Cal Baseball Hosts Arizona in Pac-10 Series
March 28, 2006
BERKELEY, CALIF. -
Thu., Mar. 30 Arizona Evans Diamond, Berkeley, Calif. 2:00 p.m.Fri., Mar. 31 Arizona Evans Diamond, Berkeley, Calif. 2:00 p.m.Sat., Apr. 1 Arizona Evans Diamond, Berkeley, Calif. 1:00 p.m.
RADIO: KALX Radio (90.7 FM) will broadcast the Mar. 30-Apr. 1 UA-Cal games. Gametracker viewed on www.calbears.com.
BEAR NOTES: California (14-11, 2-1) will be striving to capture another Pac-10 series this week as the Golden Bears host the Arizona Wildcats (11-12, 0-0) in a three-game series at Evans Diamond. Cal won its opening conference slate last weekend at home, winning two-of-three over Washington (W 9-3, W 2-1, L 5-0) Mar. 24-26. The Bears again feature preseason All-American junior right-hander Brandon Morrow, who is now 5-0 and second in the Pac-10 with a 1.65 ERA, and 54 strikeouts in 49.0 innings. Against the Huskies on Mar. 24, Morrow threw 7.0 innings with eight hits, no walks and eight strikeouts, coming back after a 45-minute rain delay in the fourth inning to win the game. In Cal's Feb. 3 season-opener at UC Irvine, he threw 6.3 no-hit innings with one walk and 12 strikeouts, earning National Pitcher of the Week honors. Freshman right-hander Tyson Ross also performed well against the Huskies, throwing a career-high 8.0 innings with only three hits, five walks and seven strikeouts in the Bears' 2-1 win Mar. 25. Junior preseason All-America center fielder Brennan Boesch was impressive last week as well, going 6-for-16 (.375) with a double, two home runs and six RBI, and throwing a Husky baserunner out at the plate to preserve Cal's 2-1 victory. Another Bear who is among the Pac-10 stat leaders is senior shortstop Allen Craig. Craig, a 2005 Baseball America Summer All-American, is batting a team-leading .388, has hit safely in 21 of 22 games, and owned an impressive streak of eight-straight multiple-hit games from Mar. 3-14. He is currently third in the conference with a .633 slugging percentage, fifth with 62 total bases, and seventh with nine doubles, 38 hits and a .388 average.
SERIES RECORD: Cal has a 61-86 all-time series record against the Arizona Wildcats. Last season, the Bears won two-of-three (W 6-3, L 10-5, W 7-4) May 27-29 in Tucson. In 2004, Cal won one-of-three (L 5-3, W 10-8, L 8-3) Apr. 30-May 2 at Evans Diamond.
HEAD COACH David Esquer: Esquer, 40, is in his seventh season at Cal with a career record of 189-172 (.524). 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 organizations.
TENTATIVE CALIFORNIA LINE-UPNo. Pos. Player 2006 stats42 1B Mike Van Winden, So. .290, 13 RBI, 0 HR5 2B Brett Munster, Jr. .288, 6 RBI, 2 HR4 SS Allen Craig, Sr. .388, 15 RBI, 5 HR32 CF Brennan Boesch, Jr. .281, 17 RBI, 6 HR22 LF Chris Errecart, Jr. .247, 15 RBI, 6 HR3 3B Josh Satin, So. .244, 13 RBI, 1 HR34 C Garrett Bussiere, Jr. .279, 3 RBI, 1 HR16 RF Charlie Cutler, Fr. .241, 5 RBI, 0 HR29 DH Ryan Hanlon, Fr. .303, 5 RBI, 0 HR21 RHP Brandon Morrow, Jr. (Thu.) 5-0, 1.65 ERA44 RHP Tyson Ross, Fr. (Fri.) 4-2, 4.41 ERA39 RHP Michael Cooper, Jr. (Sat.) 1-3, 5.50 ERA
NOTING ARIZONA: The Arizona Wildcats, coached by Andy Lopez (fifth year at UA, 152-108-1, .584), are 11-12 after splitting two games versus UC Irvine Mar. 25-26 (W 5-1, L 7-1). Leading hitters for the Wildcats are sophomore third baseman Colt Sedbrook (.338, 1 HR, 7 RBI), junior shortstop Jason Donald (.318, 2 HR, 21 RBI) and junior right fielder Bill Rhinehart (.286, 1 HR, 10 RBI). Arizona's tentative pitching rotation is freshman right-hander Preston Guilmet (2-3, 3.63 ERA), junior left-hander Brad Mills (2-1, 3.38 ERA) and sophomore left-hander David Coulon (0-2, 9.24 ERA). In 2005, the Wildcats finished 39-21 overall, 17-7 in the Pac-10 (second) and 2-2 in the NCAA Fullerton Regional.
