March 21, 2013
Fri., March 22 at UCLA, Jackie Robinson Stadium, Los Angeles, Calif. 6 p.m.
Sat., March 23 at UCLA, Jackie Robinson Stadium, Los Angeles, Calif. 2 p.m.
Sun., March 24 at UCLA, Jackie Robinson Stadium, Los Angeles, Calif. 1 p.m.
Cal Battles No. 11 UCLA at Jackie Robinson Stadium
Cal (13-8, 3-0), winners of eight of its last nine contests, faces a big challenge this weekend as it travels to No. 11-ranked UCLA (15-3, 3-0) for a three-game conference series at Jackie Robinson Stadium. The Golden Bears have swept three series this season (Michigan, Fresno State, at Utah) and are also undefeated at home (7-0) with three of those home wins being extra-inning affairs, and five by one run. However, Cal is 5-6 on the road, including falling, 3-1, at San Jose State Wednesday. An outstanding player offensively for the Bears in the sweep over Utah and at San Jose State was junior first baseman Devon Rodriguez. In the Pac-12 opener, Rodriguez was 5-for-14 (.357) with a double, two home runs (including his second career grand slam), and nine RBI for 12 total bases and a .857 slugging percentage, and Wednesday had a solo homer versus the Spartans. On the year, he is hitting a team-best .378 (31-for-82) with five doubles, three home runs and a team-high 19 RBI. Rodriguez was the Most Outstanding Player of the 2011 Houston Regional after hitting the game-winning RBI in Cal's come-from-behind victory over Baylor to advance the Bears to the 2011 Super Regionals. Cal continues to be led offensively by junior catcher Andrew Knapp as well. Knapp, a first-team Preseason All-American in Baseball America, has a team-high seven doubles with two home runs and is second with 16 RBI. He had the game-winning RBI in Cal's season-opening 5-4, 11-inning victory over Michigan. On the mound, Cal had several strong relief appearances in the Utah series with junior right-hander Trevor Hildenberger (4-1, 3.38 ERA, one save on the year) and senior right-hander Logan Scott (2-1, 2.08 ERA overall) earning two of the three wins. Sophomore right-hander Keaton Siomkin was also stellar against the Utes, earning the save when he threw 3.0 perfect innings with five strikeouts March 15. Rodriguez, Knapp and Scott are among nine members of the 2013 squad who were part of the Bears' 2011 College World Series team. Cal, under the direction of David Esquer (396-346-2, .534, 2011 NCBWA National Coach of the Year), also return two All-American left-handers - Justin Jones, a freshman All-American in 2010, and Kyle Porter, a freshman All-American in 2011 - from a squad looking to return to postseason play after Regional appearances in 2008, 2010 and 2011. Jones earned his first win of the season (1-1) March 16 at Utah, throwing 5.0 innings with six hits, two runs, no walks and three strikeouts. He now has 24 career victories, tied for fourth with Travis Willis (1987-89) on the Cal all-time wins list. Jones has also thrown 323.2 career innings, sixth on the Bears' all-time list. In a little less than a week, the first-ever night game at Evans Diamond is slated for the Bears' Pac-12 opener, Thursday, March 28 at 7 p.m. versus USC.
TENTATIVE CALIFORNIA LINE-UP No. Pos. Player 2013 Stats 27 CF Devin Pearson, Fr. .313, 6 RBI, 1 HR 37 SS Mike Reuvekamp, Jr. .224, 6 RBI, 0 HR 15 C Andrew Knapp, Jr. .337, 16 RBI, 2 HR 33 1B Devon Rodriguez, Jr. .378, 19 RBI, 3 HR 51 RF Jacob Wark, Jr. .240, 9 RBI, 0 HR 6 3B Chris Paul, So. .225, 16 RBI, 2 HR 21 2B Brenden Farney, So. .326, 3 RBI, 0 HR 14 DH Max Dutto, Fr. .158, 1 RBI, 0 HR 25 LF Brian Celsi, Fr. .246, 5 RBI, 0 HR 42 RHP Ryan Mason, Fr. (Fri.) 3-0, 2.93 ERA 23 LHP Justin Jones, Sr. (Sat.) 1-1, 4.62 ERA TBA (Sun.)
