First-Place Stanford Visits California For Three-Game Set Friday-Sunday

May 8, 2003

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    No. 7 Stanford Cardinal (32-14, 13-5 Pac-10)

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    California Golden Bears (27-24, 10-11 Pac-10)

    Friday, May 9, 2:30 pm - RHP John Hudgins (7-3, 3.29) vs. RHP Jesse Ingram (2-2, 6.11)
    Saturday, May 10, 1 pm - LHP Mark Romanczuk (9-0, 3.63) vs. TBA
    Sunday, May 11, 1 pm - TBA vs. TBA
    Broadcast Information: All three Stanford-California baseball games this week 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 ... A Gametracker for all three games will also be available from a link at gostanford.com.

    STANFORD BASEBALL QUICK TEAM NOTES
    Stanford heads into its final three regular season road games of the season at California this Friday-Sunday with a season-best 11-game road win streak ... Stanford (13-5 Pac-10) is one and a half games ahead of Arizona State (10-5 Pac-10) and two games in front of Arizona (11-7 Pac-10) with six conference games to play ... 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 moved up two spots to No. 7 in the latest Baseball America poll released May 5 ... Stanford is also ranked No. 3 by Collegiate Baseball, No. 5 by the NCBWA and No. 7 by Sports Weekly/ESPN ... Stanford is hitting .317 (#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 4.19 ERA and has held its opponents to a Pac-10 low .248 batting average ... 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 team and ranks second in the Pac-10 with a .416 batting average, .014 percentage points behind Stanford's single-season record of .430 set by Tom Williams in 1972 ... Quentin, who was named one of five finalists for the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award on May 6, is also attempting to become the first Stanford player to hit .400 or better since 1991 ... Quentin has hit safely in 32 of his last 34 games (.456, 62-136) and had a career-high 26-game hit streak that lasted two months (February 22 - April 22) ... Quentin also paces the team in hits (74), doubles (22), walks (31), hit-by-pitches (10), on-base percentage (.520), multiple-hit games (21, co-leader) and extra-base hits (29, co-leader) ... Ryan Garko, a Johnny Bench Award candidate, is the team's leader in homers (13), RBI (64), total bases (125), slugging percentage (.698), multiple-RBI games (20), multiple-hit games (21, co-leader) and extra-base hits (29, co-leader) ... Garko has earned NCBWA National Co-Hitter, Pac-10 Player and College Baseball Insider West Regional Player of the Week honors each for the first time in his career this week after going 10-for-13 (.769) with three homers, 12 RBI and a stolen base in the USC series ... John Hudgins (7-3, 3.29) leads the conference in innings pitched (104.0) and strikeouts (96), and was named a 2003 Verizon All-Academic District VIII selection ... Mark Romanczuk (9-0, 3.63) paces the Pac-10 with nine victories and has been invited to the 2003 USA National Team Trials.

    STANFORD-CALIFORNIA SERIES HISTORY
    Stanford holds an all-time lead in the series over California, 220-207. Stanford swept the Golden Bears in a non-conference series at Sunken Diamond earlier this season (March 7-9; 11-2, 9-4, 11-2). Last year, Stanford won five of the six games between the clubs March 8-10 at California; W, 15-4; L, 1-2; W, 4-2; May 3-5 at Stanford; W, 8-4; W, 13-6; W, 8-5). California last won a series over the Cardinal with two-of-three wins in Berkeley from April 27-29, 2001 (W, 7-4; W, 7-0; L, 5-9).

