Cal Baseball Travels to No. 20 Arizona For Three-Game Series
April 30, 2003
BERKELEY, CA -
May 2 at Arizona Sancet Field, Tucson, AZ 7:00 p.m.May 3 at Arizona Sancet Field, Tucson, AZ 7:00 p.m.May 4 at Arizona Sancet Field, Tucson, AZ 1:00 p.m.
RADIO: KALX Radio (90.7 FM) will broadcast the May 2-4 Cal-Arizona games. Live audio provided on www.calbears.com.
BEAR NOTES: The California baseball team (25-22, 9-9) travels to No. 20 Arizona (31-16, 9-6) this weekend for a Pac-10 series at Sancet Field. Cal has a tall order in front of it as the Bears' next two conference series are against the ranked Wildcats and the No. 9 Stanford Cardinal May 9-11 at Evans Diamond. The Bears need to win at least four of six games to have 13 league wins, which is the usual benchmark to qualify for a NCAA Regional. Cal's offense has been led recently by juniors Conor Jackson, Brian Horwitz and Chris Grossman. All-America candidate Jackson, who was the Pac-10 Player of the Week Apr. 21, is now batting a team-high .383 with 13 doubles, six home runs and 30 RBI, and is also the Pac-10 leader with a .551 on-base percentage. Right fielder Horwitz missed 12 games from Mar. 21-Apr. 8, but has gone 21-for-42 (.500) since his return, with three doubles, a triple, a home run and 17 RBI, getting multiple hits in 10 of his last 12 games. He went 6-for-9 with a home run and five RBI last weekend at Washington and is now batting .358 with a team-leading 42 RBI. Junior catcher Grossman is batting .358 with a team-leading 42 RBI, and has had two game-tying home runs, a game-winning home run and a game-winning RBI single this season. On the mound, sophomore right-hander Mike Padgett picked up the Apr. 26 victory over Washington, pitching a career-high 8.0 innings with five hits, two unearned runs, three walks and four strikeouts. It was Padgett's second impressive outing in-a-row, as he threw a previous career-high 7.3 innings in a Apr. 18 victory over USC in his first career start. He is now 5-2 with a 2.06 ERA. The Bears, who are trying to qualify for postseason play for the second time in head coach David Esquer's four-year tenure, return 13 players who were members of Cal's 2001 NCAA Regional squad.
SERIES RECORD: Cal has a 57-81 all-time series record against the Arizona Wildcats. In the last meeting between the two schools, the Bears won one-of-three games (L 8-4, L 18-9, W 2-1), Apr. 12-14, 2002 at Evans Diamond.
HEAD COACH DAVID ESQUER: The 37-year-old Esquer, the 2001 Pac-10 Coach of the Year, is in his fourth season at Cal and has a career record of 113-102 (.526). 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.
TENTATIVE CALIFORNIA LINE-UPNo. Pos. Player 2003 stats2 CF Ben Conley, Sr. .295, 19 RBI, 4 HR4 3B Allen Craig, Fr. .298, 16 RBI, 2 HR34 1B Conor Jackson, Jr. .383, 30 RBI, 6 HR35 C Chris Grossman, Jr. .358, 42 RBI, 7 HR24 RF Brian Horwitz, Jr. .358, 42 RBI, 6 HR44 DH James Holder, So. .296, 32 RBI, 5 HR9 SS Jeff Dragicevich, Jr. .281, 14 RBI, 2 HR6 LF Justin Nelson, So. .237, 26 RBI, 8 HR5 2B David Nicholson, So. .265, 10 RBI, 1 HR19 RHP Jesse Ingram, So. (Fri.) 2-1, 5.10 ERA41 RHP Mike Padgett, So. (Sat.) 5-2, 2.06 ERA TBA (Sun.)
ARIZONA: The No. 20 ranked (Collegiate Baseball, No. 24 Baseball America) Arizona Wildcats, coached by Andy Lopez (2nd year at Arizona, 62-40, .608), are 31-16 (9-6), last winning two-of-three (W 4-3, L 10-9, W 11-6) Apr. 25-27 at Stanford, and defeating Sacramento State, 21-13, Apr. 28 in Sacramento. Top hitters for the Wildcats are sophomore right fielder Jeff Van Houten (.411, 11 HR, 59 RBI), junior center fielder Brian Anderson (.389, 13 HR, 52 RBI) and freshman third baseman Brad Boyer (.374, 5 HR, 39 RBI. Arizona's tentative pitching rotation is junior right-hander Richie Gardner (7-1, 3.59 ERA), junior right-hander Sean Rierson (7-1, 4.78 ERA) and TBA. In 2002, the Wildcats were 31-24, 9-15 in the Pac-10 (tied seventh).
