Cal Baseball Hosts UCLA in Pac-10 Series

April 3, 2002

BERKELEY, CA - Fri. Apr. 5 vs. UCLA Evans Diamond, Berkeley, CA 2:00 p.m.Sat. Apr. 6 vs. UCLA Evans Diamond, Berkeley, CA 1:00 p.m.Sun. Apr. 7 vs. UCLA Evans Diamond, Berkeley, CA 1:00 p.m.

RADIO:KALX Radio (90.7 FM) will broadcast the Apr. 5-7 UCLA-Cal series...SERIES RECORD: Cal has a 157-151 overall series record against the UCLA Bruins...last season the Bears swept the series May 4-6 at Jackie Robinson Stadium (6-2, 9-8 in 11 innings, 8-6)...

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 79-67 (.541)...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 (20-14, 3-3 Pac-10) was swept Mar. 28-30 at USC (11-3, 9-1, 13-9), but rebounded to defeat Santa Clara, 7-6, Tuesday at Evans Diamond by scoring five runs in the bottom of the ninth...junior catcher John Baker, in his first at-bat since breaking his right-hand Mar. 12, had a clutch pinch-hit two-run double and junior outfielder Ben Conley knocked in the game-winning RBI to help Cal to it's fourth dramatic late-inning win this season at Evans Diamond...senior right-hander Trevor Hutchinson continues to move up in the school's all-time rankings...in nine starts, Hutchinson has not thrown less than 6.3 innings, has two complete games, is 6-3 with a 3.01 ERA and has 66 strikeouts in 68.7 innings pitched...he has 256 career strikeouts, third on Cal's all-time career list and is 20 strikeouts away from being the school's all-time strikeout leader...Hutchinson leads the Pac-10 in both strikeouts (66) and innings pitched (68.7)...another pitcher moving up on the school's career list is sophomore right-hander Matt Brown, who is already tied for fifth on the Cal all-time saves list with 13 saves in less than two seasons...sophomore first baseman Conor Jackson is continuing his remarkable 2002 campaign, batting .419 with 10 doubles, two triples, 11 home runs, two grand slams and 42 RBI...earlier this year, he hit a home run in three consecutive games, including his first collegiate grand slam Feb. 8 versus Gonzaga...on Mar. 5 Jackson hit a game-winning grand slam in the 10th inning against Georgetown...in the current Pac-10 hitting statistics, Jackson leads the conference in batting average (.419), total bases (101), hits (54) and on base percentage (.497)...

TENTATIVE CALIFORNIA LINE-UPNo.	Pos.   	Player                       2002 Cal stats5	CF	David Nicholson, Fr.         .328, 6 RBI, 2 HR15	DH	David Weiner, So.            .244, 7 RBI, 0 HR34	1B	Conor Jackson, So.           .419, 42 RBI, 11 HR1	2B	Carson White, Sr.            .356, 27 RBI, 5 HR33	C	John Baker, Jr.              .310, 11 RBI, 2 HR24	RF	Brian Horwitz, So.           .285, 16 RBI, 0 HR2	LF	Ben Conley, Jr.              .233, 17 RBI, 2 HR14	3B	Matt Einspahr, Fr.            .222, 5 RBI, 0 HR9	SS	Jeff Dragicevich, So.         .289, 16 RBI, 2 HR32      RHP     Trevor Hutchinson, Sr. (Fri.)   6-3, 3.01 ERA20      RHP     Brian Montalbo, So. (Sat.)      3-4, 4.42 ERA                TBA (Sun.)

UCLA: The UCLA Bruins, coached by Gary Adams (28th year at UCLA, 909-744-7, .550), are 13-17 on the year, last being swept Mar. 23-25 at Miami (8-7, 8-2, 5-1) and losing 4-3 Tuesday at Long Beach State...top hitters for the Bruins are senior catcher Josh Arhart (.417, 1 HR, 11 RBI), junior right fielder Ben Francisco (.382, 6 HR, 30 RBI) and senior designated hitter Adam Berry (.347, 13 HR, 32 RBI)...UCLA's tentative pitching rotation is sophomore right-hander Chris Cordeiro (1-3, 4.78 ERA), freshman left-hander Wes Whisler (1-1, 4.67 ERA) and sophomore right-hander Casey Janssen (4-1, 1.80 ERA)...last season the Bruins were 30-27, 9-15 (seventh) in the Pac-10...

