Cal Visits No. 7 Stanford in Non-Conference Series
March 3, 2003
BERKELEY, CA -
Fri. Mar. 7 at Stanford Sunken Diamond, Stanford, CA 6:00 p.m.Sat. Mar. 8 at Stanford Sunken Diamond, Stanford, CA 1:00 p.m.Sun. Mar. 9 at Stanford Sunken Diamond, Stanford, CA 1:00 p.m.
RADIO: KALX Radio (90.7 FM) will broadcast the Mar. 8,9 Cal-Stanford games. Live stats and live audio on www.calbears.com.
BEAR NOTES: The California baseball team (11-5), which did not travel to Oklahoma State last weekend due to snow in Stillwater, visits Sunken Diamond this weekend for a three-game non-conference series versus No. 7 ranked and Bay Area rival Stanford. Cal has not played since winning one-of-three games (L 1-0, W 6-3, L 6-1) Feb. 21-23 at No. 8 Long Beach State and winning, 7-5, Feb. 25 at Santa Clara. In the Bears' series at Long Beach State, Cal's starting pitching of junior right-handers Matt Brown, and Brian Montalbo, and sophomore right-hander Kyle Crist, was impressive. The trio combined to throw 21.3 innings with 10 hits, three earned runs, five walks and 11 strikeouts for a 1.27 ERA. Brown pitched 7.0 innings with three hits and no earned runs, Montalbo threw a career-high 8.3 innings with one walk and five strikeouts, and Crist pitched a career-high 6.0 innings with two hits and no runs. On Feb. 25 at Santa Clara, sophomore right-hander Joe Todoroff did not start, but threw a career-high 6.3 innings in relief with five hits, one run, one walk and a career-high eight strikeouts. At the plate, the Bears feature juniors Conor Jackson, Brian Horwitz and Chris Grossman. Preseason All-American Jackson is leading Cal with a .423 average and hit a home run Feb. 14 against Texas-Pan American in his first at-bat after spraining his right ankle Jan. 31 versus UNLV. Horwitz is batting .358 with a team-leading five home runs and 23 RBI, and has two game-winning RBI. Grossman is hitting .340 and had the game-winning home run Feb. 7 versus Loyola Marymount. The Bears return 13 players who were members of Cal's 2001 NCAA Regional Squad.
SERIES RECORD: Cal has a 207-217 all-time series record against the Stanford Cardinal. In the last meeting between the two schools, the Bears were swept (8-4, 13-6, 8-5), May 3-5, 2002 at Sunken Diamond. Cal won one-of-three games (L 15-4, W 2-1, L 4-2) Mar. 8-10, 2002 at Evans Diamond.
HEAD COACH DAVID ESQUER: The 2001 Pac-10 Coach of the Year, Esquer, 37, is in his fourth season at Cal and has a career record of 99-85 (.538). 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. Rrior 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.
TENTATIVE CALIFORNIA LINE-UP
No. Pos. Player 2003 stats5 2B David Nicholson, So. .258, 2 RBI, 0 HR4 SS Allen Craig, Fr. .333, 14 RBI, 2 HR24 RF Brian Horwitz, Jr. .358, 23 RBI, 5 HR34 DH Conor Jackson, Jr. .423, 5 RBI, 1 HR35 C Chris Grossman, Jr. .340, 12 RBI, 2 HR44 1B James Holder, So. .321, 8 RBI, 3 HR33 CF Jeremy Burchett, Fr. .319, 9 RBI, 1 HR2 LF Ben Conley, Sr. .385, 7 RBI, 0 HR9 3B Jeff Dragicevich, Jr..178, 4 RBI, 0 HR30 RHP Matt Brown, Jr. (Fri.) 1-1, 5.09 ERA20 RHP Brian Montalbo, Jr. (Sat.) 2-0, 4.86 ERA TBA (Sun.)
