No. 1 Stanford Goes For Sweep At USC Sunday

March 7, 2004

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No. 1 Stanford Cardinal (15-2)
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USC Trojans (4-9)

Friday, March 5
Stanford 10, at USC 2

Saturday, March 6
Stanford 8, at USC 7 (13)

Sunday, March 7, 1 pm
LHP Blake Holler (1-0, 2.25) vs. TBA

MEDIA COVERAGE
Gametracker: Sunday
Live Audio: Sunday
The final game of the Stanford-USC series is scheduled to be broadcast on the air at KZSU (90.1 FM) as well as online at gostanford.com ... The game will move to an internet only broadcast at approximately 2:45 pm due to a conflict with the Stanford women's basketball team ... Sam Stefanki will be on the microphone ... A Gametracker with live stats will also be available from link at gostanford.com.

QUICK TEAM NOTES
Stanford is ranked No. 1 in the nation by three of the four major collegiate baseball polls (Baseball America, NCBWA, Sports Weekly/ESPN), as well as No. 2 in the latest Collegiate Baseball poll, for the second consecutive week ... Stanford has opened the season with a 15-2 mark, including a 5-1 record against ranked teams, and currently has a six-game hit streak (its second of the year) ... The Stanford baseball and men's basketball teams are both ranked No. 1 for the second time in school history with the hoops team taking over the top spot on February 16 and the baseball squad on February 23 ... The other occasion was a six-day period from January 4-9, 2000 ... After winning the first two games of its current series versus USC, Stanford has now won 10 straight series with five sweeps during the run ... Stanford has also won 18 of its last 19 series ... Stanford has won 21 of its last 22 games on the road, finishing last year with a 14-game win streak in true road games and beginning this season with a 7-1 mark away from Sunken Diamond ... Stanford has been errorless nine times this season, including a five-game consecutive errorless stretch from January 31 - February 8 ... The Cardinal is fielding at a .975 clip that is just two percentage points lower than the school record of .977 set by the 2001 club ... Stanford has also won 17 of its last 18 games at home and has also won 38 of its last 4 contests overall ... Stanford has nearly doubled its opponents scoring this season (142-68) as 13 of its 15 wins have been by three or more runs ... Stanford has come from behind in nine of its 15 victories ... Stanford has won its only extra-inning game of the season ... Stanford is looking to extend its school record string of consecutive appearances at the College World Series to six, as well as its string of 40-win season to 10, while Stanford has won 50 or more games in three of the last four seasons ... Stanford has captured 11 Pac-10 titles in the last 21 years and finished either first or second in the conference 21 times in last 23 seasons ... Stanford has won seven straight games against USC, as well as five consecutive series and four season series in a row.

QUICK INDIVIDUAL NOTES
Jed Lowrie leads the Cardinal in nearly every offensive category -- batting average (.452), runs scored (23), hits (28), doubles (5), triples (3), RBI (24), total bases (48), slugging percentage (.774), on-base percentage (.524) and sacrifice flies (5) ... Lowrie had a career-high hit streak of 11 games (2/7 - 2/29, .500, 19-38, 3 2B, 3 3B, 2 HR, 18 RBI, 1 SB) snapped Friday night as he was 0-for-2 with two walks and one sacrifice fly ... Lowrie was named a National Co-Hitter of the Week by the NCBWA on March 2 after hitting .700 (7-10) with six runs scored, a double, three triples, seven RBI, three walks, a hit-by-pitch, two sacrifice flies, a 1.400 slugging percentage and a .688 on-base percentage in a three-game series at California (2/27 - 2/29) ... Lowrie tied an NCAA single-game record when he hit the first three triples of his career in a 12-9 win over California (2/27), also tying a career-best with four RBI ... Jonny Ash currently has the team's longest hit streak at a career-high 12 games (2/7 - 3/6) ... Sam Fuld ranks among Stanford's all-time leaders in runs scored (228, #3), hits (305, #3T), triples (15, #4T), doubles (57, #7) and at bats (888, #7) Fuld is also just outside the Top 10 with a legitimate chance to reach the top in games played (217) ... This season, Fuld leads the club with 19 walks ... John Mayberry, Jr. has a team-high four homers, while Brian Hall leads the club with four stolen bases and Donny Lucy has been hit by a team-high five pitches ... Mark Romanczuk leads the team with four wins, while Jeff Gilmore has three ... Blake Holler and David O'Hagan have two apiece ... Jonny Dyer, Mark Jecmen, Matt Leva, David O'Hagan and Kodiak Quick have one each ... O'Hagan has a team-high three saves, while Holler has two ... Dyer, Gilmore, Matt Manship and Quick have one each.


