No. 1 Stanford Continues Pac-10 Series At Oregon State Friday

April 9, 2004


No. 1 Stanford Cardinal (24-4, 3-1 Pac-10)
at
Oregon State Beavers (18-10, 3-4 Pac-10)

Thursday, April 8, 5 pm
Stanford 11, at Oregon State 8

Friday, April 9, 5 pm
LHP Blake Holler (3-1, 3.89) vs. LHP Jake Postlewait (6-1, 3.04)

Saturday, April 10, 12 pm
RHP Jeff Gilmore (5-1, 4.71) vs. RHP Dallas Buck (1-2, 3.86)

MEDIA COVERAGE
Gametracker: Friday | Sunday
Live Audio: Friday-Sunday
The final two games of the Stanford-Oregon State baseball series are scheduled to be broadcast on the air at KZSU (90.1 FM) as well as online at gostanford.com ... Sean Bruich will be on the microphone ... A Gametracker with live stats for both games will also be available from a link at gostanford.com.

QUICK TEAM NOTES
Stanford is the nation's No. 1 team in the Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball polls this week ... Stanford has also been the top team in Baseball America's poll for the last seven weeks ... Stanford moved into sole possession of first-place in the Pac-10 early in the season with an 11-8 win over Oregon State in the opener of a three-game series on Thursday night ... Stanford had won a season-high eight straight games (3/23 - 4/3) before dropping the finale of its most recent series at UCLA (4/4) but has still won nine of its last 10 and 15 of 17 overall ... The Cardinal has opened the campaign with a 24-4 record, its third-best record after 28 games in school history behind the 1982 (25-2-1) and 1967 (24-2-2) teams ... In addition to its recently broken eight-game win streak, Stanford has another pair of six-game win streaks this year (2/7 - 2/20; 2/22 - 3/6) ... The Cardinal has also won all eight of its regular season series this year, as well as 12 in a row and 20 of its last 21 dating back to last season ... Stanford has swept four of its eight series this season and seven during its current 12-series win streak ... Stanford has won 27 of its last 30 true road games, finishing last year with a 14-game win streak in true road games and beginning this season with a 13-3 mark away from Sunken Diamond ... Stanford has also won 20 of its last 21 games at home, including an 11-1 record this season, and 46 of its last 54 contests overall ... Stanford has come from behind in 12 of its 24 wins this year and is 4-4 when either tied or trailing heading into the ninth inning (2-3 trailing, 2-1 tied) ... Stanford is 5-1 this season against ranked teams ... Stanford has been errorless in 12 of its first 28 games ... Stanford has more than doubled its opponents scoring (251-225) as 20 of its 24 wins have been by three or more runs ... Stanford's current team batting average of .318 is a season-high, while its pitching staff has posted a Pac-10 leading 3.98 ERA, while the Cardinal is fielding at a .973 clip ... 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 conference 21 times in last 23 seasons.

QUICK INDIVIDUAL NOTES
National Player of the Year candidate Jed Lowrie leads the Cardinal in nearly every offensive category - batting average (.388), runs scored (37), triples (4), homers (8, co-leader with John Mayberry, Jr.), RBI (37), extra-base hits (18), total bases (78), slugging percentage (.757), bases on balls (24), on-base percentage (.496) and sacrifice flies (5) ... Jonny Ash has taken over the team's lead in hits (44) and is second in batting average, raising his mark to .383 with a current 10-game hit streak (3/23 - 4/8; .444, 20-45, 2 2B, 3 HR, 8 RBI) that includes seven multiple-hit contests ... Mayberry co-leads the club in homers (8) after hitting a pair in the series-opener at Oregon State (4/8), while his four RBI in the game gives him 36 for the season to rank second on the club and only one behind Lowrie's 37 ... Mayberry also leads the team with seven doubles, while ranking third with a .377 batting average ... Mayberry and Lowrie also co-lead the Pac-10 in homers ... Danny Putnam is fourth on the club with a .339 batting average, while ranking third with six homers and contributing 22 RBI ... Brian Hall (.333), who leads the team with eight stolen bases, has extended his current career-high hit streak to 13 games (3/5 - 4/8, .455, 25-55, 3 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 13 RBI, 5 SB), which is the longest by a Stanford player this year ... Sam Fuld continues to move up Stanford's all-time list in several categories -- runs scored (239, #2), hits (320, #3), at bats (938, #3), triples (16, #3T), doubles (57, #7) and games played (228, #10) ... Mark Romanczuk leads the team with six wins, while Jeff Gilmore has five, David O'Hagan four and Blake Holler three ... O'Hagan also has a team-high four saves, while Holler has two ... O'Hagan's 2.60 ERA is the lowest among pitchers with at least one inning per team game played, while Holler's 3.89 mark is the lowest among regular starting pitchers.


FRIDAY'S PROBABLE STARTING PITCHER
#34 - BlakeHoller (L/L, 6-4, 180, Fr.)
Updated BlakeHoller Bio


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


STANFORD-OREGON STATE HISTORY

ALL-TIME SERIES
Stanford leads its all-time series versus Oregon State, 33-12, after coming back for an 11-8 win over the Beavers in the series-opener on Thursday. Stanford has now four of the last five games between the teams after Oregon State had put together a brief two-game win streak in the series prior to the current five-game stretch. Stanford took two-of-three games on The Farm last season (4/17 - 4/19; W, 5-2; L, 7-8; W, 10-0) after the Beavers had won two-of-three in Corvallis in 2002 (4/26 - 4/28; L, 1-3; L, 3-4; W, 13-0). Stanford has won four of the five series and 12 of the 16 games between the schools since the Pac-10 expanded to include the Beavers (along with Washington and Washington State) in 1999.


