No. 4 Stanford Hosts USF Tuesday Before Visiting Washington State

April 1, 2003

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    USF (12-19) at No. 4 Stanford (18-9)

    No. 4 Stanford (18-9, 4-2) at Washington State (8-19, 1-2)

    Tue., April 1, 6 pm (USF) - RHP T.J. Franco (1-0, 5.87) vs. LHP Tim Cunningham (1-2, 4.67)
    Fri., April 4, 3 pm (WSU) - RHP John Hudgins (4-2, 3.66) vs. LHP Tony Banaszak (1-6, 3.99)
    Sat., April 5, 12 pm (WSU) - RHP Ryan McCally (3-1, 4.27) vs. RHP Bryce Chamberlain (3-2, 5.73)
    Sun., April 6, 11 am (WSU) - TBA vs. RHP Aaron MacKenzie (2-3, 4.50)
    All four Stanford Baseball games this week are scheduled to be broadcast both on the air at KZSU (90.1 FM) as well as online at ... Nick Kapur will be on the microphone for Tuesday night's game versus USF ... Chad Goldberg will call the action for all three games at Washington State ... A Gametracker with live stats will also be available for all four games from a link at

    Stanford jumped four spots in the latest Baseball America poll after winning two-of-three games versus Washington in its most recent Pac-10 series (March 28-30) ... Stanford is also ranked No. 4 by Collegiate Baseball, No. 6 by the NCBWA and No. 7 by Sports Weekly/ESPN ... The Cardinal also moved back into a tie for first place in the Pac-10 with a 4-2 conference mark after coming back to win the final two games of the Washington series after falling to the Huskies in the series opener ... Stanford has won 16 career Pac-10 championships (includes Southern Division and shared titles) and finished either first or second in the conference 20 times in the last 22 years ... Stanford has won six straight series and 15 of its last 19 games overall ... The Cardinal put up tremendous offensive numbers in the month of March, scoring 103 runs (9.4 per game average) and hitting .370 with 11 consecutive double-digit hit games during the month to raise its team batting average to .322 (#3 Pac-10) ... Stanford has also posted a 4.36 ERA (#3 Pac-10) and a .967 fielding percentage (#4 Pac-10) through its first 27 contests ... The Stanford pitching staff has held its opponents to a Pac-10 low .250 batting average and recorded 11 saves ... Stanford is 42-8 at Sunken Diamond over the past two seasons and 13-4 this year ... Stanford is looking to extend its school record of consecutive appearances at the College World Series to five.

    Sam Fuld was the team's hottest hitter in March, going 28-for-55 (.509) while hitting safely in all 11 games this month ... Fuld has moved back on top of Stanford's career batting average list (.363) ... Carlos Quentin has extended his career-high hit streak to 15 games ... Quentin paces Stanford with a .392 batting average, 10 doubles, 19 walks and eight hit-by-pitches ... Ryan Garko is the team's leader in both homers (6) and RBI (33) ... Garko has driven in 31 runs in his last 20 games ... Brian Hall has a team-high nine stolen bases, while Fuld has team-highs of 43 hits and 25 runs scored ... Mark Romanczuk paces the club and co-leads the Pac-10 in victories with a 6-0 record, while John Hudgins leads the conference and the team with 64.0 innings pitched and 61 strikeouts.

    Stanford will host USF in its first Tuesday game of the year on April 1 (6 pm) before visiting Washington State for a three-game Pac-10 set this Friday-Sunday, April 4-6 (3 pm, 12 pm, 11 am). Stanford leads the all-time series versus USF, 47-6, and won last year's game at Sunken Diamond (4/2/02) by a score of 4-1. USF upset Stanford in 2001 with a 5-4 victory at Sunken Diamond (4/17/01) before the Cardinal came up with an 8-6 win the last time the teams met in San Francisco (5/19/01). Stanford leads the all-time series versus Washington State, 20-13, after sweep a three-game set at Sunken Diamond last season from May 24-26 (W, 10-0; W, 11-3; W, 8-2). Stanford also won three in a row the last time the teams played in Pullman (May 18-20, 2001; W, 14-6; W, 19-3; W, 12-1) and has won all 12 games versus Washington State since the Pac-10 expanded to include the Cougars in 1999.


