No. 8 Stanford And No. 3 Arizona State To Play Rubber Game Of Series Monday

March 24, 2003

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No. 7 Stanford Cardinal (15-8, 1-1 Pac-10)

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No. 3 Arizona State (32-4, 1-1 Pac-10)

Saturday, March 22 - at Arizona State 7, Stanford 6 (11 inn.)
Sunday, March 23 - Stanford 9, at Arizona State 8 (10 inn.)
Monday, March 24, 4:30 pm - LHP Mark Romanczuk (5-0, 3.65) vs. RHP Ben Thurmond (3-0, 3.41)
Monday's Stanford-Arizona State game is scheduled to be broadcast both on the air at 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 for both games from a link at gostanford.com.

STANFORD BASEBALL QUICK TEAM NOTES
Stanford and Arizona State will play a key rubber game this afternoon after splitting the first two games of the first Pac-10 series of the season ... Stanford had its five-game win streak snapped with a heartbreaking 7-6 loss in 11 innings in the series opener on Saturday before holding on for a 9-8, 10-inning win Sunday ... Stanford has won 12 of its last 15 overall ... The Cardinal needs victory today to extend its series win streak to five ... Stanford has won four straight series versus Fresno State (sweep), Texas (2-of-3), USC (2-of-3) and California (sweep) after dropping back-to-back series versus Cal State Fullerton (sweep) and Florida State (2-of-3) ... Stanford fell one spot to No. 8 in the latest Baseball America poll released today ... Stanford is ranked among the nation's top seven teams in each of the other three major collegiate baseball polls (No. 6 Collegiate Baseball, No. 6 Sports Weekly/ESPN; No. 7 NCBWA) ... The Cardinal has scored 74 runs in the last seven games for an average of 10.6 per game while raising its team batting average to .312 (#3 Pac-10) with seven straight double-digit hit contests ... Stanford has also posted a 4.12 ERA (#3 Pac-10) and has a .966 fielding percentage (#4 Pac-10) through its first 23 contests ... The Stanford pitching staff has held its opponents to a Pac-10 low .242 batting average and recorded 10 saves ... Stanford is looking to extend its school record of consecutive appearances at the College World Series to five.

STANFORD BASEBALL QUICK INDIVIDUAL NOTES
John Mayberry, Jr. extended his career-high hit streak to 16 games yesterday and is one of four players with current hit streaks of seven or more games (Carlos Quentin 11, Sam Fuld 7, Brian Hall 7) ... Mayberry is hitting .420 (29-69) with a double, five triples, two homers, 15 RBI and two stolen bases during the streak ... Mayberry has hit safely in 22 of his first 23 collegiate games and leads the club with 36 hits, six triples (Pac-10 high) and 12 extra-base hits ... Danny Putnam paces Stanford with a .377 batting average and co-leads the club along with Ryan Garko in homers (4) ... Garko has a team-high 25 RBI and has driven in 17 runs in his last 12 games despite going 0-for-9 in the first two games of the Arizona State series ... Fuld has moved back into a tie for third on the school's all-time batting average list with a .358 lifetime mark and is 17-for-34 (.500) on his current seven-game hit streak ... Carlos Quentin leads the club with eight doubles, 18 walks and seven hit-by-pitches ... Quentin and Tobin Swope co-lead the team with seven stolen bases ... Fuld has a team-high 20 runs ... Mark Romanczuk has a team-high five wins.

STANFORD-ARIZONA STATE PREVIEW AND SERIES HISTORY
Stanford and Arizona State conclude a key three-game Pac-10 series with today's rubber game. Arizona State and Stanford remain tied in the all-time series, 77-77, after splitting a pair of extra inning games in the first two games of the series (7-6 ASU in 11; 9-8 Stanford in 10). Stanford won two-of-three versus the Sun Devils in both 2001 (March 30 - April 1, at Arizona State; W, 6-2, W, 5-2, L, 5-6) and 2002 (May 10-12, at Stanford; W, 5-3; L, 2-10; W, 3-1). Arizona State last won a series against the Cardinal in 2000 when the Sun Devils won two-of-three in Tempe (March 31 - April 2; L, 1-5; W, 10-6; W, 11-6).

PROBABLE STARTING PITCHER NOTES

MONDAY STARTER MARK ROMANCZUK
2003 Season Notes: Leads the team and in wins with a 5-0 record, while also recording two saves and a 3.65 ERA with 25 strikeouts in 24.2 innings ... Has moved into the team's starting rotation for its last two series as a third starter after making the first six of his eight appearances out of the bullpen ... 2003 Individual Game Highlights: Picked up his second straight win as a starter versus California (3/9), scattering six hits and two runs with seven strikeouts over the first 6.0 innings ... Made his first collegiate start versus USC (3/2), earning the victory after scattering four runs and seven hits with four strikeouts over the first 6.0 innings ... Picked up a win at Texas (2/22 - Game 2) despite allowing four runs and five hits in 3.0 innings of relief work ... 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 STANFORD-ARIZONA STATE GAME REVIEWS

