No. 6 Stanford Heads To Defending National Champion And No. 3 Cal State Fullerton This Friday-Sunday

February 2, 2005

No. 6 Stanford Cardinal (3-0)
No. 3 Cal State Fullerton (0-0)

Friday, Feb. 4 (7 pm, PT)
LHP Mark Romanczuk (1-0, 1.80) vs. LHP Ricky Romero (14-4, 3.37)*

Saturday, Feb. 5 (6 pm, PT)
RHP Jeff Gilmore (1-0, 0.00) vs. LHP Ryan Schreppel (3-3, 6.03)*

Sunday, Feb. 6 (1 pm, PT)
RHP Greg Reynolds (0-0, 8.10) vs. TBA
*Cal State Fullerton statistics from 2004 season

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All-Time Series: Stanford 44, Cal State Fullerton 33
Last Series (at Stanford, January 30 - February 1, 2004): Stanford, 3-0 (W, 16-3; W, 8-7; W, 4-1)
Previous Series (at Cal State Fullerton, February 14-16, 2003): Cal State Fullerton, 3-0 (W, 7-3; W, 10-2; W, 8-2)
Series Notes: Stanford swept a 2004 Cal State Fullerton team that went on to win the CWS title • Stanford has won six of the last seven season series (and three-game series) between the clubs with the only exception in 2003 when the Titans took four-of-six from the Cardinal • Stanford still ended Cal State Fullerton's 2003 season by beating the Titans twice in a bracket final at the CWS after losing to the Titans in the first four meetings between the teams, including a regular season sweep and a second round CWS game

• Season-Opening Sweep - Stanford swept its season-opening series for the third straight year with three victories in a row over Fresno State (W, 12-1; W, 7-0; W, 7-4) last Saturday and Sunday at Sunken Diamond • Stanford's win in the series-opener improved the Cardinal to 23-6 in 29 season-openers under current head coach Mark Marquess

• Rankings - Stanford is currently ranked No. 5 in the NCBWA preseason poll, as well as No. 6 in preseason polls by Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball, and Sports Weekly/ESPN • The Cardinal has been ranked No. 1 in the Baseball America poll at some point in the season during seven of the last eight campaigns

• Two-Time Defending Pac-10 Champs - Stanford is the two-time defending Pac-10 champions, has won at least a share of a Pac-10 or Southern Division title in six of the last eight years and has picked up 20 conference titles in school history • Stanford has been picked in a preseason poll of the Pac-10 coaches to win the conference title again in 2005

• Omaha - 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 for a school record five consecutive seasons from 1999-2003

• Winners - Stanford has won 40 or more games in a school record 10 consecutive campaigns, posted 11 consecutive winnings seasons, 39 in the last 40 years and 56 in the past 58

• Head Coach Mark Marquess - Has moved to within seven wins of 1200 with an all-time record of 1193-565-5 (.678) • He entered the season ranked ninth among active Division I coaches in wins and 16th on the NCAA's all-time list

• Jed Lowrie - Stanford's National Player of the Year candidate and First Team Preseason All-American started his campaign by blasting three homers in Stanford's season-opening sweep, including his second career two-homer game in the first game of Sunday's doubleheader • Finished the series with a .500 (6-12) batting average, seven RBI and a 1.250 slugging percentage

• Chris Minaker - Had career-highs of five hits (5-5, RBI) and four runs scored in Stanford's season-opener last Saturday • Had a team-best .583 (7-12) batting average in the series

• Mark Romanczuk - Won his 24th career game in last Saturday's opener to move within one victory shy of Stanford's all-time Top 10 list and is just 13 behind all-time leader Jeff Ballard's 37 from 1982-85

• John Hester - Had a pair of career-high-tying three-hit games in the Fresno State series.

