Cal Baseball Visits No. 2 Ranked Stanford for Pac-10 Series

April 14, 2004

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Apr. 16 at Stanford Sunken Diamond, Stanford, CA 6 p.m.Apr. 17 at Stanford Sunken Diamond, Stanford, CA 1 p.m.Apr. 18 at Stanford Sunken Diamond, Stanford, CA 1 p.m.

TELEVISION/RADIO: The Apr. 16 Cal-Stanford game will be shown tape delayed (Apr. 18 at 10:30 a.m., Apr. 19 at 12 p.m.) on Fox Sports Net, with Roxy Bernstein (play-by-play) and former Arizona baseball coach Jerry Kindall (color) announcing. KALX Radio (90.7 FM) will air the Apr. 16-18 Cal-Stanford series.

BEAR NOTES: The California baseball team (20-20, 6-6) faces a big challenge as it tries to snap a 13-game losing streak to No. 2 Stanford (26-5, 4-2) this week at Sunken Diamond. The last time Cal defeated the Cardinal was Mar. 9, 2002 (2-1) at Evans Diamond. The Bears were swept by Stanford (12-9, 10-3, 6-2) earlier this season in a non-conference series in Berkeley, Feb. 27-29. In league play this year, Cal has played better on the road, going 4-2 in series at ASU and USC, while going 2-4 in home series versus OSU and Washington. The Bears feature sophomore Adam Gold, who was one out away from a no-hitter at Fresno State Feb. 21 and was the Feb. 23 NCBWA National Co-Pitcher of the Week. Gold is on the watch list for the Roger Clemens Award as the nation's top pitcher and is currently 6-3, second in the Pac-10 in innings pitched (68.7) and third in strikeouts (69). Junior infielder David Nicholson and senior center fielder David Weiner (.343) are among Cal's top offensive performers. Nicholson is batting .399 and leads the Pac-10 in hits (59), while Weiner is leading the Bears in home runs (seven) and RBI (33). Junior left fielder Justin Nelson and junior DH James Holder are also hitting well. Nelson had a two-run triple and two-run homer Tuesday versus San Jose State, and Holder has homered in each of the last three games. The Bears' top reliever is junior Jesse Ingram, who leads the Pac-10 in appearances (20), saves (seven) and ERA (2.31).

SERIES RECORD: Cal has a 207-226 overall series record against the Stanford Cardinal. In the last meeting, the Bears were swept (12-9, 10-3, 6-2) in a non-conference series at Evans Diamond Feb. 27-29.

HEAD COACH David Esquer: The 2001 Pac-10 Coach of the Year, Esquer, 38, is in his fifth season at Cal with a career record of 136-127 (.517). On June 10, 1999, he became only the 10th coach in the history of Cal baseball, which began in 1892. Esquer replaced longtime coach 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. 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 the 1987 College World Series championship team, earning All-Tournament honors after hitting .350 with six RBI. He also earned All-Pac-10 Southern Division honors and went on to play professional baseball for four seasons with the Baltimore, California and Milwaukee organizations.

TENTATIVE CALIFORNIA LINE-UPNo.	Pos.	Player	2004 stats4	1B	Allen Craig, So. .319, 18 RBI, 5 HR5	2B	David Nicholson, Jr. .399, 18 RBI, 1 HR15	CF	David Weiner, Sr. .343, 33 RBI, 7 HR35	C	Chris Grossman, Sr. .311, 21 RBI, 1 HR6	LF	Justin Nelson, Jr. .299, 32 RBI, 7 HR24	RF	Brian Horwitz, Sr. .252, 21 RBI, 4 HR44	DH	James Holder, Jr. .305, 18 RBI, 5 HR9	SS	Jeff Dragicevich, Sr. .267, 14 RBI, 2 HR14	3B	Matt Einspahr, Jr. .146, 3 RBI, 1 HR27	RHP	Adam Gold, So. (Fri.) 6-3, 3.28 ERA41	RHP	Mike Padgett, Jr. (Sat.) 3-4, 4.53 ERA		TBA (Sun.)

