319, 4 RBI, 1 HR15 DH David Weiner, So. .273, 2 RBI, 0 HR1 2B Carson White, Sr. .360, 15 RBI, 3 HR34 1B Conor Jackson, So. .434, 26 RBI, 7 HR33 C John Baker, Jr. .295, 8 RBI, 2 HR24 RF Brian Horwitz, So. .324, 12 RBI, 0 HR9 SS Jeff Dragicevich, So. .364, 14 RBI, 1 HR6 LF Justin Nelson, Fr. .212, 7 RBI, 3 HR22 CF Nick Medrano, Jr. .250, 0 RBI, 0 HR32 RHP Trevor Hutchinson, Sr. (Fri.) 4-1, 2.41 ERA20 RHP Brian Montalbo, So. (Sat.) 1-3, 4.67 ERA

TBA (Sun.)

STANFORD: The No. 1 ranked (Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball) Stanford Cardinal, coached by Mark Marquess (26th year at Stanford, 1057-519-5, .670), are 12-4 on the year, last sweeping Cal Poly, Mar. 1-3 at Sunken Diamond (8-6, 18-5, 11-3)...top hitters for the Cardinal are junior designated hitter Jason Cooper (.426, 1 HR, 18 RBI), sophomore right fielder Carlos Quentin (.389, 3 HR, 15 RBI) and junior catcher Ryan Garko (.381, 4 HR, 16 RBI)...Stanford's tentative pitching rotation is junior right-hander Jeremy Guthrie (4-0, 2.65 ERA), junior left-hander Tim Cunningham (4-0, 3.41 ERA) and sophomore right-hander John Hudgins (2-0, 4.50 ERA)...in 2001, the Cardinal were national runner-ups (51-17 overall and 17-7, second in the Pac-10)...

PAC-10 RACE (as of Mar. 6)

Conference Overall W L PCT GB W L T .PCTArizona 0 0 .000 0.0 16 4 .800Stan 0 0 .000 0.0 12 4 .750ASU 0 0 .000 0.0 12 5 .706WSU 0 0 .000 0.0 9 5 .643CAL 0 0 .000 0.0 12 7 .632Wash 0 0 .000 0.0 7 5 .583OSU 0 0 .000 0.0 8 7 .533UCLA 0 0 .000 0.0 11 10 .524USC 0 0 .000 0.0 6 8 .429

CAL PLAYER NOTES

JOHN BAKER: Is batting .295 (18-for-61, 4-2B, 3B, 2-HR, 8 RBI, team-leading 13 walks)...was 3-for-10 with an RBI last week at North Carolina and 2-for-4 with an RBI double Tuesday vs. Georgetown...went 3-for-8 with a double, home run and three RBI Feb. 22-24 vs. Boston College and 2-for-4 with a double Feb. 26 vs. Centenary...was 3-for-10 with a double Feb. 15-17 vs. Long Beach State...went 1-for-4 with his first collegiate triple Feb. 12 at Santa Clara...was 2-for-9 with a home run and three RBI Feb. 8-10 vs. Gonzaga, including hitting a three-run homer Feb. 8 against the Bulldogs...is batting .333 (5-for-15) with runners in scoring position...was Pac-10 Honorable Mention last season and was a Cape Cod League All-Star this past summer...

MATT BROWN: Is 2-0 with a 3.65 ERA and two saves...has 15 strikeouts in 24.7 innings...got no decision in Mar. 3 start at North Carolina (4.7 innings, six hits, four runs, three walks, three strikeouts)...earned win in relief Feb. 26 vs. Centenary (3.0 innings, two hits, no runs, one walk, three strikeouts)...picked up save Feb. 23 vs. Boston College (0.3 innings, one hit, one strikeout)...had first collegiate start Feb. 17 vs. Long Beach State (no decision, career-high 7.0 innings, eight hits, three runs, two walks, one strikeout)...picked up win in relief Feb. 10 vs. Gonzaga, (6.0 innings, eight hits, two runs, one walk, one strikeout)...earned save in season opener Feb. 1 at UNLV (2.0 innings, no hits, no runs, no walks, four strikeouts)...is already seventh on the Cal all-time saves list with 10...was the Pac-10 leader in saves (eight) as a true freshman and was Pac-10 Honorable Mention... is a possible starter for the Bears Sunday...

BEN CONLEY: Is batting .197 (12-for-61) with two doubles and nine RBI...was 7-for-12 with a double and four RBI Feb. 22-24 vs. Boston College, including going a career-high 4-for-5 with a double and an RBI Feb. 22 vs. the Eagles...went 1-for-5 with a key RBI single in the ninth inning Feb. 12 at Santa Clara...went 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI Feb. 6 vs. San Jose State...is batting .348 (8-for-23) with runners in scoring position...was Pac-10 Honorable Mention last season...

