Stanford Takes Seven-Game Streak To UCLA Friday

May 17, 2006

Stanford Cardinal (28-21, 10-11 Pac-10)
UCLA Bruins (28-21, 10-8 Pac-10)

Fri., May 19 (6 pm, PT) – RHP Greg Reynolds (6-3, 3.17) vs. RHP Hector Ambriz (6-6, 3.77)
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Sat., May 20 (2 pm, PT) – TBA vs. LHP Dave Huff (6-2, 2.77)
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Sun., May 21 (1 pm, PT) – TBA vs. RHP Tyson Brummett (6-6, 4.43)
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All-Time Series: Stanford 182-135
2005 Results: Series – Stanford 2-1 (at Stanford, May 13-15) Stanford 3-2, UCLA 4-3, Stanford 11-1
Last Meeting At UCLA: Series – UCLA 2-1 (April 2-4, 2004) Stanford 11-4, Stanford 15-13, UCLA 6-5
Series Notes: Stanford has won four of the last five games between the teams as well as eight consecutive series over the Bruins since UCLA last took a series over Stanford by taking two-of-three against the Cardinal at Stanford from April 19DH-20 • Stanford had also captured the three prior series to make its current run over the Bruins to 10 of the last 11 series

Stanford is looking to stay red hot as the Cardinal has won a season-high seven in a row and nine of its last 10 games overall, as well as five straight road games and three consecutive Pac-10 series (Arizona State, California, at Washington) • Stanford has put up much improved numbers in all three primary team statistical areas during the 10-game run with a .300 batting average, 2.91 ERA and .970 fielding percentage that are well above the team's season numbers of .275 (#8 Pac-10), 4.19 (#4 Pac-10) and .966 (#6 Pac-10) • UCLA has won three straight after losing four of its previous five contests • The Bruins have won four of their last five Pac-10 series • UCLA leads the Pac-10 with a .976 fielding percentage (#9 NCAA) and ranks third in the conference with a 3.78 ERA • UCLA has also shown power at the plate with 43 homers (#2 Pac-10), while hitting .287 (#6 Pac-10)

• RED HOT – Stanford has won a season-high seven straight games overall for its longest winning since taking seven in a row from April 10-23, 2004 (the Cardinal won eight start from March 23 - April 3, 2004) • Stanford has also won nine of its last 10 overall, three straight Pac-10 series and five consecutive road games

• THREE STRAIGHT PAC-10 SERIES WINS – Stanford has won each of its last three Pac-10 series by taking two-of-three at home against California (5/5-7) and Arizona State (4/28-30), before sweeping a road series at Washington (5/12-14) in its most recent action to mark the first time the Cardinal has won three consecutive conference series since taking seven Pac-10 series in a row from May 3, 2003 - May 2, 2004

• FIVE STRAIGHT ROAD WINS – Stanford has picked up victories at Santa Clara (5/9), Sacramento State (5/10) and Washington (5/12, 5/13, 5/14) in its last five road games to mark its longest road win streak since taking five in a row from March 20 - April 3, 2005 • The last time Stanford won more than five straight road games was when the Cardinal took seven consecutive games away from home February 7 - March 6

• MOVING UP IN THE PAC-10 STANDINGS – Stanford has moved up to sixth in the Pac-10 standings after winning seven of its first nine games in the second half of league play following a 3-9 first half • Oregon State (12-6) has a two-game lead over Arizona State and UCLA (10-8) • USC (11-10, 2.5 GB) is the only other team over .500 in the standings and is followed by Washington State (9-9, 3.0 GB), Stanford (10-11, 3.5 GB), Washington (9-12, 4.5 GB), California (9-12, 4.5 GB) and Arizona (7-11, 5.0 GB)

• MARQUESS REACHES 1250 WINS AND GETS 500 PAC-10 VICTORY – Mark Marquess hit a couple of milestones during the Washington series, picking up his 1250th career win on May 13 and then following it with his 500th Pac-10 victory the following day • Marquess ranks 13th on the all-time win list for NCAA Division I coaches with an all-time overall record of 1252-611-5 (.672) and is in his 30th season as Stanford's head coach • Marquess is now just three wins shy of Georgia Southern's Jack Stallings, who recorded 1255 victories in 39 seasons at Georgia Southern to rank 12th on the current list

• LAST GAME VERSUS SANTA CLARA – Tuesday, May 16, 2006 (at Stanford 11, Santa Clara 7): Stanford ran its longest win streak of the season to seven with an 11-7 victory over Santa Clara. The Cardinal trailed 6-0 after four and a half innings before exploding with an eight-run fifth frame. Chris Minaker and Jason Castro both homered in the Stanford fifth with Minaker's three-run homer tying the contest at 6-6 and Castro's two-run pinch-hit shot three batters later giving the Cardinal the lead for good. Michael Taylor (5-5, 2B) extended his hit streak to a new career-high nine games with the first five-hit contest of his career and the first by a Stanford player this season, while Jim Rapoport (2-3, 3 RBI, SB) drove in three runs and John Hester brought home a pair.

