No. 11 Cal Baseball Hosts No. 5 Long Beach State in Series at Evans Diamond

March 27, 2008

BERKELEY, CALIF. -

Fri., Mar. 28 Long Beach State, Evans Diamond, Berkeley, Calif.	2:30 p.m.Sat., Mar. 29 Long Beach State, Evans Diamond, Berkeley, Calif.	1:00 p.m.Sun., Mar. 30 Long Beach State, Evans Diamond, Berkeley, Calif.	1:00 p.m.

RADIO: KALX Radio (90.7 FM) will broadcast the Mar. 28-30 LBS-Cal games. Gametracker available on www.CalBears.com.

BEAR NOTES: No. 11-ranked California (15-5-1) has an intriguing match-up this weekend against No. 5-ranked and Big West powerhouse Long Beach State in a three-game series at Evans Diamond. The 49ers feature a pitching staff with a 2.12 team ERA and a pair of Cal transfers, senior outfielder Jason Corder (.417) and senior catcher Travis Howell (.231), while the Golden Bears have a team batting average of .320 and one of their top pitchers is Long Beach State transfer Daniel Wolford (sophomore right-hander, 2-0, 0.78 ERA). Offensively, Cal showcases hot-hitting senior second baseman Josh Satin, who was the Mar. 4 Pac-10 Player of the Week and is on a school-record 25-game hitting streak, hitting safely in every game this season and the last five games of 2007. Satin is batting a team-leading .439 with three doubles, nine home runs and 27 RBI. On the mound, junior right-hander Tyson Ross, this year's first Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week recipient on Feb. 26 after one-hitting Kansas State with seven strikeouts in the season-opener Feb. 22, is slated to start Friday. Besides Ross, Cal has two other preseason All-Americans, junior right-hander Matt Gorgen (three saves), who is on the NCBWA Preseason Stopper of the Year Watch List; and junior first-baseman David Cooper, who is batting .383 with nine home runs (including a grand slam) and 26 RBI this season. The Bears also have junior left-hander Craig Bennigson, and sophomores Jeff Kobernus (third base) and Blake Smith (right field, right-handed pitcher) - all honorable mention All-Pac-10 selections in 2007. Bennigson is 3-0 with victories over Utah Valley, San Diego State and Minnesota. Kobernus, also a 2007 Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American, is batting .284 with a team-high seven doubles and two home runs (including a grand slam). Smith is hitting .311 with four doubles, a triple, three home runs and 15 RBI. He also has five strikeouts in 3.0 innings on the mound.

SERIES RECORD: The Bears have a 27-26 all-time record against the Long Beach State 49ers. Cal lost two games in the series (4-1, 8-3) last season, Feb. 23-24, 2007 at Blair Field in Long Beach. In the last series at Evans Diamond, Cal won two-of-three (L 7-6, W 3-2, W 4-1) Feb. 10-12, 2006.

HEAD COACH David Esquer: Esquer, 42, is in his ninth season at Cal with a career record of 245-220-1 (.527). In 2001, he was Pac-10 Coach of the Year after leading the Bears to a 34-25 mark and a berth to the NCAA Regional in Baton Rouge, La. (1-2). Thirty nine Cal players have signed professional contracts since Esquer became coach, including first round picks Brandon Morrow (RHP, Seattle, fifth overall) in 2006 and Conor Jackson (1B, Arizona, 19th overall) in 2003. On June 10, 1999, Esquer became the 10th coach in Cal baseball history, which began in 1892. He came to Berkeley after serving as the top assistant at Pepperdine from 1996-99, and the No. 2 assistant at Stanford 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.

