Stanford To Play Regional Final Sunday Versus Texas-NC State Winner

June 4, 2006

2006 NCAA Division I Baseball Regional
Friday-Monday, June 2-5, 2006 -- Austin, TX
Hosted by Texas (UFCU Disch-Falk Field)

Friday, June 2
Game 1 - (3) Stanford 7, (2) North Carolina State 2#

Game 2 - at (1) #4 Texas 9^#, (4) Texas-Arlington 4

Saturday, June 3
Game 3 - (2) North Carolina State 6, (4) Texas-Arlington 5#... Texas-Arlington Eliminated

Game 4 - (3) Stanford 12#, at (1) #4 Texas 8^

Sunday, June 5
Game 5 (Noon, CT/10 am, PT) - (3) North Carolina State (39-22) at (1) Texas# (41-20) ... Elimination Game
Live Game Coverage: Television - ESPNU| Gametracker | NCAA Tournament Scoreboard

Championship #1, Game 6 (4 pm, CT/2 pm, PT) - Stanford (32-25) vs. North Carolina State (39-22)/Texas (41-20) winner
LHP Jeremy Bleich (4-4, 3.56) vs. TBA
Live Game Coverage: Television - ESPNU | KZSU 90.1 Audio Broadcast (Alex Gyr) | Gametracker | NCAA Tournament Scoreboard
^No. 3 national seed; #Home team

Monday, June 6
Championship #2, Game 7, if necessary (6 pm, CT/4 pm, PT) - If Game 5 Winner defeats Game 4 Winner in Game 6
Live Game Coverage: Television - ESPNU
*Pitching matchups for all other games still TBA

All-Time Series: Stanford 20-17-1
2006 Results: Series - Stanford 3-1 (at Stanford, February 18-20) Texas 4-2, Stanford 5-1, Stanford 13-9
Previous Meeting At Texas: Series - Texas 3-0 (February 18-20, 2005) Texas 6-4, Texas 8-7, Texas 5-4
Series Notes: Stanford has won three of four games between the teams this season and snapped a four-game losing skid at Disch-Falk Field with a 12-8 victory over the Longhorns in a Regional winners' bracket game on Saturday in the first postseason game for the Cardinal against the Longhorns in Austin since Texas defeated Stanford, 8-4, in the first game Stanford played at the 1994 NCAA Central Regional • Texas had swept Stanford in a three-game series the last time they played at Texas (February 18-20, 2005) and hadn't lost the Cardinal at Disch-Falk Field since Stanford swept a doubleheader on February 22, 2003 • Of the 38 all-time meetings between the clubs, 11 have come in the postseason with the Cardinal break an even 5-5 series tie by winning Saturday's contest • The teams have ended each other's seasons once each in this decade • In 2002, Texas ended Stanford's season with a pair of victories over the Cardinal at the College World Series • Stanford sent Texas home on a dramatic day at Sunken Diamond in 2001, sweeping the Longhorns with a pair of one-run victories in a doubleheader on the final day of a Regional • Other prominent postseason meetings have included Stanford defeating Texas twice on its way to its first CWS title in 1987, while Texas knocked off the Cardinal in the 1982 CWS

All-Time Series: Stanford 1-0
2006 Results: Series - Stanford 1-0 (at Stanford, February 18-20) Texas 4-2, Stanford 5-1, Stanford 13-9
Previous Meeting At Texas: Series - (at Austin, TX, June 2) Stanford 7-2
Series Notes: Stanford picked up a 7-2 victory in the first meeting ever between the teams in the opening game of the 2006 NCAA Austin Regional

Stanford has started the 2006 postseason with a pair of victories, while Texas and North Carolina State have both put up 1-1 records with a loss to the Cardinal and a victory over UT-Arlington • Stanford is hitting at a .284 clip on the season, while posting a 4.41 ERA and fielding at a .968 clip • Texas is hitting .298, while posting a 3.85 ERA and fielding at .967 • North Carolina State has put up some series offensive numbers this season with a .334 batting average, while putting up a 4.40 ERA and a .970 fielding percentage