    PROBABLE STARTING PITCHERS NOTES

    FRIDAY ... #17 - JOHN HUDGINS (R/R, 6-2, 200, Jr.) ... ALL-AMERICAN CANDIDATE
    2003 Season Notes: Leads the team and the Pac-10 in five categories with 96 strikeouts, 104.0 innings pitched, 14 starts (co-Pac-10 leader), four complete games and 32 strikeouts looking ... Also second in the Pac-10 behind teammate Mark Romanczuk with an opponents batting average of .238 ... Has posted a 7-3 record and a team-low 3.29 ERA (#3 Pac-10) ... Lasted at least 6.0 innings in each of his first 13 starts and has gone 7.0 or more on nine occasions ... 2003 Individual Game Highlights: Scattered six runs (five earned) and nine hits in his shortest outing of the year (5.0 IP) in his most recent start at USC (5/3) ... Suffered a loss and snapped a three-game win streak in his previous outing versus Arizona (4/25) despite throwing his fourth complete game of the season, allowing four runs and seven hits with six strikeouts ... Tossed a complete game versus Oregon State (4/17), allowing just two runs and six hits with 10 strikeouts ... Pitched 8.0 scoreless two-hit innings and struck out a career-high 11 batters to lead Stanford to a 9-1 win over Sacramento State (4/11) ... Picked up a complete game victory in a 6-1 win 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 year 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 in the season opener (1/25) ... Career Notes: The only active Stanford pitcher with a shutout to his credit ... Leads active Stanford pitchers in career complete games (7) and strikeouts (208), while ranking second in victories (18), innings pitched (255.1), saves (4) and games started (31) ... Third among active Stanford pitchers with 55 appearances ... Has an 18-9 career record and a 4.05 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).

    SATURDAY ... #21 - MARK ROMANCZUK (L/L, 6-1, 190, Fr.)
    FRESHMAN PLAYER OF THE YEAR/FRESHMAN ALL-AMERICAN CANDIDATE
    2003 Season Notes: Leads the Pac-10 in wins with a perfect 9-0 record, while also recording two saves and two complete games with a 3.63 ERA and 54 strikeouts in 67.0 innings ... Has six wins and three no-decisions in his nine starts, all Stanford victories ... Also has three wins out of the bullpen ... Named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week three times in the last five weeks (4/1, 4/20, 5/4) ... Has moved into the team's role as its No. 2 starter for the last two weeks and is scheduled to be the No. 2 starter again this week ... 2003 Individual Game Highlights: Tossed a complete-game three-hitter with five strikeouts for his Pac-10 leading ninth victory in his most recent outing at USC (5/4) to earn Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week honors (5/5) ... Allowed four runs and six hits over 5.0 innings with three strikeouts in his previous outing for 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) out of the bullpen, striking out four and allowing just one hit in 2.1 innings.

    THIS WEEK'S GAME REVIEW (SAN JOSE STATE)

    Stanford 3, at San Jose State 0 (May 6, 2003)
    Stanford extended its season-long road win streak to 11 games with a 3-0 victory at San Jose State in a non-conference game at Municipal Stadium. Stanford starter Tim Cunningham (2-2), the first of seven Cardinal pitchers that combined for Stanford's third shutout of the year and held the Spartans to four hits, earned the victory with 3.0 scoreless innings of one-hit work. Ryan McCally came on with two outs in the bottom of the ninth and struck out the only batter he faced to end the game, earning his second save of the season and 13th of his career.

    Stanford's Danny Putnam (2-4) was the only player for either team with more than one hit. Mark Jecmen (0.1 IP, 1 BB, 1 HB), Kodiak Quick (1.2 IP, 2 SO), Billy Paganetti (1.0 IP, 1 BB), Drew Ehrlich (1.0 IP, 1 H), Jonny Dyer (1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 1 SO) and McCally (0.1 IP, 1 SO) combined with Cunningham for the shutout.

    San Jose State starter Jose Amaya (3-4), the first of five Spartan pitchers, suffered the loss by giving up one run and two hits over the first 2.0 innings.

    LAST PAC-10 SERIES GAME REVIEWS (USC)

    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 Stanford to a 22-10 victory over USC in the delayed opener of a key three-game Pac-10 series at Dedeaux Field. Ryan Garko (4-6, 2B, HR, 3 RBI) also hit a homer, tied a career-high with four hits and drove in three runs. Stanford's 22 runs and 18 RBI were season-highs.

    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 (20, April 18, 1982).

    Danny Putnam (3-3, 2B, 2 HBP) continued his hot hitting for the Cardinal with a three-hit game. 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.