    Season Notes: Scheduled to pitch for the first time since suffering a broken finger following his most recent start on February 15 versus Fresno State ... Has a 1-2 record and a 4.67 ERA with 12 strikeouts in 17.1 innings ... Has started four games ... Individual Game Highlights: Pitched well in his first outing of the season by throwing 5.2 hitless innings to pick up a victory versus Santa Clara (1/26), striking out four and walking six ... Suffered back-to-back losses in his next two outings versus Florida State (2/8) and at Cal State Fullerton (2/1) ... Allowed three runs (two earned) and four hits over the first 3.2 innings of a 4-3 loss to the Seminoles ... Gave up five runs and seven hits with a season-high seven strikeouts over the first 5.2 innings of a 10-2 loss to the Titans ... Career Notes: Finished the 2002 season with a 10-3 overall record and a 4.26 ERA to earn honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors, ranking second on the club in innings pitched (112.0) and strikeouts (67) ... Has a career 22-7 record with a 4.01 ERA and one save in 57 appearances ... Stanford's active career leader in victories (22), innings pitched (251.0) and games started (43), while ranking second in strikeouts (169).

    Season Notes: Has posted a 4-2 record and a 3.66 ERA with one complete game over his first nine starts, lasting at least 6.0 innings in each ... Leads the team and the Pac-10 with 61 strikeouts and 64.0 innings pitched ... Individual Game Highlights: Suffered a loss in Stanford's 5-3 defeat by Washington (3/28) in his most recent outing, allowing three runs and eight hits over the first 7.0 innings ... Received no-decision in a Pac-10 opening 7-6, 11-inning loss at Arizona State (3/22), scattering four runs and six hits over the first 6.0 innings ... Tossed his first complete game of the season versus California (3/7), allowing just two runs and seven hits with nine strikeouts in an 11-2 Stanford win ... Suffered his first loss of the season versus USC (2/28), giving up eight runs (six earned) and nine hits with six strikeouts over the first 6.0 innings ... Scattered four runs and seven hits with eight strikeouts in 7.0 innings to earn the victory in an 11-7 win at Texas (2/22 - Game 1) ... Took a no-hitter into the eighth inning and earned a win in a 4-1 victory over Fresno State (2/14), allowing just three hits and one run with nine strikeouts over 8.0 innings ... Earned his first career Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week honors (2/11) after holding Florida State to one run and six hits with a career-high 10 strikeouts over the first 9.0 innings of Stanford's 12-inning, 2-1 victory (2/7) ... Picked up a no-decision at Cal State Fullerton (1/31) by scattering 10 hits and three runs over the first 6.0 innings before leaving an eventual 7-3 loss with the score tied 3-3 ... Limited Santa Clara to two runs and five hits with six strikeouts over 6.0 innings in his first start of 2003 to pick up a victory (1/25) ... Career Notes: The only active Stanford pitcher with a shutout to his credit ... Leads active Stanford pitchers in career complete games (4) and strikeouts (173), while ranking second in career victories (15), innings pitched (215.1), saves (4) and games started (26) ... Third among active pitchers with 50 appearances ... Has a 15-8 career record and a 4.30 ERA ... Finished the 2002 season with a 10-1 overall record to rank tied for fourth on Stanford's all-time single season won-loss percentage list (.909) ... Earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors in 2002 while also ranking third on the club in both innings pitched (105.0) and strikeouts (62).

    Season Notes: Has a 3-1 record, one save and a 4.27 ERA with 30 strikeouts in 52.2 innings pitched and nine appearances (eight starts) ... Has one of Stanford's three complete games this season .. Stanford has won each of his last six starts (three wins, three no-decisions) ... Individual Game Highlights: Picked up a no-decision in his most recent outing in a 10-6 comeback Stanford victory, scattering a season-high 11 hits and giving up four runs in the first 6.0 innings ... Also credited with a no-decision at Arizona State, a 9-8 Stanford victory in 11 innings, despite leaving the game with an 8-3 lead in the bottom of the eighth after allowing nine hits and three runs over the first 7.0 plus innings ... Recorded a victory versus California (3/8), scattering three runs and seven hits with six strikeouts over the first 5.2 innings of a 9-4 Stanford win ... Picked up a victory versus USC (3/1), scattering five runs (three earned) and eight hits with seven strikeouts over the first 7.2 innings in a 10-6 Stanford victory ... Received no-decision 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 a 7-2 win over Fresno State (2/16), taking a shutout into the ninth inning and retiring 17 straight batters at one point ... 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 ... 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 ... 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: Spent the first three years of his career primarily as a reliever, making 68 of his 69 appearances prior to this season out of the bullpen ... Stanford's active career leader in appearances (78) and saves (12), ranking tied for seventh on the school's all-time list in saves ... Third on Stanford's active career list in wins (10), starts (9), innings pitched (157.2) and strikeouts (108) ... 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.



