Stanford and Fresno State To Play Rubber Game Sunday

Feb. 26, 2006


Stanford Cardinal (8-4, 0-0, Pac-10)
at
Fresno State Bulldogs (7-7, 0-0 WAC)

Friday, February 24 (6:35 pm, PT)
Stanford 3, at Fresno State 2

Saturday, February 25
at Fresno State 7, Stanford 5

Sunday, February 26 (1:05 pm, PT)
TBA vs. RHP Andy Underwood (2-1, 1.99)
Live Game Coverage: Audio Broadcast | Gametracker

STANFORD-FRESNO STATE SERIES HISTORY
All-Time Series: Stanford 74-48
2005 Results: Series -Stanford 3-0 (at Stanford, January 29-30DH) Stanford 12-1, Stanford 7-0 (DH Game 1), Stanford 8-4 (DH Game 2)
Last Meeting At Fresno State: (February 17, 2003) Fresno State 3-1, Stanford 13-4, Stanford 10-3
Series Notes: Prior to Saturday's Fresno State victory, Stanford had won six consecutive games over the Bulldogs dating back to a Fresno State win in Fresno on February 6, 2004 ... Stanford needs a victory in Sunday's series finale to extend its regular season series win streak over the Bulldogs to seven dating back to the last Bulldog series win in 1999 when Fresno State took two-of-three over the Cardinal on The Farm

STANFORD SNAPSHOT
• Stanford sits at 8-4 and had won four in a row before Saturday's 7-5 loss at Fresno State ... The Cardinal has won five-of-six games against nationally ranked teams by sweeping then No. 5 Cal State Fullerton and winning two-of-three over then No. 7 Texas ... The Cardinal has also defeated Nevada split with Fresno State but dropped two-of-three to unranked Kansas

• Stanford is in the early stages of a 10-game road swing that will continue with today's series finale at Fresno State, before taking the Cardinal to California (March 3-5), San Jose State (March 7) and USC (March 10-12) ... Stanford will not return home until hosting Washington State in its first Pac-10 series Saturday-Monday, March 25-27, after a 12-day break from March 13-24 for finals

• Despite its early season success, Stanford is unranked in the latest Baseball America poll that was released on Monday, February 20 (the Cardinal was ranked in the other three -- #12 Collegiate Baseball, #17 NCBWA, #22 Rosenblatt Report) ... Stanford was ranked in the Baseball America poll for two weeks before losing the Kansas series ... The Cardinal jumped into the poll at No. 19 on February 6 after the Fullerton sweep and just stayed in at No. 24 following the series loss to Kansas but dropped out after splitting the first two games of the Texas series ... 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 looks to be breaking out of an early season offensive slump with a .299 team batting average and 50 hits during its last five games, including a season-best 14 in Monday's 13-9 win over Texas when the Cardinal also registered a season-high in runs

• Michael Taylor (.500, 9-18, 8 RBI) and Chris Minaker (.476, 10-21, HR, 7 RBI, SB) are leading the hitting resurgence with Taylor also the owner of a career-high-tying six-game hit streak and Minaker hitting safely in five in a row

• Stanford's pitching staff has recorded a 3.42 team ERA, which would be the lowest mark since the 1973 club checked in at 2.64 were the season to end today

• Freshman pitcher Jeremy Bleich has already recorded five saves while appearing in eight of his first 12 games at Stanford, giving up just five hits and one run with 10 strikeouts in 11.2 scoreless innings and posting a .125 opponents' batting average

• Stanford played before a season-high 3704 in Friday night's series-opener at Fresno State

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