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Cal Baseball Lands Gem Recruit Boesch

After narrowly missing the NCAA tournament last year, the Cal baseball team reloaded this offseason with some ball-bashing bullets.

The gem of a sparkling incoming class of 16 athletes is first baseman/outfielder Brennan Boesch, a graduate of Harvard-Westlake High School. At 6-3, 195-pounds, Boesch's senior outting netted him a .490 hitting percentage. As a junior, he ranked among the top 25 prospects nationally, according to Baseball America.

His teammate at Havard-Westlake, Josh Satin, also elected to start his college playing career at Cal. But the 6-2, 205-pound shortstop who earned three consecutive selections to the Los Angeles Dodgers Elite Team is already nursing a separated shoulder.

A second dynamic duo of high school teammates joins the Bears this season in the tandem of pitcher Alex Rollin and catcher Travis Howell, who were battery mates at Los Gatos High School.

Rollin, a 6-2, 220-pound right-hander finished his high school career with 28 wins and 317 strikeouts. Howell, who ended his senior campaign batting .506 and a .933 slugging percentage, is also already hurting with a broken pinky.

One guy that isn't injured so far in the fall is Rancho Cotate High School product Brandon Morrow who has been clocked early, pitching in the low 90's.

Cal also attracted a nationally ranked prep player in left-handed pitcher Case Dahlen. After Perfect Game listed him as No. 4 in its Top 100 Class of 2003 Prospects list, he suffered an injury to his throwing shoulder. Regardless, Dahlen batted .433 with 32 RBI in his senior season.

The new Bears will don blue and gold Oct. 26, when the team hosts the Alumni Game.


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