(Saturday, June 3, 2006 - Game 4
(Stanford 12, at Texas 8) -Saturday, June 3 - Game 4 (Stanford 12, at Texas 8) - Stanford moved on to Sunday's championship game of the NCAA Austin Regional with a wild 12-8 victory over Texas (41-20) in a winners' bracket game before a loud crowd of 5420 fans. John Hester (2-4, HR, 4 RBI) hit his first career grandslam in the second inning and tied a career-high four RBI to help the Cardinal come back from an early 3-0 deficit, while Erik Davis recorded his third save of the season by thwarting a furious Longhorn rally in the seventh inning and pitching 2.1 hitless frames to preserve the Cardinal lead. The trio of Jason Castro (3-4, 3B, 2 RBI), Chris Lewis (3-4) and Michael Taylor (3-4) combined for nine of Stanford's 16 hits and nine of the team's 12 runs with each player scoring three times and collecting three hits. Chris Minaker (2-5, RBI) also had a pair of hits while Jim Rapoport drove in a pair of runs. Starter Nolan Gallagher picked up the victory by lasting until two outs in the seventh inning despite allowing six runs on seven hits and two walks with four strikeouts.

(Friday, June 2, 2006 - Game 1 (Stanford 7, North Carolina State 2) - Stanford opened postseason play at the NCAA Austin Regional with a 7-2 victory over North Carolina State as Greg Reynolds tossed a complete-game seven-hitter. Reynolds struck out seven and walked two while going the distance for the fifth time in his last six starts. Stanford jumped out to a 5-0 lead after an inning and a half and never trailed as the Cardinal won its postseason opener for the seventh time in the last eight campaigns. Jim Rapoport (3-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI) equaled a season-best with his third three-hit game of the season and had a pair of doubles for the first time in his career. Randy Molina (3-3) also had a three-hit contest, while Chris Minaker (2-4, 2B, RBI), Grant Escue (2-5, RBI) and John Hester (2-5, RBI) added a pair of hits each for the Cardinal. Michael Taylor drove in a pair of runs, while Escue scored a career-high-tying two runs.

Stanford has won two College World Series titles (1987, 1988) and finished as the national runner-up on three other occasions (2000, 2001, 2003), while making a total of 15 trips to the CWS • Stanford has won 15 Regionals and five Super Regionals, going a combined 31-8 (.795) in Regional (21-6, .778) and Super Regional (10-2, .833) action since the beginning of the Super Regional postseason format in 1999 • Stanford has an all-time postseason record of 119-58 (.672), going 67-25 (.728) in Regional action, 10-2 (.833) in Super Regional play and 38-27 (.585) in the College World Series • Stanford is making its 27th appearance in the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship and its 13th in a row, while playing in an NCAA Regional for the 24th time and reaching the championship game of a Regional for the eighth consecutive time in 2006 • Stanford is on the road for a Regional for the second straight season after nine consecutive years (1996-2004) that the Cardinal hosted a Regional at Sunken Diamond • Now in its 113th season, Stanford Baseball has an all-time record of 2489-1548-32 (.616) • Stanford has also won 20 conference championships (18 Pac-10) and recorded 13 straight winning seasons (including 2006), as well as 41 in the last 42 years and 58 in the past 60 • Stanford has won 40 or more games in a school record 10 straight years but is still eight victories away from accomplishing that feat and 50 or more in four the last six seasons

Stanford is one of 64 teams selected for the 2006 NCAA Division I Baseball Championships which began with four-team regionals at 16 sites this Friday-Monday, June 2-5. The winners of each of the 16 double elimination Regionals advance to eight Super regionals to be contested June 9-12 at eight sites to be announced on at approximately 9 pm, CT, on Monday, June 6. The winner of the Austin Regional in which Stanford is playing along with Texas, North Carolina State and the now eliminated Texas-Arlington will play the winner of the Corvallis Regional featuring Oregon State, Kansas, Hawaii and Wright State (now eliminated) in a Super Regional. The winners of the eight Super Regionals will advance to the 60th College World Series to be held June 16-26 at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, Nebraska.

