No. 6 Stanford Looks To Avoid Sweep At No. 3 Cal State Fullerton Sunday

Feb. 6, 2005

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February 5, 2005


No. 6 Stanford Cardinal (3-2)
at
No. 3 Cal State Fullerton (2-0)

Friday, Feb. 4
at Cal State Fullerton 5, Stanford 3*

Saturday, Feb. 5 (6 pm, PT)
at Cal State Fullerton 4, Stanford 3*

Sunday, Feb. 6 (1 pm, PT)
RHP Greg Reynolds (0-0, 8.10) vs. LHP Scott Sarver (3-2, 2.65)*
*Cal State Fullerton statistics from 2004 season

SUNDAY'S LIVE GAME COVERAGE
KZSU/gostanford.com Audio Broadcast (Sean Bruich and Joe Ritzo)

STANFORD-CAL STATE FULLERTON SERIES HISTORY
All-Time Series: Stanford 44, Cal State Fullerton 35
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 has lost five straight games at Cal State Fullerton after dropping the first two games of its current series versus the Titans • Stanford did sweep a 2004 Cal State Fullerton team at Sunken Diamond that went on to win the CWS title • Stanford had won six of the last seven season series (and three-game series) between the clubs before losing the first two games of the current series • The only exception to Stanford's stretch prior to this series came 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 in Fullerton and a second round CWS game

STANFORD NOTES
• Trying To Avoid Rare Sweep - Stanford has not been swept in its last 29 regular season series dating back to a Cal State Fullerton sweep of the Cardinal at Goodwin Field from January 31 - February 2, 2003

• First Three-Series Road Losing Streak Since 1989 - After losing the first two games of its current series, Stanford has dropped three consecutive series on the road dating back to its final two series of last season for the first time since losing three in a row away from Sunken Diamond from March 10 - April 10, 1989

• Road Woes - Stanford has lost nine of its last 14 games on the road

• Offensive Struggles - Stanford is hitting just .102 with only six hits in the first two games of its current series at Cal State Fullerton

• 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 MarkMarquess - Has moved to within seven wins of 1200 with an all-time record of 1193-567-5 (.677) • He entered the season ranked ninth among active Division I coaches in wins and 16th on the NCAA's all-time list

• JedLowrie - 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 over Fresno State, including his second career two-homer game in the first game of Sunday's doubleheader and finished the series with a .500 (6-12) batting average, seven RBI and a 1.250 slugging percentage • He is hitting .350 overall with his three homers and eight RBI through five games

• ChrisMinaker - Had career-highs of five hits (5-5, RBI) and four runs scored in Stanford's season-opener versus Fresno State last Saturday • Has a team-best .421 batting average

• MarkRomanczuk - Is one victory shy of Stanford's all-time Top 10 list and just 13 behind all-time leader Jeff Ballard's 37 from 1982-85

• Pitching Staff - Stanford's pitching staff is off to a great start with a 2.72 ERA and an opponents batting average of just .212 through its first five games

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

• Defense - Stanford did not make an error in 106 defensive chances in its season-opening series versus Fresno State and has just two in its first five games for a .988 fielding percentage

• Collegiate Debuts - Six Stanford players -- Joe Ayers, Brendan Domaracki, Erik Davis, Nolan Gallagher, Darren Gemoll and Michael Taylor -- have made their collegiate debuts in the team's first five games

• 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 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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