SUNDAY'S PROBABLE STARTING PITCHER
#34 - BlakeHoller (L/L, 6-4, 175, Fr.)
Updated Blake&nbspHoller Bio


STANFORD-USC HISTORY

ALL-TIME SERIES
USC is one of the few teams to lead the all-time series with Stanford, holding a 198-152-3 career advantage. However, Stanford has had the upper hand in recent years. The Cardinal has won seven straight games and five straight sereis over the Mavericks after winning the first two games of the current series between the teams. Stanford has also won four consecutive season series versus the Trojans (2000-03). The teams split six games in 1999 but USC has not won a season series against the Cardinal since the Trojans swept all six games between the clubs in 1996. Stanford won five of the six games played between the teams last year. The Cardinal won two-of-three in a non-conference series at Stanford (2/28 - 3/2; L, 4-13; W, 10-6; W, 18-4) before sweeping the Trojans in a three-game conference set in Los Angeles (5/3 - 5/4; W, 22-10; W, 8-3; W, 8-3).


GAME REVIEWS

2004 VERSUS USC
Stanford 8, at USC 7 -- 13 innings (March 6, 2004) - Stanford rallied for a dramatic 8-7 comeback win in 13 innings over USC (4-9) in a game that lasted four hours and 30 minutes. Danny Putnam singled home Jonny Ash with two outs in the top of the 13th frame to provide the winning margin. Stanford trailed 7-3 heading into the top of the ninth before a four-run rally sent the Cardinal into extra innings for the first time this season. A one-out RBI single by John Mayberry, Jr. scored Jed Lowrie with the tying run in the ninth, while Ash hit a key two-run homer earlier in the inning to key the comeback. David O'Hagan picked up the win with 4.0 scoreless innings of one-hit relief and four strikeouts, while Matt Manship pitched a perfect bottom of the 13th for the save. Putnam (3-5, HR, 2 RBI) and Lowrie (3-7, 2B) led Stanford's season-high 18-hit attack with three hits each. Daniel Perales (3-4, 3B, 4 RBI) led USC's offensive attack. Clayton Wentworth suffered the loss despite holding the Cardinal scoreless for his first four frames of work before allowing a run in the 13th inning.

Stanford 10, at USC 2 (March 5, 2004) - Stanford rolled to its fifth straight victory overall and its sixth in a row versus USC dating back to last season with a 10-2 victory over the Trojans in the opener of a three-game non-conference series. Mark Romanczuk pitched a season-high-tying 7.0 scoreless innings, scattering seven hits and striking out seven to earn the victory. Donny Lucy (3-4, SB) led the Cardinal offense with three hits and three runs scored, while Brian Hall's two-run homer in the top of the ninth was the only extra-base hit for either team. Jed Lowrie and Sam Fuld also drove in a pair of runs each for the Cardinal. USC's Baron Frost (3-4) had a three-hit game for the Trojans, while Daniel Perales (2-4, RBI) and Joey Metropoulos (2-4) picked up two hits each. USC equaled Stanford's nine hits and did not go down in order the entire game. USC starter Bobby Paschal (1-3), the first of seven Trojan pitchers, suffered the loss by allowing four runs on five hits with four walks and three strikeouts over the first 3.2 innings.

2003 VERSUS USC
Stanford 8, at USC 3 - Game 2; Stanford 8, at USC 3 - Game 1 (May 4, 2003) - Stanford swept a doubleheader versus USC by identical 8-3 scores to conclude a three-game sweep of the Trojans. Ryan Garko (4-4, 2 HR, 7 RBI, SB) hit a pair of homers, including his first career grandslam in the first inning, drove in a career-high seven runs and tied a career-high with four hits in the nightcap. Mark Romanczuk picked up the victory with a complete-game three-hitter in the opener. Garko finished the doubleheader 6-for-7 with two homers, nine RBI and a stolen base. Romanczuk allowed just three hits in the opener and did not give up a run after the second inning. Sam Fuld (4-5, 3B, 2 RBI) led the Cardinal with four hits to lead a 16-hit Stanford attack and also scored four runs. In the nightcap, Stanford starter Matt Manship picked up the victory in his first collegiate start. Manship lasted a career-long 7.2 innings, scattering three runs on eight hits with three strikeouts.