TENTATIVE CALIFORNIA LINE-UPNo.	Pos.	Player	2008 stats31	DH	Rich Gorman, So. .289, 15 RBI, 4 HR16	LF	Charlie Cutler, Jr. .346, 3 RBI, 0 HR18	1B	David Cooper, Jr. .383, 26 RBI, 9 HR3	2B	Josh Satin, Sr. .439, 27 RBI, 9 HR23	3B	Jeff Kobernus, So. .284, 12 RBI, 2 HR37	RF	Blake Smith, So. .311, 15 RBI, 3 HR33	C	Dylan Tonneson, So. .306, 12 RBI, 1 HR4	CF	Brett Jackson, So. .274, 13 RBI, 1 HR26	SS	Michael Brady, Jr. .313, 12 RBI, 2 HR44	RHP	Tyson Ross, Jr. (Fri.) 3-0, 2.65 ERA27	LHP	Craig Bennigson, Jr. (Sat.) 3-0, 4.88 ERA46	RHP	Alex Rollin, Sr. (Sun.) 2-0, 4.64 ERA or36	LHP	Chris Petrini, So. (Sun.) 2-1, 5.75 ERA

PAC-10 RACE (AS OF Mar. 26) Conference Overall W L PCT GB W L T .PCTCAL 2 1 .667 --- 15 5 1 .738USC 2 1 .667 --- 11 11 0 .500Ariz 1 2 .333 --- 13 7 0 .650WSU 1 2 .333 --- 13 5 0 .722ASU 0 0 .000 --- 22 1 0 .957Wash 0 0 .000 --- 16 6 0 .727Stan 0 0 .000 --- 10 6 0 .625OSU 0 0 .000 --- 11 7 0 .611UCLA 0 0 .000 --- 10 9 0 .526

NOTING LONG BEACH STATE: The Long Beach State 49ers (ranked No. 3 in Rivals.com, No. 4 in Collegiate Baseball, No. 5 in Baseball America), coached by Mike Weathers (seventh year as head coach at LBS, 242-135, .642), are 17-4, last weekend sweeping UCLA (13-3, 3-2, 10-3) at home, defeating Harvard, 15-0, Monday; and losing at Pepperdine, 7-5, Tuesday. Top hitters for the 49ers include senior outfielder and Cal transfer Jason Corder (.417, 2 HR, 18 RBI) and junior first baseman Shane Peterson (.400, 1 HR, 28 RBI). Long Beach State's tentative pitching rotation is senior right-hander Andrew Liebel (2-0, 1.14 ERA), junior right-hander Vance Worley (3-0, 2.97 ERA) and freshman right-hander Jake Thompson (1-1, 3.62 ERA). In 2007, the 49ers finished 39-20 overall, 15-6 (second) in the Big West Conference, 2-2 in the NCAA Regional in Long Beach.

IMPRESSIVE ROSS: Junior team captain and 6-6 right-hander Tyson Ross - a 2008 preseason All-American by Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball and Rivals.com; and a Golden Spikes and Wallace Award candidate - started the 2008 season on a high note by one-hitting Kansas State (5.0 innings, one hit, one run, one walk, seven strikeouts) to earn this season's first Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week award. He is coming off an outstanding 2007 summer season with the USA National Team, finishing 4-1 with a 0.82 ERA, striking out 39 batters with only seven walks in 43.2 innings. Ross picked up two victories against The Netherlands, a victory over the Dominican Republic at the PanAm Games in Rio de Janiero, Brazil, and a victory over Japan. A first-team All-Pac-10 selection last spring, he finished 6-6 and was second in the league with a 2.49 ERA and third in the conference with 120 strikeouts in 115.2 innings. His 120 strikeouts were second on the Cal all-time single-season strikeout list and he threw at least 6.0 innings in 15 of his 17 starts, and 7.0 innings or more 11 times, including a complete game at Stanford. Ross was also named a semifinalist for the Golden Spike Award, and on Mar. 25, 2007, he was picked as the National Player of the Week by Collegiate Baseball after striking out 16 batters (three away from the school record of 19 set by Larry Colton in 1963) with only one walk in 7.0 innings against Oral Roberts. Ross was noted for fielding as well, winning the Rawlings Gold Glove award as the nation's best fielding pitcher. For his career, Ross now has 220 strikeouts (seventh on Cal's career list) in 217.1 innings with a 2.77 career ERA.

