No. 9 Stanford And USC To Conclude Series With Doubleheader Sunday

May 4, 2003

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    No. 9 Stanford Cardinal (29-14, 11-5 Pac-10)

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    USC Trojans (25-20, 9-7 Pac-10)

    Sat., May 3 - Stanford 22, at USC 10
    Sun., May 4, 12 pm (Game 1) - LHP Mark Romanczuk (8-0, 3.88) vs. RHP Brian Bannister (5-4, 4.38)
    Sun., May 4, 3:30 pm (Game 2) - TBA vs. LHP Bobby Paschal (3-4, 3.79)
    The first game of the Stanford-USC baseball doubleheader on Sunday is scheduled to be broadcast both on the air at KZSU (90.1 FM)
    KZSU (90.1 FM) and online at gostanford.com, while the second game is scheduled for an internet only broadcast on KZSU2 ... Chad Goldberg and Sam Stefanki will call the action ... A Gametracker Game 1 | Game 2 with live stats for both games will also be available from a link at gostanford.com

    STANFORD BASEBALL QUICK TEAM NOTES
    Stanford conlcudes its three-game series at USC with a doubleheader on Sunday, May 4 ... Stanford set new season-highs in runs and RBI in a 22-10 win over the Trojans in the delayed series-opener on Saturday ... Stanford (11-5 Pac-10) comes into Sunday's action one-half game ahead of both Arizona State (10-5 Pac-10) and Arizona (11-6 Pac-10) ... The Cardinal had a trio of series win streaks snapped when Arizona won two-of-three against Stanford at Sunken Diamond last Friday-Sunday ... Stanford had won both eight straight overall and eight consecutive Pac-10 series, as well as 15 home Pac-10 series in a row ... 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 fell five spots in the latest Baseball America poll released April 28 after having spent the previous four weeks at No. 4 ... Stanford is also ranked No. 7 by Collegiate Baseball, No. 8 by the NCBWA and No. 9 by Sports Weekly/ESPN ... Stanford is hitting .316 (#3 Pac-10) as a team, which would rank fourth on the school's all-time single-season list ... Stanford's pitching staff is second in the Pac-10 with a 4.37 ERA and has held its opponents to a .254 batting average, also second in the conference ... 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 .416 batting average and is .014 percentage points behind Stanford's single-season record of .430 set by Tom Williams in 1972 ... 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 29 of his last 31 games (.460, 57-124) and had a career-high 26-game hit streak that lasted two months (February 22 - April 22) ... Quentin also paces the team in hits (69), doubles (21), walks (30), hit-by-pitches (9), extra-base hits (28) and on-base percentage (.522) ... Ryan Garko is the team's leader in homers (11), RBI (55, tied for career-high), total bases (112) and slugging percentage (.680) ... Danny Putnam ranks second on the club in batting average (.391), homers (9) and RBI (38), and has a career-high nine-game hit streak (4/17 - 5/3) in which he is hitting .500 (16-32) with three doubles, three homers and 13 RBI ... John Hudgins (7-3, 3.29) leads the conference in five categories, including innings pitched (104.0) and strikeouts (96) ... Sunday's starter Mark Romanczuk (8-0) paces the Pac-10 in victories ... Donny Lucy is 6-for-8 as a pinch-hitter.

    STANFORD-USC SERIES HISTORY
    USC leads Stanford in the all-time series, 198-148-3. However, Stanford has won three-of-four games this season after Saturday's 22-10 victory. Stanford also took two-of-three games (L, 4-13; W, 10-6; W, 18-4) in a non-conference series at Sunken Diamond (2/28 - 3/2) earlier this season and 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). USC last won a series over the Cardinal from April 20-22, 2001 (2-of-3 in Los Angeles).

