No. 9 Stanford And No. 16 USC To Play Rubber Game Sunday

March 2, 2003

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No. 16 USC Trojans (7-7, 0-0 Pac-10)

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No. 9 Stanford Cardinal (10-7, 0-0 Pac-10)

Friday, February 28 - USC 13, at Stanford 4
Saturday, March 1 - at Stanford 10, USC 6
Sunday, March 2, 1 pm - LHP Bobby Paschal (0-2, 2.60) vs. Mark Romanczuk (3-0, 2.84)
A live audio broadcast of Sunday's Stanford-USC game will be available on the air at KZSU (90.1 FM) as well as online at gostanford.com ... Chad Goldberg and Nick Kapur 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 snapped a two-game losing streak with yesterday's 10-6 victory over USC and will be looking for its third straight series victory in today's rubber game ... Stanford has won seven of its last nine games overall, including a recent season-high six game win streak (2/14 - 2/22) which was capped with a doubleheader sweep at defending College World Series champion Texas on February 22 ... Stanford has moved into the top 10 in each of the nation's four major collegiate baseball polls (No. 7 Collegiate Baseball; No. 8 Sports Weekly/ESPN; No. 9 Baseball America; No. 9 NCBWA) ... Stanford has committed eight errors in the first two games of the series, including a season-high six in Friday night's opener, after having been errorless in five of its previous six games prior to the series ... Stanford is outhitting USC in the current series (.303 - .275) but has been outhomered by the Trojans, 6-0 ... Stanford is hitting .292 as a team this season, has posted a 4.18 ERA and has a .966 fielding percentage through its first 17 contests ... Stanford has a 36-7 record at Sunken Diamond over the past two seasons ... Stanford is looking to extend its school record of consecutive appearances at the College World Series to five ... The Cardinal has reached the CWS championship game in two of the last three seasons (2000, '01) and qualified for a CWS bracket final in 1999 and 2002.

STANFORD BASEBALL QUICK INDIVIDUAL NOTES
Freshman left-handed Mark Romanczuk (3-0, 2.84, 2 SV) is schedule to make his first career start today ... John Mayberry, Jr. singled in his final at-bat of the game in the eighth inning yesterday to extend his career-high hit streak to 10 games and has hit safely in 16 of his first 17 collegiate contests ... Ryan Garko paces the club in both homers (4) and RBI (19) after driving in three runs yesterday and four in the first two games of the series ... Sam Fuld (4-5) and Brian Hall (3-4, 2B, 2 RBI) combined for seven of Stanford's 11 hits yesterday from the top two spots in the order ... Danny Putnam leads the Cardinal with a .370 batting average overall ... Hall leads the squad with six stolen bases ... Mark Marquess moved into sole possession of 20th place on the all-time Division I win list when he recorded victory number 1101 in the first game of the doubleheader sweep versus Texas (2/22) ... Stanford has started three freshman infielders in each of the last nine games in Mayberry (1B), Chris Lewis (2B) and Jed Lowrie (3B).

STANFORD-USC PREVIEW AND SERIES HISTORY
Stanford and USC conclude their current non-conference series with today's rubber game. The teams have split the first two games of this series with the Trojans winning 13-4 in Friday night's opener and the Cardinal taking a 10-6 victory on Saturday. USC leads Stanford in the all-time series, 198-146-3. However, Stanford won seven of the eight games played between the clubs last year, including a pair of NCAA Super Regional contests (W, 4-2; W, 5-3) to end the Trojans' season. Stanford won four of the five games played between the clubs at Sunken Diamond last season, also taking two-of-three (W, 6-5, 10 inn.; L, 11-16, W, 15-4) in a regular season Pac-10 series. In addition, Stanford swept the Trojans (W, 9-6; W, 12-10, 11 inn.; W, 5-4) in a 2002 non-conference series in Los Angeles. USC last won a series over the Cardinal with two-of-three wins in Los Angeles from April 20-22, 2001.

PROBABLE STARTING PITCHER NOTES

SUNDAY STARTER MARK ROMANCZUK
2003 Season Notes: Has a 3-0 record, two saves and a 2.84 ERA with 14 strikeouts in 12.2 innings and six appearances ... Scheduled to make his first start of the season today ... 2003 Individual Game Highlights: Picked up a win at Texas (2/22 - Game 2) despite allowing four runs and five hits in 3.0 innings of relief work in his most recent outing ... Brilliant in his first five outings ... Earned a win with 1.1 scoreless one-hit innings and two strikeouts versus Nevada (2/17) ... Picked up back-to-back saves in the first two games of the Fresno State series (2/14, 2/15), combining to throw 3.0 scoreless innings, striking out two and allowing just one hit ... Pitched 3.0 hitless innings with four strikeouts versus Florida State (2/7) to earn his first collegiate win ... Made his collegiate debut at Cal State Fullerton (2/2), striking out four and allowing just one hit in 2.1 innings.

2003 USC-STANFORD GAME REVIEWS

USC 13, at Stanford 4 (Friday, February 28, 2003)
No. 16 USC rolled to a 13-4 win over No. 9 Stanford in the opener of a non-conference series at Sunken Diamond on Friday. USC homered times in the first four innings to jump out to an early 6-3 lead and tacked on seven more runs in the final three innings by taking advantage of six Stanford errors that led to five unearned runs. The six errors were the most committed by Stanford since the Cardinal committed six in a 13-7 win at Cal State Fullerton on February 7, 1999.

John Mayberry, Jr. (3-4, RBI, SB) extended his career-high hit streak to nine games, while Danny Putnam (2-4, 2 2B, RBI) had a pair of doubles.

USC starter Brian Bannister (3-1) picked up the victory, scattering four runs and seven hits with four strikeouts over the first 7.0 innings. Stanford's John Hudgins (3-1) suffered his first loss of the season, allowing eight runs (six earned) and nine hits with six strikeouts over the first 6.0 frames.

Travis McAndrews (3-4, 2B, HR, RBI) and Michael Moon (3-5, 2B, HR, 3 RBI) had three hits each for USC. Anthony Lunetta (1-3, HR, 2 RBI) and David Gordon (1-5, HR, 2 RBI) added homers for the Trojans.

at Stanford 10, USC 6 (Saturday, March 1, 2003)
No. 9 Stanford scored six runs in the bottom of the first inning and held on for a 10-6 victory over No. 16 USC to even its series with the Trojans on Saturday at Sunken Diamond. Sam Fuld (4-5), Brian Hall (3-4, 2B, 2 RBI) and Ryan Garko (2-4, 2B, 3 RBI) led Stanford's offensive attack. Ryan McCally (2-1) scattered five runs (three earned) and eight hits with seven strikeouts over the first 7.2 innings to earn the win, while David O'Hagan recorded the final four outs for his first collegiate save.

Garko's three RBI ran his season total to 19 in the team's first 17 contests.

USC had homers by Jeff Clement, Joey Metropoulos (2-4, 2B, HR, 2 RBI) and David Gordon (3-4, 3B, HR, 2 RBI) in its comeback attempt and has gone deep six times in the first two games of the series. Anthony Lunetta (2-5, 2B) also had a pair of hits for the Trojans.

USC starter Frazier Dizard (1-1) suffered the loss, surrendering six runs on three hits and three walks before being removed from the game after recording just one out. Clayton Wentworth was the most impressive of four Trojan relievers, holding the Cardinal scoreless in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings on just one hit.

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