PAC-10 RACE (as of Apr. 30) Conference Overall W L PCT GB W L .PCTASU 10 5 .667 --- 42 9 .824Stan 10 5 .667 --- 28 14 .667Arizona 9 6 .600 1.0 31 16 .660USC 9 6 .600 1.0 25 19 .568Wash 6 6 .500 2.5 29 13 .690CAL 9 9 .500 2.5 25 22 .532UCLA 5 7 .417 3.5 20 25 .444OSU 4 11 .267 6.0 18 22 .450WSU 4 11 .267 6.0 14 29 .326
CAL HONOR CANDIDATES
Conor Jackson, third base/first base, JR - Batting a team-leading .383 with 13 doubles, six home runs and 30 RBI; was the Apr. 21 Pac-10 Player of the Week; preseason All-American in Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers; 2002 first team All-Pac-10 selection; member of 2002 USA National Team; led Pac-10 in total bases (152) and slugging percentage (.691), and was second with .382 batting average in 2002; is on the Smith Award watch list. Matt Brown, right-handed pitcher, JR - preseason All-American in Baseball America; two-time Pac-10 Honorable Mention; 2002 Cape Cod League All-Star; tied for fourth on the Cal all-time save list (14); on the Smith Award watch list. 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 this summer; helped Team USA to bronze medal at 2002 World Junior Championship; batting .298 with 12-game hitting streak from Jan. 31-Feb. 18; was Feb. 11 Pac-10 Player of the Week. Chris Grossman, catcher, JR - batting .358 with team-leading 42 RBI; member of the Johnny Bench Award Watch List; game-winning RBI Mar. 14 vs. UC Irvine; game-winning home run Feb. 7 vs. LMU. Brian Horwitz, outfield, JR - owns .358 average with six home runs and team-leading 42 RBI; tied school record with eight RBI Feb. 14 versus Texas-Pan American; school record holder with 23-game hitting streak set as a frosh in 2001. Jesse Ingram, right-handed pitcher, SO - is 2-1 with seven saves; has 40 strikeouts in 42.3 innings; was Apr. 8 Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week.
IMPORTANT HOME DATE
May 9-11 vs. StanfordThe Golden Bears host Bay Area rival Stanford in the last regular season conference series.
CAL INDIVIDUAL PLAYER NOTES
BEN CONLEY, SR., OF: Is batting .295 (33-for-112, .281 vs. Pac-10) with seven doubles, four home runs and 19 RBI...is second in the Pac-10 in hit by pitch (15)...was 4-for-12 with a double Apr. 25-27 at UW and 2-for-3 Tuesday vs. UC Davis...went 6-for-11 with a RBI Apr. 17-19 vs. USC...was 1-for-3 with a home run and two RBI Apr. 11 vs. ASU...went 4-for-10 with a double, home run and three RBI Apr. 4-6 at UCLA...was 2-for-3 with two home runs and three RBI Mar. 28 at OSU...missed eight games Feb. 25-Mar. 18...went 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 12-for-31 (.387) with a double, home run and eight RBI career vs. Arizona...
ALLEN CRAIG, FR., INF.: Is batting .298 (34-for-114, .235 vs. Pac-10) with seven doubles, two home runs and 16 RBI...started season with 12-game hitting streak (19-for-49, .388, 4-2B, 2-HR, 14 RBI Jan. 31-Feb. 18)...missed 17 games from Mar. 23-Apr. 22...went 5-for-14 with a RBI Mar. 14-16 vs. UC Irvine...was 5-for-16 with a double and four RBI Feb. 14-16 at the Express College Classic...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 .387 (12-for-31) with runners in scoring position...
