Cal Baseball Battles Pacific in Three-Game Series
March 15, 2006
BERKELEY, CALIF. -
Fri.,Mar. 17 Pacific Evans Diamond, Berkeley 2:00 p.m.Sat.,Mar. 18 at UOP Banner Island Ballpark, Stockton 1:00 p.m.Sun.,Mar. 19 Pacific Evans Diamond, Berkeley 1:00 p.m.
RADIO: KALX Radio (90.7 FM) will broadcast the Mar. 17, 19 Pacific-Cal games. Gametracker viewed on www.calbears.com.
BEAR NOTES: California (10-8) battles Pacific (11-6) in its final 2006 non-conference series before hosting Washington to open Pac-10 play Mar. 24-26. The Golden Bears will host the Tigers Friday and Sunday at Evans Diamond, and will travel Saturday to Banner Island Ballpark (home of the Oakland A's single A affiliate) in Stockton. The coaches of the two schools have ties as Cal's David Esquer and Pacific's Ed Sprague were teammates on Stanford's 1987 College World Series championship team. Saturday will also be a homecoming for the Bears' junior preseason All-America outfielder Chris Errecart, who attended Lincoln High School in Stockton. Errecart is batting .290 and leads Cal with six home runs and 13 RBI, including two, two-run homers last week at UNLV, and a game-winning homer on his 21st birthday Feb. 11 versus Long Beach State. Two other Bears who are excelling this season are junior preseason All-America right-hander Brandon Morrow, and senior shortstop Allen Craig. Morrow is 3-0 with a Pac-10-leading 1.34 ERA and 36 strikeouts in 33.7 innings. Last week at UNLV he threw his first collegiate complete game, and in the Feb. 3 season-opener at UC Irvine, threw 6.3 no-hit innings with one walk and 12 strikeouts, earning National Pitcher of the Week (Collegiate Baseball, The Rosenblatt Report) honors. Craig, a 2005 honorable mention All-Pac-10 pick and a Baseball America Summer All-American, is batting a team-leading .403 and has an impressive streak of seven-straight multiple-hit games. Team highlights for the Bears so far have been winning two-of-three over No. 17 Long Beach State Feb. 10-12, sweeping UC Santa Barbara Feb. 24-26 and splitting two games with No. 19 Stanford Mar. 3-4. Of Cal's eight losses this season, five have been by one run.
SERIES RECORD: Cal has a 53-19 all-time series record against the Pacific Tigers. Last season, the Bears split their games with the Tigers, losing 5-4 in the season-opener Feb. 1 at Evans Diamond, and winning 2-0 Mar. 15 at Pacific.
HEAD COACH David Esquer: Esquer, 40, is in his seventh season at Cal with a career record of 185-169 (.523). In 2001, he was the Pac-10 Coach of the Year after leading the Bears to a 34-25 mark, a third place finish in the Pac-10 (14-10) and a berth to the NCAA Regional in Baton Rouge, La. (1-2). Twenty nine Cal players have signed professional contracts since Esquer became coach, including Conor Jackson, who was a first round draft choice of the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2003. On June 10, 1999, Esquer became only the 10th coach in the history of Cal baseball, which began in 1892. He came to Berkeley after serving as the top assistant at Pepperdine from 1996-99. Esquer was the No. 2 assistant coach at Stanford under Mark Marquess from 1991-96. A shortstop at Stanford from 1984-87, he was a starter on the 1987 College World Series championship team, earning All-Tournament honors. Esquer also earned All-Pac-10 Southern Division honors and went on to play professional baseball for four seasons with the Baltimore, California and Milwaukee organiz ations.
TENTATIVE CALIFORNIA LINE-UPNo. Pos. Player 2006 stats32 CF Brennan Boesch, Jr. .271, 11 RBI, 4 HR42 1B Mike Van Winden, So. .277, 7 RBI, 0 HR4 SS Allen Craig, Sr. .403, 11 RBI, 3 HR22 LF Chris Errecart, Jr. .290, 13 RBI, 6 HR3 3B Josh Satin, So. .246, 12 RBI, 1 HR5 2B Brett Munster, Jr. .291, 5 RBI, 2 HR34 C Garrett Bussiere, Jr. .288, 3 RBI, 1 HR16 RF Charlie Cutler, Fr. .286, 5 RBI, 0 HR29 DH Ryan Hanlon, Fr. .320, 3 RBI, 0 HR21 RHP Brandon Morrow, Jr. (Fri.) 3-0, 1.34 ERA44 RHP Tyson Ross, Fr. (Sat.) 3-1, 4.18 ERA39 RHP Michael Cooper, Jr. (Sun.) 1-2, 5.96 ERA
NOTING PACIFIC: The Pacific Tigers, coached by Ed Sprague (third year, 61-68, .473), are 11-6 after winning one-of-three games last weekend at the Baylor Tournament in Waco, Texas (L Baylor 5-4 Mar. 10, W Louisiana Tech 11-9 Mar. 11, L Michigan 13-9 Mar. 12). Leading hitters for the Tigers are junior right fielder Ramon Glasgow (.415, 0 HR, 6 RBI), senior left fielder Matt Berezay (.371, 5 HR, 15 RBI) and sophomore first baseman Brett Manning (.357, 1 HR, 7 RBI). Pacific's tentative pitching rotation is senior right-hander Luke Massetti (2-1, 2.75 ERA), freshman left-hander Joey Centanni (0-0, 4.09 ERA) and freshman right-hander Ty'Relle Harris (3-0, 3.10 ERA). In 2005, the Tigers finished 30-28 overall and 9-12 in the Big West Conference (sixth).
