Cal's Michael Capbarat Named 2008 Pac-10 Sportsmanship Award Winner

April 21, 2008

WALNUT CREEK, CALIF. - California junior outfielder Michael Capbarat has been named one of the recipients of the 2008 Pacific-10 Sportsmanship Award, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today. Capbarat, a native of Walnut Creek, Calif., is a senior academically and a three-year member of the Golden Bear baseball team. He joins Stanford cross country and track athlete Arianna Lambie as this year's sportsmanship award winners.

This season, Capbarat has played in 17 games, with two starts in left field and a start Sunday in center field, where he had a clutch two-run homer in the seventh inning to help propel Cal to a 5-4 victory over Washington. Serving as team captain, Capbarat is currently batting .222 with two home runs and nine RBI. He has helped the Bears to a 26-10-2 overall record and a 7-5 conference mark, good for second place tie in the Pac-10 standings, and No. 7 national ranking (Baseball America).

Majoring in English, Capbarat leads the Cal baseball team with a 3.78 GPA. In addition to his work on the field and in the classroom, he is a four-year member of the Cal SAAC, helping to organize a free clinic for the Pittsburgh Little League and participating in the Breast Cancer walk. Capbarat is also the spokesperson for anti-hazing policies in college athletics, speaking to teams on campus about the dangers of hazing.

The Sportsmanship Award is selected by members of the Pac-10 Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) and is based on good sportsmanship and ethical behavior in participation of intercollegiate athletics, as well as a demonstration of good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting. Conference award winners are then nominated for the NCAA Division I Sportsmanship Award.

Also nominated for this year's Pac-10 Sportsmanship Award were Antoine Cason and Karin Wurm, Arizona; Carolyn Finley, Arizona State; Stephanie Wieger, California; wrestling team and Jennifer May, Oregon; Justin Wagner and D'Anna Piro, Oregon State; Bryant Hadden, Stanford; Moniquee Alexander, UCLA; Stenn Parton and Amy Massey, USC; Taylor Cochran and Maggie Bever, Washington.

Previous Pac-10 Sportsmanship Award winners include Mitch Canham of Oregon State (2007), Jennifer Tangtiphaiboontana of Stanford (2007), Anna Key of California (2006), Eric Nygard (2006) of Washington State, Channing Frye of Arizona (2005), Cara Chlebicki of California (2005) and Grayling Love of Arizona State (2004).

The Bears, who are also ranked No. 6 nationally in and No. 14 in Collegiate Baseball, next host Cal Poly on Tuesday, Apr. 22 at 2:30 p.m. at Evans Diamond. Cal will then continue Pac-10 play when it travels to Arizona State for a three-game series, beginning Friday, Apr. 25 at 7 p.m. at Packard Stadium in Tempe, Ariz.

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