Stanford and Oregon State To Play Rubber Game Saturday
April 19, 2003
Thursday, April 17 - at Stanford 5, Oregon State 2
Friday, April 18 - Oregon State 8, at Stanford 7
Saturday, April 19, 1 pm - RHP Stephen Copeland (3-3, 6.56) vs. LHP Mark Romanczuk (7-0, 4.17)
Saturday's Stanford-Oregon State game is 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 had win streaks of seven games overall, six consecutive Pac-10 contests and five straight home games snapped with Friday's 8-7 loss to Oregon State but has still won 22 of its last 28 overall ... The Cardinal needs a victory on Saturday to extend its series win streak to eight, Pac-10 series home win streak to 15 and home series win streak to five ... USC was the last Pac-10 team to win a series against the Cardinal at Sunken Diamond when the Trojans took two-of-three from April 16-18, 1999 ... Despite Friday's loss, Stanford (8-3 Pac-10) still holds a one-game lead over Arizona (7-4 Pac-10) in the conference 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 ... 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 ... The Cardinal has also won six straight road games ... Stanford has reached double-digits in hits in 17 of its last 20 games and is hitting .321 (#3 Pac-10) as a team, which would rank third on the school's all-time single-season list ... The Cardinal has also averaged 8.8 runs per contest over the 20-game stretch ... Stanford's pitching staff posted a 3.18 ERA and held its opponents to a .233 batting average during the seven-game win streak that just ended ... On the season, the pitching staff has held its opponents to Pac-10 low .250 batting average ... Stanford is 45-10 at Sunken Diamond over the past two seasons and 16-6 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 24-game hit streak (.479, 46-96) and leads the club in batting average (.420) ... 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 13 games of Jeffrey Hammonds' school-record 37-game hit streak in 1990 ... Quentin also paces the team in hits (58), doubles (18), walks (25), hit-by-pitches (9), extra-base hits (23) and on-base percentage (.529) ... Ryan Garko is the team's leader in homers (9), RBI (47), multiple-RBI games (15) and multiple-hit contests (18) ... 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 ... Donny Lucy has a current six-game hit streak (.364, 8-22), one shy of his career-best.
STANFORD-OREGON STATE PREVIEW AND SERIES HISTORY
Stanford concludes its three-game series versus Oregon State with Saturday's rubber game after the teams split the first two games of the series (5-2 Stanford, 8-7 Oregon State). Stanford leads Oregon State in the all-time series, 31-12, but Oregon State has won three of the last five meetings. 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.).
SATURDAY ... #21 - MARK ROMANCZUK (L/L, 6-1, 190, Fr.) ... FRESHMAN ALL-AMERICAN CANDIDATE
2003 Season Notes: Co-leads the team and the Pac-10 in wins with a perfect 7-0 record, while also recording two saves and posting a 4.17 ERA with 37 strikeouts in 45.1 innings ... Has made the third start in each of the team's last five series and will be making his second start this week ... Has one of the team's four complete games ... 2003 Individual Game Highlights: Credited with the win in his most recent start as the first of three or more predetermined Stanford pitchers in a 4-2 win over San Jose State (4/15), striking out three and giving up just one hit in 2.0 innings ... Took a no-decision and was taken off the hook for the loss when Stanford rallied for two ninth inning runs in a game the Cardinal eventually won 8-5 in 11 innings at Washington State (4/7) ... Touched for six runs and eight hits in the first 3.0 innings of a no-decision start versus Washington (3/30) in a game Stanford eventually won, 12-11 ... Tossed his first career complete game in a 4-2 win at Arizona State (3/24) in a rubber game of a three-game set to earn Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week honors (4/1), giving up just five hits and two runs with five strikeouts ... 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.
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.
Oregon State 8, at Stanford 7 (April 18, 2003)
Oregon State snapped a season-best seven-game win streak for No. 4 Stanford with an 8-7 Pac-10 victory over the Cardinal. The Beavers jumped out to a 6-0 lead after two innings in a game the Cardinal never led. Stanford's Carlos Quentin (3-5, SB) did extend his career-high hit streak to 24 games and raised his season batting average to .420 with a three-hit game. Andy Jarvis (3-5, HR, 2 RBI) and Tony Calderon (3-5, 3 RBI) each had three hits for the Beavers, while Seth Pietsch was 2-for-4 and scored three runs.
Jarvis' homer was a solo shot in the top of the eighth inning extended Oregon State's 7-6 lead into a two-run advantage, providing an insurance run that the Beavers would need when Stanford scored once in the bottom of the ninth before Oregon State reliever and winning pitcher Nathan Pendley (1-2) retired Tobin Swope on a fly out to right field to end the game. Pendley (1-2) earned his first victory at Oregon State as the Beavers' third pitcher, scattering one run and three hits with three strikeouts over the final 2.1 innings.
Danny Putnam (3-3, 2B, 4 RBI) drove in four runs and matched Quentin's three hits for the Cardinal, while Ryan Garko (2-3, 2B) and Brian Hall (2-5) each had a pair of hits. Garko also tied his career-high with four runs scored.
Stanford starter Ryan McCally (3-2) suffered the loss, allowing five runs and seven hits over 1.2 frames.
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.