No. 4 Stanford And Arizona To Play Rubber Game Sunday

April 27, 2003

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    Arizona Wildcats (29-16, 8-6 Pac-10)

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    No. 4 Stanford Cardinal (28-12, 10-4 Pac-10)

    *Friday, April 25 - Arizona 4, at Stanford 3
    Saturday, April 26 - at Stanford 10, Arizona 9
    Sunday, April 27, 1 pm - LHP Joe Little (4-3, 4.55) vs. RHP Ryan McCally (3-2, 4.96)
    *Televised by College Sports Television Network (CSTV)
    Sunday's Stanford-Arizona game is 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 ... A Gametracker with live stats will also be available from a link at gostanford.com.

    STANFORD BASEBALL QUICK TEAM NOTES
    Stanford needs a win in today's series rubber game versus Arizona to keep a trio of series win streaks going ... The Cardinal has won both eight straight overall and eight consecutive Pac-10 series, as well as 15 home Pac-10 series in a row ... The last Pac-10 team to win a series at Sunken Diamond was USC when the Trojans took two-of-three from April 16-18, 1999 ... Stanford has also won 10 of its last 12 and 25 of its last 32 games overall ... Stanford (10-4 Pac-10) holds a one game lead over Arizona State (9-5 Pac-10), as well as two game leads over Arizona and USC (both 8-6) in the conference standings ... 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 maintained its No. 4 ranking in the latest Baseball America poll released April 21 for the fourth straight week and is also ranked No. 3 by Collegiate Baseball, as well as No. 4 by the NCBWA and No. 6 by Sports Weekly/ESPN ... The Cardinal has won seven straight road games and is also 18-8 in non-conference games this year ... Stanford has reached double-digits in hits in 19 of its last 24 games and is hitting .317 (#3 Pac-10) as a team, which would rank fourth on the school's all-time single-season list ... The Cardinal has also averaged 8.5 runs per contest over the 23-game stretch ... Stanford's pitching staff has moved up a spot to second in the Pac-10 with a 4.20 ERA and has held its opponents to a Pac-10 low .245 batting average ... Stanford is 47-11 at Sunken Diamond over the past two seasons and 18-7 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 leads the Pac-10 with a .431 batting average and is. 001 percentage points above Stanford's single-season record of .430 set by Tom Williams in 1971 ... Quentin is also attempting to become the first Stanford player to hit .400 or better since David McCarty finished the 1991 season with a .420 mark ... Quentin has hit safely in 27 of his last 28 games (.486, 54-111) and had a career-high 26-game hit streak that lasted two months (February 22 - April 22) ... Quentin paces the team in hits (66), doubles (20), walks (28), hit-by-pitches (9), extra-base hits (27), total bases (106), slugging percentage (.693) and on-base percentage (.536) ... Ryan Garko is the team's leader in homers (10) and RBI (52) ... John Hudgins (7-3, 3.00) leads the conference in innings pitched (99.0) and strikeouts (94) ... Mark Romanczuk (8-0) paces the Pac-10 in victories and was recently named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week (4/20) for the second time this month ... Donny Lucy is 6-for-8 as a pinch-hitter ... Sam Fuld had a season-high four RBI yesterday versus Arizona.

    STANFORD-ARIZONA PREVIEW AND SERIES HISTORY
    Stanford and Arizona have split the first two games of their current series with Arizona winning 4-3 Friday and Stanford rebounding for a 10-9 comeback win Saturday. Stanford leads Arizona in the all-time series, 91-51. 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).

    PROBABLE STARTING PITCHER NOTES

    #20 - RYAN MCCALLY (R/R, 6-1, 195, Sr.)
    2003 Season Notes: Has a 3-2 record, one save and a 4.96 ERA with 35 strikeouts in 61.2 innings and 12 appearances (10 starts) ... Has been in Stanford's rotation for most of the season ... Has one of Stanford's five complete games ... Stanford won seven straight times he started (2/16 - 4/5, three wins, four no-decisions) ... 2003 Individual Game Highlights: Had an impressive performance in his most recent outing, pitching 3.0 scoreless innings of three-hit relief at Sacramento State (4/22) ... Had his toughest outing of the season in his previous performance versus Oregon State (4/18), taking the loss after allowing five runs and seven hits in the first 1.2 innings of an 8-7 Stanford loss ... Allowed four runs and nine hits in 4.1 innings in a 12-5 win at Washington State (4/5) for no-decision ... 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 scattering 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 win ... Received no-decision at Texas (2/22 - Game 2), allowing three runs and four hits over the first 4.1 innings of 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 (81) 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 (11), innings pitched (166.2) and strikeouts (113) ... 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-ARIZONA GAME REVIEWS

    Arizona 4, at Stanford 3 (April 25, 2003)
    Brian Anderson's solo homer with one out in the top of the eighth broke a 3-3 tie and lifted Arizona to a 4-3 victory over Stanford in the opener of a key three-game Pac-10 series at Sunken Diamond. The Wildcats moved to within one game of the first-place Cardinal in the Pac-10 standings along with No. 11 Arizona State (40-9, 8-5 Pac-10), a 21-0 winner over Washington State in Tempe on Friday. Stanford's Carlos Quentin had his career-best 26-game hit streak snapped by going 0-for-3 with a pair of walks.

    Arizona starter Richie Gardner earned the victory by scattering three runs and seven hits over the first 8.1 innings before John Meloan came on to retire both batters he faced in the bottom of the ninth to earn the save.

    Stanford's John Hudgins (7-3) took the loss despite pitching a complete game.

    Arizona's Brad Boyer (2-5, 3B, RBI) and Stanford's Jonny Ash (2-4, 2B) were the only players in the game with more than one hit. Moises Duran also hit a key two-run homer for Arizona in the top of the fifth inning, while Ryan Garko drove in a pair of runs for Stanford.

    at Stanford 10, Arizona 9 (April 26, 2003)
    Stanford scored four times in the bottom of the eighth inning to complete a 10-9 comeback victory over Arizona and retain first-place in the Pac-10, while evening a three-game conference series before 2591 fans at Sunken Diamond. Sam Fuld (2-5, 2B, HR, 4 RBI) drove in a season-high four runs and hit a key two-out, two-RBI double in the bottom of the eighth to give Stanford its first lead since the Cardinal jumped ahead 2-0 in the bottom of the first inning.

    Carlos Quentin (3-5, HR, 2 RBI) homered and drove in a pair of runs one day after his career-high 26-game hit streak was snapped to raise his season batting average to .431, one percentage point above Tom Williams' school record of .430 in 1971.

    Jonny Dyer (2-1) picked up the victory by retiring the only batter he faced in the top of the eighth and Matt Manship pitched a perfect ninth inning to record his team-leading fifth save of the year and his second of the week.

    Ryan Garko also hit his team-leading 10th homer for the Cardinal in the third inning, a two-run shot that gave him his team-leading 51st and 52nd RBI of the season.

    Arizona's Brian Anderson (4-5, 3B, HR, 5 RBI) hit an inside-the-park grandslam in the top of the third inning and Moises Duran went deep for the second time in the series with a two-run blast in the top of the eighth.

    Brian Pemble (2-3), the third of four Arizona pitchers, was charged with the loss by being responsible for Stanford's tenth run.

    Jed Lowrie (2-4, RBI) added two hits for the Cardinal, while Arizona's Trevor Crowe was 2-for-5 with a double for the Wildcats.

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