Stanford Resumes Pac-10 Play With Oregon State Thursday-Saturday

April 17, 2003

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    Thursday, April 17, 6 pm - LHP Ben Rowe (3-3, 6.07) vs. John Hudgins (6-2, 3.00)
    Friday, April 18, 6 pm - RHP Stephen Copeland (3-3, 6.56) vs. Ryan McCally (3-1, 4.58)
    Saturday, April 19, 1 pm - TBA vs. TBA
    All three Stanford-Oregon State games are scheduled to be broadcast on the air at KZSU (90.1 FM) as well as online at gostanford.com ... Chad Goldberg and Sam Stefanki will call the action versus Oregon State ... A Gametracker with live stats will also be available from a link at gostanford.com.

    STANFORD BASEBALL QUICK TEAM NOTES
    Stanford returns to Pac-10 action by hosting Oregon State this Thursday-Saturday, April 17-19 (6 pm, 6 pm, 1 pm) ... The three-game series marks Stanford first Pac-10 action since the Cardinal swept Washington State (April 4-7) ... The Cardinal is currently in first place in the Pac-10 standings with a 7-2 conference record (one game ahead of 6-3 Arizona State, two games ahead of 5-4 Arizona and USC) ... 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 ... Stanford is on current win streaks of seven straight series, six consecutive games and five straight Pac-10 contests ... The Cardinal has also won six straight road games, two in a row at Sunken Diamond and 21 of 26 overall ... In addition, the Cardinal boasts 14 consecutive Pac-10 series victories at Sunken Diamond ... Stanford maintained its No. 4 ranking in the latest Baseball America poll released April 14 for the third straight week and is also ranked No. 4 by Collegiate Baseball, as well as No. 5 by the NCBWA and No. 7 by Sports Weekly/ESPN ... Stanford is 17-8 in non-conference games this year ... Stanford has reached double-digits in hits in 16 of its last 18 games and has raised its team batting average of .323 (#3 Pac-10) ... The Cardinal has also scored 9.1 runs per contest over the 18-game stretch ... Stanford's pitching staff has held its opponents to a Pac-10 low .248 batting average ... Stanford is 44-9 at Sunken Diamond over the past two seasons and 15-5 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 and Ryan Garko have been swinging the team's hottest bats ... Quentin has a current 22-game hit streak (.477, 42-88) and leads the club in batting average (.415) ... Quentin is attempting to become the first Stanford player to hit .400 or better since David McCarty finished the 1991 season with a .420 mark ... Quentin also paces the team in hits (54), doubles (17), walks (24), hit-by-pitches (9), extra-base hits (22), on-base percentage (.527) and slugging percentage (.654) ... Garko is the team's leader in homers (9), RBI (46), multiple-RBI games (15) and multiple-hit contests (17, co-leader), and hit .585 (24-41) with five homers and 21 RBI during a season-high 10 game hit streak that finally ended with an 0-for-4 performance versus San Jose State (4/15) in his most recent game ... Tobin Swope co-leads the club with 17 multiple-hit games ... John Hudgins leads the conference and the team with 81.0 innings pitched and 78 strikeouts ... Mark Romanczuk's seven victories tie for the most in the Pac-10.

    STANFORD-OREGON STATE PREVIEW AND SERIES HISTORY
    Stanford heads into its three-game series versus Oregon State this Thursday-Sunday with a season-high-tying six-game win streak, while the Beavers have six of their last nine. Stanford leads Oregon State in the all-time series, 30-11. Last year, Oregon State took two-of-three over Stanford in Corvallis (April 26-28; W, 3-1; W, 4-3; L, 0-13). Stanford swept the Beavers the last time they played at Sunken Diamond (April 12-14, 2001; W, 4-1, W, 8-1; W, 22-5 -- 7 inn.).

