Cal Baseball Visits No. 19 Arizona State

May 25, 2006

BERKELEY, CALIF. -

Fri., May 26 at ASU Packard Stadium, Tempe, Ariz. 7:00 p.m.Sat., May 27 at ASU Packard Stadium, Tempe, Ariz. 6:00 p.m.Sun., May 28 at ASU Packard Stadium, Tempe, Ariz. 1:00 p.m.

RADIO: KALX Radio (90.7 FM) will broadcast the May 26-28 Cal-Arizona State games. View Gametracker on www.calbears.com.

BEAR NOTES: California (26-25, 9-12), winners of seven of its last 10 games, wraps up the 2006 regular season with a Pac-10 series at No. 19 Arizona State (33-19, 11-10), May 26-28, in Tempe, Ariz. Cal has captured league series from Washington, Arizona, Washington State and UCLA this season, and would like nothing more than to have a good showing against the Sun Devils, a 2005 College World Series participant. The Bears have won the last two series over ASU, winning two-of-three last season at Evans Diamond, and two-of-three in Tempe in 2004. Cal features junior right-hander Brandon Morrow and senior shortstop Allen Craig, who are both in position for postseason honors. Morrow, a third-team preseason All-American in Baseball America, is 7-3 with a 1.74 ERA, and has 96 strikeouts in 93.3 innings after May 5's heartbreaking 3-2 loss at Stanford (8.3 innings, six hits, three runs, no walks, 11 strikeouts). He now has two complete games, has only allowed 65 hits, and opponents are batting .200 against him. Morrow was the Feb. 6 National Pitcher of the Week, and is one of 10 semifinalists for the Roger Clemens Award as a National Pitcher of the Year. Craig is having an outstanding year as well after being selected as a 2005 first-team Summer All-American in Baseball America. He is batting .348 with 14 doubles, 10 home runs and 31 RBI. Freshman right-hander Tyson Ross and junior center fielder Brennan Boesch are two more Cal players of note. Ross is 6-4 with a 3.24 ERA, and 78 strikeouts in 77.7 innings, with victories at Stanford and Pacific in his last two outings. Boesch tops the Bears with 10 home runs (with Craig), and has a team-best 37 RBI, including three game-winning RBI.

SERIES RECORD: The Bears have a 51-88 all-time series record against the Arizona State Sun Devils. Last season, Cal won two-of-three (L 11-7, W 7-3, W 4-3) Apr. 9-10 at Evans Diamond. In 2004, the Bears won two-of-three (W 9-7, W 20-8, L 8-4) Mar. 19-21 at Packard Stadium.

HEAD COACH David Esquer: Esquer, 40, is in his seventh season at Cal with a career record of 200-186 (.518). 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 stats23	RF	Rob Nesbitt, Sr. .297, 10 RBI, 2 HR4	SS	Allen Craig, Sr. .348, 31 RBI, 10 HR22	LF	Chris Errecart, Jr. .282, 29 RBI, 8 HR32	CF	Brennan Boesch, Jr. .312, 37 RBI, 10 HR34	C	Garrett Bussiere, Jr. .243, 14 RBI, 6 HR42	1B	Mike Van Winden, So. .235, 21 RBI, 0 HR28	3B	Travis Howell, So. .225, 9 RBI, 1 HR20	DH	Jordan Karnofsky, So. .273, 4 RBI, 1 HR5	2B	Brett Munster, Jr. .269, 16 RBI, 3 HR21	RHP	Brandon Morrow, Jr. (Fri.) 7-3, 1.74 ERA		TBA (Sat.)44	RHP	Tyson Ross, Fr. (Sun.) 6-4, 3.24 ERA

PAC-10 RACE (AS OF May 25) Conference Overall W L PCT GB W L .PCTOSU 15 6 .714 --- 38 13 .745UCLA 12 9 .571 3.0 31 22 .585ASU 11 10 .524 4.0 33 19 .635USC 11 10 .524 4.0 25 30 .454Stan 11 13 .458 --- 30 23 .566WSU 9 12 .429 6.0 35 21 .625Wash 9 12 .429 6.0 34 24 .586CAL 9 12 .429 6.0 26 25 .510Ariz 9 12 .429 6.0 24 28 .462

