No. 4 Stanford and No. 6 Texas To Play Rubber Game Sunday

Feb. 22, 2004

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No. 6 Texas Longhorns (11-1)
No. 4 Stanford Cardinal (9-2)

Friday, February 20
at Stanford 7, Texas 4

Saturday, February 21
Texas 9, at Stanford 6

Sun., February 22, 1 pm
LHP Justin Simmons (2-0, 1.93) vs. LHP Blake Holler (0-0, 3.00)
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Stanford is currently ranked No. 4 for the second consecutive week inthe current Baseball America poll as the Cardinal has opened theseason with a 9-2 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 had won 16straight home games after winning its first seven home games of the2004 season (Cal State Fullerton, 1/30 - 2/1; Kansas, 2/13 - 2/15;Texas, 2/20) prior to its 9-6 loss to Texas on Saturday ... Stanfordalso won two-of-three at Fresno State (2/6 - 2/8) in its only roadaction of the season ... Stanford has won seven straight series and15 of its last 16, as well as 32 of its last 38 games overall datingback to last season ... Stanford has doubled its opponents scoringthis season (88-44) 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 seen its batting average dip to .290after hitting just .167 in the first two games of its current Texasseries ... Stanford is fielding at a .973 clip with six errorlessgames in its first 11 contests, while its pitching staff has posted a3.77 ERA and its offense is averaging 8.0 runs per game ... Stanfordis looking to extend its school record string of consecutiveappearances at the College World Series to six, as well as its stringof 40-win season to 10, while Stanford has won 50 or more games inthree of the last four seasons � Stanford has captured 11 Pac-10titles in the last 21 years and finished either first or second inthe prestigious conference 21 times in last 23 seasons � Stanford andTexas have played 24 times since the teams begin playing each otherin a regular season series in 1998 � Stanford leads the all-timeseries, 16-13-1.

Jed Lowrie leads the Cardinal with a .425 batting average, 12 RBI, 15runs scored, three doubles and 17 hits (co-leader with Danny Putnam)... Putnam is second on the club with a .370 batting average and hashit safely in 10 of the first 11 games ... John Mayberry, Jr. has ateam-high three homers and ranks third on the club with a .349batting average ... Brian Hall leads the club with three stolen bases... Two-time All-American Sam Fuld has a team-high 15 walks ...Although he is hitless in seven at bats this series, 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), runs scored (220, #4T) and at bats (860,#9) ... Fuld is also just outside the Top 10 with a legitimate chanceto reach the top in games played (211) ... Lowrie has a currentteam-high seven-game hit streak, while Jonny Ash has hit safely insix straight contests ... Mark Romanczuk leads the team with threewins, 25 strikeouts and 24.1 innings pitched ... Jeff Gilmore has twovictories, while Mark Jecmen, Matt Leva, David O'Hagan and KodiakQuick have one each ... O'Hagan and Blake Holler, who will be makinghis first collegiate start today, co-lead the club with two saveseach.

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Stanford and Texas have seen plenty of each other in recent years asthe teams will be playing for the 25th time today since beginning aregular season series in 1998. The teams have split the first twogames of their curent series. Stanford won Friday night'sseries-opener, 7-4, before the Longhorns responded with a 9-6 victoryyesterday. Last year, the Cardinal took two-of-three in Austin(February 22-23, 2003; 11-7 - Game 1, 8-7 - Game 2, 1-7). The clubshave not only met in the regular season in recent years but haveplayed five games in the postseason, most recently when the Cardinallost a pair of 2002 College World Series heartbreakers to theeventual CWS champion Longhorns that ended Stanford's season (June 16& 19, 2002; 7-8, 5-6). Stanford did manage to take two-of-three fromTexas during a 2002 regular season series at Sunken Diamond (March28-30, 2002; 7-6, 10 inn., 0-2, 10 inn., 7-2). In 2001, the clubsalso had a memorable season series. Stanford took two-of-three in aregular season three-game set in Austin (February 16-18, 2002; 9-6,5-0, 1-2), as well as in an NCAA Regional at Stanford in 2001. Texaswon the first game between the clubs to take the drivers' seat in theRegional (June 26, 2001; 4-3) but the Cardinal rallied for a pair ofthe most memorable victories in Stanford history the following day,sweeping the Longhorns (June 27, 2001; 10-9, 10 inn., 4-3) in a pairof one-run games to advance to an NCAA Super Regional, marking thefirst time the Cardinal had ever swept a doubleheader in NCAATournament action to move on to the next round of action. Stanfordholds a 16-13-1 advantage in the all-time series.


Texas 9, at Stanford 6 (February 21, 2004) - Texas evened its serieswith Stanford and snapped the Cardinal's 16-game home win streak witha 9-6 victory in a non-conference game at Sunken Diamond on Saturday.Reliever Randy Boone (2-0) earned the victory after entering the gameto begin the bottom of the second inning, limiting the Cardinal tothree unearned runs and four hits with two strikeouts over 6.2innings. Dooley Prince (3-4, 2 2B, RBI) had three hits to lead theLonghorns' 12-hit attack, while Taylor Teagarden (2-5, 2B, 3 RBI)drove in three runs. Curtis Thigpen (2-2, RBI) also had amultiple-hit game for the Longhorns, while Michael Hollimon homered,scored a career-high four runs and drove in two. Danny Putnam (2-5)was the only Stanford player with more than one hit. Stanford starterJeff Gilmore (2-1) suffered his first collegiate loss.

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.

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.

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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