    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 8, at USC 3 - Game 1; Stanford 8, at USC 3 - Game 2 (May 4, 2003)
    Stanford stayed in first place in the Pac-10 by winning both ends of a doubleheader versus USC by identical 8-3 scores to conclude a three-game sweep of the Trojans. Ryan Garko (4-4, 2 HR, 7 RBI, SB) hit a pair of homers, including his first career grandslam in the first inning, drove in a career-high seven runs and tied a career-high with four hits in the nightcap. Mark Romanczuk (9-0) picked up his Pac-10 leading ninth victory with a complete-game three-hitter in the opener.

    Romanczuk allowed just three hits in the opener, the fewest by a Cardinal pitcher in a complete game effort this season, as he went the distance for the second time this year.

    In the nightcap, Stanford starter Matt Manship (2-3) picked up the victory in his first collegiate start. Manship lasted a career-long 7.2 innings, scattering three runs on eight hits with three strikeouts.

    Garko finished the doubleheader 6-for-7 with two homers, nine RBI and a stolen base.

    Carlos Quentin (2-4, 2B) had his 22nd double of the season in the nightcap and now ranks tied for fourth on Stanford's single-season list in that category.

    NOTEBOOK

    TOP OF THE PAC
    Stanford leads the Pac-10 standings by one and a half games over Arizona State (10-5 Pac-10) and is two games ahead of Arizona (11-7 Pac-10) with six conference games remaining for the Cardinal. Stanford has already won two-of-three versus Arizona State but Arizona holds the tiebreaker edge over the Cardinal after taking two-of-three at Sunken Diamond. 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 EXTENDS ROAD WIN STREAK TO 11 GAMES
    Stanford extended its road win streak to 11 games with its most recent victory away from Sunken Diamond, a 3-0 win at San Jose State on Tuesday, May 6. Stanford, which has not lost a road game since lost 7-6 at Arizona State on March 22, started the streak with victories in the final two games of its series versus the Sun Devils (3/23 - 3/24) and has continued the run with a series sweep at Washington State (4/4 - 4/7), as well as victories at Santa Clara (4/8) and Sacramento State (4/22) before sweeping USC last Saturday-Sunday (5/3 - 5/4).

    STANFORD CONTINUES SERIES SUCCESS
    Stanford has won nine of its last 10 and 43 of its last 50 series overall. The Cardinal had won 15 straight Pac-10 home series, as well as eight consecutive overall and eight in a row in Pac-10 play before Arizona won two-of-three at Sunken Diamond (4/25 - 4/27). The Cardinal rebounded by sweeping a three-game set at USC (5/3 - 5/4) in its most recent series.

    CARLOS QUENTIN NAMED USA BASEBALL GOLDEN SPIKES FINALIST
    Carlos Quentin was named one of five finalists for the prestigious 2003 Golden Spikes award announced by USA Baseball in partnership with Major League Baseball on May 6. Quentin becomes the 10th finalist from Stanford in the 26-year history of the award honoring the top amateur baseball player in the country. This year's winner will be announced on various regional cable networks on Tuesday, July 15, the same day as the 2003 Major League Baseball All-Star Game. Quentin is continuing his run at Stanford's single-season batting average record and ranks second in the Pac-10 with a .416 average that is .014 percentage points off the school record of .430 set by Tom Williams in 1972. Quentin is also attempting to become the first Stanford player to hit .400 since David McCarty hit .420 in 1991. In addition, Quentin leads the Cardinal in hits (74, #4 Pac-10), runs scored (52, co-leader with Sam Fuld, #6T Pac-10), doubles (22, #3 Pac-10), walks (30, #6 Pac-10), hit-by-pitches (10, #4T Pac-10), extra-base hits (29, co-leader with Ryan Garko), on-base percentage (.520, #3 Pac-10) and multiple-hit games (21, co-leader with Ryan Garko). His 22 doubles already rank tied for fourth on Stanford's all-time single-season list as he is seven away from the school record of 29 set by Troy Paulsen in 1990. Quentin ranks second on the team in stolen bases (9) and total bases (116), as well as third in homers (6) and RBI (37). Quentin has hit safely in 32 of his last 34 games (2/22, Game 1 - 5/6), going 62-for-136 (.456) with 20 doubles, one triple, six homers, 34 RBI and seven stolen bases during the stretch. He posted a two-month career-high 26-game hit streak (2/22, Game 1 - 4/22, .495, 51-103, 18 2B, 1 3B, 5 HR, 30 RBI, 7 SB) during the stretch.

