Stanford Starts Non-Conference Stretch By Hosting Pacific Wednesday

April 5, 2006

Pacific Tigers (17-10)
Stanford Cardinal (13-11)

Wednesday, April 5 (6 pm, PT)
RHP Jason Haar (2-1, 3.52) vs. TBA
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All-Time Series (since 1959): Stanford 44-6-1
2005 Results: Series Stanford 2-1 (at Pacific, March 20) Stanford 9-6; (at Pacific, March 24, 29) Stanford 6-1, Pacific 2-0 (10 inn.)
Series Notes: Stanford had won 14 straight home games (and had a 15-0-1 record over the previous 16 games) before broke the streak with a 2-0 victory over the Cardinal in 10 innings the last time the teams played on March 29, 2005 ... Stanford and Pacific had played just once since 1995 before meeting three times in 2005 with the Cardinal winning the first two games before Pacific captured the third to break its dry spell at Sunken Diamond that dated back to a Tiger win on February 8, 1977 (the first year of current Stanford head coach Mark Marquess' 30 years on the job)

NON-CONFERENCE STRETCH – Wednesday's game versus Pacific begins a four-game non-conference stretch that will also see the Cardinal travel to San Jose State (Saturday, April 8, 1 pm) and Santa Clara (Monday, April 10, 6 pm) before hosting San Francisco (Tuesday, April 11, 6 pm)

• RETURN TO THE PAC – Stanford next returns to Pac-10 action with a three-game series at No. 11 Oregon State from Thursday-Saturday, April 13-15 (5 pm, 5 pm, 12 pm) ... The Cardinal is in an unfamiliar spot in last place in the Pac-10 with a 2-4 conference mark but just 2.0 games behind league leaders California and USC in the extremely tight standings

• WINNING THE CLOSE ONES – Stanford has a 5-3 record in one-run games this season and is 2-1 in extra inning contests

• COMEBACK KIDS – Stanford has come from behind in seven of its 13 wins, including its biggest comeback of the year in the first game of a doubleheader versus USC last Saturday when the Cardinal scored the final seven runs of the game after trailing 7-2 heading into the bottom of the sixth

• SOGGY STRETCH – Stanford has had eight changes to its schedule due to soggy weather this season but is still on track to get in the maximum number of 56 regular season contests

• SCORING DROUGHT – Stanford scored just one run in its final 21 innings of the USC series after getting 11 in its first 10 trips to the plate

• SEASON SUMMARY – Stanford started the season with a three-game sweep of then No. 5 and now No. 1 Cal State Fullerton (2/3-5), before 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), splitting a weather-shortened two-game set at California (3/3-4), then dropping two-of-three, at USC (3/10-12), versus Washington State (3/25-27), and then in a Pac-10 rematch versus USC (4/1-2) ... The Cardinal has also won a single game against Nevada (2/21)

• BEATING THE BEST, TROUBLE WITH THE REST – Stanford is 5-1 against ranked teams but 8-10 against unranked opponents (according to Baseball America at the time of the games)

• OUT OF THE POLLS – Stanford has not been ranked in any of the five major national polls (Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball, NCBWA, Rosenblatt Report, USA Today) for either of the last two weeks

• MORE MOLINA – Stanford's top hitter in recent contests has been Randy Molina, who is emerging as the team's everyday starter at designated hitter ... Molina currently has a career-high six-game hit streak and leads all regulars with a .444 batting average, as well as a .556 slugging percentage and a .565 on-base mark

• GALLAGHER GOOD – Nolan Gallagher turned in Stanford's top pitching performance in its most recent action versus USC, pitching a career-high 6.1 innings of relief in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader without allowing an earned run and giving up just two hits but taking the loss on an unearned run in the 12th

Saturday, April 1
at Stanford 9, USC 7 -- DH Game 1
USC 3, at Stanford 2 (12 inn.) -- DH Game 2

Sunday, April 2
USC 6, at Stanford 1

Sunday, March 20
Stanford 9, at Pacific 6

Thursday, March 24
at Stanford 6, Pacific 1

Tuesday, March 29
Pacific 2, at Stanford 0 -- 10 inn.

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