No. 6 Stanford Returns Home Friday-Sunday For Three-Game Set Versus Kansas

Feb. 8, 2005

February 7, 2005

Kansas Jayhawks (4-0)
No. 6 Stanford Cardinal (4-2)

Friday, February 11 (5 pm, PT)
LHP Sean Land (0-0, 0.00) vs. LHP Mark Romanczuk (1-1, 4.22)

Saturday, February 12 (1 pm, PT)
RHP Clint Schambach (0-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Jeff Gilmore (1-0, 2.25)

Sunday, February 13 (11 am, PT)
LHP Mike Zagurski (0-0, 0.00) vs. TBA

Audio Broadcast (KZSU/ ... Sean Bruich and TBA
Gametracker: Friday | Saturday | SundayWebcast

All-Time Series: Stanford 3, Kansas 0
Last Series (at Stanford, February 13-15, 2004): Stanford, 3-0 (W, 7-1; W, 6-3; W, 10-6)
Series Notes: Stanford and Kansas met for the first time ever in a three-game series last season (February 13-15, 2004) at Sunken Diamond with the Cardinal coming away with a three-game sweep • The series was highlighted by Brian Hall's walkoff grandslam in the bottom of the ninth inning in the finale, capping a seven-run Cardinal bottom of the ninth that erased a 6-3 Kansas lead

• Home Sweet Home - Stanford hosts Kansas in a three-game series this Friday-Sunday at Sunken Diamond, where the Cardinal is 3-0 this season and has won 41 of its last 46 contests overall, as well as 11 straight regular season series, dating back to Arizona taking two-of-three on The Farm from April 25-27, 2003

• Rankings - Stanford is ranked No. 5 in the current NCBWA poll, No. 6 in polls by Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball and No. 7 by Sports Weekly/ESPN • Stanford remained the same in each of the polls except Sports Weekly/ESPN, where the Cardinal dropped one spot from a week ago • Stanford has been ranked No. 1 in the Baseball America poll at some point in the season during seven of the last eight campaigns

• This Week Versus Kansas - Stanford's next opponent is off to a 4-0 start with four consecutive wins over Hawaii-Hilo and still has two more games to play at versus Hawaii-Hilo before facing Stanford • The Jayhawks have posted an 0.27 ERA by giving up just one run in their first 33.0 innings, while hitting .339 and fielding at a .951 clip

• Last Week at Cal State Fullerton - Stanford lost two-of-three games in its most recent series at Cal State Fullerton last Friday-Sunday with the Titans taking the first two contests (5-3, 4-3) before the Cardinal avoided a sweep with a 15-10 win in Sunday's finale

• 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, 1988) 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 six wins of 1200 with an all-time record of 1194-567-5 (.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 already has team-highs of three homers, 10 RBI and a .792 slugging percentage to go with a .375 batting average that ranks second on the club

• Chris Minaker - Is off to a fantastic start, leading the team in batting average (.400), runs scored (12) and hits (10)

• Career Day For Chris Lewis - Chris Lewis put up several career-bests in Stanford's 15-10 win at Cal State Fullerton in the team's most recent game on February 6 • Lewis belted two homers for the first time in his career, while also recording his first three-hit and three-run game, while tying a career-best with two RBI

• Mark Romanczuk - 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 nice start with a 3.63 ERA and an opponents batting average of just .239 through six games • Cardinal pitchers have struck out 51 batters in 52.0 innings • Stanford has used only seven pitchers in each of its first two series

• Comebacks - Stanford has been credited with a pair of comeback victories with two of its wins versus Fresno State coming after trailing 1-0 after the first half inning

• Double Your Fun - Stanford has doubled the scoring output of its opponents this season with 48 runs compared to 24 • Stanford has posted a pair of double-digit run efforts, as well as four double-digit hit contests, compared to just one and two for its opponents, respectively

• Right Off The Bat - Stanford has outscored its opponents 12-4 in the first inning

• Powerful Start - Stanford has already hit nine homers in its first six games with at least one in five of the contests and a season-high three in its most recent game at Cal State Fullerton (February 6)

• Stellar Defense - Stanford has made just four errors (including only one by its infielders) in its first six contests for a .981 fielding percentage that is .004 points ahead of the school record pace of .977 set by the 2001 club • Stanford has played outstanding defense in the past five seasons with five of its top seven team fielding percentages being recorded during the period

• Offensive Struggles - Stanford is hitting just .273 through its first six games, thanks mostly to the first two games of the Cal State Fullerton series when the Cardinal hit a combined .102 with just six hits

• Lineup Shakeup - After picking up just six hits in the first two games at Cal State Fullerton, Stanford dramatically changed its lineup in the third game of the series, highlighted by Michael Taylor's move to the top spot and John Hester hitting in the two-hole • The new lineup produced season-highs of 15 runs and 15 hits

• Day And Night - Stanford is 4-0 during day games and 0-2 at night

• 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 series in a row away from Sunken Diamond from March 10 - April 10, 1989

• Road Woes - Stanford has lost nine of its last 15 games on the road

• 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 six games

• 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

• 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, Pacifica/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 gone 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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