Seven-Game Homestand Begins Versus Saint Mary's Tuesday, UCLA Visits Friday-Sunday

May 13, 2003

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    Saint Mary's (18-32-1) at No. 7 Stanford (35-14)

    UCLA (24-28, 8-10) at No. 7 Stanford (31-14, 13-5)

    Tue., May 13, 6 pm (vs. SMC) - RHP Eric Bowden (7-6, 5.49) vs. TBA
    Fri., May 16, 6 pm (vs. UCLA) - RHP Casey Janssen (5-5, 5.78) vs. RHP John Hudgins (7-3, 3.49)
    Sat., May 17, 1 pm (vs. UCLA) - LHP Wes Whisler (3-6. 5.22) vs. LHP Mark Romanczuk (9-0, 3.63)
    Sun., May 18, 1 pm (vs. UCLA) - TBA vs. TBA
    Broadcast Information: Friday's Stanford-UCLA game will be telecast live by HDNet with Dave Armstrong calling the play-by-play and Chad Goldberg providing the analysis ... All four Stanford Baseball games this week are scheduled to be broadcast on the air at KZSU (90.1 FM) as well as online at gostanford.com ... Chris Drake, Nick Kapur, Toby Hyde will be on the microphones for Tuesday's game versus Saint Mary's ... Sam Stefanki and Mike Etchepare will call Friday night's game versus UCLA with Goldberg rejoining Stefanki for broadcasts on Saturday and Sunday ... A Gametracker for all four games will be available from a link at gostanford.com

    STANFORD BASEBALL QUICK TEAM NOTES
    Stanford begins a seven-game homestand that will conclude the regular season with a non-conference game versus Saint Mary's this Tuesday, May 13, before resuming Pac-10 action by hosting UCLA in its final Pac-10 series of the season (Friday-Sunday, May 17-19, 6 pm, 1 pm, 1 pm) ... The Cardinal has won a season-high-tying seven games in a row overall (5/3 - 5/11) after going 7-0 on its recent road trip ... Stanford won its final 14 regular season road games (3/23 - 5/11) ... Stanford is 19-9 in non-conference games this season and 18-9 at home ... Stanford (16-5 Pac-10) is 2.5 games ahead of Arizona State (11-5 Pac-10), as well as 3.5 games in front of Arizona (11-7 Pac-10) with magic numbers to clinch a share of the title at three and to win the championship outright at four ... 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's last outright Pac-10 title came in 1999 ... Stanford remained at No. 7 for the second consecutive week in the latest Baseball America poll released May 12 ... Stanford is also ranked No. 3 by Collegiate Baseball, No. 4 by the NCBWA and No. 7 by Sports Weekly/ESPN ... Stanford is hitting .315 (#3 Pac-10) as a team, which would rank tied for fourth on the school's all-time single-season list ... Stanford's pitching staff is second in the Pac-10 with a 4.21 ERA and co-leads the conference with a .250 opponents' 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 third in the Pac-10 with a .401 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 a current seven-game hit streak (5/3 - 5/11), and has hit safely in 35 of his last 37 games (.433, 65-150) with a career-high 26-game hit streak that lasted two months (February 22 - April 22) ... Quentin also paces the team in hits (77), doubles (22), walks (31), hit-by-pitches (11) and on-base percentage (.504) ... Ryan Garko, a Johnny Bench Award candidate, is the team's leader in homers (14), RBI (68), total bases (131), slugging percentage (.682), multiple-hit games (22), multiple-RBI games (21) and extra-base hits (30) ... Garko has hit safely in 22 of his last 26 games (.455, 45-99) and has league-highs of 10 homers and 37 RBI in 21 Pac-10 games ... John Hudgins (7-3, 3.49) leads the conference in innings pitched (108.1), strikeouts (98), starts (15) and complete games (4) ... Mark Romanczuk (9-0, 3.63) paces the Pac-10 with nine victories ... Matt Manship co-leads the Pac-10 in saves (7) ... Jonny Ash was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week (5/6), going 6-for-11 versus California (5/9 - 5/11).