CLUTCH HITTING COOPER: Junior left-handed first baseman David Cooper is a Baseball America preseason All-American; and a 2008 Golden Spikes and Wallace Award candidate. Cooper has started the 2008 season on fire, going 31-for-81 (.383) with five doubles, nine home runs (including a grand slam) and 26 RBI in the first 21 games. Cal's top newcomer in 2007, he was a transfer from Cal State Fullerton, where he was a member of the 2006 College World Series All-Tournament team. An All-Pac-10 selection and team MVP in 2007 for the Bears, Cooper batted a team-leading .382 with a team-best 14 doubles, 12 home runs and 55 RBI. He also paced Cal with a .627 slugging percentage, 30 walks and had a .450 on-base percentage. Cooper was third in the Pac-10 in batting average, fifth in the league in slugging and on-base percentage, and seventh in the conference in home runs. In 2006, he flirted with a College World Series record with seven consecutive hits, tying Terry Francona (1980) and one short of Dave Magadan (1983) and Barry Bonds (1984). Cooper led all players at the 2006 World Series with a .533 average (8-for-15) with five RBI.

SATIN'S STORY: Senior second baseman Josh Satin, after back-to-back summers as a Cape Cod League All-Star, is currently on a school-record 25-game hitting streak carrying over from last year, batting a team-best .439 with three doubles, nine home runs and 27 RBI. He owns a .308 career average with 34 doubles, two triples, 20 home runs and 128 RBI. He 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, Satin hit .348 with 15 doubles, a triple, five home runs and 40 RBI. He also had 77 hits, 26 multiple-hit games, a 15-game hitting streak and a team-best .434 average with runners in scoring position. Satin was the first Cal freshman to earn Freshman All-America and All-Pac-10 honors since Xavier Nady was National Freshman of the Year in 1998.

STRIKEOUT CLOSER GORGEN: The Bears' other Louisville Slugger and Rivals.com preseason All-American, and third Wallace Award candidate, is hard-throwing junior closer Matt Gorgen. An honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection last season, Gorgen is one of 40 players on the NCBWA Stopper of the Year Watch List, having struck out 75 batters in 61.0 innings with a 2.51 ERA (third in the Pac-10) last year. He also led the Pac-10 with 31 appearances, was sixth in the league with nine saves (second on the Cal all-time single season list), and 38 of his 75 strikeouts were called looking (second in the Pac-10). In 71 career appearances, Gorgen now has 122 strikeouts in 113.2 innings, and is tied for sixth on Cal's career save list (13 saves). His twin brother, Scott, is a standout starting pitcher at UC Irvine.

EMERGING BENNIGSON: Junior left-hander Craig Bennigson, a 2007 honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection, is currently third in the Pac-10 with three victories (3-0), seventh with 31 strikeouts and 10th with 31.1 innings pitched. Bennigson struck out a career-high 10 batters Mar. 8 versus Minnesota at the Metrodome. He had some of his best performances of his career at the end of last season, finishing 5-3 with a 3.34 ERA. Bennigson had a top outing May 6, shutting out UCLA, 16-0, and throwing a career-high 8.0 innings with five hits, two walks and six strikeouts. Bennigson also pitched well in a win versus Pac-10 champion Arizona State Apr. 29, throwing 6.0 innings with five hits, one earned run, one walk and four strikeouts.

JACKSON'S ACTIONS: Sophomore center fielder Brett Jackson has started the 2008 campaign off well, batting .274 (20-for-73) with two doubles, two triples, a home run and 13 RBI. Jackson is also second in the Pac-10 with seven stolen bases. In game one of the doubleheader versus Utah Valley on Feb. 23, Jackson had a career day, hitting his first collegiate home run in the second inning, and hitting triples in both the fourth and seventh innings. On Mar. 4 against Stanford, he had a key two-run single in the seventh inning to break a 3-3 tie and help propel Cal to an 8-3 win.