• STANFORD REACHES REGIONAL FINAL FOR EIGHTH STRAIGHT YEAR - Stanford has reached a Regional final for the eighth straight year • Stanford won five straight Regional finals from 1999-2003 (Nevada, Alabama, Texas, Long Beach State, Richmond) on its way to College World Series appearances each season before falling in its most two appearances in Regional finals in 2004 against Long Beach State and 2005 at Baylor

• POSTSEASON OPENER SUCCESS CONTINUES - Stanford's 7-2 victory over North Carolina State on Friday marked the seventh time in the last eight seasons the Cardinal has won its first postseason contest

• WINNERS - Stanford has both reached the 30-win mark and assured itself of a winning campaign for the 13th straight season in 2006 • Stanford has also had winning campaigns in 41 of the last 42 years and 58 of the past 60

• STANFORD TIES FOR FIFTH IN FINAL PAC-10 STANDINGS - Stanford moved up one spot from last season and into a fifth-place tie in the final 2006 Pac-10 standings • Oregon State (16-7) once its second straight title and the league's automatic berth to the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship • The Beavers were followed in the final standings by fellow NCAA Tournament qualfiers Arizona State (14-10) and UCLA (13-10), while Arizona (12-12) finished fourth in front of Washington, Stanford and Southern California (11-13) in a three-way tie for fifth, Washington State (10-14) and California (9-15) • Stanford dropped its first four Pac-10 series (Washington State, USC, at Oregon State, at Arizona) before winning three in a row (Arizona State, California, at Washington State) and finally losing the last one at UCLA • Despite two consecutive sub-par finishes in the final league standings, Stanford has won at least a share of a Pac-10 or Pac-10 Southern Division title in six of the last 10 years and has picked up a total of 20 conference titles in school history • The Cardinal has finished either first or second in the prestigious Pac-10 a total of 22 times in the last 26 seasons • Stanford was picked in a preseason poll of the Pac-10 coaches to tie for third in 2006

• SECOND HALF SURGE - Stanford won three of its four second half Pac-10 series against California (two-of-three) and Arizona State (two-of-three), as well as at Washington (sweep) • The three-game streak was snapped when the Cardinal dropped the rubber game of its final three-game Pac-10 series of the season at UCLA • The three-game series streak was the first time the Cardinal had won three consecutive conference series since taking seven Pac-10 series in a row from May 3, 2003 - May 2, 2004

• OUT OF THE POLLS - Stanford was not ranked in any of the five major national polls (Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball, NCBWA, Rosenblatt Report, USA Today), for the final nine weeks of the regular season

• MARQUESS MOVES INTO 12TH ON ALL-TIME VICTORY LIST - Mark Marquess moved into sole possession of 12th-place on the all-time win list for NCAA Division I coaches when the Cardinal defeated Texas, 12-8, for its most recent victory on June 3 • Marquess improved his all-time record to 1256-615-5 (.671) in his 30th season as Stanford's head coach • Marquess moved past Georgia Southern's Jack Stallings, who recorded 1255 victories in 39 seasons at Georgia Southern • Marquess also has impressive postseason (111-50, .689, 24 Appearances), Regional (67-28, .725, 24 Appearances, 13 Titles) and Pac-10 (501-327, .605) records

• COMEBACK KIDS - Stanford has come from behind for victory in 21 of its 32 wins, including 16 of its last 21 victories

• OFFENSE HOT FOR LAST 15 GAMES - Stanford put up much improved offensive and pitching numbers while winning 11 of its last 15 games • Stanford has scored runs at a pace of 7.3 per game and hit .325 as a team over the 15-game stretch compared to season averages of just 5.5 and .284 (#8 Pac-10) for the season • Stanford has also put up double-digit hit games in 10 of its last 12 contests • Stanford has also increased its power surge of late with 15 long balls in its last 13 games but still has only 38 on the season and needs two more to extend its string of consecutive 40-homer campaigns to 20 • The Cardinal has also had plenty of offensive struggles for most of the season with its current .284 team batting average still the lowest by a Cardinal club since the 1989 squad hit .276

• HOT HITTERS - Several individuals have keyed the team's recent hot hitting • Grant Escue has the team's highest-batting average of .457 (2B, 7 RBI) over the last 15 games, while Chris Lewis (.419, 17 runs, 26 hits, 8 2B, 5 HR, 19 RBI) has led the Cardinal in just about every other offensive category during the stretch • Jason Castro had a career-high 12-game hit streak to start the stretch and is hitting .370 with two doubles, a triple, two homers and seven RBI over the last 15 contests • Michael Taylor has safely in 15 of his last 17 contests and is hitting .369 with four doubles, three homers and 10 RBI over the last 15 games

• DEFENSIVE ERRORLESS STRING CONTINUES - Stanford has been errorless in each of its last five games, marking the team's longest errorless string since the Cardinal was also flawless in the field for five straight games from January 31 - February 8, 2004 • Stanford's late season defensive play has improved the team's fielding percentage to .968 (#6 Pac-10) and within three points of the .971 or better mark that Stanford has posted in each of the past six campaigns to account for six of the top eight fielding percentages in school history

