No. 8 Stanford And No. 24 Washington Play Series Rubber Game Sunday
March 30, 2003
Friday, March 28 - Washington 5, at Stanford 3
Saturday, March 29 - at Stanford 10, Washington 6
Sunday, March 30, 1 pm - RHP Trevor Gibson (3-0, 1.47) vs. LHP Mark Romanczuk (6-0, 3.21)
Sunday's Stanford-Washington game is scheduled to be broadcast both on the air at KZSU (90.1 FM) as well as online at gostanford.com ... Chad Goldberg 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 moved into a two-way tie for second-place in the Pac-10, one-half game behind league leader UCLA, by rebounding from Friday night's 5-3 loss to Washington with a 10-6 win on Saturday ... Stanford has won 14 of its last 18 overall and needs a victory in the rubber game of the series today to extend its series win streak to six ... Stanford opened Pac-10 action by winning two-of-three games Arizona State last Saturday-Monday after starting the series win streak with series victories over Fresno State (sweep), Texas (2-of-3), USC (2-of-3) and California (sweep) ... Stanford fell one spot to No. 8 in the latest Baseball America poll released last Monday prior to Stanford's victory over Arizona State in the rubber game of a three-game set ... Stanford is ranked among the nation's top nine teams in each of the other three major collegiate baseball polls (No. 6 Collegiate Baseball; No. 7 Sports Weekly/ESPN; No. 9 NCBWA) ... The Cardinal has scored 91 runs in its last 10 games for an average of 9.1 per game during the stretch ... Stanford had 19 hits (one shy of a season-high) versus Washington on Saturday and now has reached double-digit hits in 10 straight contests to raise its team batting average to .319 (#3 Pac-10) ... Stanford has also posted a 4.11 ERA (#3 Pac-10) and a .967 fielding percentage (#4 Pac-10) through its first 26 contests ... The Stanford pitching staff has held its opponents to a Pac-10 low .246 batting average and recorded 11 saves ... ..Stanford had its five-game home win streak snapped by Washington on Friday but is still 41-8 at Sunken Diamond over the past two seasons and 12-4 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
Sam Fuld has been the team's hottest hitter in March, going 25-for-49 (.510) while hitting safely in all ten games this month ... Fuld has moved back into a tie for first-place on Stanford's career batting average list (.362) ... Carlos Quentin extended his career-high hit streak to 14 games yesterday ... Quentin paces Stanford with a .378 batting average, nine doubles, 18 walks and seven hit-by-pitches ... Ryan Garko is the team's leader in both homers (5) and RBI (29) ... Garko has driven in 21 runs in his last 15 games ... Brian Hall has a team-high nine stolen bases, while Fuld has scored a team-high 23runs ... Mark Romanczuk paces the club and co-leads the Pac-10 in victories with a 6-0 record, while John Hudgins leads the team with 64.0 innings pitched and 61 strikeouts.
STANFORD-WASHINGTON PREVIEW AND SERIES HISTORY
Stanford and Washington conclude their three-game series at Sunken Diamond with today's rubber game. Stanford rebounded with a 10-6 victory on Saturday after Washington won Friday night's series opener, 5-3. Stanford heads into today's game with 14 wins in its last 18 games, while Washington has won 15 of its last 17. Stanford leads the all-time series, 30-12, but is looking to avenge a series loss to Washington last year when the Huskies won two-of-three in Seattle (April 19-21,2001; W, 3-1; L, 4-9; W, 4-3, 10 inn.). Stanford swept Washington the last time the teams met at Sunken Diamond (March 23-25, 2001; W, 9-3; W, 9-0; W, 13-4).
SUNDAY STARTER MARK ROMANCZUK ... FRESHMAN ALL-AMERICAN CANDIDATE
Season Notes: Leads the team and is tied for the Pac-10 lead in wins with a 6-0 record, while also recording two saves and a 3.21 ERA with 30 strikeouts in 33.2 innings ... Has moved into the team's starting rotation for its last three series as a third starter and won all three of his starts after making the first six of his team co-leading nine appearances out of the bullpen ... Has one of the team's three complete games ... Individual Game Highlights: Tossed his first career complete game in his most recent start, giving up just five hits and two runs with five strikeouts in a key 4-2 win over Arizona State (3/24) in the rubber game of a three-game set ... Picked up his second straight win as a starter versus California (3/9), scattering six hits and two runs with seven strikeouts over the first 6.0 innings ... 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.
Washington 5, at Stanford 3 (March 28, 2003)
Washington won for the 15th time in its last 16 games and spoiled the Pac-10 homer for Stanford with a 5-3 victory over the Cardinal on Friday at Sunken Diamond. Sean White (4-3) scattered nine hits and one run over the first 7.1 innings to earn the victory before Brian Carter came on to get the final five outs and record his fifth save of the season. Chad Boudon (3-4, HR, 3 RBI) and Taylor Johnson (2-4, 2B, RBI) led the Husky offense.
Stanford did bring the winning run to the plate in the bottom of the ninth inning but Carter retired Ryan Garko on a fielders choice to end the game.
Stanford starter John Hudgins (4-2) suffered the loss, giving up three runs and eight hits over the first 7.0 innings.
Stanford stranded 10 runners, including six in the last three innings.
Stanford outhit Washington, 12-9, marking the eighth straight game the Cardinal has reached double-digits in hits.
at Stanford 10, Washington 6 (March 29, 2003)
Stanford rebounded with a 10-6 win over Washington to even the three-game series on Saturday at Sunken Diamond. The Cardinal rallied from a 4-2 deficit by scoring twice in the seventh inning to tie the score before exploding for six runs in the bottom of the eighth. The Cardinal won for the 14th time in its last 18 games and the ninth time in its last 11 contests at Sunken Diamond. Washington lost for just the second time in its last 17 contests.
Washington picked up a pair of runs in the top of the ninth and had the bases loaded with the tying run at the plate and no outs before reliever Kodiak Quick earned his third save of the season by striking out a pair of batters and retiring Aaron Hathaway on a fielders choice to end the game.
John Mayberry, Jr. (3-4, 2B, 2 RBI), Sam Fuld (3-5, 2B, RBI) and Jed Lowrie (3-5) had three hits each for Stanford. Tobin Swope (2-5, 3 RBI) equaled a career-high with three RBI, while Ryan Garko (2-4) and Carlos Quentin (2-5, 2B, RBI) had two hits each.
Quentin extended his career-high hit streak to 14, while Fuld's reached 10.
Stanford's 19 hits were one shy of equaling its season-high and marked the 10th straight contest the Cardinal has reached double-digits in hits. All nine Stanford starters had at least one hit to raise the club's season batting average to .319.
Washington's John Otness (4-4, 2B) had four hits, while Tila Reynolds (3-5, 2 SB) and Chad Boudon (2-4, HR, 2 RBI) also had multiple-hit games for the Huskies with Boudon homering for the second straight day. Hathaway also homered and drove in a pair of runs. Eight of the nine starters in the Husky lineup had at least one hit.
David O'Hagan (3-1) picked up the victory in relief of Stanford starter Ryan McCally, scattering two runs (one earned) and two hits with two strikeouts over 2.0 innings. McCally allowed four runs and 11 hits over the first 6.0 innings.
David Dowling (5-1), the first of four Washington relievers, suffered his first loss of the season by allowing three runs and four hits in 1.1 innings. Husky starter Jeff Petersen left with a 4-2 lead but received no decision, allowing two runs and scattering nine hits.