Cal Baseball Hosts Arizona in Pac-10 Match-Up

April 29, 2004

BERKELEY, CA -

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Apr. 30 vs. Arizona Evans Diamond, Berkeley, CA 2:30 p.m.May 1 vs. Arizona Evans Diamond, Berkeley, CA 1 p.m.May 2 vs. Arizona Evans Diamond, Berkeley, CA 1 p.m.

RADIO: KALX Radio (90.7 FM) will air the Apr. 30-May 2 Arizona-Cal series.

BEAR NOTES: The California baseball team (23-25, 7-11), fresh off a 25-3 pounding of Sacramento State in which senior catcher Chris Grossman went 3-for-3 and hit a two-run homer and a grand slam in the first inning, host Arizona (21-18-1, 5-7) in a three-game Pac-10 series at Evans Diamond. This weekend's series marks the final home stand for Grossman and six other Cal seniors - right-hander Matt Brown, right-hander Jesse Ingram, right-hander Blake Read, shortstop Jeff Dragicevich, right fielder Brian Horwitz and center fielder David Weiner. Grossman was honorable mention All-Pac-10 last season and has been on the Johnny Bench Award Watch list the past two years. Brown has 15 career wins and is on the Cal all-time Top-10 list in saves (16, 4th), appearances (92, 6th) and strikeouts (211, 8th). Ingram, a junior who will be graduating this spring, leads the Pac-10 in saves (eight) and appearances (25), and has 17 career saves, third on Cal's all-time save list. Read is 2-0 with a 3.86 ERA this season and has made 56 career appearances. Dragicevich has been a four-year starter at shortstop, owns a .315 career Pac-10 average and is seventh in career games (213). Horwitz, the Mar. 23 Pac-10 Player of the Week, is the school record-holder for RBI in a game (eight) and consecutive hitting streak (23), and is eighth in career hits (233). Weiner, having the best season of his career, is hitting .344 with a team-leading eight home runs and 39 RBI. The Bears also feature junior infielder David Nicholson and sophomore right-hander Adam Gold. Nicholson leads Cal with a .386 average and is second in the Pac-10 in hits (68) and third in runs (46). Gold 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. He is second in the Pac-10 in innings pitched (80.7), third in strikeouts (79), and is on the watch list for the Roger Clemens Award as the nation's top pitcher.

SERIES RECORD: Cal has a 58-83 overall series record against the Arizona Wildcats. In the last meeting, the Bears won one-of-three (L 9-5, L 10-4, W 12-7 in 10 innings) at Frank Sancet Field, May 2-4, 2003.

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 139-132 (.513). On June 10, 1999, he became only the 10th coach in the history of Cal baseball, which began in 1892. 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. 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. .301, 18 RBI, 5 HR5	3B	David Nicholson, Jr. .386, 21 RBI, 1 HR15	CF	David Weiner, Sr. .344, 39 RBI, 8 HR35	C	Chris Grossman, Sr. .306, 32 RBI, 3 HR24	RF	Brian Horwitz, Sr. .282, 29 RBI, 5 HR22	DH	Chris Errecart, Fr. .271, 16 RBI, 3 HR9	SS	Jeff Dragicevich, Sr. .264, 16 RBI, 3 HR33	LF	Jeremy Burchett, So. .238, 0 RBI, 0 HR14	2B	Matt Einspahr, Jr. .188, 4 RBI, 1 HR27	RHP	Adam Gold, So. (Fri.) 6-5, 3.79 ERA41	RHP	Mike Padgett, Jr. (Sat.) 3-5, 4.96 ERA		TBA (Sun.)