• LAST SERIES AT WASHINGTON – Sunday, May 14, 2006 (Stanford 10, at Washington 2): Stanford stayed hot by extending its longest win streak of the season to six games with a 10-2 victory over Washington to complete a three-game sweep of the Huskies. The Cardinal scored seven runs in the top of the fourth inning and then rode the pitching of winner Jeremy Bleich and reliever Matt Manship to the victory. Michael Taylor (3-4, HR, RBI), Jason Castro (2-4, HR, career-high 3 RBI) and Ryan Seawell (2-6, HR, RBI) homered for the Cardinal, while Grant Escue (3-5, RBI) and Chris Lewis (2-3, 2 2B) added multiple-hit game with Chris Minaker driving in a pair of runs Saturday, May 13, 2006 (Stanford 14, at Washington 6): Stanford scored nine runs in the top of the second inning and cruised to a 14-6 Pac-10 victory over Washington. Chris Minaker (3-6, 2B, HR, 4 RBI) and Chris Lewis (2-5, 2B, HR, 3 RBI) both had three-run homers in the Cardinal second, while Nolan Gallagher held Washington to one run over 7.0 innings of relief to earn the win after entering the contest to start the second frame • Friday, May 12, 2006 (Stanford 5, at Washington 0): Greg Reynolds pitched a complete game shutout to lift Stanford to a 5-0 win over Washington. Reynolds struck out nine while scattering eight hits and a walk. Michael Taylor (2-5, 2B, 2 RBI) had a pair of hits and two RBI for the Cardinal, while Jim Rapport (2-4, RBI) and Chris Minaker (2-5, 2B) each added a pair of hits.

• COMEBACK KIDS – Stanford has come from behind in 18 of its 28 wins, including 13 of its last 17 victories

• 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 27 games scheduled over the last 42 days of its regular season after playing its first 28 contests in the first 72 days • Stanford played 17 games in April and is scheduled to also play 17 in May

• OFFENSE COMING ALIVE – Stanford's offense has come alive during the club's recent hot play • The Cardinal has scored double digit runs in each of its last three contests (the first time that has happened since May 1-7, 2003) • Stanford had its most prolific offensive series of the season against Washington in its most recent three-game Pac-10 set last Friday-Sunday, May 12-14, scoring 29 runs, hitting .357 and blasting five homers • Stanford has had plenty of offensive struggles for most of the season with a current .275 team batting average that is just eighth in the Pac-10 and the lowest by a Cardinal club since the 1980 squad hit .274 • Stanford also has only 31 homers this season but has hit eight in the last five games to move within nine long balls of extending its string of consecutive 40-homer campaigns to 20

• HOT HITTERS – Several individuals have keyed the team's current hot stretch at the plate • Michael Taylor and Jason Castro both have current career-best hit streaks of nine and seven games • Chris Minaker has hit safely in 19 of his last 20 games, while Chris Lewis has hits in 10 of his last 11 contests and Randy Molina eight of his last nine • Minaker also has a pair of homers and nine RBI in his last three contests

• DEFENSIVE IMPROVEMENT – Stanford has been errorless in four of its last 10 games and fielded at a .972 clip during the period while winning nine of the ten contests • The numbers are much improved compared to a defense that is fielding just .965 this season after posting a .971 or better mark in each of the past six years to account for six of the top eight fielding percentages in school history

• PITCHING PROWESS – Stanford's pitching has been top notch over the last 10 games with a 2.91 ERA during the period • The staff had held its opponents to five for six straight contests from April 30 - May 12

• REYNOLDS WRAP – Stanford ace Greg Reynolds has posted complete game victories in each of his last three outings to become the first Stanford pitcher to throw three or more straight complete games since Jeremy Guthrie tossed four in a row (the last three victories) from April 26 - May 17, 2002 • Reynolds has also won four straight starts and five of his last six • Reynolds was named the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week on May 2 after throwing the first complete game of his career and the first by a Stanford pitcher this season with a three-hitter in a 7-1 win over Arizona State on April 28 • He followed that performance by outdueling California ace Brandon Morrow in a 3-2 Stanford win on May 5 and Washington ace Tim Lincecum with his first career complete game shutout in a 5-0 Stanford victory over the Huskies in Seattle on May 12, taking his second Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week honors on May 16

