No. 11 Stanford Looking For Sweep Of Fresno State Sunday
Feb. 16, 2003
Friday, February 14 - at Stanford 4, Fresno State 1
Saturday, February 15 - at Stanford 5, Fresno State 2
Sunday, February 16, 1 pm - Matt Garza (1-1, 15.75) vs. Ryan McCally (0-1, 4.85)
A live audio broadcast Sunday's Stanford-Fresno State game will be available llive on KZSU (90.1 FM) as well as online at gostanford.com ... Chad Goldberg and Andrew Rogers will call the action ... A Gametracker with live stats will also be available for both games from a link at gostanford.com.
STANFORD BASEBALL QUICK TEAM NOTES
Stanford will be looking for a sweep of Fresno State on Sunday afternoon after a 4-1 victory on Friday and a 5-2 win Saturday ... Stanford's two victories over Fresno State have been fueled by pitching (1.50 ERA, .133 opponents batting average) and defense (one error, .986 fielding percentage) ... Stanford will be attempting to jump back over the .500 mark for the first time since the team was 2-1 after its first three games ... The Cardinal had lost five of its previous six games (swept by Cal State Fullerton, two-of-three losses to Florida State) in its last two series after opening the season with a two-game sweep of 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 is hitting .280 as a team, has posted a 3.58 ERA and has a .967 fielding percentage through its first 10 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 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 Friday 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 on Friday night ... Danny Putnam (.368) leads the club in batting average and is one of three players, along with Mayberry and Ryan Garko, that has two homers ... Garko has a team-high eight RBI, while Mayberry is hitting .571 (4-7) in the first two games of the Fresno Staet series ... Fuld began the season as Stanford's all-time batting average leader but has fallen to a fourth-place tie (.356) after hitting .227 in the first 10 games ... Mark Romanczuk is 1-0 with two saves in four appearances, giving up just two hits with 10 strikeouts over 8.1 scoreless innings
STANFORD-FRESNO STATE SERIES HISTORY
Stanford will be looking for its first three-game sweep of Fresno State since the Cardinal won three straight in Fresno from January 30-February 1, 1998. Stanford did win two in a row against the Bulldogs in Fresno from January 28-29, 2000, before game three was cancelled due to rain. Stanford leads the all-time series, 68-46. Fresno State is playing regular season games at Stanford for the first time since 1999. 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 won six of eight games played in Fresno over the past three seasons. Stanford dropped two-of-three to the Bulldogs the last time the teams played at Sunken Diamond January 29-31, 1999.
SUNDAY STARTER RYAN MCCALLY
Season Notes: Has been the team's Sunday starter each of the last two series ... Has an 0-1 record, one save and a 4.85 ERA with eight strikeouts in 13.0 innings and three appearances ... Individual Game Highlights: Had his best performance of the season in relief at Santa Clara on opening day (1/25), holding the Broncos scoreless on one hit over the final 3.0 innings ... Took the loss at Cal State Fullerton (2/2) in his first start of the season and second of his career, allowing eight runs (four earned) and seven hits with five strikeouts in 5.2 innings ... Earned a no-decision versus Florida State (2/9) in a 12-inning, 10-8 loss by scattering three runs and four hits over the first 4.1 innings.
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.
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.
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.
at Stanford 5, Fresno State 2 (Saturday, February 15, 2003)
David O'Hagan picked up his first collegiate win and Ryan Garko hit a key two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning to lift No. 11 Stanford (5-5) to a 5-2 victory over Fresno State (1-5) on Saturday at Sunken Diamond. The victory assured Stanford of a series victory. John Mayberry, Jr. (2-3) and Danny Putnam (2-4) had two hits each for Stanford, while Chris Patrick (2-4) was the only Fresno State player with more than one hit as the Bulldogs lost their fifth straight contest.
O'Hagan got Stanford out of a third-inning jam when he relieved Stanford starter Tim Cunningham with one out, the bases loaded and one run already across the plate. O'Hagan struck out Tory Davis for the second out of the inning and retired Aaron Kempster on a fly out to centerfielder Sam Fuld to minimize the damage and keep Fresno State's lead at 2-0.
Stanford answered back to tie the score at 2-2 with a pair of runs in the bottom of the third inning. Tobin Swope led off with a single and scored on an RBI triple by Chris Lewis. With one out, Brian Hall drove in Lewis with a sacrifice fly.
Stanford took a 3-2 lead with a run in the bottom of the sixth inning on three consecutive two-out singles. Putnam started the two-out rally with a single, moved to second on a single by Mayberry and scored on an RBI single by Jed Lowrie.
Fresno State threatened in the top of the seventh inning, loading the bases off O'Hagan on a walk, a single by Patrick and a two-out hit batsmen. Kodiak Quick relieved O'Hagan and struck out Davis to end the threat.
Fresno State stranded 10 runners, while Stanford left six runners on base.
Garko added a couple of insurance runs for the Cardinal with his second homer of the season in the bottom of the eighth, a two-run line drive shot over the field wall.
Mark Romanczuk shut out Fresno State in the eighth and ninth innings on just one hit to earn his second save of the series. Romanczuk has pitched 8.1 scoreless innings this season, allowing just two hits.
Mark Marquess earned his 1098th career coaching victory, leaving him two shy of becoming the 21st coach in the history of Division I baseball to reach the 1100 victory mark and three short of moving into the top 20 on the all-time Division I victory list.
Fuld had his modest six-game hit streak end by going 0-for-4.
Fresno State starter Cody Smith (0-1) suffered the loss, allowing three runs and six hits over the first 5.2 innings.