    Washington 5, at Stanford 3 (March 28, 2003)
    Washington spoiled the Pac-10 homer for Stanford with a 5-3 victory over the Cardinal on Friday at Sunken Diamond. Sean White 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 the save. Stanford brought 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.

    Chad Boudon (3-4, HR, 3 RBI) and Taylor Johnson (2-4, 2B, RBI) led the Husky offense.

    Stanford's Carlos Quentin (4-5, 2 RBI) had four hits, while Jonny Ash (3-4) tied a career-high with three hits.

    Stanford starter John Hudgins 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.

    at Stanford 10, Washington 6 (March 29, 2003)
    Stanford rebounded with a 10-6 win over Washington to even the three-game series. 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.

    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.

    Stanford's 19 hits were one shy of equaling its season-high as all nine Stanford starters had at least one hit.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    at Stanford 12, Washington 11 (March 30, 2003)
    Carlos Quentin's two-run walkoff homer in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted Stanford to a dramatic 12-11 victory over Washington in the deciding game of a three-game Pac-10 series. The victory gave the Cardinal its sixth straight series victory. Brian Hall drew a walk to lead off the Cardinal ninth before Quentin smacked a 1-2 pitch from losing pitcher David Dowling (5-2) over the left field wall.

    Quentin (3-4, 2B, HR, 2 RBI) had three hits to extended his career-high hit streak to 15 games and raised his team-high batting average to .392.

    Ryan Garko (3-4, HR, 4 RBI) tied a career-high with four RBI and had a key three-run homer in the bottom of the fourth inning to give Stanford its first lead of the day at 7-6 after the Cardinal allowed four first inning runs.

    Sam Fuld (3-6, 3B, 2 RBI) also had three hits, extended his season-long hit streak to 11 games and finished March with a .509 batting average (28-for-55). In addition, Fuld regained his spot on top of Stanford's all-time batting average list with an updated career mark of .363, one percentage point above the .362 posted by the late Jack Shepard from 1951-53.

    Jed Lowrie (2-4, 2B) and Jonny Ash (2-5, RBI) each had two hits for Stanford.

    Washington's Mike Wagner (2-3, 2 HR, 4 RBI) blasted a pair of home runs in his first two at bats and Brent Lillibridge (2-5, HR, 5 RBI) had a seventh inning grandslam to give the Huskies an 11-10 advantage that lasted until Quentin's game-winning long ball. John Otness (3-4, 3B) had three added three hits, while Aaron Hathaway (2-3, 2 RBI) and Greg Isaacson (2-5, 2B) had two hits each.

    Kodiak Quick (1-0) picked up his first collegiate victory with 2.0 scoreless innings of relief.

    Stanford collected 14 hits to mark the 11th straight contest the Cardinal has reached double digit in hits.

    The contest included six hit batsmen as Stanford was hit four times and Washington twice.


    Stanford picked up its sixth straight series victory by coming back to win the final two games versus Washington after dropping the series opener. Stanford's series win streak started versus Fresno State (2/14 - 2/16, sweep) and continued against Texas (2/22 - 2/23, 2-of-3), USC (2/28 - 3/2, 2-of-3), California (3/7 - 3/9, sweep) and Arizona State (3/22 - 3/24, 2-of-3). The Cardinal also had to come back to win the final two games against USC and Arizona State after dropping the series openers. Stanford has won 40 of its last 46 regular season series overall and had series previous win streaks of 17 (broken in 2001) and 12 (broken in 2002) during the period.

    Stanford's 4-2 Pac-10 record is tied atop the Pac-10 standings with California after the first two weekends of conference action. Stanford has won a total of 18 conference championships in school history, including 16 Pac-10 crowns (includes Southern Division and shared titles). Stanford's last Pac-10 championship came in 2000 when the team finished in a three-way tie for the conference title with Arizona State and UCLA. Last year, Stanford finished second in the final regular season Pac-10 standings with a 16-8 mark, one game behind two-time defending league champion USC. The second-place finish put Stanford among the top two in the conference standings (includes Pac-10 Southern Division) for the ninth straight year and the 20th time in the last 22 years.

