No. 13 Stanford Returns Home To Face No. 22 USC Friday-Sunday

February 23, 2005

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No. 22 USC Trojans (4-0)
No. 13 Stanford Cardinal (7-5)

Friday, February 25 (5 pm, PT)
RHP Zack Kalter (1-0, 5.40) vs. LHP Mark Romanczuk (2-2, 4.64)

Saturday, February 26 (1 pm, PT)
RHP Ian Kennedy (1-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Jeff Gilmore (2-1, 3.09)

Sunday, February 27 (1 pm, PT)
TBA vs. RHP Nolan Gallagher (0-1, 1.76)

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

All-Time Series: USC 200, Stanford 154 (3 Ties)
2004 Results: Stanford, 4-2 (at USC, March 5-7; W, 10-2; W, 8-7, 13 inn.; L, 8-11 ... at Stanford, May 21-23; L, 3-9; W, 5-4; W, 8-2
Series Notes: Stanford has won eight consecutive season series over USC (1997-2004), dating back to USC sweeping six games against the Cardinal in 1996, posting a 39-13 record against the Trojans over the past eight seasons • Stanford has also won six straight regular season three-game sets between the teams with USC last winning a regular season series versus the Cardinal when the Trojans took two-of-three in Los Angeles from April 20-22, 2001 • USC is the only team on this year's Stanford schedule to hold a lead in the all-time series versus the Cardinal

• Home Sweet Home - Stanford returns home this Friday-Sunday to face USC in a non-conference series, where the Cardinal 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

• Rankings - Stanford took a steep drop in the national rankings after being swept at Texas last Friday-Sunday • Stanford's highest current ranking is a No. 10 spot in the Sports Weekly/ESPN poll (-4) • The Cardinal is also ranked No. 11 by Collegiate Baseball (-5), No. 13 by Baseball America (-7) and No. 15 by the NCBWA (-10) • This week marks the first time Stanford has not been ranked in Baseball America's Top 10 since February 10, 2003 • 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 (USC) - USC has started the 2005 campaign with a 4-0 record and make their 2005 debut in the Baseball America poll at No. 22 • The Trojans, who have had five scheduled games postponed due to weather, are ranked as high as No. 15 in the Collegiate Baseball poll • USC has a stellar 2.75 ERA, while its hitters are batting at a .278 clip and its defense has a .968 fielding percentage

• Another Unbeaten - For the third consecutive series, Stanford will face a team that will begin its series versus Stanford with a perfect record (Kansas 6-0, Texas 8-0, USC 4-0)

• Last Week At Texas - Stanford was swept by No. 4 Texas in three close games in Austin last Friday-Sunday • Texas came up with a 6-4 victory in the opener on Friday, holding the Cardinal to five hits • On Saturday, the Longhorns withstood a six-run Cardinal ninth and Jed Lowrie's second career grandslam to win 8-7 before completing the sweep with a 5-4 triumph on Sunday, rallying from a 3-0 deficit and winning the contest on an inside-the-park homer by Drew Stubbs on the first pitch in the bottom of the ninth

• Jed Lowrie - Stanford's National Player of the Year candidate and First Team Preseason All-American is off to a fantastic start, leading the Pac-10 in home runs (7) and RBI (20), while ranking second in total bases (40) and fourth in slugging percentage (.833) • Stanford's leader in all of the above categories, as well as the team's co-leader in batting average (.354) and hits (17) • Has homered in four consecutive contests • Has not made an error in 51 defensive chances

• Powerful Start - Stanford has hit at least one homer in 11 of its 12 games and has doubled the longball output of its opponents (16-8) this season and currently co-leads the Pac-10 in homers • The Cardinal hit 96 homers last year (#2 all-time on the school's single-season list)

• Good Defense - Stanford's infielders have made just two errors in the team's first 12 games • The Cardinal does have a total of nine errors but its current .979 fielding percentage is still .002 percentage points better than 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

Stanford head coach Mark Marquess has moved to within three victories of the 1200-win mark for his career

• Head Coach Mark Marquess - Has moved to within three wins of 1200 with an all-time record of 1197-570-5 (.677) • He is currently ranked ninth among active Division I coaches in wins and 16th on the NCAA's all-time list

• John Mayberry, Jr. - Stanford's National Player of the Year candidate and First Team Preseason All-American co-leads the team with a .354 batting average and 17 hits to go with 14 RBI, three homers and a current team-best eight-game hit streak

• Adam Sorgi - Has caught fire with a .500 batting average (11-22) over the team's last five games with four multiple-hit contests during the stretch

• Mark Romanczuk - Moved into a tie for 10th place on Stanford's all-time victory list with his most recent win versus Kansas in the first game of a doubleheader on February 12 and is just 12 victories 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

• Pitching Staff - Stanford's pitching staff is off to an excellent start with a 3.88 ERA through 11 games • Cardinal pitchers have struck out 88 batters in 95.0 innings

• Breaking Out Of Offensive Struggles - Despite being swept at Texas last Friday-Sunday, Stanford seemed to break out of its early offensive struggles with 29 hits in the final two games of the series • Stanford had a season-high 17 hits in Saturday's 8-7 loss and then came back with 12 more in a 5-4 losing effort on Sunday, outhitting the Longhorns by a total of 29-17 in the two contests • Stanford has raised its team batting average to .288, the highest its been since it stood at .324 after the season-opening Fresno State series but quickly fell to .246 after being three-hit in back-to-back games at Cal State Fullerton • Stanford has hit .307 or better in each of its last nine seasons

• 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

• Road Woes - Stanford has lost 12 of its last 18 games on the road dating back to last year

• Longest Road Losing Streak Since 1989 - Stanford's current four-series regular season road losing streak is its longest since Stanford actually dropped seven consecutive regular season series away from Sunken Diamond from April 29, 1988 - April 10, 1989

• Stanford Swept For First Time Since Early 2003 - Stanford was swept in a regular season three-game series at Texas last Friday-Sunday, marking the first time Stanford had been swept in a three-game set since the Cardinal dropped three in a row at Cal State Fullerton from January 31 - February 2, 2003, a span of 32 regular season three-game sets

• 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

• 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)

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