No. 4 Stanford Continues Series At Washington State Saturday

April 5, 2003

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    No. 4 Stanford Cardinal (19-10, 5-2 Pac-10)

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    Washington State Cougars (9-20, 1-3 Pac-10)

    Friday, April 4 - Stanford 6, at Washington State 1
    Saturday, April 5, 12 pm - RHP Ryan McCally (3-1, 4.27) vs. RHP Bryce Chamberlain (3-2, 5.73)
    Sunday, April 6, 11 am - TBA vs. RHP Aaron MacKenzie (2-3, 4.50)
    The two remaining Stanford-Washington State baseball games are scheduled to be broadcast both on the air at KZSU (90.1 FM) as well as online at gostanford.com ... Chad Goldberg 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 moved into sole possession of first place in the Pac-10 with a 6-1 victory over Washington State in Friday's series-opener, while California dropped a 10-2 decision at UCLA ... Stanford has won six straight series and 16 of its last 21 games overall ... Stanford jumped four spots in the latest Baseball America poll released March 31 ... Stanford is also ranked No. 4 by Collegiate Baseball, No. 6 by the NCBWA and No. 7 by Sports Weekly/ESPN ... Stanford has won 16 career Pac-10 championships (includes Southern Division and shared titles) and finished either first or second in the conference 20 times in the last 22 years ... The Cardinal has put up excellent offensive numbers in 11 March games, scoring 103 runs (9.4 per game) and hitting .370 with 11 double-digit hits in all 11 games (a streak that was snapped with just seven hits yesterday) ... Stanford has a team batting average of .318 (#3 Pac-10) and has also posted a 4.30 ERA (#3 Pac-10) and a .967 fielding percentage (#4 Pac-10) through its first 29 contests ... The Stanford pitching staff has held its opponents to a Pac-10 low .249 batting average and recorded 11 saves ... Stanford is 42-9 at Sunken Diamond over the past two seasons and 13-5 this year ... Stanford is looking to extend its school record of consecutive appearances at the College World Series to five.

    STANFORD BASEBALL QUICK INDIVIDUAL NOTES
    Carlos Quentin, Sam Fuld and Ryan Garko have been swinging the team's hottest bats ... Quentin has a current career-high 17-game hit streak (.470, 31-66), a team-high batting average of .398 and collected his 200th career hit versus USF (4/1) ... Fuld has tied his career-high with his current 13-game hit streak (.484, 31-64) and has regained his spot on top of Stanford's career batting average list (.363) ... Fuld has taken over the team's lead in hits (46) and runs scored (29) ... Garko, the team's leader in both homers (6) and RBI (37), is hitting .560 (14-25) with two homers and 12 RBI in his last six games ... Mark Romanczuk was named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week for the first time in his career on April 1 after throwing his first career complete game in a 4-2 win at Arizona State eight days earlier ... Romanczuk paces the club and co-leads the Pac-10 in victories with a 6-0 record ... John Hudgins leads the conference and the team with 73.0 innings pitched and 67 strikeouts ... Hudgins tossed his second complete game of the season and the fifth of his career in yesterday's 6-1 victory at Washington State.

    STANFORD-WASHINGTON STATE PREVIEW AND SERIES HISTORY
    Stanford continues its three-game series at Washington State Saturday and Sunday (1 pm, 11 am). Stanford leads the all-time series, 21-13, and has won all 13 games versus Washington State since the Pac-10 expanded to include the Cougars in 1999. The Cardinal swept a three-game set at Sunken Diamond last season from May 24-26 (W, 10-0; W, 11-3; W, 8-2) and also won three in a row the last time the teams played in Pullman (May 18-20, 2001; W, 14-6; W, 19-3; W, 12-1).