    Stanford was selected by Baseball America's as the preseason favorite to win the Pac-10, followed by USC, Arizona State, California, Washington, Arizona, UCLA, Oregon State and Washington State. Two-time defending champion USC was chosen in the annual Pac-10 coaches poll, followed by Arizona State, Stanford, California, Arizona, UCLA, Washington, Oregon State and Washington State.

    Stanford's John Hudgins (4-2, 3.66) continues to lead the Pac-10 in both innings pitched (64.0) and strikeouts (61). He has also lasted at least 6.0 innings in each of his nine starts. Hudgins' individual game highlights this season have included a complete game victory with nine strikeouts in an 11-2 win over California (3/7), a no-hitter carried into the eighth inning in a win versus Fresno State (2/14) and Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week honors (2/11) after holding Florida State (2/7) to just one run and six hits with a career-high 10 strikeouts over the first 9.0 innings of a 2-1 Stanford win.

    Mark Romanczuk was named the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week for the first time in his career on April 1. Romanczuk earned the honor after tossing his first career complete game at Arizona State eight days earlier (March 24) to lead Stanford to a 4-2 victory in the rubber game of the team's first Pac-10 series of the season.

    Carlos Quentin's current career-high hit streak of 15 games is the longest current streak and the second longest run by any Stanford player this season. Quentin will attempt to tie John Mayberry, Jr.'s 16-game run (2/9 - 3/23) versus USF on April 1. Quentin is hitting a team-high .467 (28-60) during the stretch with eight doubles, two homers, 15 RBI and five stolen bases.

    Sam Fuld has regained the top spot on Stanford's all-time batting average list with a .363 lifetime mark (234-644). Fuld has gained .013 percentage points on his career average during his current season-high 11-game hit streak in which he is batting a team-high .509 (28-55) with five doubles, three triples, 10 RBI and two stolen bases. The hit streak includes three four-hit games, a trio of three-hit games and eight multiple-hit contests. He began the 2003 campaign on top of Stanford's career batting average list (.367) but lost .017 points off his career down to .350 by hitting .217 (15-69) over the first 16 games this season prior to his current stretch.

    Carlos Quentin and Sam Fuld are both on the verge of career milestones. Quentin's next hit will be the 200th in his career, while Fuld's next RBI will be his 100th. Fuld also picked up his 10th career triple in his last game versus Washington (3/30). He is Stanford's all-time active leader in that category.

    Ryan Garko extended his team lead in homers (6) and RBI (33) by homering and driving in five runs in the three-game series versus Washington (3/28 - 3/30). Garko drove in a career-high-tying four runs in the series finale against the Huskies (3/30). He has 31 RBI in the team's last 20 games with 11 multiple-RBI contests. Garko has a team-high 12 multiple-RBI contests.

    Sam Fuld, who set a single-season school record with 110 hits last year, has taken over sole possession of the team's lead in hits for the first time this season with 43. He also paces the club with 25 runs and has also moved up to third in batting average with a .347 mark. Fuld began the season with an 0-for-14 stretch.

    John Mayberry, Jr. has six triples in the team's first 27 games and is over halfway to the single-season school record of 10 set a half-century ago by Jack Shepard in 1953. Mayberry's next triple will put him on the single-season top 10 list in a sixth-place tie with nine others.

    Tobin Swope has multiple-hit games in five of his last seven games and leads the team in that category with 14 multiple-hit contests in Stanford's first 27 games this season.

    Following is a list of all active Stanford players in the school's record book ...
    Individual Career Records: Batting Average - Sam Fuld (.363, 1st); Saves - Ryan McCally (12, 7th-T)
    Individual Season Records: Hits - Sam Fuld (110, 2002, 1st); Hit-by-Pitch - Carlos Quentin (19, 2002, 1st-T; 14, 2001, 9th-T), Ryan Garko (16, 2002, 5th-T); At Bats - Sam Fuld (293, 2002, 4th); Won-Loss Percentage - John Hudgins (.909, 2002, 10-1, 4th-T); Saves - Ryan McCally (7, 2002, 9th-T)

    Stanford's offense caught fire in March as the Cardinal scored 103 runs (9.4 per game average) and hit .370 in 11 games. The Cardinal also posted double-digit hits in all 11 games. The streak began with a 12-hit game and a 16-hit contest in the final two games of the USC series (March 1-2) and has continued versus California (March 7-9; 13, 10, season-high 20), at Arizona State (March 22-24; 13, 13, 13) and versus Washington (March 28-30; 12, 19, 14).

