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Cal Baseball Visits No. 1 Ranked Arizona State to Open Pac-10 Slate
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  03/25/2010

March 25, 2010

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BERKELEY, CALIF. -

Fri., March 26	at Arizona State Packard Stadium, Tempe, Ariz.	6:30 p.m.
Sat., March 27	at Arizona State Packard Stadium, Tempe, Ariz.	6:30 p.m.
Sun., March 28	at Arizona State Packard Stadium, Tempe, Ariz.	12:30 p.m.

RADIO: KALX Radio (90.7 FM) will broadcast the March 26-28 Cal-Arizona State games. Gametracker available on www.CalBears.com.

PHOTO OPPORTUNITY: Fans can purchase Cal baseball photos at GoldenBearSports.com, the official photographer of Cal Athletics.

BEAR NOTES: California (12-7) is opening its 2010 Pac-10 slate the toughest way possible as the Golden Bears visit No. 1-ranked (Collegiate Baseball) and undefeated Arizona State (20-0) this weekend for a three-game series at Packard Stadium. Coming into this weekend's games, the young Cal squad is led by a pitching staff that has recorded five shutouts, the most shutouts in a single season since 1978 (7). Cal's starting pitching rotation - sophomore right-hander Erik Johnson (3-0, 2.22 ERA, 24 Ks in 24.1 inn.), freshman left-hander Justin Jones (4-1, 2.92 ERA, 36 Ks in 40.0 inn., 2 CG) and sophomore right-hander Dixon Anderson (2-1, 3.99 ERA, 25 Ks in 29.1 inn.) - have all been involved in at least one shutout this year. Add to that list junior right-hander Kevin Miller's gem (6.0 innings, four hits, no runs in 6-0 win) March 7 versus Arkansas that earned him Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week honors. Johnson was just named to the College Baseball Foundation's Pitcher of the Year Watch List. Offensively, the Bears have been paced by sophomore catcher Chadd Krist, who is batting .452 and is second in the Pac-10 in five home runs (5), doubles (10), total bases (62) and slugging percentage (.849). Cal also features sophomore left fielder Danny Oh (.341, 13 RBI), returning junior All-Pac-10 first baseman/outfielder Mark Canha (.370, team-best 23 RBI) and junior second baseman Brian Guinn (.317). Last season, Canha led the team with a .366 average, 12 home runs and 43 RBI, while Guinn is a .316 career hitter. Also bolstering the Bears is the play of sophomore shortstop Marcus Semien (.329) and freshmen starters Tony Renda (3B, .368, a triple, two home runs, seven RBI at Rice), Devin Rodriguez (DH .344), Jimmy Bosco (RF .395) and Darrel Matthews (CF .254). Semien was recently named to the watch list for College Baseball Foundation's Brooks Wallace Award as the nation's top collegiate shortstop.

SERIES RECORD: The Bears have a 54-97 all-time record against ASU, winning one-of-three (L 3-1, W 10-6, L 6-5) April 24-26, 2009 at Evans Diamond. In the last series in Tempe, Cal was swept (11-7, 11-7, 18-2) April 25-27, 2008.

HEAD COACH David Esquer: Esquer, 44, is in his 11th season at Cal (299-272-2, .524). He was the 2001 Pac-10 Coach of the Year after the Bears went 34-25 and played in the Baton Rouge Regional (1-2). In 2008, Cal was 33-21-2 and competed in the Long Beach Regional (0-2). Fifty two Bears have signed pro contracts under Esquer, including first round picks Brett Jackson (CF, Chicago Cubs, 31st overall), 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-UP
No.	Pos.	Player	2010 stats
6	2B	Brian Guinn, Jr. .317, 9 RBI, 0 HR
19	LF	Danny Oh, So. .341, 13 RBI, 1 HR
5	1B	Mark Canha, Jr. .370, 23 RBI, 3 HR
27	C	Chadd Krist, So. .452, 21 RBI, 5 HR
14	3B	Tony Renda, Fr. .368, 18 RBI, 2 HR
33	DH	Devin Rodriguez, Fr. .344, 9 RBI, 1 HR
25	RF	Jimmy Bosco, Fr. .395, 8 RBI, 1 HR
15	SS	Marcus Semien, So. .329, 13 RBI, 3 HR
2	CF	Darrel Matthews, Fr. .254, 9 RBI, 0 HR
35	RHP	Erik Johnson, So. (Fri.) 3-0, 2.22 ERA
23	LHP	Justin Jones, Fr. (Sat.) 4-1, 2.92 ERA
48	RHP	Dixon Anderson, So. (Sun.) 2-1, 3.99 ERA