NOTING ARIZONA STATE: The No. 19-ranked (Baseball America) Arizona State Sun Devils, coached by Pat Murphy (12th year at ASU, 476-240-1, .665), are 33-19 and 11-10 after winning one-of-three at Arizona (W 15-6, L 18-12, L 5-4) last weekend. Leading hitters for the Sun Devils are sophomore right fielder Eric Sogard (.375, 8 HR, 41 RBI), freshman designated hitter Brett Wallace (.372, 6 HR, 30 RBI) and freshman first baseman Ike Davis (.343, 8 HR, 61 RBI). Arizona State's tentative rotation is senior right-hander Tony Barnette (5-1, 5.28 ERA), sophomore left-hander Josh Satow (3-1, 4.75 ERA) and TBA. In 2005, ASU was 42-25 overall, 15-9 in the Pac-10 (3rd), 3-0 in NCAA Tempe Regional, 2-1 in the NCAA Fullerton Super Regional and 3-2 (third) in the College World Series.

CRAIG'S STANDOUT SENIOR CAMPAIGN: Senior Allen Craig had 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 did not missed a beat this spring as he owns a .348 average with a team-best 72 hits, 36 runs and 14 doubles. He also has 26 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 .308 average with 47 doubles (7th on the Cal all-time list), a triple, 27 home runs (9th on the Cal all-time list) and 107 RBI in 192 games. His 737 career at-bats are ninth on the Cal all-time list.

MORROW CONTINUES TO SHINE: Similar to Craig, junior Brandon Morrow had an outstanding summer that has carried over to the spring. Competing for the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox in the Cape Cod League, Morrow and junior outfielder Chris Errecart wowed the scouts and were named preseason All-Americans in Baseball America (Errecart second-team, Morrow third-team). 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, while Errecart hit .303 with six home runs and 22 RBI and was selected the fourth-best professional prospect by Baseball America. This spring for the Bears, 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 career 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 national pitcher of the year. Morrow's 96 strikeouts this season is one away from the Cal all-time Top-10 single-season strikeout list (trailing Andy Messersmith's 97 strikeouts in 1965). This spring, Errecart is batting .282, but has eight 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.

PRESEASON ACCOLADES GALORE FOR BOESCH: Junior center fielder Brennan Boesch entered the 2006 season with the most preseason accolades since Xavier Nady was Baseball America's National Preseason Player of the Year in 2000. Boesch was a preseason All-American with the Collegiate Baseball Writers (first-team), Baseball America (second-team) and Collegiate Baseball (third-team). He was also 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. This season, Boesch is hitting .312, had the game-winning RBI in three games, is tied for the team lead with 10 home runs and has a team-best 37 RBI. He also owns the team's longest hitting streak this season (12 games), has got a hit in 16 of the last 17 games, and is currently 10th on the Cal all-time list with a .540 career slugging percentage.

BEARS NOTED NATIONALLY: Besides having three players - Brennan Boesch, Chris Errecart and Brandon Morrow - selected as preseason All-Americans, Cal has also been noted by the College Baseball Foundation's National Honor Roll. Morrow and freshman right-hander Matt Gorgen were selected Feb. 28 after combining for a 3-0 shutout of UC Santa Barbara on Feb. 24 (Morrow 6.0 innings, one hit, six walks, nine strikeouts; Gorgen 3.0 innings, two hits, no walks, five strikeouts). Boesch was a Mar. 28 national honoree after going 6-for-16 with a double, two home runs and six RBI, plus throwing a runner out at the plate, Mar. 21-26 against Sacramento State and Washington.

BEARS ARE HUNGRY: Cal returned 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.

