Stanford Hosts UCLA Looking To Clinch Share Of Pac-10 Title

May 17, 2003

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    No. 7 Stanford Cardinal (37-14, 17-5 Pac-10)

    Fri., May 16 - at Stanford 9, UCLA 1
    Sat., May 17, 1 pm - LHP Wes Whisler (3-6. 5.22) vs. LHP Mark Romanczuk (9-0, 3.63)
    Sun., May 18, 1 pm - TBA vs. TBA
    Broadcast Information: Both remaining Stanford-UCLA baseball games this week 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 be on the microphones ... A Gametracker for both games will also be available from a link at gostanford.com.

    STANFORD BASEBALL QUICK TEAM NOTES
    Stanford will continue its final Pac-10 series of the season versus UCLA today and Sunday with start times scheduled both days for 1 pm ... Stanford has won a season-best nine straight games and seven consecutive Pac-10 games to move its magic number for a share of the Pac-10 title to one and its magic number for an outright conference championship to two ... Stanford (17-5 Pac-10) is 3.0 games ahead of Arizona State (12-6 Pac-10), as well as 4.0 games in front of Arizona (11-7 Pac-10) ... 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 last won a Pac-10 title when it shared the 2000 crown with Arizona State and UCLA before finishing second behind USC each of the last two years ... Stanford's last outright Pac-10 title came in 1999 ... Stanford remained at No. 7 for the second consecutive week in the latest Baseball America poll released May 12 ... Stanford is also ranked No. 3 by Collegiate Baseball, No. 4 by the NCBWA and No. 7 by Sports Weekly/ESPN ... Stanford is hitting .318 (#3 Pac-10) as a team, which would rank tied for third on the school's all-time single-season list ... Stanford's pitching staff is second in the Pac-10 with a 4.09 ERA and has the lowest opponents' batting average (.246) ... Stanford won its final 14 regular season road games (3/23 - 5/11) to end the regular season with a 17-5 road mark ... Stanford is 20-9 in non-conference games this season and 20-9 at home ... 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 leads the team and ranks third in the Pac-10 with a .403 batting average ... Quentin, who was named one of five finalists for the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award on May 6 and one of 12 semifinalists for the Rotary Smith Award on May 16, is attempting to become the first Stanford player to hit .400 or better since David McCarty hit .420 in 1991 ... Quentin has a current eight-game hit streak (5/3 - 5/11) and has hit safely in 36 of his last 38 games (.435, 67-154) with a career-high 26-game hit streak that lasted two months (February 22 - April 22) ... Quentin also paces the team in hits (79), doubles (23), walks (31), hit-by-pitches (11), on-base percentage (.502) and extra-base hits (31, co-leader with Ryan Garko) ... Garko, a Johnny Bench Award candidate, is the team's leader in homers (14), RBI (73), total bases (136), slugging percentage (.683), multiple-hit games (24), multiple-RBI games (22) and extra-base hits (31, co-leader with Quentin) ... Garko has hit safely in 24 of his last 28 games (.462, 49-106) and has league-highs of 10 homers and 38 RBI in 22 Pac-10 games ... Quentin and Garko both made movements on Stanford single-season lists on Friday ... Quentin picked up his 23rd double to move into a tie for third in doubles, while Garko's 73 RBI moved him into a 10th place tie ... John Hudgins (8-3, 3.30) leads the conference in innings pitched (117.1), strikeouts (108), starts (16) and complete games (5) ... Saturday's scheduled starter Mark Romanczuk (9-0, 3.63) paces the Pac-10 with nine victories ... Matt Manship ranks tied for second in the Pac-10 in saves (7) ... Jonny Ash was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week (5/6), going 6-for-11 versus California (5/9 - 5/11).

