No. 9 Stanford Attempts To Even Series With No. 16 USC Saturday

March 1, 2003

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No. 16 USC Trojans (7-6, 0-0 Pac-10)


No. 9 Stanford Cardinal (9-7, 0-0 Pac-10)

Friday, February 28 - USC 13, at Stanford 4
Saturday, March 1, 1 pm - LHP Frazier Dizard (1-0, 4.50) vs. RHP Ryan McCally (1-1, 4.10)
Sunday, March 2, 1 pm - LHP Bobby Paschal (0-2, 2.60) vs. TBA
A live audio broadcast of all the two remaining Stanford-USC games in this series will be available ... ... Saturday's contest will begin on KZSU (90.1 FM) and move to an internet only broadcast at beginning at 1:45 pm ... Sunday's game will be both on the air at KZSU (90.1 FM) as well as online at ... Chad Goldberg and Nick Kapur will call the action ... A Gametracker with live stats will also be available for both games from a link at

Stanford has lost two straight after having previously posted a season-high six game win streak (2/14 - 2/22), which was capped with a doubleheader sweep at defending College World Series champion Texas last Saturday ... Stanford has moved into the top 10 in each of the nation's four major collegiate baseball polls (No. 7 Collegiate Baseball; No. 8 Sports Weekly/ESPN; No. 9 Baseball America; No. 9 NCBWA) ... Stanford had been errorless in five of its previous six games before committing six errors in last night's 13-4 loss to USC, the most errors the Cardinal has committed since also making six in a 13-7 win at Cal State Fullerton on February 7, 1999 ... Stanford is hitting .287 as a team, has posted a 4.19 ERA and has a .967 fielding percentage through its first 16 contests ... Stanford has a 35-7 record at Sunken Diamond over the past two seasons ... 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.

Danny Putnam leads the Cardinal with a .392 batting average, while Ryan Garko paces the club in both homers (4) and RBI (16) ... Brian Hall leads the squad with six stolen bases ... John Mayberry, Jr. was 3-for-4 with a stolen base and an RBI last night to extend his career-high hit streak to nine games and has hit safely in 15 of his first 16 collegiate contests ... 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 the doubleheader sweep versus Texas (2/22) ... Stanford has started three freshman infielders in each of the last eight games in Mayberry (1B), Chris Lewis (2B) and Jed 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 the second game of the doubleheader sweep at Texas (2/22).

Stanford and USC continue their current non-conference series with singles games today and Sunday, both scheduled to begin at 1:00 pm. Stanford has dropped two straight, while the Trojans are on a two-game win streak. After winning last night's series-opener, USC leads Stanford in the all-time series, 198-145-3. However, Stanford won seven of the eight games played between the clubs last year, including a pair of NCAA Super Regional contests (W, 4-2; W, 5-3) to end the Trojans' season. Stanford won four of the five games played between the clubs at Sunken Diamond last year, also taking two-of-three (W, 6-5, 10 inn.; L, 11-16, W, 15-4) in a regular season Pac-10 series. In addition, Stanford swept the Trojans (W, 9-6; W, 12-10, 11 inn.; W, 5-4) in a 2002 non-conference series in Los Angeles. USC last won a series over the Cardinal with two-of-three wins in Los Angeles from April 20-22, 2001.