PAC-10 RACE (AS OF MARCH 24)
	Conference	                Overall
	W	L	PCT	GB	W	L 	T	.PCT
ASU	0	0	.000	---	20	0	0	1.000
UCLA	0	0	.000	---	17	0	0	1.000
OSU	0	0	.000	---	15	3	0	.833
Ariz	0	0	.000	---	18	4	0	.818
Ore	0	0	.000	---	17	6	0	.739
WSU	0	0	.000	---	12	5	0	.706
Stan	0	0	.000	---	10	5	0	.667
CAL	0	0	.000	---	12	7	0	.632
USC	0	0	.000	---	11	10	0	.524
Wash	0	0	.000	---	8	10	0	.444

NOTING ARIZONA STATE: The No. 1-ranked (Collegiate Baseball, No. 3 Baseball America) Arizona State Sun Devils, coached by Tim Esmay (first year at ASU, 20-0, 1.000), are 20-0 after last sweeping Houston (10-1, 6-0, 6-5) March 19-21 in Tempe. Top hitters for the Sun Devils are sophomore second baseman Zack MacPhee (.484, 3 HR, 28 RBI), sophomore designated hitter Zach Wilson (.441, 2 HR, 21 RBI) and sophomore shortstop Drew Maggi (.377, 0 HR, 14 RBI). Arizona State's tentative rotation is junior right-hander Seth Blair (3-0, 2.89 ERA), junior right-hander Merrill Kelly (5-0, 4.61 ERA) and sophomore right-hander Jake Borup (5-0, 2.42 ERA). In 2009, the Sun Devils were 51-14, 21-6 in the Pac-10 (1st), 3-0 in the NCAA Tempe Regional, 2-0 in the NCAA Tempe Super Regional and 2-2 in the College World Series.

CAL AMONG THE TOP OF PAC IN STATS: As a result of the Bears' early season performances (three shutouts versus Southern Utah, game three shutout (6-0) versus then-No. 17-ranked Arkansas, two wins at then-No. 9 Rice), Cal is fourth the Pac-10 with a .349 team batting average. The Bears are also second in the conference in hits (248) and doubles (53), and third in slugging percentage (.527), runs scored (163), RBI (149), triples (10), home runs (18) and total bases (375). Individually, sophomore catcher Chadd Krist is second in home runs (5), doubles (10), slugging percentage (.849) and total bases (62); fourth in batting average (.452), fifth in hits (33) and sixth in on-base percentage (.512). Junior second baseman Brian Guinn is second in triples (3) and seventh in walks (13). Junior first baseman/right fielder Mark Canha is fourth in RBI (23) and seventh in runs (25), while sophomore outfielder Danny Oh is eighth in runs (22). On the mound, freshman left-hander Justin Jones is first in innings pitched (40.0), fourth in strikeouts looking (12) and wins (4), sixth in strikeouts (36) and ninth in opposing batting average (.201). Sophomore right-hander Erik Johnson is 10th in the Pac-10 with a 2.22 ERA and junior right-hander Brian Diemer is seventh in saves (2).

PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE YEAR CANDIDATE CANHA: Junior Mark Canha had a breakout season last year, leading the Bears with a .366 average (fifth in the Pac-10) and finishing with 17 doubles, 75 hits, 130 total bases and a .634 slugging percentage. He also hit 12 home runs with 43 RBI and a .444 on-base percentage. Canha was the March 3, 2009 Pac-10 Player of the Week after going 9-for-20 (.450) with seven runs, two doubles, two home runs and five RBI in Cal's wins over Vanderbilt, at Santa Clara and three-game sweep at Long Beach State. He added a team-best 24 multiple hit and 11 multiple RBI games during the 2009 campaign. In Baseball America's 2010 College Preview, Canha is predicted to be the Pac-10 Player of the Year and first-team All-Pac-10. He is also considered the Pac-10's best pure hitter and the top defensive first baseman. This season, Canha is currently on a 10-game hitting streak and is batting .370 with four doubles, three home runs and a team-leading 23 RBI.