STANFORD: The Stanford Cardinal, coached by Mark Marquess (28th year, 1,170-556-5, .676), are 26-5, 4-2 after winning two-of-three last weekend at Oregon State (W 11-8, L 5-4, W 16-4) winning Tuesday versus Santa Clara (12-3). Top hitters for the Cardinal are sophomore second baseman Jed Lowrie (.388, 10 HR, 43 RBI), senior third baseman Jonny Ash (.383, 4 HR, 25 RBI) and sophomore first baseman John Mayberry, Jr. (.369, 9 HR, 38 RBI). Stanford's tentative pitching rotation is sophomore left-hander Mark Romanczuk (6-1, 4.04 ERA), TBA and TBA. In 2003, the Cardinal finished 51-18 overall, 18-6 in the Pac-10 (first), 10-3 in the postseason -placing second at the College World Series.

PAC-10 RACE (as of Apr. 13)	Conference	                Overall	W	L	PCT	GB	W	L 	T	.PCTStan	4	2	.667	---	26	5	0	.839Wash	5	4	.556	---	19	12	1	.609Ariz	5	4	.556	---	17	15	1	.530WSU	3	3	.500	---	21	11	0	.656UCLA	3	3	.500	---	19	14	0	.576CAL	6	6	.500	---	20	20	0	.500USC	3	3	.500	---	17	17	0	.500OSU	4	5	.444	---	21	11	0	.656ASU	3	6	.333	---	24	11	0	.686

2004 CAL OUTLOOK: The 2004 Golden Bears are led by seniors Matt Brown (right-handed pitcher), Brian Horwitz (right field) and Jeff Dragicevich (shortstop) - all four-year starters and members of Cal's 2001 NCAA Regional Squad. The Bears also return senior catcher Chris Grossman, a 2003 semifinalist for the Johnny Bench Award as the nation's top collegiate catcher. Cal is predicted to be a NCAA Regional team by Baseball America and is selected to finish sixth in the Pac-10 Coaches Preseason Poll. Cal will be attempting to qualify for NCAA postseason for the 10th time in school history and the second time in David Esquer's five-year head coaching tenure with the Bears. Cal was ranked 26th in Baseball America's Preseason Top-50 Poll and features a freshman class that is rated the nation's fifth-best in Baseball America.

CAL PLAYERS TO WATCH: Brian Horwitz, right field, SR - 2003 Pac-10 Honorable Mention, hit .347 with team-high 47 RBI; school record holder for consecutive game hitting streak (23) and single-game RBI (eight)...Chris Grossman, catcher, SR - 2003 Pac-10 Honorable Mention, hit .341 with team-high hits (72), doubles (16) and total bases (112); 2003 semifinalist for the Johnny Bench Award as the nation's top catcher; on 2004 Johnny Bench Award Watch List...Jeff Dragicevich, shortstop, SR - 2003 Pac-10 Honorable Mention, hit .292 with a .326 Pac-10 average; three-year starter with career .300 Pac-10 batting average...Matt Brown, right-handed pitcher, SR - two-time Pac-10 Honorable Mention, led the Bears in strikeouts (66) and innings pitched (86.7) in 2003; 2002 Cape Cod League All-Star; third on the Cal all-time save list (16)...Jesse Ingram, right-handed pitcher, JR - in 2003 was 2-3 with eight saves, and had 49 strikeouts in 50.7 innings; was Apr. 8, 2003 Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week; eight saves in 2003 was second on Cal's single-season save list; third on the Cal all-time save list (16)...Mike Padgett, right-handed pitcher, JR - was 5-3 with a 3.43 ERA in 2003; limited opponents to .244 batting average; picked up Pac-10 wins over USC, Washington and Arizona...Adam Gold, right-handed pitcher, SO - in 2004, is 6-3 with a 3.28 ERA and second in the Pac-10 in innings pitched (68.7) and third in strikeouts (69); was one-out away from no-hitter Feb. 21 at Fresno State; was Feb. 23 NCBWA National Co-Pitcher of the Week; is on Roger Clemens Award Watch List as the nation's top collegiate pitcher.