BEARS ARE HUNGRY: Cal is returning seven regular position players from a squad that was 34-23 overall and 13-11 (fifth) in the Pac-10 in 2005. Last season, the Bears notched 13 wins against teams that advanced to an NCAA Regional; captured Pac-10 series versus Stanford, Arizona State and Arizona; and swept Long Beach State; yet were denied an NCAA berth. Cal became the first Pac-10 team not to advance to postseason with an over .500 record in the conference play. Baseball America felt Cal was the most deserving team left off the 2005 NCAA tournament field.
CRAIG'S STANDOUT SENIOR CAMPAIGN: Senior Allen Craig is coming off a phenomenal summer playing shortstop for Alexandria (Minn.) of the Northwoods League, batting .362 with 12 home runs and 40 RBI, earning first-team Summer All-America accolades in Baseball America. Craig has not missed a beat this spring as he leads the Bears with a .403 average with a team-best 29 hits, 17 runs and seven doubles. He also has an impressive streak of seven-straight multiple-hit games. Craig was honorable mention All-Pac-10 in 2005, batting.358 against conference foes and leading off a game with a home run three times during the year. For his career, Craig has a .306 average with 40 doubles, a triple, 19 home runs and 83 RBI in 159 games.
ERRECART AND MORROW CONTINUE TO SHINE: Similar to Allen Craig, juniors Chris Errecart and Brandon Morrow had outstanding summers that have carried over to the spring. Competing for the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox this summer in the prestigious Cape Cod League, Errecart and Morrow wowed the professional scouts and were named preseason All-Americans in Baseball America (Errecart second-team, Morrow third-team). Errecart hit .303 with six home runs and 22 RBI and was selected the fifth-best professional prospect by Baseball America, while Morrow struck out 24 batters in 14.7 innings with a 1.84 ERA and three saves, and was selected the fifth-best professional prospect. For the Bears this spring, Errecart is batting .290 and leads the team with six home runs, 13 RBI and hit two, two-run homers last weekend at UNLV. He also teamed-up with Brennan Boesch to hit back-to-back homers to defeat Long Beach State Feb. 11, on his 21st birthday. Morrow has been one of the nation's top pitchers, going 3-0 with a Pac-10-leading 1.34 ERA and 36 strikeouts in 33.7 innings. He was named the National Pitcher of the Week when he had no hits in 6.3 innings with 12 strikeouts and only one walk in the Feb. 3 season-opener at UC Irvine, and last week at UNLV threw his first complete-game with six hits, one run, three walks and seven strikeouts. He is on the Roger Clemens Award Watch List as a candidate for the nation's top collegiate pitcher.
ACCOLADES GALORE FOR BOESCH: Junior center fielder Brennan Boesch enters the 2006 season with the most preseason accolades since Xavier Nady was Baseball America's National Preseason Player of the Year in 2000. Boesch is a preseason All-American with the Collegiate Baseball Writers (first-team), Baseball America (second-team) and Collegiate Baseball (third-team). He is also predicted to be the 2006 Pac-10 Player of the Year by both Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball, and is on the Brooks Wallace List as a candidate for national player of the year honors. Last season, Boesch batted .355 (fifth in the Pac-10) with 21 doubles (fifth in the Pac-10), two triples, seven home runs and 33 RBI. His 21 doubles were third on the Cal all-time single-season doubles list, and he hit .367 (22-for-60) with runners in scoring position, earning first-team All-Pac-10 honors.
SATIN'S STELLAR FRESHMAN CAMPAIGN: Sophomore Josh Satin had one of the finest freshman seasons in school history in 2005, earning All-Pac-10 and Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-America honors. As a redshirt freshman second baseman, Satin had a .348 average and 40 RBI. He also had 77 hits, 15 doubles, a triple, five home runs, a team-leading 26 multiple-hit games, a team-high 15-game hitting streak and a team-best .434 average with runners in scoring position. Satin was the first Cal freshman to earn both Freshman All-America and All-Pac-10 honors since Xavier Nady was the National Freshman of the Year in 1998.