HEAD COACH David Esquer:
Esquer, 47, is in his 14th season with a career record of 396-346-2 (.534). After his team was scheduled to be discontinued following the 2011 season, Esquer led the Bears to the program's first appearance at the College World Series since 1992, and on the eve of Cal's 7-3 CWS victory over Texas A&M June 21, 2011, was named the National Coach of the Year by the National College Baseball Writers Association. Esquer's award, which was voted on by the NCBWA Board of Directors, was selected from a list that included all Division I Conference Coaches of the Year and the coaches of the 16 NCAA Super Regional teams. The Bears' program was reinstated through fund-raising efforts and made its sixth all-time appearance in the CWS. Esquer led Cal out of the loser's bracket in the Houston Regional and defeated Dallas Baptist in the Super Regional to advance to Omaha. Cal entered the 2011 NCAA Tournament with an at-large bid out of the Pac-10. After a 6-4 loss to Baylor in the opening game, Esquer's team got past Alcorn State, 10-6, and No. 13 Rice, 6-3, to face Baylor for the regional championship. Cal forced the if-necessary game with an 8-0 shutout behind the strong pitching performance of freshman left-hander Kyle Porter (three hits, no runs, no walks and a career-high nine strikeouts). First baseman Devon Rodriguez earned Most Outstanding Player of the Houston Regional honors with a two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the ninth to lead Cal's dramatic come-from-behind 9-8 victory over Baylor to advance to the Super Regional against Dallas Baptist. The Bears, led by Pac-10 Player of the Year Tony Renda, swept Dallas Baptist, 7-0 and 6-2, in Santa Clara to advance to the CWS. It was the fourth appearance by Cal in the NCAA Tournament in Esquer's tenure, including three NCAA regionals in the last four years (the first time in school history). 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, and in 2010 the Bears were 29-25 and played in the Norman, Okla. Regional (0-2). Sixty four Bears have signed pro contracts under Esquer, including first round picks Brett Jackson (CF, Chicago Cubs, 31st overall) in 2009, 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.
ESQUER'S CAREER RECORD AT CAL 2000 25-28 2001 34-25 (NCAA Regional, Pac-10 Coach of the Year) 2002 29-27 2003 28-27 2004 25-31 2005 34-23 2006 26-28 2007 29-26 2008 33-21-2 (NCAA Regional) 2009 24-29 2010 29-25 (NCAA Regional) 2011 38-23 (College World Series, National Coach of the Year) 2012 29-25 Total (13-8 in 2013) 396-346-2 (.534)
No. 11 UCLA, coached by John Savage (9th year at UCLA, 290-210, .580), are 15-3, last sweeping Washington (3-2 15 inn., 5-0, 3-0) March 15-17 in Los Angeles. Top hitters for the Bruins are freshman second baseman Trent Chatterton (.357, 0 HR, 5 RBI), junior center fielder Brian Carroll (.344, 0 HR, 6 RBI) and sophomore third baseman Kevin Kramer (.297, 0 HR, 18 RBI). UCLA's tentative rotation is junior right-hander Adam Plutko (2-0, 2.73 ERA), junior right-hander Nick Vander Tuig (3-2, 1.80 ERA) and sophomore left-hander Grant Watson (4-0, 1.10 ERA). In 2012, the Bruins were 48-16 overall, 20-10 in the Pac-12 (1st), and was tied for fifth at the College World Series.
Cal has a 172-169 all-time record versus UCLA, last winning one-of-three (L 7-2, L 8-5, W 6-5), May 18-20, 2012 at Evans Diamond. In the last series at Jackie Robinson Stadium, the Bears won one-of-three (W 4-0, L 2-1, L 5-2), May 20-22, 2011 in Los Angeles.