STANFORD: The No. 7 Stanford Cardinal (Baseball America), coached by Mark Marquess (27th year as head coach, 1,104-540-5, .671), are currently 11-7, last winning two-of-three versus USC (L 13-4, W 10-6, W 18-4) Feb. 28-Mar. 2 at Sunken Diamond. Top hitters for the Cardinal are sophomore designated hitter Danny Putnam (.397, 4 HR, 16 RBI), junior right fielder Carlos Quentin (.365, 0 HR, 6 RBI) and freshman first baseman John Mayberry, Jr. (.355, 3 HR, 12 RBI). Stanford's tentative pitching rotation is junior right-hander John Hudgins (3-1, 3.64 ERA), senior right-hander Ryan McCally (2-1, 3.97 ERA) and TBA. In 2002, the Cardinal were 47-18, 16-8 in the Pac-10 (2nd), 3-0 in the NCAA Regional, 2-0 in Super Regional and 2-2 in College World Series (third tie).
PAC-10 RACE (as of Mar. 3)
Conference Overall W L PCT GB W L T .PCTASU 0 0 .000 0.0 24 1 .960Arizona 0 0 .000 0.0 11 5 .688CAL 0 0 .000 0.0 11 5 .688Stan 0 0 .000 0.0 11 7 .611OSU 0 0 .000 0.0 7 7 .500UCLA 0 0 .000 0.0 10 10 .500Wash 0 0 .000 0.0 6 6 .500USC 0 0 .000 0.0 7 8 .467WSU 0 0 .000 0.0 3 10 .231
CAL PLAYERS TO WATCH
Conor Jackson, third base, JR - preseason All-American in Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers; 2002 first team All-Pac-10 selection; member of the 2002 USA National Team; led the Pac-10 in total bases (152) and slugging percentage (.691), and was second with a .382 batting average in 2002; is a candidate for the Golden Spikes Award as the nation's top collegiate baseball player...Matt Brown, right-handed pitcher, JR - preseason All-American in Baseball America; two-time Pac-10 Honorable Mention; 2002 Cape Cod League All-Star; is tied for fourth on the Cal all-time save list (14)...
Scott Cheo, first base, outfield, JR - Saddleback College (Mission Viejo, CA)2002 Junior College All-American; 2002 SoCal Offensive Player of the Year; batted .398 with 23 home runs and 76 RBI. Allen Craig, infield, FR - Chaparral HS (Temecula, CA) Batted .485 with 11 runs, three doubles, two home runs and 10 RBI for USA Junior National Team; helped Team USA to bronze medal at World Junior Championship in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada; All-CIF Southern Section.
IMPORTANT HOME DATES
Apr. 17-19 vs. USC
Cal faces the No. 6 Preseason ranked and defending Pac-10 champion Trojans.
May 9-11 vs. Stanford
The Golden Bears host Bay Area rival Stanford in the last regular season conference series.
CAL INDIVIDUAL PLAYER NOTES
MATT BROWN, JR., RHP: Is 1-1 with a 5.09 ERA and has 15 strikeouts in a team-high 23.0 innings...suffered loss on an unearned run Feb. 21 at Long Beach State (7.0 innings, three hits, no earned runs, two walks, four strikeouts)...earned win Feb. 14 vs. Texas-Pan American (5.0 inning, six hits, five runs, two walks, six strikeouts)...got no decision Feb. 7 vs. Loyola Marymount (6.0 innings, seven hits, four runs, three walks, four strikeouts)...got no decision Jan. 31 vs. UNLV (5.0 innings, eight hits, four runs, one walk, one strikeout)...is a third team Preseason All-American in Baseball America and a two-time honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection...is tied for fourth (Joe Buckley, 1986-89) on the Cal all-time saves list with 14...was a Cape Cod League All-Star last summer...is on the Smith Award watch list...is slated to start Friday...
JEREMY BURCHETT, FR., OF/RHP: Is batting .319 (15-for-47) with a team-high eight doubles, a home run and nine RBI...is currently on a five-game hitting streak (8-for-19, .421, 4-2B, 6 RBI)...hit a double in four consecutive games Feb. 18-23...went 5-for-10 with three doubles and three RBI Feb. 21-23 at Long Beach State...was 2-for-9 with two doubles Feb. 14-16 at the College Express Classic...went 2-for-5 with a double and two RBI Feb. 18 vs. Saint Mary's...got a hit in his first collegiate at-bat, Jan. 31 vs. UNLV...went 2-for-7 with a home run and three RBI Jan. 31-Feb. 1 vs. UNLV...pitched in relief Feb. 2 vs. UNLV (1.0 inning, no hits, no runs, no walks, one strikeout)...
