Cal Baseball Concludes 2004 Campaign at Washington State

May 25, 2004

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May 28 at WSU Bailey-Brayton Field, Pullman, WA 6 p.m.May 29 at WSU Bailey-Brayton Field, Pullman, WA 6 p.m.May 30 at WSU Bailey-Brayton Field, Pullman, WA 12:00 p.m.

BEAR NOTES: The California baseball team (24-29, 8-13) will try to wrap-up the 2004 campaign on a positive note as it travels to Washington State (27-25, 7-14) for a season-ending Pac-10 series in Pullman, Wash. The Golden Bears have three players - junior reliever Jesse Ingram, junior infielder David Nicholson and senior center fielder David Weiner - with strong credentials for postseason honors. Ingram has recorded 47 strikeouts in 49.7 innings with a 3.08 ERA, and leads the Pac-10 with nine saves and 29 appearances. He has 18 career saves, which is second on the Cal all-time career save list, and is one save away from being the school record-holder for single-season saves. Nicholson is having his best year to date, leading the Bears in average (.378), runs (49), hits (74) and doubles (14). He is fifth in the Pac-10 in batting average, fifth in hits and ninth in doubles. Weiner is also having the best season of his career, batting .335 with a team-leading eight home runs and 41 RBI. He is currently on a 10-game hitting streak and was 2-for-5 with a triple in his last game at the University of San Diego May 12. The Bears also feature sophomore right-hander Adam Gold. 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 currently sixth in the Pac-10 in strikeouts (88), seventh in innings pitched (91.7) and eighth in ERA (3.93). The WSU series represents the final collegiate games for five other Cal seniors - right-hander Matt Brown, right-hander Blake Read, catcher Chris Grossman, shortstop Jeff Dragicevich and outfielder Brian Horwitz. Brown, Dragicevich and Horwitz were all major contributors for the Bears during their 2001 NCAA Regional run, and Grossman was a member of the Johnny Bench Award Watch list as the nation's top collegiate catcher in both 2003 and 2004.

SERIES RECORD: Cal has a 28-21 series record against the Washington State Cougars. In the last meeting versus the Cougars, the Bears won two-of-three games (W 8-3, W 9-3, L 5-4) Mar. 21-23, 2003 at Evans Diamond. In Cal's last series versus WSU in Pullman (2002 series played in Lewiston, ID), it won two-of-three games (L 8-3, W 12-4, W 11-1) May 8-10, 1999 at Bailey-Brayton Field.

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 140-136 (.507). 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. .293, 21 RBI, 6 HR5	3B	David Nicholson, Jr. .378, 24 RBI, 1 HR15	CF	David Weiner, Sr. .335, 41 RBI, 8 HR22	DH	Chris Errecart, Fr. .257, 18 RBI, 3 HR6	RF	Justin Nelson, Jr. .292, 34 RBI, 7 HR34	C	Garrett Bussiere, Fr. .305, 20 RBI, 5 HR9	SS	Jeff Dragicevich, Sr. .253, 18 RBI, 3 HR32	LF	Brennan Boesch, Fr. .258, 13 RBI, 4 HR14	2B	Matt Einspahr, Jr. .228, 6 RBI, 1 HR27	RHP	Adam Gold, So. (Fri.) 6-6, 3.93 ERA41	RHP	Mike Padgett, Jr. (Sat.) 4-5, 5.24 ERA		TBA (Sun.)

WASHINGTON STATE: The Washington State Cougars, coached by Tim Mooney (4th year at WSU, 82-134, .380), are 27-25 after winning one-of-three last weekend versus Oregon State (L 3-2, W 4-2, L 5-3). Top hitters for the Cougars are sophomore right fielder Jay Miller (.351, 2 HR, 40 RBI), junior second baseman Jason Freeman (.346, 1 HR, 36 RBI) and junior left fielder Kaeo Rubin (.345, 4 HR, 33 RBI). Washington State's tentative pitching rotation is senior right-hander Aaron Trolia (5-5, 4.31 ERA), senior right-hander Aaron MacKenzie (6-7, 4.83 ERA) and junior right-hander Bryce Chamberlin (7-3, 5.91 ERA). In 2003, the Cougars finished 19-37 overall and 7-17 in the Pac-10 (eighth tie).