2013 PAC-12 STANDINGS (3-21-13)
Conference Overall W L PCT W L T .PCT OSU 3 0 1.000 19 1 0 .950 UCLA 3 0 1.000 15 3 0 .833 Cal 3 0 1.000 13 8 0 .619 Oregon 2 1 .667 15 6 0 .714 WSU 2 1 .667 11 8 0 .579 ASU 1 2 .333 12 5 1 .694 USC 1 2 .333 8 13 0 .381 Stan 0 0 .000 10 5 0 .667 Ariz* 0 3 .000 15 8 0 .652 Utah 0 3 .000 9 9 0 .500 Wash 0 3 .000 4 15 0 .211
*2012 National Champions
KNAPP SELECTED PRESEASON ALL-AMERICAN:
Andrew Knapp, Cal's talented switch-hitting junior catcher, has been selected a 2013 first-team Preseason All-American by Baseball America. Knapp was outstanding this past summer in the Cape Cod League for Chatham, batting .293 with 13 doubles, eight home runs and 29 RBI in 40 games. He joins Tony Renda (2012) and Brett Jackson of the Chicago Cubs (2009) as the Bears' recent first-team Preseason All-Americans. Knapp's performance in the Cape Cod League was his second straight outstanding summer. He had led the Northwoods League in hitting in 2011, batting .500 with five home runs and 33 RBI. Knapp has Golden Bear baseball heritage, his father, Mike Knapp, was a standout catcher for the Bears in 1985 and 1986. In addition, Andrew Knapp's younger brother, Aaron, is a left-handed hitting outfielder from Granite Bay High School who will be joining David Esquer's program in the fall of 2013 as a member of Cal baseball's 2012 signing class. Last season, Andrew Knapp was a valuable utility player for Esquer, seeing action at first base, catcher and in the outfield. He batted .265 in 54 games with 16 doubles, five home runs and 26 RBI. As a freshman in 2011, he had the game-winning pinch hit in a 6-5 come-from-behind win over Utah in the second game of a doubleheader during his first collegiate day at Evans Diamond.
CAL NOTED BY BASEBALL AMERICA:
Besides Andrew Knapp being selected a first-team preseason All-American by Baseball America, the Bears were mentioned several times in the magazine's 2013 Pac-12 Conference Preview. Baseball America predicts Cal to make the postseason for the fourth time in the past six years. They list Knapp as the league's eighth-best pro prospect for the 2013 draft and mentions senior left-hander Justin Jones as a wily veteran who has been part of the Bears' rotation ever since his freshman year. The magazine also mentions junior left-hander Michael Theofanopolous' sharp breaking ball and the athleticism of sophomore shortstop Chris Paul and junior centerfielder Derek Campbell. As a freshman, Campbell filled in for an injured Tony Renda (pulled right quad) in the field for the 2011 Super Regional and CWS, hitting .389 (7-for-18, 2B, 3 RBI) and playing solid defensively.
LIGHTS AND NEW SCOREBOARD AT EVANS DIAMOND:
Evans Diamond, which has served as the home of Cal baseball since 1933, will receive a major upgrade with the installation of a new lighting system and scoreboard scheduled for later this spring. Eight 90-foot light poles will be erected around the field that will support nighttime television broadcasts, team practice and training. A modern electronic scoreboard, measuring 38 feet wide by 31 feet high, will also be installed in left-center field. The new scoreboard will offer scoring, game information, as well as fixed advertising and a full color video board measuring 24 feet wide by 14 feet high. Entering the 2013 season, Cal stands as the only Pac-12 school without permanent lighting at its baseball facility. With the recent launch of the Pac-12 Networks, the ability to play night games will give Cal maximum opportunity to be televised by the Networks. In addition, the upgrades will allow the Bears to be eligible to host NCAA Regional contests at Evans. The project has a budget of $2.25 million will be funded by a combination of donations and increased ticket and sponsorship revenue as a result of the upgrade. The project team is targeting completion of the lighting portion of the upgrade for the first-ever night-time competition at Evans Diamond on Thursday, March 28 for the Bears' 2013 Pac-12 opener against USC. The project is being designed by Brereton Architects of San Francisco and will be constructed under the direction of Overaa Construction of Richmond.