    PROBABLE STARTING PITCHER NOTES

    #20 - RYAN MCCALLY (R/R, 6-1, 195, Sr.) ... SATURDAY STARTER
    Season Notes: Has a 3-1 record, one save and a 4.27 ERA with 30 strikeouts in 52.2 innings pitched and nine appearances (eight starts) ... Has one of Stanford's four complete games this season .. Stanford has won each of his last six starts (three wins, three no-decisions) ... Individual Game Highlights: Picked up a no-decision in his most recent outing in a 10-6 comeback Stanford victory, scattering a season-high 11 hits and giving up four runs in the first 6.0 innings ... Also credited with a no-decision at Arizona State, a 9-8 Stanford victory in 11 innings, despite leaving the game with an 8-3 lead in the bottom of the eighth after allowing nine hits and three runs over the first 7.0 plus innings ... Recorded a victory versus California (3/8), scattering three runs and seven hits with six strikeouts over the first 5.2 innings of a 9-4 Stanford win ... Picked up a victory versus USC (3/1), scattering five runs (three earned) and eight hits with seven strikeouts over the first 7.2 innings in a 10-6 Stanford victory ... Received no-decision at Texas (2/22 - Game 2), allowing three runs and four hits over the first 4.1 innings in a game Stanford eventually won, 8-7 ... Tossed his first career complete game with a career-high 9.0 innings and earned his first career victory as a starter in a 7-2 win over Fresno State (2/16), taking a shutout into the ninth inning and retiring 17 straight batters at one point ... Earned a no-decision versus Florida State (2/9) in a 12-inning, 10-8 loss, scattering three runs and four hits over the first 4.1 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 ... Made his first appearance 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 to earn a save ... Career Notes: Spent the first three years of his career primarily as a reliever, making 68 of his 69 appearances prior to this season out of the bullpen ... Stanford's active career leader in appearances (78) and saves (12), ranking tied for seventh on the school's all-time list in saves ... Third on Stanford's active career list in wins (10), starts (9), innings pitched (157.2) and strikeouts (108) ... Has been tremendous during the postseason in his career with a 1.15 ERA in 15.2 innings, allowing just two earned runs and eight hits.

    2003 STANFORD-WASHINGTON STATE GAME REVIEWS

    Stanford 6, at Washington State 1 (April 4, 2003)
    John Hudgins tossed his second complete game of the season and the fifth of his career to lead Stanford to a 6-1 victory over Washington State in the opener of a three-game Pac-10 series at Bailey-Brayton Field. Carlos Quentin extended his career-best hit streak to 17 games, while Sam Fuld ran his to a career-high-tying 13 in a row. Jonny Ash (2-3, 2 RBI) was the only Stanford player with more than one hit, while Jed Lowrie added a pair of RBI. The victory moved Stanford into sole possession of first place in the Pac-10, one-half game ahead of UCLA (3-1 Pac-10). The Bruins defeated California, 10-2, on Friday evening.

    Hudgins, who won for the first time since also going the distance at California on March 7, allowed just seven hits and one run while striking out six in the fastest Stanford game of the season, which clocked in at two hours and one minute.

    The only run off Hudgins came on a two-out solo homer in the bottom of the sixth by Jeremy Farrar. Hudgins gave up more than one hit only once in the sixth frame and was benefited by a double play prior to Farrar's homer. The Cardinal turned its second double play to get out of the eighth inning after the Cougars had put runners on first and second with one out.

    Washington State's Tony Banaszak (1-7) suffered the loss despite holding the Cardinal to seven hits and pitching his third complete game of the season.

    Wes Falkenborg (2-4, 2B) was the only Washington State player with more than one hit.

    Stanford's victory made the Cardinal a perfect 13-0 versus Washington State since the Cougars rejoined the Pac-10 in 1999. The Cardinal holds an all-time lead in the series, 21-13.

    Stanford's seven-hit effort ended the team's string of 12 consecutive games with double-digit hits.

    Quentin's overall batting average dropped .002 points to .398 with his 1-for-3 performance. He is hitting at a .470 clip (31-66) during his 17-game hit streak.

    Fuld is hitting .500 (31-62) during his 13-game hit streak and has an updated career batting average of .363, one percentage point ahead of the second-place .362 mark posted by the late Jack Shepard from 1951-53.

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