Stanford 22, at USC 10 (May 3, 2003) - John Mayberry, Jr. (5-6, HR, 6 RBI) set new career-highs with five hits and six RBI to lead Stanford to a 22-10 victory over USC. Ryan Garko (4-6, 2B, HR, 3 RBI) and Danny Putnam (3-3, 2B) also had big days. David O'Hagan got credit for the win as the first of three Stanford relievers. Travis McAndrews (4-5, 2 HR, 3 RBI) led USC's 17-hit attack.

at Stanford 18, USC 4 (March 2, 2003) - Danny Putnam (3-4, 2 HR, 7 RBI) homered twice for the first time in his career and drove in a career-high seven runs to lift Stanford to an 18-4 victory over USC as the Cardinal hit five homers in the contest to earn a series victory by winning the rubber game. John Mayberry, Jr. (3-4, 3B, HR, 3 RBI), Brian Hall (2-4, HR, 2 RBI) and Chris Lewis (1-5, HR, 2 RBI) also went deep for the Cardinal, while Ryan Garko (2-5, 2 2B, 3 RBI) drove in three runs. Mark Romanczuk earned the victory in his first collegiate start, scattering four runs and seven hits with four strikeouts over the first 6.0 innings. Matt Manship worked 3.0 scoreless innings to earn the save, allowing just one hit and striking out four. USC starter Bobby Paschal took the loss, allowing eight runs (seven earned) and seven hits over the first 6.0 innings.

at Stanford 10, USC 6 (March 1, 2003) - Stanford scored six runs in the bottom of the first inning and held on for a 10-6 victory over USC. Sam Fuld (4-5), Brian Hall (3-4, 2B, 2 RBI) and Ryan Garko (2-4, 2B, 3 RBI) led Stanford's offensive attack. Ryan McCally scattered five runs (three earned) and eight hits with seven strikeouts over the first 7.2 innings to earn the win, while David O'Hagan recorded the final four outs for his first collegiate save. USC starter Frazier Dizard suffered the loss, surrendering six runs on three hits and three walks before being removed from the game after recording just one out.

USC 13, at Stanford 4 (February 28, 2003) - USC rolled to a 13-4 win over, homering three times in the first four innings and tacking on seven more runs in the final three innings by taking advantage of six Stanford errors that led to five unearned runs. John Mayberry, Jr. (3-4, RBI, SB) led Stanford's offense. USC starter Brian Bannister picked up the victory, scattering four runs and seven hits with four strikeouts over the first 7.0 innings. Stanford's John Hudgins suffered his first loss of the season, allowing eight runs (six earned) and nine hits with six strikeouts over the first 6.0 frames. Travis McAndrews (3-4, 2B, HR, RBI) and Michael Moon (3-5, 2B, HR, 3 RBI) had three hits each for USC.

LAST WEEK
Stanford 6, at California 2 (February 29, 2004) - Stanford won its 13th straight game against California by completing a three-game non-conference sweep of the Golden Bears with a 6-2 victory. The win also marked the seventh consecutive win for the Cardinal at California's Evans Diamond. Blake Holler worked a career-high 7.0 innings to earn the victory, allowing just one run and five hits with four strikeouts. John Mayberry, Jr. (3-5, 2B, 3 RBI) led Stanford's 13-hit attack, while Donny Lucy (2-4, HR, RBI) hit his second homer of the series. Jonny Dyer got the final two in the bottom of the ninth to earn his first collegiate save.

Stanford 10, at California 3 (February 28, 2004) - Stanford assured its fifth consecutive series victory over California with a 10-3 victory. The win also gave the Cardinal its ninth straight series victory overall and its 17th series win in its last 18 efforts. Danny Putnam (3-5, HR, 2 RBI) led Stanford's 11-hit attack, while Jed Lowrie (2-3, 2B, 3 RBI, SB) drove in three runs. Jeff Gilmore scattered six hits and allowed just three runs over a career-high-tying 7.0 innings to earn the victory, striking out two and not walking a batter. Gilmore had perfect 1-2-3 innings in the first, second and fourth frames, while Stanford's only double play of the game helped him face just three batters in the sixth.

Stanford 12, at California 9 (February 27, 2004) - Jed Lowrie (3-3, 3 3B, 4 RBI) hit the first three triples of his career, drove in a career-high-tying four runs and reached base in all six at bats to lead Stanford to a 12-9 victory over California. Jonny Ash (3-5, 2 RBI) also had a three-hit day for the Cardinal, while Donny Lucy (2-5, HR, RBI) and Brian Hall (1-4, HR, RBI) homered. Jonny Dyer picked up the victory by limiting the Golden Bears to one run on four hits with one strikeout over 2.1 innings. David O'Hagan came on in the eighth and pitched 2.0 scoreless one-hit innings with a strikeout to earn a save. California's James Holder (4-5, 2B, HR, 4 RBI) had a game-high four hits. Matt Swanson, the fourth of six California pitchers, took the loss by allowing three runs and three hits with two strikeouts over 2.0 innings.

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