Cal Baseball Hosts No. 3 Stanford in Crucial Pac-10 Series
May 7, 2003
BERKELEY, CA -
May 9 vs. Stanford Evans Diamond, Berkeley, CA 2:30 p.m.May 10 vs. Stanford Evans Diamond, Berkeley, CA 1:00 p.m.May 11 vs. Stanford Evans Diamond, Berkeley, CA 1:00 p.m.
RADIO: KALX Radio (90.7 FM) will broadcast the May 9-11 Stanford-Cal games. Live audio provided on www.calbears.com.
BEAR NOTES: The California baseball team (27-24, 10-11) hosts No. 3 ranked and Pac-10 leading Stanford (32-14, 13-5) this weekend at Evans Diamond. Cal needs to win at least two of three games versus the Cardinal to finish 12-12 in league play and have any chance of qualifying for a NCAA Regional. Offensively, Cal has been led by three 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 .387 with 14 doubles, seven home runs and 35 RBI. He is also the Pac-10 leader with a .549 on-base percentage. Jackson has a .459 career on-base percentage and is currently seventh on the Cal all-time list with a .560 slugging percentage, eighth with 27 career home runs and 10th with 114 career walks. Right fielder Horwitz is riding a 11-game hitting streak from Apr. 18 and is batting .355 with a team-leading 46 RBI. He has a game-winning home run versus San Jose State and a game-winning RBI versus Nebraska this season. Catcher Grossman is hitting .333 with 43 RBI, and has had two game-tying home runs, a game-winning home run versus Loyola Marymount and a game-winning RBI versus UC Irvine. Two other players who have performed well in the last two games are sophomore second baseman David Nicholson and sophomore left fielder Justin Nelson. Nicholson went 6-for-9 with a double and triple against Arizona and Fresno State, while Nelson has gone 5-for-10 with a triple and three RBI against the Wildcats and Bulldogs. On the mound, the Bears will be counting on sophomore right-hander Jesse Ingram, who is slated to start Friday against Stanford. Ingram is 2-2 with seven saves and has 47 strikeouts in 45.7 innings, moving from a closing to a starting role on Apr. 17 versus USC. Despite struggling in his last two starts on the road, Ingram pitched well in his first career start versus the Trojans at Evans Diamond, throwing a career-high 7.0 innings with two hits, one run, four walks and a career-high seven strikeouts. 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 207-220 all-time series record against the Stanford Cardinal. In the last meeting between the two schools, the Bears were swept (11-2, 9-4, 11-2) in a non-conference series, Mar. 7-9, 2003 at Sunken 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 115-104 (.525). 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. 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 played 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. .269, 19 RBI, 4 HR4 3B Allen Craig, Fr. .298, 16 RBI, 2 HR24 RF Brian Horwitz, Jr. .355, 46 RBI, 6 HR34 1B Conor Jackson, Jr. .387, 35 RBI, 7 HR35 C Chris Grossman, Jr. .333, 43 RBI, 8 HR9 SS Jeff Dragicevich, Jr. .298, 18 RBI, 2 HR44 DH James Holder, So. .305, 36 RBI, 6 HR6 LF Justin Nelson, So. .250, 29 RBI, 8 HR5 2B David Nicholson, So. .278, 10 RBI, 1 HR19 RHP Jesse Ingram, So. (Fri.) 2-2, 6.11 ERA TBA (Sat.) TBA (Sun.)
STANFORD: The No. 3 ranked (Collegiate Baseball, No. 7 Baseball America, Sports Weekly/ESPN) Stanford Cardinal, coached by Mark Marquess (27th year at Stanford, 1,125-547-5, .672), are 32-14 (13-5), last sweeping USC (22-10, 8-3, 8-3) May 3-4 at Stanford, and defeating San Jose State, 3-0, Tuesday in San Jose. Top hitters for the Cardinal are junior right fielder Carlos Quentin (.416, 6 HR, 37 RBI), senior catcher Ryan Garko (.391, 13 HR, 64 RBI) and sophomore left fielder Danny Putnam (.386, 9 HR, 39 RBI). Stanford's tentative pitching rotation is junior right-hander John Hudgins (7-3, 3.29 ERA), freshman left-hander Mark Romanczuk (9-0, 3.63 ERA) and TBA. In 2002, the Cardinal were 47-18, 16-8 in Pac-10 (2nd) and 7-2 in postseason (3rd CWS).
