Stanford And Arizona Ready For Rubber Game Sunday

April 23, 2006

Stanford Cardinal (17-16, 3-8 Pac-10)
Arizona Wildcats (16-20, 4-7 Pac-10)

Friday, April 21
Stanford 10, at Arizona 6

Saturday, April 22
at Arizona 14, Stanford 4

Sunday, April 23 (12 pm, MST/PDT)
RHP Matt Manship (1-4, 5.31) vs. LHP David Coulon (1-3, 7.00)
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All-Time Series: Stanford 94-57
2005 Results: Series – Arizona 2-1 (at Stanford, May 20-22) Arizona 9-4, Stanford 5-4, Arizona 11-8
Last Meeting At Arizona: Series – Arizona 2-1 (May 15-17, 2004) Stanford 11-9, Arizona 19-18, Arizona 11-2
Series Notes: Arizona has had the Cardinal's number of late, taking two-of-three over Stanford in each of the last three series between the clubs and eight of the last 12 games against the Cardinal overall • Stanford had taken 14 consecutive series between the team's before Arizona's current run of three in a row • The teams have played some wild games in recent years, especially in Tucson • Arizona was a 19-18 winner over the Cardinal on May 16, 2004 • In 2002, Stanford scored a 5-4 victory in 18 innings to open the series and won 19-1 in high-wind conditions the following day before the Wildcats came from behind for a 15-13 victory in a game that was shortened to eight innings due to Stanford's travel plans

• TWO-GAME WIN STREAK SNAPPED – Stanford had won two in a row before falling 14-4 at Arizona on Saturday • The Cardinal has won more than two in a row just twice this year

• FOUR-SERIES LOSING STREAK – Stanford needs a victory on Sunday at Arizona to end its current four-series losing streak (at USC, Washington State, USC, at Oregon State) at Arizona • The streak is its longest since Stanford dropped seven in a row by dropping its final six series of 1993 (at UCLA, Arizona, at Arizona State, at California, UNLV, UCLA), as well as in its first series in 1994 (Cal State Fullerton)

• A QUICK LOOK AT THE PAC – Stanford is in an unfamiliar spot in the Pac-10 race in last place with its 3-8 conference mark • Oregon State (8-3) is in sole possession of first-place, followed by USC (9-5), Arizona State (7-4), UCLA (6-5), Washington (5-6), California (6-8), Washington State (5-7), Arizona (4-7) and Stanford (3-8)

• BUSY SECOND HALF – Rescheduled games caused by earlier weather-related postponed contests and a normally more compacted second half of the schedule have combined to contribute to Stanford having its final 28 games scheduled over the last 42 days of its regular season after playing its first 28 contests in the first 72 days

• MARQUESS ONE WIN FROM 13TH ON ALL-TIME LIST – Mark Marquess has moved to within one win of 13th on the all-time win list with his all-time record of 1241-606-5 (.671) in his 30th season as Stanford's head coach

• TV GAMES ON THE HORIZON – Stanford is scheduled to play three games on three different television entities in the near future • Stanford's 2006 television debut will come on CSTV in the opener of a three-game home series versus Arizona State next Friday, April 28 (6 pm, PT) • The Cardinal is also scheduled to be televised on Comcast and FOX Sports Net in back-to-back contests against California at Sunken Diamond on Friday and Saturday, May 5 and 6 (6 pm, PT; 4 pm, PT) • All three games will be broadcast live with the Fox Sports Net contest being shown live locally on FOX Sports Network Bay Area

• SOGGY SEASON – Stanford has made 11 changes to its schedule this season due to soggy weather but is still on track to get 55 regular season contests in with a possible makeup date at Santa Clara to get to the maximum number of 56 games in a season

• COMEBACK KIDS – Stanford has come from behind in 11 of its 17 wins, including each of its last five victories

• WINNING THE CLOSE ONES – Stanford has a 6-4 record in one-run games this season, has won three of four contests that have been tied after eight innings and is 2-1 in extra inning contests

