Cal Baseball Hosts Pacific on Tuesday
April 27, 2009
BERKELEY, CALIF. -
Tue., April 28 Pacific Evans Diamond, Berkeley, Calif. 2:30 p.m.Fri.-Sun., May 1-3 at Arizona Sancet Stadium, Tucson, Ariz. 7 p.m., 6 p.m., 1 p.m.
RADIO: KALX Radio (90.7 FM) will broadcast the April 28 UOP-Cal game. Gametracker available on www.CalBears.com.
BEAR NOTES: Cal (19-22) hosts Pacific (16-22) in a non-conference game Tuesday at Evans Diamond. The last time the two teams played, the Golden Bears defeated the Tigers, 12-2, March 17 in Stockton. Cal recently played No. 2-ranked Arizona State tough at Evans Diamond - losing 3-1, winning 10-6 and losing 6-5. It was the first time this season the Sun Devils had to play a third game of a series to determine the series' winner. The Bears have been led lately by junior second baseman Jeff Kobernus, who was named the April 20 Pac-10 Player of the Week, after going 11-for-19 (.579), with two doubles, three home runs (including a grand slam) and 12 RBI versus Stanford, UC Davis and Oregon. Last week, Kobernus went 8-for-16 with two doubles, a home run and five RBI against Stanford and Arizona State. He is currently batting .353 and is on a career-high 12-game hitting streak (24-for-46, .528, 4-2B, 4-HR, 18 RBI). Cal's other Pac-10 Player of the Week recipient this season is sophomore outfielder/first baseman Mark Canha, who leads the Bears with a .390 average with a team-high 12 home runs and 39 RBI. Canha, the March 3 Pac-10 POW after Cal's sweep at Long Beach State, is also first in the Pac-10 with 62 hits and 112 total bases. He had a career-high 19-game hitting streak from March 9-April 10 and has hit safely in 38 of 41 games this season. The Bears lead the conference 442 hits, 55 home runs and 724 total bases, and are second with a .304 team batting average. Cal's tentative starter Tuesday is freshman right-hander Matt Flemer, who is 3-2 with a 7.40 ERA and has 44 strikeouts (second on the team) in 45.0 innings. In Flemer's college debut Feb. 25 at Santa Clara, he threw 6.1 innings with four hits, two runs, no walks and a career-high 13 strikeouts. Nine of the Bears' opponents this season were 2008 NCAA Regional participants. Cal's 2009 schedule is considered the nation's third toughest by Boyd's World.
SERIES RECORD: Cal has a 57-21 all-time record against Pacific, last winning, 12-2, March 17 in Stockton. The last time the two teams played at Evans Diamond, the Tigers won, 6-5 in 10 innings, March 19, 2006.
HEAD COACH David Esquer: Esquer, 43, (10th season, 282-258-2, .522) was the 2001 Pac-10 Coach of the Year after the Bears went 34-25 and played in the Baton Rouge Regional (1-2). Last year, Cal was 33-21-2 and competed in the Long Beach Regional (0-2). Forty five Bears have signed pro contracts under Esquer, including first round picks David Cooper (1B, Toronto, 17th overall) in 2008, Brandon Morrow (RHP, Seattle, fifth overall) in 2006 and Conor Jackson (INF., Arizona, 19th overall) in 2003. Esquer came to Cal after serving as top assistant at Pepperdine (1996-99), and No. 2 assistant at Stanford (1991-96). A shortstop at Stanford (1984-87), he started on the 1987 College World Series championship team, earning All-Tournament honors. Esquer played professionally for four seasons with Baltimore, California and Milwaukee.
TENTATIVE CALIFORNIA LINE-UPNo. Pos. Player 2009 stats4 CF Brett Jackson, Jr. .329, 28 RBI, 7 HR2 SS Brian Guinn, So. .355, 27 RBI, 2 HR5 1B Mark Canha, So. .390, 39 RBI, 12 HR23 2B Jeff Kobernus, Jr. .353, 34 RBI, 5 HR37 DH Blake Smith, Jr. .313, 32 RBI, 9 HR26 3B Michael Brady, Sr..275, 23 RBI, 4 HR19 RF Danny Oh, Fr. .286, 27 RBI, 5 HR33 C Dylan Tonneson, Jr. .253, 11 RBI, 5 HR31 LF Rich Gorman, Jr. .250, 1 RBI, 0 HR49 RHP Matt Flemer, Fr. (Tue.) 3-2, 7.40 ERA