    RYAN GARKO EARNS TRIO OF WEEKLY HONORS, ALL FOR THE FIRST TIME
    Ryan Garko's huge series at USC (5/3 - 5/4) in which he hit .769 (10-13) with three homers, 12 RBI and a stolen base with a 1.615 slugging percentage has earned him a share of three weekly honors as Garko has been named the NCBWA National Hitter of the Week, Pac-10 Player of the Week and College Baseball Insider West Regional Player of the Week, all for the first time in his career. Garko, a candidate for the 2003 Johnny Bench Award awarded to the nation's top catcher, capped the USC series in the second game of a doubleheader Sunday by going 4-for-4 with his first career grandslam and a career-high seven RBI. Garko has extended his team lead in homers (13, #6T Pac-10), RBI (64, #2T Pac-10), total bases (125, #5 Pac-10), slugging percentage (.698, #6 Pac-10) and multiple-RBI games (20), while ranking tied for first on the club along with Carlos Quentin in multiple-hit games (21) and extra-base hits (29), as well as second in batting average (.391) and hit-by-pitches (8). Garko has already surpassed his career-high RBI total of 55 last season and is within one homer of the 14 long balls he hit a year ago. Garko has just 11 strikeouts in 179 at bats and has hit safely in 20 of his last 23 games with a .488 batting average (42-86), 10 doubles, nine homers, 39 RBI and an .919 slugging percentage during the stretch. He has hit a league-high nine homers in 18 Pac-10 games.

    MARK ROMANCZUK NAMED PAC-10 PITCHER OF THE WEEK, PAC-10 WIN LEADER
    Mark Romanczuk was named the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week (5/5) for the third time in the last five weeks after pitching a complete-game three-hitter in an 8-3 win in the first game of a doubleheader at USC (5/4). Romanczuk is the Pac-10 and club leader in victories with a perfect 9-0 record and was previously named the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week on April 1 and 21. Romanczuk has recorded a 3.63 ERA and added two saves with 54 strikeouts in 67.0 innings. He has two of the team's seven complete games. Romanczuk has earned an invitation to the 2003 USA National Baseball Trials -- to be held in Tucson, Arizona from June 21-27.

    JOHN HUDGINS LEADS PAC-10 IN FIVE CATEGORIES
    John Hudgins (7-3, 3.29) leads the Pac-10 in innings pitched (104.0), strikeouts (96), strikeouts looking (32), complete games (4) and starts (14, co-leader), while ranking second behind teammate Mark Romanczuk in opponents' batting average (.238). He has three complete games in his last five outings and lasted at least 6.0 innings in each of his first 13 starts before his shortest start of the season (5.0 IP) in his last start at USC (5/3). Hudgins has gone 7.0 or more innings nine times with complete games versus Arizona (4/25), Oregon State (4/17), Washington State (4/4) and California (3/7). Hudgins struck out a career-high 11 in 8.0 scoreless two-hit innings in a 9-1 win over Sacramento State (4/11). He 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. An economics major, he has been named to the Verizon Academic All-District VIII Baseball Team for the first time in his career with a 3.29 cumulative GPA.

    MATT MANSHIP WINS FIRST COLLEGIATE START, AMONG PAC-10 SAVE LEADERS
    Matt Manship picked up a victory in his first collegiate start in the second game of a doubleheader sweep at USC (5/4), scattering three runs and eight hits with three strikeouts over a career-high 7.2 innings. Manship (2-3, 3.67) made his first 14 career appearances out of the bullpen and has recorded five saves to rank tied for fifth in the Pac-10. Manship is also just two saves from entering Stanford's all-time single-season list in that category.