KYLE CRIST: Is 0-1 with a 8.10 ERA...has two starts as a true freshman with 11 strikeouts in 10.0 innings...in last start got no decision, pitching 3.0 innings with six hits, two runs, one walk and one strikeout Feb. 10 vs. Gonzaga...started Feb. 3 at UNLV, throwing 5.0 innings with three hits, five earned runs, four walks and eight strikeouts...is a possible starter for the Bears Sunday...

JEFF DRAGICEVICH: Is batting .364 (24-for-66) with a team-high seven doubles, one triple, one home run and 14 RBI...was 3-for-11 with a double and three RBI last week at North Carolina and 1-for-3 with a double Tuesday vs. Georgetown...went 5-for-11 with two doubles and five RBI Feb. 22-24 vs. Boston College, including going a career-high 4-for-5 with a double and three RBI Feb. 24 vs. the Eagles...was 3-for-4 with two RBI Feb. 26 vs. Centenary...went 3-for-8 with a home run and two RBI Feb. 15-17 vs. Long Beach State...had a key two-run homer Feb. 17 vs. the 49ers...was 5-for-10 with a double and an RBI Feb. 8-10 vs. Gonzaga...went 3-for-4 with a double and a triple Feb. 2 at UNLV...is batting .375 (9-for-24) with runners in scoring position...older brother, Scott, is the starting shortstop for Stanford...

MATT EINSPAHR: Is batting .292 (7-for-24) with three RBI...had a key two-out pinch hit RBI single in the ninth to tie the game Tuesday vs. Georgetown...has had five starts (four as DH, one at first base) and has gotten a hit in each of those starts...was 1-for-3 Feb. 15 vs. Long Beach State...went 1-for-4 with an RBI Feb. 12 at Santa Clara...was 2-for-6 Feb. 8-10 vs. Gonzaga...went 1-for-3 with an RBI Feb. 6 vs. San Jose State...got a hit in his first collegiate at bat Feb. 2 at UNLV...

BRIAN HORWITZ: Is batting .324 (22-for-68) with a double and 12 RBI...is on a seven-game hitting streak...was 4-for-13 with three RBI last week at North Carolina...went 2-for-5 with a career-high three RBI, including the game-winning RBI in the 10th inning Feb. 26 vs. Centenary...was 8-for-10 with five RBI Feb. 22-24 vs. Boston College...is batting .385 (10-for-26) with runners in scoring position...last season had a school record 23-game hitting streak from Feb. 9-Mar. 25 (37-for-96, .385, 12-2B, 3B, HR, 12 RBI)...

TREVOR HUTCHINSON: Is 4-1 with a 2.41 ERA and has team-high 40 strikeouts and only six walks in 41.0 innings...opponents are batting .200 against him...has thrown complete games in last two outings, Mar. 1 at North Carolina (five hits, one earned run, no walks, eight strikeouts) and Feb. 22 vs. Boston College (10 hits, four runs, two walks, five strikeouts)...suffered loss Feb. 15 vs. Long Beach State (8.0 innings, six hits, five runs, four walks, nine strikeouts)...had a no-hitter through five innings against the 49ers...earned win Feb. 8 vs. Gonzaga (8.0 innings, six hits, one earned run, no walks, seven strikeouts) ...earned win Feb. 1 at UNLV (7.0 innings, three hits, no runs, no walks, 11 strikeouts)...is currently fourth on the Cal all-time career strikeout list with 230 strikeouts (46 strikeouts away from surpassing Doug Weiss, 275 from 1955-57) and is eighth on on the all-time innings pitched list (294.7)...older brother, Chad, is former two-sport standout as a pitcher and quarterback for Stanford...was Pac-10 Honorable Mention last season and is a third team Preseason All-American in Baseball America ...is slated to start Friday...

JESSE INGRAM: Is 3-2 with a 7.79 ERA and has 21 strikeouts in 17.3 innings...picked up wins in relief Mar. 3 at North Carolina (career-high 4.3 innings, two hits, no runs, two walks, five strikeouts), Feb. 17 vs. Long Beach State (2.0 innings, no hits, no runs, no walks, one strikeout) and Feb. 12 at Santa Clara (career-high 3.7 innings, three hits, two runs, three walks, six strikeouts)...