In what would have to be considered one of the best freshman pitching performances in Cal baseball history, left-hander Kyle Porter was 6-0 with a 1.89 ERA and two saves (four starts and 25 appearances) in 2011. Porter also had 57 strikeouts and only 15 walks in 57.0 innings and was named a Freshman All-American by Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball, Perfect Game and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers. He had one of the biggest wins in school history when on June 21, 2011 he pitched 6.0 innings (seven hits, three runs, one walk, four strikeouts) versus Texas A&M to help give the Bears their first victory (7-3) in the College World Series since 1980. Porter was a member of the 2011 Houston Regional All-Tournament Team as well after throwing a career-high 6.2 innings with three hits, no runs, two walks and a career-high nine strikeouts June 5 versus Baylor in the Houston Regional.
RODRIGUEZ'S FAMOUS HIT:
Junior Devon Rodriguez will forever be known in Cal baseball lore for his clutch game-winning hit versus Baylor as he helped bring back the Bears from a 7-1 deficit by going 3-for-4 with a home run and four RBI, including the game-winning RBI single with two outs and two strikes in Cal's 9-8 victory to clinch the 2011 Houston Regional. Rodriguez was named the Houston Regional Most Outstanding Player after going 8-18 (.444) with a six RBI during the Bears' five regional contests. His fame also coincides with KALX announcer Danny Friesinger's enthusiastic call of the winning hit that sent Cal to the Santa Clara Super Regional (Rodriguez's Postgame Highlight Video).
JONES' GEM OF A CAREER:
Senior left-hander Justin Jones has had a spectacular career for the Bears. As a freshman in 2010, Jones earned Freshman All-America and All-Pac-10 honors, picking up 10 wins and throwing two shutouts and two complete games. In 2011, he was honorable mention All-Pac-10 after finishing 9-6 with a 2.93 ERA, and 81 strikeouts in a team-high 119.2 innings with three complete games. Last season, Jones picked up four wins, including a complete game shutout at Washington State. He earned one of the biggest wins in school history in a June 11, 2011 start versus Dallas Baptist at the Santa Clara Super Regional, throwing 6.0 innings with one hit, no runs, one walk and three strikeouts in a 7-0 shutout. Jones left prior to the seventh inning due to injuring in his left bicep, but still earned the win as the Bears won their first-ever Super Regional contest. He now stands tied for fourth on the Cal all-time career win list (24) and sixth on the Bears' career innings pitched list (322.2). Jones' 10 wins as a freshman are tied for sixth on Cal's all-time single-season list, and his 119.2 innings in 2011 are fifth on the Bears' single-season innings pitched list. For his career he has also thrown six complete games.
SCOTT ON STOPPER LIST:
Senior right-hander Logan Scott has been selected as a member of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers' Preseason List for the Stopper of the Year Award. Last season, Scott was 4-2 with seven saves in 24 appearances. His seven saves were sixth in the Pac-12. A highlight for Scott in 2012 was throwing a career-high 5.1 innings and picking up the win in Cal's 5-4, 18-inning victory May 25 at Stanford - the longest game in Cal baseball history. In 2011, Scott was instrumental in the Bears winning their first-ever NCAA Super Regional game, coming in relief of an injured Justin Jones and shutting down Dallas Baptist, earning the save (3.0 innings, two hits, no runs).
Junior right fielder Jacob Wark has had an impressive beginning to the 2013 season, tying a school record with two triples in the Feb, 22 game at UC Irvine. Wark, who also is a tight end on the Cal football team, is doing double duty this spring as he is involved in spring football practice as well. After seeing limited action in his first two baseball seasons (14 games), he has started all 12 games this year, batting .240 (18-for-75) with two doubles, two triples and nine RBI.