    PROBABLE STARTING PITCHERS NOTES

    THURSDAY ... #17 - JOHN HUDGINS (R/R, 6-2, 200, Jr.) ... ALL-AMERICAN CANDIDATE
    2003 Season Notes: Leads the team and the Pac-10 with 78 strikeouts and 81.0 innings pitched ... Has posted a 6-2 record and a 3.00 ERA with two complete games during his team-high 11 starts, lasting at least 6.0 innings in each and 7.0 or more on seven occasions ... 2003 Individual Game Highlights: Pitched 8.0 scoreless two-hit innings and struck out a career-high 11 batters in his most recent start to lead Stanford to a 9-1 win over Sacramento State (4/11) ... Recorded his second complete game of the season to earn a win in a 6-1 victory at Washington State (4/4), scattering seven hits and giving up only one run with six strikeouts ... Suffered a loss in Stanford's 5-3 defeat to Washington (3/28), allowing three runs and eight hits over the first 7.0 innings ... Received no-decision in a Pac-10 opening 7-6, 11-inning loss at Arizona State (3/22), scattering four runs and six hits over the first 6.0 innings ... Tossed his first complete game of the season versus California (3/7), allowing just two runs and seven hits with nine strikeouts in an 11-2 Stanford win ... Suffered his first loss of the season versus USC (2/28), giving up eight runs (six earned) and nine hits with six strikeouts over the first 6.0 innings ... Scattered four runs and seven hits with eight strikeouts in 7.0 innings to earn the victory in an 11-7 win at Texas (2/22 - Game 1) ... Took a no-hitter into the eighth inning and earned a win in a 4-1 victory over Fresno State (2/14), allowing just three hits and one run with nine strikeouts over 8.0 innings ... Earned his first career Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week honors (2/11) after holding Florida State to one run and six hits with 10 strikeouts over the first 9.0 innings of Stanford's 12-inning, 2-1 victory (2/7) ... Picked up a no-decision at Cal State Fullerton (1/31) by scattering 10 hits and three runs over the first 6.0 innings before leaving an eventual 7-3 loss with the score tied 3-3 ... Limited Santa Clara to two runs and five hits with six strikeouts over 6.0 innings in his first start of 2003 to pick up a victory (1/25) ... Career Notes: The only active Stanford pitcher with a shutout to his credit ... Leads active Stanford pitchers in career complete games (5) and strikeouts (190), while ranking second in career victories (17), innings pitched (232.1), saves (4) and games started (29) ... Third among active pitchers with 52 appearances ... Has a 17-8 career record and a 4.03 ERA ... Finished the 2002 season with a 10-1 overall record to rank tied for fourth on Stanford's all-time single season won-loss percentage list (.909) ... Earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors in 2002 while also ranking third on the club in both innings pitched (105.0) and strikeouts (62).

    FRIDAY ... #20 - RYAN MCCALLY (R/R, 6-1, 195, Sr.)
    2003 Season Notes: Has a 3-1 record, one save and a 4.5 ERA with 31 strikeouts in 57.0 innings pitched and 10 appearances (nine starts) ... Has one of Stanford's four complete games this season .. Stanford has won each of his last seven starts (three wins, four no-decisions) ... 2003 Individual Game Highlights: Has picked up three consecutive no-decisions, most recently by giving up four runs and nine hits in 4.1 innings in a 12-5 win at Washington State (4/5) ... Also picked up no-decisions in a 10-6 comeback victory over Washington (3/29), scattering a season-high 11 hits and giving up four runs in the first 6.0 innings, and in a 9-8 11-inning victory at Arizona State (3/23) 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 his most recent 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 (79) 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 (10), innings pitched (162.0) and strikeouts (109) ... 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.

    SATURDAY ... TBA

    THIS WEEK'S GAME REVIEWS

    at Stanford 4, San Jose State 2 (April 15, 2003)
    Brian Hall (2-3, 2 2B, 3 RBI) doubled twice with two outs and drove in three runs to lead Stanford to its sixth straight win with a 4-2 non-conference victory over San Jose State at Sunken Diamond on Tuesday. Stanford's six-game win streak equals a season-best. Stanford starter Mark Romanczuk (7-0) was credited with his team-leading seventh victory by tossing 2.0 scoreless innings as the first of five Stanford pitchers who allowed just two runs, five hits, one walk and one hit batsmen. David O'Hagan pitched the final 1.1 innings and picked up his third save of the season after getting the Cardinal out of an eighth inning jam and pitching a scoreless ninth. Jonny Dyer had an impressive relief stint by retiring all nine batters he faced in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings.