    PROBABLE STARTING PITCHERS NOTES

    SUNDAY (GAME 1) ... #21 - MARK ROMANCZUK (L/L, 6-1, 190, Fr.)
    FRESHMAN PLAYER OF THE YEAR/FRESHMAN ALL-AMERICAN CANDIDATE
    2003 Season Notes: Co-leads the Pac-10 in wins with a perfect 8-0 record, while also recording two saves and posting a 3.88 ERA with 49 strikeouts in 58.0 innings ... Has five wins and three no-decisions in his eight starts with Stanford winning all three of his no-decisions ... Also has three wins out of the bullpen ... Twice named Pac-10 Player of the Week in April (4/1, 4/20) ... Moved into the team's role as its No. 2 starter last week and scheduled to be the No. 2 starter again this week ... Has one of the team's six complete games ... 2003 Individual Game Highlights: Allowed four runs and six hits over 5.0 innings with three strikeouts in his most recent outing to earn a no-decision versus Arizona (4/26) in a game Stanford came back to win, 10-9 ... Impressive in his previous start versus Oregon State (4/19), earning the victory with 7.2 innings of two-hit scoreless work and striking out a career-high nine ... Credited with the win as the first of three or more predetermined Stanford pitchers in a 4-2 victory over San Jose State (4/15), striking out three and giving up just one hit in 2.0 innings ... Took a no-decision and was taken off the hook for the loss when Stanford rallied for two ninth inning runs in a game the Cardinal eventually won 8-5 in 11 innings at Washington State (4/7) ... Touched for six runs and eight hits in the first 3.0 innings of a no-decision start versus Washington (3/30) in a game Stanford eventually won, 12-11 ... Tossed his first career complete game in a 4-2 win at Arizona State (3/24) in a rubber game of a three-game set, giving up just five hits and two runs with five strikeouts ... 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.

    SUNDAY (GAME 2) ... TBA

    THIS WEEK'S GAME REVIEWS

    Santa Clara 2, at Stanford 0 (April 29, 2003)
    Santa Clara handed Stanford its first shutout of the season with a 2-0 victory in a non-conference game at Sunken Diamond. The Broncos also snapped a five-game losing streak against Stanford and won for just the second time in the last 27 meetings between the schools dating back to 1997. Eight Santa Clara pitchers limited Stanford to a season-low four hits and the Broncos' pitching staff survived eight walks and two wild pitches over the first five innings as the Cardinal stranded six runners in the first five frames and 10 for the game.

    Ryan Chiarelli (2-3) and Matteucci (2-4) had two hits each for the Broncos.

    The Cardinal was held to a season-low four hits

    Stanford 22, at USC 10 (May 3, 2003)
    John Mayberry, Jr. (5-6, HR, 6 RBI) set new career-highs with five hits and six RBI to lead No. 9 Stanford (29-14, 11-5 Pac-10) to a 22-10 victory over USC (25-20, 9-7 Pac-10) and extend its season-best road win streak to eight games in the delayed opener of a key three-game Pac-10 series at Dedeaux Field. The victory moved Stanford into sole possession of first place in the Pac-10, one-half game of idle Arizona State (10-5 Pac-10).

    Ryan Garko (4-6, 2B, HR, 3 RBI) also hit his team-leading 11th homer, tied a career-high with four hits and drove in three runs to increase his team-leading RBI total to 55 and tie his career-high from last year.

    Stanford's 22 runs and 18 RBI were season-highs with the run total the most the Cardinal has scored since a seven-inning, 22-5 win over Oregon State on April 14, 2001.

    Stanford scored 16 runs in the final three innings to break open a game that had been tied 6-6 after six innings and posted the most runs ever by a USC opponent at Dedeaux Field. The old record was held by Arizona when the Wildcats scored 20 runs versus USC on April 18, 1982.

    Danny Putnam (3-3, 2B, 2 HBP) continued his hot hitting for the Cardinal by extending his career-high hit streak to nine games. Donny Lucy was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI, while Jed Lowrie had a pair of career-highs with three RBI and three runs scored.

    Travis McAndrews (4-5, 2 HR, 3 RBI) led USC's 17-hit attack, tied for the most given up by the Cardinal pitching staff this season. Darin Vieira (3-5, 2 RBI) had a three-hit game for the Trojans, while Anthony Lunetta (2-4, 2B, 3 RBI) drove in three runs. Joey Metropoulos (2-4, RBI), Spencer Gordon (2-4, 2B) and Michael Moon (2-5, RBI) added two hits each.

    David O'Hagan (5-1) got credit for his fifth win of the season as the first of three Stanford relievers, scattering one run and three hits over 1.2 innings. Stanford starter John Hudgins (5.0 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO) picked up a no-decision in his shortest outing of the year.

    USC's Josh Rummonds (4-3) was charged with the loss as the first of four USC pitchers out of the bullpen, giving up four runs and four hits in 1.1 innings. Trojan starter Anthony Reyes (5.0 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 2 HP) received a no-decision.

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