BEN CONLEY, SR., OF: Is batting .385 (10-for-26) with two doubles and seven RBI...went 2-for-6 Feb. 21-23 at Long Beach State...was 1-for-3 with an RBI Feb. 14-16 at the Express College Classic...went 2-for-4 with a double Feb. 11 vs. San Jose State...was 5-for-12 with a double and six RBI Feb. 7-9 vs. Loyola Marymount...had game-tying RBIs Feb. 7 and Feb. 8, and the game-winning RBIs Feb. 9 vs. LMU... is batting .500 (5-for-10) with runners in scoring position...
ALLEN CRAIG, FR., INF.: Is batting .333 (22-for-66) with a team-high 18 runs, five doubles, two home runs and 14 RBI...started season with a 12-game hitting streak (19-for-49, .388, 4-2B, 2-HR, 14 RBI)...was 2-for-5 with three runs Feb. 25 at Santa Clara...went 5-for-16 with a double and four RBI Feb. 14-16 at the Express College Classic...was 2-for-4 with two RBI Feb. 18 vs. Saint Mary's...was the Pac-10 Player of the Week for Feb. 4-10 after going 7-for-17 (.412) with two doubles, a grand slam and five RBI Feb. 4 at San Francisco and Feb. 7-9 vs. Loyola Marymount...hit a home run in his first collegiate at-bat, Jan. 31 vs. UNLV...went 4-for-9 with a home run and two RBI Jan. 31-Feb. 2 vs. the Rebels...is batting .476 (10-for-21) with runners in scoring position...batted .485 this past summer for the USA Junior National Team...
KYLE CRIST, SO., RHP: Is 0-0 with a 1.72 ERA and has eight strikeouts in 15.7 innings...was outstanding in Feb. 23 start at Long Beach State (career-high 6.0 innings, two hits, no runs, two walks, two strikeouts)...pitched 4.3 innings in relief Feb. 16 vs. Nebraska (4.3 innings, four hits, one run, two walks, three strikeouts)...got no decision in Feb. 11 start vs. San Jose State (4.0 innings, five hits, no runs, one walk, one strikeout) ...is possible starter Sunday...
CHRIS GROSSMAN, JR., C: Is batting .340 (18-for-53) with three doubles, two home runs and 12 RBI...went 2-for-10 with a double and three RBI Feb. 21-23 at Long Beach State and was 1-for-3 with three RBI Feb. 25 at Santa Clara...went a career-best 3-for-4 with a double Feb. 18 vs. Saint Mary's...was 1-for-4 with a key home run in the eighth inning Feb. 11 vs. San Jose State...went 5-for-13 with a double, home run and two RBI Feb. 7-9 vs. Loyola Marymount, including hitting the game-winning home run in the ninth inning Feb. 7 vs. LMU... was 4-for-11 Jan. 31-Feb. 2 vs. UNLV, including going 2-for-4 with three RBI in the Jan. 31 season-opener...is batting .375 (6-for-16) with runners in scoring position...
JAMES HOLDER, SO., 1B: Is batting .321 (18-for-56) with four doubles, three home runs and eight RBI...was 2-for-11 with two doubles Feb. 21-23 at Long Beach State and went 3-for-4 with a home run Feb. 25 at Santa Clara...was 4-for-12 with two home runs and five RBI Feb. 14-14 at the Express College Classic, including going 2-for-3 with two home runs and a career-high five RBI Feb. 14 vs. Texas-Pan American...was 3-for-5 with a RBI Feb. 18 vs. Saint Mary's...went 3-for-6 with two doubles and a RBI Feb. 7-9 vs. Loyola Marymount...went 2-for-3 with two runs scored in the season-opener Jan. 31 vs. UNLV...
BRIAN HORWITZ, JR., OF: Is batting .358 (24-for-67) with five doubles, a triple, a team-leading five home runs and 23 RBI...went 8-for-15 with two doubles, two home runs and 11 RBI Feb. 14-16 at the Express College Classic...was 4-for-4 with a double, two home runs and tied a school record with eight RBI Feb. 14 vs. Texas-Pan American...went 2-for-5 with two RBI, including the game-winning RBI Feb. 16 vs. Nebraska...was 2-for-3 with two RBI, including the game-winning home run in the eighth inning Feb. 11 vs. San Jose State...was 2-for-5 with a double, home run and three RBI Feb. 4 at San Francisco...went 4-for-12 with two doubles, a home run and four RBI Jan. 31-Feb. 2 vs. UNLV...is batting .348 (8-for-23) with runners in scoring position...
