No. 12 Stanford Resumes Action Versus Pacific Saturday And Sunday

March 16, 2005

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Pacific Tigers (10-13)
No. 12 Stanford Cardinal (11-7)

Saturday, March 19 (1 pm, at Stanford)
RHP Luke Massetti (4-2, 4.56) vs. LHP Mark Romanczuk (4-2, 3.20)

Sunday, March 20 - (1 pm, PT, at Pacific)
RHP Jeff Gilmore (2-1, 2.80) vs. TBA

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All-Time Series: Stanford 42-5-1 (since 1959)
2004 Results: None
Last Meeting At Stanford: Stanford 2, Pacific 1 (May 5, 1999)
Last Meeting At Pacific: Pacific 10, Stanford 2 (February 28, 1995)
Series Notes: Stanford and Pacific resume a series with their two-game home and home set this Saturday and Sunday that saw the teams last meet when the Cardinal came up with a 2-1 victory over the Tigers at Sunken Diamond on May 5, 1999 • The teams had not played before that since Pacific was a 10-2 winner in Stockton on February 28, 1995 to snap a four-game Cardinal win streak in the series • Stanford has won 13 straight over the Tigers at Sunken Diamond since the teams played to a 3-3 tie on February 10, 1979 • The last Pacific win at Sunken Diamond came when the Tigers defeated Stanford, 7-4, on February 8, 1977 (Stanford is 14-0-1 versus Pacific at Sunken Diamond since)

• Returning To Action - Stanford will return to action for the first time since a 12-day break for finals when the Cardinal plays Pacific in a home-and-home two-game series that begins at Stanford on Saturday and shifts to Pacific on Sunday • Stanford has won four of its first games after the annual break over the past five seasons with the only exception a 7-6 loss in 11 innings at Arizona State to open the 2003 conference campaign

• Home Sweet Home - Stanford is 10-2 at home this season and has won 50 of its last 58 contests overall, as well as 14 straight regular season home series dating back to Arizona taking two-of-three on The Farm from April 25-27, 2003

• Rankings - Stanford dropped one spot in the Baseball America rankings released Monday, March 14 • Stanford is also No. 12 in this week's Sports Weekly/ESPN poll (-3), while being ranked No. 14 by the NCBWA (-1) and No. 15 by Collegiate Baseball (same) • This week marks the fourth 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 (Pacific) - Pacific will start this its series at Stanford on a season-long six-game skid and an overall record of 10-13 • Pacific had trouble keeping opponents off the scoreboard during the first three games of their current losing streak, allowing 44 runs in those contests • Over the last three contests, they have allowed only allowed 17 but scored even fewer (11) • Overall, the Tigers are struggling at the plate with a .247 batting average, while posting a 5.16 ERA and fielding at a .971 clip

• A Break From Hot Teams - Stanford had faced four consecutive teams that had entered their series with Stanford on long win streaks (Kansas - 6; Texas - 8; USC - • Head Coach Mark Marquess Wins 1200th Game - Became just the 16th NCAA Division I head coach to reach the 1200-career win mark when Stanford defeated California by a score of 10-3 at Sunken Diamond on March 5 • Marquess now has an all-time record of 1201-572-5 (.677) • He is currently ranked ninth among active Division I coaches in wins and is 16th on the NCAA's all-time list

• Last Series Versus California - Prior to its current 12-day break, Stanford took two-of-three non-conference home games versus California last Friday-Sunday, marking the second straight series the Cardinal had taken two-of-three (also USC, February 25-27) since being swept at Texas from February 18-20 • Mark Marquess won his 1200th collegiate contest and Mark Romanczuk pitched his second consecutive complete game to lead the Cardinal to a 10-3 victory in a series opener that was delayed one day until Saturday due to rain • Six Stanford players had two hits each, including Chris Lewis with the game's only homer • Stanford won the opener of Sunday's doubleheader in dramatic fashion when Jim Rapoport squeezed home pinch-runner Cameron Matthews for the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth to give the Cardinal a 3-2 victory • An impressive three-run homer by John Mayberry, Jr. in the nightcap wasn't enough to stop California from ending Stanford's amazing run of 18 consecutive wins over the Golden Bears with a 10-4 victory

• Jed Lowrie - Stanford's National Player of the Year candidate and First Team Preseason All-American is off to a nice, ranking second in the Pac-10 in home runs (7) and fifth in RBI (25) as well as fourth in slugging percentage (.706) and eighth in total bases (48) despite the team's current 12-day break • Lowrie is Stanford's leader in all of the above categories, as well as its co-leader in walks (11) • Finally made his first error of the season in the nightcap of the second game versus California on March 6 after not making a miscue in his first 17 contests • On the Watch List for the College Baseball Foundation's Brooks Wallace Award given annually to the top collegiate player in the country

• John Mayberry, Jr. - Stanford's National Player of the Year candidate and First Team Preseason All-American is hot with four straight two-hit games that included a 6-for-10 series versus California (.600, 1 HR, 3 RBI) in his most recent effort March 4-6 and six two-hit games in his last eight contests • The stretch has given Mayberry the team-lead with a .352 overall batting average, while he ranks second on the club in RBI (18) and tied for second in homers (4) • Mayberry also boasts the team's longest hit streak of the season at eight games (February 5-20) • On the Watch List for the College Baseball Foundation's Brooks Wallace Award given annually to the top collegiate player in the country

• Mark Romanczuk - Has recorded back-to-back complete games for the first time in his career in his last two outings • He pitched the first shutout of his career versus USC on February 25 before coming back to limit California to three runs on five hits on March 4 • Romanczuk has now won 27 career games at Stanford (27-7) to move into a tie for seventh on Stanford's all-time win list with 27 and is now just 10 victories behind all-time leader Jeff Ballard's 37 from 1982-85 • Romanczuk currently ranks tied for second in the Pac-10 in wins this season with 4-2 record and has a 3.20 ERA • He is on the Roger Clemens Award Watch list for the award given annually to the nation's top pitcher

• Outstanding Defense - Stanford's infielders have made just three errors (the club has 14 total) in the team's first 18 games and the Cardinal has an overall team fielding percentage of .978 that ranks second in the Pac-10 and is one percentage point higher 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

• Pitching Staff - Stanford's pitching staff is off to an excellent start with a 3.84 ERA through 18 games • Cardinal pitchers have struck out 135 batters in 157.0 innings and have allowed just 142 hits for an opponents' batting average of .241

• Signs Of Offensive Struggles Ending - Stanford's current .290 batting average through its first 18 games would be the lowest since the team hit .285 in 1994 if the season were to end today • In fact, Stanford has hit .307 or better in each of its last nine seasons • However, there are signs that the team's offensive struggles may be coming to an end • Stanford got its average up to .291 after the first game of its doubleheader versus California on March 6, marking the highest it had been since dropping to .275 after the fourth game of the season

• Doubleheader Sweep Streak Ends - Stanford had posted back-to-back doubleheader sweeps over Fresno State (January 30) and Kansas (February 12) this season to extend an amazing string of twin bill sweeps to six before California ended that run by taking the second game of a doubleheader over the Cardinal in its most recent game action on March 6

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

• Longest Road Losing Series 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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