YOUNG PITCHERS IMPRESSIVE: The Bears have been receiving great performances from some of the newest members of their pitching staff. On Feb. 22 versus Kansas State, sophomore Daniel Wolford, a right-handed transfer from Long Beach State, helped Cal one-hit the Wildcats by throwing the final 4.0 innings with no hits, no runs, three walks and five strikeouts, earning his first save as a Bear. In nine appearances this season, Wolford has only given up two earned runs (0.78 ERA) and has 29 strikeouts in 23.0 innings. Freshman Kevin Miller (2-0) picked up his first collegiate win Mar. 11 versus San Francisco, throwing a season-high 6.0 innings with three hits, no earned runs, no walks and two strikeouts. Miller also threw well in a no decision start versus Stanford Mar. 4 (5.0 innings, five hits, no runs, one walk, four strikeouts). On Tuesday at Santa Clara, he threw 4.2 innings of relief with two hits, no earned runs, one walk and a career-high seven strikeouts. In 10 appearances in 2008, he has not given up an earned run and has 25 strikeouts in 27.1 innings. At the University of San Diego Tournament this season, three Cal pitchers - senior right-hander Alex Rollin, Wolford and Gorgen - combined to shut out then-No. 17-ranked San Diego, 5-0.

TONNESON'S TIME: Sophomore catcher Dylan Tonneson has done a spectacular job replacing injured junior captain Charlie Cutler (broken little finger of right hand sliding into first base in the second game of the year versus Utah Valley, now playing left field). Tonneson is 22-for-72 (.306) on the year with thee doubles, a home run and 12 RBI, including a career-best 3-for-3 with two RBI in the Bears' 14-4 victory over then-No. 24 Fresno State in San Diego. He had three hits in Cal's 5-3 victory over No. 22 San Diego State, and three hits a 6-1 win over LMU Mar. 16.

STANDOUT SMITH: Sophomore right fielder/pitcher Blake Smith is now batting .311 with four doubles, a triple, three home runs and 15 RBI. On Mar. 4 versus Stanford, Smith was 3-for-3 at the plate and pitched an inning in relief with no hits and two strikeouts. He then had a three-run homer versus Northern Iowa Mar. 7, and a 4-for-5 game with a double versus Minnesota Mar. 8, in the Metrodome. In the last home series versus LMU, Smith was 6-for-16 with two doubles, a home run and five RBI.

ROLLIN RACKING UP THE WINS: Senior right-hander Alex Rollin gathered up the wins last season, going 8-5 with a 4.91 ERA. Rollin's eight wins were the 10th-most in the Pac-10, with victories over UC Irvine, Portland, UC Santa Barbara, Indiana State, Rhode Island, Oral Roberts, Oregon State and USC. His victory against the defending national champion Beavers was his most impressive, limiting OSU to four hits and no runs in 6.0 innings. Combined with Bennigson and Gorgen, Rollin and the Bears shut out a Beaver team in Corvallis for the first time since Apr. 28, 2002. He picked up his first win this season Mar. 9 versus New Mexico at the Metrodome, throwing 5.2 innings with four hits, one earned run, one walk and four strikeouts. On Mar. 16, Rollin pitched 5.2 innings with six hits, one run, two walks and a season-high five strikeouts versus LMU.

CAL AMONG PAC-10 STAT LEADERS: Although it is early in the season, Cal already has put up some impressive numbers. After 21 games, Cal's pitching staff is second in the Pac-10 with a 3.10 team ERA and second in the league with a .320 team batting average. Offensively, Satin and Cooper lead the conference with nine home runs, while Miller leads the league with a 0.00 ERA in 27.1 innings and Wolford is first with an opponent batting average of .156.