ARIZONA: The Arizona Wildcats, coached by Andy Lopez (3rd year at Arizona, 87-65-1, .572), are 21-18-1, 5-7 after being swept last weekend at Washington (6-1, 7-6, 12-11 in 10 innings). Top hitters for the Wildcats are junior second baseman John Hardy (.352, 3 HR, 21 RBI), junior designated hitter Richard Mercado (.340, 2 HR, 12 RBI) and freshman outfielder Bill Rhinehart (.337, 5 HR, 20 RBI). Arizona's tentative pitching rotation is junior right-hander Koley Kolberg (6-3, 3.67 ERA), sophomore right-hander Kevin Guyette (5-4, 5.50 ERA) and sophomore right-hander John Meloan (3-0, 6.82 ERA). In 2003, the Wildcats finished 35-23 overall, 13-11 in the Pac-10 (fourth), and 0-2 in the NCAA Regional at Cal State Fullerton.

PAC-10 RACE (as of Apr. 27)	Conference	                Overall	W	L	PCT	GB	W	L 	T	.PCTStan	7	2	.778	---	32	6	0	.842Wash	8	4	.667	---	24	13	1	.645OSU	6	6	.500	---	26	12	0	.684UCLA	6	6	.500	---	23	18	0	.561USC	6	6	.500	---	20	22	0	.476ASU	7	8	.467	---	29	13	0	.690WSU	5	7	.417	---	23	15	0	.605Ariz	5	7	.417	---	21	18	1	.538CAL	7	11	.389	---	23	25	0	.479

A LOOK AT THE 2004 BEARS: 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 feature senior catcher Chris Grossman, a 2003 and 2004 semifinalist for the Johnny Bench Award as the nation's top collegiate catcher. Cal was predicted to be a NCAA Regional team by Baseball America and was selected to finish sixth in the Pac-10 Coaches Preseason Poll. Cal is 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 was 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 in 2003 with team-high 47 RBI; school record holder for consecutive game hitting streak (23) and single-game RBI (eight); was the 26th pick of the Oakland A's in last summer's Major League draft; was the Mar. 23, 2004 Pac-10 Player of the Week...Chris Grossman, catcher, SR - 2003 Pac-10 Honorable Mention, hit .341 in 2003 with team-high hits (72), doubles (16) and total bases (112); 2003 semifinalist for the Johnny Bench Award as the nation's top catcher and is on the 2004 Johnny Bench Award Watch List...Jeff Dragicevich, shortstop, SR - 2003 Pac-10 Honorable Mention, hit .292 in 2003 with a .326 Pac-10 average; four-year starter with career .315 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; was the 29th pick of the Chicago Cubs in last summer's Major League draft; 2002 Cape Cod League All-Star; fourth 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; eight saves in both 2003 and 2004 are second on Cal's single-season save list; is third on the Cal all-time save list (17)...Adam Gold, right-handed pitcher, SO - in 2004, is 6-5 with a 3.79 ERA and second in the Pac-10 in innings pitched (73.7) and third in strikeouts (70); 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: The future looks bright for the Bears as they have received solid offensive production from their 2004 freshman class. Outfielder Chris Errecart is batting .271 with three doubles, three home runs and 16 RBI, despite missing 20 games from Mar. 14-Apr. 20 with an injured right thumb. Since Errecart's return, he's had a two-run double versus UCLA Apr. 24, and was 1-for-2 Tuesday at Sacramento State. His first collegiate hit was a double versus BYU Jan. 29, followed by a 4-for-5 game with a grand slam and five RBI versus the Cougars Jan. 30. Catcher Garrett Bussiere has started 18 games behind the plate and has four starts as designated hitter, hitting .282 with five doubles, a triple, three home runs and 15 RBI. Bussiere's first collegiate hit was a home run versus Long Beach State Feb. 8, and he was 4-for-6 with a double and four RBI at Arizona State Mar. 20. Outfielder Brennan Boesch is batting .265 with four doubles, a triple, three home runs and 12 RBI. Boesch hit a two-run homer in his first collegiate at-bat, and went on to hit another two-run homer, finishing the day 3-for-3 with four RBI versus BYU Jan. 29. He had a big game Tuesday at Sacramento State as well, going 2-for-3 with four RBI, including a solo home run in the second inning. Infielder Jordan Karnofsky, hitting .351 with five doubles, a home run and 14 RBI, also was stellar Tuesday at Sacramento State, as he and Boesch had back-to-back homers in the second inning. Karnofsky, who hails from Sacramento, finished the day 4-for-5 with two doubles, a home run and four RBI. He also had an impressive outing at Pacific Apr. 20, going 2-for-3 with a double and four RBI.