    San Jose State starter Matthew Winck (1-2) suffered the loss and David Pierson (2-3, 2B) was the only Spartan with more than one hit. San Jose State's Aaron Bates hit the game's only home run a long solo shot over the left field wall in the top of the fourth.

    2002 STANFORD-OREGON STATE GAME REVIEWS

    at Oregon State 3, Stanford 1 (April 26, 2002)
    Ben Rowe tossed a complete game four-hitter as Oregon State shut down Stanford, 3-1. Jeremy Guthrie had his 11-game win streak snapped despite tossing his first complete game of the season, scattering eight hits and three runs with five strikeouts. Ryan Garko's fourth inning solo homer gave the Cardinal a short-lived 1-0 lead. Garko (2-4, HR, RBI) had two of Stanford's four hits. Biles (2-4, 2B) was the only Oregon State player with more than one hit. Chris O'Riordan had both his career-high hit (12) and on-base (38) streaks broken by going 0-for-4.

    at Oregon State 4, Stanford 3 (April 27, 2002)
    Oregon State knocked off Stanford for the second straight day with a 4-3 victory as Aaron Mathews scored the game-winning run on a wild play in the bottom of the eighth inning. J.R. Runyon struck out on a wild pitch that moved Matthews to third base and he scored when Stanford catcher Ryan Garko tried to throw Brian Barden out at second base and the ball skipped by Cardinal second baseman Chris O'Riordan. Ty Kline (5-0) picked up the victory, while Dan Rich (1-1) suffered the loss.

    Stanford 13, at Oregon State 0 (April 28, 2002)
    John Hudgins tossed his first career shutout and Stanford picked up 19 hits in a 13-0 blowout victory over Oregon State to salvage the final game of a three-game series. Sam Fuld (4-4, 2B, HR, 2 RBI, SB) and Chris O'Riordan (4-6, 2B, HR, 3 RBI) led the Cardinal offense with four hits each. Fuld added a career-high five runs scored. Hudgins allowed just four hits and struck out five in pitching the first shutout of the season for the Cardinal. He retired 14 straight batters at one point from the third through the seventh innings. Ryan Garko (3-4, 2 2B, 3 RBI), Andy Topham (3-5, 2 2B, 2 RBI) and Scott Dragicevich (3-5) added three hits each for Stanford, who had seven doubles. Aaron Mathews (2-4) had two of Oregon State's four hits. Oregon State starter Mark McLemore (2-3) took the loss, allowing four runs and six hits in 2.2 innings.

    NOTEBOOK

    STANFORD STAYS AT NO. 4 IN LATEST BASEBALL AMERICA POLL
    Stanford stayed at No. 4 for the third consecutive week in the latest Baseball America poll released April 14. The Cardinal is among the nation's top seven teams in all four national polls (No. 4 Baseball America, No. 4 Collegiate Baseball, No. 5 NCBWA, No. 7 Sports Weekly/ESPN). Rice is the nation's unanimous No. 1 team for the fourth consecutive week. Stanford began the 2003 season ranked as high as No. 3 in the preseason Baseball America poll. The Cardinal finished the 2002 season ranked in the top five by all four polls (No. 4 Baseball America, Baseball Weekly/ESPN and Collegiate Baseball, No. 5 NCBWA). Stanford has been ranked No. 1 at one point during each of the past six years (1997-2002) prior to this season. Stanford's poll history includes a run as 'king of the polls' in 1998 when the team held the top spot in the Baseball America poll for the entire regular season (a record 14 consecutive weeks). Stanford has already played 18 games against teams ranked in Baseball America's top 25 at the time of the contest and has played 12 games versus teams currently ranked in Baseball America's top seven (No. 2 Cal State Fullerton, No. 3 Florida State, No. 6 Arizona State, No.7 Texas). The remainder of Stanford's schedule does not feature any games against teams ranked in this week's Baseball America poll.