• REYNOLDS WRAP - Stanford ace Greg Reynolds has pitched five complete games in his last six starts and won five of his last seven decisions • Reynolds tossed his most two recent complete games in his past two outings versus North Carolina State (June 2) in the opening game of the Austin Regional and against UC Davis (May 26) in his final regular season outing • Reynolds became 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 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 in 2006 with a three-hitter in a 7-1 win over Arizona State on April 28 • He followed that performance by outdueling California Friday starter Brandon Morrow in a 3-2 Stanford victory 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

• PAC-10 HONORS - Chris Minaker was Stanford's lone All-Pac-10 selection, while Chris Lewis, Matt Manship, Greg Reynolds and Michael Taylor picked up honorable mention All-Pac-10 recognition • Minaker (Sociology, 3.75 GPA) and David Stringer (Undeclared, 3.91 GPA) were also First Team Pac-10 All-Academic selections, while Manship (Economics, 3.17 GPA), Jim Rapoport (Public Policy, 3.08 GPA) and Ryan Seawell (Economics, 3.23 GPA) were Second Team choices • Nolan Gallagher (Undeclared, 3.11), Lewis (Sociology, 3.03) and Taylor (Undeclared, 3.02 GPA) were selected honorable mention Pac-10 All-Academic

• ROOKIE CLASS - Jason Castro (37) and Joey August (29) have both started more than half of the team's games, while Cord Phelps (26), Brent Milleville (20), Austin Yount (9), J.J. Jelmini (2) and Sean Ratliff (1) have also made starts as position players • Jeremy Bleich, the team's scheduled starter in Sunday's Regional Championship Game, has a team-high seven saves and was the team's primary closer for more than two and a half months to start the season before making six of his last eight appearances as a starter at Oregon State (4/14), at Arizona (4/21), versus Arizona State (4/29), against San Jose State (5/2), at Washington (5/14) and at UCLA (5/21) • Rookies Max Fearnow, Ratliff and Yount have also seen pitching action

• STURDY SENIORS - Senior position players Chris Minaker and Chris Lewis have each started all 57 contests this year 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 154 and Lewis starting 116 games in a row

• BIG INNINGS - Stanford has put up some big innings offensively of late with one inning of six runs or more in four of its last 11 games, most recently when the Cardinal put up a six-spot in the sixth inning to erase an 8-4 deficit in an eventual 14-8 win at Pacific (5/24) • Stanford also put up seven or more runs in three consecutive games from May 13-16 as the Cardinal scored a season-high-tying nine runs at Washington in the second inning on May 13, seven at Washington in the fourth inning on May 14 and eight in the fifth inning versus Santa Clara on May 16 to come from behind and win in all three contests • Other innings of five or more runs for the Cardinal this season include a season-high-tying nine-run third versus Texas (2/20), six runs in the seventh in the first game of a doubleheader against USC (4/1), a five-run sixth at San Jose State (4/8) and an eight-spot in the fifth inning versus Arizona State (4/30)

• BUSY SECOND HALF - Rescheduled games caused by earlier weather-related postponed contests combined to contribute to Stanford playing its final 27 regular season games over the last 42 days of its regular season after playing its first 28 contests in the first 72 days

• NO JUNE SWOON - Stanford has typically played excellent baseball in June with a 36-19 (.655) record during the month

• IT'S SIMPLE ... HIT THE LONG BALL AND WIN - Stanford is 11-1 in games in which the Cardinal has hit two or more runs and had been a perfect 11-0 until finally losing despite home runs from Chris Lewis and Michael Taylor in an 8-7 defeat at UCLA (5/21)

• TEXAS TIES - Stanford has four players on its 2006 roster with hometowns in the state of Texas in Blake Hancock (Kingwood, TX/Kingwood HS), Brian Juhl (Katy, TX/Katy HS), Matt Leva (Galveston, TX/Ball HS) and Matt Manship (San Antonio, TX/Ronald Reagan HS)