JEFF DRAGICEVICH, JR., INF: Is batting .281 (43-for-139, .344 vs. Pac-10) with eight doubles, two home runs and 14 RBI...had a career-high seven-game hitting streak from Apr. 13-22 (12-for-27, .444, 2B, HR, 3 RBI)...went 6-for-10 with double, home run and three RBI Apr. 17-19 vs. USC and was 2-for-5 Apr. 22 vs. Santa Clara...went 4-for-13 with two doubles Apr. 4-6 at UCLA and 5-for-11 with a double, home run and two RBI Mar. 28-30 at Oregon State...was 3-for-4 with a double Mar. 18 at Saint Mary's and 3-for-4 with a RBI Feb. 16 vs. Nebraska... is 8-for-21 (.381) with a double, triple and two RBI career vs. Arizona...
CHRIS GROSSMAN, JR., C: Is batting .358 (63-for-176, .388 vs. Pac-10) with 15 doubles (6th in Pac-10), seven home runs and a team-high 42 RBI (10th in Pac-10)...is also eighth in the Pac-10 in hits (63) and 10th in total bases (99)...had a career-high 11-game hitting streak from Apr. 4-25 (18-for-43, .419, 6-2B, HR, 11 RBI)...went 2-for-4 with a double and home run Apr. 27 at UW and 3-for-5 with two RBI Tuesday vs. UC Davis...was 4-for-13 with two doubles and five RBI Apr. 17-19 vs. USC...went 6-for-12 with three doubles, a home run and five RBI Apr. 4-6 at UCLA...was 6-for-15 with five RBI Mar. 28-30 at OSU, going 4-for-6 with two RBI Mar. 30...went 5-for-12 with two doubles and four RBI Mar. 21-23 vs. WSU...was 5-for-14 with two doubles, two home runs and five RBI Mar. 14-16 vs. UC Irvine...went 4-for-6 with a double, two home runs and four RBI, including game-winning RBI in 12th inning Mar. 14 vs. UCI...was 5-for-13 with a double and two-run homer Mar. 7-9 at Stanford...had 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. LMU, hitting the game-winning home run in the ninth inning Feb. 7 vs. the Lions... was 4-for-11 Jan. 31-Feb. 2 vs. UNLV, including 2-for-4 with three RBI in Jan. 31 opener...is batting .333 (20-for-60) with runners in scoring position...is 0-for-1 career vs. Arizona...
JAMES HOLDER, SO., 1B/DH: Is batting .296 (48-for-162, .279 vs. Pac-10) with 13 doubles, five home runs and 32 RBI...is first in the Pac-10 in hit by pitch (16)...went 3-for-5 with two RBI Apr. 18 vs. USC and 1-for-2 with a double and three RBI Apr. 22 vs. Santa Clara...was 4-for-7 with a double, home run and six RBI Apr. 4-6 at UCLA, including 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBI Apr. 6...went 5-for-13 with two doubles, a home run and five RBI Mar. 28-30 at OSU, going 2-for-5 with a double, home run and four RBI Mar. 30...was 3-for-4 with a home run Feb. 25 at Santa Clara...went 4-for-12 with two home runs and five RBI Feb. 14-16 at the Express College Classic, going 2-for-3 with two home runs and 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 RBI Feb. 7-9 vs. LMU...
BRIAN HORWITZ, JR., OF: Is batting .358 (48-for-134, team-best .484 vs. Pac-10) with nine doubles, two triples, six home runs and a team-leading 42 RBI...missed 12 games from Mar. 21-Apr. 8...has gone 21-for-42 (.500) since his return, with three doubles, a triple, a home run and 17 RBI, getting multiple hits in 10 of 12 games...went 6-for-9 with a home run and five RBI Apr. 25-27 at UW and 2-for-5 with three RBI Tuesday vs. UC Davis...was 5-for-11 with three doubles and four RBI Apr. 17-19 vs. USC...went 4-for-11 with a triple Apr. 11-13 vs. ASU and 2-for-2 with three RBI Apr. 15 at Saint Mary's...was 8-for-15 with two doubles, two home runs and 11 RBI Feb. 14-16 at Express College Classic...was 4-for-4 with a double, two home runs and a school record eight RBI Feb. 14 vs. Texas-Pan American...went 2-for-5 with two RBI, including game-winning RBI Feb. 16 vs. Nebraska...was 2-for-3 with game-winning home run Feb. 11 vs. San Jose State...was 2-for-5 with double, home run and three RBI Feb. 4 at USF...went 4-for-12 with two doubles, a home run and four RBI Jan. 31-Feb. 2 vs. UNLV...is batting .400 (18-for-45) with runners in scoring position...is 7-for-27 (.259) with three doubles and eight RBI career vs. Arizona...
