No. 7 Stanford Looking For Outright Pac-10 Title Versus UCLA Sunday

May 18, 2003

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    Fri., May 16 - at Stanford 9, UCLA 1
    Sat., May 17 - UCLA 9, at Stanford 5 (12)
    Sun., May 18, 1 pm - TBA vs. TBA
    Broadcast Information: Sunday's Stanford-UCLA baseball 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 be on the microphones ... A Gametracker for both games will also be available from a link at gostanford.com.

    STANFORD BASEBALL QUICK TEAM NOTES
    Stanford is looking for its first outright Pac-10 title since 1999 when the Cardinal hosts UCLA in the rubber game of a three-game series and its final conference contest of the season today ... Stanford clinched at least a share of its first Pac-10 title since 2000 yesterday despite a 9-5 UCLA victory in 12 innings that snapped Stanford's season-long win streak at nine games and also handed the Cardinal its first Pac-10 loss after seven consecutive conference victories ... Stanford (17-6 Pac-10) begins play today 3.0 games ahead of Arizona State and Arizona (both 12-7 Pac-10) ... The Sun Devils and the Wildcats both have five Pac-10 games remaining ... With assurance of at least a co-title this year, Stanford has won 17 career Pac-10 championships (includes Southern Division and shared titles) and finished either first or second in the conference 21 times in the last 23 years ... Stanford had finished second behind USC each of the last two years ... 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 .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 4.08 ERA and has the lowest opponents' batting average (.246) ... Stanford won its final 14 regular season road games (3/23 - 5/11) to end the regular season with a 17-5 road mark ... Stanford is 20-10 at home and 20-9 in non-conference games this season ... 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 .398 batting average ... Quentin, who was named one of five finalists for the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award on May 6 and one of 12 semifinalists for the Rotary Smith Award on May 16, has seen his average dip below .400 for the first time since April 4 in his attempt to become the first Stanford player to hit .400 or better since David McCarty hit .420 in 1991 ... Quentin still has a current nine-game hit streak (5/3 - 5/17) and has hit safely in 37 of his last 39 games (.428, 68-159) ... Quentin also paces the team in hits (80), doubles (23), walks (32), hit-by-pitches (11), on-base percentage (.498) ... Ryan Garko, a Johnny Bench Award candidate, is the team's leader in homers (14), RBI (73), total bases (138), slugging percentage (.687), multiple-hit games (24), multiple-RBI games (22) and extra-base hits (32) ... Garko has hit safely in 25 of his last 29 games (.463, 50-108) and has league-highs of 10 homers and 38 RBI in 23 Pac-10 games ... Quentin and Garko both made movements on Stanford single-season lists in Friday's series opener ... Quentin picked up his 23rd double to move into a tie for third in doubles, while Garko's 73 RBI moved him into a 10th place tie ... Sam Fuld ranks fifth on Stanford's all-time batting average list with a .355 career mark and has a current 10-game hit streak ... John Hudgins (8-3, 3.30) leads the conference in innings pitched (117.1), strikeouts (108), starts (16) and complete games (5) ... Mark Romanczuk (9-0, 3.70) co-leads the Pac-10 with nine victories ... Matt Manship ranks tied for second in the Pac-10 in saves (7).

    PROBABLE STARTING PITCHER NOTES

    SUNDAY ... TBA

    THIS WEEK'S GAME REVIEWS

    at Stanford 10, Saint Mary's 1 (May 13, 2003)
    Stanford extended its win streak to a season-high eight games with a 10-1 victory over Saint Mary's in a non-conference game. Ryan Garko (2-2, 2B, 4 RBI) drove in four runs to raise his team-leading total to 72 and Cardinal starter Mark Jecmen (1-0) picked up his first collegiate victory, pitching 3.0 scoreless innings and scattering three hits with a season-high four strikeouts. Stanford scored five times in its first two turns at the plate and never trailed in the contest. The victory was Stanford's 15th in a row over the Gaels dating back to 1994.

    Brian Hall (3-5, 2B, 2 RBI) and Sam Fuld (2-4, 2B, RBI) also had multiple-hit games for the Cardinal. Stanford stroked six doubles to tie a season high as Jed Lowrie, Chris Carter and Donny Lucy all added two-baggers. Fuld and Lowrie both extended their current hit streaks to eight games.

    at Stanford 9, UCLA 1 (May 16, 2003)
    Stanford reduced its magic number for at least a share of the Pac-10 title to one and extended its season-best win streak to nine games with a convincing 9-1 victory over UCLA in the opener of a three-game series at Sunken Diamond. John Hudgins tossed his Pac-10 leading fifth complete game of the season to give the Cardinal its seventh straight conference win, allowing just one run and four hits with 10 strikeouts. Jonny Ash (3-5) tied a career-high with three hits, while Carlos Quentin (2-4, 2B, 3 RBI) drove in three runs to lead a Cardinal offense that pounded out 15 hits with all nine starters picking up at least one hit.

