No. 19 Stanford Looks To Avoid Sweep By Kansas Sunday

Feb. 12, 2006

Kansas Jayhawks (6-1, 0-0 Big 12)
No. 19 Stanford Cardinal (3-2, 0-0 Pac-10)

Friday, February 10
Kansas 8, at Stanford 2

Saturday, February 11
Kansas 5, at Stanford 4

Sunday, February 12 (11 am, PT)
RHP Kodiak Quick (1-0, 1.29) vs. RHP Matt Leva (0-0, 0.00)

KZSU (90.1 FM) | (Alex Gyr, Lee-Ming Zyn)
Gametracker: Sunday

All-Time Series: Stanford 6-2
2005 Results: Series - Cal State Fullerton 2-1 (at Cal State Fullerton, February 4-6) Cal State Fullerton 5-3, Cal State Fullerton 4-3, Stanford 15-10
Last Meeting at Stanford: Series - Stanford 3-0 (at Stanford, February 12DH-13) Stanford 7-3 (DH Game 1), Stanford 9-2 (DH Game 2), Stanford 7-6)
Series Notes: Stanford had won all six games versus Kansas in a series that began between the two schools in 2004 • The Cardinal swept three-game sets at Sunken Diamond in both 2004 and 2005, before falling 8-2 to the Jayhawks in last night's 2006 series opener

• Stanford needs a victory in Sunday's series finale to avoid being swept in a regular season three-game series at Sunken Diamond for the first time since Arizona State took three in a row from April 11-13, 1997 (a span of 62 consecutive regular season three-game home series)
• Stanford has been outhit in four of its first five games and has a batting average of just .199 as a team
• Stanford has just eight hits in its first two games of the Kansas series
• Stanford's three-game sweep of No. 5 Cal State Fullerton last Friday-Sunday moved the Cardinal back into the Baseball America poll at No. 19 ... The Cardinal had not been ranked in the preseason poll for the first time since the publication started the rankings in 1981 ... Stanford was also in the rankings for 227 consecutive weeks from 1994-2005 before dropping out on May 16, 2005
• Seven Stanford freshman (Joey August, Jeremy Bleich, Jason Castro, Brent Milleville, Cord Phelps, Sean Ratliff, Austin Yount) played in the Cal State Fullerton series ... All three winning pitchers (Bleich, Ratliff, Yount) in the series were freshman as the trio combined for a 3-0 record and save (Bleich) without giving up a run and allowing just two hits in 9.0 innings of work ... Yount and Castro each hit a home run with Yount also leading the club with four RBI, hitting a triple and going 3-for-7 (.429) in the series
• Stanford swept its season-opening series for the fourth consecutive year
• Stanford has made a school-record run of 12 straight appearances in the NCAA Championship
• Stanford was picked to finish tied for third in the Pac-10 in the annual preseason poll of the conference coaches
• Stanford returns six position player starters and one starting pitcher, as well as 15 letterwinners returning from a team that finished 34-25 overall and 12-12 in the Pac-10 last year before finishing second at the NCAA Waco Regional to eventual CWS participant and host Baylor (the Cardinal lost two position player starters, two starting pitchers and a total of five letterwinners from its 2005 club)
Michael Taylor (Baseball America Third-Team Preseason All-American, Wallace Award Watch List) and Chris Minaker (Wallace Award Watch List) have received 2006 preseason honors but the Cardinal does not have a returning All-Pac-10 player on its roster for the first time since 1994
• Stanford has captured two national titles (1987, '88) and advanced to the College World Series 15 times, including 13 appearances in the last 24 years and a school record five consecutive seasons from 1999-2003
• Stanford has captured 20 conference titles (includes shared titles and Southern Division crowns), including six in the past nine seasons
• Stanford has posted 12 consecutive winning seasons, as well as 40 in the last 41 years and 57 in the past 5

FEBRUARY 10, 2006 (Kansas 8, Stanford 2)
FEBRUARY 11, 2006 (Kansas 5, Stanford 4)

FEBRUARY 12, 2005 (Stanford 7, Kansas 3 -- Game 1 ... Stanford 9, Kansas 2 -- Game 2)
FEBRUARY 13, 2005 (Stanford 7, Kansas 6)

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