No. 1 Stanford And Oregon State To Play Series Rubber Game Saturday

April 10, 2004


No. 1 Stanford Cardinal (24-5, 3-2 Pac-10)
at
Oregon State Beavers (18-11, 4-4 Pac-10)

Thursday, April 8
Stanford 11, at Oregon State 8

Friday, April 9
at Oregon State 5, Stanford 4

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

MEDIA COVERAGE
Gametracker: Saturday
Live Audio: Saturday
The final game of the Stanford-Oregon State baseball series is 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 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 and Oregon State have split the first two games of their current series, leaving the Cardinal with a 3-2 Pac-10 record and one-half game back of league-leader Washington (5-3 Pac-10) ... Stanford had won a season-high eight straight games (3/23 - 4/3) before dropping two of its last three ... The Cardinal has still opened the campaign with a 24-5 record and has a chance to become only the fourth team in school history to win at least 25 of its first 30 games, following the 1982 (26-3-1), 1967 (25-3-2) and 1998 (25-4-1) clubs ... 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 31 true road games, finishing last year with a 14-game win streak in true road games and beginning this season with a 13-4 mark away from Sunken Diamond ... Stanford will play 18 of its first 30 games on the road before playing 18 of its final 26 at home ... Stanford has also won 20 of its last 21 games at home, including an 11-1 record this season, and 47 of its last 56 contests overall ... Stanford has come from behind in 12 of its 24 wins this year and is 4-5 when either tied or trailing heading into the ninth inning (2-1 tied, 2-4 trailing) ... Stanford is 5-1 this season against ranked teams ... Stanford has been errorless in 12 of its first 29 games ... Stanford has nearly doubled its opponents scoring (255-130) as 20 of its 24 wins have been by three or more runs ... Stanford is currently hitting .316, while its pitching staff has posted a Pac-10 leading 4.03 ERA despite a 7.94 ERA in its last four contests ... 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 (.383), runs scored (38), triples (4), homers (9, Pac-10 leader), RBI (40), extra-base hits (19), total bases (82), slugging percentage (.766), bases on balls (25), on-base percentage (.493) and sacrifice flies (5) ... Jonny Ash and John Mayberry, Jr. are both tied for the team lead in hits (44) and tied for second in batting average (.370) ... Ash had a 10-game hit streak (3/23 - 4/8; .444, 20-45, 2 2B, 3 HR, 8 RBI) that included seven multiple-hit contests snapped with an 0-for-4 game at Oregon State on Friday ... Mayberry, who is second on the team in homers (8), RBI (36) and extra-base hits (16), has a current eight-game hit streak (3/27 - 4/9; .452, 14-31, 3 2B, 3 HR, 13 RBI) ... Mayberry hit a pair of homers and drove in four runs in the series-opener at Oregon State (4/8) ... Mayberry also leads the team with seven doubles ... Brian Hall has extended his current career-high hit streak and the longest by a Stanford player this season to 14 games (3/5 - 4/9; .466, 27-58, 3 2B, 1 3B, 4 HR, 14 RBI, 5 SB) ... Hall leads the team with eight stolen bases, while ranking tied for second with six doubles, third with 28 RBI and tied for third with six homers ... Hall has raised his average 134 points during the streak from a season-low .208 to its current .342, fourth on the club among regulars ... Danny Putnam is fifth on the team with a .339 batting average, while ranking tied for third with six homers and contributing 22 RBI ... Sam Fuld continues to move up Stanford's all-time list in several categories -- runs scored (240, #2), hits (322, #3), at bats (943, #3), triples (16, #3T), doubles (57, #7) and games played (229, #8T) ... 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 Romanczuk's 4.04 mark is the lowest among regular starting pitchers.


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, 33-13, after the teams have split the first two games of their current series. Stanford came from behind for an 11-8 win over the Beavers in the series-opener on Thursday before a Cardinal comeback fell just short in a 5-4 loss to Oregon State on Friday. The teams have now split the last eight games between them. 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 17 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.

at Oregon State 5, Stanford 4 (April 9, 2004) - Oregon State held off a late comeback by Stanford for a 5-4 victory. Stanford closed an early 5-1 Oregon State lead to a one run on Jed Lowrie's two-run homer in the top of the eighth inning but left five runners stranded in the final two frames in its effort for a second dramatic comeback victory in as many nights. Oregon State reliever Ben Rowe picked up the first save of his career after coming on with two outs and runners on the corners in the top of the ninth inning to strike out John Mayberry, Jr. Mike Lissman (2-4, 2 HR, 4 RBI) provided most of the offensive punch for the Beavers with a pair of homers and four RBI, while Chris Campos was 3-for-3. Jake Postlewait scattered four runs and nine hits with five strikeouts over 7.1 innings in his winning performance. Blake Holler suffered the loss, allowing five runs and seven hits with two strikeouts and a walk in 3.2 innings. Brian Hall (2-3, HR, RBI), Ryan Seawell (2-4, 2B) and Sam Fuld (2-5, 2B) had two-hit games for the Cardinal.

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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