Stanford Looking To Extend Win And Series Streaks Friday

April 18, 2003

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    Oregon State Beavers (16-18, 3-7)

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    No. 4 Stanford (25-10, 8-2)

    Thursday, April 17 - at Stanford 5, Oregon State 2
    Friday, April 18, 6 pm - LHP Jake Postlewait (2-0, 3.27) vs. RHP Ryan McCally (3-1, 4.58)
    Saturday, April 19, 1 pm - RHP Stephen Copeland (3-3, 6.56) vs. TBA
    The two remaining Stanford-Oregon State games are scheduled to be broadcast on the air at KZSU (90.1 FM) as well as online at gostanford.com ... Chad Goldberg and Sam Stefanki will call the action ... A Gametracker with live stats will also be available from a link at gostanford.com.

    STANFORD BASEBALL QUICK TEAM NOTES
    Stanford has won a season-best seven straight games, six in a row during Pac-10 action and 22 of 27 overall ... The Cardinal also needs just one victory in the final two games of its current Oregon State series to extend its series win streak to eight, Pac-10 series home win streak to 15 and home series win streak to five and home win streak to five ... First-place Stanford leads Arizona, Arizona State and USC by two games in the Pac-10 standings ... 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 ... The Cardinal has also won six straight road games ... Stanford maintained its No. 4 ranking in the latest Baseball America poll released April 14 for the third straight week and is also ranked No. 4 by Collegiate Baseball, as well as No. 5 by the NCBWA and No. 7 by Sports Weekly/ESPN ... Stanford is 17-8 in non-conference games this year ... Stanford has reached double-digits in hits in 16 of its last 19 games and is hitting .322 (#3 Pac-10) as a team, which would rank third on the school's all-time single-season list ... The Cardinal has also scored 8.9 runs per contest over the 10-game stretch ... Stanford's pitching staff has posted a 3.18 ERA and held its opponents to a .233 batting average during the seven-game win streak ... On the season, the pitching staff has held its opponents to Pac-10 low .246 batting average ... Stanford is 45-9 at Sunken Diamond over the past two seasons and 16-5 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
    Carlos Quentin has a current career-high 23-game hit streak (.473, 43-91) and leads the club in batting average (.414) ... Quentin is attempting to become the first Stanford player to hit .400 or better since David McCarty finished the 1991 season with a .420 mark and is within 14 games of Jeffrey Hammonds' school-record 37-game hit streak in 1990 ... Quentin also paces the team in hits (55), doubles (18), walks (25), hit-by-pitches (9), extra-base hits (23), on-base percentage (.527) and slugging percentage (.654) ... Ryan Garko is the team's leader in homers (9), RBI (47), multiple-RBI games (15) and multiple-hit contests (17, co-leader with Tobin Swope) ... Swope is currently on a career-high eight-game hit streak (.379, 11-29) and his hit safely in 14 of his last 15 games ... John Hudgins (7-2, 2.90) leads the conference and the team with 90.0 innings pitched and 88 strikeouts ... Hudgins and Mark Romanczuk co-lead the Pac-10 with seven victories each ... Friday's scheduled starter Ryan McCally has not pitched in 13 days since April 5 ... Donny Lucy has a current five-game hit streak (7-17).

    STANFORD-OREGON STATE PREVIEW AND SERIES HISTORY
    Stanford continues its three-game series versus Oregon State on Friday with a season-best seven-game win streak, while the Beavers have lost seven of their last 10. Stanford leads Oregon State in the all-time series, 31-11, and has won two in a row over the Beavers. Last year, Oregon State took two-of-three over Stanford in Corvallis (April 26-28; W, 3-1; W, 4-3; L, 0-13). Stanford swept the Beavers the last time they played at Sunken Diamond (April 12-14, 2001; W, 4-1, W, 8-1; W, 22-5 -- 7 inn.).

    PROBABLE STARTING PITCHER NOTES

    FRIDAY ... #20 - RYAN MCCALLY (R/R, 6-1, 195, Sr.)
    2003 Season Notes: Has a 3-1 record, one save and a 4.58 ERA with 31 strikeouts in 57.0 innings pitched and 10 appearances (nine starts) ... Will be pitching for the first time in since April 5 (13 days) after Stanford was rained out at Sacramento State last Saturday and did not have a game scheduled for last Sunday ... Has one of Stanford's four complete games this season .. Stanford has won each of his last seven starts (three wins, four no-decisions) ... 2003 Individual Game Highlights: Has picked up three consecutive no-decisions, most recently by giving up four runs and nine hits in 4.1 innings in a 12-5 win at Washington State (4/5) ... Also picked up no-decisions in a 10-6 comeback victory over Washington (3/29), scattering a season-high 11 hits and giving up four runs in the first 6.0 innings, and in a 9-8 11-inning victory at Arizona State (3/23) despite leaving the game with an 8-3 lead in the bottom of the eighth after scattering nine hits and three runs over the first 7.0 plus innings ... Recorded his most recent 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 win ... Received no-decision at Texas (2/22 - Game 2), allowing three runs and four hits over the first 4.1 innings of 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 (79) 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 (10), innings pitched (162.0) and strikeouts (109) ... 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.

    SATURDAY ... TBA

    2003 STANFORD-OREGON STATE GAME REVIEWS

    at Stanford 5, Oregon State 2 (April 17, 2003)
    Stanford extended its lead in the Pac-10 standings to two games and won its season-best seventh in a row with a 5-2 victory over Oregon State. John Hudgins (7-2) pitched his third complete game of the season and the second in his last three outings, allowing just two runs and six hits while striking out 10. Donny Lucy (3-4, 2B, HR, RBI) blasted his first homer of the season and tied a career-high with three hits, while Carlos Quentin extended his career-best hit streak to 23 games with his team-leading 18th double of the season in the fifth inning.

    Hudgins did not give up a run after the fourth inning and held the Beavers to just two hits over his final 5.2 innings of work and retired 17 of the final 20 batters he faced with seven strikeouts during the stretch. He is now tied for the Pac-10 lead with seven victories and continues to pace the conference in both strikeouts (88) and innings pitched (90.0).

    Oregon State starter Ben Rowe (3-4) suffered the loss despite pitching his first complete game of the season and limiting the Cardinal to five runs and eight hits.

    Oregon State's Chris Biles (2-3, 2 2B) was the only player for either team other than Lucy with two or more hits.

    Stanford's errorless game was its second in a row and 12th of the season.

    THIS WEEK'S STANFORD-SAN JOSE STATE GAME REVIEW

    at Stanford 4, San Jose State 2 (April 15, 2003)
    Brian Hall (2-3, 2 2B, 3 RBI) doubled twice with two outs and drove in three runs to lead Stanford to its sixth straight win with a 4-2 non-conference victory over San Jose State at Sunken Diamond on Tuesday. Stanford's six-game win streak equals a season-best. Stanford starter Mark Romanczuk (7-0) was credited with his team-leading seventh victory by tossing 2.0 scoreless innings as the first of five Stanford pitchers who allowed just two runs, five hits, one walk and one hit batsmen. David O'Hagan pitched the final 1.1 innings and picked up his third save of the season after getting the Cardinal out of an eighth inning jam and pitching a scoreless ninth. Jonny Dyer had an impressive relief stint by retiring all nine batters he faced in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings.

    San Jose State starter Matthew Winck (1-2) suffered the loss and David Pierson (2-3, 2B) was the only Spartan with more than one hit. San Jose State's Aaron Bates hit the game's only home run a long solo shot over the left field wall in the top of the fourth.

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