• 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 votedupon 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 27 former players that have either been on a Minor League Baseball roster (includes Independent leagues) in 2006 or are a member of a professional baseball organization and yet to be assigned to a team for the 2006 campaign (Jonny Ash - Corpus Christi Hooks, Houston Astros AA • Jeff Bruskch - Long Beach Armada, Independent • Chris Carter - Tucson Sidewinders, Arizona Diamondbacks AAA • Tony Cogan - Sioux Falls Canaries, Independent • 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 • John Gall - Memphis Redbirds, St. Louis Cardinals AAA • Ryan Garko - Buffalo Bisons, Cleveland Indians AAA • 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 - Mobile BayBears, San Diego Padres AA; Oklahoma RedHawks, Texas Rangers AAA • Mark Jecmen - Lake County Captains, Cleveland Indians A • Andrew Lorraine - Long Island Ducks, Independent • 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 • Darin Naatjes - Brockton Rox, Independent • Chris O'Riordan - Mobile Bay Bears, San Diego Padres AA • Jay Pecci - Gary Southshore Railcats, Independent • Danny Putnam - Midland RockHounds, Oakland A's AA • Carlos Quentin - Tucson Sidewinders, Arizona Diamondbacks AAA • Mark Romanczuk - Unassigned, Arizona Diamondbacks • Jason Van Meetren - Chico Outlaws, Independent)

• 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

• 2005 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP REVIEW - Stanford was forced to go on the road for Regional action for the first time since 1995, getting in the NCAA Championship despite a 32-23 overall regular season record and tying for a sixth-place finish in the Pac-10 (12-12) to mark the lowest conference finish for the team in 29 years under head coach Mark Marquess. Despite squeaking into the postseason, Stanford came up with an excellent performance as the No. 3 seed at the NCAA Waco Regional.

The Cardinal ran into inclement weather in Waco on Friday's first day of scheduled action, postponing its Regional opener versus TCU and forcing the event to revert back to the old format of seven possible games in just three days. The Cardinal would finally square off with TCU for the first time ever and was given the difficult task of facing the Horned Frogs' First Team All-American pitcher Lance Broadway. TCU would give Broadway all the run support he needed by posting a three-spot in the bottom of the first inning on its way to a 5-1 win over the Cardinal.

The Cardinal avoided losing its first two Regional games for the first time since 1994 with a 6-2 victory over Texas-San Antonio in the first meeting ever between the clubs. John Mayberry, Jr. (3-4, 2B, HR, 3 RBI) and Adam Sorgi (3-4, 2B, 2 RBI) had three hits each while combining to drive in five of Stanford's six runs. Matt Leva notched his second career postseason win in as many starts by not allowing a run over the first 5.0 innings. Matt Manship recorded his first of two saves on the day with 2.2 perfect innings of relief, striking out four of the eight batters he faced.

Stanford's victory against Texas-San Antonio earned the Cardinal a second game of the day. The Cardinal was up to the challenge of a rematch versus TCU, cruising by a Horned Frogs, 12-4. Jed Lowrie and Mayberry both homered in the contest. Manship was once again the pitching hero by setting down all nine batters he faced after entering the game with a slim 6-4 lead in the top of the seventh and runners on the corners with no outs.

Stanford's big day earned the Cardinal a shot at Baylor in the Regional championship game on Monday. Needing a pair of victories over the Bears, Stanford decided to give Greg Reynolds' just his fifth career start of the season in the opener and Reynolds responded with the outing of his life, keeping the Cardinal in the game by pitching a career-high 11.0 innings with a career-best 10 strikeouts. Reynolds actually had Stanford within two outs of a 3-2 victory before Seth Fortenberry responded with a one-out solo homer in the top of the ninth to send the contest into extra frames. Neither team would score again until Jeff Mandel hit his first career homer off Reynolds to lead off the top of the 12th frame. Stanford loaded the bases in its half of the 12th but Ryan LaMotta came on for Mandel, who was also the winning pitcher in relief, and struck out Ben Summerhays to end the game.

Saturday, June 3 (NCAA Austin Regional, Austin, TX)
Stanford 12, at Texas 8

Friday, June 2 (NCAA Austin Regional, Austin, TX)
Stanford 7, North Carolina State 2

Saturday, May 27
at UC Davis 8, Stanford 3

Friday, May 26
UC Davis 3, at Stanford 0

Wednesday, May 24
Stanford 6, at UCLA 2

Saturday, May 21
at UCLA 8, Stanford 7

Saturday, May 20
Stanford 6, at UCLA 2

Friday, May 19
at UCLA 8, Stanford 1

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

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