BEARS PICKED FIFTH IN PAC-10 PRESEASON POLL: The Bears were tabbed fifth in the 2008 Pac-10 preseason poll behind Arizona, Arizona State, UCLA and two-time defending national champion Oregon State; and ahead of Stanford, USC, Washington State and Washington. Arizona was the No. 1-ranked team in Collegiate Baseball's preseason poll, and UCLA was the No. 1-ranked team in Baseball America's preseason poll. The Bears barely missed the NCAA tournament in 2007, finishing 29-26 overall and were alone in fourth place in the Pac-10 with a 12-12 record. Cal won six of their last eight games, including sweeping USC at Evans Diamond, and earlier won series against World Series qualifiers UC Irvine and Arizona State. The Bears also shut out two-time defending national champion Oregon State, 4-0, in Corvallis. Cal was the only team in the conference to win two-of-three games over Pac-10 champion ASU when the Bears upset the then-No. 7-ranked Sun Devils at Evans Diamond.

ADDITIONAL CAL NOTES: Cal is currently ranked 11th in both Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball, and is 15th in Rivals.com...sophomore designated hitter Rich Gorman led-off the bottom of the first inning with a home run in both the Mar. 15 and Mar. 16 games versus Loyola Marymount...the Bears had back-to-back-to back home runs by Jeff Kobernus (grand slam), David Cooper and Satin against LMU in game one Mar. 15...seven of the Bears' opponents this season were 2007 NCAA Regional participants - Fresno State, Missouri, San Diego and two-time defending national champion Oregon State, who visits Evans Diamond Apr. 4-6...former Bear catcher Bob Melvin (1980) was named the 2007 National League Manager of the Year for the Arizona Diamondbacks...former Cal standout Conor Jackson is a first baseman for Arizona...the 2008 Bears have two infielders, redshirt freshman Austin Booker and true freshman Brian Guinn, who are sons of former Cal standouts and pro players Rod Booker (1979-80) and Brian Guinn, Sr. (1981-83)...video of junior right-hander Tyson Ross playing for Team USA this summer is available on the left sidebar on the baseball page of calbears.com, as well as Cal players and coaches, Dan Hubbs and Jon Zuber, featured on KQED's Out of the Park: The Physics of Baseball.

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.

*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). The Bears have competed in five College World Series (1947, 1957, 1980, 1988, 1992).

*Geoff Blum, Cal's starting shortstop as a freshman on the Bears' 1992 College World Series team, had a game-winning homer for the Chicago White Sox in the 2005 Major League World Series.

*In 2006 the Bears had a school-record five players selected in the first 10 rounds of the Major League Amateur Draft, including

CAL INDIVIDUAL PLAYER NOTES

Craig Bennigson, JR., LHP: 3-0 (3rd in Pac-10) with a 4.88 ERA in five appearances...has 31 strikeouts (7th in Pac-10) in 31.1 innings (10th in Pac-10)...got no decision at WSU Mar. 21 (5.1 innings, nine hits, four runs, two walks, three strikeouts)...got no decision vs. Loyola Marymount Mar. 15 (4.2 innings, 13 hits, eight earned runs, no walks, five strikeouts)...won at Minnesota Mar. 8, throwing 6.1 innings with five hits, one run, four walks and a career-high 10 strikeouts...earned win at San Diego State Mar. 1, throwing a career-high 8.0 innings (four hits, three runs, four walks, seven strikeouts)...won Feb. 23 vs. Utah Valley (7.0 innings, four hits, one run, one walk, six strikeouts)...was a 2007 honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection...slated to start Saturday versus Long Beach State...

Michael Brady, JR., SS: Batting .313 (20-for-64) with a double, triple, two home runs and 12 RBI...is currently on a career-high 10-game hitting streak from Mar. 8 (13-for-36, .361, 3B, 2-HR, seven RBI)...was 5-for-11 (.455) with two home runs and three RBI vs. Loyola Marymount Mar. 14-16...hit first career triple Mar. 9 vs. New Mexico at the Metrodome...has had four two-hit games this season...

Mark Canha, FR., LF: Batting .333 (12-for-36) with a double and four RBI...is has 11 starts in left field as a true freshman...was 6-for-14 (.455) with a double and four RBI vs. Loyola Marymount Mar. 14-16...went a career-high 4-for-4 with three RBI against the Lions in game one Mar. 15...was 2-for-3 vs. Stanford Mar. 4, and 2-for-4 at San Diego State Mar. 1...