• STURDY SENIORS – Senior position players Chris Minaker and Chris Lewis have each started all 49 contests with Minaker playing every inning at shortstop each of the last two seasons ... Both players have long consecutive games started streaks going with Minaker at 146 and Lewis at 108

• 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

• ROOKIE CLASS – Jason Castro (30), Joey August (27) and Cord Phelps (26) have all started more than half of the team's games, while Brent Milleville (19), Austin Yount (9), J.J. Jelmini (2) and Sean Ratliff (1) have also made starts as position players • Jeremy Bleich has a team-high seven saves and had been the team's closer for most of the season before making five of his last six appearances as a starter at Oregon State (4/14), at Arizona (4/21), versus Arizona State (4/29), against San Jose State (5/2) and at Washington (5/10) • Max Fearnow, Ratliff and Yount have also seen action on the hill

• IT'S SIMPLE ... HIT THE LONG BALL AND WIN – Stanford is 10-0 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 2485-1544-32 (.616)

• THE STANFORD 9 – The All-Time Starting 9 that represted the best of the first 30 years of the distinguished coaching career of Mark Marquess as voted upon be fans throughout the 2006 season was announced on Saturday, May 6 • The team consisted of Mike Mussina (Pitcher, 1988-90), Ryan Garko (Catcher, 2000-03), John Gall (First Base, 1997-2000), Jed Lowrie (2nd, 2003-05), Ed Sprague (Third Base, 1996-98), Eric Bruntlett (Shortstop, 1997-2000), Joe Borchard (Outfield, 1998-2000), Sam Fuld (Outfield, 2001-04) and Jeffrey Hammonds (Outfield, 1990-92)

• STANFORD BASEBALL IN THE BIGS - Stanford has sent 74 players on to play Major League Baseball, including six (Joe Borchard - Florida Marlins, Seattle Mariners • Eric Bruntlett - Houston Astros • Mike Gosling, Cincinnati Reds • John Gall - St. Louis Cardinals • Jeremy Guthrie - Cleveland Indians • Rick Helling - Milwaukee Brewers • Mike Mussina - New York Yankees) that have played in The Show in 2006

• STANFORD IN THE MINOR LEAGUES - Stanford has 22 former players that have either been on a Minor League Baseball roster in 2006 or are a member of a current member of a professional baseball organization and yet to be assigned for the 2006 campaign (Jonny Ash - Corpus Christi Hooks, Houston Astros AA • Chris Carter - Tucson Sidewinders, Arizona Diamondbacks AAA • Jason Cooper - Buffalo Bisons, Cleveland Indians AAA • Scott Dragicevich - Dunedin Blue Jays, Toronto Blue A Advanced • Pete Duda - Unassigned, Arizona Diamondbacks • Sam Fuld - Daytona Cubs, Chicago Cubs A Advanced • Jody Gerut - Unassigned, Pittsburgh Pirates • Jeff Gilmore - Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, Seattle Mariners A • Mike Gosling - Cincinnati Bats, Cinncinnati Reds AAA • Jeremy Guthrie – Buffalo Bisons, Cleveland Indians AAA • Brian Hall - Unassigned, Toronto Blue Jays • Jed Hansen - Fresno Grizzlies, San Francisco Giants AAA • John Hudgins - Oklahoma RedHawks, Texas Rangers AAA • Mark Jecmen - Lake County Captains, Cleveland Indians A • Jed Lowrie - Wilmington Blue Rocks, Boston Red Sox A Advanced • Donny Lucy - Winston-Salem Warthogs, Chicago White Sox A Advanced • John Mayberry, Jr. - Clinton LumberKings, Texas Rangers A • Chris O'Riordan - Mobile Bay Bears, San Diego Padres AA • Danny Putnam - Midland RockHounds, Oakland A's AA • Carlos Quentin - Tucson Sidewinders, Arizona Diamondbacks AAA • Mark Romanczuk - Unassigned, Arizona Diamondbacks)

• 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

Tuesday, May 16
at Stanford 11, Santa Clara 7

Sunday, May 14
Stanford 10, at Washington 2

Saturday, May 13
Stanford 14, at Washington 6

Friday, May 12
Stanford 5, at Washington 0

Wednesday, May 10
Stanford 5, at Sacramento State 4

Tuesday, May 9
Stanford 8, at Santa Clara 4 (15)

Sunday, May 7
at Stanford 6, California 4

Saturday, May 6
California 5, at Stanford 1

Friday, May 5
at Stanford 3, California 2

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