No. 11 Stanford To Host California In Three-Game Series Friday-Sunday

March 2, 2005

California Golden Bears (10-4)
at
No. 11 Stanford Cardinal (9-6)

Friday, March 4 (5 pm, PT)
RHP Adam Gold (1-1, 6.08) vs. LHP Mark Romanczuk (3-2, 3.26)

Saturday, March 5 (1 pm, PT)
RHP Erik Dworkis (1-1, 4.32) vs. RHP Jeff Gilmore (2-1, 2.86)

Sunday, March 6 (1 pm, PT)
TBA vs. RHP Nolan Gallagher (0-2, 2.55)

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STANFORD-CALIFORNIA SERIES HISTORY
All-Time Series: Stanford 299-207
2004 Results: Stanford 6-0 (Non-Conference at California, February 27-29; W, 12-9; W, 10-3; W, 6-2 ... Conference at Stanford, April 16-18; W, 7-4; W, 9-2; W, 8-3)
Series Notes: Stanford has won 16 consecutive games against California with the last Golden Bear victory coming in a non-conference game in Berkeley on March 9, 2002 by a score of 2-1 • Stanford has also won six straight regular season series with the last California series win coming when the Golden Bears took two-of-three in a conference tilt in Berkeley from April 27-29, 2001 • California has not defeated the Cardinal in a series since 1978 • The teams have split seven season sets from 1979-2004 (1979, '80, '81, '88, '89, '92, 2001)

STANFORD NOTES
• Home Sweet Home - Stanford is 8-1 at home this season and has won 48 of its last 55 contests overall, as well as 13 straight regular season home series dating back to Arizona taking two-of-three on The Farm from April 25-27, 2003

• Rankings - Stanford moved up two spots to No. 1 in the most recent Baseball America rankings released Monday, February 28, after taking two-of-three versus then No. 22 USC at home last Friday-Sunday • Stanford is also No. 11 in this week's Sports Weekly/ESPN poll (-1), while being ranked No. 12 by Collegiate Baseball (-1) and No. 15 by the NCBWA (same as last week) • This week marks the second consecutive week that Stanford has not been ranked in Baseball America's Top 10 after having been ranked every week prior 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 (California) - California heads into its series at Stanford with a nine-game win streak and a 10-4 overall record • The Golden Bears played have been stingy during the streak, allowing just 15 runs over the last seven games of the streak • For the season, California is hitting .282, has posted a 4.12 ERA and has a .980 fielding percentage that ranks second in the Pac-10

• Another Hot Team - California (nine-game win streak) is Stanford's fourth straight opponent to enter its series versus Stanford on a win streak (Kansas, six; Texas eight; USC four)

• Head Coach Mark Marquess - Has moved to within one victory of becoming just the 16th NCAA Division I coach to win 1200 games • Marquess has an all-time record of 1199-571-5 (.677) • He is currently ranked ninth among active Division I coaches in wins and 16th on the NCAA's all-time list

• Last Week Versus USC - Stanford took two-of-three non-conference home games versus USC last Friday-Sunday, winning 6-0 and 4-3 on Friday and Saturday before falling by a score of 8-2 while going for the sweep on Sunday • Mark Romanczuk pitched the first shutout of his collegiate career in the series-opener, while Chris Minaker was 4-for-4 at the plate • The Cardinal won Saturday's game in the bottom of the ninth when Jim Rapoport scored the game-winning run when John Mayberry, Jr. beat out a potential inning-end double play ball for an RBI fielders choice with Blake Holler picking up his third win of the season out of the bullpen • Stanford outhit the Trojans on Sunday, 12-10, but left a season-high 13 runners on base

• 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), while ranking second in RBI (23), as well as third in total bases (42) and in slugging percentage (.750) • Stanford's leader in all of the above categories, as well as walks (10) • Has not made an error in 63 defensive chances

• Home Run Slump - After hitting at least one homer in 11 of its first 12 games, Stanford did not homer in the USC series against a Trojan pitching staff that has not allowed a homer all season • Still, Stanford has doubled the longball output of its opponents (16-8) this season and ranks second in the Pac-10 in homers • The Cardinal hit 96 homers last year (#2 all-time on the school's single-season list)

• Outstanding Defense - Stanford's infielders have made just two errors (the club has 10 total) in the team's first 15 games and the Cardinal has an overall team fielding percentage of .981 that leads the Pac-10 and is .004 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

• John Mayberry, Jr. - Stanford's National Player of the Year candidate and First Team Preseason All-American has a .311 batting average to go with three homers and 15 RBI • Mayberry had the team's longest hit streak of the season at eight games (February 5-20) before going hitless in his first 11 official at bats of the USC series

• Mark Romanczuk - Pitched the first shutout of his career versus USC last Friday to win his 26th career game and move into a tie for eighth place on Stanford's all-time win list with 26 • Now just 11 victories behind all-time leader Jeff Ballard's 37 from 1982-85 • Co-leads the Pac-10 in wins this season with 3-2 record and a 3.50 ERA • On the Roger Clemens Award Watch list for the award given annually to the nation's top pitcher

• Pitching Staff - Stanford's pitching staff is off to an excellent start with a 3.81 ERA through 14 games • Cardinal pitchers have struck out 116 batters in 130.0 innings

• Offensive Struggles - Stanford has a .283 batting average through its first 15 games • 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 dropped seven consecutive regular season series away from Sunken Diamond from April 29, 1988 - April 10, 1989

• Bay Area Boys - Stanford has an unusually high number of local products on its 2005 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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