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Cal Baseball Entertains No. 18 Arizona in Pac-10 Series
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Release:  03/31/2010

March 31, 2010

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BERKELEY -

Thu., April 1 vs. Arizona Evans Diamond, Berkeley, Calif. 2:30 p.m.
Fri., April 2 vs. Arizona Evans Diamond, Berkeley, Calif. 2:30 p.m.
Sat., April 3 vs. Arizona Evans Diamond, Berkeley, Calif. 12 p.m.

RADIO: KALX Radio (90.7 FM) will broadcast the April 1-3 Arizona-Cal 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 (13-10, 0-3) will be playing its fourth series against a Top 25-ranked team this season when No. 18 Arizona (20-5, 2-1) visits Evans Diamond for a three-game Pac-10 series. The Golden Bears will be looking to slow down a Wildcat offense that leads the conference with a .372 team batting average, yet has played all 25 of their games at home this year. Coming into this week's games, the Cal pitching staff has recorded five shutouts, the most shutouts by the Bears in a single season since 1978 (7). Cal's starting pitching rotation - sophomore right-hander Erik Johnson (3-1, 2.96 ERA, 26 Ks in 27.1 inn.), freshman left-hander Justin Jones (5-2, 2.92 ERA, 41 Ks in 47.2 inn., 2 CG) and sophomore right-hander Dixon Anderson (2-1, 3.44 ERA, 29 Ks in 36.2 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 recently named to the College Baseball Foundation's Pitcher of the Year Watch List. Offensively, the Bears continue to be paced by sophomore catcher Chadd Krist, who is batting .432 and is first in the Pac-10 in doubles (11), second in slugging percentage (.773) and third in home runs (5). Krist was recently featured in the March 25 Oakland Tribune (Krist Feature). Cal also features junior All-Pac-10 first baseman/outfielder Mark Canha, who is hitting .368 with a team-best 27 RBI and is currently on a 14-game hitting streak. Last season, Canha led the team with a .366 average, 12 home runs and 43 RBI. Also bolstering the Bears is the play of freshmen starters Tony Renda (3B, .367, a triple, two home runs, seven RBI at Rice) and Jimmy Bosco (RF, .351, game-winning RBI Tuesday versus Fresno State).

SERIES RECORD: The Bears have a 65-94 all-time record against Arizona, losing three (13-4, 8-4, 12-8) May 1-3, 2009 in Tucson. In the last series at Evans Diamond, Cal won two-of-three (W 11-5, W 6-5, L 16-5) May 2-4, 2008.

HEAD COACH David Esquer: Esquer, 44, is in his 11th season at Cal (300-275-2, .522). 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. .280, 10 RBI, 0 HR
19	LF	Danny Oh, So. .320, 14 RBI, 2 HR
5	1B	Mark Canha, Jr. .368, 27 RBI, 3 HR
27	C	Chadd Krist, So. .432, 23 RBI, 5 HR
14	3B	Tony Renda, Fr. .367, 19 RBI, 2 HR
33	DH	Devin Rodriguez, Fr. .344, 9 RBI, 1 HR
25	RF	Jimmy Bosco, Fr. .351, 12 RBI, 2 HR
15	SS	Marcus Semien, So. .298, 14 RBI, 3 HR
2	CF	Darrel Matthews, Fr. .243, 9 RBI, 0 HR
35	RHP	Erik Johnson, So. (Thu.) 3-1, 2.96 ERA
23	LHP	Justin Jones, Fr. (Fri.) 5-2, 3.59 ERA
48	RHP	Dixon Anderson, So. (Sat.) 2-1, 3.44 ERA

PAC-10 RACE (AS OF MARCH 31)
	Conference	                Overall
	W	L	PCT	GB	W	L 	T	.PCT
ASU	3	0	1.000	---	23	0	0	1.000
Ariz	2	1	.667	1.0	20	5	0	.800
Stan	2	1	.667	1.0	12	7	0	.632
Ore	1	2	.333	2.0	18	8	0	.692
USC	1	2	.333	2.0	13	12	0	.520
UCLA	0	0	.000	---	21	0	0	1.000
OSU	0	0	.000	---	16	5	0	.762
WSU	0	0	.000	---	14	7	0	.667
Wash	0	0	.000	---	12	10	0	.545
CAL	0	3	.000	3.0	13	10	0	.565