PAC-10 RACE (as of Apr. 3)

Conference Overall W L PCT GB W L T .PCTUSC 3 0 1.000 --- 16 13 .552OSU 2 1 .667 1.0 18 10 .643ASU 4 2 .667 1.5 20 11 .645CAL 3 3 .500 1.5 20 14 .588Wash 1 2 .333 2.0 12 11 1 .521Arizona 2 4 .333 2.5 21 12 .636Stan 0 0 .000 --- 20 6 .769UCLA 0 0 .000 --- 13 17 .433WSU 0 3 .000 3.0 12 16 .429

CAL PLAYER NOTES

JOHN BAKER: Is batting .310 (22-for-71, 5-2B, 3B, 2-HR, 11 RBI)...had a clutch pinch-hit two-run double Tuesday vs. Santa Clara...was 2-for-2 with an RBI Mar. 12 vs. USF, but was hit by a pitch, breaking a bone in his right hand and was out Mar. 13-Apr. 1...was 3-for-10 with an RBI Mar. 1-3 at North Carolina and 2-for-4 with an RBI double Mar. 5 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...hit 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 .368 (6-for-18) with runners in scoring position...is 8-fo-24 (.333) with two doubles, a home run and five RBI career vs. UCLA...was Pac-10 Honorable Mention last season and was a Cape Cod League All-Star this past summer...

MATT BROWN: Is 3-1 with a 3.16 ERA (9th in Pac-10), five saves (2nd in Pac-10) in 14 appearances (3rd in Pac-10)...got no decision in Mar. 30 start at USC (3.3 innings, nine hits, two earned runs, two walks, one strikeout)...earned a save and a win Mar. 23-25 at WSU...earned save Mar. 23 (2.0 innings, three hits, one run, one strikeout) and win Mar. 25 (3.0 innings, one hit, one walk, one strikeout) against the Cougars...earned save Mar. 15 at UC Irvine (2.0 innings, no hits, no runs, no walks, career-high five strikeouts)...picked up save Mar. 9 vs. Stanford (1.7 innings, one hit, one strikeout)...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 Feb. 1 at UNLV (2.0 innings, no hits, no runs, no walks, four strikeouts)...is already tied for fifth (Jon Zuber, 1989-92) on the Cal all-time saves list with 13...was the Pac-10 leader in saves (eight) as a true freshman and was Pac-10 Honorable Mention...is 1-0 with an 2.25 ERA (five strikeouts in 4.0 innings) career vs. UCLA...possible starter Sunday...

BEN CONLEY: Is batting .233 (21-for-90) with three doubles, two home runs and 17 RBI...went 2-for-4 with a home run and the game-winning RBI single Tuesday vs. Santa Clara...was 3-for-5 with three RBI last week at USC...went 4-for-10 with a double, home run and three RBI Mar. 8-10 vs. Stanford...had a three-run homer vs. the Cardinal Mar. 8...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...had a key RBI single in the ninth inning Feb. 12 at Santa Clara...is batting .382 (13-for-34) with runners in scoring position...is 7-fo-16 (.438) with a double and an RBI career vs. UCLA...was Pac-10 Honorable Mention last season...

JEFF DRAGICEVICH: Is batting .289 (33-for-114) with a team-high 10 doubles (8th in Pac-10), one triple, two home runs and 16 RBI...was 2-for-4 with a double Mar. 30 at USC...went 4-for-11 Mar. 22-25 at WSU, including going 2-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI Mar. 25 vs. the Cougars...was 3-for-11 with a double and three RBI Mar. 1-3 at North Carolina...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 2-fo-10 (.200) with a double career vs. UCLA...older brother, Scott, is the starting shortstop for Stanford...

MATT EINSPAHR: Is batting .222 (12-for-54) with five RBI...was 2-for-4 Mar.20 vs. Saint Mary's...had a key two-out RBI pinch hit single in the ninth inning to tie the game Mar. 16 at UC Irvine...also had a key two-out pinch hit RBI single in the ninth to tie the game Mar. 5 vs. Georgetown...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...

BRENT HALE: Is 1-1 with a 4.85 ERA, 21 strikeouts in 29.7 innings, 13 appearances (6th in Pac-10)...won in Feb. 24 start vs. Boston College (shutout in a career-high 6.0 innings, one hit, no runs, three walks, three strikeouts)...pitched well in relief Mar. 12 vs. USF (4.0 innings, four hits, no earned runs, one walk, career-high five strikeouts)...opponents are batting .213 against him...