    PROBABLE STARTING PITCHER NOTES

    SATURDAY ... #21 - MARK ROMANCZUK (L/L, 6-1, 190, Fr.) ... 9-0, 3.63
    FRESHMAN PLAYER OF THE YEAR/FRESHMAN ALL-AMERICAN CANDIDATE
    2003 Season Notes: Leads the Pac-10 in wins with a perfect 9-0 record and a .224 opponents batting average, while also recording two saves and two complete games with a 3.63 ERA and 57 strikeouts in 74.1 innings ... Has six wins and four no-decisions in his 10 starts, all Stanford victories ... Also has three wins out of the bullpen ... Named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week three times in the last six weeks (4/1, 4/20, 5/4) ... Has moved into the team's role as its No. 2 starter for the last three weeks and is scheduled to be the No. 2 starter again this week ... 2003 Individual Game Highlights: Taken off the hook in the ninth inning of a 6-4 comeback victory at California (5/10) in his most recent start, allowing four runs (three earned) and six hits in 7.1 innings ... Tossed a complete-game three-hitter with five strikeouts for his Pac-10 leading ninth victory at USC (5/4 - Game 1) to earn Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week honors (5/5) ... Allowed four runs and six hits over 5.0 innings with three strikeouts for a no-decision versus Arizona (4/26) in a game Stanford came back to win, 10-9 ... Impressive versus Oregon State (4/19), earning the victory with 7.2 innings of two-hit scoreless work and striking out a career-high nine ... Credited with the win as the first of three or more predetermined Stanford pitchers in a 4-2 victory 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, giving up just five hits and two runs with five strikeouts ... Picked up a win 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) out of the bullpen, striking out four and allowing just one hit in 2.1 innings.

    SUNDAY ... TBA

    THIS WEEK'S GAME REVIEWS

    at Stanford 10, Saint Mary's 1 (May 13, 2003)
    Stanford extended its win streak to a season-high eight games with a 10-1 victory over Saint Mary's in a non-conference game. Ryan Garko (2-2, 2B, 4 RBI) drove in four runs to raise his team-leading total to 72 and Cardinal starter Mark Jecmen (1-0) picked up his first collegiate victory, pitching 3.0 scoreless innings and scattering three hits with a season-high four strikeouts. Stanford scored five times in its first two turns at the plate and never trailed in the contest. The victory was Stanford's 15th in a row over the Gaels dating back to 1994.

    Brian Hall (3-5, 2B, 2 RBI) and Sam Fuld (2-4, 2B, RBI) also had multiple-hit games for the Cardinal. Stanford stroked six doubles to tie a season high as Jed Lowrie, Chris Carter and Donny Lucy all added two-baggers. Fuld and Lowrie both extended their current hit streaks to eight games.

    at Stanford 9, UCLA 1 (May 16, 2003)
    Stanford reduced its magic number for at least a share of the Pac-10 title to one and extended its season-best win streak to nine games with a convincing 9-1 victory over UCLA in the opener of a three-game series at Sunken Diamond. John Hudgins tossed his Pac-10 leading fifth complete game of the season to give the Cardinal its seventh straight conference win, allowing just one run and four hits with 10 strikeouts. Jonny Ash (3-5) tied a career-high with three hits, while Carlos Quentin (2-4, 2B, 3 RBI) drove in three runs to lead a Cardinal offense that pounded out 15 hits with all nine starters picking up at least one hit.

    Hudgins had a no-hitter going until a two-out single by Brandon Averill in the top of the fifth. In the seventh, UCLA loaded the bases with no outs before Ryan McCarthy grounded into a 4-6-3 double play that scored Wes Whisler with the Bruins' only run of the game but thwarted the rally. UCLA's Preston Griffin hit into the Bruins' second double play in the top of the eighth inning after Matt Thayer had started off the inning with a single.

    Sam Fuld (2-4, RBI), John Mayberry, Jr. (2-4, 2 2B) and Ryan Garko (2-5, RBI) added two hits each for the Cardinal, while Chris Carter hit his second homer of the season in the bottom of the second inning. Fuld and Jed Lowrie extended their hit streaks to nine games.

    UCLA starter Casey Janssen suffered the loss, allowing six runs and a career-high 11 hits over the first 3.2 innings. UCLA reliever Mike Kunes finished the game with 4.1 innings of work, limiting the Cardinal to three runs and four hits.

    STANFORD-UCLA SERIES HISTORY

    Stanford leads the all-time series, 177-132, after taking last night's series opener by a score of 9-1. The Cardinal won two-of-three in Los Angeles last year (5/17 - 5/19; W, 11-0; L, 4-9; W, 17-4) and also won two-of-three games the last time the teams met at Sunken Diamond (4/7-4/8/01; L, 4-6; W, 9-0; W, 11-2). Stanford has won six straight series between the teams with the last Bruin series victory coming in 1997 when UCLA won two-of-three in both series versus the Cardinal.

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