JESSE INGRAM, SO., RHP: Is 2-0 with three saves and a 3.14 ERA...has 15 strikeouts in 14.3 innings...earned save Feb. 25 at Santa Clara (1.3 innings, two hits, two runs, two walks, two strikeouts)...earned save Feb. 11 vs. San Jose State (1.0 inning, one hit, one run, no walks, one strikeout)...picked up wins Feb. 7 (0.7 inning, one hit, no runs, one walk) and Feb. 9 (1.7 innings, two hits, no runs, one walk, four strikeouts) vs. Loyola Marymount...earned save Feb. 4 at San Francisco (2.0 innings, no hits, no runs, one walk, four strikeouts)...was second in the Pac-10 in appearances last season (29)...
CONOR JACKSON, JR., INF: Is batting a team-leading .423 (11-for-26) with three doubles, a home run and 5 RBI...has got a hit in seven of the last eight games...went 6-for-9 with two doubles, a home run and four RBI Feb. 14-16 at the Express College Classic...sprained his right ankle in the Jan. 31 opener vs. UNLV, missing seven games...hit a home run in first at-bat after injury, Feb. 14 vs. Texas-Pan American...is batting .600 (3-for-5) with runners in scoring position...
BRIAN MONTALBO, JR., RHP: Is 2-0 with a 4.86 ERA...has 11 strikeouts in 16.7 innings...won Feb. 22 at Long Beach State, pitching a career-high 8.3 innings (five hits, three runs, one walk, five strikeouts)...got no decision Feb. 15 vs. Southwest Texas State (5.0 innings, four hits, two runs, three walks, three strikeouts)...picked up win in relief Feb. 8 vs. Loyola Marymount (3.0 innings, two hits, no runs, three walks, two strikeouts)...is slated to start Saturday...
DAVID NICHOLSON, SO., INF./OF: Is batting .258 (17-for-66) with three doubles, two RBI and is 7-for-8 in stolen bases...had a career-high eight-game hitting streak from Feb. 1-14 (15-for-32, .469, 3-2B, 2-RBI)...was 5-for-12 with a double and RBI Feb. 7-9 vs. Loyola Marymount...went 3-for-5 Feb. 4 at San Francisco...was 5-for-11 with two doubles Jan. 31-Feb. 2 vs. UNLV, including going a career-best 4-for-4 Feb. 1 vs. the Rebels...
JOE TODOROFF, SO., RHP: Is 3-0 with a 2.78 ERA...won in relief Feb. 25 at Santa Clara, pitching a career-high 6.3 innings (five hits, one run, one walk) with a career-high eight strikeouts...earned win in Feb. 18 start vs. Saint Mary's (5.0 innings, six hits, no runs, one walk, two strikeouts)...got no decision Feb. 8 vs. Loyola Marymount (5.7 innings, nine hits, one earned run, one walk, three strikeouts)...earned first collegiate win Feb. 1 vs. UNLV (5.0 innings, three hits, three runs, three walks, two strikeouts)...
DID YOU KNOW?
*Cal won the inaugural College World Series title in 1947, defeating former President George Bush's Yale team, 8-7, in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
*The Golden Bears have had two players go on to be league MVPs in professional baseball - Jackie Jensen was the American League MVP in 1958 with the Red Sox and Jeff Kent was the National League MVP in 2001 with the Giants.
*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).
*Junior third baseman Conor Jackson played for the USA National Team last summer and is one of six Golden Bears to have competed for Team USA. Former Bear head coach Bob Milano (1978-99) was an assistant coach for the 1988 United States Olympic team and was the USA National Team coach in 1997. Paul Mohler was a trainer for the USA National Team in 1988.
*Since 1947, Cal has had 31 All-American selections, 72 All-Pac-10 selections and 40 major leaguers. Since 1978, the Bears have had 97 athletes play professional baseball.
*Conor Jackson's dad, John Jackson, plays Admiral A.J. Chegwidden on the television series JAG. Junior first baseman/outfielder Noah Jackson's godfather is Chicago Cubs manager Dusty Baker. Junior left-hander Matt Irwin was a member of the Cal band from 1999-2000 before again taking up baseball.
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