    PROBABLE STARTING PITCHERS NOTES

    TUESDAY ... TBA

    FRIDAY ... #17 - JOHN HUDGINS (R/R, 6-2, 200, Jr.) ... 7-3, 3.49
    ALL-AMERICAN CANDIDATE
    2003 Season Notes: Leads the team and the Pac-10 in five categories with 98 strikeouts, 108.1 innings pitched, 15 starts, four complete games and 32 strikeouts looking ... Also fourth in the Pac-10 with an opponents batting average of .243 and fifth with a 3.49 ERA ... Has posted a 7-3 record ... Lasted at least 6.0 innings in each of his first 13 starts and has gone 7.0 or more on nine occasions ... Has failed to reach 6.0 innings in either of his last two outings ... 2003 Individual Game Highlights: Gave up five runs (four earned) and seven hits in his most recent outing at California, lasting a season-low 4.1 innings in a no-decision effort of a game Stanford won, 9-8 ... Scattered six runs (five earned) and nine hits in 5.0 in his previous outing at USC (5/3) ... Suffered a loss and snapped a three-game win streak 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), allowing a season-high 10 hits and three runs over the first 6.0 innings before leaving with the score tied 3-3 in an eventual 7-3 loss ... Held 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 (210), while ranking second in victories (18), innings pitched (259.2), saves (4) and games started (32) ... Third among active Stanford pitchers with 56 appearances ... Has an 18-9 career record and a 4.12 ERA ... Finished the 2002 season with a 10-1 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.) ... 9-0, 3.63
    FRESHMAN PLAYER OF THE YEAR/FRESHMAN ALL-AMERICAN CANDIDATE
    2003 Season Notes: Leads the Pac-10 in wins with a perfect 9-0 record and a .224 opponents batting average, while also recording two saves and two complete games with a 3.63 ERA and 57 strikeouts in 74.1 innings ... Has six wins and four no-decisions in his 10 starts, all Stanford victories ... Also has three wins out of the bullpen ... Named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week three times in the last six weeks (4/1, 4/20, 5/4) ... Has moved into the team's role as its No. 2 starter for the last three weeks and is scheduled to be the No. 2 starter again this week ... 2003 Individual Game Highlights: Taken off the hook in the ninth inning of a 6-4 comeback victory at California (5/10), allowing four runs (three earned) and six hits in 7.1 innings ... Tossed a complete-game three-hitter with five strikeouts for his Pac-10 leading ninth victory at USC (5/4 - Game 1) to earn Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week honors (5/5) ... Allowed four runs and six hits over 5.0 innings with three strikeouts for a no-decision versus Arizona (4/26) in a game Stanford came back to win, 10-9 ... Impressive 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 a win 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.

    SUNDAY ... TBA

    LAST WEEK'S GAME REVIEWS

    Stanford 3, at San Jose State 0 (May 6, 2003)
    Stanford picked up a 3-0 victory at San Jose State as Cardinal starter Tim Cunningham, the first of seven Stanford 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, Kodiak Quick, Billy Paganetti, Drew Ehrlich and Jonny Dyer combined with Cunningham and McCally for the shutout.

    Jose Amaya (3-4), the first of five San Jose State pitchers, suffered the loss.

    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. 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.

    Kodiak Quick 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 suffered the loss for the Golden Bears, allowing the game-winning run and three hits over the final 1.1 innings.

    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. 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.

    Matt Brown 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 first, Romanczuk (7.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO, 1 BK) held California scoreless on three hits from the second through the seventh innings before giving up a run in the eighth.

    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, while James Holder (2-4) and David Nicholson (2-5) added two hits each for California.

    Stanford 5, at California 4 -- 10 inn. (May 11, 2003)
    Stanford completed a three-game road sweep with a 5-4 win at California when Danny Putnam scored all the way from first base on an errant pick off throw by California reliever Jesse Ingram with two outs in the top of the 10th inning. Stanford extended its road win streak to 14 games in its final regular season road contest and won for the seventh straight time overall. The Cardinal also finished a six-game season sweep of California and has won 10 in a row over the Golden Bears dating back to last season. Carlos Quentin hit a key three-run homer for the Cardinal with two outs in the top of the fifth inning to erase an early 2-1 California lead.

    David O'Hagan (6-1) picked up his sixth victory of the season out of the bullpen with 2.2 hitless innings after coming on as the third Cardinal reliever with one out, a runner on third base and two runs already in for California in the bottom of the eighth.

    Ingram (2-3) took the loss despite giving up just one unearned run and one hit in 3.0 innings of relief.

    Brian Hall (2-4, 2B) and Jonny Ash (2-5, 2B, RBI) each picked up a pair of hits for Stanford.

    California's Conor Jackson hit his third homer of the series, while Jeff Dragicevich (2-3, 2B) and Ben Conley (2-4, RBI, SB) had a pair of hits each for California.

    STANFORD-SAINT MARY'S AND STANFORD-UCLA SERIES HISTORY
    Stanford begins a seven-game homestand that will end the regular season with 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. 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 16 straight 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.

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