JESSE INGRAM, SO., RHP: Is 2-1 with seven saves (1st in Pac-10) and a 5.10 ERA in 22 appearances (4th in Pac-10)...has 40 strikeouts in 42.3 innings...lost in Apr. 25 start at UW (0.7 inning, five hits, seven runs, two walks)...had no decision in first collegiate start Apr. 17 vs. USC (career-high 7.0 innings, two hits, one run, four walks, career-high seven strikeouts)...was the Apr. 8 Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week, picking up two saves Apr. 5-6 at UCLA (4.0 inn., no hits, no runs, two walks, four strikeouts)...his seven saves are eighth on Cal's single-season save list...earned save Mar. 29 at OSU (3.0 inn., one hit, no runs, one walk, three strikeouts)...earned save Mar. 16 vs. UC Irvine (3.0 inn., two hits, no runs, two walks, one strikeout)...earned save Feb. 25 at Santa Clara (1.3 inn., two hits, two runs, two walks, two strikeouts)...earned save Feb. 11 vs. San Jose State (1.0 inn., one hit, one run, no walks, one strikeout)...won Feb. 7 (0.7 inn., one hit, no runs, one walk) and Feb. 9 (1.7 inn., two hits, no runs, one walk, four strikeouts) vs. LMU...earned save Feb. 4 at San Francisco (2.0 inn., no hits, no runs, one walk, four strikeouts)... is 0-0 with 0.00 ERA (one strikeout in 1.3 innings) career vs. Arizona...is slated to start Friday at Arizona...
CONOR JACKSON, JR., INF: Is batting a team-leading .383 (49-for-128, .397 vs. Pac-10) with 13 doubles, six home runs and 30 RBI...also has team-leading .551 on-base percentage (1st in Pac-10), 44 walks (2nd in Pac-10) and his .383 average is ninth in the Pac-10...is currently on a seven-game hitting streak from Apr. 18 (14-for-24, .583, 4-2B, 2-HR, 6 RBI)...went 4-for-9 with two doubles Apr. 25-27 at UW and 3-for-6 with a double Tuesday vs. UC Davis...was the Apr. 21 Pac-10 Player of the Week, going 6-for-10 with a double, two home runs and four RBI Apr. 17-19 vs. USC, and was 1-for-2 with two RBI Apr. 22 vs. Santa Clara...went 4-for-5 with a double Apr. 15 at Saint Mary's...had 10-game hitting streak from Mar. 25-Apr. 11 (13-for-32, .406, 4-2B, HR, 13 RBI)...was 4-for-11 with a double and RBI Apr. 4-6 at UCLA...went 2-for-3 with two doubles and three RBI Apr. 2 vs. Sac. State...was 4-for-10 with a double and four RBI Mar. 28-30 at OSU...went 3-for-9 with a double and a two-run homer Mar. 21-23 vs. WSU...hit grand slam Mar. 25 at Sac. State...was 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI Mar. 14 vs. UC Irvine...went 6-for-9 with two doubles, a home run and four RBI Feb. 14-16 at the Express College Classic...missed seven games to start season...hit a home run in first at-bat after injury, Feb. 14 vs. Texas-Pan American...is hitting a team-best .405 (15-for-37) with runners in scoring position...is 9-for-25 (.360) with two doubles and two RBI career vs. Arizona...
MIKE PADGETT, SO., RHP: Is 5-2 with a 2.06 ERA in 18 appearances...batters are hitting .218 against him...won Apr. 26 start at Washington, pitching a career-high 8.0 innings with five hits, two unearned runs, three walks and four strikeouts...won Apr. 18 vs. USC in first Cal start (7.3 inn., seven hits, two runs, one walk, three strikeouts)...made two appearances Apr. 13 vs. ASU (3.3 inn., no hits, no earned runs, three walks, four strikeouts)...won in relief Apr. 6 at UCLA (4.3 inn., one hit, no runs, one walk, one strikeout)...won in relief Mar. 14 vs. UC Irvine (3.7 inn., three hits, no runs, no walks, two strikeouts)...won in relief Feb. 16 vs. Nebraska (1.3 inn., one hit, one run, one walk, two strikeouts)...is slated to start Saturday at Arizona...
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 outfielder David Weiner's uncle is USA Olympic swimming legend Mark Spitz.