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 .388 average with a team-best 38 hits, 19 runs and nine doubles. He also has had 16 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 .307 average with 42 doubles (tied for 10th on the Cal all-time list), a triple, 21 home runs and 87 RBI in 166 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 .247, but leads the team with six home runs, and hit two, two-run homers 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 was named the National Pitcher of the Week when he allowed no hits in 6.3 innings with 12 strikeouts and only one walk in the Feb. 3 season-opener at UC Irvine, and at UNLV on Mar. 10, 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: 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, splitting two games with then No. 19 Stanford Mar. 3-4 and winning two-of-three over Washington to open Pac-10 play...of Cal's 11 losses this season, six have been by one run, including three extra-inning losses...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 for a 3-2 win...Boesch was involved in another dramatic finish for the Bears when he threw Washington's Bradley Boyer out at the plate in the top of the ninth to preserve Cal's 2-1 win Mar. 24...the Bears are currently first in the Pac-10 with a .977 fielding percentage, and a third in the league with a team ERA of 3.90...Cal is also third in the Pac-10 with 22 home runs in 25 games...Bear freshman right-hander Matt Gorgen (1-2, one save, 1.20 ERA), whose twin brother, Scott, pitches for UC Irvine, has given up only two earned runs in 16.0 innings with 14 strikeouts, and picked up a save against UCSB and win over Stanford in relief...freshman outfielder Ryan Hanlon is batting .303 (10-for-33, 3-2B, five RBI), including 2-for-5 as a pinch-hitter and.455 (5-for-11) with runners in scoring position...senior right-hander Jeremy Burchett has performed well as a reliever after being a two-way player the past three seasons, striking out 11 in 13.3 innings with a 2.03 ERA.
PAC-10 RACE (AS OF Mar. 27) Conference Overall W L PCT GB W L .PCTWSU 2 1 .667 --- 20 7 .741USC 2 1 .667 --- 15 11 .577CAL 2 1 .667 --- 14 11 .560OSU 1 2 .333 --- 15 7 .682Wash 1 2 .333 --- 18 9 .667Stan 1 2 .333 --- 12 9 .571ASU 0 0 .000 --- 21 7 .750UCLA 0 0 .000 --- 15 11 .577Ariz 0 0 .000 --- 11 12 .478
CAL INDIVIDUAL PLAYER NOTES
Brennan Boesch, JR., CF: Batting .281 (27-for-96) with three doubles, six home runs (3rd in Pac-10) and a team-leading 17 RBI...was 4-for-12 with a home run and two RBI vs. UW Mar. 24-26...went 2-for-4 with a RBI double and a three-run homer vs. Sac. State (career-high four RBI) Mar. 21...was 3-for-10 with a double and four RBI vs. Stanford Mar. 3-4, and hit 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 at UC Irvine Feb. 5...is 5-for-23 (.217) with three doubles and a home run career vs. Arizona...
Garrett Bussiere, JR., C: Batting .279 (17-for-61) with four doubles, a home run and three RBI...went 4-for-10 with a double and home run at UNLV Mar. 10-12, including 3-for-3 with a double Mar. 10...went 3-for-4 with a double and RBI at UC Irvine Feb. 3...is 10-for-23 (.435) with three doubles, two home runs and six RBI career vs. Arizona...
Michael Cooper, JR., RHP: 1-3 with a 5.50 ERA...lost vs. UW Mar. 26 (4.1 inn., 6 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO)...no decision vs. Pacific Mar. 19 (6.0 inn., 8 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO)...lost at UNLV Mar. 12 (5.0 inn., 7 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO)...no decision vs. Stanford Mar. 4 (1.3 inn., 7 H, 5 ER, 1 BB)...won vs. UCSB Feb. 25 (career-high 7.0 inn., 8 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO)...no decision vs. Long Beach State Feb. 11 (career-high 7.0 inn., 4 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO)...lost at UC Irvine Feb. 4 (3.3 inn., 8 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO)...is 0-0 with 6.28 ERA (4.3 inn.) career vs. Arizona...is slated to start Saturday vs. the Wildcats...
Allen Craig, SR., SS: Batting a team-leading .388 (38-for-98, 7th in Pac-10) with nine doubles (7th in Pac-10), five home runs (6th in Pac-10) and 15 RBI...has 38 hits (7th in Pac-10), 18 runs, 62 total bases (5th in Pac-10), .633 slugging percentage (3rd in Pac-10) and .444 on-base percentage...has hit safely in 21 of 25 games with 16 multiple-hit games...had a 10-game hitting streak from Mar. 3-19 (20-for-40, .500, 6-2B, 3-HR, 11 RBI), including eight-straight multiple-hit games from Mar. 3-14...was 4-for-12 with a home run vs. UW Mar. 24-26...went 7-for-13 (.538) with four doubles, a home run and four RBI vs. Saint Mary's and Pacific Mar. 14-19...was 7-for-12 (.583) with a double, home run and three RBI at UNLV Mar. 10-12...went 4-for-10 with a double, home run and three RBI vs. Stanford Mar. 3-4...is hitting .364 (8-for-22) with runners in scoring position...is 5-for-20 (.250) with two home runs and four RBI career vs. Arizona...