    SAM FULD AND CARLOS QUENTIN ON ALL-TIME BATTING AVERAGE LIST
    Sam Fuld (.353, 256-726) is currently tied for fifth on Stanford's all-time batting average list, while Carlos Quentin (.349, 233-668) is tied for 10th. Fuld began the 2003 campaign on top of Stanford's career batting average list (.367) but has lost .014 points off his career mark. Quentin began the year with a .324 mark but has added .025 points to his career average.

    ACTIVE CAREER LEADERS
    Following is a list of Stanford's active career leaders ...
    Sam Fuld - Batting Average (.353), At Bats (726), Runs Scored (175), Hits (256), Triples (12)
    Ryan Garko - Games Played (195), Games Started (176, co-leader), Doubles (52), Home Runs (34), RBI (163), Total Bases (381), Slugging Percentage (.576), Walks (86), On-Base Percentage (.437), Sacrifice Flies (17), Putouts (1063)
    Brian Hall - Stolen Bases (32), Sacrifice Bunts (10)
    Carlos Quentin - Games Started (176, co-leader), Hit-By-Pitches (43)

    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 (.353, 5th-T), Carlos Quentin (.349, 10th-T); Saves - Ryan McCally (13, 6th-T); Doubles - Ryan Garko (52, 8th)
    Individual Single-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); Doubles - Carlos Quentin (22, 2003, 4th-T); Saves - Ryan McCally (7, 2002, 9th-T)

    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.

    STANFORD ASSURES ITSELF OF ANOTHER WINNING SEASON
    Stanford has assured itself of another winning season in 2003. The Cardinal has now been above .500 in 38 of the last 39 and 55 of the last 57 campaigns.

    CARDINAL, WHITE AND BLUE
    Stanford emerged on top of a recent USA National Team player study. Stanford has produced 20 Team USA players that have played in 28 seasons over the last 18 years, more than any other collegiate program in the nation in both categories. Stanford is also tops in the nation with at least one players on the Team USA roster for 16 consecutive years. Four current Stanford players have participated with Team USA -- Tim Cunningham (2001), Sam Fuld (2001, '02), Ryan Garko (2001, '02), Carlos Quentin (2001, '02). Also, with the selection of Quentin as one of five finalists for the 2003 Golden Spikes Award, Stanford equaled Miami for the most finalists in the history of the award with 10. No Stanford player has ever won the honor.

    STANFORD RETURNS HOME VERSUS SAINT MARY'S AND UCLA NEXT WEEK
    Stanford will return home for a non-conference game versus Saint Mary's (Tuesday, May 13) before hosting UCLA (Friday-Sunday, May 16-18) in its final Pac-10 series of the season next week. Stanford leads the all-time series over Saint Mary's, 45-8. Last year, the Cardinal picked up a 19-2 victory on April 16 at Sunken Diamond and has won the last 16 meetings between the schools with the last Saint Mary's victory coming in a 1-0 win at Stanford on February 1, 1994. Stanford leads the all-time series over UCLA, 176-132. The Cardinal won two-of-three in Los Angeles last year (5/17 - 5/19; W, 13-0; L, 4-9; W, 17-4) and also won two-of-three games between the teams the last time they met at Sunken Diamond (4/7-4/8/01; L, 4-6; W, 9-0; W, 11-2). Stanford has won six straight series between the teams with the last Bruin series victory coming in 1997 when UCLA won two-of-three in both series versus the Cardinal.