CAL BASEBALL CAMPS:
Registration is now open for the 2013 Nike Baseball Camps at Cal. This year Cal baseball is proudly sponsoring with Nike Camps. These are the same great camps as in past years, with the same coaching staff. Run by head coach David Esquer, this year's coaching staff bring both collegiate and professional playing and coaching experience to the plate. Cal is offering three different camps: Baseball School, Baseball Games Camp, and the Advanced Camp. Check out the website at Nike Cal Baseball Camps and sign up now as sessions are filling quickly.
BEAR POSTSEASON NOTES:
Cal is now 43-25 (.632) in NCAA postseason games all-time, including 7-3 in 2011 (1-2 in the CWS, 2-0 in first-ever NCAA Super Regional and 4-1 in the NCAA Houston Regional). Head coach David Esquer has eight postseason wins, passing George Wolfman for second on the school's all-time list behind Bob Milano's 20 postseason wins. The last time the Bears won six postseason games in a row was 1957, and the seven postseason wins is the most for a Cal squad since the 1980 team had eight. Cal's 38 victories in 2011 were the most wins since the Bears' 1988 CWS squad won 40 games.
CAL IN THE WORLD SERIES:
With the 7-3 victory over Texas A&M on June 21, 2011, the Bears won their first College World Series game since defeating Miami, 4-3, on June 12, 1980. When Cal played Virginia in front of a crowd of 25,833 on June 23 at TD Ameritrade Park, it was the largest crowd to ever watch the Golden Bears play baseball. Cal won the inaugural College World Series title in 1947 under head coach Clint Evans, defeating former President George Bush's Yale team, 8-7, in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Evans was instrumental in establishing the CWS. The Bears won the national title again in 1957 under head coach George Wolfman with a 1-0 victory over Penn State. Cal also placed third in the 1980 World Series under head coach Bob Milano, and was seventh in the CWS in 1988 and 1992 under Milano. 2011 senior left fielder Austin Booker's father, Rod, was the starting shortstop on the Bears' 1980 squad, while Major League star Jeff Kent was a member of Cal's 1988 College World Series team. Similar to the 2011 season in which they faced the tournament's No. 1 seed (Virginia), the Bears played the top seed in 1992, Miami, losing to the Hurricanes, 4-3, in 13 innings.
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Cal won the inaugural College World Series title in 1947, defeating former President George H.W. Bush's Yale team, 8-7, in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The Bears' program began in 1892 and is now in its 121st season. George Bush, Sr., sent a letter of congratulations to David Esquer following Cal's 2011 College World Series appearance.
The Golden Bears have had two players go on to 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 14 schools that have won more than one national championship (1947, 1957). The Bears have competed in six College World Series (1947, 1957, 1980, 1988, 1992, 2011).
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 has had three coaches selected to the ABCA Hall of Fame - Clint Evans (1930-54), who led the Bears to the first College World Series title in 1947; George Wolfman (1955-73), who led Cal to the 1957 CWS title; and Bob Milano (1978-99), who led the Bears to three CWS appearances (1980, 1988, 1992) , including a third-place finish in 1980.
