No. 10 Stanford Looks For Three-Game Sweep Of No. 4 Texas Sunday

Feb. 23, 2003

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No. 10 Stanford Cardinal (9-5, 0-0 Pac-10)


No. 4 Texas Longhorns (11-3, 0-0 Big 12)

Sat., Feb. 22 (Game 1) - Stanford 11, at Texas 7
Sat., Feb. 22 (Game 2) - Stanford 8, at Texas 7
Sun., Feb. 23, 1 pm, CT - RHP Jonny Dyer (0-0, 0.00) vs. LHP Eugene Espineli (1-0, 2.25)
A live audio broadcast of Sunday's Stanford-Texas game will be available live on KZSU (90.1 FM) as well as online at ... Chad Goldberg will call the action ... The game will also be televised locally in the Austin area live by KVC Channel 13 ... In addition, a Gametracker with live stats will be available from a link at

Stanford is currently riding a season-high six-game win streak after sweeping defending national champion Texas in a doubleheader yesterday and is looking for its first ever three-game sweep of Texas ... Stanford has been errorless in four of its last five games ... Stanford has swept doubleheaders the last three times it has played in them (Texas in 2001 and 2003, USC in 2002) ... Stanford is hitting .294 as a team, has posted a 3.84 ERA and has a .973 fielding percentage through its first 14 contests ... In yesterday's doubleheader sweep, Stanford hit .359, posted a 7.00 ERA and did not make an error in 72 defense chances ... Stanford is looking to extend its school record of consecutive appearances at the College World Series to five ... The Cardinal has reached the CWS championship game in two of the last three seasons (2000, '01) and qualified for a CWS bracket final in 1999 and 2002 ... Stanford is ranked among the nation's top 15 in each of the four major polls (No. 9 Sports Weekly/ESPN; No. 10 Baseball America; No. 11 Collegiate Baseball; No. 15 NCBWA).

Jonny Dyer is scheduled to make his first career start Sunday ... Carlos Quentin was 7-for-10 with four doubles, two RBI and a stolen base in yesterday's doubleheader, recording his first career five-hit game (5-6, 3 2B, RBI) in the opener ... Ryan Garko homered and drove in five runs in the doubleheader ... Garko (8) and John Mayberry, Jr. (7) have the team's longest active hitting streaks ... Mark Marquess moved into sole possession of 20th place on the all-time Division I win list when he recorded victory number 1101 in the first game of yesterday's doubleheader ... John Hudgins (3-0, 2.75) has won two consecutive starts and leads the team in both strikeouts (36) and innings pitched (36.0) ... Danny Putnam (.396) leads the club in batting average ... Garko paces the club in homers (4) and RBI (15), while Brian Hall leads the squad in stolen bases (6) ... Stanford has started three freshman infielders in each of the last six games in Mayberry (1B), Chris Lewis (2B) and Lowrie (3B) ... Freshman left-handed pitcher Mark Romanczuk is 3-0 with two saves in his first six career appearances, picking up his latest win in yesterday's second game.

Stanford and Texas continue their rivalry with today's series finale in Austin. Stanford and Texas have played 13 games in the last three seasons with Stanford holding an 8-5 edge after yesterday's doubleheader sweep (11-7, 8-7). In 2001, Stanford knocked Texas out of the NCAA Tournament with a doubleheader sweep (10-9, 10 inn.; 4-3) on the final day of an NCAA Regional at Stanford, one day after Texas had defeated the Cardinal, 4-3. Stanford also won two-of-three games in a 2001 regular season series in Austin (February 16-18; 9-6, 5-0, 1-2). Last year, the Longhorns defeated the Cardinal twice at the College World Series (June 17, 20; 8-7, 6-5) to end Stanford's season. Stanford did win two-of-three games in a 2002 regular season series at Stanford (March 28-30; 7-6, 10 inn; 0-2, 10 inn; 7-2). Stanford leads the all-time series, 15-11-1.


DREW EHRLICH (R/R, 6-1, 185, So.) -- Season Notes: Has an 0-0 record and an 0.00 ERA in 1.0 innings and one relief appearance ... Individual Game Highlights: Tossed 1.0 scoreless inning in his only outing of the year, a relief appearance at Cal State Fullerton (1/31) ... Career Notes: Scheduled to make his first career start today versus Texas ... Has a 2-0 career record with a 4.05 ERA and eight strikeouts in 11 career appearances and 13.1 innings pitched.


Stanford 11, at Texas 7 -- Game 1; Stanford 8, at Texas 7 -- Game 2 (Saturday, February 22, 2003)
No. 10 Stanford (9-5) swept a doubleheader from defending College World Series champions and No. 4 Texas (11-3) in front of a season-high crowd of 6,799 spectators at Disch-Falk Field on Saturday. The Cardinal jumped out to early leads in both games, holding on for an 11-7 victory in the opener and an 8-7 win in the nightcap. Stanford extended its season-long win streak to six in a row with the victory and will attempt to sweep the Longhorns in a three-game series for the first time ever in the series finale on Sunday (1 pm, CT). Texas had an eight-game win streak snapped with the losses.

'This was a big day for us,' said Stanford head coach Mark Marquess. 'We started to swing the bats better today than we have been earlier this year.'

Carlos Quentin was 7-for-10 in the doubleheader and had his first career five-hit game (5-6) with three doubles and an RBI in the opener as Stanford collected a season-high 17 hits.

'It was really big for us to win this doubleheader against a very good team like Texas,' added Quentin. 'We had a little something to prove after starting out a little slow this season. We wanted to show that we could play some top notch baseball.'

John Hudgins (3-0) picked up his second straight victory in the first game, scattering four runs and seven hits with eight strikeouts over the first 7.0 innings. Mark Romanczuk (3-0) earned the win in the second game and Matt Manship earned his second save by shutting out the Longhorns with three strikeouts over the final 1.2 innings.

'This is a game I've been looking forward to,' said Manship, a native of nearby San Antonio. 'It feels great to get a pair of wins in one day against a great team.'

Ryan Garko drove in five runs in the doubleheader and hit Stanford's only home run, a two-run blast in his first at bat of the day. Garko leads the club with four homers and 15 RBI through the first 14 contests. Garko extended his season-long hit streak to eight games by hitting safely in both games.

Jed Lowrie (4-8, RBI, SB) and John Mayberry, Jr. (4-11, 3B, 3 RBI) each had four hits for the Cardinal in the doubleheader. Lowrie (4-5, RBI) had a career-high four hits in the opener before his seven-game hit streak ended by going 0-for-3 in the nightcap. Mayberry had his first career three-hit game (3-6, 3B, 2 RBI) and has hit safely in 13 of his first 14 collegiate games.

Tim Moss (5-9, 2 RBI, SB) had five hits for the Longhorns in the two contests, including a 4-for-5 game with two RBI and a stolen base in the nightcap. Dustin Majewski (4-9, RBI) had a pair of hits in each game, while Curtis Thigpen (2-3, HR, 3 RBI) homered and had three RBI in the opener.

Texas starter Danny Muegge (3-1) suffered his first loss of the season in the opener, allowing seven runs and six hits in the first 1.1 innings. Justin Simmons (2-1) was also defeated for the first time this year in the nightcap, giving up four runs (three earned) and four hits in 2.1 innings before being removed from the game.

The doubleheader sweep was the third in a row for the Cardinal, who also swept Texas in a 2001 NCAA Regional doubleheader and USC in a regular season non-conference doubleheader last season during its last two twin billings.

Stanford and Texas have played 13 times in the last three seasons with the Cardinal sporting an 8-5 record in those contests.

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