CAL POWER PITCHING DUO ANDERSON AND JOHNSON: Sophomore right-handers Dixon Anderson and Erik Johnson both had successful summers pitching in the Northwoods League and were named the league's second and sixth top prospects, respectively, by Baseball America. Anderson played for Green Bay (Wisc.) and was 3-2 with a 1.61 ERA and seven saves, recording 56 strikeouts in 56.0 innings over 23 appearances (five starts). He was selected to the South All-Star Team that competed in the Northwoods All-Star Game at Port Arthur Stadium in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. Last spring as a redshirt freshman, Anderson was 1-0 with a 3.98 ERA and three saves in 20 appearances (one start), recording 37 strikeouts in 43.0 innings. He was the May 11 Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week after notching a win and two saves (8.2 innings, eight hits, one run, eight strikeouts, 1.04 ERA) in a week. Anderson earned saves versus UC Davis May 5 and at UCLA May 8, forcing the Bruins into a game-ending double play with runners on first and third in the bottom of the ninth. He then picked up the win in relief May 10 at UCLA, throwing 6.2 innings with seven hits, one run, two walks and seven strikeouts. Anderson was a 2009 first-team Pac-10 All-Academic selection as well. Johnson, the sixth-top prospect in the Northwoods League, was 4-2 with a 2.61 ERA, and 49 strikeouts in 59.0 innings as a starter for Alexandria (Minn.). Last season he was 3-6 with a 4.41 ERA and four saves (ninth in the Pac-10) in 19 appearances and nine starts as a true freshman. Johnson had 55 strikeouts in 67.1 innings and threw a complete game in his final outing May 22 versus USC. Other top appearances included a career-high seven strikeouts versus College World Series participant Arizona State, a April 17 win over Oregon (8.0 innings, six hits, one run, one walk, six strikeouts) and a March 29 victory over Washington State (6.0 innings, six hits, one earned run, no walks, four strikeouts). Starting the 2009 campaign as Cal's closer, he earned two saves at Long Beach State and a save in the season-opener versus UC Riverside.

BEARS' YOUTH PARADE: Cal's baseball program's 2009 recruiting class has been selected the 24th best in the nation, and third-best in the Pac-10, by Collegiate Baseball newspaper. Besides left-hander Justin Jones, slated as the Bears' Saturday starter as a true freshman, four other Cal newcomers - third baseman Tony Renda, designated hitter Devin Rodriguez, right fielder Jimmy Bosco and center fielder Darrel Matthews - are likely starters. Jones, a seventh round draft pick of the Chicago White Sox, was 10-1 with 118 strikeouts and a 0.42 ERA as a senior at Oakdale (Calif.) High School, after going 12-0 with 124 strikeouts and a 0.40 ERA as a junior. He was a two-time Cal Hi Sports All-State honoree and the 2009 Modesto Bee Player of the Year. Renda was a 2009 High School All-American and both San Mateo County and West Catholic Athletic Player of the Year. He ended his high school career as the Serra High School record-holder for career hits (152). Left-handed hitting Rodriguez batted .402 with 14 doubles, eight homer runs and 34 RBI last spring for William Hart High School. He set a school record with a 21-game hitting streak as a junior when he hit .384 with 13 doubles and 24 RBI. Bosco set a Jesuit High School batting record as a junior when he hit .505, earning Delta River League MVP and first-team All-Sac-Metro honors. Left-handed hitting center fielder Matthews, coached by former Arizona standout and Cal assistant Bob Ralston, was two-time first-team All-Bay Valley Athletic League and a 2009 MaxPreps second-team all-state selection, batting .440 with 10 doubles, eight triples and nine stolen bases as a senior.

