No. 1 Stanford Continues Three-Game Series At California Saturday

Feb. 28, 2004


No. 1 Stanford Cardinal (11-2)
at
California Golden Bears (7-7)

Fri., February 27, 2 pm
Stanford 12, at California 9

Sat., February 28, 1 pm
RHP Jeff Gilmore (2-1, 4.67) vs. RHP Adam Gold (3-0, 0.68)

Sun., February 29, 1 pm
LHP Blake Holler (1-0, 2.25) vs. RHP Kyle Crist (1-2, 4.50)

Media Coverage
Gametracker: Saturday | Sunday
Live Audio: Saturday, Sunday | Saturday after 2:45 pm
The two remaining Stanford-California baseball games this week are scheduled to be broadcast on the air at KZSU (90.1 FM) as well as online at gostanford.com ... Saturday's game will move to an internet only broadcast at approximately 2:45 pm 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 also be available from links at gostanford.com.

QUICK TEAM NOTES
Stanford is ranked No. 1 in the nation by three of the four major collegiate baseball polls (Baseball America, NCBWA, Sports Weekly/ESPN), as well as No. 2 in the latest Collegiate Baseball poll after opening the season with a 11-2 mark, including a 5-1 record against ranked teams ... The Stanford baseball and men's basketball teams are both ranked No. 1 for the second time in school history with the hoops team taking over the top spot on February 16 and the baseball squad on February 23 ... The other occasion was a six-day period from January 4-9, 2000 ... Stanford had a 14-game win streak going in true road games prior to this season and has now won 17 of its last 18 on the road after winning two-of-three at Fresno State (2/6 - 2/8) and yesterday's series-opener at California in its first four road games of the season ... The Cardinal has also won 17 of its last 18 at home and had won 16 straight home games prior to its 9-6 loss to Texas last Saturday and has now won 17 of its last 18 at Sunken Diamond ... Stanford needs a victory in just one of its final two games to extend its series win streak to nine and win for the 17th time in its last 18 series ... Stanford has also won 34 of its last 40 games overall ... Stanford has doubled its opponents scoring this season (108-54) as 10 of its 11 wins have been by three or more runs ... Stanford has come from behind in eight of its 11 victories ... Stanford is looking to extend its school record string of consecutive appearances at the College World Series to six, as well as its string of 40-win season to 10, while Stanford 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 and finished either first or second in the prestigious conference 21 times in last 23 seasons ... Stanford has won 11 straight games versus California.

QUICK INDIVIDUAL NOTES
Jed Lowrie leads the Cardinal with a .457 batting average, 21 hits, three doubles, three triples, 19 RBI, three doubles, 39 total bases, an .848 slugging percentage, a .550 on-base percentage and 18 runs scored (co-leader with Sam Fuld), while carrying a current team-high and career-best-tying nine-game hit streak (2/7 - 2/27) ... Lowrie had the first three triples of his career in Friday's 12-9 win over California and tied a career-best with four RBI ... Fuld moved up on both Stanford's all-time runs scored (224, #3) and hits (301, #4) lists yesterday, and also has a team-high 16 walks ... Fuld is also among Stanford's all-time leaders in triples (15, #4T), doubles (55, #8) and at bats (869, #8) ... Fuld is also just outside the Top 10 with a legitimate chance to reach the top in games played (213) ... John Mayberry, Jr. has a team-high four homers, while Brian Hall leads the club with three stolen bases ... Mark Romanczuk leads the team with three wins, 29 strikeouts and 28.1 innings pitched ... Jeff Gilmore has two victories, while Jonny Dyer, Blake Holler, Mark Jecmen, Matt Leva, David O'Hagan and Kodiak Quick have one each ... O'Hagan has a team-high three saves, while Gilmore and Holler have two and Quick has one ... Cameron Matthews, a former team manager, made his collegiate debut when he pinch-ran in the bottom of the ninth inning versus Texas (2/21).


SATURDAY'S PROBABLE STARTING PITCHER
#18 - Jeff Gilmore (R/R, 6-2, 200, So.)
Updated Jeff Gilmore Bio


SUNDAY'S PROBABLE STARTING PITCHER
#34 - Blake Holler (L/L, 6-4, 175, Fr.)
Updated Blake Holler Bio


STANFORD-CALIFORNIA HISTORY

ALL-TIME SERIES
Stanford opened a three-game non-conference set at California with a 12-9 victory over the Golden Bears to defeat California for the 11th straight time dating back to 2002. Stanford and California have played each other 431 times in school history with the Cardinal holding a 224-207 advantage. The Cardinal swept a six-game season series between the clubs in 2003 (at Stanford, 3/7 - 3/9; W, 11-2; W, 9-4; W, 11-2; at California, 5/9 - 5/11; W, 9-8; W, 6-4; W, 5-4, 10 inn.) and took five-of-six in 2002 (at California, 3/8 - 3/10; W, 15-4; L, 1-2; W, 4-2; at Stanford; W, 8-4; W, 13-6; W, 8-5).


GAME REVIEWS

2004 VERSUS CALIFORNIA
Stanford 12, at California 9 (February 27, 2004) - Jed Lowrie (3-3, 3 3B, 4 RBI) hit the first three triples of his career, drove in a career-high-tying four runs and reached base in all six at bats to lead Stanford to a 12-9 victory over California. Jonny Ash (3-5, 2 RBI) also had a three-hit day for the Cardinal, while Donny Lucy (2-5, HR, RBI) and Brian Hall (1-4, HR, RBI) homered. Jim Rapoport added a pair of RBI. The victory was Stanford's 11th in a row over California dating back to the 2002 campaign and its 17th in its last 18 road games overall. Stanford reliever Jonny Dyer picked up the victory by limiting the Golden Bears to one run on four hits with one strikeout over 2.1 innings. David O'Hagan came on in the eighth and pitched 2.0 scoreless one-hit innings with a strikeout to earn a save. California's James Holder (4-5, 2B, HR, 4 RBI) had a game-high four hits. Matt Swanson, the fourth of six California pitchers, took the loss by allowing three runs and three hits with two strikeouts over 2.0 innings.