    John Mayberry, Jr. and Mark Romanczuk have led a strong freshman class that has had several players make major contributions. Mayberry is hitting .342, while leading the team in triples (6) and extra-base hits (13, co-leader). Romanczuk paces the club and is the co-Pac-10 leader in victories with a 6-0 record, while recording a 4.42 ERA, two saves and 31 strikeouts in 36.2 innings. Romanczuk moved into the team's starting rotation with his first start versus USC (3/2) and won his first three starts before picking up a no-decision in his most recent outing versus Washington (3/30). Matt Manship (0-2, 4.64, 3 SV) and Kodiak Quick (1-0, 6.46, 3 SV) co-lead the team with three saves each. Chris Lewis (18) and Jed Lowrie (17) have combined to make 35 starts.

    Stanford has posted a 42-8 record at Sunken Diamond over the past two seasons and won 10 of its last 12 games. The Cardinal also extended its Pac-10 series win streak to 14 by taking two-of-three from Washington (3/28 - 3/30) in its most recent home series. Stanford did have two home win streaks snapped versus Florida State earlier this year. The Seminoles ended Stanford's 11-game win streak with a 4-3 victory in the second game of the series (2/8) and then won 10-8 in 12 innings in the series finale (2/9) to become the first opponent to win a series at Sunken Diamond since USC took two-of-three against the Cardinal from April 16-18, 1999, a span of 22 series. Stanford has since won four straight home series versus Fresno State (2/14 - 2/16, sweep), USC (2/28 - 3/2, 2-of-3), California (3/7 - 3/9, sweep) and Washington (3/28 - 3/30, 2-of-3). Stanford's next home series is scheduled versus Oregon State (Thursday-Saturday, April 17-19).

    Stanford is looking to extend its string of 40-win seasons to nine in 2003 after picking up its eighth straight 40-win season last year by finishing with a 47-18 overall mark. The last time Stanford didn't win 40 games was when the club finished 27-28 in 1993.

    Stanford will play non-conference games next week versus Santa Clara and Sacramento State. The Cardinal will travel to Santa Clara on Tuesday, April 8 (6 pm) before playing a two-game home-and-home series versus Sacramento State (at Stanford, Friday, April 11, 6 pm; at Sacramento State, Saturday, April 12, 2 pm). Stanford leads the all-time series versus Santa Clara (since 1977), 80-25-1, and opened the 2003 season on January 25 (7-2 at Santa Clara) and 26 (5-0 at Stanford) with back-to-back wins over the Broncos to extend its win streak against Santa Clara to four. Stanford leads the all-time series versus Sacramento State, 14-9. Stanford won last year's meeting at Sunken Diamond by a score of 6-5 (4/24/02) after falling 12-3 the last time the teams played in Sacramento (Raley Field) on May 2, 2001.

    Four Stanford players have earned 2003 Preseason All-American honors. Sam Fuld was selected to all three of the major preseason All-American teams (NCBWA First Team, Baseball America Third Team, Collegiate Baseball Third Team). Carlos Quentin was named First Team by Baseball America and Third Team by the NCBWA. Ryan Garko was a Second Team Collegiate Baseball pick, while Tim Cunningham earned Third Team NCBWA honors. Fuld is the only member of the group to earn regular season All-American honors in 2002 (NCBWA First Team, Baseball America Third Team, Collegiate Baseball Third Team).