PAC-10 RACE (as of May 24)	Conference	                Overall	W	L	PCT	GB	W	L 	T	.PCTStan	14	7	.667	---	42	11	0	.792Wash	15	9	.625	---	34	18	1	.651ASU	12	9	.571	---	39	14	0	.736UCLA	12	9	.571	---	31	26	0	.544Ariz	10	11	.476	---	28	23	1	.548OSU	9	12	.429	---	30	20	0	.600USC	9	12	.429	---	23	30	0	.434CAL	8	13	.381	---	24	29	0	.453WSU	7	14	.333	---	27	25	0	.519

A LOOK AT THE 2004 BEARS: The 2004 Golden Bears feature 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 have senior catcher Chris Grossman, a 2003 and 2004 semifinalist for the Johnny Bench Award as the nation's top collegiate catcher. Unfortunately for Cal, both Horwitz (ribs) and Grossman (right shoulder) are out for the Washington State series due to injuries. 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 was 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: David Nicholson, infielder, JR - in 2004 is batting a team-leading .378 with a team-high 49 runs, 74 hits and 14 doubles; 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); has had two 4-for-4 games this season (Feb. 20 at Fresno State, Mar. 7 versus Saint Mary's)...David Weiner, outfielder, SR - in 2004 is hitting .335 with a team-leading eight home runs and 41 RBI; had a career-high 15-game hitting streak from Mar. 3-28 (27-for-61, .443, 3-2B, 2-HR, 16 RBI); hit a three-run homer versus Washington on his 23rd birthday Apr. 2...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 - had eight saves in 2003 and now has nine saves in 2004 (first in Pac-10); is tied for second with Bobby Kahlon (1993-94) on the Cal all-time save list (18)...Adam Gold, right-handed pitcher, SO - in 2004, is 6-6 with a 3.93 ERA and sixth in the Pac-10 in strikeouts (88) and seventh in innings pitched (91.7); was one-out away from no-hitter Feb. 21 at Fresno State; was Feb. 23 NCBWA National Co-Pitcher of the Week; was 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 .257 with three doubles, three home runs and 18 RBI, despite missing 20 games from Mar. 14-Apr. 20 with an injured right thumb. Errecart's 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 23 games behind the plate and has four starts as designated hitter, hitting .305 with six doubles, two triples, five home runs and 20 RBI. Bussiere's first collegiate hit was a home run versus Long Beach State Feb. 8, and he was 3-for-4 with a double, two home runs and four RBI versus Arizona May 1. Outfielder Brennan Boesch is batting .258 with four doubles, a triple, four home runs and 13 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 at Sacramento State Apr. 27, going 2-for-3 with four RBI, including a solo home run in the second inning. Infielder Jordan Karnofsky, hitting .306 with five doubles, a home run and 14 RBI in 49 at-bats, also was stellar 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...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 2-0 with a save and a 1.80 ERA (9 strikeouts in 15.0 innings) career vs. Washington State...

Garrett Bussiere, FR., C: Is batting .305 (32-for-105, 278 vs. Pac-10) with six doubles, two triples, five home runs and 20 RBI...has started 23 games behind the plate...was 4-for-9 with a triple and RBI at San Diego State and San Diego May 11-12...went 4-for-11 versus Arizona Apr. 30-May 2, including going 3-for-4 with a double, two home runs and four RBI versus the Wildcats May 1...was 5-for-14 with two doubles and four RBI at Arizona State Mar. 19-21...went 4-for-6 with a double and four RBI versus the Sun Devils Mar. 20...had an eight-game hitting streak from Mar. 7-20 (14-for-32, .438, 3-2B, 8 RBI)...went 5-for-13 at North Carolina Mar. 12-14, including 3-for-6 with a double and RBI Mar. 14...was 3-for-11 with a home run and three RBI vs. Saint Mary's Mar. 5-7...went 2-for-8 with a double, home run and three RBI vs. Stanford Feb. 27-29...was 1-for-2 with a RBI triple at UC Irvine Feb. 14...first collegiate hit was a home run vs. Long Beach State Feb. 8...

Allen Craig, SO., INF.: Is batting .293 (55-for-188, .286 vs. Pac-10) with 12 doubles, a triple, six home runs and 21 RBI...also has a team-leading 29 walks...was 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI vs. Arizona May 2...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...went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer vs. BYU Jan. 31...is 3-for-7 (.429) career vs. Washington State...

Jeff Dragicevich, SR., INF: Is batting .253 (44-for-174, .303 vs. Pac-10) with 12 doubles, a triple, three home runs and 18 RBI...is seventh on the Cal career games list (217) and 10th on the career doubles list (42)...was 2-for-5 at Sac. St. Apr. 30 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 .310 (13-for-42) with runners in scoring position...is 10-for-32 (.312) with four doubles and three RBI career vs. Washington State...

