No. 6 Stanford And No. 4 Texas Set For Showdown Friday-Sunday

February 16, 2005

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No. 6 Stanford Cardinal (7-2)
No. 4 Texas Longhorns (8-0)

Friday, February 18 (2:30 pm, CT)
LHP Mark Romanczuk (2-1, 3.50) vs. RHP Randy Boone (1-0, 1.80)

Saturday, February 19 (2 pm, CT)
RHP Jeff Gilmore (1-0, 2.25) vs. LHP Buck Cody (1-0, 3.72)

Sunday, February 20 (1 pm, CT)
RHP Nolan Gallagher (0-1, 0.90) vs. RHP Kyle McCulloch (1-0, 4.85)

Audio Broadcast: KZSU/ ... Sean Bruich
Gametracker: Friday | Saturday | Sunday

All-Time Series: Stanford 17, Texas 13 (1 Tie)
Last Series (at Stanford, February 20-22, 2004): Stanford, 2-1 (W, 7-4; L, 6-9; W, 8-1)
Series Notes: Stanford has won four consecutive regular season series versus Texas (2001-04) • The teams split a weather-shortened two-game set in 2000 with the last Texas regular season series win coming when the Longhorns took two-of-three in Austin from March 20-22, 1999 • Texas did beat Stanford in three-of-five meetings overall in 2002 by taking both games the teams played in Omaha • One of Stanford's top NCAA Regional moments came versus Texas in 2001 when the Cardinal swept the Longhorns in a doubleheader on the final day of a Regional at Sunken Diamond one day after Texas had beaten Stanford

• Four In A Row - Stanford's three-game sweep of Kansas in its most recent action (February 12-13) has extended the team's current season-long win streak to four

• Home Sweet Home - Stanford is 6-0 at home this season and has won 44 of its last 49 contests overall, as well as 12 straight regular season home series dating back to Arizona taking two-of-three on The Farm from April 25-27, 2003

• Doubleheader Delight - After a pair of doubleheader sweeps over Fresno State (January 30) and Kansas (February 12) this season, Stanford has swept an amazing six straight twinbills

• Rankings - Stanford is ranked No. 5 in the current NCBWA poll as well as No. 6 in polls by Baseball America, 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 moved up 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's Opponent (Texas) - Stanford will face an unbeaten opponent for the second straight series when the Cardinal travels to No. 4 Texas this Friday-Sunday • The 2004 CWS runners-up have jumped out to an 8-0 start and the nation's top-ranked club in each of the three polls other than Baseball America • Texas' pitching staff has a 2.12 ERA, while its offensive is hitting at a .315 clip and its defense is fielding .977

• Last Week vs. Kansas - Stanford swept its second series of the season by taking all three games against Kansas at Sunken Diamond • The Cardinal swept a Saturday doubleheader (7-3, 9-2) after Friday's scheduled series-opener was postponed due to rain before winning Sunday's finale 7-6 in dramatic fashion with a run in the bottom of the ninth inning after the Jayhawks had scored five times in the top of the ninth to tie the game

• Powerful Start - Stanford has already blasted a team-high 13 homers, hitting at least one in eight of its first nine games • The Cardinal hit 96 homers last season (#2 all-time on the school's single-season list)

• Nearly Perfect Infield Defense - Stanford's infielders have made just one error in the team's first nine games • Ironically, the Cardinal does have a total of seven errors but its current .978 fielding percentage is still .001 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 recorded during the period

• 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 three wins of 1200 with an all-time record of 1197-567-5 (.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 leads the Pac-10 in homers (4) and total bases (27), while ranking third in RBI (12) • He also leads the team with a .361 batting average and a .750 slugging percentage

John Mayberry, Jr. leads the Pac-10 with 14 RBI to go along with three homers and a .343 batting average

• John Mayberry, Jr. - Stanford's National Player of the Year candidate and First Team Preseason All-American has a Pac-10 high 14 RBI to go with three homers (two in the last two games) and a .343 batting average

• Adam Sorgi - Had a huge series against Kansas (.545, 6-11, 2 2B, 3 RBI), including his first career four-hit game (4-5, 2 2B, 2 RBI) and a game-winning RBI double in the bottom of the ninth inning in last Sunday's series finale

• Mark Romanczuk - Moved into a tie for 10th place on Stanford's all-time victory list with his most recent win versus Kansas last Friday and is just 12 behind all-time leader Jeff Ballard's 37 from 1982-85 • Romanczuk is one of 42 pitchers across the nation on the Roger Clemens Award Watch list and has begun the campaign with a 2-1 record and a 3.50 ERA after three starts

• Jeff Gilmore - Stanford's No. 2 starter is off to a fantastic start with a 2-0 record and a 1.89 ERA in his first three starts • Gilmore has struck out 16 batters in 19.0 innings and walked just three batters, while opponents are hitting only .145 against him

• Matt Leva - Has opened the season by tossing 8.1 consecutive scoreless innings

• Pitching Staff - Stanford's pitching staff is off to an excellent start with a 3.42 ERA and an opponents batting average of just .240 through nine games • Cardinal pitchers have struck out 74 batters in 79.0 innings

• Comebacks - Stanford has been credited with three comeback victories in its first nine games

• More Than Double Your Fun - Stanford has more than doubled the scoring output of its opponents this season with 71 runs compared to 35 for its opponents • Stanford has posted a pair of double-digit run efforts, as well as six double-digit hit contests, compared to just one and three for its opponents, respectively

• Fabulous Fifth - Stanford has outscored its opponents 12-0 in the fifth inning

• Right Off The Bat - Stanford has also been pretty good in the first inning, outscoring its opponents 14-6 in the frame

• Offensive Struggles - Stanford is hitting just .279 through its first nine 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, and has won all four games since

• Day And Night - Stanford is 7-0 during day games and 0-2 at night

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

• First Three-Series Road Losing Streak Since 1989 - Stanford's current three-series regular season road losing streak is the first time the Cardinal has lost three straight regular season road series since Stanford actually dropped seven consecutive regular season series away from Sunken Diamond from April 29, 1988 - April 10, 1989

• Collegiate Debuts - Seven Stanford players -- Joe Ayers, Jeff Boes, Brendan Domaracki, Erik Davis, Nolan Gallagher, Darren Gemoll and Michael Taylor -- have made their collegiate debuts in the team's first nine 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 annually 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 but 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 play at 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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