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No. 30 Cal Baseball Travels to USC for Three-Game Pac-10 Series
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  04/06/2010

April 6, 2010

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Fri., April 9  at USC Dedeaux Field, Los Angeles, Calif.	6:30 p.m.
Sat., April 10 at USC Dedeaux Field, Los Angeles, Calif.	6:30 p.m.
Sun., April 11 at USC Dedeaux Field, Los Angeles, Calif.	1 p.m.

RADIO: KALX Radio (90.7 FM) will broadcast the April 9-11 Cal-USC 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: No. 30 California (Collegiate Baseball, 17-10, 3-3) is on a five-game winning streak as it enters a three-game Pac-10 series versus USC this weekend at Dedeaux Field. The Golden Bears just finished a three-game sweep of then-No. 18 Arizona (7-2, 8-0, 4-3) and shut out Bay Area rival and No. 22-ranked Stanford, 2-0, Monday at Evans Diamond. Coming into this weekend's contests, the Cal pitching staff has recorded seven shutouts, the most shutouts by the Bears in a single season since 1966 (12). Cal's starting pitching rotation - sophomore right-hander Erik Johnson (4-1, 2.70 ERA, 32 Ks in 33.1 inn.), freshman left-hander Justin Jones (6-2, 3.07 ERA, 46 Ks in 55.2 inn., 2 CG) and sophomore right-hander Dixon Anderson (2-1, 3.38 ERA, 33 Ks in 42.2 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, and senior left-hander Chris Petrini's effort Monday versus Stanford (7.0 innings, four hits, no runs, three walks, seven strikeouts). Offensively, the Bears continue to be paced by sophomore catcher Chadd Krist, who is batting .406 and is first in the Pac-10 in doubles (12), and third in slugging percentage (.713) and 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 .380 with a team-best 31 RBI. Last season, Canha led the team with a .366 average, 12 home runs and 43 RBI. Also bolstering the Bears is the play of freshman designated hitter Tony Renda (DH, .380). In the last five game, Renda is 8-for-14 (.571) with three doubles and 11 total bases, Canha is 7-for-15 (.467) with two doubles and five RBI, Krist is 6-for-16 (.375) with a double and two RBI, and sophomore shortstop Marcus Semien is 6-for-17 (.353) with a triple and five RBI.

SERIES RECORD: The Bears have a 137-225 record against USC, winning one-of-three (L 4-2, L 14-4, W 6-0) May 22-24, 2009 at Evans Diamond. In the last series at USC, Cal won one-of-three (L 17-1, L 11-5, W 13-11) April 11-13, 2008.

HEAD COACH David Esquer: Esquer, 44, is in his 11th season at Cal (304-275-2, .525). 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. .313, 14 RBI, 2 HR
5	1B	Mark Canha, Jr. .380, 31 RBI, 3 HR
27	C	Chadd Krist, So. .406, 24 RBI, 5 HR
14	DH	Tony Renda, Fr. .380, 20 RBI, 2 HR
45	CF	Chad Bunting, So. .368, 16 RBI, 1 HR
25	RF	Jimmy Bosco, Fr. .338, 15 RBI, 3 HR
44	3B	Mitch Delfino, Fr. .345, 6 RBI, 1 HR
15	SS	Marcus Semien, So. .309, 18 RBI, 3 HR
35	RHP	Erik Johnson, So. (Fri.) 4-1, 2.70 ERA
23	LHP	Justin Jones, Fr. (Sat.) 6-2, 3.07 ERA
48	RHP	Dixon Anderson, So. (Sun.) 2-1, 3.38 ERA

PAC-10 RACE (AS OF APRIL 5)
	Conference	                Overall
	W	L	PCT	GB	W	L 	T	.PCT
ASU	5	1	.833	---	26	1	0	.963
UCLA	2	1	.667	1.5	23	1	0	.958
OSU	2	1	.667	1.5	18	6	0	.750
Wash	2	1	.667	1.5	14	11	0	.560
CAL	3	3	.500	2.0	17	10	0	.630
Stan	3	3	.500	2.0	13	10	0	.565
WSU	1	2	.333	2.5	15	10	0	.600
Ariz	2	4	.333	3.0	20	8	0	.714
Ore	2	4	.333	3.0	19	10	0	.644
USC	2	4	.333	3.0	14	14	0	.500