BRIAN HORWITZ: Is batting .285 (35-for-123) with four doubles and 16 RBI...went 2-for-3 with a double Mar. 30 at USC...was 3-for-10 with a double and RBI Mar. 8-10 vs. Stanford...was 4-for-13 with three RBI Mar. 1-3 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 .286 (14-for-49) with runners in scoring position...is 2-fo-14 (.143) career vs. UCLA...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 6-3 with a 3.01 ERA (7th in Pac-10) and has team-high 66 strikeouts (1st in Pac-10) and 13 walks in 68.7 innings (1st in Pac-10)...opponents are batting .224 against him (3rd in Pac-10)...lost Mar. 28 at USC (6.3 innings, eight hits, five runs, one walk, five strikeouts)...won Mar. 22 at WSU (8.0 innings, seven hits, one run, one walk, nine strikeouts)...won Mar. 15 at UC Irvine (7.0 innings, five hits, one run, four walks, six strikeouts)...lost Mar. 8 vs. Stanford (6.3 innings, seven hits, five earned runs, one walk, six strikeouts)...has thrown two complete games, 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 third on the Cal all-time career strikeout list with 256 strikeouts (20 strikeouts away from surpassing Doug Weiss, 275 from 1955-57) and is fifth on the all-time innings pitched list (322.3)...was Pac-10 Honorable Mention last season and is a third team Preseason All-American in Baseball America...is 1-1 with a 7.88 ERA (four strikeouts in 13.7 innings) career vs. UCLA...is slated to start Friday...

JESSE INGRAM: Is 3-2 with a 7.50 ERA, leads the team with 18 appearances (1st in Pac-10) and has 32 strikeouts in 30.0 innings...earned his first collegiate save Mar. 20 vs. Saint Mary's (2.0 innings, one hit, one run, one walk, one strikeout)...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 (3.7 innings, three hits, two runs, three walks, career-high six strikeouts)...

CONOR JACKSON: Is batting a team-leading .419 (54-for-129, 1st in Pac-10) with 10 doubles, two triples, 11 home runs (2nd in Pac-10) and 42 RBI (1st in Pac-10)...also leads the Pac-10 in total bases (101) and hits (54)...is currently on a 13-game hitting streak...was 6-for-8 with two doubles, two home runs and five RBI last week at USC and was 1-for-4 with a double Tuesday vs. Santa Clara...went 4-for-12 with a double, two home runs and three RBI Mar. 22-25 at WSU and was 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI Mar. 20 vs. Saint Mary's...was 6-for-11 with a double and six RBI Mar. 15-17 at UC Irvine...hit a game-winning grand slam in the 10th inning Mar. 5 vs. Georgetown...had career-high 15-game hitting streak (30-for-63, 4-2B, 2-3B, 6-HR, 20 RBI) to begin the season...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 .489 (23-for-47) with runners in scoring position...is 3-fo-12 (.250) with a double, home run and three RBI career vs. UCLA...

BRIAN MONTALBO: Is 3-4 with a 4.42 ERA...lost Mar. 29 at USC (6.0 innings, eight hits, six earned runs, one walk, career-high seven strikeouts)...won Mar. 23 at WSU (7.0 innings, seven hits, three runs, one walk, four strikeouts)...got no decision Mar. 16 at UC Irvine (5.7 innings, seven hits, two runs, five walks, four strikeouts)...defeated No. 1 ranked Stanford Mar. 9 (career-high 7.3 innings, five hits, one run, one walk, three strikeouts)...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 (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)...is 0-0 with a 27.69 ERA (four runs in 1.3 innings) career vs. UCLA...is slated to start Saturday...

DAVID NICHOLSON: Is batting .328 (44-for-134) with 34 runs scored (1st in Pac-10), 44 hits (3rd in Pac-10), four doubles, a triple, two home runs and six RBI...has hit safely in 26 of 33 games he has played in this season...was 4-for-11 with a double last week at USC...went 6-for-14 with a double and a triple Mar. 15-17 at UC Irvine and was 3-for-4 with a double and a home run Mar. 20 vs. Saint Mary's...was 5-for-14 Mar. 1-3 at North Carolina...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...

DAVID WEINER: Is batting .244 (21-for-86) with seven doubles, two triples and seven RBI...was 3-for-12 with two doubles and three RBI Mar. 22-25 at WSU...went 4-for-12 with a double and an RBI Mar. 8-10 vs. Stanford...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 5-for-5 in stolen bases...is 4-fo-13 (.308) career vs. UCLA...

CARSON WHITE: Is batting .356 (48-for-135) with 48 hits (2nd in Pac-10), nine doubles, five home runs and 27 RBI...went 2-for-4 with a double and a home run Tuesday vs. Santa Clara...had a 14-game hitting streak from Mar. 1-25 (26-for-60, .433, 6-2B, 2-HR, 13 RBI)...was 7-for-14 with a double, a game-winning homer and three RBI Mar. 22-25 at WSU...also threw a runner out at the plate in the 10th inning Mar. 25 vs. the Cougars...went 4-for-11 with two doubles and two RBI Mar. 15-17 at UC Irvine ...went 3-for-4 with two doubles and four RBI Mar. 12 vs. USF...was 3-for-12 with a home run and four RBI Mar. 1-3 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 .306 (15-for-49) with runners in scoring position...is 4-fo-15 (.267) with four doubles and three RBI career vs. UCLA...

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