CONOR JACKSON: Is batting a team-leading .434 (33-for-76) with four doubles, two triples, seven home runs and 26 RBI...hit a game-winning grand slam in the 10th inning Tuesday vs. Georgetown...was 2-for-9 with two RBI last week at North Carolina...had career-high 15-game hitting streak (30-for-63, 4-2B, 2-3B, 6-HR, 20 RBI) to begin the season and has had multiple hit games in the 11 of 18 contests...has a .816 slugging percentage and a .476 on-base percentage...was 3-for-4 with two home runs and three RBI Feb. 26 vs. Centenary...went 8-for-14 with a double, home run and four RBI Feb. 22-24 vs. Boston College, including going a career-high 4-for-5 with an RBI Feb. 22 against the Eagles...was 5-for-11 with a home run and five RBI Feb. 8-10 vs. Gonzaga...went 3-for-5 with a triple, home run and three RBI Feb. 6 vs. San Jose State...was 6-for-12 with two doubles, a home run and three RBI Feb. 1-3 at UNLV...hit home runs in three consecutive games from Feb. 3-8, including hitting his first collegiate grand slam Feb. 8 vs. Gonzaga...is batting .583 (14-for-24) with runners in scoring position...

NICK MEDRANO: Is batting .250 (4-for-16) with a double...has started in center field the last three games for the Bears...went 2-for-6 and had several outstanding catches last week at North Carolina...was 1-for-4 with a double Tuesday vs. Georgetown...

BRIAN MONTALBO: Is 1-3 with a 4.67 ERA and has 21 strikeouts and in 27.0 innings...lost Mar. 1 at North Carolina (4.0 innings, nine hits, seven runs, two walks, four strikeouts)...won Feb. 23 vs. Boston College (6.0 innings, five hits, no runs, three walks, five strikeouts)...lost Feb. 16 vs. Long Beach State (5.0 innings, seven hits, five earned runs, three walks, three strikeouts)...lost Feb. 9 vs. Gonzaga (career-high 7.0 innings, five hits, one earned run, no walks, six strikeouts)...got no decision Feb. 2 at UNLV (5.0 innings, five hits, one run, two walks, three strikeouts)...was a fourth round draft pick by the Atlanta Braves in 2000 out of Dimond High School in Anchorage, AK...is slated to start Saturday...

JUSTIN NELSON: Is batting .212 (7-for-33) with a double, three home runs and seven RBI...has started 11 games as a true freshman (three at first base, three in center field, two in left field, two as designated hitter, one in right fielder)...went 2-for-2 with a home run Mar. 1 (game one) at North Carolina...was 1-for-2 with a home run and a career-high four RBI Feb. 24 vs. Boston College...went 2-for-7 with a double, home run and two RBI Feb. 1-3 at UNLV...

DAVID NICHOLSON: Is batting .319 (23-for-72) with a double, home run and four RBI...has hit safely in 15 of 18 games he has played in this season...was 5-for-14 last week at North Carolina...went 3-for-10 Feb. 22-24 vs. Boston College...hit his first collegiate home run Feb. 15 and scored the winning run Feb. 17 vs. Long Beach State...went 3-for-5 with two RBI Feb. 12 at Santa Clara...was 6-for-13 with an RBI Feb. 8-10 vs. Gonzaga, including going 3-for-4 Feb. 8 against the Bulldogs...had the game-winning RBI in the Bears 5-4 victory over the Gonzaga Feb. 10...

JOE TODOROFF: Is 0-0 with a 4.15 ERA and has three starts as a true freshman...got no decision Tuesday vs. Georgetown (career-high 5.7 innings, five hits, two runs, one walk, career-high four strikeouts)...got no decision Feb. 12 at Santa Clara (4.0 innings, five hits, two earned runs, three walks)...got no decision Feb. 6 vs. San Jose State (3.7 innings, four hits, no earned runs, three walks, two strikeouts)...

DAVID WEINER: Is batting .273 (9-for-33) with two doubles, two triples and two RBI...was 1-for-5 with an RBI double Mar. 3 at North Carolina...went 4-for-11 with two triples and an RBI Feb. 22-24 vs. Boston College...was 4-for-9 Feb. 15-17 vs. Long Beach State...hit a double in the sixth inning Feb. 16 against Long Beach State - his first hit since the 2000 season, sitting out the 2001 season with an injured left shoulder...is 4-for-4 in stolen bases...

CARSON WHITE: Is batting .360 (27-for-75) with two doubles, three home runs and 15 RBI...went 2-for-4 Tuesday vs. Georgetown and was 3-for-12 with a home run and four RBI last week at North Carolina...went 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBI Mar. 1 (game two) against the Tar Heels...had a 13-game hitting streak from Feb. 3-26 (22-for-52, .423, 2-2B, 2-HR, 11 RBI)...went 7-for-13 with a home run and five RBI Feb. 22-24 vs. Boston College...was 4-for-10 Feb. 15-17 vs. Long Beach State and knocked in the game-winning RBI in the bottom of the ninth Feb. 17 against the 49ers...went 6-for-11 with a double and a home run Feb. 8-10 vs. Gonzaga...was a first team All-Pac-10 selection last season...is batting .423 (11-for-26) with runners in scoring position...

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