CAL INDIVIDUAL PLAYER NOTES

Matt Brown, SR., RHP: Is 3-3 with two saves and a 4.37 ERA in 23 appearances (2nd in Pac-10)...has 15 career wins, 16 career saves (4th on Cal all-time list), 92 career appearances (6th on Cal all-time list) and 211 career strikeouts (8th on Cal all-time list)...lost start at Stanford Apr. 18 (2.7 innings, four hits, three earned runs, four walks, one strikeout)...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 1-0 with a save and a 4.20 ERA (19 strikeouts in 19.3 innings) career vs. Arizona...

Allen Craig, SO., INF.: Is batting .301 (52-for-173, .290 vs. Pac-10) with 12 doubles (9th in Pac-10), a triple, five home runs and 18 RBI...also has 29 walks (5th 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...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...

Kyle Crist, JR., RHP: Is 3-6 with a 5.34 ERA...got no decision in start versus UCLA Apr. 25 (4.0 innings, seven hits, two runs, two walks, two strikeouts)...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)...

Jeff Dragicevich, SR., INF: Is batting .264 (43-for-163, .306 vs. Pac-10) with 12 doubles (9th in Pac-10), a triple, three home runs and 16 RBI...is tied for seventh on the Cal career games list (213) and 10th on the career doubles list (42)...was 2-for-5 Tuesday at Sac. St. and 3-for-11 with a home run at Stanford Apr. 16-18...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...went 2-for-2 with two doubles vs. Long Beach State Feb. 7...is hitting .308 (12-for-39) with runners in scoring position... is 13-for-35 (.371) with two doubles, a triple and six RBI career vs. Arizona...

Adam Gold, SO., RHP: Is 6-5 with a 3.79 ERA (9th in Pac-10)...has 79 strikeouts (3rd in Pac-10) in 80.7 innings (2nd in Pac-10) with six wins (5th in Pac-10)...is on the Roger Clemens Award Watch List as the nation's top collegiate pitcher...lost vs. UCLA Apr. 23 (7.0 innings, eight hits, three earned runs, two walks, nine strikeouts)...lost at Stanford Apr. 16 (5.0 innings, nine hits, six runs, two walks, one strikeout)...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 Jan. 31 vs. BYU (5.0 innings, three hits, no runs, one walk, career-high 10 strikeouts)... is 0-0 with a 3.00 ERA (three strikeouts in 3.0 innings) career vs. Arizona...is slated to start Friday...

Chris Grossman, SR., C/DH: Is batting .306 (41-for-134, .313 vs. Pac-10) with nine doubles, three home runs and 32 RBI...is on the Johnny Bench Award Watch List as the nation's top collegiate catcher...had a spectacular game Tuesday at Sac. St., going 3-for-3 with six RBI, including a two-run homer and a grand slam in the first inning...went 4-for-13 with two RBI vs. UCLA Apr. 23-25...was 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...went 5-for-11 with three doubles, a home run and three RBI vs. BYU Jan. 29-31...is hitting .347 (17-for-49) with runners in scoring position... is 2-for-14 (.143) with a home run career vs. Arizona...

James Holder, JR., 1B/DH: Is batting .283 (32-for-113, .161 vs. Pac-10) with six doubles, six home runs and 22 RBI...went 2-for-5 with a two-run double Tuesday at Sac. St....was 1-for-4 with a two-run homer at Stanford Apr. 18...went 4-for-13 with two home runs at USC Apr. 8-10, and 2-for-3 with a home run vs. San Jose State Apr. 13...hit a home run in three straight games Apr. 9-13...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 2-for-4 with two doubles and a RBI vs. BYU Jan. 29...is hitting .342 (13-for-38) with runners in scoring position...is 2-for-9 (.222) with two RBI career vs. Arizona...