    STANFORD HOLDS WIN STREAKS OF SEVEN SERIES AND SIX GAMES
    Stanford holds current win streaks of seven series and six games heading into three-game Pac-10 series versus Oregon State this Thursday-Saturday, April 17-19. Stanford's series win streak started versus Fresno State (2/14 - 2/16, sweep) and has continued against Texas (2/22 - 2/23, 2-of-3), USC (2/28 - 3/2, 2-of-3), California (3/7 - 3/9, sweep), Arizona State (3/22 - 3/24, 2-of-3), Washington (3/28 - 3/30) and Washington State (4/4 - 4/7, sweep). The Cardinal has had to come back to win the final two games of the series three times (USC, Arizona State, Washington) after dropping series openers to keep the streak going. The sweep over Washington State was the first in Pac-10 games this season and only one of two in the first four weeks of Pac-10 action. Stanford has won 41 of its last 47 regular season series overall and had series previous win streaks of 17 (broken in 2001) and 12 (broken in 2002) during the period. Stanford has tied its season-best with a six-game win streak. The streak began with the three-game sweep at Washington State and has continued with non-conference victories at Santa Clara, versus Sacramento State and versus San Jose State. The Cardinal has won 21 of its last 26 games overall after starting the season with a 3-5 mark.

    TOP OF THE PAC
    Stanford currently sits in sole possession of first place in the Pac-10 standings with a 7-2 conference record, one game ahead of second-place Arizona State (6-3 Pac-10), as well as two games in front of Arizona (5-4 Pac-10) and USC (5-4 Pac-10). Stanford has already won two-of-three versus Arizona State, while still having series to play versus Arizona and at USC. Stanford's next Pac-10 action will come when the Cardinal hosts Oregon State in a three-game series this Thursday-Saturday, April 17-19. Stanford has won a total of 18 conference championships in school history, including 16 Pac-10 crowns (includes Southern Division and shared titles). Stanford's last Pac-10 championship came in 2000 when the team finished in a three-way tie for the conference title with Arizona State and UCLA. Stanford has finished second in the conference behind two-time defending league champion USC each of the last two years and has been among the top two in the conference standings (includes Pac-10 Southern Division) for nine straight seasons and 20 times in the last 22 years.

    STANFORD'S OFFENSIVE SURGE CONTINUES
    Stanford's offensive surge has continued of late to give the team a current .323 batting average. Stanford has reached double-digit hits in 16 of its last 18 games for a .354 batting average during the stretch. The Cardinal has also scored 164 runs in those 18 games for a 9.1 run per game average. On the season, the Cardinal is scoring runs at a clip of 7.1 per game.

    CARLOS QUENTIN MAKING A RUN AT .400, EXTENDS HIT STREAK TO 22 GAMES
    Carlos Quentin continues his run at becoming the first Stanford player to hit .400 or better since David McCarty hit .420 in 1991. Quentin currently is hitting a team-high .415 (#2 Pac-10) and has extended his career-high hit streak to 22 (current major leaguer Jeffrey Hammonds of the Milwaukee Brewers set the Stanford record with a 37-game run as a freshman in 1990). Quentin is hitting a team-high .477 (42-88) with 15 doubles, one triple, four homers, 26 RBI and six stolen bases during his 22-game hit streak. On the season, Quentin also leads the Cardinal in hits (54, #8T Pac-10), doubles (17, #2T Pac-10), walks (24, #6T Pac-10), hit-by-pitches (9, #4T Pac-10), extra-base hits (22), on-base percentage (.527, #2 Pac-10) and slugging percentage (.654). Quentin had a career night to lead Stanford to a 17-8 win at Santa Clara on April 8, hitting hit his first career grandslam and homering twice for the second time in his career, while setting new career-highs with six RBI and six runs scored.