David Cooper, JR., 1B: Batting .383 (31-for-81) with five doubles, and a team-leading nine home runs (1st in Pac-10) and 26 RBI (5th in Pac-10)...also has 27 runs scored (3rd in Pac-10), a .778 slugging percentage (6th in Pac-10), a .490 on-base percentage (9th in Pac-10), 63 total bases (3rd in Pac-10), 17 walks (5th in Pac-10) and is sixth in the Pac-10 with 31 hits...is second on the team with 11 multiple hit games and eight multiple RBI games...was 4-for-13 with two doubles, a home run and two RBI last week at Washington State, and was 2-for-4 Tuesday at Santa Clara...went 5-for-15 (.333) with a home run and two RBI vs. Loyola Marymount Mar. 14-16, and was 3-for-5 with a three-run homer Mar. 18 vs. Sacramento State...was 3-for-5 with a double, home run and three RBI vs. New Mexico Mar. 9 at the Metrodome...in a doubleheader vs. Utah Valley Feb. 23, went 2-for-4 with two home runs and a career-high five RBI in game one, and 1-for-2 with a grand slam in game two...is batting .400 (8-for-20) with runners in scoring position...is a Baseball America Preseason All-American and a 2008 Golden Spikes and Wallace Award candidate...was first-team All-Pac-10 in 2007...

Charlie Cutler, JR., LF/C: Batting .346 (9-for-26) with three RBI...missed three weeks with broken little finger of right hand sliding into first base in the second game of the year versus Utah Valley Feb. 23...has started the last five games in left field after starting the season behind the plate...was 5-for-13 (.385) with two RBI last week at Washington State and was 3-for-5 Tuesday at Santa Clara...is batting .333 (3-for-9) with runners in scoring position...

Matt Gorgen, JR., RHP: 0-2 with a 3.46 ERA and three saves (4th in Pac-10) in a team-high 11 appearances (3rd in Pac-10)...has 13 strikeouts in 13.0 innings...opponents are batting .217...earned save at Washington State Mar. 21 (1.0 inning, one strikeout)...earned save at Minnesota Mar. 8 (1.0 inning, no hits, one strikeout)...earned save at San Diego State Mar. 1 (1.0 inning)...is on the watch list for the NCBWA Stopper of the Year, is a preseason All-American in Collegiate Baseball and Rivals.com, and is a Wallace Award candidate...was a 2007 honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection...

Rich Gorman, SO., DH/2B: Batting .289 (22-for-76) with five doubles, four home runs and 15 RBI...has 20 starts as designated hitter and one start at second base...is currently on a career-high six-game hitting streak (8-for-27, .296, 2-2B, 3-HR, seven RBI)...went 4-for-13 (364) with a double, home run and three RBI last week at Washington State and hit a two-run homer Tuesday at Santa Clara...was 5-for-15 (.333) with a double, two home runs and five RBI vs. Loyola Marymount Mar. 14-16...led-off the bottom of the first inning with home runs twice against the Lions...had first career home run Mar. 15 vs. LMU...went 5-for-9 with three RBI at the University of Minnesota Tournament at the Metrodome...hit doubles in the first three games this season...is batting .458 (11-for-24) with runners in scoring position...

Brian Guinn, FR., INF: Batting .455 (5-for-11) with a triple and RBI as a true freshman...has one start at shortstop Mar. 15 (game two) vs. Loyola Marymount...was 3-for-3 with a triple against the Lions Mar. 15....went 2-for-2 with an RBI Mar. 9 vs. New Mexico at the Metrodome...is the son of former Cal standout and professional player Brian Guinn (1981-83)...

Brett Jackson, SO., CF: Batting .274 (20-for-73) with two doubles, two triples, a home run and 13 RBI...also leads the team with seven stolen bases (2nd in Pac-10)...was 2-for-4 with two RBI vs. Loyola Marymount Mar. 14...went 2-for-3 with a key two-run double vs. Stanford Mar. 4...was a career-high 3-for-4 with two triples, two RBI and first collegiate home run Feb. 23 (game one) vs. Utah Valley...is batting .316 (6-for-19) with runners in scoring position...