KEY NEWCOMERS: Brennan Boesch, outfield/first base, FR - Harvard-Westlake HS (Los Angeles, CA) - 2003 All-CIF Southern Section; 2003 All-Los Angeles Times; 2003 Pacific Palisades Post Athlete of the Year; batted .490 with seven home runs...Garrett Bussiere, catcher, FR - Northglenn HS (Thornton, CO) - drafted in 14th round by the Milwaukee Brewers; 2003 first team All-State; batted .471 with six home runs and 26 RBI; Junior Olympic Team member in 2001 and 2002...Chris Errecart, outfield, FR - Lincoln HS (Stockton, CA) - 2003 first team all-league, all-area MVP, all-state and Collegiate Baseball All-American; batted .531 with 12 home runs, 41 RBI and 20 stolen bases...Brandon Morrow, right-handed pitcher, FR - Rancho Cotate HS (Rohnert Park, CA) - 2003 first team all-league and first team All-North Coast Section; was 9-2 with a 0.61 ERA and had 84 strikeouts in 63.0 innings as a senior; drafted in the 40th round by the Anaheim Angles.

2003 REVIEW: Cal did not qualify for a NCAA Regional in 2003 with an 28-27 overall record (10-14, seventh in the Pac-10), but had junior first baseman/third baseman Conor Jackson earn first team All-Pac-10 honors and three players - Brian Horwitz, Chris Grossman and Jeff Dragicevich - named Pac-10 Honorable Mention. Jackson was the Arizona Diamondbacks' first round draft pick and the 19th pick overall in the 2003 June Major League Amateur Draft. Last spring, he batted .388 with 14 doubles, one triple, 10 home runs, 44 RBI and a Pac-10-leading .538 on-base percentage. Jackson was selected a third team All-American by Baseball America and earned All-Pac-10 honors for the second year. He was the first Cal baseball player to be drafted in the first round since right-handed pitcher Dave Masters was selected by the Chicago Cubs and was the 24th pick overall in 1985. Besides Jackson, junior right-hander Brian Montalbo was picked in the seventh round by the Milwaukee Brewers, Horwitz was selected in the 26th round by the Oakland A's, and Brown was picked in the 29th round by the Chicago Cubs.

CAL INDIVIDUAL PLAYER NOTES

Matt Brown, SR., RHP: Is 3-2 with two saves (ninth in Pac-10) and a 3.86 ERA in 19 appearances (2nd in Pac-10)...has 15 career wins, 16 career saves (3rd on Cal all-time list), 88 career appearances (7th on Cal all-time list) and 206 career strikeouts (8th on Cal all-time list)...earned save at USF Mar. 30 (1.0 inning, one strikeout)...lost start vs. OSU Mar. 28 (1.7 innings, four hits, two earned runs, three walks)...earned save at ASU Mar. 19 (1.0 inning, one hit, no runs, no walks, two strikeouts)...won in relief at North Carolina Mar. 14 (4.7 innings, one hit, no runs, three walks, four strikeouts)...won in relief vs. Sac. State Mar. 3 (2.0 innings, one hit, two unearned runs, one walk)...lost start at UC Irvine Feb. 13 (3.3 innings, four hits, five earned runs, five walks, two strikeouts)...got no decision vs. Long Beach State Feb. 6 (5.0 innings, seven hits, no runs, two walks, three strikeouts)...earned win vs. BYU Jan. 29 (6.0 innings, five hits, one run, one walk, one strikeout)...is 0-3 with a save and a 9.86 ERA (three strikeouts in 7.3 innings) career Pac-10 vs. Stanford...

Allen Craig, SO., INF.: Is batting .319 (46-for-144, .326 vs. Pac-10) with 11 doubles (6th in Pac-10), a triple, five home runs and 18 RBI...also has 26 walks (3rd in Pac-10), 46 hits (5th in Pac-10), 35 runs (8th in Pac-10) and 74 total bases (8th in Pac-10)...went 5-for-12 with two doubles, a home run and two RBI at USC Apr. 8-10...was 5-for-14 with two doubles and two RBI vs. UW Apr. 2-4...went 4-for-12 with two RBI at North Carolina Mar. 12-14...was 3-for-6 with a home run vs. Nevada Mar. 9...went 4-for-11 with two doubles vs. Saint Mary's Mar. 5-7...was 7-for-12 with a double, home run and two RBI at Fresno State Feb. 20-22 and went 2-for-4 with a home run vs. USF Feb. 24...went 1-for-9 versus Stanford Feb. 27-29...was 3-for-9 with a triple and three RBI at UC Irvine Feb. 13-15...was 2-for-4 with a two-run homer vs. BYU Jan. 31... is 1-for-9 (.111) career Pac-10 vs. Stanford...