    Hudgins had a no-hitter going until a two-out single by Brandon Averill in the top of the fifth. In the seventh, UCLA loaded the bases with no outs before Ryan McCarthy grounded into a 4-6-3 double play that scored Wes Whisler with the Bruins' only run of the game but thwarted the rally. UCLA's Preston Griffin hit into the Bruins' second double play in the top of the eighth inning after Matt Thayer had started off the inning with a single.

    Sam Fuld (2-4, RBI), John Mayberry, Jr. (2-4, 2 2B) and Ryan Garko (2-5, RBI) added two hits each for the Cardinal, while Chris Carter hit his second homer of the season in the bottom of the second inning. Fuld and Jed Lowrie extended their hit streaks to nine games.

    UCLA starter Casey Janssen suffered the loss, allowing six runs and a career-high 11 hits over the first 3.2 innings. UCLA reliever Mike Kunes finished the game with 4.1 innings of work, limiting the Cardinal to three runs and four hits.

    UCLA 9, at Stanford 5 -- 12 inn. (May 17, 2003)
    Stanford picked up a share of its first Pac-10 title since 2000 despite a 9-5 loss in 12 innings to UCLA. UCLA's Brett McMillan hit his first career grandslam with one out in the top of the 12th inning on a 1-2 pitch from Stanford reliever Matt Manship to snap a 5-5 tie and knot the series at one game each. Stanford had wins streaks of nine games overall and seven Pac-10 contests snapped. The Cardinal can still pick up its first outright conference title since 1999 with a victory over the Bruins in the rubber game of the series and its Pac-10 finale Sunday (1 pm) or with one more loss by second place Arizona State and Arizona (both 12-7 Pac-10).

    All four UCLA runs in the top of the 12th inning were unearned as the Cardinal committed its only two errors of the game to aid the Bruins' cause. Preston Griffin's leadoff line drive was dropped by Stanford shortstop Tobin Swope to start the Bruin rally. The Cardinal threw out Griffin at second base on a two-strike sacrifice attempt by Warren Trott before a wild pitch moved Trott to second base and Wes Whisler was intentionally walked to put runners on first and second base with one out. Billy Susdorf then hit a ground ball to Jonny Ash at third base on the next play but Ash's throw to start a potential inning-ending double play was dropped by Cardinal second baseman Jed Lowrie to load the bases and set up McMillan's game-winning blast.

    Cordeiro (1-2) picked up his first victory of the season with 2.2 hitless innings of relief.

    Manship (2-4) suffered the loss and missed an opportunity to record his eighth save of the season when he allowed the tying run to score in the top of the ninth inning after coming into the game with one out, a 4-2 lead and a runner on first base. Manship gave up four hits and five runs but only the run charged to him in the ninth inning was earned.

    Starting pitchers Romanczuk and Whisler spent most of the game embattled in a pitching dual. Romanczuk (9-0) was in line to become the first Pac-10 pitcher to reach the 10-win mark until the Bruins' two-run ninth, scattering four runs and seven hits with four strikeouts over the first 8.1 innings. Whisler spread out eight hits and five runs with three strikeouts in 9.0 innings of work.

    Brandon Averill (3-4, 2B) had three hits for the Bruins, while Whisler was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI.

    Hall (3-6, 3B, 2 RBI) had three of Stanford's nine hits, while Fuld (2-4, 3B, 2 RBI) also had a multiple-hit game to extend his hit streak to 10 games. Fuld also moved into a tie for sixth on Stanford's single-season triple list with his seventh three-bagger of the year. Lowrie had his career-high nine-game hit streak snapped by going 0-for-5.

    STANFORD-UCLA SERIES HISTORY

    Stanford leads the all-time series, 177-133, after the team's have split the first two games of their current series with Stanford taking a 9-1 victory in Friday's series opener and the Bruins coming from behind for a dramatic 9-5 win in 12 innings Saturday. The Cardinal won two-of-three in Los Angeles last year (5/17 - 5/19; W, 11-0; L, 4-9; W, 17-4) and also won two-of-three games the last time the teams 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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