Jeff Kobernus, SO., 3B: Batting .284 (25-for-88) with a team-high seven doubles (5th in Pac-10), two home runs and 12 RBI...went 6-for-12 with two doubles at Washington State last week...was 3-for-6 with a grand slam Mar. 15 (game one) vs. Loyola Marymount...went 9-for-20 (.450) with three doubles and an RBI at the University of San Diego Tournament, including going 3-for-5 vs. Missouri and 3-for-6 with a double vs. Fresno State...was 2-for-4 with a double and home run in the season-opener Feb. 22 vs. Kansas State...was a 2007 Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American and an honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection...

Kevin Miller, FR., RHP: 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA (1st in Pac-10) in 10 appearances...has 25 strikeouts in 27.1 innings...opponents are batting .160 (3rd in Pac-10)...pitched in relief Tuesday at Santa Clara, throwing 4.2 innings with two hits, no earned runs, one walk and a career-high seven strikeouts...earned wins vs. San Francisco and Loyola Marymount; throwing 3.1 innings (one hit, no runs, one walk, one strikeout) in relief vs. LMU Mar. 15 (game one), and pitching a career-high 6.0 innings (three hits, no earned runs, no walks, two strikeouts) in a start vs. San Francisco Mar. 11...got a no decision in a strong start (5.0 innings, five hits, no runs, one walk, career-high four strikeouts) Mar. 4 vs. Stanford...had three strikeouts in an inning of relief Feb. 29 vs. Missouri...

Chris Petrini, SO., LHP: 2-1 with a 5.75 ERA in four starts...has 18 strikeouts in 20.1 innings...opponents are batting .194 (4th in Pac-10)...got no decision Tuesday at Santa Clara (1.0 inning, no hits, two runs, four walks)...suffered loss in last outing, despite striking out a career-high nine batters in 6.2 innings (seven hits, four earned runs, no walks) Mar. 15 (game two) vs. LMU...won Mar. 7 vs. Northern Iowa during the University of Minnesota Tournament in the Metrodome, throwing a career-high 7.0 innings (three hits, three runs, four walks, six strikeouts)...won Feb. 28 vs. Fresno State (5.2 innings, four hits, four runs, five walks, three strikeouts) at the University of San Diego Tournament...sat out the 2007 season after having Tommy John surgery...is a potential Sunday starter vs. Long Beach State...

Alex Rollin, SR., RHP: 2-0 with a 4.64 ERA in five starts...has 17 strikeouts in 21.1 innings...got no decision Mar. 22 at Washington State (3.1 innings, eight hits, four runs, one walk)...won vs. Loyola Marymount Mar. 16 (5.2 innings, six hits, one run, two walks, and a career-high five strikeouts)...won vs. New Mexico at the Metrodome Mar. 9 (5.2 innings, four hits, one earned run, one walk, four strikeouts)...got no decisions in starts Mar. 2 at the University of San Diego (3.2 innings, two hits, no runs, four walks, four strikeouts) and Feb. 23 vs. Utah Valley (3.0 innings, five hits, five earned runs, one walk, four strikeouts)...is a potential Sunday starter vs. Long Beach State...

Tyson Ross, JR., RHP: 3-0 with 2.65 ERA in three starts, and has 15 strikeouts in 17.0 innings...opponents are batting .102...won at Washington State Mar. 20, throwing a season-high 7.0 innings with two hits, one run, three walks and five strikeouts...won vs. Loyola Marymount Mar. 14 (5.0 innings, three hits, three runs, one walk, three strikeouts)...was this season's first Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week after throwing 5.0 innings with one hit, one run, one walk and seven strikeouts vs. Kansas State Feb. 22...is a preseason All-American in Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball, Rivals.com; and a Golden Spikes and Wallace Award candidate...was first-team All-Pac-10 in 2007 and was honorable mention All-Pac-10 as a freshman in 2006...is slated to start Friday vs. Long Beach State...