Chris Errecart, JR., OF: Batting .247 (22-for-89) with two doubles, six home runs (3rd in Pac-10) and 15 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...hit a two-run homer vs. San Francisco Feb. 7...is 3-for-21 (.143) career vs. Arizona...
Brandon Morrow, JR., RHP: 5-0 (2nd in Pac-10) with a 1.65 ERA (2nd in Pac-10)...has 54 strikeouts (2nd in Pac-10) in 49.0 innings (3rd in Pac-10)...opponents are batting .202 (5th in Pac-10)...won vs. UW Mar. 24 (7.0 inn., 8 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 8 SO)...won vs. Pacific Mar. 17 (8.3 inn., 4 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 10 SO)...won at UNLV Mar. 10 with first complete-game (6 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 7 SO)...no decision vs. Stanford Mar. 3 (7.3 inn., 7 H, 2 ER, 5 BB, 7 SO)...won vs. UCSB Feb. 24 (6.0 inn., 1 H, 0 ER, 6 BB, 9 SO)...no decision vs. Long Beach State Feb. 10 (5.0 inn., 8 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO)...was named National Pitcher of the Week after 6.3 innings, no hits, no runs, one walk and a career-high 12 strikeouts at UC Irvine Feb. 3...is 0-0 with 10.59 ERA (1.7 inn.) career vs. Arizona...is slated to start Thursday vs. the Wildcats...
Brett Munster, JR., INF: Batting .288 (21-for-73) with a double, two home runs and six RBI...was 3-for-9 with an RBI vs. UW Mar. 24-26 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...is hitting .308 (4-for-13) with runners in scoring position...is 3-for-13 (.231) with a double career vs. Arizona...
Tyson Ross, FR., RHP: 4-2 with 4.41 ERA, 34 strikeouts in 34.7 innings...won vs. UW Mar. 25 (career-high 8.0 inn., 3 H, 1 ER, 5 BB, 7 SO)...lost at Pacific Mar. 18 (3.0 inn., 6 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 2 SO)...no decision at UNLV Mar. 11 (4.7 inn., 5 H, 5 ER, 4 BB, 2 SO)...won vs. Georgetown Mar. 7 (3.0 inn., 2 H, 0 ER, 2 SO)...won vs. UCSB Feb. 26 (5.0 inn., 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 SO)...won vs. Long Beach State Feb. 12 (6.0 inn., 6 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, career-high 9 SO)...lost at UC Irvine Feb. 5 (5.0 inn., 6 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO)...is slated to start Friday vs. Arizona...
Josh Satin, SO., INF: Batting .244 (21-for-86) with five doubles, a triple, a home run and 13 RBI...went 2-for-3 with a double and triple at UNLV Mar. 12...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...is 2-for-13 (.154) with two RBI career vs. Arizona...
Alex Trafton, SR., RHP: 1-2 with a 3.97 ERA and three saves (5th in Pac-10) in 12 appearances (7th in Pac-10)...has eight strikeouts in 11.3 innings...earned save vs. Pacific Mar. 17 (0.3 inn.), and UCSB Feb. 25 (1.0 inn., 1 H)...earned win and save vs. Long Beach State Feb. 11-12 (2.0 inn., 2 H, 0 BB, 3 SO)...is 0-0 with 0.00 ERA (0.0 inn.) career vs. Arizona...
Mike Van Winden, SO., 1B: Batting .290 (20-for-69) with seven doubles, a triple and 13 RBI...went 3-for-10 with a double, triple and two RBI vs. UW Mar. 24-26...was 3-for-4 with two doubles and three RBI vs. Georgetown Mar. 7...went 5-for-11 with two doubles and an RBI vs. Long Beach State Feb. 10-12...is batting .353 (6-for-17) with runners in scoring position... is 8-for-12 (.667) with a triple and six RBI career vs. Washington...
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.
*Cal is one of only 20 schools to win a NCAA baseball title, and one of 12 to win more then one College World Series (1947, 1957). The Bears have competed in five CWS (1947, 1957, 1980, 1988, 1992).
*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.
*Senior shortstop Allen Craig (Jan. 31, 2003 vs. UNLV), junior outfielder Brennan Boesch (Jan. 29, 2004 vs. BYU) and junior catcher Garrett Bussiere (Feb. 8, 2004 vs. Long Beach State) hit home runs in their first collegiate at-bats.
*On Apr. 25, Cal will play USF in the inaugural Dante Benedetti Classic at 1 p.m. at SBC Park, home of the San Francisco Giants. Later that night, former Bears Xavier Nady (New York Mets) and Tyler Walker (Giants) will play each other at SBC.
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