ADDITIONAL CAL NOTES: Cal is leading the Pac-10 with a 2.97 team ERA in league play...the Bears also top the conference with 162 strikeouts versus league opponents...Cal is second in the Pac-10 with a overall 3.65 team ERA, the lowest team ERA since Cal's College World Series team of 1980 (3.13)...on Thursday, the Bears had seven players selected to the Pac-10 All-Academic Team - senior shortstop Allen Craig, senior right-hander Alex Trafton and junior infielder Brett Munster were first-team; senior outfielder Rob Nesbitt and sophomore outfielder Taylor Grigsby were second-team; and junior right-hander Michael Copper and sophomore right-hander Nick Tess were honorable mention...Munster has had multiple hits in each of the last three games, going 6-for-11 with a double, home run and three RBI versus USF, Santa Clara and Pacific...Nesbitt was impressive against UC Davis and Oregon State Apr. 18-23, going 7-for-10 with two doubles and two RBI...Nesbitt, who has started the past 13 games, went 6-for-7 in the last two games against OSU, including going 4-for-4 with an RBI double Apr. 23 against the Beavers...earlier, Nesbitt came off the bench to hit the game-winning homer in the 13th inning against Arizona in the Bears' 5-4 victory Apr. 1-2...Cal has lost 11, one-run games this season, including four, one-run games in extra-innings...however, the Bears have won four one-run games in their last seven victories (3-2 in 11 innings versus UCLA Apr. 29, 4-3 versus Stanford May 1, 7-6 at Saint Mary's May 2, 3-2 at Pacific May 23)...Cal has captured two games via dramatic home runs - on Feb. 11, the Bears defeated Long Beach State after trailing 2-1 going into the bottom of the ninth on back-to-back homers by Boesch and Errecart for a 3-2 win, and on Apr. 2 Nesbitt defeated Arizona, 5-4 in 13 innings, with an opposite field homer to right...Boesch was involved in another dramatic finish, throwing 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 currently have six former players on major league rosters (Geoff Blum, 1992-94, San Diego; Ryan Drese, 1995, 98, Washington; Conor Jackson, 2001-03, Arizona; Jeff Kent, 1987-89, Los Angeles Dodgers; Xavier Nady, 1998-00, New York Mets; Tyler Walker, 1996-97, Tampa Bay), which trails only USC (14) and UCLA (seven) as the most in the Pac-10.

CAL INDIVIDUAL PLAYER NOTES

Brennan Boesch, JR., CF: Batting .312 (62-for-199, .293 vs. Pac-10) with 10 doubles, 10 home runs (5th in Pac-10) and a team-leading 37 RBI...has gotten a hit in 16 of the last 17 games...went 5-for-8 with a double vs. San Francisco and Santa Clara May 9-10...had a 12-game hitting streak from Apr. 16-May 5 (20-for-50, .400, 3-2B, HR, nine RBI) and has had three game-winning RBI...was 5-for-11 with an RBI double at Stanford May 5-7...went 5-for-13 with two doubles and three RBI vs. UCLA Apr. 28-30, 2-for-3 with two RBI May 1 vs. Stanford and 2-for-5 with an RBI May 2 at Saint Mary's...was 2-for-5 with a three-run homer Apr. 25 vs. USF at AT&T Park...went 3-for-5 with a double, two, two-run homers and a career-high five RBI Apr. 13 at WSU...hit a three-run homer vs. UA Apr. 1...was 4-for-12 with a home run and two RBI vs. UW Mar. 24-26...went 2-for-4 with a double, a three-run homer and four RBI vs. Sac. State 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...hitting .300 (15-for-50) with runners in scoring position...5-for-13 (.385) with a double and RBI career vs. Arizona State...

Jeremy Burchett, SR., RHP: 0-2 with a 2.89 ERA and five saves (7th in Pac-10) in 21 appearances...has 20 strikeouts in 28.0 innings...earned saves May 1 and May 6 vs. Stanford (2.3 inn., 1 H, 1 SO)...suffered the loss Apr. 25 vs. USF (1.7 inn., 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO)...earned save Apr. 16 at WSU (1.7 inn, 0 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO)...earned save Mar. 30 vs. UA (1.0 inn., 2 H, 0 ER) and Mar. 25 vs. UW (1.0 inn., 2 H, 0 ER, 1 SO)...

Garrett Bussiere, JR., C: Batting .243 (33-for-136, .206 vs. Pac-10) with four doubles, six home runs and 14 RBI...went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer at Saint Mary's May 2...was 5-for-11 with two home runs and five RBI at WSU Apr. 13-16...had a three-run homer Mar. 30 vs. UA, and was 2-for-4 with a home run at Santa Clara Apr. 5...went 4-for-10 with a double and home run at UNLV Mar. 10-12, including 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 at UC Irvine Feb. 3...8-for-23 (.348) with three doubles, two home runs and eight RBI career vs. Arizona State...

Michael Cooper, JR., RHP: 1-3 with a 5.31 ERA...has 32 strikeouts in 57.7 innings...no decision vs. USF May 9 (4.0 inn., 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB)...no decision vs. UCLA Apr. 30 (3.0 inn., 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO)...no decision vs. OSU Apr. 23 (3.7 inn., 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO)...no decision at WSU Apr. 16 (3.0 inn., 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO)...no decision vs. UA Apr. 1 (3.7 inn., 7 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 2 SO)...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)...