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

• HOT HITTERS – Ryan Seawell has four consecutive multi-hit games, going 9-for-19 (.474) with two doubles, three RBI and a pair of stolen bases in four contests this week • Jason Castro (.421) has the team's top batting average in April, while Chris Lewis is hitting .381 with four doubles, a triple, a homer and 10 RBI in 12 April contests • John Hester and Michael Taylor have both hit safely in eight of their last nine contests

• SPREADING OUT THE WINS – A total of 10 different Stanford pitchers have combined for the team's 17 wins with Greg Reynolds (3-3) the only one recording more than two

• THE 100 CLUB – Michael Taylor picked up his 100th career hit with his third inning double at Arizona (4/21), while John Hester (4/13, at Oregon State), Chris Lewis (4/10, vs. Pacific) and Jim Rapoport (4/1 - Gm. 1, vs. USC) have also reached the mark this month • Chris Minaker scored his 100th career run at Oregon State (4/16) and got to the 100 career RBI mark at San Jose State (4/8)

• STURDY SENIORS – Stanford's four seniors have started all but one game possible between them this season • Position players Chris Lewis and Chris Minaker have each started all 33 games with Minaker playing every inning at shortstop, while John Hester has started 32 of 33 behind the plate • Pitcher Matt Manship has made all 10 of his scheduled starts on the mound

• ROOKIE CLASS – Stanford has also received significant contributions from its freshman class this season • Cord Phelps (23), Joey August (22) and Jason Castro (19) have all started more than half of the games, while Brent Milleville (12), Austin Yount (8), J.J. Jelmini (2) and Sean Ratliff (1) have also made starts • Jeremy Bleich has seven saves and had been the team's closer for most of the season before being in the starting rotation each of the last two weeks at Oregon State (4/14) and Arizona (4/21) • Max Fearnow, Ratliff and Yount have also seen action on the hill

• LEAGUE RANKINGS – Stanford ranks fifth in the Pac-10 in pitching (4.45 ERA), sixth in fielding (.965) and ninth in hitting (.268)

• IT'S SIMPLE ... HIT THE LONG BALL AND WIN – Stanford is 6-0 in games in which the Cardinal has two or more home runs

• STANFORD BASEBALL HISTORY – Stanford has captured two College World Series titles (1987, 1988) and advanced to the CWS 15 times, including 13 appearances in Omaha in the past 24 seasons and a school record five in a row from 1999-2003 when the Cardinal finished as runners-up three times (2000, 2001, 2003) • The Cardinal has also won five NCAA Super Regionals, 13 NCAA Regionals and 20 Pac-10 titles • Stanford Baseball is in its 113th year of existence with an all-time record of 2474-1539-32 (.616)

• STANFORD BASEBALL IN THE BIGS – Stanford has sent 74 players on to play Major League Baseball, including five (Joe Borchard – Seattle Mariners; Eric Bruntlett – Houston Astros; Mike Gosling, Cincinnati Reds; Rick Helling – Milwaukee Brewers; Mike Mussina – New York Yankees) that have played in The Show in 2006

• STARS AT SUNKEN – Mike Mussina took in Stanford's game against USC at Sunken Diamond on April 2 and brought teammate (and 2005 AL MVP) Alex Rodriguez with him

Saturday, April 22
at Arizona 14, Stanford 4

Friday, April 21
Stanford 10, at Arizona 6

Tuesday, April 18
at Stanford 12, Sacramento State 5

Monday, April 17
San Francisco 9, at Stanford 4

Sunday, April 16
at Oregon State 12, Stanford 1 (7)

Friday, April 14
at Oregon State 1, Stanford 0

Thursday, April 13
at Oregon State 3, Stanford 0

Monday, April 10
at Stanford 2, Pacific 1

Saturday, April 8
Stanford 13, at San Jose State 3

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