NOTING USC: The USC Trojans, coached by Chad Kreuter (fourth year at USC, 97-99, .495), are 14-14 (host CS Bakersfield April 7), 2-4 in the Pac-10 after winning one-of-three (L 4-1 in 10 inn., W 8-2, L 4-3) April 1-3 versus Oregon State at Dedeaux Field. Top hitters for the Trojans are sophomore first baseman Ricky Oropesa (.333, 9 HR, 29 RBI), sophomore left fielder Matt Foat (.333, 5 HR, 27 RBI) and sophomore right fielder Alex Sherrod (.307, 3 HR, 17 RBI). USC's tentative rotation is senior right-hander Kevin Couture (2-0, 5.66 ERA), sophomore right-hander Ben Mount (3-1, 3.28 ERA) and sophomore right-hander Andrew Triggs (1-4, 4.11 ERA). In 2009, the Trojans were 28-28 overall and 13-14 in the Pac-10 (5th tie).

CAL AMONG THE TOP OF PAC IN STATS: As a result of the Bears' early season performance (seven wins against ranked opponents, including four-straight against teams in the Top 25), Cal is fourth the Pac-10 with a .327 team batting average. The Bears are also second in the conference in doubles (67); third in runs (200), hits (316), RBI (181), triples (11), home runs (20) and total bases (468); and fourth in on-base percentage (.399) and slugging percentage (.484). Individually, sophomore catcher Chadd Krist leads the Pac-10 with 12 doubles, is third in slugging percentage (.713) and home runs (5), fourth in total bases (72), sixth in hits (41) and runs (28), and eighth in batting average (.406). Junior second baseman Brian Guinn is second in triples (3) and stolen bases (9). Junior first baseman/right fielder Mark Canha is third in RBI (31), fourth in runs (31), eighth in hits (38) and ninth in on-base percentage (.479). Freshman designated hitter Tony Renda is fourth in doubles (11), eighth in hits (38) and 10th in total bases (59), while sophomore outfielder Danny Oh is sixth in runs (28). On the mound, freshman left-hander Justin Jones leads the league in wins (6) and innings pitched (55.2), is seventh in strikeouts (46, 14 looking) and ninth in opposing batting average (.210).

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 has had a team-best 15-game hitting streak and is batting .380 with seven doubles, three home runs and a team-leading 31 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 .303 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 were 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. Both Craig and Ross made their respective Major League clubs to give Cal eight players in the majors this year.

*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 3.38 ERA in nine appearances (six starts)...has 33 strikeouts in 42.2 innings...no decision April 3 start vs. Arizona (6.0 innings, five hits, two earned runs, two walks, four strikeouts)...no decision March 28 start at Arizona State (career-high 7.1 innings, nine hits, one earned run, two walks, four strikeouts)...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 CS 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)...slated to start Sunday at USC...

Jimmy Bosco, FR., OF: Batting .338 (23-for-68, .263 vs. Pac-10) with three doubles, a triple, three home runs and 15 RBI...went 2-for-4 with a homer in game two April 3 vs. Arizona...hit a clutch two-run single in the eighth inning March 30 vs. Fresno State...hit a two-run homer March 26 at Arizona State...was 4-for-7 with a triple and RBI March 12-14 at Rice...hit first collegiate home run March 5 vs. Arkansas...has started 21 of 27 games in right field as a true freshman...

Chad Bunting, SO., OF/C: Batting .368 (14-for-38, .167 vs. Pac-10) with five doubles, a home run and 16 RBI...had a two-runs single in game April 3 vs. Arizona...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...was 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 .550 (11-for-20) with runners in scoring position...

Mark Canha, SO., 1B/OF: Batting .380 (38-for-100, team-best .391 vs. Pac-10) with 31 runs (4th in Pac-10), seven doubles, three home runs and a team-high 31 RBI (3rd in Pac-10)...leads Cal with nine multiple RBI games and had a 15-game hitting streak (26-for-60, .433, 6-2B, 3-HR, 18 RBI) from March 7-April 1...went 2-for-4 with three RBI in game two April 3 vs. Arizona...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 .500 (19-for-38) with runners in scoring position...was 2009 first-team All-Pac-10...is 5-for-14 (.357) with a double career vs. USC...

Mitch Delfino, FR., 3B: Batting .345 (10-for-29, .154 vs. Pac-10) with three doubles, a home run and six RBI in 20 games...has started the last six games at third base...was 2-for-4 with an RBI April 1 vs. Arizona...hit his first collegiate homer, a two-run shot, March 13 at Rice...got a two-run double in his first collegiate at-bat Feb. 19 vs. Southern Utah...is batting .333 (4-for-12) with runners in scoring position...