2003 VERSUS CALIFORNIA
Stanford 5, at California 4, 10 inn. (May 11, 2003) - Stanford completed a three-game road sweep with a 5-4 win at California when Danny Putnam scored all the way from first base on an errant pick off throw by California reliever Jesse Ingram with two outs in the top of the 10th inning. Carlos Quentin hit a key three-run homer for the Cardinal with two outs in the top of the fifth inning to erase an early 2-1 California lead. David O'Hagan picked up the victory out of the bullpen with 2.2 hitless innings.

Stanford 6, at California 4 (May 10, 2003) - Stanford scored four runs in the top of the ninth inning for a 6-4 comeback victory over California. Sam Fuld's one-out RBI single off Golden Bear reliever Travis Talbott scored Tobin Swope to snap a 4-4 tie. Ryan McCally picked up the victory by recording two outs in the bottom of the eighth in relief of Cardinal starter Mark Romanczuk.

Stanford 9, at California 8 (May 9, 2003) - Ryan Garko's two-out RBI single in the top of the ninth inning scored Jonny Ash with the game-winning run to lift Stanford to a 9-8 victory over California. Garko also hit a homer in a six-run Stanford first and the Cardinal led 7-1 before California rolled off seven unanswered runs to take an 8-7 lead after six innings. Kodiak Quick earned the victory, holding California scoreless on two hits with three strikeouts in 3.2 innings of relief. California's Conor Jackson (3-5, HR, 3 RBI) and Chris Grossman (3-4, 2B) had three hits each.

at Stanford 11, California 2 (March 9, 2003) - Stanford completed a three-game non-conference sweep of California by pounding out 20 hits in an 11-2 win over the Golden Bears. Carlos Quentin (3-4, HR, 4 RBI, SB) homered and drove in four runs, while Sam Fuld (3-5, 2B, RBI) also had three hits for the Cardinal. Mark Romanczuk scattered two runs and six hits with seven strikeouts over the first 6.0 innings to pick up the victory.

at Stanford 9, California 4 (March 8, 2003) - Stanford rolled to a 9-4 victory over the Golden Bears as Ryan McCally earned the victory, scattering three runs and seven hits with six strikeouts over the first 5.2 innings. Kodiak Quick earned the save by striking out four in 2.0 hitless innings.

at Stanford 11, California 2 (March 7, 2003) - John Mayberry, Jr. (4-5, 2B, 3B, 3 RBI) had his first career-four hit game, while John Hudgins pitched his first complete game of the year and fourth of his career to earn the victory, striking out nine while scattering seven hits and allowing just two runs.

THIS WEEK
at Stanford 9, Rikkyo University 4 (February 24, 2004) - Stanford picked up a 9-4 victory over Rikkyo University of Japan in an exhibition game. John Hester (4-4, 2 2B) had four of the team's 11 hits, including a pair of doubles. Chris Minaker, Chris Carter and Ben Summerhays all homered for the Cardinal with Summerhays (2-5, HR, RBI) and Ryan Seawell (2-4, 2B, RBI) also picking up multiple-hit games. Minaker drove in three runs with a three-run homer in the bottom of the fourth, while Carter had a pair of RBI on his solo shot in the sixth and a bases loaded walk later in the inning. Matt Leva was credited with the victory, allowing just an unearned run on three hits in 2.0 innings of relief as the fifth of seven Stanford pitchers that limited Rikkyo to six hits. Kei Fujimori (2-4) was the only Rikkyo player with more than one hit.

LAST WEEK
at Stanford 8, Texas 1 (February 22, 2004) - Stanford picked up its eighth straight series victory with an 8-1 win over Texas in the series rubber game before a season-high crowd of 2872. Stanford's Sam Fuld collected his 300th career hit with an RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning. John Mayberry, Jr. and Jed Lowrie hit two-run homers for the Cardinal, while Lowrie added a sacrifice fly for a three-RBI contest. Blake Holler earned his first career victory in his debut as a collegiate starter by limiting the Longhorns to just one run and three hits with five strikeouts in 6.0 innings of work. Kodiak Quick pitched 3.0 scoreless innings of relief to earn his first save of the campaign.

Texas 9, at Stanford 6 (February 21, 2004) - Texas evened its series with Stanford and snapped the Cardinal's 16-game home win streak with a 9-6 victory. Reliever Randy Boone earned the win by limiting the Cardinal to three unearned runs and four hits with two strikeouts over 6.2 innings. Dooley Prince (3-4, 2 2B, RBI) had three hits to lead the Longhorns' 12-hit attack, while Taylor Teagarden drove in three runs.

at Stanford 7, Texas 4 (February 20, 2004) - Stanford won the series-opener versus Texas by a score of 7-4 to extend its home win streak to 16 games and its overall win streak to six in a row, while handing the Longhorns their first loss of the season. Mark Romanczuk and David O'Hagan combined on a five-hitter as Romanczuk pitched the first 7.0 innings, scattering four hits and four runs (two earned) with eight strikeouts, before O'Hagan struck out five batters in 2.0 scoreless one-hit innings of work to earn a save.

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