Stanford Looks For Ninth Straight 40-Win Season Saturday Versus Cal Poly
May 24, 2003
Friday, May 23 - at Stanford 9, Cal Poly 4
Saturday, May 24, 1 pm - LHP Garrett Olson (5-2, 3.89) vs. LHP Mark Romanczuk (9-0, 3.70)
^Sunday, May 25, 1 pm - TBA vs. LHP Tim Cunningham (2-3, 5.70)
^Fan Appreciation/Senior Day
Broadcast Information: Both remaining Stanford-Cal Poly baseball games are scheduled to be broadcast on the air at KZSU (90.1 FM) as well as online at gostanford.com ... Chad Goldberg and Jordi Mata-Fink will be on the microphones ... A Gametracker for both games will be available a link at gostanford.com.
STANFORD BASEBALL QUICK TEAM NOTES
Stanford has won 11 of its last 12 games overall and 11 of its past 12 series ... The Cardinal needs just one more victory to wrap up its ninth consecutive 40-win campaign ... Stanford has clinched its first outright Pac-10 title since 1999 (Stanford shared the Pac-10 crown with Arizona State and UCLA in 2000) by finishing with an 18-6 conference record after winning eight of its last nine conference games and posting an 11-1 road record in Pac-10 play ... Stanford has won 19 conference championships (17 Pac-10, includes Southern Division and shared titles) in school history and finished either first or second in the conference 21 times in the last 23 years ... Stanford is now among the nation's top five teams in all four major national polls after jumping two spots to No. 5 in both the latest Baseball America and Sports Weekly/ESPN polls released May 19 ... Stanford is also ranked No. 3 by Collegiate Baseball and No. 4 by the NCBWA ... Stanford is hitting .318 (#3 Pac-10) as a team, a mark which would rank tied for third on the school's all-time single-season list ... Stanford's pitching staff is second in the Pac-10 with a 4.12 ERA and has the league's lowest opponents' batting average (.248) ... 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 22-10 at home and 21-9 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 .392 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, is attempting to become the first Stanford player to hit .400 or better since David McCarty hit .420 in 1991 ... Quentin has a current 11-game hit streak (5/3 - 5/23) and has hit safely in 39 of his last 41 games (.419, 70-167) ... Quentin also paces the team in hits (82), doubles (23), walks (32), hit-by-pitches (12) and on-base percentage (.492) ... Ryan Garko, a Johnny Bench Award national semifinalist, is the team's leader in homers (14), RBI (75), total bases (141), slugging percentage (.688), multiple-hit games (25), multiple-RBI games (22), sacrifice flies (6) and extra-base hits (33) ... Garko has hit safely in 26 of his last 31 games (.464, 52-112) and hit 10 homers with a league-high 39 RBI in 24 Pac-10 games ... Quentin and Garko have both made recent movements on Stanford's all-time single-season lists ... Quentin's 23 doubles puts him in a third-place tie, while Garko's 75 RBI has him tied for ninth place ... Sam Fuld has also been swinging a hot bat of late and has a current 12-game hit streak (5/3 - 5/18, .396, 21-53) ... Fuld ranks fifth on Stanford's all-time batting average list with a .355 career mark, while also ranking among Stanford's all-time leaders in hits (270, #9), doubles (49, #10T) and triples (14, #10T) ... John Hudgins (9-3, 3.14) recorded his 20th career victory Friday night and leads the conference in innings pitched (123.1), strikeouts (110), starts (17) and complete games (5) ... Saturday's scheduled starter Mark Romanczuk (9-0, 3.70) also shares the Pac-10 victory lead with nine ... Matt Manship is one behind the Pac-10 save leaders with seven.
SATURDAY ... #21 - Mark Romanczuk (L/L, 6-1, 190, Fr.) ... 9-0, 3.70
FRESHMAN PLAYER OF THE YEAR/FRESHMAN ALL-AMERICAN CANDIDATE
2003 Season Notes: Has a perfect 9-0 record and is one of three Pac-10 pitchers with nine wins ... Leads the conference with a .225 opponents batting average, while also recording two saves and two complete games with a 3.70 ERA and 61 strikeouts (#9T Pac-10) in 82.2 innings (#8 Pac-10) ... Has six wins and five no-decisions in his 11 starts, 10 of which are Stanford victories ... Also has three wins out of the bullpen ... Named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week three times in the last seven weeks (4/1, 4/20, 5/4) ... 2003 Individual Game Highlights: Scattered four runs and seven hits over the first 8.1 innings of his most recent start versus UCLA (5/17), leaving the game in the top of the ninth with a 5-3 lead, no outs and a runner on first base before the Bruins scored twice to send the game into extra innings before winning 9-5 in 12 innings ... Taken off the hook in the ninth inning of a 6-4 comeback victory at California (5/10) in his previous start, 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.
at Stanford 9, Cal Poly 4 (May 23, 2003)
Stanford won for the 11th time in its last 12 games with a 9-4 victory over Cal Poly in the opener of a non-conference series played before a season-high crowd of 4017 that was treated to fireworks after the game at Sunken Diamond on Friday. John Hudgins picked up his ninth victory of the season to move into a tie for the Pac-10 win lead and the 20th of his career, limiting the Mustangs to one unearned run and three hits over the first 6.0 innings.
Brian Hall (3-5, 2B, SB) had three hits to pace Stanford's 13-hit attack, recording his fourth consecutive three-hit game and extended his hit streak to a season-high-tying seven games. Donny Lucy (2-3, 2 RBI), Ryan Garko (2-4, 2B, RBI) and Jed Lowrie (2-4, 2B, RBI) had a pair of hits each for the Cardinal with Lucy tying a career-high by scoring three runs. Jonny Ash added a pair of RBI on a sacrifice fly and the team's first successful suicide squeeze of the season in the sixth inning. Sam Fuld (12) and Carlos Quentin (11) extended hit streaks with Quentin hitting safely for the 39th time in his last 41 games.
The victory left Stanford one win short of its ninth consecutive 40-win season as the Cardinal defeated Cal Poly for the fifth straight time and improved to 41-5 all-time versus the Mustangs (since 1949).
Hudgins' 6.0 innings of work marked the 15th time in his Pac-10 high 17 starts this season that he has lasted at least 6.0 innings. He is also the Pac-10's leader in innings pitched (123.1), strikeouts (110) and complete games (5).
Cal Poly starter Josh Kougl (1-9) took the loss, allowing seven runs (five earned) and 10 hits over the first 6.0 innings.
Scott Anderson was 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI for the Mustangs, while Billy Saul (2-4, RBI) also had a pair of hits and Cory Tallion drove in two runs.
Garko struck out twice in the contest, going down swinging in the third and seventh innings, to break a streak of 81 consecutive official at bats and 23 games without a strikeout. He still has more home runs (14) on the season than strikeouts (13). Despite the two strikeouts, Garko's two-hit game marked his team-leading 25th multiple-hit contest of the season.
Stanford leads the all-time series, 41-5 (since 1949), after winning last night's series opener, 9-4. Last year, the Cardinal swept a three-game set at Sunken Diamond (March 1-3; W, 8-6; W, 18-5; W, 11-3). The win streak over the Broncos extends back to five when the Cardinal pulled out an 11-10 win at Sunken Diamond in the second meeting between the teams in 2001 (5/8/01). Cal Poly's last victory in the series came in the 2001 season-opener for both teams when the Mustangs surprised the Cardinal in San Luis Obispo, 6-5 in 12 innings.