INDIVIDUAL PLAYER NOTES:
25 Brian Celsi, Fr., OF
* Batting .246 (15-for-61) with five RBI
* Was 2-for-4 with a two-run double March 12 at Santa Clara
* Went 3-for-5 in first collegiate game, including scoring the winning run Feb. 15 vs. Michigan
* Had the game-winning RBI in the bottom of the ninth in Cal's 2-1 win Feb. 17 over Michigan
21 Brenden Farney, So., INF
* Batting .326 (15-for-46) with two doubles and three RBI
* Was 5-for-13 in the Fresno State series with a double and RBI, including the game-winning sacrifice fly in the 10th inning March 7
* Went a career-high 4-for-5 with a double and two RBI March 3 at Houston
* Was named to the all-tournament team at the Astros Foundation College Classic
26 Trevor Hildenberger, Jr., RHP
* 4-1 (four wins 2nd in Pac-12) with a 3.26 ERA in 12 appearances (3rd in Pac-12)
* Has 15 strikeouts in 19.1 innings
* Picked up two wins in relief March 7 and March 10 vs. Fresno State, pitching 5.1 innings with one hit, no runs, two walks and four strikeouts
* Picked up first collegiate win in relief Feb. 16 vs. Michigan, throwing 2.2 innings
23 Justin Jones, Sr., LHP
* 1-1 with a 4.62 ERA and 14 strikeouts in 25.1 innings
* Earned win March 16 at Utah (5.0 innings, six hits, two runs, no walks, three strikeouts)
* Got no decision March 7 vs. Fresno State (season-high 7.0 innings, seven hits, three earned runs, three walks, season-high five strikeouts)
* Lost March 1 vs. Baylor (4.0 innings, seven hits, two runs, three walks, one strikeout)
* Got no decision Feb. 22 at UC Irvine (4.0 innings, six hits, two earned runs, no walks, four strikeouts)
* Got no decision Feb. 15 vs. Michigan (3.1 innings, six hits, four runs, three walks)
* Has 24 career victories, tied for fourth on Cal's all-time list
* Is sixth on Cal's all-time innings pitched (323.2) list
* Was a 2010 Freshman All-American
* Slated to start Saturday at UCLA
5 Andrew Knapp, Jr., C
* Batting .337 (28-for-83) with a team-high seven doubles (4th in Pac-12), two home runs (8th in Pac-12) and 16 RBI
* Is eighth in the Pac-12 with 41 total bases and 28 hits
* Is a first-team Preseason All-American in Baseball America and is on the Golden Spikes Award Watch List
* Had a nine-game hitting streak from March 3-16 (17-for-39, .436, 5-2B, HR, 10 RBI)
* Was 3-for-5 with a double and RBI March 15 at Utah
* Went 7-for-18 (.389) vs. Fresno State with two doubles and five RBI
* Was a career-high 4-for-5 with a double, home run and three RBI March 3 at Houston
* Was 2-for-5 with a home run and a career-high three RBI Feb. 16 vs. Michigan
* In the Feb. 15 season-opener vs. Michigan was 3-for-5 with the game-winning RBI in the 11th inning
42 Ryan Mason, Fr., RHP
* 3-0 (7th in Pac-12) with a 2.93 ERA
* Has 16 strikeouts (only three walks) in 15.1 innings in five appearances and two starts
* Won March 15 at Utah (5.1 innings, six hits, three runs, no walks, three strikeouts
* In first collegiate start March 8 vs. Fresno State, threw 5.0 innings with three hits, no earned runs, one walk and a career-high seven strikeouts
* Had two strikeouts in 2.1 innings and picked up the win Feb. 23 at UC Irvine
* In first collegiate game picked up the win, giving up no hits with four strikeouts in 1.2 innings Feb. 15 vs. Michigan
* Slated to start Friday at UCLA
39 Collin Monsour, Fr., RHP
* Is 1-0 with a 3.94 ERA and has 11 strikeouts in 16.0 innings
* Got no decision in March 9 start vs. Fresno State (4.2 innings, two hits, two runs, two walks, three strikeouts)
* Won first collegiate game in first collegiate start March 3 at Houston (5.1 innings, five hits, one run, one walk, season-high four strikeouts)
* Had three strikeouts in 3.1 innings of shutout relief Feb. 23 at UC Irvine
49 Dylan Nelson, So., RHP
* Is 0-0 with a 1.86 ERA and a save in seven appearances and two starts
* Has 13 strikeouts in 19.1 innings
* Is a junior college transfer from the College of San Mateo
* Earned save March 16 at Utah (4.0 innings, three hits, one run, one walk, four strikeouts
* Got no decision March 10 start vs. Fresno State (2.0 innings, four hits, two runs, one walk)