    RYAN GARKO LEADS TEAM IN HOMERS AND RBI, HIT STREAK ENDS AT 10
    Ryan Garko continues to lead the team in homers (9, #5T Pac-10) and RBI (46, #3 Pac-10). Garko's season-long 10-game hit streak in which he hit .585 (24-41) with five doubles, five homers and 21 RBI ended after going 0-for-4 versus San Jose State (4/15). Garko started the 10-game hit streak in the series finale at Arizona State (3/24) by going 4-for-4 (career-high-tying four hits) with a key two-run homer in the eighth inning and three RBI. Garko also twice drove in a career-high-tying four runs during the streak versus Washington (3/30) and at Washington State (4/5), going deep twice for the second time in his career against the Cougars. He has 44 RBI in the team's last 27 games, while leading the club in both multiple-RBI games (15) and multiple-hit contests (17, co-leader with Tobin Swope).

    JOHN HUDGINS CONTINUES TO LEAD PAC-10 IN INNINGS PITCHED AND STRIKEOUTS
    John Hudgins (6-2, 3.00) continues to lead the Pac-10 in both innings pitched (81.0) and strikeouts (78). He has lasted at least 6.0 innings in each of his 11 starts and has gone 7.0 or more innings seven times. In his most recent start in a 9-1 win over Sacramento State (4/11), Hudgins pitched 8.0 scoreless two-hit innings with a career-high 11 strikeouts. Hudgins has a pair of complete game victories this season at Washington State (4/4) and versus California (3/7). Hudgins also carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning in a 4-1 win versus Fresno State (2/14) and earned Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week honors (2/11) after holding Florida State (2/7) to just one run and six hits with 10 strikeouts over the first 9.0 innings of a game Stanford eventually won, 2-1 in 12 innings.

    SAM FULD SECOND ON ALL-TIME BATTING AVERAGE LIST
    Sam Fuld currently sits in second place on the school's all-time batting average list (.361, 243-673) behind the late Jack Shepard, who hit .362 in a three-year career from 1951-53. Fuld began the 2003 campaign on top of Stanford's career batting average list (.367) but lost .017 points off his career down to .350 by hitting .217 (15-69) over the first 16 games this season before raising his career mark back to its current .361 by hitting safely in 17 of his last 18 games (.440, 37-84). Fuld is also Stanford's active career leader in triples (11) and recently recorded his 100th career RBI in dramatic fashion at Washington State (4/7) with a two-out RBI single to snap a 5-5 tie in the top of the 11th inning in a game Stanford eventually won 8-5.

    TOBIN SWOPE CO-LEADS TEAM WITH 17 MULTIPLE-HIT GAMES
    Tobin Swope has multiple-hit games in eight of his last 14 contests and co-leads the team in that category with 17 along with Ryan Garko. Swope has also hit safely in 12 of his last 13 games and 25 of 33 on the season, while ranking fourth on the club with a .341 batting average.

    ACTIVE PLAYERS IN THE SCHOOL RECORD BOOK
    Following is a list of all active Stanford players in the school's record book ...
    Individual Career Records: Batting Average - Sam Fuld (.361, 2nd); Saves - Ryan McCally (12, 7th-T)
    Individual Season Records: Hits - Sam Fuld (110, 2002, 1st); Hit-by-Pitch - Carlos Quentin (19, 2002, 1st-T; 14, 2001, 9th-T), Ryan Garko (16, 2002, 5th-T); At Bats - Sam Fuld (293, 2002, 4th); Won-Loss Percentage - John Hudgins (.909, 2002, 10-1, 4th-T); Saves - Ryan McCally (7, 2002, 9th-T)

    FRESHMAN PITCHER MARK ROMANCZUK CO-LEADS THE PAC-10 IN VICTORIES
    Freshman pitcher Mark Romanczuk is the co-Pac-10 leader and paces the club in victories with a perfect 7-0 record. Romanczuk also has two saves and has recorded a 4.17 ERA with 37 strikeouts in 45.1 innings. Romanczuk won three games coming out of the bullpen before making his first career start versus USC (3/2). He won his first three starts before picking up no-decisions but returned to the win column versus San Jose State (4/15).