Chris Errecart, FR., OF: Is batting .257 (28-for-109) with three doubles, three home runs and 18 RBI...missed 20 games from Mar. 14-Apr. 20 with an injured right thumb...got a hit in first at-bat from injury Apr. 23 vs. UCLA, and hit a two-run double vs. the Bruins Apr. 24...was 2-for-6 with two RBI at San Diego State and San Diego May 11-12...went 3-for-13 with a home run and three RBI vs. Saint Mary's Mar. 5-7...was 2-for-5 with a home run and three RBI at Fresno State Feb. 20...was 3-for-5 with two RBI at UC Irvine Feb. 15...went 4-for-5 with a grand slam and five RBI vs. BYU Jan. 30...

Adam Gold, SO., RHP: Is 6-6 with a 3.93 ERA (8th in Pac-10)...has 88 strikeouts (6th in Pac-10) in 91.7 innings (7th in Pac-10)...was on the Roger Clemens Award Watch List as the nation's top collegiate pitcher...got no decision at San Diego State May 11 (5.7 innings, eight hits, three earned runs, four walks, two strikeouts)...lost vs. Arizona Apr. 30 (5.3 innings, 13 hits, three earned runs, no walks, seven strikeouts)...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 slated to start Friday at Washington State...

James Holder, JR., 1B/DH: Is batting .274 (32-for-117, .147 vs. Pac-10) with six doubles, six home runs and 22 RBI...went 2-for-5 with a two-run double at Sac. St. Apr. 27...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 .333 (13-for-39) with runners in scoring position... is 2-for-12 (.167) with a double and five RBI career vs. Washington State...

Jesse Ingram, JR., RHP: Is 0-3 with nine saves (1st in Pac-10) and a 3.08 ERA in 29 appearances (1st in Pac-10)...has 47 strikeouts in 49.7 innings...has 18 career saves, tied for second (with Bobby Kahlon, 1993-94) on the Cal all-time career save list...is also tied for first on the Cal single-season save list (nine) and is eighth on the all-time games list (84)...lost at San Diego State May 11(1.3 innings, four hits, two runs, one walk, two strikeouts)...earned save vs. Arizona May 1 (2.0 innings, one hit, no runs, one walk)...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 0-0 with a 3.86 ERA (5 strikeouts in 7.0 innings) career vs. Washington State...

Justin Nelson, JR., OF: Is batting .292 (47-for-161, .246 vs. Pac-10) with nine doubles, three triples (7th in Pac-10), seven home runs and 34 RBI...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 2-for-7 (.286) with two home runs and two RBI career vs. Washington State...

David Nicholson, JR., INF: Is batting a team-high .378 (74-for-196, 5th in Pac-10, .329 vs. Pac-10) with 14 doubles (9th in Pac-10), two triples, a home run and 24 RBI...has 74 hits (5th in Pac-10)...was 4-for-5 with two RBI at San Diego State May 11...was 3-for-5 with three RBI at Sac. St. Apr. 27 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 .378 (17-for-45) with runners in scoring position... is 8-for-27 (.296) with two RBI career vs. Washington State...

Mike Padgett, JR., RHP: Is 4-5 with a save and a 5.24 ERA...won vs. Arizona May 1 (5.3 innings, five hits, five runs, two walks, two strikeouts)...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 9.00 ERA (2 strikeouts in 2.0 innings) career vs. Washington State...is slated to start Saturday at Washington State...

Matt Swanson, JR., RHP: Is 3-2 with a save and a team-best 3.05 ERA...is second in the Pac-10 with 28 appearances...won in a start at Sacramento State Apr. 27 (1.0 inning, one strikeout)...won in a start vs. San Jose State Apr. 13 (1.0 inning, one hit, one strikeout)...earned first collegiate save Mar. 20 at Arizona State (3.0 innings, no hits, no runs, four strikeouts)...threw a season-high 4.0 innings in relief Mar. 16 vs. Pacific (no hits, no runs, one walk, two strikeouts)...

David Weiner, SR., OF: Is batting .335 (62-for-185, .313 vs. Pac-10) with seven doubles, three triples, and a team-best eight home runs and 41 RBI...is currently on a 10-game hitting streak from Apr. 20 (14-for-40, .350, 2B, 3B, 6 RBI)...was 2-for-5 with a triple at San Diego May 12...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 .362 (21-for-58) with runners in scoring position... is 4-for-17 (.235) with two doubles and three RBI career vs. Washington State...

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.

*Nineteen Cal baseball players and three head baseball coaches (Clint Evans, 1930-54; George Wolfman, 1955-73; Bob Milano, 1978-99) have been inducted into the Cal Athletic Hall of Fame. Milano, Arleigh Williams (1932-35) and John Fiscalini (1946-48) are members of the 2004 Cal Hall of Fame class. Milano led the Bears to three College World Series appearances (1980, 1988, 1992) and was twice named Pac-10 Southern Division Co-Coach of the Year (1980, 1992).

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