* Got no decision in first collegiate start March 4 at Rice (season-high 6.0 innings, six hits, no runs, one walk, two strikeouts)
* Had two strikeouts in 1.1 innings of shutout relief Feb. 24 at at UC Irvine at UC Irvine
* In first collegiate game for Cal had three strikeouts in 3.2 innings Feb. 15 vs. Michigan
6 Chris Paul, So., INF
* Batting .225 (18-for-80) with three doubles, two home runs and 16 RBI
* Was outstanding vs. Fresno State, hitting a three-run homer March 8 and hitting a three-run double and a homer March 10
* Was 2-for-2 March 4 at Rice
* Was a career-best 3-for-4 with three RBI March 3 at Houston
* Had a clutch two-run double in the top of the ninth inning in an 8-6 win Feb. 23 at UC Irvine
27 Devin Pearson, Fr., OF
* Batting .313 (15-for-48) with five doubles, a home run and six RBI
* Was 3-for-4 with a double and RBI March 17 at Utah
* Went 2-for-3 and hit his first collegiate home run March 9 vs. Fresno State
* Was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI March 3 at Houston
* In first collegiate start Feb. 23 at UC Irvine went 2-for-3 with a double
* Is 5-for-10 (.500) with runners in scoring position
16 Kyle Porter, Jr., LHP
* Is 0-0 with a 6.75 ERA in six appearances and two starts
*Has five strikeouts in 8.0 innings
*Was a 2011 Freshman All-American and enters his junior year with an 8-1 career record and two saves
* Won eight straight games without a loss to start his college career including earning the win in Cal's 2011 CWS victory over Texas A&M
37 Mike Reuvekamp, Jr., INF
* Batting .224 (17-for-76) with six RBI
* Was 5-for-12 (.417) with four RBI in the Fresno State series, including hitting the game-winning sacrifice fly March 9 and going 3-for-3 with an RBI March 10
* Went 2-for-5 and had the game-winning RBI in the bottom of the 10th inning Feb. 16 vs. Michigan
* Had a five-game hitting streak from Feb. 23-March 2
* Reached base in13-straight games to start the season
33 Devon Rodriguez, Jr., DH
* Batting team-leading .378 (31-for-82, 7th in Pac-12) with five doubles, three home runs and a team-high 18 RBI
* Started the season on a career-high seven-game hitting streak Feb. 15-23 (12-for-26, .461, 3-2B, six RBI)
* Has hit a home run in three of the last four games
* Hit a home run Wednesday at San Jose State
* Was spectacular at Utah, going 5-for-14 (.357) with a double, two home runs (including his second career grand slam), and nine RBI for 12 total bases and a .857 slugging percentage
* Went 8-for-15 (.533) with a double and three RBI in Fresno State series
* Was 3-for-4 March 2 vs. No. 1 ranked North Carolina
* Was 4-for-5 with a double and two RBI Feb. 16 vs. Michigan
* Is batting .391 (9-for-23) with runners in scoring position
* 2011 NCAA Houston Regional MVP after getting the game-winning hit vs. Baylor to advance Cal to the Super Regional
20 Logan Scott, Sr., RHP
* 2-1 with 2.08 ERA in six appearances with 10 strikeouts in 13.0 innings
* Is on the Stopper of the Year Award Watch List after recording seven saves (6th in Pac-12) last season
* Earned win in relief March 17 at Utah (1.2 innings, one strikeout)
* Earned win in relief Feb. 17 vs. Michigan (1.0 inning, one strikeout)
* Suffered the loss, but had a career-high five strikeouts in 5.0 innings Feb. 23 at UC Irvine
28 Keaton Siomkin, So., RHP
* 1-0 with 1.80 ERA and a save in eight appearances with 15 strikeouts (only one walk) in 15.0 innings
* Opponents are batting .189 against him
* Earned save March 15 at Utah, giving up no hits and striking out five batters in 3.0 innings
* Earned win in relief March 9 vs. Fresno State, striking out five batters in 2.0 innings
51 Jacob Wark, Jr., OF
* Batting .240 (18-for-75) with two doubles, two triples and nine RBI
* Went a career-best 3-for-4 with a double March 3 vs. Houston
* Was 1-for-5 with a double and a career-high three RBI Feb. 23 at UC Irvine
* Tied a school record with two triples in a game Feb. 22 at UC Irvine
* Started the season on career-high seven-game hitting streak from Feb. 15-23 (9-for-25, .360, 2B, 2-3B, 5 RBI)
* Is also a tight end on the Cal football team