GAME REVIEWS

2004 VERSUS OREGON STATE
Stanford 11, at Oregon State 8 (April 8, 2004) - Stanford scored seven runs in the final two innings and John Mayberry, Jr. hit a pair of home runs in an 11-8 victory over Oregon State. Stanford trailed 7-4 before tying the game with a three-run eighth inning and scoring four more runs in the ninth to win for the ninth time in its last 10 games. Donny Lucy's two-RBI single in the ninth proved to be the game-winner, while Brian Hall hit a game-tying two-run homer in the eighth two batters after Mayberry led off the inning with a tape measure blast. Mayberry (2-4, 2 HR, 4 RBI) hit a pair of homers for the second time this season, while Hall (2-5, HR, 2 RBI) extended his career-high hit streak to 13 games. Jonny Ash extended his hit streak to 10 in a row with a first inning inside-the-park homer. David O'Hagan picked up the victory, while Kevin Gunderson suffered the loss. Chris Campos (2-4, 2B, HR, 3 RBI) and Paul Richie (2-4, 2B, HR, 3 RBI) both doubled, homered and drove in three runs for Oregon State.

2003 VERSUS OREGON STATE
at Stanford 5, Oregon State 2 (April 17, 2003) - John Hudgins pitched his third complete game of the season and the second in 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. Hudgins did not give up a run after the fourth inning and retired 17 of the final 20 batters he faced.

Oregon State 8, at Stanford 7 (April 18, 2003) - Oregon State snapped Stanford's seven-game win streak with an 8-7 victory. The Beavers jumped out to a 6-0 lead after an inning and a half in a game the Cardinal never led. Andy Jarvis (3-5, HR, 2 RBI) and Tony Calderon (3-5, 3 RBI) had three hits each for the Beavers. Oregon State reliever Nathan Pendley earned the victory by scattering three hits and a run with three strikeouts over the final 2.1 innings. Carlos Quentin (3-5, SB) and Danny Putnam (3-3, 2B, 4 RBI) had three hits each for the Cardinal.

at Stanford 10, Oregon State 0 (April 19, 2003) - Danny Putnam (2-4, 2 HR, 5 RBI) homered twice and in five runs, while Mark Romanczuk (7.2 IP, 2 H, 6 BB, 9 SO) and Matt Manship (1.1 IP, 1 SO) combined on a two-hit shutout to lift Stanford to a 10-0 win over Oregon State in the rubber game of a three-game series.

LAST WEEK
Stanford 5, at San Jose State 0 (March 30, 2004) - Stanford recorded its first shutout of the season and won its sixth game in a row with a 5-0 victory over San Jose State. Five Stanford pitchers combined on the shutout with starter Matt Leva picking up the victory in the predetermined pitching rotation with 3.0 scoreless two-hit innings with three strikeouts. John Mayberry, Jr. (2-4, RBI) was the only Stanford player with more than one hit, while Chris Minaker (1-2, 2 RBI) drove in a pair of runs.

Stanford 11, at UCLA 4 (April 2, 2004) - Stanford kicked off its Pac-10 schedule and extended its win streak to a season-high seven games with an 11-4 victory over UCLA. Mark Romanczuk picked up the victory, establishing new season-highs in both strikeouts (10) and innings pitched (8.0) while scattering 10 hits and four runs. Chris Minaker (2-5, HR, 4 RBI) hit the first homer of his career, a three-run shot in Stanford's six-run second inning, and drove in a career-high four runs. Brian Hall (3-4) had three hits, while Jed Lowrie (2-4, 3B, 2 RBI) and Donny Lucy (2-3, 2B, 2 RBI) both had an extra-base hit and drove in a pair of runs, while Sam Fuld (2-4) added a pair of hits.

Stanford 15, at UCLA 13 (April 3, 2004) - Jonny Ash's two-run homer in the top of the ninth inning on the first pitch he saw from UCLA reliever and losing pitcher Adam Simon lifted Stanford to a wild 15-13 win over UCLA. Ash (4-5, 2 HR, 4 RBI) also hit a solo homer in the seventh inning in his previous at bat for the first two-homer game of his career, in addition to driving in four runs and collecting four hits for the first time in his career, and extending his hit streak to eight games. Stanford jumped out to an 11-2 lead after scoring eight runs in the top of the third inning before a furious UCLA comeback finally tied the game at 13-13 when Jarrad Page blasted a three-run homer over the right field fence with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning. Danny Putnam (2-5, 2B, HR, 3 RBI) and Sam Fuld (2-4, 3B, HR, 3 RBI) also went deep for the Cardinal. Brian Hall (1-4, SB, RBI) extended his hit streak to a career-high-tying 11 games with a sixth inning single. Ryan McCarthy (4-5, 2 HR, 4 RBI) hit his second and third homers of the series for the Bruins, while Page (2-3, HR, 3 RBI) and Chad Concolino (2-5, HR, 3 RBI) also had long balls. Stanford reliever David O'Hagan picked up the victory despite allowing Page's game-tying homer and five runs on five hits in 4.0 innings of work.

at UCLA 6, Stanford 5 (April 4, 2004) - Preston Griffin's walkoff homer over the left field fence on the first pitch he saw leading off the bottom of the ninth inning lifted UCLA to a 6-5 victory over Stanford. The loss denied Stanford its fifth sweep of the season and snapped the team's season-high eight-game win streak. Stanford led 5-3 going into the bottom of the eighth inning before giving up a two-run homer to Brandon Averill that tied the score. Donny Lucy (2-4, HR, RBI) homered for the Cardinal.

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