No. 6 Stanford To Open 2005 Campaign Versus Fresno State

Jan. 27, 2005

Friday, January 28, 5 pm, PT
RHP Ryan Penn (First Season) vs. LHP Mark Romanczuk (11-3, 4.31)

Saturday, January 29, 1 pm, PT
RHP Brandon Miller (5-3, 5.91) vs. RHP Jeff Gilmore (10-2, 4.43)

Sunday, January 30, 1 pm, PT
RHP Matt Garza (6-3, 4.90) vs. RHP Greg Reynolds (4-1, 6.00)
*All statistics from 2004 season

Audio: KZSU (90.1 FM) and (Scott Allen, Sean Bruich and Jeff Love)
All-Time Series: Stanford 70, Fresno State 47
Last Series (at Fresno State, February 6-8, 2004): Stanford 2-1 (L, 1-3; W, 13-4; W, 10-3)
Previous Series (at Stanford, February 14-16, 2003): Stanford 3-0 (W, 4-1; W, 5-2; W, 7-2)
Trends: Stanford has won five straight series and season-series over Fresno State, going 11-3 in five series over the period from 2000-04 • Fresno State last won both a three-game series and a season-series over the Cardinal in 1999 when the Bulldogs took two-of-three at Sunken Diamond (January 29-31, 1999; W, 1-0; L, 6-8; L, 3-5).

• Stanford opens the 2005 season ranked No. 6 in all three preseason polls (Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball, Sports Weekly/ESPN) released to date
• Stanford has been picked by the Pac-10 coaches to defend its two consecutive Pac-10 titles in 2005
• Stanford begins its 112th season of baseball with an all-time record of 2423-1498-32 (.617)
• Stanford has captured two national titles (1987, '88) and advanced to the College World Series 15 times, including 13 appearances in the last 23 years and a school record five consecutive seasons from 1999-2003
• Stanford has a 22-6 record (.786) in 28 season-openers under current head coach Mark Marquess ... Stanford has opened against Fresno State twice during Marquess' tenure, beating the Bulldogs both times on January 29, 1999 (1-0) and January 28, 2000 (10-2)
• Stanford has captured 20 conference titles (includes shared titles and Southern Division crowns), two in a row and six in the past eight seasons
• Stanford has won 40 or more games in a school record 10 consecutive campaigns
• Stanford has posted 11 consecutive winnings seasons, as well as 39 in the last 40 years and 56 in the past 58
• Stanford has been ranked No. 1 in the Baseball America poll at some point in seven of the past eight seasons
• Stanford returns three of its nine positions players and all four of its starting pitchers from a 2004 club that finished 46-14 overall and won its second straight Pac-10 title before being eliminated by Long Beach State in an NCAA Regional
• Stanford had 10 players drafted (one shy of equaling a school record) and nine players sign professional baseball contracts from its 2004 team
• Stanford had a school record eight All-Pac-10 selections from its 2004 club, three of which return
• Stanford is one of three Pac-10 schools and one of two Division I Bay Area teams to start its 2005 season this Friday, January 28
• Stanford has produced more players (24) for Team USA than any other collegiate baseball program in the country as the Cardinal has had a representative on the club for 18 consecutive summers
• Stanford has eight players on its roster that attended high school in the Bay Area

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