ADDITIONAL BEAR NOTES: Former head coach Bob Milano, who guided Cal from 1978-1999 and led the Bears to three College World Series (third place finish in 1980), was inducted into the ABCA Hall of Fame Jan. 8, 2010...he joins Clint Evans and George Wolfman as Cal coaches in the ABCA Hall of Fame...Evans led the Bears to the first-ever CWS title in 1947 and Wolfman guided Cal to the 1957 NCAA championship...the Bears have two junior infielders, Austin Booker and Brian Guinn, who are sons of former Cal standouts and pro players Rod Booker (1979-80) and Brian Guinn, Sr. (1981-83), while sophomore infielder Marcus Semien is the son of former Cal wide receiver Damian Semien (1990-93)...Guinn, drafted in the 10th round by the Chicago White Sox out of high school, is a .316 career hitter (101-for-320) and is listed as the fastest runner in the Pac-10 by Baseball America...sophomore left fielder Danny Oh is another top returner for Cal...as a freshman Oh hit a home run in his first collegiate at-bat and went on to bat .303 with seven home runs and 35 RBI...he is the Pac-10's seventh top prospect for the 2011 draft by Baseball America...

CAL TRIVIA

*Cal won the inaugural College World Series title in 1947, defeating former President George Bush's Yale team, 8-7, in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

*In 2009 the Bears had three players - CF Brett Jackson (first round Chicago Cubs), 2B Jeff Kobernus (first pick of the second round Washington Nationals), OF Blake Smith (second round Los Angeles Dodgers) - selected in the first two rounds of the Major League Amateur Draft.

*Five former Cal players who competed under head coach David Esquer have been invited to Major League Spring Training Camp this spring - 1B Allen Craig (2003-06) and C Charlie Cutler (2007-08) with the St. Louis Cardinals, OF Brennan Boesch (2005-06) with the Detroit Tigers, RHP Tyson Ross (2006-08) with the Oakland A's and OF Brett Jackson (2007-09) with the Chicago Cubs.

*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.

CAL INDIVIDUAL PLAYER NOTES

Dixon Anderson, SO., RHP: 2-1 with a 3.99 ERA in seven appearances and four starts...has 25 strikeouts in 29.1 innings...got no decision March 13 start at Rice (5.0 innings, five hits, two runs, five walks, four strikeouts)...lost March 6 vs. Arkansas (5.0 innings, eight hits, nine runs, three walks, two strikeouts)...won Feb. 28 at Cal State Bakersfield (career-high 7.0 innings, five hits, no runs, three walks, seven strikeouts)...won Feb. 20 vs. Southern Utah (career-high 7.0 innings, four hits, no runs, no walks, career-high eight strikeouts)...is a potential starter Sunday at Arizona State...

Austin Booker, JR., OF/INF: Batting .326 (15-for-46) with a double and three RBI...has 10 starts (nine at DH, one in LF)...was 7-for-14 with a double and two RBI March 19-21 at Cal Poly...went 3-for-6 Feb. 28 at Cal State Bakersfield...

Jimmy Bosco, FR., OF: Batting .395 (17-for-43) with three doubles, a triple, a home run and eight RBI...hit a two-run double Tuesday at San Francisco...was 4-for-7 with a triple and RBI March 12, 14 at Rice...hit first collegiate home run March 5 vs. Arkansas...went 2-for-3 with an RBI Feb. 27 vs. Saint Mary's...was 2-for-4 with a double Feb. 20 vs. Southern Utah...has started nine of 13 of 19 games in right field as a true freshman...

Chad Bunting, SO., OF/C: Batting .500 (10-for-20) with four doubles, a home run and 13 RBI...went 2-for-2 with a double and three RBI Tuesday at San Francisco...was 3-for-5 with a double and two RBI March 20 at Cal Poly...went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI March 13 at Rice...went 2-for-3 with a two-run double and a three-run homer for a career-high five RBI Feb. 20 vs. Southern Utah...is batting a team-best .750 (9-for-12) with runners in scoring position...

Mark Canha, SO., 1B/OF: Batting .370 (27-for-73) with 22 runs (7th in Pac-10), four doubles, three home runs and a team-high 23 RBI (4th in Pac-10)...leads Cal with seven multiple RBI games...is currently on a 10-game hitting streak (18-for-42, .429, 3-2B, 3-HR, 14 RBI) since March 7...hit first career grand slam March 19 at Cal Poly...went 10-for-18 (.556) at Rice with three doubles, a home run and six RBI...hit a three-run homer March 7 vs. Arkansas...went 2-for-3 with three RBI Feb. 28 at Cal State Bakersfield...is batting .469 (15-for-32) with runners in scoring position...was 2009 first-team All-Pac-10...is 3-for-12 (.250) with four RBI career vs. Arizona State...

