No. 4 Stanford And No. 6 Texas Continue Three-Game Set Saturday

Feb. 21, 2004

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No. 6 Texas Longhorns (10-1)
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No. 4 Stanford Cardinal (9-1)

Friday, February 20
at Stanford 7, Texas 4

Saturday, February 21, 1 pm
RHP Sam LeCure (1-0, 2.77) vs. RHP Jeff Gilmore (2-0, 2.00)

Sun., February 22, 1 pm
LHP Justin Simmons (2-0, 1.93) vs. TBA
Media Coverage: Saturday Gametracker | Sunday Gametracker | Saturday Live Audio
All three Stanford-Texas baseball games are scheduled to be broadcast on the air at KZSU (90.1 FM) as well as online at gostanford.com ... Saturday's game will be an internet only broadcast due to conflicts with the Stanford men's and women's basketball teams ... Sam Stefanki and Michael Etchepare will be on the microphones ... A Gametracker with live stats for both games will be available from links at gostanford.com.

QUICK TEAM NOTES
Stanford is currently ranked No. 4 for the second consecutive week inthe current Baseball America poll as the Cardinal has opened theseason with a 9-1 mark ... Stanford is also ranked among the top six inthe three other major national polls (No. 3 NCBWA, No. 3 SportsWeekly/ESPN, No. 6 Collegiate Baseball) ... The Cardinal has won 16straight home games after winning its first seven home games of the200 season (Cal State Fullerton, 1/30 - 2/1; Kansas, 2/13 - 2/15;Texas, 2/20) ... Stanford also won two-of-three at Fresno State (2/6- 2/8) in its only road action of the season ... Stanford has won 15of its last 16 series and 32 of its last 37 games overall dating backto last season ... Stanford has outscored its opponents by an 82-35count this season as eight of its nine wins have been by three ormore runs ... Stanford has come from behind in seven of its ninevictories � The Cardinal has excelled in all areas during its firstnine games as its defensive is fielding at a .973 clip with sixerrorless games in its first 10 contests, while its pitching staffhas posted a 3.24 ERA and its offense is averaging 8.2 runs per gameand has generated a .300 batting average with double-digit hits innine of its first 10 games ... Stanford is looking to extend itsschool record string of consecutive appearances at the College WorldSeries to six, as well as its string of 40-win season to 10, whileStanford has won 50 or more games in three of the last four seasons �Stanford has captured 11 Pac-10 titles in the last 21 years andfinished either first or second in the prestigious conference 21times in last 23 seasons � Stanford and Texas have played 23 timessince the teams begin playing each other in a regular season seriesin 1998 � Stanford leads the all-time series, 16-12-1.

QUICK INDIVIDUAL NOTES
Jed Lowrie leads the Cardinal with a .421 batting average, 12 RBI, 13runs scored, three doubles and 16 hits ... John Mayberry, Jr. has ateam-high three homers and ranks second on the club with a .368batting average ... Danny Putnam had a career-high-tying 10-game hitstreak dating back to the final game of last year (6/23/03 - 2/15/04)snapped last night and is hitting .366 ... Brian Hall leads the clubwith two stolen bases ... Two-time All-American Sam Fuld has ateam-high 14 walks and a .521 on-base percentage ... Fuld has 298career hits and needs just two more to become only the fifth playerin Stanford Baseball history to record 300 career hits ... Fuld isalso poised to break several all-time Stanford records, alreadyranking among Stanford's all-time Top 10 in triples (15, #4T), hits(298, #5), doubles (55, #8) and runs scored (218, #6) ... Fuld, whomade his 200th career start last night, is also just outside the Top10 with a legitimate chance to reach the top in games played (210)and at bats (855) ... Jonny Ash, Lowrie and Donny Lucy all havecurrent six-game hit streaks ... Mark Romanczuk leads the team withthree wins, 25 strikeouts and 24.1 innings pitched ... Jeff Gilmorehas two victories, while Mark Jecmen, Matt Leva, David O'Hagan andKodiak Quick have one each ... O'Hagan and Blake Holler co-lead theclub with two saves each.


STANFORD-TEXAS HISTORY

ALL-TIME SERIES
Stanford and Texas have seen plenty of each other in recent years as the teams have played 23 games against each other since beginning aregular season series in 1998 after Stanford won last night'sseries-opener, 7-4. Last year, the Cardinal took two-of-three inAustin (February 22-23, 2003; 11-7 - Game 1, 8-7 - Game 2, 1-7). Theclubs have not only met in the regular season in recent years buthave played five games in the postseason, most recently when theCardinal lost a pair of 2002 College World Series heartbreakers tothe eventual CWS champion Longhorns that ended Stanford's season(June 16 & 19, 2002; 7-8, 5-6). Stanford did manage to taketwo-of-three from Texas during a 2002 regular season series at SunkenDiamond (March 28-30, 2002; 7-6, 10 inn., 0-2, 10 inn., 7-2). In2001, the clubs also had a memorable season series. Stanford tooktwo-of-three in a regular season three-game set in Austin (February16-18, 2002; 9-6, 5-0, 1-2), as well as in an NCAA Regional atStanford in 2001. Texas won the first game between the clubs to takethe drivers' seat in the Regional (June 26, 2001; 4-3) but theCardinal rallied for a pair of the most memorable victories inStanford history the following day, sweeping the Longhorns (June 27,2001; 10-9, 10 inn., 4-3) in a pair of one-run games to advance to anNCAA Super Regional, marking the first time the Cardinal had everswept a doubleheader in NCAA Tournament action to move on to the nextround of action. Stanford holds an all-time 16-12-1 advantage in theseries.