    OTHER STANFORD FRESHMEN MAKING KEY CONTRIBUTIONS
    Mark Romanczuk is not the only Stanford freshman making key contributions. Jed Lowrie (.316, 0 HR, 10 RBI, 4 SB) and John Mayberry, Jr. (.311, 3 HR, 24 RBI, 3 SB) have been regulars in the starting lineup, while Chris Lewis (.175, 1 HR, 10 RBI, 1 SB) has also made 18 starts. Mayberry leads the team with six triples. Matt Manship (1-2, 4.15, 3 SV) and Kodiak Quick (1-0, 6.11, 3 SV) co-lead the team with three saves each.

    CARDINAL LOOKING TO EXTEND STRING OF 40-WIN SEASONS TO NINE
    Stanford is looking to extend its string of 40-win seasons to nine in 2003 after picking up its eighth straight 40-win season last year by finishing with a 47-18 overall mark. The last time Stanford didn't win 40 games was when the club finished 27-28 in 1993.

    FRIENDLY CONFINES
    Stanford has posted a 44-9 record at home over the past two seasons, including a 15-5 mark this year. The Cardinal also has won 14 consecutive Pac-10 home series. Stanford did have two home win streaks snapped earlier this year versus Florida State. The Seminoles ended Stanford's 11-game win streak with a 4-3 victory in the second game of the series (2/8) and then won 10-8 in 12 innings in the series finale (2/9) to become the first opponent to win a series at Sunken Diamond since USC took two-of-three against the Cardinal from April 16-18, 1999, a span of 22 series. Stanford has since won four straight three-game home series versus Fresno State (2/14 - 2/16, sweep), USC (2/28 - 3/2, 2-of-3), California (3/7 - 3/9, sweep) and Washington (3/28 - 3/30, 2-of-3). Stanford's next home series is scheduled versus Oregon State (Thursday-Saturday, April 17-19).

    STANFORD LEADS PAC-10 IN BATTING AND ERA IN CONFERENCE GAMES ONLY
    Stanford leads the Pac-10 in batting average (.345) and ERA (4.83) for conference games only through its first nine Pac-10 games of the season.

    STANFORD VISITS SACRAMENTO STATE AND HOSTS ARIZONA NEXT WEEK
    Stanford will travel to Sacramento State next Tuesday, April 22 (2:30 pm, PT) to make up a game that was originally scheduled for April 12 but rained out. The Cardinal holds an all-time 15-9 lead in the series. Stanford has already won the first meeting between the teams this season, 9-1, on April 11 at Sunken Diamond. Stanford has won two in a row overall in the series but Sacramento State won 12-3 the last time the teams played in Sacramento at Raley Field on May 2, 2001. Stanford leads Arizona in the all-time series, 90-50. Last year, Stanford won two-of-three in Tucson (April 5-7; W, 5-4 in 18 inn.; W, 19-1; L, 13-15). Stanford also won two-of-three the last time the teams played at Sunken Diamond (May 11-13, 2001; W, 6-5, L, 4-5; W, 8-2).

    OFFENSIVE REPORT
    Stanford has raised its team season batting average to .323 (#3 Pac-10) with 16 double-digit hit games in its last 18 outings, hitting .354 during the stretch. The .323 overall batting average would rank third on Stanford's all-time list for a single-season. The Cardinal has also scored 164 runs over the same 18-game stretch for a 9.1 per game average and banged out a season-high 20 hits versus California (3/9) during the streak. In its last five three-game series, Stanford has hit .336 at Washington State, .388 versus Washington, .312 at Arizona State, .402 against California and .343 versus USC. Carlos Quentin is having a huge season and leads the club in batting average (.415, #2 Pac-10), hits (54, #8 Pac-10), doubles (17, #2T Pac-10), walks (24, #6T Pac-10), hit-by-pitches (9, #4T Pac-10), extra-base hits (22), on-base percentage (.527, #2 Pac-10) and slugging percentage (.654, #8 Pac-10). Ryan Garko has team-highs in home runs (9, #5T Pac-10), RBI (46, #3 Pac-10), total bases (90, #7 Pac-10), multiple-RBI games (15), multiple-hit games (17, co-leader with Tobin Swope) and sacrifice flies (3, shares team lead with Jed Lowrie and Danny Putnam). Sam Fuld paces the club in runs scored (38) and at bats (153). John Mayberry, Jr. leads the team with six triples, while Brian Hall has a team-high 11 stolen bases. Garko (.377), Putnam (.354), Swope (.341), Fuld (.340), Lowrie (.316), Mayberry (.311) and Hall (.306) join Quentin above the .300 mark.