    Stanford has raised its team season batting average to .322 (#3 Pac-10) with 11 consecutive double-digit hit games and has scored 103 runs for a 9.4 per game average during the stretch. Stanford is hitting .370 as a team during the run, which included a season-high 20 hits versus California (3/9) and 19 against Washington (3/29). The .322 team batting average is Stanford's highest since the club had a .365 mark after collecting 15 hits in the season-opener at Santa Clara (1/25). In its last four series, Stanford has hit .388 versus Washington, .312 at Arizona State, .402 against California and .343 versus USC. Carlos Quentin leads the club in batting average (.392), doubles (10), walks (19), hit-by-pitches (8) and on-base percentage (.511). Ryan Garko has team-highs in home runs (6), RBI (33) and sacrifice flies (3). John Mayberry, Jr. leads the team in triples (6) and total bases (64). Sam Fuld paces the club in hits (43), runs scored (25) and at bats (124). Brian Hall has a team-high nine stolen bases. Danny Putnam's .608 slugging percentage paces the squad. Fuld, Garko and Mayberry, Jr. all are tied for the club's extra-base hit lead with 13 each. Tobin Swope has a team-high 14 multi-hit games, while Garko has driven in two or more runs in a team-best 12 contests. Putnam (.367), Fuld (.347), Garko (.345), Mayberry (.342), Swope (.333) and Jed Lowrie (.307) join Quentin above the .300 mark.

    Stanford's ERA currently sits at 4.36 (#3 Pac-10), its highest since it stood at 4.50 following the fifth game of the season. Mark Romanczuk (6-0, 4.42, 2 SV, 36.2 IP, 31 SO) co-leads the Pac-10 in victories, while John Hudgins (4-2, 3.66, 64.0 IP, 61 SO) is the conference leader in innings pitched and strikeouts. Hudgins also has the lowest ERA among pitchers in Stanford's starting rotation. Romanczuk was named the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week on April 1 after tossing his first career complete game eight days earlier (3/24) to defeat Arizona State, 4-2. Hudgins earned Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week for the first time in his career after holding Florida State (2/7) to one run and six hits with a career-high 10 strikeouts over the first 9.0 innings of a 12-inning, 2-1 victory, before taking a no-hitter into the eighth inning of a 4-1 win over Fresno State (2/14) in his next start. Hudgins tossed his first complete game of the season in an 11-2 win over California (3/7). Ryan McCally (3-1, 4.27, 1 SV) pitched his first career complete and the first by a Stanford pitcher this season in a 7-2 victory over Fresno State (2/16). Matt Manship (0-2, 4.64, 3 SV) and Kodiak Quick (1-0, 6.46, 15.1 IP, 16 SO) co-lead the team in saves, while David O'Hagan (3-1, 4.95, 2 SV, 20.0 IP, 27 SO) has three wins and two saves out of the bullpen. Stanford has already posted 11 saves, second in the conference and nearly halfway to the school record of 23 recorded in 2001.

    Stanford has a .967 fielding percentage (#4 Pac-10). Stanford has been errorless in nine games but just twice in its last 11 contests. John Mayberry, Jr. continues to lead the club and rank second in the Pac-10 with 245 putouts, while Tobin Swope has a team-high 71 assists. Mayberry's 14 putouts versus Santa Clara (1/26) and USC (3/1), as well as six assists by Jonny Ash versus Florida State (2/9) and Chris Lewis at Arizona State (3/23) are single-game team highs. Stanford turned a season-high three double plays versus Nevada (2/17).

    Stanford jumped four spots to No. 4 in the latest Baseball America poll released March 31. Stanford is among the nation's top seven teams in all four national polls (No. 4 Baseball America, No. 4 Collegiate Baseball, No. 6 NCBWA, No. 7 Sports Weekly/ESPN). Rice is the nation's unanimous No. 1 team for the second consecutive week. Stanford began the 2003 season ranked as high as No. 3 in the preseason Baseball America poll. The Cardinal finished the 2002 season ranked in the top five by all four polls (No. 4 Baseball America, Baseball Weekly/ESPN and Collegiate Baseball, No. 5 NCBWA). Stanford has been ranked No. 1 at one point during each of the past six years (1997-2002) prior to this season. Stanford's poll history includes a run as 'king of the polls' in 1998 when the team held the top spot in the Baseball America poll for the entire regular season (a record 14 consecutive weeks). Stanford has already played 18 games against teams ranked in Baseball America's top 25 at the time of the contest and has played nine games versus teams currently ranked in Baseball America's top seven (No. 2 Cal State Fullerton, No. 3 Florida State, No. 7 Arizona State). The remainder of Stanford's schedule does not features games against any teams ranked in this week's Baseball America poll.

