No. 7 Stanford And California Continue Series Saturday
May 10, 2003
Friday, May 9 - Stanford 9, at California 8
Saturday, May 10, 1 pm - LHP Mark Romanczuk (9-0, 3.63) vs. TBA
Sunday, May 11, 1 pm - TBA vs. TBA
Broadcast Information: Both remaining Stanford-California 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 ... A Gametracker for both remaining games will also be available from a link at gostanford.com.
STANFORD BASEBALL QUICK TEAM NOTES
Stanford heads into its final two regular season road games of the season at California Saturday and Sunday with a season-best 12-game road win streak and has won five straight overall ... Stanford (14-5 Pac-10) is 2.0 games ahead of Arizona State (10-5 Pac-10), as well as 2.5 games in front of Arizona (11-7 Pac-10) with five conference games remaining on its schedule ... 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 4.25 ERA and has held its opponents to a Pac-10 low .250 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 .410 batting average, .020 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 David McCarty hit .420 in 1991 ... Quentin has hit safely in 33 of his last 35 games (.447, 63-141) and had a career-high 26-game hit streak that lasted two months (February 22 - April 22) ... Quentin also paces the team in hits (75), doubles (22), walks (31), hit-by-pitches (10) and on-base percentage (.513) ... Ryan Garko, a Johnny Bench Award candidate, is the team's leader in homers (14), RBI (67), total bases (130), slugging percentage (.707), multiple-RBI games (21), multiple-hit games (22) and extra-base hits (30) ... Garko 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 earlier this week after going 10-for-13 (.769) with three homers, 12 RBI and a stolen base in the USC series and was 2-for-5 with a homer and three RBI at California Friday ... Garko has hit safely in 21 of his last 24 games with a .484 batting average (44-91), 10 doubles, 10 homers, and 42 RBI during the stretch ... Garko has hit a league-high 10 homers in 19 Pac-10 games ... John Hudgins (7-3, 3.49) leads the conference in innings pitched (108.1) and strikeouts (98) ... Saturday's scheduled starter Mark Romanczuk (9-0, 3.63) paces the Pac-10 with nine victories.
STANFORD-CALIFORNIA SERIES HISTORY
Stanford holds an all-time lead in the series over California, 221-207, and has won nine of the last 10 games between the teams. After yesterday's 9-8 victory, Stanford has won all four games between the teams this season, also sweeping 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 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).
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.
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 HP), 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.
Stanford 9, at California 8 (May 9, 2003)
Ryan Garko's two-out RBI single in the top of the ninth inning scored Jonny Ash with the game-winning run to lift Stanford to a 9-8 victory over California, extending its season-long road win streak to 12 games. Garko (2-5, HR, 3 RBI) also hit his team-leading 14th homer of the season in a six-run Stanford first and the Cardinal led 7-1 before California rolled off seven unanswered runs to take an 8-7 lead after six innings. Stanford tied the game on a two-out RBI triple by Brian Hall in the eighth before Garko's ninth inning game-winner.
Kodiak Quick (2-0) earned the victory, holding California scoreless on two hits with three strikeouts in 3.2 innings of relief. Quick came on after the Golden Bears had taken their 8-7 lead on a two-run homer by Justin Nelson with no outs in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Matt Manship relieved Quick after a two-out single by Conor Jackson (3-5, HR, 3 RBI) off Quick in the bottom of the ninth and forced Chris Grossman (3-4, 2B) into a game-ending fielders choice to record his team-leading sixth save of the season.
Jed Lowrie (3-4) had three hits for the Cardinal, while Jonny Ash (2-3, 2B, 3B, RBI) and Sam Fuld (2-4) picked up two each. Chris Carter hit his first homer of the season and drove in a pair of runs with a two-run shot in the top of the first inning.
Matt Brown (3-7) suffered the loss for the Golden Bears, allowing the game-winning run and three hits over the final 1.1 innings. Adam Gold had an impressive relief outing for California, giving up only an unearned run and three hits in 6.2 innings after relieving starter Jesse Ingram (0.1 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 BB) with one out in the top of the first inning.