Mitch Delfino, FR., 3B: Batting .500 (5-for-10) with two doubles, a home run and four RBI in 14 games...hit his first collegiate homer, a two-run shot, March 13 at Rice...went 1-for-2 with a double Feb. 20 vs. Southern Utah...got a two-run double in his first collegiate at-bat Feb. 19 vs. Southern Utah...is batting .667 (2-for-3) with runners in scoring position...

Brian Diemer, JR., RHP: 0-0 with a 1.59 ERA and two saves (7th in Pac-10) in seven relief appearances...has nine strikeouts in 11.1 innings...earned save March 11 at Rice (2.2 innings, four hits, two runs, three walks, one strikeout)...earned first save of the season and second of his career March 7 vs. Arkansas (3.0 innings, two hits, no runs, two walks, two strikeouts)...struck out the side in the ninth inning Feb. 20 vs. Southern Utah...0-0 with one save and 2.19 ERA career vs. Arizona State (six strikeouts in 4.1 innings)...

Brian Guinn, JR., 2B: Batting .317 (26-for-82) with five doubles, three triples (2nd Pac-10) and nine RBI...is seventh in the Pac-10 with 13 walks...went 2-for-3 with two RBI March 19 at Cal Poly...was 3-for-5 with a triple March 12 at Rice...went 2-for-4 with an RBI March 7 and 2-for-3 March 6 vs. Arkansas...was 2-for-4 with a double Feb. 27 vs. Saint Mary's...went 7-for-15 in the Southern Utah series, including going 3-for-4 with a double, triple and three RBI Feb. 20 (game two)...batting .435 (10-for-23) with runners in scoring position...is 4-for-15 (.267) career vs. Arizona State...

Erik Johnson, SO., RHP: 3-0 with a 2.22 ERA (10th in Pac-10) in four starts...has 24 strikeouts in 24.1 innings...opponents are batting .216...got no decision March 19 at Cal Poly (5.1 innings, seven hits, six runs, two walks, four strikeouts)...won March 11 at Rice (6.0 innings, two hits, no runs, one walk, six strikeouts)...won Feb. 26 vs. Central Michigan (6.0 innings, four hits, no runs, two walks, career-high 10 strikeouts)...won Feb. 19 season-opener vs. Southern Utah (7.0 innings, six hits, no runs, one walk, four strikeouts)...0-1 with a 3.30 ERA career vs. Arizona State (seven strikeouts in 7.1 innings)...is slated to start Friday...

Justin Jones, FR., LHP: 4-1(4th in Pac-10) with a 2.92 ERA in five starts and six appearances...has thrown back-to-back complete games in last two starts...has 36 strikeouts (6th in Pac-10, 12 looking 4th in Pac-10) in 40.0 innings (1st in Pac-10)...opponents are batting .201 (9th in Pac-10)...threw complete-game win March 20 at Cal Poly (six hits, one earned run, no walks, nine strikeouts)...threw complete-game win March 12 at Rice (six hits, four runs, four walks, five strikeouts)...lost March 5 vs. Arkansas (7.0 innings, eight hits, six runs, three walks, three strikeouts)...won Feb. 27 vs. Saint Mary's (7.0 innings, two hits, two earned runs, three walks, career-high 10 strikeouts)...won Feb. 20 vs. Southern Utah (7.0 innings, seven hits, no runs, one walk, nine strikeouts)...is slated to start Saturday at Arizona State...

Chadd Krist, SO., C: Batting a team-leading .452 (33-for-73, 4th in Pac-10) with 10 doubles (2nd in Pac-10), two triples, five home runs (2nd in Pac-10) and 21 RBI...is second in the Pac-10 with 62 total bases and a .849 slugging percentage, fifth with 33 hits and sixth with a .512 on-base percentage...had a career-high seven-game hitting streak (11-for-27, .407, 5-2B, 2-HR, six RBI) from March 6-17...went 3-for-5 with a double, triple and three RBI March 20 at Cal Poly...was 6-for-14 (.429) with four doubles, a home run (three-run) and four RBI at Rice...was 2-for-4 with a home run March 6 vs. Arkansas...went 3-for-4 with a double and RBI Feb. 28 at Cal State Bakersfield...was 4-for-4 with two home runs and three RBI Feb. 26 vs. Central Michigan...had a huge doubleheader vs. Southern Utah Feb. 20, hitting a grand slam in game one and going 3-for-5 with two doubles and an RBI in game two...went 2-for-4 with a triple Feb. 19 vs. Southern Utah...is batting .458 (11-for-24) with runners in scoring position...is 2-for-7 (.286) with a home run career vs. Arizona State...