Kyle Crist, JR., RHP: Is 3-6 with a 5.66 ERA...lost in relief at USC Apr. 9 (4.3 innings, six hits, four earned runs, three walks, three strikeouts)...lost vs. UW Apr. 4 (4.0 innings, eight hits, three earned runs, one walk, four strikeouts)...won in relief at USF Mar. 30 (1.0 inning, two strikeouts)...lost at ASU Mar. 22 (2.7 innings, five hits, two earned runs, two walks, two strikeouts)...got no decision at North Carolina Mar. 14 (3.3 innings, six hits, four runs, one walk, one strikeout)...won vs. Saint Mary's Mar. 7 (6.0 innings, four hits, three earned runs, two walks, seven strikeouts)...lost vs. Stanford Feb. 29 (4.0 innings, nine hits, three earned runs, no walks, three strikeouts)...lost at Fresno State Feb. 22 (0.3 inning, five hits, three runs)...got no decision at UC Irvine Feb. 14 (career-high 7.3 innings, three hits, one run, two walks, five strikeouts)...lost vs. Long Beach State Feb. 7 (5.3 innings, nine hits, four runs, one walk, two strikeouts)...won vs. BYU Jan. 30 (5.0 innings, four hits, one run, two walks, six strikeouts)...is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA (one hit in 2.0 innings) career Pac-10 vs. Stanford...

Jeff Dragicevich, SR., INF: Is batting .267 (36-for-135, .372 vs. Pac-10) with 11 doubles (6th in Pac-10), a triple, two home runs and 14 RBI...is 10th on the Cal career games (205) and doubles (41) list...went 5-for-11 with a double and two RBI at USC Apr. 8-10...was 2-for-3 with a triple vs. UW Apr. 2...went 3-for-10 with a home run and two RBI vs. OSU Mar. 26-28...was 5-for-11 with three doubles and four RBI at ASU Mar. 19-21...went 5-for-9 with a double and RBI vs. Saint Mary's Mar. 5-7...was 2-for-10 with two doubles and RBI vs. Stanford Feb. 27-29...went 2-for-2 with two doubles vs. Long Beach State Feb. 7...is hitting .303 (10-for-33) with runners in scoring position... is 4-for-28 (.143) with two doubles and three RBI career Pac-10 vs. Stanford...older brother, Scott, was a starting infielder for Stanford from 1999-2002...

Adam Gold, SO., RHP: Is 6-3 with a 3.28 ERA (7th in Pac-10)...has 69 strikeouts (3rd in Pac-10) in 68.7 innings (2nd in Pac-10) with six wins (3rd in Pac-10)...is on the Roger Clemens Award Watch List as the nation's top collegiate pitcher...won at USC Apr. 8 (6.3 innings, five hits, two runs, four walks, eight strikeouts)...won vs. UW Apr. 2 (7.7 innings, eight hits, three runs, three walks, four strikeouts)...lost vs. OSU Mar. 26 (4.7 innings, eight hits, seven runs, three walks, four strikeouts)...got no decision at ASU Mar. 19 (4.7 innings, six hits, six earned runs, five walks, five strikeouts)...lost 1-0 at North Carolina Mar. 12 (7.0 innings, seven hits, one run, one walk, four strikeouts)...won vs. Saint Mary's Mar. 5 (6.0 innings, eight hits, two runs, one walk, eight strikeouts)...lost vs. Stanford Feb. 28 (6.0 innings, seven hits, two earned runs, one walk, four strikeouts)...was Feb. 23 NCBWA Co-Pitcher of the Week after being one out away from a no-hitter at Fresno State Feb. 21 (career-high 9.0 innings, one hit, no runs, five walks, career-high 10 strikeouts)...got no decision at UC Irvine Feb. 15 (5.0 innings, six hits, one earned run, one walk, five strikeouts)...won vs. Long Beach State Feb. 8 (7.3 innings, five hits, one run, two walks, seven strikeouts)...earned first collegiate win vs. BYU Jan. 31 (5.0 innings, three hits, no runs, one walk, career-high 10 strikeouts)...is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA (one strikeout in 6.7 innings) career Pac-10 vs. Stanford...is slated to start Friday...