NOTING ARIZONA: The No. 18-ranked (Collegiate Baseball, No. 22 Baseball America) Arizona Wildcats, coached by Andy Lopez (ninth year at UA, 248-189-1, .567), are 20-5, 2-1 in the Pac-10 after winning two-of-three (W 9-3, W 8-4, L 9-8) March 26-28 versus Oregon in Tucson. Top hitters for the Wildcats are sophomore catcher Jett Bandy (.470, 5 HR, 27 RBI), sophomore right fielder Steve Selsky (.450, 3 HR, 27 RBI) and freshman left fielder Robert Refsnyder (.435, 0 HR, 25 RBI). Arizona's tentative rotation is freshman right-hander Kurt Heyer (4-0, 2.01 ERA), sophomore left-hander Bryce Bandilla (3-1, 3.55 ERA) and sophomore right-hander Lyle Simon (4-2, 3.45 ERA). In 2009, the Wildcats were 30-25 overall and 14-15 in the Pac-10 (5th tie).

CAL AMONG THE TOP OF PAC IN STATS: As a result of the some of the Bears' early season performances (three shutouts versus Southern Utah, March 7 shutout (6-0) versus then-No. 17-ranked Arkansas, two wins March 11-12 at then-No. 9 Rice), Cal is fourth the Pac-10 with a .332 team batting average. The Bears are also second in the conference in hits (280) and doubles (60); third in triples (10), home runs (20) and total bases (420); and fourth in runs (179), RBI (164), on-base percentage (.401) and slugging percentage (.498). Individually, sophomore catcher Chadd Krist leads the Pac-10 with 11 doubles, is second in slugging percentage (.849), third in home runs (5), fourth in total bases (68), fifth in hits (38), eighth in batting average (.432) and ninth in on-base percentage (.495). Junior second baseman Brian Guinn is second in triples (3), junior first baseman/right fielder Mark Canha is third in RBI (27) and fifth in runs (28), while sophomore outfielder Danny Oh is eighth in runs (26). On the mound, freshman left-hander Justin Jones leads the league in innings pitched (47.2), is third in wins (5), third in strikeouts looking (14) and seventh in strikeouts (41).

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 14-game hitting streak and is batting .368 with five doubles, three home runs and a team-leading 27 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 .305 career hitter (103-for-338) 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...Semien was recently named to the Brooks Wallace Award Watch List as one of the nation's top shortstops...

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 (March 26 San Francisco Chronicle feature on Ross Ross Feature ), 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 3.44 ERA in eight appearances and five starts...has 29 strikeouts in 36.2 innings...got no decision March 28 start at Arizona State (career-high 7.1 innings, nine hits, one earned run, two walks, four strikeouts)...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 (7.0 innings, five hits, no runs, three walks, seven strikeouts)...won Feb. 20 vs. Southern Utah (7.0 innings, four hits, no runs, no walks, career-high eight strikeouts)...0-0 with a 11.25 ERA career vs. Arizona (three strikeouts in 4.0 innings)...is a potential starter Saturday vs. the Wildcats...

Jimmy Bosco, FR., OF: Batting .351 (20-for-57, .200 vs. Pac-10) with three doubles, a triple, two home runs and 12 RBI...hit a clutch two-run single in the eighth inning Tuesday vs. Fresno State...hit a two-run homer March 26 at Arizona State...hit a two-run double March 23 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 17 of 23 games in right field as a true freshman...

Chad Bunting, SO., OF/C: Batting .462 (12-for-26, .250 vs. Pac-10) with five doubles, a home run and 14 RBI...had a pinch-hit RBI single Tuesday vs. Fresno State...went 2-for-2 with a double and three RBI March 23 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 .714 (10-for-14) with runners in scoring position...

Mark Canha, SO., 1B/OF: Batting .368 (32-for-87, .333 vs. Pac-10) with 28 runs (5th in Pac-10), five doubles, three home runs and a team-high 27 RBI (3rd in Pac-10)...leads Cal with eight multiple RBI games and is currently on a 14-game hitting streak (23-for-56, .411, 4-2B, 3-HR, 18 RBI) since March 7...was 4-for-12 with a double and three RBI March 26-28 at Arizona State...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 .486 (17-for-35) with runners in scoring position...was 2009 first-team All-Pac-10...is 4-for-13 (.308) with a double and two RBI career vs. Arizona...