Allen Craig, SR., SS: Batting .348 (72-for-207, 10th in Pac-10, .348 vs. Pac-10) with 14 doubles, 10 home runs (5th in Pac-10) and 31 RBI...also has 72 hits (10th in Pac-10), 36 runs, 116 total bases (8th in Pac-10), .560 slugging percentage (9th in Pac-10) and .408 on-base percentage...has 26 multiple-hit games and hit home runs in four of five games Apr. 18-25...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...went 5-for-12 with a home run at Stanford May 5-7...was 6-for-14 with a double and five RBI vs. UCLA Apr. 28-30, including 3-for-5 with a career-high five RBI Mar. 30...went 2-for-5 with a double and home run vs. USF Apr. 25 at AT&T Park...was 6-for-16 with three home runs and seven RBI vs. UC Davis (3-for-4, HR, four RBI) and OSU Apr. 18-23...went 5-for-13 with a double at WSU Apr. 13-16...went 5-for-6 vs. Arizona Apr. 1...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...hitting .340 (16-for-47) with runners in scoring position...8-for-24 (.333) with a double, a home run and four RBI career vs. Arizona State...

Charlie Cutler, FR., OF/C: Batting .246 (16-for-65, .231 vs. Pac-10) with a double and five RBI...has started 16 games in right field, one behind the plate and one as designated hitter...was 2-for-4 at USC Apr. 8...threw a runner out at the plate in the 12th inning vs. UA Apr. 1...went 1-for-3 with a career-high three runs vs. Pacific Mar. 19...was 2-for-2 at UNLV Mar. 10...went 2-for-3 with an RBI vs. UCSB Feb. 24...threw a runner out at the plate vs. Long Beach in the seventh inning Feb. 11...

Chris Errecart, JR., OF: Batting .282 (51-for-181, .289 vs. Pac-10) with seven doubles, eight home runs and 29 RBI...was 1-for-3 with a two-run double Tuesday at Pacific...went 1-for-4 with a home run May 10 vs. Santa Clara...had a eight-game hitting streak from Feb. 25-Mar. 12 (11-for-32, .344, 2B, 2-HR, four RBI)...went 4-for-11 with two RBI at Stanford May 5-7...was 4-for-13 with a two-run homer vs. UCLA Apr. 28-30...went 2-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI vs. USF Apr. 25 at AT&T Park...was 6-for-13 with a RBI double vs. UA Mar. 30-Apr. 1...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 21st birthday Feb. 11...hit a two-run homer vs. San Francisco Feb. 7...4-for-12 (.333) with a double, a home run and two RBI career vs. Arizona State...

Matt Gorgen, FR., RHP: 3-4 with a 1.88 ERA in 27 appearances (8th in Pac-10) and two saves...has 33 strikeouts in 38.3 innings...picked up save Tuesday at Pacific (2.0 inn., 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO)...won in relief vs. UCLA Apr. 30 (career-high 3.7 inn., 1 H, 3 SO)...won in relief at WSU Apr. 16 (1.7 inn., 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO)...threw well in relief Apr. 5 at Santa Clara (3.0 inn., 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO)...won in relief vs. Stanford Mar. 3 (0.3 inn.)...earned save vs. UCSB Feb. 24 (3.0 inn., 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, career-high 5 SO)...

Taylor Grigsby, SO., OF: Batting .241 (19-for-79, .213 vs. Pac-10) with two doubles, a triple and nine RBI...had a career-high five-game hitting streak from Apr. 5-13 (10-for-20, .500, 2-2b, 3B, four RBI)...went a career-high 3-for-4 with a triple and three RBI at Santa Clara Apr. 5...in first collegiate start was 1-for-4 with two RBI at UNLV Mar. 10...went 1-for-1 with a run off the bench at UC Irvine Feb. 4...hitting .333 (7-for-21) with runners in scoring position...

Brandon Morrow, JR., RHP: 7-3 with a 1.74 ERA (1st in Pac-10)...has 96 strikeouts (2nd in Pac-10) in 93.3 innings (8th in Pac-10)...opponents are batting .200 (2nd in Pac-10)...lost at Stanford May 5, throwing his second complete-game (8.3 inn., 6 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 11 SO)...lost vs. UCLA Apr. 28 (8.0 inn., 10 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO)...lost vs. OSU Apr. 21 (7.0 inn., 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO)...won at WSU Apr. 13 (7.0 inn., 3 H, 2 ER, 5 BB, 8 SO)...no decision at USC Apr. 7 (6.0 inn., 4 H, O ER, 6 BB, 5 SO)...won vs. UA Mar. 30 (8.0 inn., 5 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 9 SO)...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 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 (Collegiate Baseball, Rosenblatt Report) after 6.3 innings, no hits, no runs, one walk and a career-high 12 strikeouts at UC Irvine Feb. 3...slated to start Friday at Arizona State...