• Pitching Staff - Stanford got off to a great start on the mound against Fresno State by allowing an ERA of just 1.67 ERA, striking out 31 Bulldogs in 27.0 innings and holding Fresno State to a .208 batting average • The Cardinal staff tossed 17 consecutive scoreless innings after the Bulldogs scored one run in Saturday's opener before giving up one in the first inning of the third game of the series

• Doubleheader Delight - Stanford's doubleheader sweep of Fresno State marked the fifth straight occasion the Cardinal has swept a twinbill

• Domination - The numbers in the Fresno State series were pretty dramatic both offensively and on the mound • Stanford outscored the Bulldogs, 27-5, hit .324 compared to Fresno State's .208 and posted a 1.67 ERA, while the Bulldogs staff had a 7.88 mark • Stanford also had five homers compared to none for Fresno State, while adding four stolen bases without giving up one

• Comebacks - Despite the lopsided statistics, Stanford was actually credited with a pair of comeback victories versus Fresno State after trailing 1-0 twice after the first half inning.

• Perfect - Stanford did not make an error in 106 defensive chances in its season-opening series versus Fresno State

• Collegiate Debuts - Five Stanford players -- Joe Ayers, Brendan Domaracki, Erik Davis, Nolan Gallagher and Michael Taylor -- made their collegiate debuts during the Fresno State series • All but Ayers (sophomore) are freshmen

• First Career Home Runs - Sophomores Jim Rapoport and Adam Sorgi both hit home runs for the first time in their career during last Sunday's nightcap versus Fresno State

• Southern California Ties - Stanford has seven players on its roster with ties to the Southern California area, where the Cardinal will battle Cal State Fullerton this Friday-Sunday (Ryan Kissick, Pacific Palisades/Harvard-Westlake HS • Adam Sorgi, Mission Viejo/Capistrano Valley HS • Chris Lewis, Santa Margarita/Northwood HS • Jeff Gilmore, Huntington Beach/Edison HS • Jim Rapoport, Westlake Village/Chaminade College Prep • Randy Molina, South Gate/South Gate HS • Jeff Stimpson, Redondo Beach/Redondo Union HS)

• Preseason All-Americans - The trio of Jed Lowrie, John Mayberry, Jr. and Mark Romanczuk all earned Preseason All-American recognition • Lowrie and Mayberry are also both on the Wallace Watch List for the award given by the Collegiate Baseball Foundation to the best player in the nation

• Sunken Series Streak - Stanford has won 11 straight regular season series at Sunken Diamond, dating back to Arizona taking two-of-three over the Cardinal on The Farm from April 25-27, 2003

• Home Sweet Home - Stanford is 3-0 at Sunken Diamond this season and has won 41 of its last 46 contests at home overall.

• Bay Area Boys - Stanford has an unusually high number of local products on its team this season with eight players from the Bay Area donning a Cardinal uniform (Erik Davis, Mountain View/Mountain View HS • Darren Gemoll, San Jose/Leland HS • Zach Gianos, Menlo Park/Menlo-Atherton HS • Cameron Matthews, Mountain View/Los Altos HS • Rex Petrill, Los Altos/St. Francis HS • Greg Reynolds, Pacific/Terra Nova HS • Ryan Seawell, Menlo Park/Menlo School • David Stringer, Palo Alto/Palo Alto HS)

• Lone Senior - Cameron Matthews is the team's lone senior and is only in his second year as a member of the roster after spending his first two years on campus as a team manager

• Last Year - Stanford returns just three of its nine starting 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

• Major Leaguers - A total of 72 former Stanford Baseball players have went on to play Major League Baseball, including 12 that suited up for an MLB team in 2004 (Joe Borchard, Eric Bruntlett, Brian Dallimore, Jody Gerut, Mike Gosling, Jeremy Guthrie, Jeffrey Hammonds, A.J. Hinch, David McCarty, Mike Mussina, Justin Wayne, Jason Young)

• MLB Draft - Stanford had 10 players selected in the 2004 MLB First-Year Player Draft, one shy of a school record • Nine of the 10 players have since signed professional baseball contracts, while one (Ben Summerhays) returned to Stanford in 2005

• Team USA - Stanford has produced more players (24) that have played more seasons (33) for Team USA than any other collegiate baseball program in the nation and has had at least one player on the Americans' roster for 18 consecutive summers • Three members of Stanford's 2005 team (Jed Lowrie, John Mayberry, Jr. and Mark Romanczuk) played on the most recent Team USA squad in the summer of 2004

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