Mitch Delfino, FR., 3B: Batting .438 (7-for-16, .000 vs. Pac-10) with two doubles, a home run and four RBI in 16 games...was 2-for-4 Tuesday vs. Fresno State...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 .600 (3-for-5) with runners in scoring position...

Brian Diemer, JR., RHP: 0-1 with a 2.13 ERA and two saves (7th in Pac-10) in eight relief appearances...has 10 strikeouts in 12.2 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 an 4.50 ERA career vs. Arizona (four strikeouts in 4.0 innings)...

Brian Guinn, JR., 2B: Batting .280 (28-for-100, .083 vs. Pac-10) with six doubles, three triples (2nd Pac-10) and 10 RBI...is 10th in the Pac-10 with 14 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 .357 (10-for-28) with runners in scoring position...is 2-for-15 (.133) with a triple and five RBI career vs. Arizona...

Erik Johnson, SO., RHP: 3-1 with a 2.96 ERA in five starts...has 26 strikeouts in 27.1 innings...started the season not giving up an earned run in his first 19.0 innings...lost March 26 at Arizona State (3.0 innings, seven hits, three earned runs, five walks, two strikeouts)...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 vs. Southern Utah (7.0 innings, six hits, no runs, one walk, four strikeouts)...0-1 with a 15.37 ERA career vs. Arizona (three strikeouts in 4.1 innings)...is slated to start Thursday vs. the Wildcats...

Justin Jones, FR., LHP: 5-1(3rd in Pac-10 in wins) with a 3.59 ERA in six starts and eight appearances...has 41 strikeouts (7th in Pac-10, 14 looking 3rd in Pac-10) in 47.2 innings (1st in Pac-10)...opponents are batting .218...earned win in relief Tuesday vs. Fresno State (1.2 innings, three hits, two runs, one strikeout)...lost March 27 at Arizona State (6.0 innings, six hits, four earned runs, six walks, four strikeouts)...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 Friday vs. Arizona...

Chadd Krist, SO., C: Batting .432 (38-for-88, 8th in Pac-10, .167 vs. Pac-10) with 11 doubles (1st in Pac-10), two triples, five home runs (3rd in Pac-10) and 23 RBI...is second in the Pac-10 with .773 slugging percentage, fourth with 68 total bases, fifth with 38 hits and ninth with a .495 on-base percentage...had a career-high seven-game hitting streak (11-for-27, .407, 5-2B, 2-HR, six RBI) March 6-17...went 3-for-3 with an RBI Tuesday vs. Fresno State...was 2-for-4 with a double and RBI March 26 at Arizona State...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 .462 (12-for-26) with runners in scoring position...is 1-for-2 with an RBI career vs. Arizona...

Darrel Matthews, FR., CF: Batting .243 (17-for-70, .000 vs. Pac-10) with two doubles, a triple and nine RBI...hit a double Tuesday vs. Fresno State...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...was 2-for-5 March 12 at Rice...went 2-for-3 Feb. 27 vs. Saint Mary's...was 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 .320 (8-for-25) with runners in scoring position...has started 20 of 23 games in center field as a true freshman...

Kevin Miller, JR., RHP: 2-2 with a 5.91 ERA in three starts and seven 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 5.45 ERA career vs. Arizona (five strikeouts in 3.1 innings)...

Danny Oh, SO., OF: Batting .320 (31-for-97, .100 vs. Pac-10) with 26 runs (8th in Pac-10), six doubles, two home runs and 14 RBI...hit a solo home run March 27 at Arizona State...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 .323 (10-for-31) with runners in scoring position...is 3-for-13 (.231) with a double career vs. Arizona...

Tony Renda, FR., 3B: Batting .367 (33-for-90, .200 vs. Pac-10) with eight doubles, two triples, two home runs and 19 RBI...was 3-for-4 with an RBI Tuesday vs. Fresno State...went 2-for-4 with a double March 26 at Arizona State...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 .400 (14-for-35) with runners in scoring position...has started all 23 games (22 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 .298 (25-for-84, .100 vs. Pac-10) with five doubles, a triple, three home runs and 14 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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