No. 11 Stanford And Fresno State Continue Series Saturday
Feb. 15, 2003
Friday, February 14 - at Stanford 4, Fresno State 1
Saturday, February 15, 1 pm - RHP Matt Garza (1-1, 15.75) vs. LHP Tim Cunningham (1-2, 4.20)
Sunday, February 16, 1 pm - RHP Cody Smith (0-0, 2.25) vs. TBA
A live audio broadcast of the two remaining Stanford-Fresno State games will be available ... Saturday's game will be an internet only broadcast at gostanford.com with Chad Goldberg and Nick Kapur calling the action ... Sunday's game will be live on KZSU (90.1 FM) as well as online at gostanford.com ... Goldberg and Andrew Rogers will be in the booth on Sunday ... A Gametracker with live stats will also be available for both games from a link at gostanford.com.
STANFORD BASEBALL QUICK TEAM NOTES
Stanford snapped a two-game losing streak with a 4-1 victory over Fresno State in Friday night's series-opener ... The Cardinal had previously dropped five of its last five games in its last two series after winning its first two contests versus Santa Clara ... Stanford had 11-game and 22-series home win streaks snapped on back-to-back days versus Florida State last Saturday and Sunday ... Stanford has still won 32 of its last 38 home games ... Stanford is hitting .283 as a team, has posted a 3.75 ERA and has a .964 fielding percentage through its first nine 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 still currently ranked among the nation's top 15 in each of the four major college baseball polls (No. 11 Baseball America; No. 12 Collegiate Baseball, No. 12 Sports Weekly/ESPN; No. 15 NCBWA).
STANFORD BASEBALL QUICK INDIVIDUAL NOTES
John Hudgins was named the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week (2/11) for the first time in his career ... Hudgins followed his Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week performance versus Florida State (2/7, 9.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 10 SO) by taking a no-hitter into the eighth inning last night versus Fresno State to earn his second win of the season, scattering three hits and a run with nine strikeouts over the first 8.0 innings ... Sam Fuld collected his 200th career hit, while John Mayberry, Jr. hit the second homer of his career last night ... Tobin Swope (.378) leads the club in batting average, while Danny Putnam and Mayberry both have two homers, and Ryan Garko has a team-high six RBI ... Fuld's current six-game hit streak (2/1 - 2/14) is the longest by any Stanford player ... Fuld began the season as Stanford's all-time batting average leader but has fallen to a second-place tie (.359) after hitting .250 in the team's first nine games ... Mark Romanczuk is 1-0 with a save in his three appearances, giving up just one hit and no runs with nine strikeouts over 6.1 innings
STANFORD-FRESNO STATE PREVIEW AND SERIES HISTORY
Stanford continues its seven-game homestand with the final two games of its current series with Fresno State today and tomorrow. Last night, the Cardinal opened the series with a 4-1 victory as Fresno State was playing regular season games at Stanford for the first time since 1999 as the Cardinal has made three straight trips to Fresno in the series. Stanford made regularly scheduled visits to Fresno in 2000 and 2002. In 2001, a three-game season-opening series scheduled to be played at Stanford was moved to Fresno as renovations to Sunken Diamond were not finished. Stanford leads the all-time series, 66-46. Stanford won six of eight games played in Fresno over the past three seasons with one scheduled game in 2000 being lost to rain. Stanford dropped two-of-three to the Bulldogs the last time the teams played at Sunken Diamond January 29-31, 1999.
SATURDAY STARTER TIM CUNNINGHAM
Has suffered back-to-back losses in his last two outings versus Florida State (2/8) and at Cal State Fullerton (2/1) ... Allowed three runs (two earned) and four hits over the first 3.2 innings of a 4-3 loss to the Seminoles ... Gave up five runs and seven hits over the first 5.2 innings of a 10-2 Stanford defeat to the Titans ... Began the season by throwing 5.2 hitless innings to pick up a victory versus Santa Clara (1/26), striking out four and walking six ... Finished the 2002 season with a 10-3 overall record and a 4.26 ERA to earn honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors, ranking second on the club in innings pitched (112.0) and strikeouts (67) ... Has a career 22-7 record with a 3.98 ERA and one save in 56 appearances ... Stanford's active career leader in victories (22), strikeouts (169), innings pitched (251.0) and games started (42).
SUNDAY STARTER TBA
at Stanford 4, Fresno State 1 (Friday, February 14, 2003)
John Hudgins carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning and John Mayberry, Jr. homered to lead No. 11 Stanford (4-5) to a 4-1 victory over Fresno State (1-4) in the series opener Friday at Sunken Diamond. Hudgins struck out nine while allowing just one run and three hits over the first 8.0 innings. Jed Lowrie (2-3, 2B), Mayberry (2-4, HR, RBI, SB), Sam Fuld (2-4, 2 2B, SB) and Carlos Quentin (2-4, RBI) combined for eight of Stanford's 10 hits. The victory snapped a two-game losing streak for the Cardinal and extended Fresno State's skid to four games.
There have been eight no-hitters in Stanford history with the last thrown by Chad Hutchinson, a five-inning rain shortened gem at Fresno State on February 1, 1998.
Stanford took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning when Fuld doubled to lead off the inning for his 200th career hit, moved to third base on a fly ball by Brian Hall and scored on Quentin's RBI single.
The Cardinal lead remained 1-0 until Stanford scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh. Lowrie doubled to lead off the inning to chase Fresno State starter and losing pitcher Josh Glynn (0-2), who scattered eight hits and held the Cardinal to two runs over 6.0-plus innings. Fresno State reliever Chad Edwards then attempted to throw Lowrie out at third base on a sacrifice bunt by Tobin Swope, leaving Cardinal runners on first and third. An RBI infield single by Chris Lewis drove in the first run and Swope eventually came around to score on a pair of passed balls by Bulldog catcher Brandon Marcelli.
Fresno State got on the scoreboard in the top of the eighth inning. Tory Davis broke up Hudgins' no-hitter with a line drive single to center field with one out, moved to third on a single by pinch-hitter Aaron Kempster and scored on a two-out double by Ryan Haag. Hudgins then struck out Chris Patrick to get out of the jam with Haag left on second base as the tying run.
Mayberry gave Stanford the run back with his two-out homer over the left field wall in the bottom of the eighth, his second longball of the season.
Stanford's Mark Romanczuk retired the side in order in the top of the ninth to record his first career save. Romanczuk has pitched 6.1 scoreless innings this season, allowing just one hit.
Hudgins was named the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week last Tuesday for the first time in his career after holding Florida State to one run and six hits over the first 9.0 innings of a 12-inning, 2-1 Stanford victory on February 7. Hudgins improved to 2-0 on the season and lowered his ERA to 2.17.
Marquess earned his 1097 career coaching victory, leaving him three shy of becoming the 21st coach in the history of Division I baseball to reach the 1100 victory mark and four short of moving into the top 20 on the all-time Division I victory list.
Fuld extended his hit streak to six games, the longest active streak by a Stanford player.
Stanford started three freshman infielders for the first time this season in Mayberry (first base), Lewis (second base) and Lowrie (third base) that combined to go 5-for-10 with a double, homer, stolen base and two RBI.
Stanford and Fresno State continue their three-game series Saturday and Sunday with start times scheduled each day for 1:00 pm. The Cardinal concludes its current seven-game homestand by hosting Nevada next Monday, February 17 (1 pm, PT).