Chris Grossman, SR., C/DH: Is batting .311 (33-for-106, .356 vs. Pac-10) with nine doubles, a home run and 21 RBI...is on the Johnny Bench Award Watch List as the nation's top collegiate catcher...was 3-for-9 with a double and two RBI vs. UW Apr. 2-4...went 7-for-13 with four RBI at ASU Mar. 19-21...missed 11 games with a pulled hamstring Feb. 28-Mar. 14...had a eight-game hitting streak from Feb. 24-Mar. 27 (15-for-32, .469, 2-2B, 10 RBI)...was 3-for-5 with a double and two RBI vs. Stanford Feb. 27...was 5-for-11 with three doubles, a home run and three RBI vs. BYU Jan. 29-31...is hitting .324 (12-for-37) with runners in scoring position... is 4-for-15 (.267) with a double career Pac-10 vs. Stanford...

James Holder, JR., 1B/DH: Is batting .305 (29-for-95, .200 vs. Pac-10) with five doubles, five home runs and 18 RBI...was in a 0-for-26 slump before going 4-for-13 with two home runs at USC Apr. 8-10, and 2-for-3 with a home run Tuesday vs. San Jose State...has hit a home run in each of the last three games...went 6-for-10 with a double, home run and four RBI vs. Stanford Feb. 27-29...was 4-for-5 with a double, home run and four RBI vs. the Cardinal Feb. 27...was 5-for-14 with a double and three RBI at Fresno State Feb. 20-22...had a career-high eight-game hitting streak Jan. 29-Feb. 20 (14-for-33, .424, 3-2B, HR, 11 RBI)...went 6-for-12 with a double and two RBI at UC Irvine Feb. 13-15, including the game-winning RBI Feb. 15...was 1-for-3 with a home run vs. Long Beach State Feb. 8...was 2-for-4 with two doubles and a RBI vs. BYU Jan. 29...is hitting .367 (11-for-30) with runners in scoring position...is 3-for-9 (.286) with a double and RBI career Pac-10 vs. Stanford...

Brian Horwitz, SR., OF: Is batting .252 (34-for-135, .279 vs. Pac-10) with six doubles, four home runs and 21 RBI...is seventh in Cal career at-bats (747)...was 2-for-9 with four RBI vs. UW Apr. 2-4...went 3-for-8 with a three-run homer vs. OSU Mar. 26-28...was the Mar. 23 Pac-10 Player of the Week after going 7-for-14 with two home runs and seven RBI at ASU Mar. 19-21, including 4-for-5 with four RBI Mar. 20 and 2-for-4 with two home runs Mar. 21...went 2-for-7 vs. Stanford Feb. 27-29...was 4-for-5 with two doubles and three RBI at Fresno State Feb. 20...went 2-for-5 with a home run vs. BYU Jan. 29...is 9-for-37 (.243) with a double, triple and five RBI career Pac-10 vs. Stanford...

