No. 3 Stanford Looks To Avoid Sweep Sunday At No. 13 Cal State Fullerton
Feb. 2, 2003
No. 13 Cal State Fullerton Titans (2-0, 0-0 Big West)
Friday, January 31 - at Cal State Fullerton 7, Stanford 3
Saturday, February 1 - at Cal State Fullerton 10, Stanford 2
Sunday, February 2, 1 pm - RHP Ryan McCally (0-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Dustin Miller (---, ---)
A live audio broadcast of Sunday's Stanford-Cal State Fullerton game will be available on KZSU (90.1 FM) as well as online at gostanford.com ... Chad Goldberg and Joe Ritzo will call the action ... A Gametracker with live stats will also be available from a link at gostanford.com.
STANFORD BASEBALL QUICK TEAM NOTES
Stanford has dropped its first two games of its current series at Cal State Fullerton to mark the first time the Cardinal has lost a non-conference regular season series since dropping two-of-three at Florida State from February 11-13, 2001 ... Stanford has not been swept in its last 77 regular season three-game series since Arizona State won three in a row at Sunken Diamond from April 11-13, 1997 ... The Cardinal had began the 2003 season by winning a pair of games at Santa Clara last Saturday and Sunday ... Stanford committed five errors in the first two games of the Santa Clara series after not committing an error in either of the two Santa Clara wins ... Stanford is hitting at a .302 clip overall, has posted a 4.50 ERA and is fielding at .967 through its first four contests ... Stanford is looking to extend its school record of consecutive appearances at the College World Series to five ... The Cardinal has reached the CWS final in two of the last three seasons (2000, '01) and qualified for a CWS bracket final in 1999 and 2002 ... Stanford has six position player starters, two of its three starting pitchers and a total of 14 letterwinners returning from last year's club that was 47-18 overall, 16-8 in the Pac-10 (second) and finished tied for third at the College World Series ... Stanford is currently ranked among the nation's top 10 in each of the four major college baseball preseason polls (No. 3 Baseball America; No. 5 NCBWA, Sports Weekly/ESPN; No. 9 Collegiate Baseball).
STANFORD BASEBALL QUICK INDIVIDUAL NOTES
Brian Hall is off to the hottest start through four games, hitting .533 (8-15) with a homer, three RBI and two stolen bases ... Sunday starter Ryan McCally has made just one previous start in his 70 career appearances ... Four Stanford players -- Tim Cunningham, Sam Fuld, Ryan Garko and Carlos Quentin -- have earned 2003 Preseason All-American honors ... Fuld snapped out of an 0-for-14 skid by going 3-for-4 on Saturday and is currently second on Stanford's career batting average list with a .362 lifetime mark ... John Mayberry, Jr. hit his first career homer for the Cardinal in Saturday's 10-2 loss at Cal State Fullerton ... Head coach Mark Marquess has 1095 career wins, five shy of the 1100 mark and six short of entering the all-time top 20 for Division I coaches.
STANFORD-CAL STATE FULLERTON PREVIEW AND SERIES HISTORY
Stanford and Cal State Fullerton continue a longtime rivalry Sunday with the Cardinal leading the all-time series, 39-31. Cal State Fullerton has won the first two games of the series with a 10-2 win on Saturday following a 7-3 victory Friday night ... Stanford has still won 12 of the last 16 meetings between the clubs ... Stanford won three-of-four games played between the teams last year, including a dramatic 3-2, 13-inning victory in the 2002 NCAA Regional opener at Stanford. The Cardinal also won two-of-three games at Sunken Diamond in the first series of 2002 for both teams (7-4, 17-1, 3-6) ... Stanford won two-of-three games the last time the teams played in Fullerton (February 2-4, 2001; 4-5, 9-8, 3-0) ... Stanford also defeated the Titans in a pair of 2001 College World Series games (June 10, 2001; 5-2, 10 inn.; June 13, 2001; 4-1).
SUNDAY'S PROBABLE STARTING PITCHER NOTES
Scheduled to make his second career start ... Stanford's active career leader in appearances (70) and saves (12), ranking tied for seventh on Stanford's all-time list in saves ... Has posted a 7-4 career record and a 3.17 ERA in 108.0 innings pitched with 79 strikeouts ... Opponents have only a career .222 batting average against him, the lowest versus any Cardinal pitcher ... Recorded a save in his first and only appearance of 2003, tossing 3.0 scoreless one-hit innings in relief of John Hudgins in a 7-2 Stanford win at Santa Clara on opening day (1/25) ... Led the team with 25 appearances and seven saves (#3 Pac-10) in 2002, ranking tied for ninth on Stanford's single-season save list ... Tossed a career-high of 8.0 innings and had a career-high seven strikeouts in a relief appearance in a Stanford's 5-4 win in 18 innings at Arizona (4/5/02) ... Made the only previous start of his career at Santa Clara (2/23), allowing six runs, four hits and two walks in 1.1 innings to receive no-decision in a game Santa Clara eventually won 13-9.