Josh Satin, SR., 2B: Batting a team-best .439 (36-for-82, 4th in Pac-10) with three doubles, nine home runs (1st in Pac-10) and 27 RBI (4th in Pac-10)...is also third in the Pac-10 in total bases (66), third in hits (36), sixth in runs scored (23), third in slugging percentage (.805), sixth in walks (14) and fourth in on-base percentage (.515)...has gotten a hit in every game this season and is on a 25-game hitting streak carrying over from last season...went 5-for-11 (.455) with a home run and four RBI last week at Washington State and had a two-run homer and a sacrifice fly Tuesday at Santa Clara...was 8-for-16 (.500) with two doubles, a home run and two RBI vs. Loyola Marymount Mar. 14-16...was the Mar. 4 Pac-10 Player of the Week helping the Bears upset three nationally-ranked teams during the University of San Diego Tournament, going 10-for-19 (.526) with a double, two home runs and eight RBI...vs. San Diego State Mar. 1 had a clutch three-run homer, and against San Diego Mar. 2 went 4-for-5 with a two-run homer...in doubleheader vs. Utah Valley Feb. 23 was 3-for-9 with two home runs and four RBI...was first-team All-Pac-10 and a Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American in 2005...is batting a team-best .519 (14-for-27) with runners in scoring position...

Blake Smith, SO., RF/RHP: Batting .311 (23-for-74) with four doubles, a triple, three home runs and 15 RBI...has thrown two runners out at the plate from right field...also has five strikeouts in 3.0 innings on the mound...hit a two-run homer at Washington State Mar. 21...had a career-high eight-game hitting streak from Mar. 9-21 (13-for-34, .382, 4-2B, 2-HR, nine RBI)...hit doubles in four-straight games Mar. 9-15...was 6-for-16 (.375) with two doubles, a home run and five RBI last week vs. Loyola Marymount...had a three-run homer vs. New Mexico at the Metrodome Mar. 7...went 3-for-3 and had two strikeouts in 1.0 inning vs. Stanford Mar. 4...was 2-for-4 with three RBI vs. Fresno State at the San Diego Tournament Feb. 28...is batting .308 (8-for-26) with runners in scoring position...was a 2007 honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection...

Dylan Tonneson, SO., C: Batting .306 (22-for-72) with three doubles, a home run and 12 RBI...has started the last 19 games behind the plate...has hit a double in each of the last two games...was 2-for-4 with his first collegiate home run vs. Sacramento State Mar. 18...went 6-for-12 (.500) with three RBI vs. Loyola Marymount Mar. 14-16, including a career-high 3-for-4 with an RBI Mar. 16 vs. the Lions...was 2-for-3 with a double and a career-high four RBI Mar. 7 vs. Northern Iowa at the Metrodome...went 3-for-5 Mar. 1 vs. San Diego State, and 3-for-3 with two RBI Feb. 28 vs. Fresno State, during the University of San Diego Tournament...

Daniel Wolford, SO., RHP: 2-0 with a 0.78 ERA (2nd in Pac-10) in nine appearances...has 29 strikeouts in 23.0 innings...opponents are batting .156 (1st in Pac-10)...made two appearances last week at Washington State, recording nine strikeouts in 4.2 innings...picked up the win Mar. 21 vs. the Cougars in relief (2.2 innings, three hits, no runs, one walks, career-high five strikeouts)...made two appearances against Loyola Marymount Mar. 14-16, throwing a combined 4.1 innings with four hits, no runs, one walk and three strikeouts...had four strikeouts in 1.2 innings at Minnesota Mar. 8 in the Metrodome...won Mar. 2 in relief at the University of San Diego, throwing a season-high 4.1 innings (two hits, no runs, one walk, two strikeouts)...earned save in season-opener Feb. 22 vs. Kansas State, throwing 4.0 innings with no hits, three walks and five strikeouts...is a sophomore transfer from Long Beach State...

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