at Arizona State 7, Stanford 6 -- 11 inn. (March 22, 2003)
Dennis Wyrick's two-out bases loaded RBI single in the bottom of the 11th inning scored Dustin Pedroia with the game-winning run to lift No. 3 Arizona State (32-3, 1-0 Pac-10) to a dramatic 7-6 victory over No. 7 Stanford (14-8, 0-1 Pac-10) in a four-hour and twelve minute Pac-10 opener for both teams Saturday evening at Packard Stadium. Wyrick, who also had a key two-run triple in the sixth inning, finished the game 3-for-6 with three RBI. Stanford's Brian Hall (4-6, 3 RBI) tied a career-high with four hits, while John Mayberry, Jr. extended his career-high hit streak to 15 games with a ninth inning triple. The loss snapped Stanford's five-game win streak.

Arizona State reliever Ryan Schroyer (4-0) picked up the victory with 3.0 scoreless innings to close out the game, while Stanford reliever Matt Manship (0-2) suffered the loss despite striking out a career-high six in 3.2 innings.

Manship walked Pedroia to lead off the bottom of the 11th and then committed a throwing error on a sacrifice bunt by Travis Buck that left Arizona State runners on first and second with no outs. Jeff Larish sacrificed the runners to second and third off reliever David O'Hagan with one out. O'Hagan struck out Jeremy West for the second out before hitting Andre Either on the first pitch to load the bases and set up Wyrick's game-winning single that trickled off Jed Lowrie's glove down the third baseline.

Buck (3-4, 2 RBI, SB) also had three hits for the Sun Devils, while Pedroia (2-4) and Rod Allen (2-4) added two hits each.

Tobin Swope (2-4, RBI, SB) and Lowrie (2-5, RBI) had two hits each for Stanford. Swope also tied a career-high with three runs scored.

Carlos Quentin (10), Hall (6), Swope (6) and Sam Fuld (6) all extended hit streaks for the Cardinal, while Ryan Garko had a six-game hit streak snapped.

Stanford's 13 hits marked the sixth straight game the team has had double-digits in hits.

Mayberry's triple was his sixth of the season and puts him over halfway to Stanford's single season record of 10 set by Jack Shepard in 1953.

Stanford 9, at Arizona State 8 -- 10 inn. (March 23, 2003)
Sam Fuld (4-6, 2 2B, 2 RBI) singled home pinch-runner Donny Lucy in the top of the 10th inning to help No. 7 Stanford (15-8, 1-1 Pac-10) hold off No. 3 Arizona State (32-4, 1-1 Pac-10) by a score of 9-8 in the second extra-inning game in as many days between the two top-ranked teams in the Pac-10 before 3483 fans Sunday at Packard Stadium. Stanford had led 8-1 before Arizona State forced extra innings by scoring seven runs in the eighth and ninth innings, the final three coming on a two-out homer by Andre Ethier in the bottom of the ninth. The win evened the series with the rubber game slated for Monday (4:30 pm, MT).

Jed Lowrie started Stanford's 10th inning rally with a one-out single before Lucy replaced him as a pinch-runner, stole second base with two outs and scored on Fuld's single.

Stanford reliever Kodiak Quick worked out of a one-out bases loaded jam in the bottom of the 10th inning to record his second save. Quick struck out Jeremy West before retiring Steve Garrabrants on a ground ball to Stanford's shortstop Tobin Swope to end the game. Arizona State had loaded the bases when Quick walked pinch-hitter Ryan Bosch, allowed a single to Dustin Pedroia and intentionally walked Jeff Larish to load the bases after a sacrifice bunt from Travis Buck had moved the runners to second and third base.

Tobin Swope (2-4, RBI, SB), John Mayberry, Jr. (2-5, RBI) and Brian Hall (2-6, 3 RBI, 2 SB) added two hits each for the Cardinal. Mayberry extended his career-high hit streak to 16 games and has hit safely in 22 of his first 23 collegiate contests. Carlos Quentin also extended his hit streak to 11 contests, while Fuld and Hall have seven-game hit streaks.

Arizona State had four different players with three hits each in Ethier (3-4, 2B, HR, 3 RBI), Dennis Wyrick (3-4, 2B, RBI), West (3-5, 2B) and Pedroia (3-6, 2B, RBI). Garrabrants also had a two-run homer in the eighth inning to begin Arizona State's comeback.

David O'Hagan (2-1) was credited with the victory despite allowing four runs (three earned) and four hits with four strikeouts in 2.0 innings as Stanford's third reliever. Arizona State reliever Ryan Schroyer, the winning pitcher in Friday night's game, suffered his first loss of the season to fall to 4-1 overall. Schroyer, who was the sixth Sun Devil pitcher of the day, also gave up his first earned run in 16 appearances this year.

Quentin was hit by two pitches to run his team-high total to seven and his career mark to 40. Stanford stole six bases in the contest, one shy of its season-high and recorded 13 hits to mark the seventh straight game the Cardinal has posted double-digit hits.

Stanford won for the second time in four extra-inning games this season. The Cardinal needs a victory in Monday's rubber game to extend its series win streak to five.

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