Darrel Matthews, FR., CF: Batting .254 (16-for-63) with a double, triple and nine RBI...went 2-for-3 with an RBI March 19 at Cal Poly...was 2-for-5 with a double, triple and two RBI March 17 vs. Houston...went 2-for-5 March 12 at Rice...was 2-for-3 Feb. 27 vs. Saint Mary's...went 2-for-3 with two RBI in the Feb. 19 season-opener vs. Southern Utah and had an RBI in each of the three games versus the Thunderbirds...is batting .348 (8-for-23) with runners in scoring position...has started 18 of 19 games in center field as a true freshman...

Kevin Miller, JR., RHP: 2-2 with a 5.48 ERA in three starts and six appearances...won in relief March 19 at Cal Poly (2.1 innings, four hits, two runs, three walks, six strikeouts)...lost March 14 at Rice (6.0 innings, eight hits, seven runs, five walks, three strikeouts)...was named the March 8 Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week after throwing 6.0 innings with four hits, no runs, two walks and three strikeouts March 7 vs. Arkansas...lost Feb. 24 vs. UC Davis (3.2 innings, nine hits, four runs, two walks, three strikeouts)...was a 2008 Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American after going 6-1 and not giving up an earned run in his first 44.0 innings...0-0 with a 9.00 ERA career vs. Arizona State (five strikeouts in 7.0 innings)...

Danny Oh, SO., OF: Batting .341 (28-for-82) with 22 runs (8th in Pac-10), six doubles, a home run and 13 RBI...went 4-for-6 with a double March 20 at Cal Poly...was 3-for-4 with a home run March 7 vs. Arkansas...went 3-for-5 with a double and RBI Feb. 28 at Cal State Bakersfield...was 2-for-5 with two RBI vs. Saint Mary's Feb. 27 and 3-for-5 with a double and two RBI vs. Central Michigan Feb. 26...went 2-for-5 with a career-high four RBI Feb. 20 vs. Southern Utah...was 3-for-4 with a double and RBI vs. Southern Utah in the season-opener Feb. 19...is batting .345 (10-for-29) with runners in scoring position...is 4-for-12 (.333) with a triple and three RBI career vs. Arizona State...

Tony Renda, FR., 3B: Batting .368 (28-for-76) with seven doubles, two triples, two home runs and 18 RBI...was 4-for-6 with a double, triple and three RBI March 20 at Cal Poly...went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI March 17 vs. Houston...was 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBI March 13 at Rice...went 2-for-4 with a triple and his first collegiate home run (three-run shot) March 11 at Rice...was 2-for-5 with a double March 6 vs. Arkansas...went 3-for-5 with a double and RBI Feb. 28 at Cal State Bakersfield...was 3-for-5 with a double and RBI Feb. 20 vs. Southern Utah...went 2-for-3 with a double in the season-opener Feb. 19 vs. Southern Utah...is batting .429 (12-for-28) with runners in scoring position...has started all 19 games at third base as a true freshman...

Devin Rodriguez, FR., DH/1B: Batting .344 (11-for-32) with a double, a grand slam and nine RBI...was 2-for-3 with an RBI March 17 vs. Houston...went 3-for-4 with an RBI Feb. 20 vs. Southern Utah...had a phenomenal college debut Feb. 19 vs. Southern Utah, going 3-for-4 with a double, grand slam and five RBI...is batting .636 (7-for-11) with runners in scoring position...

Marcus Semien, SO., SS: Batting .329 (23-for-70) with four doubles, a triple, three home runs and 13 RBI...went 3-for-6 with a triple and two RBI March 20 at Cal Poly...was 2-for-4 with a double and RBI March 14 at Rice, and hit a two-run homer March 13 vs. the Owls...hit a three-run homer March 6 vs. Arkansas...went 3-for-4 with a double and RBI Feb. 28 at Cal State Bakersfield...was 6-for-14 with six runs in the season-opening series vs. Southern Utah, including going 2-for-4 with two RBI in game two Feb. 20...is batting .333 (8-for-24) with runners in scoring position...


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