Brett Munster, JR., INF: Batting .269 (35-for-130, .204 vs. Pac-10) with five doubles, a triple, three home runs and 16 RBI...in last three games vs. USF, Santa Clara and Pacific has gone 6-for-11 with a double, home run and three RBI...went 4-for-10 with a double, triple and four RBI vs. OSU Apr. 21-23...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 vs. Stanford Mar. 3-4...was 3-for-8 with a home run and two RBI vs. UCSB Feb. 24-26...3-for-9 (.333) with a RBI career vs. Arizona State...

Rob Nesbitt, SR., OF: Batting .297 (19-for-64, .406 vs. Pac-10) with five doubles, two home runs and 10 RBI...went 3-for-9 with a double and two RBI at Stanford May 5-7...was 3-for-11 with a two-run homer vs. UCLA Apr. 28-30...went 6-for-8 with an RBI vs. OSU Apr. 21-23, including going 4-for-4 Apr. 23...hit the game-winning homer in the 13th inning vs. UA Apr. 2...was 1-for-1 with a RBI double Feb. 4 at UC Irvine...hitting .357 (5-for-14) with runners in scoring position...

Chris Petrini, FR., LHP: 3-1 with 4.09 ERA and a save in 15 appearances...has 19 strikeouts in 33.0 innings...earned win in first collegiate start vs. Santa Clara May 10 (career-high 5.3 inn., 3 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO)...earned save May 2 at Saint Mary's (2.0 inn., 2 H)...threw well in relief Apr. 23 vs. OSU (3.3 inn., 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO) and Apr. 18 vs. UC Davis (4.0 inn., 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO)...won Apr. 2 in 5-4, 13-inning victory vs. UA (1.0 inning, one hit, one strikeout)...won in relief Mar. 14 vs. Saint Mary's (1.0 inn., 2 H, 0 ER, 1 SO)...threw 4.7 innings vs. Stanford Mar. 4 (2 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO)...

Tyson Ross, FR., RHP: 6-4 with 3.24 ERA (8th in Pac-10), and has 78 strikeouts in 77.7 innings...won Tuesday at Pacific (6.0 inn., 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 SO)...won at Stanford May 6 (7.3 inn., 6 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 8 SO)...no decision vs. UCLA Apr. 29 (5.0 inn., 2 H, 1 ER, 5 BB, 7 SO)...no decision vs. OSU Apr. 22 (5.7 inn., 4 H, 1 ER, 6 BB, 4 SO)...no decision at WSU Apr. 14 (6.0 inn., 6 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 8 SO)...lost at USC Apr. 8 (6.7 inn., 7 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 7 SO)...lost vs. UA Apr. 1 (6.3 inn., 6 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO)...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)...slated to start Sunday at Arizona State...

Alex Trafton, SR., RHP: 3-4 with a 4.26 ERA and three saves in 28 appearances (2nd in Pac-10)...has 18 strikeouts in 25.3 innings...earned wins in relief vs. UCLA Apr. 29 (1.0 inn.) and at Saint Mary's May 2 (season-high 2.3 inn., 1 H, 2 BB, 2 SO)...earned save vs. Pacific Mar. 17 (0.3 inn.), and UCSB Feb. 25 (1.0 inn., 1 H)...earned win and save in relief vs. Long Beach State Feb. 11-12 (2.0 inn., 2 H, 0 BB, 3 SO)...

Mike Van Winden, SO., 1B: Batting .235 (36-for-153, .222 vs. Pac-10) with 10 doubles, a triple and 21 RBI...went 2-for-5 with two doubles at Saint Mary's May 2...was 3-for-10 with three RBI at WSU Apr. 13-16...had a career-high nine game hitting streak from Mar. 17-Apr. 1 (11-for-31, .355, 3-2B, 3B, six 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 RBI vs. Long Beach State Feb. 10-12...hitting .303 (10-for-33) with runners in scoring position...4-for-12 (.333) with a double and RBI career vs. Arizona State...

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 and 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.

*The 2006 Cal coaching staff of David Esquer, Dan Hubbs and Jon Zuber has been part of 17 NCAA Regionals, four College World Series and two National Championships.

*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 played USF in the inaugural Dante Benedetti Classic at AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants. Later that night, former Bear standout Xavier Nady played for the New York Mets versus the Giants, hitting a home run and throwing a runner out at second base from right field in New York's 4-1 win.

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