Brian Horwitz, SR., OF: Is batting .282 (46-for-163, .281 vs. Pac-10) with seven doubles, five home runs and 29 RBI...is fifth in Cal career at-bats (775) and eighth in career hits (233)...went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI Tuesday at Sac. St. and 4-for-10 with three RBI vs. UCLA Apr. 23-25...was 3-for-3 with two RBI Apr. 20 at Pacific and 1-for-4 with a homer run at Stanford Apr. 16...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 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 12-for-41 (.293) with three doubles and 11 RBI career vs. Arizona...

Jesse Ingram, JR., RHP: Is 0-2 with eight saves (1st in Pac-10) and a 2.78 ERA in 25 appearances (1st in Pac-10)...has 45 strikeouts in 45.3 innings...has 17 career saves, third on the Cal all-time career save list...is also second on the Cal single-season save list (eight) and 10th on the all-time games list (80)...earned save vs. UCLA Apr. 25 (1.7 innings, no hits, no runs, two walks, three strikeouts)...earned two saves 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)...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 13.40 ERA (eight strikeouts in 4.7 innings) career vs. Arizona...

Justin Nelson, JR., OF: Is batting .293 (46-for-157, .246 vs. Pac-10) with nine doubles, three triples (6th in Pac-10), seven home runs (8th in Pac-10) and 34 RBI (10th in Pac-10)...was 2-for-4 with a double at Pacific Apr. 20...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 vs. San Jose State Apr. 13...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 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 7-for-24 (.292) with a double, triple, two home runs and four RBI career vs. Arizona...

David Nicholson, JR., INF: Is batting a team-high .386 (68-for-176, 3rd in Pac-10, .358 vs. Pac-10) with 13 doubles (4th in Pac-10), two triples, a home run and 21 RBI...also has 68 hits (2nd in Pac-10), 46 runs (3rd in Pac-10) and 88 total bases (8th in Pac-10)...was 3-for-5 with three RBI Tuesday at Sac. St. and 4-for-8 with a double vs. UCLA Apr. 23-25...went 6-for-13 with a double and two RBI Apr. 8-10 at USC...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...went 9-for-12 with two doubles and two RBI vs. Saint Mary's Mar. 5-7, including 4-for-4 with two RBI Mar. 7...had a career-high 18-game hitting streak from May 3, 2003 to Feb. 27, 2004 (32-for-78, .410, 6-2B, 2-3B, 6 RBI)...was 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 .381 (16-for-42) with runners in scoring position...is 9-for-26 (.346) with a double, triple and two RBI career vs. Arizona...

Mike Padgett, JR., RHP: Is 3-5 with a save and a 4.96 ERA...got no decision vs. UCLA Apr. 24 (5.3 innings, four hits, four runs, four walks, two strikeouts)...lost at Stanford Apr. 17 (2.7 innings, seven hits, three runs, two walks, one strikeout)...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 Jan. 29 vs. BYU (3.0 innings, no hits, no runs, four strikeouts)...is 0-1 with a 13.58 ERA (four strikeouts in 5.3 innings) career vs. Arizona...is slated to start Saturday...

David Weiner, SR., OF: Is batting .344 (56-for-163, .329 vs. Pac-10) with six doubles, two triples, and a team-best eight home runs (6th in Pac-10) and 39 RBI (6th in Pac-10)...also has 56 hits (5th in Pac-10) and 90 total bases (6th in Pac-10)...went 6-for-11 with two RBI vs. UCLA Apr. 23-25...was 1-for-3 with a two-run homer at Stanford Apr. 16...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 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)...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 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 .420 (21-for-50) with runners in scoring position... is 11-for-29 (.379) with a double, triple, home run and five RBI career vs. 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 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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