GAME REVIEWS

2004 VERSUS TEXAS
at Stanford 7, Texas 4 (February 20, 2004) - Stanford won the openerof a three-game non-conference series versus Texas by a score of 7-4to extend its home win streak to 16 games and its overall win streakto six in a row, while handing the Longhorns their first loss of theseason on Friday at Sunken Diamond. Mark Romanczuk and David O'Hagancombined on a five-hitter as the Cardinal came from behind for theseventh time in nine wins this season. Romanczuk pitched the first7.0 innings, scattering four hits and four runs (two earned) witheight strikeouts. O'Hagan earned his second save of the season bystriking out five batters in 2.0 scoreless one-hit innings of work.Stanford's John Mayberry, Jr. (2-4, 3B, 2 RBI) was the only playerfor either team with more than one hit. Donny Lucy also had two RBIfor the Cardinal, while J.D. Reininger drove in a pair of runs with atwo-run homer in the top of the third for the Longhorns.

2003 VERSUS TEXAS
at Texas 7, Stanford 1 (February 23, 2003) - Texas avoided a sweep with a 7-1 victory over Stanford in the series finale before a crowd of 6,017 spectators. Stanford had a six-game win streak snapped in its attempt to sweep the Longhorns in a three-game series for the first time in school history. Stanford starter Jonny Dyer took the loss in his first career start, allowing two runs and two hits in a career-high 3.0 innings. John Mayberry, Jr. (2-4) and Tobin Swope (2-4) had two hits each for the Cardinal.

Stanford 11, Texas 7 - Game 1; Stanford 8, at Texas 7 - Game 2 (February 22, 2003) - Stanford swept a doubleheader from Texas in front of a season-high crowd of 6,799 spectators. The Cardinal jumped out to early leads in both games, holding on for an 11-7 victory in the opener and an 8-7 win in the nightcap. Carlos Quentin was 7-for-10 in the doubleheader and had his first career five-hit game (5-6) with three doubles and an RBI in the opener as Stanford collected 17 hits. John Hudgins picked up his second straight victory in the first game, scattering four runs and seven hits with eight strikeouts over the first 7.0 innings. Mark Romanczuk (3-0) earned the win in the second game and Matt Manship earned a save by shutting out the Longhorns with three strikeouts over the final 1.2 innings. Ryan Garko drove in five runs in the doubleheader and hit Stanford's only home run, a two-run blast in his first at bat of the day. Jed Lowrie (4-8, RBI, SB) and John Mayberry, Jr. (4-11, 3B, 3 RBI) each had four hits for the Cardinal in the doubleheader. Lowrie (4-5, RBI) had four hits in the opener. Tim Moss (5-9, 2 RBI, SB) had five hits for the Longhorns in the two contests, including a 4-for-5 game with two RBI and a stolen base in the nightcap. Dustin Majewski (4-9, RBI) had a pair of hits in each game, while Curtis Thigpen (2-3, HR, 3 RBI) homered and had three RBI in the opener.

LAST WEEK
at Stanford 10, Kansas 6 (February 15, 2004) - Brian Hall's first career grandslam capped a dramatic comeback as Stanford scored seven runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to rally for a 10-6 victory over Kansas to complete a three-game sweep. The victory also extended Stanford's home win streak to 15 games dating back to last season and gave the Cardinal five sweeps in its last seven regular season three-game series, as well as six come-from-behind wins in its eight victories this season. Stanford reliever David O'Hagan pitched a career-high 7.2 innings after entering the game in the top of the first inning, limiting Kansas to two runs and three hits with five strikeouts. Kodiak Quick (1-0) got the final two outs in the ninth inning to earn his first victory of the season. John Mayberry, Jr. (2-4, 2 RBI) and Donny Lucy (2-5, RBI) had two hits each for the Cardinal

at Stanford 6, Kansas 3 (February 14, 2004) - Stanford extended its home win streak to 14 games with a 6-3 victory over Kansas in non-conference game that lasted just two hours and nine minutes. The victory also assured Stanford of its 15th series win in its last 16 outings. Stanford starter Jeff Gilmore picked up the victory by limiting the Jayhawks to two runs and five hits with five strikeouts over a career-high 7.0 innings. Sam Fuld (2-3, 2B) and Jonny Ash (2-5, RBI) had two hits each for the Cardinal, while Jed Lowrie drove in a pair of runs and Brian Hall stole two bases. Danny Putnam (1-5) extended his hit streak to nine games, one shy of his career-high, with a first inning single. Travis Metcalf (2-4, 2 HR, 2 RBI) had a pair of solo homers for Kansas to account for the only two runs off Gilmore, while Travis Dunlap (2-3) also had a multiple-hit game for the Jayhawks.

at Stanford 7, Kansas 1 (February 13, 2004) - Stanford won its 13th straight home game and Mark Romanczuk struck out a career-high 13 batters as Stanford opened a three-game non-conference series with a 7-1 victory over Kansas in the first ever meeting between the schools. Romanczuk gave up a run in the first inning before shutting the Jayhawks out over the next six frames to pick up the victory, scattering six hits. Donny Lucy (3-4, HR, RBI), Jonny Ash (3-4, 3B, 2 RBI) and Jed Lowrie (3-4) picked up three hits each, while Danny Putnam (2-4, RBI) had a pair of hits and extended his team-high hit streak to eight games. Brian Hall also doubled and drove in a pair of runs. Romanczuk's 13 strikeouts were the most by a Stanford pitcher since Jeremy Guthrie also struck out 13 at UCLA on May 17, 2002. He struck out at least one batter in each of his seven innings, striking out the side in the third inning, as well as two batters in the second, fifth and sixth frames.

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