    PITCHING REPORT
    Stanford's ERA currently sits at 4.23 (#3 Pac-10) and the Cardinal has held its opponents to a Pac-10 low .248 batting average. John Hudgins (6-2, 3.00, 81.0 IP, 78 SO) is the Pac-10's leader in innings pitched and strikeouts, while co-leading the club and ranking one off the conference leaders in victories. Hudgins also has two of the team's four complete games and the lowest ERA among pitchers in Stanford's starting rotation. Hudgins pitched 8.0 scoreless two-hit innings and struck out a career-high 11 batters in his most recent outing in a 9-1 win over Sacramento State. Hudgins earned Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week for the first time in his career after holding Florida State (2/7) to one run and six hits with a career-high 10 strikeouts over the first 9.0 innings of a 12-inning, 2-1 victory, before taking a no-hitter into the eighth inning of a 4-1 win over Fresno State (2/14) in his next start. Hudgins' complete games have come in an 11-2 win over California (3/7) and a 6-1 victory at Washington State (4/4). Mark Romanczuk (7-0, 4.17, 45.1 IP, 37 SO) co-leads the Pac-10 with seven victories. Romanczuk was named the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week on April 1 after tossing his first career complete game eight days earlier (3/24) to defeat Arizona State, 4-2. Ryan McCally (3-1, 4.58, 1 SV) pitched his first career complete game and the first by a Stanford pitcher this season in a 7-2 victory over Fresno State (2/16). Matt Manship (1-2, 4.15, 26.0 IP, 26 SO), David O'Hagan (4-1, 4.85, 26.0 IP, 33 SO) and Kodiak Quick (1-0, 6.11, 17.2 IP, 19 SO) all three saves each. O'Hagan has also won four games out of the bullpen, while Manship picked up his first collegiate victory in his most recent outing in a 12-5 win at Washington State (4/5), allowing just one run and one hit in a career-high 4.2 innings. Stanford has already posted 12 saves, second in the conference and over halfway to the school record of 23 recorded in 2001.

    DEFENSIVE REPORT
    Stanford has a .967 fielding percentage (#4 Pac-10) after recording its 11th errorless game of the season in its recent outing versus San Jose State (4/15). The Cardinal has been errorless in a total of 11 games but just four times in the last 19 contests. John Mayberry, Jr. continues to lead the club and ranks tied for third in the Pac-10 with 299 putouts, while Tobin Swope has a team-high 88 assists. Mayberry's 16 putouts at Washington State (4/5), as well as six assists by Jonny Ash versus Florida State (2/9), Chris Lewis at Arizona State (3/23) and Jed Lowrie at Washington State (4/4) are single-game team highs. Stanford turned a season-high three double plays versus Nevada (2/17).

    STANFORD BASEBALL HISTORY
    Stanford's storied baseball program has had many highlights now in its 110th season since beginning in 1892. Stanford has an all-time record of 2350-1476-32 (.613) ... The Cardinal won NCAA titles in 1987 and 1988 before returning to the CWS championship game in 2000 and 2001 ... Stanford has made a school record four straight College World Series appearances in the last four seasons and has been to the CWS 14 times since making its first appearance in 1953 ... Stanford has had 37 winning seasons in its last 38 campaigns and 54 in the last 56 years ... Stanford has reached the 40-win mark in eight consecutive campaigns (1995-2002) and recently recorded three straight 50-win seasons for the first time in school history (1999-2001) ... Stanford has won 18 conference titles and gained 23 NCAA Tournament berths ... Stanford has boasted 41 All-Americans who have earned a total of 51 All-American honors ... Stanford has garnered three NCAA Players of the Year in Jeff Austin (1998), David McCarty (1991) and Steve Dunning (1970) ... Stanford has had 97 All-Conference players earn a total of 127 All-Conference honors ... Stanford has had 59 major league players and 13 first round draft picks in the last 16 years ... Three former Stanford players (Jeffrey Hammonds - Milwaukee Brewers, Rick Helling - Baltimore Orioles, Mike Mussina - New York Yankees) have seen Major League Baseball action in 2003.