Jesse Ingram, JR., RHP: Is 0-2 with seven saves (1st in Pac-10) and a 2.31 ERA (1st in Pac-10) in 20 appearances (1st in Pac-10)...has 38 strikeouts in 39.0 innings...has 16 career saves, tied for third (with Matt Brown) on the Cal all-time career save list...earned two saves last week at USC (2.7 innings, three hits, three strikeouts Apr. 8; 2.3 innings, five hits, one earned run, one walk, two strikeouts Apr. 10)...earned save vs. UW Apr. 2 (1.3 innings, one hit, one run, one strikeout)...earned save vs. OSU Mar. 27 (3.0 innings, two hits, no runs, one walk, two strikeouts)...lost in relief vs. Nevada Mar. 9 (2.7 innings, five hits, one earned run, one strikeout)...earned save vs. Sac. State Mar. 3 (2.0 innings, one hit, no runs, one walk, four strikeouts)...lost in relief at UC Irvine Feb. 14 (3.7 innings, four hits, one earned run, three walks, four strikeouts)...pitched twice in relief vs. Stanford (1.0 inning, one hit, one run, one walk, one strikeout Feb. 27; 2.0 innings, two hits, no runs, one strikeout Feb. 29)...earned save vs. Long Beach State Feb. 8 (1.7 innings, no hits, no runs, no walks, one strikeout)...earned save vs. BYU Jan. 31 (3.7 innings, five hits, two runs, one walk, three strikeouts)... is 0-1 with a 15.28 ERA (one strikeout in 5.3 innings) career Pac-10 vs. Stanford...

Justin Nelson, JR., OF: Is batting .299 (40-for-134, .261 vs. Pac-10) with 23 walks (8th in Pac-10), eight doubles, three triples (4th in Pac-10), team-leading seven home runs (5th in Pac-10) and 32 RBI (5th in Pac-10)...went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer at USC Apr. 10 and 2-for-3 with a two-run triple and a two-run homer Tuesday vs. San Jose State...was 4-for-10 with two RBI vs. UW Apr. 2-4...went 3-for-10 with two doubles, a home run and three RBI vs. OSU Mar. 26-28...was 2-for-6 with a home run and two RBI at ASU Mar. 20...went 2-for-2 with a RBI double and a three-run homer at North Carolina Mar. 14...was 3-for-9 with two doubles and three RBI vs. Saint Mary's Mar. 5-7...went 1-for-8 vs. Stanford Feb. 27-29...was 2-for-4 with an RBI triple vs. USF Feb. 24 and went 3-for-5 with a double and two RBI at Fresno State Feb. 20...was 5-for-12 with a triple, home run and six RBI at UC Irvine Feb. 13-15, including 3-for-5 with a triple and three RBI vs. the Anteaters Feb. 15...was 4-for-5 with a home run and two RBI vs. BYU Jan. 30...is 5-for-22 (.227) with two doubles, two home runs and four RBI career Pac-10 vs. Stanford...

David Nicholson, JR., INF: Is batting a team-leading .399 (59-for-148, 4th in Pac-10, .388 vs. Pac-10) with 12 doubles (4th in Pac-10), two triples, a home run and 18 RBI...has 38 runs (5th in Pac-10), 59 hits (1st in Pac-10) and 78 total bases (4th Pac-10)...went 6-for-13 with a double and two RBI Apr. 8-10 at USC, and 3-for-4 with a RBI Tuesday vs. San Jose State...was 5-for-12 with two doubles, a triple and four RBI vs. OSU Mar. 26-28...was 3-for-5 with a double and RBI at North Carolina Mar. 14 and 3-for-5 vs. Pacific Mar. 16...went 3-for-4 with a RBI vs. Nevada Mar. 9...was 9-for-12 with two doubles and two RBI vs. Saint Mary's Mar. 5-7, including going 4-for-4 with two RBI Mar. 7...had a career-high 18-game hitting streak carrying over from May 3 of 2003 to Feb. 27 (32-for-78, .410, 6-2B, 2-3B, 6 RBI)...was 1-for-12 vs. Stanford Feb. 27-29...went 4-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI at Fresno State Feb. 20...was 4-for-9 with a double vs. Long Beach State Feb. 6-8...is hitting .400 (14-for-35) with runners in scoring position...is 6-for-20 (.300) with a double and RBI career Pac-10 vs. Stanford...