ADDITIONAL CAL NOTES: On Feb. 11, Cal defeated Long Beach State in dramatic fashion, trailing 2-1 going into the bottom of the ninth, only to have Boesch and Errecart lead off the inning with back-to-back homers...several true freshman have performed notably for the Bears, including right-handers Tyson Ross and Matt Gorgen, and outfielders Charlie Cutler and Ryan Hanlon...Ross, a member of the USA Junior National Team, is 3-1 with 25 strikeouts in 23.7 innings and victories over Long Beach State, UC Santa Barbara and Georgetown...Gorgen (1-2, one save, 0.71 ERA) has given up only one earned run in 12.7 innings with 11 strikeouts, and picked up a save against UCSB and win over Stanford in relief...Cutler has started 12 games in right field, is batting .286, and threw a runner out at the plate against Long Beach State Feb. 11, while Hanlon is batting .320 (8-for-25, 3-2B, three RBI), including going 2-for-5 as a pinch-hitter...senior right-hander Jeremy Burchett has performed well as a reliever after playing both ways the past three seasons, limiting opponents to a .209 average this season while striking out 10 batters in 12.3 innings with a 2.19 ERA...fellow senior right-hander Alec Harris has five strikeouts in 6.7 innings with a 1.35 ERA...in his first collegiate start, sophomore outfielder Taylor Grigsby had a two-run single Mar. 10 at UNLV...
PAC-10 RACE (AS OF Mar. 15) Conference Overall W L PCT GB W L .PCTWSU 0 0 .000 --- 16 4 .800Wash 0 0 .000 --- 15 5 .750ASU 0 0 .000 --- 17 6 .739OSU 0 0 .000 --- 11 5 .688Stan 0 0 .000 --- 11 7 .611CAL 0 0 .000 --- 10 8 .556Ariz 0 0 .000 --- 10 8 .556USC 0 0 .000 --- 12 10 .545UCLA 0 0 .000 --- 12 11 .522
CAL INDIVIDUAL PLAYER NOTES
Brennan Boesch, JR., CF: Is batting .271 (19-for-70) with a double, four home runs (4th in Pac-10) and 11 RBI...went 3-for-12 with an RBI last week at UNLV...was 3-for-10 with a double and four RBI vs. Stanford Mar. 3-4, and 1-for-4 with a two-run homer vs. Georgetown Mar. 7...went 5-for-10 with three home runs and four RBI vs. Long Beach State Feb. 10-12...hit two homers against the 49ers Feb. 11, and was 3-for-3 with a homer Feb. 12...was 3-for-4 with two runs at UC Irvine Feb. 5...
Garrett Bussiere, JR., C: Is batting .288 (15-for-52) with four doubles, a home run and three RBI...went 4-for-10 with a double and home run last week at UNLV, including going 3-for-3 with a double Mar. 10...was 2-for-6 with a double vs. Stanford Mar. 4...went 3-for-4 with a double and RBI in season-opener at UC Irvine Feb. 3...
Michael Cooper, JR., RHP: Is 1-2 with a 5.96 ERA...has 15 strikeouts in 25.7 innings...lost at UNLV Mar. 12 (5.0 innings, seven hits, four earned runs, one walk, two strikeouts)...got no decision vs. Stanford Mar. 4 (1.3 innings, seven hits, five runs, one walk)...won vs. UCSB Feb. 25 (career-high 7.0 innings, eight hits, two runs, no walks, three strikeouts)...got no decision vs. Long Beach State Feb. 11 (career-high 7.0 innings, four hits, two runs, three walks, three strikeouts)...lost at UC Irvine Feb. 4 (3.3 innings, eight hits, five runs, four earned runs, one walk, five strikeouts)...is slated to start Sunday vs. Pacific...
Allen Craig, SR., SS: Is batting a team-leading .403 (29-for-72, 9th in Pac-10) with seven doubles, three home runs (10th in Pac-10) and 11 RBI...has a team-high 29 hits, 17 runs and seven doubles...hit safely in 16 of 18 games with 12 multiple-hit games...is on a seven-game hitting streak from Mar. 3 (15-for-30, .500, 4-2B, 2-HR, eight RBI)...was 7-for-12 (.583) with a double, home run and three RBI at UNLV Mar. 10-12, and 2-for-3 with two doubles and an RBI Tuesday vs. Saint Mary's...went 4-for-10 with a double, home run and three RBI vs. Stanford Mar. 3-4...is hitting .417 (5-for-12) with runners in scoring position...
Chris Errecart, JR., OF: Is batting .290 (20-for-69) with a double, six home runs (2nd in Pac-10) and a team-high 13 RBI...had a eight-game hitting streak from Feb. 25-Mar. 12 (11-for-32, .344, 2B, 2-HR, four RBI)...went 5-for-13 with a double and two, two-run homers at UNLV Mar. 10-12...was 4-for-10 with two home runs, including the game-winner vs. Long Beach State on his 21st birthday Feb. 11...was 1-for-3 with a two-run homer vs. San Francisco Feb. 7...