Season Notes: Has a 1-1 record, one save and a 4.10 ERA with 14 strikeouts in 26.1 innings and five appearances (four starts) ... Has the team's only complete game this season ... Individual Game Highlights: Received no-decision in his most recent outing at Texas (2/22 - Game 2), allowing three runs and four hits over the first 4.1 innings in a game Stanford eventually won, 8-7 ... Tossed his first career complete game with a career-high 9.0 innings and earned his first career victory as a starter in his previous start, a 7-2 win over Fresno State (2/16), taking a shutout into the ninth inning and retiring 17 straight batters at one point ... Took the loss at Cal State Fullerton (2/2) in his first start of the season and second of his career, allowing eight runs (four earned) and seven hits with five strikeouts in 5.2 innings ... Earned a no-decision versus Florida State (2/9) in a 12-inning, 10-8 loss, scattering three runs and four hits over the first 4.1 innings ... Made his first appearance of the season in relief at Santa Clara on opening day (1/25), holding the Broncos scoreless on one hit over the final 3.0 innings to earn a save ... Career Notes: Has spent most of his career as a reliever, making 68 of his 69 appearances prior to this season out of the bullpen ... Stanford's active career leader in appearances (74) and saves (12), ranking tied for seventh on the school's all-time list in saves ... Has been tremendous during the postseason in his career with a 1.15 ERA in 15.2 innings, allowing just two earned runs and eight hits.



USC 13, at Stanford 4 (Friday, February 28, 2003)
No. 16 USC (7-6) rolled to a 13-4 win over No. 9 Stanford (9-7) in the opener of a non-conference series at Sunken Diamond on Friday. USC homered times in the first four innings to jump out to an early 6-3 lead and tacked on seven more runs in the final three innings by taking advantage of six Stanford errors that led to five unearned runs. The six errors were the most committed by Stanford since the Cardinal committed six in a 13-7 win at Cal State Fullerton on February 7, 1999.

John Mayberry, Jr. (3-4, RBI, SB) extended his career-high hit streak to nine games, while Danny Putnam (2-4, 2 2B, RBI) had a pair of doubles.

USC starter Brian Bannister (3-1) picked up the victory, scattering four runs and seven hits with four strikeouts over the first 7.0 innings. Stanford's John Hudgins (3-1) suffered his first loss of the season, allowing eight runs (six earned) and nine hits with six strikeouts over the first 6.0 frames.

Travis McAndrews (3-4, 2B, HR, RBI) and Michael Moon (3-5, 2B, HR, 3 RBI) had three hits each for USC. Anthony Lunetta (1-3, HR, 2 RBI) and David Gordon (1-5, HR, 2 RBI) added homers for the Trojans.

USC started the scoring in the top of the second when Joey Metropoulos doubled with one out, advanced to third on a passed ball and scored on an RBI double by Moon.

The Trojans picked up three runs in the top of the third inning to take a 4-0 lead on McAndrews' solo homer and a two-run shot by Lunetta that also scored Jon Brewster, who had singled prior to Lunetta's at-bat.

Stanford struck back with three runs in the bottom of the third to cut the Trojan advantage to 4-3. Chris Lewis doubled to lead off the rally, moved to third on a balk and scored on a sacrifice fly by Sam Fuld for the first run. Carlos Quentin drew a one-out walk to restart the threat and was doubled home by Ryan Garko, who moved to third on a passed ball and scored on an RBI double by Putnam.

USC answered with two runs in the top of the fourth to make the score 6-3 when Moon led off with a single and Gordon followed with a two-run homer.

Stanford's sixth inning run briefly cut the USC lead to 6-4 when Putnam led off the inning with a double and scored on an RBI single from Mayberry.

USC scored seven runs in the final three innings as the Cardinal committed five errors in the final three frames.

In the seventh, Matt Bonovich reached on a fielding error by Stanford third baseman Jed Lowrie to start the rally. The Trojans proceeded to load the bases on single by McAndrews and a walk to Brewster. Stanford reliever Mark Jecmen then uncorked a wild pitch to score Bonovich and walked Lunetta before he was replaced by Drew Ehrlich, who retired Jeff Clement for the first out of the inning on an infield fly to Lewis at second. Metropoulous then grounded out to Lewis to bring home McAndrews with the second run of the inning before Moon followed with a two-RBI single to cap the rally.

USC scored three unearned runs in the ninth without a hit by taking advantage of three Cardinal errors. Lunetta was hit by Cardinal reliever Jeff Gilmore to lead off the inning. Gilmore retired the next two batters before three consecutive errors by Lewis, Mayberry and Lowrie gave USC three tallies.

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