Mike Padgett, JR., RHP: Is 3-4 with a save and a 4.53 ERA...won at USC Apr. 10 (5.7 innings, six hits, three earned runs, one walk, five strikeouts)...lost vs. Washington Apr. 3 (4.0 innings, seven hits, five earned runs, two strikeout)...won vs. OSU Mar. 27 (6.0 innings, nine hits, no earned runs, two walks)...got no decision at ASU Mar. 20 (3.3 innings, six hits, four runs, one walk, one strikeout)...lost at North Carolina Mar. 13 (5.0 innings, nine hits, four runs, three walks, one strikeout)...lost at Saint Mary's Mar. 6 (7.0 innings, one earned run, two walks, career-high nine strikeouts)...got no decision vs. Stanford Feb. 27 (5.0 innings, seven hits, five runs, three walks, two strikeouts)...won at Fresno State Feb. 20 (6.0 innings, six hits, two runs, three walks, seven strikeouts)...lost in relief vs. Long Beach State Feb. 6 (4.0 innings, two earned runs, one walk, four strikeouts)...earned first collegiate save vs. BYU Jan. 29 (3.0 innings, no hits, no runs, four strikeouts)... is slated to start Saturday...

David Weiner, SR., OF: Is batting .343 (47-for-137, .320 vs. Pac-10) with six doubles, two triples, and a team-leading seven home runs (5th in Pac-10) and 33 RBI (5th in Pac-10)...also has 47 hits (5th in Pac-10) and 78 total bases (4th in Pac-10)...went 4-for-13 with a triple, home run and four RBI at USC Apr. 8-10...was 4-for-12 with a double, two home runs and four RBI vs. UW Apr. 2-4, including going 2-for-4 with a three-run homer on his 23rd birthday Apr. 2...had a career-high 15-game hitting streak from Mar. 3-28 (27-for-61, .443, 3-2B, 2-HR, 16 RBI), longest hitting streak in the Pac-10 this season...went 5-for-14 with five RBI at ASU Mar. 19-21...was 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBI vs. Pacific Mar. 16...went 7-for-13 with a double at North Carolina Mar. 12-14, including a career-high 4-for-5 vs. the Tar Heels Mar. 14...was 7-for-13 with a double, home run and five RBI vs. Saint Mary's Mar. 5-7, including going 2-for-4 with a home run and a career-high four RBI Mar. 5...went 3-for-10 with a double, home run and two RBI vs. Stanford Feb. 27-29...was 3-for-5 vs. USF Feb. 24...went 3-for-5 with a triple and three RBI vs. BYU Jan. 30...went 2-for-4 with a double, a two-run homer and three RBI in the season-opener vs. the Cougars Jan. 29...is hitting .381 (16-for-42) with runners in scoring position... is 4-for-21 (.190) with a RBI career Pac-10 vs. Stanford...

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 become league MVPs in professional baseball - Jackie Jensen was the American League MVP in 1958 and Jeff Kent was the National League MVP in 2001.

*The 2003 Cal coaching staff of David Esquer, Dan Hubbs and Ron Witmeyer have been a part of 17 NCAA Regionals, four College World Series and two National Championships as either a player or coach.

*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).

*Senior outfielder David Weiner's uncle is USA Olympic swimming legend Mark Spitz. Freshman infielder/outfielder Mike Van Winden's great, great uncle is the late Cal football Hall of Famer Vic Bottari.

*The No. 5 national ranking of Cal's 2004 freshman class is the highest in school history and is second among Pac-10 schools, trailing only Arizona State (No. 3) and ahead of Arizona (No. 9) and Stanford (No. 11).

*Junior left-fielder Justin Nelson hit three home runs in a single game last season at Oregon State, including an inside the park home run. Nelson is now one of four Cal players to have hit three home runs in a game (Kevin Maas versus Arizona State, Apr. 26, 1986; Matt Luke and Jon Zuber versus George Mason, May 23, 1992 at NCAA East Regional).

*As a freshman, sophomore infielder Allen Craig hit a home run in his first collegiate at bat - Jan. 31, 2003 versus UNLV - and started the 2003 campaign with a 12-game hitting streak. A freshman on the 2004 squad - Brennan Boesch - hit a home run in his first collegiate at-bat versus BYU Jan. 29.

*Seventeen Cal baseball players and two head baseball coaches (Clint Evans, 1930-54; George Wolfman, 1955-73) have been inducted into the Cal Athletic Hall of Fame.

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