Stanford Names Jeff Gilmore Starter For NCAA Regional Opener
June 2, 2005
Waco, Tex. - Stanford (32-23) has announced junior righthanded pitcher Jeff Gilmore (10-2, 3.56 ERA) as its probable starter for the team's 2005 NCAA regional opener versus TCU (40-18) this Friday, June 3 (2 pm, CT/12 pm, PT). The Horned Frogs are slated to go with junior righty Lance Broadway (14-1, 1.67 ERA).
Gilmore leads the Cardinal in wins (10-2, #3T Pac-10), innings pitched (111.1, #1 Pac-10) and complete games (3), while posting a 3.56 ERA (#9 Pac-10) and a .253 opponents' batting average (#10 Pac-10) that both rank as the lowest among Stanford pitchers that have pitched at least one inning per team game played. He also co-leads the team in starts (16, #4T Pac-10) and ranks second in strikeouts (76). Gilmore has lasted at least 7.0 innings in eight of his starts (including four in a row) and nine of his appearances. He was the team's No. 1 starter for four of the last five Pac-10 series but made the start in the No. 2 spot during the team's final regular season series at USC. Gilmore ranks tied for seventh on Stanford's career won-lost percentage with a 20-4 (.833) all-time record.
Host Baylor (39-21) is the top seed in the regional being played at Baylor Ballpark and the No. 4 national seed. The Bears also open regional play on Friday (7 pm, CT/5 pm, PT) versus fourth-seeded Texas-San Antonio (27-32).
The regional will continue on Saturday with the losers of Friday's contests playing an elimination game (Game 3) at 2 pm, CT/12 pm, PT. Friday's winners will matchup in a winners' bracket game (Game 4) at 7 pm, CT/5 pm, PT.
The Game 3 winner and Game 4 loser will play an elimination contest (Game 5) on Sunday at 2 pm, CT/12 pm, PT.
The first championship game will pit the Game 4 and Game 5 winners on Sunday at 7 pm, CT/5 pm, PT. A second championship game (Game 7), if necessary, will be played on Monday, June 6 (6 pm, CT/4 pm, PT). The second championship contest would be necessary if the winner of Game 5 defeats the winner of Game 4 in the first championship game.
The winner of the Waco regional will advance to a super regional versus the winner of a regional being hosted by Clemson (Clemson, S.C.). The Clemson regional features the host Tigers (39-21), along with College of Charleston (47-13), Oral Roberts (40-18) and North Carolina A&T (27-25).
Eight super regionals consisting of 16 regional winners will be held from Friday, June 10 - Monday, May 13. Super regional hosts along with specific dates and times will be announced on the ESPN Bottom Line on Tuesday, June 7 (9 am, PT).
Super regional winners will make up the eight-team field for the 59th College World Series to be held Friday, June 17 - Monday, June 27, at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, Nebraska.