    OFFENSIVE REPORT
    Stanford's current season batting average stands at .317 (#3 Pac-10), which would rank fourth on Stanford's all-time list for a single-season. Carlos Quentin is having a huge season, leading the club and ranking second in the Pac-10 in batting average (.416). Quentin also paces the team in hits (74, #4 Pac-10), runs scored (52, #6T Pac-10, co-leader with Sam Fuld), doubles (22, #3 Pac-10), walks (31, #6 Pac-10), hit-by-pitches (10, #4T Pac-10), extra-base hits (29, co-leader with Ryan Garko), on-base percentage (.520, #3 Pac-10) and multiple-hit games (21, co-leader with Ryan Garko). Garko has team-highs in home runs (13, #6T Pac-10), RBI (64, #2T Pac-10), multiple-RBI games (20), total bases (125, #5 Pac-10), slugging percentage (.698, #6T Pac-10), extra-base hits (29, co-leader with Carlos Quentin), multiple-hit games 21 (co-leader with Carlos Quentin) and sacrifice flies (4, co-leader with Jed Lowrie). Sam Fuld paces the Cardinal at bats (206, #3 Pac-10), triples (6, co-leader with John Mayberry, Jr.) and runs scored (52, co-leader with Carlos Quentin). Brian Hall has a team-high 12 stolen bases, while Tobin Swope paces the squad with six sacrifice bunts. Garko (.391), Putnam (.386), Lowrie (.320), Mayberry (.316), Fuld (.316) and Tobin Swope (.307) join Quentin above the .300 mark.

    PITCHING REPORT
    Stanford's ERA currently sits at 4.19 (#2 Pac-10) and the Cardinal has held its opponents to a Pac-10 low .248 batting average. John Hudgins (7-3, 3.00) is the Pac-10's leader in five categories -- innings pitched (104.0), strikeouts (96), strikeouts looking (32), starts (14, shares Pac-10 lead) and complete games (4). Hudgins also has the team's lowest ERA (#3 Pac-10). Mark Romanczuk (9-0, 3.63, 2 SV, 67.0 IP, 54 SO) leads the Pac-10 in victories and has two complete games. Romanczuk has been named the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week three times in the last five weeks (4/1, 4/20, 5/5). Ryan McCally (3-2, 5.54, 2 SV, 65.0 IP, 36 SO) has been Stanford's other starter for most of the season and has one of the team's seven complete games but may also move back into a prominent role in the bullpen. Matt Manship (2-3, 3.67, 5 SV, 41.2 IP, 34 SO) picked up a win in his first collegiate start at USC (5/4) in his most recent outing after coming out of the bullpen in his 14 first outings to pace the club and rank tied for fifth in the Pac-10 in saves. David O'Hagan (5-1, 4.86, 3 SV, 37.0 IP, 37 SO) and Kodiak Quick (1-0, 5.55, 3 SV, 24.1 IP, 25 SO) have added three saves each. O'Hagan has also won five games out of the bullpen, while Jonny Dyer (2-1, 3.60, 15.0, 7 SO) and Tim Cunningham (2-2, 6.04, 25.1 IP, 16 SO) have picked up a pair of victories each. Quick and Drew Ehrlich (1-0, 4.42, 18.1 IP, 16 SO) have one win a piece. Stanford has already posted 15 saves, second in the conference and within eight of the school record of 23 set in 2001.

    DEFENSIVE REPORT
    Stanford has a .970 fielding percentage (#3 Pac-10) and has been errorless in six of its last 13 contests and 16 times overall. John Mayberry, Jr. leads the club and ranks tied for second in the Pac-10 with 385 putouts, while Tobin Swope has a team-high 130 assists (#7 Pac-10). Mayberry's 16 putouts at Washington State (4/5), as well as eight assists by Swope at USC (5/4 - Game 2) are single-game team highs. Stanford has turned a season-high three double plays twice versus Nevada (2/17) and at USC (5/3).

    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 1122-547-5 (.672) and a 454-293 (.607) 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 assured itself of its 26th winning campaign in 27 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 balance of the Pac-10 standings)
    'It's even a little more balanced than I thought initially. There are six teams that really still have a pretty good shot at it. It's probably going to go right down to the last weekend.'

    (On the team's approach)
    'We just have to pitch and play well, and hopefully get some timely hitting.'

    (On the team playing well on the road)
    'We've played pretty well on the road, but you can't normally count on that. Each weekend is different, it's really more about how you play and how your opponent plays, especially at this time of the year.'

    (On Carlos Quentin's season to date)
    'Carlos Quentin is having a great season and been a really tough out. Anytime you have a player hitting over .400 he is having a phenomenal year.'

    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.

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