No. 7 Stanford Looks For Sweep Of California Sunday
March 9, 2003
Friday, March 7 - at Stanford 11, California 2
Saturday, March 8 - at Stanford 9, California 4
Sunday, March 9, 1 pm - TBA vs. TBA
A live audio broadcast of Sunday's Stanford-California game will be available as an internet only broadcast at gostanford.com ... Chad Goldberg and Nick Kapur will call the action ... A Gametracker with live stats will also be available for all three games from a link at gostanford.com.
STANFORD BASEBALL QUICK TEAM NOTES
Stanford has won four straight games overall and 10 of its last 12 games ... The Cardinal wrapped up its fourth straight series victory with Friday's 11-2 victory and yesterday's 9-4 win over California ... Stanford has won six straight games versus California dating back to the last California win over the Cardinal on March 9, 2002 ... Stanford has moved up two spots to No. 7 in the latest Baseball America poll ... Stanford had previously won its last three series prior to the California series against Fresno State, Texas and USC, after having previously dropped back-to-back series against Cal State Fullerton and Florida State ... Stanford is also in the top 10 of the other three major collegiate baseball polls (No. 8 NCBWA; No. 8 Sports Weekly/ESPN; No. 9 Collegiate Baseball) ... Stanford has raised its team batting average to .304 (4th Pac-10) by reaching double figures in hits in each of its last four games ... Stanford also has posted a 4.05 ERA (4th Pac-10) and has a .968 fielding percentage (3rd, Pac-10) through its first 20 contests ... The Stanford pitching staff has held its opponents to a Pac-10 low .236 batting average and has recorded a Pac-10 high eight saves ... Stanford has a 39-7 record at Sunken Diamond over the past two seasons, including a 10-3 mark this year ... Stanford is looking to extend its school record of consecutive appearances at the College World Series to five.
STANFORD BASEBALL QUICK INDIVIDUAL NOTES
John Mayberry, Jr. has extended his career-high hit streak to 13 games ... Mayberry posted his first career four-hit game (4-5, 2B, 3B, 3 RBI) on Friday and had a sixth inning infield single on Saturday ... Mayberry is hitting .455 (25-55) with a double, four triples, two homers, 12 RBI and two stolen bases during the streak ... Mayberry has hit safely in 19 of his first 20 collegiate contests ... Mayberry leads the team with a .376 batting average, five triples and 11 extra-base hits ... Danny Putnam was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week (3/4) thanks to a two-homer, seven-RBI game versus USC (3/2) ... Putnam leads the team with a .646 slugging percentage, while co-leading the team along with Ryan Garko with four homers ... Garko paces the club in RBI (25) and has driven in 17 runs in his last nine games ... Sam Fuld is sixth on the team's all-time batting average list with a .355 lifetime mark ... Brian Hall leads the squad with six stolen bases and 17 runs scored ... John Hudgins leads the team and the Pac-10 with 51 strikeouts and 51.0 innings pitched, while Hudgins and Mark Romanczuk are tied for the Pac-10 lead with four wins each.
STANFORD-CALIFORNIA PREVIEW AND SERIES HISTORY
Stanford and California continue an intense and longtime rivalry with today's series finale. Stanford has had recent success against the Golden Bears, winning six straight games overall, including Friday night's 11-2 victory and Saturday's 9-4 win. In 2002, the Cardinal won two-of-three in a non-conference series in Berkeley (March 8-10; W, 15-4; L, 1-2; W, 4-2) before sweeping the Golden Bears in Pac-10 action at Stanford (May 3-5; W, 8-4; W, 13-6; W, 8-5). Stanford leads the all-time series, 219-207. California last won a game against the Cardinal with a 2-1 victory in Berkeley on March 9, 2002.
SUNDAY STARTER MARK ROMANCZUK
2003 Season Notes: Co-leads the team in wins with a 4-0 record, while also recording two saves and a 3.86 ERA with 18 strikeouts in 18.2 innings ... Also co-leads the squad with seven appearances (six in relief) ... 2003 Individual Game Highlights: Made his first collegiate start versus USC (3/2), earning the victory after scattering four runs and seven hits with four strikeouts over the first 6.0 innings ... Picked up a win at Texas (2/22 - Game 2) despite allowing four runs and five hits in 3.0 innings of relief work ... Earned a win with 1.1 scoreless one-hit innings and two strikeouts versus Nevada (2/17) ... Picked up back-to-back saves in the first two games of the Fresno State series (2/14, 2/15), combining to throw 3.0 scoreless innings, striking out two and allowing just one hit ... Pitched 3.0 hitless innings with four strikeouts versus Florida State (2/7) to earn his first collegiate win ... Made his collegiate debut at Cal State Fullerton (2/2), striking out four and allowing just one hit in 2.1 innings.
at Stanford 11, California 2 (March 7, 2003)
John Mayberry, Jr. (4-5, 2B, 3B, 3 RBI) had his first career-four hit game and extended his hit streak to 12 games to lead No. 7 Stanford to an 11-2 victory over California in the opening game of a non-conference series at Sunken Diamond. John Hudgins (4-1) pitched his first complete game of the year and fourth of his career to earn the victory, striking out nine while scattering seven hits and allowing just two runs. Stanford won its third straight game overall and defeated the Golden Bears for the fifth consecutive time dating back to last season.
Mayberry's two-RBI triple in the bottom of the eighth inning was his fifth of the season, which already puts him halfway to the single-season school record of 10 that was set a half-century ago by Jack Shepard in 1953.
California starter Matt Brown (1-2) suffered the loss, allowing seven runs and six hits in the first 4.0 innings.
The Golden Bears committed all four of their errors in the first four innings as Stanford jumped out to a 7-2 lead, scoring three unearned runs off Brown.
Stanford's Brian Hall (2-4, 2B, 3B, RBI) and Sam Fuld (2-4, RBI, SB) added two hits each. Tobin Swope set a new career-high with three stolen bases, while Carlos Quentin stole a pair of bases for the first time in his career as the Cardinal was successful in six of its season-high nine attempts. Chris Grossman (2-4, HR, 2 RBI) accounted for both California runs with a second inning homer over the left field wall and was the only Golden Bear with more than one hit.
at Stanford 9, California 4 (March 8, 2003)
Stanford rolled to its fourth straight win overall and its sixth straight versus California with a 9-4 victory over the Golden Bears. The victory also assured the Cardinal, who has won 10 of I its last 12 games overall, of its fourth straight series victory.
Ryan Garko (2-4, 2B, 2 RBI) continued his production in the Cardinal cleanup spot, driving in a pair of runs to raise his team-high total to 25 in the club's first 20 games. Garko has driven in 17 runs in the team's last nine games. Jonny Ash (2-4, 2B) also had a pair of hits for the Cardinal while making his first start since February 9. Sam Fuld and Danny Putnam drove in two runs each. John Mayberry, Jr. extended his career-high hit streak to 13 with a sixth inning infield single, while Carlos Quentin's first inning double lengthened his hit streak to eight.
Ryan McCally (3-1) earned the victory, scattering three runs and seven hits with six strikeouts over the first 5.2 innings. Kodiak Quick, the fourth Stanford pitcher of the day, earned the save by striking out four in 2.0 hitless innings after entering the game in the top of the eighth with the Cardinal ahead 7-4.
Justin Nelson (2-3, 3B, 2 RBI) and Chris Grossman (2-5, 2B) had two hits each for the Golden Bears, while Jeff Dragicevich had a pair of RBI.
California starter Brian Montalbo (2-1) was charged with the loss, allowing seven runs (five earned) on five hits and five walks over the first 5.2 innings.