No. 7 Stanford Goes For Third Pac-10 Sweep At California Sunday

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    No. 7 Stanford Cardinal (34-14, 15-5 Pac-10)

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    California Golden Bears (27-26, 10-13 Pac-10)

    Friday, May 9 - Stanford 9, at California 8
    Saturday, May 10 - Stanford 6, at California 4
    Sunday, May 11, 1 pm - LHP Tim Cunningham (2-3, 6.04) vs. TBA
    Broadcast Information: Sunday's Stanford-California 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 will also be available from a link at gostanford.com.

    STANFORD BASEBALL QUICK TEAM NOTES
    Stanford will take a 13-game road win streak into its final regular season away game of the season at California on Sunday ... The Cardinal has also won six straight overall and nine in a row versus California since early in the 2002 season ... Stanford (15-5 Pac-10) is 2.5 games ahead of Arizona State (10-5 Pac-10), as well as 3.0 games in front of Arizona (11-7 Pac-10) with four 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 last won a Pac-10 title when it shared the 2000 crown with Arizona State and UCLA before finishing second behind USC each of the last two 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 4.23 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 .404 batting average ... Quentin, who was named one of five finalists for the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award on May 6, is attempting to become the first Stanford player to hit .400 or better since David McCarty hit .420 in 1991 ... Quentin has hit safely in 34 of his last 36 games (.438, 64-146) and had a career-high 26-game hit streak that lasted two months (February 22 - April 22) ... Quentin also paces the team in hits (76), doubles (22), walks (31), hit-by-pitches (10) and on-base percentage (.506) ... Ryan Garko, a Johnny Bench Award candidate, is the team's leader in homers (14), RBI (68), total bases (131), slugging percentage (.697), 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 before homering and driving in four more runs in the first two games of the California series ... Garko has hit safely in 22 of his last 25 games with a .474 batting average (45-95), 10 doubles, 10 homers, and 43 RBI during the stretch ... Garko has league-highs of 10 homers and 37 RBI in 20 Pac-10 games.

    STANFORD-CALIFORNIA SERIES HISTORY
    Stanford has won nine consecutive games against California and holds an all-time lead in the series, 222-207. The last California victory was a 2-1 win on March 9, 2002. Stanford has won all five games between the teams this season (May 9-10 at California; W, 9-8; W, 6-4; March 7-9 at Stanford; W, 11-2, W, 9-4, W, 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).

    PROBABLE STARTING PITCHERS NOTES

    #27 - TIM CUNNINGHAM (L/L, 6-3, 190, Sr.) ... 2-3, 6.04 ERA
    2003 Season Notes: Has pitched four times since returning from a broken finger following a start against Fresno State on February 15 ... Has a 2-3 record and a 6.04 ERA with 16 strikeouts in 25.1 innings ... Has appeared in eight games, all starts ... 2003 Individual Game Highlights: Picked up his first victory since January 26 in his most recent outing at San Jose State (5/7), pitching 3.0 scoreless innings and allowing just one hit ... Took the loss versus Santa Clara (4/29), allowing two runs and two hits over the first 2.2 innings ... Gave up three runs, three hits and two walks without recording an out in his previous start at Santa Clara (4/8), while allowing four runs (three earned) on two hits and four walks versus USF (4/1) in his first start after the injury but received no-decisions in both games ... Suffered back-to-back losses at Cal State Fullerton (2/1) and versus Florida State (2/8) ... Allowed three runs (two earned) and four hits over the first 3.2 innings of a 4-3 loss to the Seminoles ... Gave up five runs and seven hits with a season-high seven strikeouts over the first 5.2 innings of a 10-2 loss to the Titans ... Pitched well in his first outing of the season by throwing 5.2 hitless innings to pick up a victory in a 5-0 one-hit win versus Santa Clara (1/26), striking out four and walking six ... Career Notes: Finished the 2002 season with a 10-3 overall record and a 4.26 ERA to earn honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors, ranking second on the club in innings pitched (112.0) and strikeouts (67) ... Has a career 23-8 record with a 4.17 ERA ... Stanford's active career leader in victories (23), innings pitched (261.1) and games started (47), while ranking second in strikeouts (173) and appearances (61).

    THIS WEEK'S GAME REVIEWS

    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) 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.

    Stanford 6, at California 4 (May 10, 2003)
    Stanford scored four runs in the top of the ninth inning for a 6-4 comeback victory over California to extend its season-long road win streak to 13 games. The Cardinal also won for the sixth straight time overall and has beaten the Golden Bears on nine straight occasions dating back to early in the 2002 campaign. Sam Fuld's one-out RBI single off Golden Bear reliever Travis Talbott scored Tobin Swope to snap a 4-4 tie after an RBI double by Chris Carter and a wild pitch that allowed pinch-runner Brian Hall to score had tied the contest. Carlos Quentin gave Stanford an insurance run with an RBI single to score Fuld.

    Matt Brown (3-8) took his second loss of the series, issuing a walk to Swope that proved to be the winning run.

    Ryan McCally (4-2) picked up the victory by recording two outs in the bottom of the eighth in relief of Cardinal starter Mark Romanczuk, who remained unbeaten with a perfect 9-0 record after he was taken off the hook in the top of the ninth inning. After giving up three runs in the top of the first, Romanczuk (7.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO, 1 BK) held the Golden Bears scoreless on just three hits from the second through the seventh innings before being removed after a one-out triple by Conor Jackson in the bottom of the eighth.

    Chris Carter (2-3, 2B, RBI), Jonny Ash (2-3) and Fuld (2-5, RBI) had two hits each for the Cardinal. Jackson (2-3, 3B, HR, 3 RBI) had the game's only homer, a three-run blast in the bottom of the first inning that was enough to keep the Golden Bears in the lead until the top of the ninth. James Holder (2-4) and David Nicholson (2-5) added two hits each for California.

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