No. 24 Stanford And No. 7 Texas Continue Series Sunday And Monday

Feb. 19, 2006

No. 7 Texas Longhorns (5-4, 0-0 Big 12)
No. 24 Stanford Cardinal (4-3, 0-0 Pac-10)

Saturday, February 18
Texas 4, at Stanford 2

Sunday, February 19 (1 pm, PT)
RHP Kyle McCulloch (0-1, 1.74) vs. RHP Matt Manship (0-1, 9.95)
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Monday, February 20 (1 pm, PT)
RHP Randy Boone (0-1, 4.15) vs. TBA
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All-Time Series: Stanford 17-17-1
2005 Results: Series – Texas 3-0 (at Texas, February 18-20) Texas 6-4, Texas 8-7, Texas 5-4
Series Notes: Stanford has won four of the last five regular season series between the teams but the Longhorns have won four straight games between the teams dating back to a Texas sweep in Austin last year when the Longhorns won a pair of one-run games and the other by two runs • Of the 35 all-time meetings between the clubs, 10 have come in the postseason with each team winning five • In 2003, Texas ended Stanford's season with a pair of victories over the Cardinal at the College World Series • Stanford sent Texas home on a dramatic day in 2001, sweeping the Longhorns with a pair of one-run victories in a doubleheader on the final day of a Regional at Stanford • Other prominent postseason meetings have included Stanford defeating Texas twice on its way to its first CWS title in 1987, while Texas defeated the Cardinal in the 1982 CWS

• Stanford sits at 4-3 after dropping three of its last four games following a season-opening sweep of then No. 5 Cal State Fullerton in its season-opening series (February 3-5) ... Prior to yesterday's loss to Texas, the Cardinal dropped 2-of-3 to unranked Kansas last Friday-Sunday as the Cardinal avoided being swept in a regular-season three-game home series for the first time since 1997 (a span of 63 consecutive regular season three-game home series) with an 8-3 victory in Sunday's series finale versus the Jayhawks
• Stanford dropped five spots to No. 24 in the most recent Baseball America poll after dropping 2-of-3 to Kansas ... Stanford's three-game sweep of Cal State Fullerton in the first series of the season had moved the Cardinal back into the Baseball America poll at No. 19 after Stanford had not been ranked in the preseason poll for the first time since the publication started the rankings in 1981 ... In addition, Stanford was in the rankings for 227 consecutive weeks from 1994-2005 before dropping out on May 16, 2005
• Stanford has struggled offensively to this point in the 2006 season, ranking last in the Pac-10 with a .209 team batting average, being outhit in five of its first seven games and being held to four hits three times ... Jim Rapoport's .265 batting average is the highest among the regular starters
• Stanford has pitched well (3.52 team ERA) and played excellent defensive this season (.981 fielding percentage), including three games of errorless baseball
Jason Castro had his team-high four-game hit streak come to an end on Saturday
• Stanford was picked to finish tied for third in the Pac-10 in the annual preseason poll of the conference coaches
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

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