No. 16 Stanford And USC Play Second Game Of Series Saturday

March 11, 2006


No. 16 Stanford Cardinal (11-5, 0-0, Pac-10)
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USC Trojans (10-10, 0-0 Pac-10)

Friday, March 10
Stanford 7, at USC 6

Saturday, March 11 (1 pm, PT)
RHP Matt Manship (0-1, 3.97) vs. RHP Ryan Cook (0-2, 7.20)
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Sunday, March 12, (1 pm, PT)
TBA vs. LHP Tommy Milone (4-0, 4.45)
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STANFORD-USC STATE SERIES HISTORY
All-Time Series: USC 203-158-3
2005 Results: Series - Tied 3-3 (Non-Conference at Stanford, February 25-27) Stanford 6-0, Stanford 4-3, USC 8-2; (Conference at USC, May 27-29) USC 5-2, Stanford 14-3, USC 4-2
Series Notes: USC is one of only two Stanford regular season opponents that lead the all-time series between the teams but Stanford has a 43-16 record against the Trojans since the last time USC won a season series by taking all six games between the teams in 1996 • Stanford had won eight consecutive season series and seven straight regular season three-game sets before the Trojans took two-of-three in Los Angeles to end the 2005 season for both clubs, evening the regular season series at 3-3

STANFORD SNAPSHOT
• Stanford has improved to 11-5 (a season-high six games over .500) after picking up back-to-back one-run wins its last two games at California (3/4) and USC (3/10)

• Stanford has won seven of its last nine contests

• Stanford has played seven one-run games in its first 16 contests this season and is 5-2 in those contests • The Cardinal has also added a pair of two-run contests (0-2) and three three-run contests (3-0), leaving only four games decided by four or more runs (3-1)

• Stanford has won three of its first five series and split another, sweeping then No. 5 Cal State Fullerton (2/3-5), dropping two-of-three to Kansas (2/10-12), taking two-of-three against then No. 7 Texas (2/18-20) and at Fresno State (2/24-26) before splitting a weather-shortened two-game set at California (3/3-4) • The Cardinal has also won a single game against Nevada (2/21) and Friday's series-opener at USC (3/10)

• Stanford is 5-1 against ranked teams but just 6-4 against unranked opponents

• Stanford is in the late stages of an eight-game road swing that concludes with the final two games of its current series at USC • 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

• Stanford climbed three spots to a season-best No. 16 in the most recent Baseball America poll released on Monday, March 6 • The Cardinal is ranked as high as No. 11 by Collegiate Baseball, while the Rosenblatt Report has Stanford at No. 13, the NCBWA lists the Cardinal at No. 17 and the USA Today Coaches' Poll puts Stanford at No. 18

• Stanford has posted six straight double-digit hit games, improving the Cardinal's batting average to a season-high .263

Chris Minaker is on a torrid season-high nine-game hit streak, hitting .512 (21-41) during the run • Minaker also has five straight multiple-hit games and seven in his last eight contests, as well as five straight games with at least one RBI and four consecutive multiple-RBI contests • On the season, he leads the team with a .382 batting average, three homers, 21 RBI, three stolen bases and 26 hits

Cord Phelps currently owns a career-best five-game hit streak and the second longest current streak on the club

• Chris Lewis' three hits on Friday at USC tied a career-high, while his three RBI were a season-high

• Stanford’s team ERA of 3.47 would be the lowest since the 1977 club checked in with a 3.44 mark were the season to end today

• Stanford has rescheduled postponed games at California for Monday, May 1 (2:30 pm, PT) and San Jose State for Saturday, April 8 (1 pm, PT) at Blethen Field

LAST WEEK'S STANFORD RECAPS
Friday, March 3
at California 7, Stanford 6

Saturday, March 4
Stanford 6, at California 5 (11)

2005 STANFORD-USC RECAPS
February 25
at Stanford 6, USC 0

February 26
at Stanford 4, USC 3

February 27
USC 8, at Stanford 2

May 27
at USC 5, Stanford 2

May 28
Stanford 14, at USC 3

May 29
at USC 4, Stanford 2

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