PAC-10 RACE (as of May 7) Conference Overall W L PCT GB W L .PCTStan 13 5 .722 --- 32 14 .696ASU 10 5 .667 1.0 44 9 .830Arizona 11 7 .611 2.0 33 17 .660Wash 8 7 .533 3.5 32 14 .696USC 9 9 .500 4.0 25 23 .521CAL 10 11 .476 4.5 27 24 .529UCLA 7 8 .467 4.5 23 26 .469OSU 5 13 .278 8.0 19 24 .442WSU 5 13 .278 8.0 15 31 .326
CAL HONOR CANDIDATES
Conor Jackson, third base/first base, JR - Batting a team-leading .387 with 14 doubles, seven home runs and 35 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); has team-high strikeouts (60) and innings pitched (79.0); 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 .333 with team-leading 65 hits and eight home runs; member of the Johnny Bench Award Watch List; game-winning RBI Mar. 14 vs. UC Irvine; game-winning HR Feb. 7 vs. LMU. Brian Horwitz, outfield, JR - owns .355 average with six home runs and team-leading 46 RBI; tied school record with eight RBI Feb. 14 versus Texas-Pan American; game-winning HR Feb. 11 vs. SJS, game-winning RBI Feb. 16 vs. Nebraska. Jesse Ingram, right-handed pitcher, SO - is 2-2 with seven saves; has 47 strikeouts in 45.7 innings; was Apr. 8 Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week.
CAL INDIVIDUAL PLAYER NOTES
BEN CONLEY, SR., OF: Is batting .269 (35-for-130, .247 vs. Pac-10) with eight doubles, four home runs and 19 RBI...is second in the Pac-10 in hit by pitch (16)...was 4-for-12 with a double Apr. 25-27 at UW and 2-for-3 Apr. 29 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 3-for-15 (.200) with a double and home run career vs. Stanford in Pac-10 games...
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 .298 (51-for-171, .346 vs. Pac-10) with nine doubles, two home runs and 18 RBI...was 4-for-6 with a double and two RBI May 4 at Arizona 3-for-4 Tuesday at Fresno State...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...went 2-for-6 with a double and three RBI Mar. 8-9 at Stanford...was 3-for-4 with a RBI Feb. 16 vs. Nebraska...is 2-for-17 (.118) with a double and three RBI career vs. Stanford in Pac-10 games...
CHRIS GROSSMAN, JR., C: Is batting .333 (65-for-195, .346 vs. Pac-10) with 15 doubles (8th in Pac-10), eight home runs and 43 RBI...is also ninth in the Pac-10 in hits (65)...had a career-high 11-game hitting streak from Apr. 4-25 (18-for-43, .419, 6-2B, HR, 11 RBI)...was 2-for-6 with a home run May 4 at Arizona...went 2-for-4 with a double and home run Apr. 27 at UW and 3-for-5 with two RBI Apr. 29 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 .317 (20-for-63) with runners in scoring position...is 0-for-4 career vs. Stanford in Pac-10 games...
JAMES HOLDER, SO., 1B/DH: Is batting .305 (53-for-174, .273 vs. Pac-10) with 13 doubles, six home runs and 36 RBI...is first in the Pac-10 in hit by pitch (18)...was 3-for-3 with a two-run homer Tuesday at Fresno State...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...went 3-for-10 with a double Mar. 7-9 at Stanford...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 .355 (54-for-152, team-best .444 vs. Pac-10) with nine doubles, two triples, six home runs and a team-leading 46 RBI (9th in Pac-10)...is currently on a 11-game hitting streak from Apr. 18 (21-for-44, .477, 3-2B, HR, 17 RBI)...missed 12 games from Mar. 21-Apr. 8...has gone 27-for-60 (.450) since his return, with three doubles, a triple, a home run and 21 RBI, getting multiple hits in 12 of 16 games...was 7-for-19 with six RBI Apr. 29-May 4 vs. UC Davis and at Arizona...went 6-for-9 with a home run and five RBI Apr. 25-27 at UW...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...went 0-for-11 Mar. 7-9 at Stanford...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 a team-best .415 (22-for-53) with runners in scoring position...is 7-for-24 (.292) with a double, triple and five RBI career vs. Stanford in Pac-10 games...
JESSE INGRAM, SO., RHP: Is 2-2 with seven saves (1st in Pac-10) and a 6.11 ERA in 23 appearances (5th in Pac-10)...has 47 strikeouts in 45.7 innings...lost May 2 start at Arizona (3.3 inn., six hits seven earned runs, five walks, seven strikeouts)...lost in Apr. 25 start at UW (0.7 inn., 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)...pitched in relief Mar. 9 at Stanford (2.0 inn., three hits, two runs, one walk, 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 13.50 ERA (2.0 innings) career vs. Stanford in Pac-10 games...is slated to start Friday vs. Stanford...
CONOR JACKSON, JR., INF: Is batting a team-leading .387 (55-for-142, .426 vs. Pac-10) with 14 doubles, seven home runs and 35 RBI...also has team-leading .549 on-base percentage (1st in Pac-10), 48 walks (2nd in Pac-10), .634 slugging percentage, 49 runs and his .387 average is seventh in the Pac-10...had a 10-game hitting streak from Apr. 18-May 4 (20-for-34, .588, 5-2B, 3-HR, 11 RBI)...was 6-for-10 with a double, home run and five RBI May 2-4 at Arizona...went 4-for-9 with two doubles Apr. 25-27 at UW and 3-for-6 with a double Apr. 29 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...was 1-for-10 Mar. 7-9 at Stanford...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 .415 (17-for-41) with runners in scoring position...is 4-for-24 (.167) with a home run and four RBI career vs. Stanford in Pac-10 games...
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.