    Stanford's storied baseball program has had many highlights now in its 110th season since beginning in 1892. Stanford has an all-time record of 2344-1475-32 (.613) ... The Cardinal won NCAA titles in 1987 and 1988 before returning to the CWS championship game in 2000 and 2001 ... Stanford has made a school record four straight College World Series appearances in the last four seasons and has been to the CWS 14 times since making its first appearance in 1953 ... Stanford has had 37 winning seasons in its last 38 campaigns and 54 in the last 56 years ... Stanford has reached the 40-win mark in eight consecutive campaigns (1995-2002) and recently recorded three straight 50-win seasons for the first time in school history (1999-2001) ... Stanford has won 18 conference titles and gained 23 NCAA Tournament berths ... Stanford has boasted 41 All-Americans who have earned a total of 51 All-American honors ... Stanford has garnered three NCAA Players of the Year in Jeff Austin (1998), David McCarty (1991) and Steve Dunning (1970) ... Stanford has had 97 All-Conference players earn a total of 127 All-Conference honors ... Stanford has had 59 major league players and 13 first round draft picks in the last 16 years.


    One of the nation's premier collegiate coaches, Mark Marquess is in his 27th season at the helm of Stanford Baseball in 2003 with an overall record of 1111-542-5 (.672) and a 448-290 (.607) mark in Pac-10 action. The 1969 Stanford graduate has led the Cardinal to two NCAA titles, two CWS runner-up showings, 12 College World Series appearances, 12 NCAA Regional titles, four NCAA Super Regional championships and 10 Pac-10 or Pac-10 Southern Division regular season titles. The Cardinal has qualified for the NCAA Tournament 20 times in the its first 26 seasons under Marquess. Marquess began the 2003 season ranked 10th in victories and 16th in winning percentage among active Division I baseball coaches. Marquess moved into sole possession of 20th place on the all-time victory list with his 1101st career victory at Texas (2/22/03 - Game 1). Recent milestone victories were his 1100th career win versus Nevada (2/17/03) and his 1000th against Florida State (2/9/01). He has been named NCAA Coach of the Year three times and has received Pac-10 or Pac-10 Southern Division Coach of the Year honors on eight occasions. The Cardinal has posted winning seasons in 25 times of the first 26 seasons under his leadership and has finished either first or second in the prestigious Pacific-10 (formerly Pac-10 Southern Division) 20 times in the last 22 years. Stanford has had 104 professional baseball draft picks in the past 18 seasons, including 13 first round selections in the last 16 years. A member of the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame, Marquess was the head coach of the 1988 United States Olympic baseball team that captured the gold medal. Marquess was also an accomplished football and baseball standout on The Farm and is a member of the Stanford Athletic Hall of Fame. He is one of only six collegiate baseball head coaches to have both played and coached in the College World Series. Marquess was the starting first baseman and a First Team All-American on Stanford's 1967 College World Series squad and played four seasons of minor league baseball with the Chicago White Sox organization.

    (On his team coming back to win two Pac-10 series after losing both series openers)
    'I was proud of our guys winning series after losing both of our series openers and especially because we had to come back in games in order to win series. We had to do it by bouncing back offensively.'

    (On the fact that no Pac-10 team has swept a series in the first two weeks of action)
    'It speaks to the balance of the league. There are a lot of teams that are capable of winning the conference, more so than in recent years. I think it will be that way the whole year, because I don't think any team has enough dominant pitching to be able to go way out in front. The Pac-10 race seems up for grabs and very interesting.'

    (On recent hot stretches by Sam Fuld, Ryan Garko and Carlos Quentin)
    'If we're going to be good and compete for the Pac-10 title, our older guys are going to need to play well. These guys have been doing that lately.'

    (On the upcoming Pac-10 series at Washington State)
    'Washington State is playing much better now with a win over California two weekends ago before taking two-of-three at UC Irvine last weekend. They're always tough in Pullman. In the Pac-10, you have to play well or you can get beat on any given weekend. Washington State's record is deceiving and this is also their opening weekend at home.'

    Dean Stotz is in his 27th campaign with Stanford Baseball and his fourth season as associate head coach after he was promoted to the position prior to the 2000 campaign. Stotz served for 23 years as an assistant. Stotz currently coaches third base while also handling various offensive and defensive aspects of the game. Tom Kunis is in his fourth season as Stanford's pitching coach, while Dave Nakama is in his fourth year overall as a Stanford assistant coach and in the second year of his second stint on the coaching staff. He assists with all aspects of the game and serves as Stanford's first base coach.

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