    STANFORD COACHING STAFF

    STANFORD HEAD COACH MARK MARQUESS
    One of the nation's premier collegiate coaches, Mark Marquess is in his 27th season at the helm of Stanford Baseball in 2003 with an overall record of 1117-543-5 (.672) and a 451-290 (.609) mark in Pac-10 action. The 1969 Stanford graduate has led the Cardinal to two NCAA titles, two CWS runner-up showings, 12 College World Series appearances, 12 NCAA Regional titles, four NCAA Super Regional championships and 10 Pac-10 or Pac-10 Southern Division regular season titles. The Cardinal has qualified for the NCAA Tournament 20 times in the its first 26 seasons under Marquess. Marquess began the 2003 season ranked 10th in victories and 16th in winning percentage among active Division I baseball coaches. Marquess moved into sole possession of 20th place on the all-time victory list with his 1101st career victory at Texas (2/22/03 - Game 1). Recent milestone victories were his 1100th career win versus Nevada (2/17/03) and his 1000th against Florida State (2/9/01). He has been named NCAA Coach of the Year three times and has received Pac-10 or Pac-10 Southern Division Coach of the Year honors on eight occasions. The Cardinal has posted winning seasons in 25 times of the first 26 seasons under his leadership and has finished either first or second in the prestigious Pacific-10 (formerly Pac-10 Southern Division) 20 times in the last 22 years. Stanford has had 104 professional baseball draft picks in the past 18 seasons, including 13 first round selections in the last 16 years. A member of the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame, Marquess was the head coach of the 1988 United States Olympic baseball team that captured the gold medal. Marquess was also an accomplished football and baseball standout on The Farm and is a member of the Stanford Athletic Hall of Fame. He is one of only six collegiate baseball head coaches to have both played and coached in the College World Series. Marquess was the starting first baseman and a First Team All-American on Stanford's 1967 College World Series squad and played four seasons of minor league baseball with the Chicago White Sox organization.

    COMMENTS FROM MARK MARQUESS
    (On the state of Stanford in the Pac-10 standings through the first nine conference games)'The Pac-10 is very competitive. We have a one game lead but not any one team has really stood up and taken charge of the conference. It will be very interesting to see how the league plays out the rest of the season. Each weekend is big and you have to make sure you don't stumble on any given weekend. We want to continue to play solid baseball like we have been.'

    (On returning to Pac-10 action versus Oregon State)
    'We are ready to return to Pac-10 action this weekend. Every series is big and this is the start of five consecutive big series for us.'

    (On his team coming back to win two Pac-10 series after losing both series openers)
    'I was proud of our guys winning series after losing both of our series openers and especially because we had to come back in games in order to win series. We had to do it by bouncing back offensively.'

    (On Carlos Quentin's career night at Santa Clara)
    'Carlos had one of those phenomenal days that come along every now and then, but he is also having a great year.'

    (On recent hot hitting stretches by veterans Sam Fuld, Ryan Garko and Carlos Quentin)
    'If we're going to be good and compete for the Pac-10 title, our older guys are going to need to play well. These guys have been doing that lately.'

    STANFORD COACHING STAFF
    Dean Stotz is in his 27th campaign with Stanford Baseball and his fourth season as associate head coach after he was promoted to the position prior to the 2000 campaign. Stotz served for 23 years as an assistant. Stotz currently coaches third base while also handling various offensive and defensive aspects of the game. Tom Kunis is in his fourth season as Stanford's pitching coach, while Dave Nakama is in his fourth year overall as a Stanford assistant coach and in the second year of his second stint on the coaching staff. He assists with all aspects of the game and serves as Stanford's first base coach.

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