Brian Diemer, JR., RHP: 0-1 with a 1.84 ERA and two saves (7th in Pac-10) in nine relief appearances...has 10 strikeouts in 14.2 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 4.29 ERA career vs. USC (two strikeouts in 4.2 innings)...

Brian Guinn, JR., 2B: Batting .280 (33-for-118, .240 vs. Pac-10) with six doubles, three triples (2nd Pac-10), 10 RBI and nine stolen bases (6th in Pac-10)...went 4-for-9 in two games April 3 vs. Arizona...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 .333 (11-for-33) with runners in scoring position...is 3-for-14 (.214) with a double and an RBI career vs. USC...

Erik Johnson, SO., RHP: 4-1 with a 2.70 ERA in six starts...has 32 strikeouts in 33.1 innings...started the season not giving up an earned run in his first 19.0 innings...won April 1 vs. Arizona (6.0 innings, six hits, one run, one walk, six strikeouts)...lost March 26 at Arizona State (3.0 innings, seven hits, three earned runs, five walks, two strikeouts)...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)...was named to College Baseball Foundation's Pitcher of the Year Watch List...0-1 with a 4.00 ERA career vs. USC (four strikeouts, complete game)...slated to start Friday at USC...

Justin Jones, FR., LHP: 6-2(1st in Pac-10 in wins) with a 3.07 ERA in seven starts and nine appearances...has 46 strikeouts (14 looking, 7th in Pac-10) in 55.2 innings (1st in Pac-10)...opponents are batting .210 (9th in Pac-10)...won April 3 vs. Arizona (8.0 innings, four hits, no runs, no walks, five strikeouts)...earned win in relief March 30 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)...complete-game win March 20 at Cal Poly (six hits, one earned run, no walks, nine strikeouts)...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)...slated to start Saturday at USC...

Chadd Krist, SO., C: Batting .406 (41-for-101, 9th in Pac-10, .217 vs. Pac-10) with 12 doubles (1st in Pac-10), two triples, five home runs (3rd in Pac-10) and 24 RBI...third in the Pac-10 with .713 slugging percentage, fourth with 72 total bases and sixth with 41 hits and 28 runs...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 March 30 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 .433 (13-for-30) with runners in scoring position...is 1-for-7 with a double career vs. USC...

Darrel Matthews, FR., CF: Batting .243 (17-for-70, .000 vs. Pac-10) with two doubles, a triple and nine RBI...hit a double March 30 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 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 games in center field as a true freshman...

Kevin Miller, JR., RHP: 2-2 with a 5.40 ERA and a save in three starts and eight appearances...earned save Monday vs. Stanford (2.0 innings, two hits)...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...0-1 with a 29.03 ERA career vs. USC (five strikeouts in 3.1 innings)...

Danny Oh, SO., OF: Batting .313 (35-for-112, .190 vs. Pac-10) with 28 runs (6th 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 CS Bakersfield...was 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 Feb. 19...is 3-for-11 (.273) with a home run and three RBI career vs. USC...

Tony Renda, FR., DH/3B: Batting .380 (38-for-100, .368 vs. Pac-10) with 11 doubles (4th in Pac-10), two triples, two home runs and 20 RBI...has gone 8-for-14 (.571) with three doubles and two RBI in the last five games...went 2-for-2 with two doubles in game one April 3 vs. Arizona...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 3-for-5 with a double and RBI Feb. 28 at CS 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 .405 (15-for-37) with runners in scoring position...has started all 27 games (21 at third base) as a true freshman...

Devin Rodriguez, FR., DH/1B: Batting .324 (11-for-34) 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 .538 (7-for-13) with runners in scoring position...

Marcus Semien, SO., SS: Batting .309 (30-for-97, .238 vs. Pac-10) with five doubles, two triples, three home runs and 18 RBI...was 2-for-4 with a triple and two RBI April 1 vs. Arizona...went 3-for-6 with a triple and two RBI March 20 at Cal Poly...hit a two-run homer March 13 at Rice...hit a three-run homer March 6 vs. Arkansas...went 3-for-4 with a double and RBI Feb. 28 at CS Bakersfield...was 6-for-14 with six runs in season-opening series vs. Southern Utah...is batting .344 (11-for-32) with runners in scoring position...is 0-for-4 career vs. USC...


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