Brandon Morrow, JR., RHP: Is 3-0 with a 1.34 ERA (1st in Pac-10)...has 36 strikeouts (7th in Pac-10) in 33.7 innings (8`th in Pac-10)...opponents are batting .195 (6th in Pac-10)...won at UNLV Mar. 10 with first collegiate complete-game (six hits, one run, three walks, seven strikeouts)...got no decision vs. Stanford Mar. 3 (7.3 innings, seven hits, two earned runs, five walks, seven strikeouts)...won vs. UCSB Feb. 24 (6.0 innings, one hit, no runs, six walks, nine strikeouts)...got no decision vs. Long Beach State Feb. 10 (5.0 innings, eight hits, two earned runs, two walks, one strikeout)...was named National Pitcher of the Week by Collegiate Baseball and The Rosenblatt Report after 6.3 innings with no hits, no runs, one walk and a career-high 12 strikeouts at UC Irvine Feb. 3...is slated to start Friday vs. Pacific...
Brett Munster, JR., INF: Is batting .375 (15-for-40) with a double, two home runs and five RBI...was 3-for-8 vs. Stanford Mar. 3-4 and 2-for-2 with a home run vs. Georgetown Mar. 7...went 3-for-8 with a home run and two RBI vs. UCSB Feb. 24-26...was 2-for-4 with a double and RBI in season-opener at UC Irvine Feb. 3...is hitting .429 (3-for-7) with runners in scoring position...
Tyson Ross, FR., RHP: Is 3-1 with a 4.18 ERA...has 25 strikeouts in 23.7 innings...got no decision at UNLV Mar. 11 (4.7 innings, five hits, five earned runs, four walks, two strikeouts)...won vs. Georgetown Mar. 7 (3.0 innings, two hits, no runs, two strikeouts)...won vs. UCSB Feb. 26 (5.0 innings, three hits, no runs, one walk, eight strikeouts)...won vs. Long Beach State Feb. 12 (career-high 6.0 innings, six hits, one run, four walks, career-high nine strikeouts)...lost at UC Irvine Feb. 5 (5.0 innings, six hits, five runs, two walks, four strikeouts)...is slated to start Saturday at Pacific...
Josh Satin, SO., INF: Is batting .246 (17-for-69) with four doubles, a triple, a home run and 12 RBI...went 3-for-12 with a double, triple and two RBI last week at UNLV...was 3-for-9 with a double vs. Stanford Mar. 3-4...went 3-for-5 with two doubles, a home run and a career-high seven RBI at UC Davis Feb. 14...was 2-for-3 at UC Irvine Feb. 5...
Alex Trafton, SR., RHP: Is 1-1 with a 3.48 ERA and two saves (6th in Pac-10) in 10 appearances (7th in Pac-10)...has seven strikeouts in 10.3 innings...earned save vs. UCSB Feb. 25 (1.0 inning, one hit)...earned win and save vs. Long Beach State Feb. 11-12 (2.0 innings, two hits, no walks, three strikeouts)...
Mike Van Winden, SO., 1B: Is batting .277 (13-for-47) with five doubles with seven RBI...was 3-for-4 with two doubles and three RBI vs. Georgetown Mar. 7...had a six-game hitting streak from Feb. 5-14 (8-for-24, .333)...was 5-for-11 with two doubles and an RBI vs. Long Beach State Feb. 10-12...is batting .400 (4-for-10) with runners in scoring position...
DID YOU KNOW?
*Cal won the first College World Series title in 1947, defeating George Bush senior's Yale team, 8-7, in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
*The Golden Bears have two players who became league MVPs in professional baseball - Jackie Jensen was American League MVP in 1958 and Jeff Kent was National League MVP in 2000.
*Cal is one of only 20 schools to win NCAA Baseball titles and one of 12 schools to win more than one national championship (1947, 1957). The Bears have competed in five College World Series (1947, 1957, 1980, 1988, 1992).
*Senior shortstop Allen Craig, junior outfielder Brennan Boesch and junior catcher Garrett Bussiere hit home runs in their first collegiate at-bats - Jan. 31, 2003 versus UNLV for Craig, Jan. 29, 2004 versus BYU for Boesch and Feb. 8, 2004 versus Long Beach State for Bussiere.
*This season, Cal plays twice in professional ballparks - Mar. 18 versus Pacific at 1 p.m. at Banner Island Ballpark in Stockton (home of the Oakland A's single A affiliate), and Apr. 25 at 1 p.m. versus San Francisco in the inaugural Dante Benedetti Classic, at SBC Park, home of the San Francisco Giants.
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