No. 1 Stanford To Play Series Rubber Game At No. 21 Washington Sunday

May 9, 2004


No. 1 Stanford (37-7, 11-3)
at
Washington (27-15-1, 11-6)

Friday, May 7
at Washington 3, Stanford 2 - 10 innings

Saturday, May 8, 1 pm
Stanford 7, at Washington 2

Sunday, May 9, 1 pm
RHP Greg Reynolds (3-0, 5.12) vs. RHP Tim Lincecum (5-1, 3.74)

MEDIA COVERAGE
Gametracker: Sunday
Live Audio: Sunday
The final game of the Stanford-Washington baseball series is scheduled to be broadcast on the air at KZSU (90.1 FM) as well as online at gostanford.com with Sam Stefanki on the microphone ... A Gametracker with live stats will also be available from a link at gostanford.com.

QUICK TEAM NOTES
Stanford (37-7, 11-3 Pac-10) has maintained its 1.5 game lead over second-place Washington (27-15-1, 11-6 Pac-10) by splitting the first two games of their current series ... Stanford had its five-game win streak snapped with a heartbreaking 3-2 loss in 10 innings on Friday in the series-opener but rebounded Saturday with a 7-2 victory ... Stanford needs a win in Sunday's rubber game to remain unbeaten in 12 three-game series this season and extend its regular season three-game series win streak to 16 ... Arizona was the last team to defeat the Cardinal in a series when the Wildcats took two-of-three from the Cardinal at Sunken Diamond from April 25-27, 2003 ... Stanford has won 23 of its 24 regular season three-game series ... The Huskies are the first ranked team Stanford has faced since taking 2-of-3 from then No. 6 and now No. 2 Texas from February 21-23 at Sunken Diamond ... Stanford has swept six of its 11 regular season three-game series this season and nine during its current 15-series win streak ... Stanford and Washington were the two most prolific power clubs heading into the series but the Cardinal has not hit a homer in the series and Washington has just two as the Cardinal has maintained a slight edge (74-68) over the Huskies in the Pac-10 home run race ... Stanford returned to the top spot in the latest of all four major college baseball national polls released on Monday, May 3 (Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball, NCBWA and Sports Weekly/ESPN) ... The Cardinal, who spent two weeks (March 22 - 29) as the nation's unanimous No. 1 squad earlier in the year and was on top of the Baseball America poll for seven weeks (February 23 - April 5), had been ranked second in all four polls the previous three weeks ... The 2004 Stanford team has the best record in 111 seasons of baseball on The Farm after 44 contests ... Stanford has won a season-best 14 games in a row at home, has a 21-1 home mark this season and has won 30 of its last 31 at Sunken Diamond ... The successful home stretch began with a nine-game home win streak to end last season that turned into a 16-game run when the Cardinal won its first seven contests at Sunken Diamond this season ... Stanford is scheduled to play its last seven regular season games at home after playing four of its next five on the road ... Stanford has also won 30 of its last 36 true road games and is 16-6 away from Sunken Diamond this season despite a 4-4 mark in its last eight road contests ... All told, the Cardinal has a 60-11 record in its last 71 games dating back to May 5, 2003 ... Stanford has come from behind in 16 of its 37 wins this year and is 5-7 when either tied (2-2) or trailing (3-5) heading into the ninth inning ... Stanford is 6-2 this season against ranked teams and 2-1 in extra-inning contests ... Stanford has been errorless in 17 of its first 44 games and is 16-1 in those contests ... Stanford has more than doubled its opponents scoring (399-186) as 32 of its 37 wins have been by three or more runs and the Cardinal is a perfect 22-0 in games decided by five or more runs ... Stanford's last four losses have been by one run as the Cardinal is just 2-4 in one-run games, losing each of the last four one-run games it has been involved in ... All seven of Stanford's losses have been by three runs or less ... Stanford is leading the Pac-10 in all three major team categories with a .334 batting average, a 3.84 ERA and a .974 fielding percentage ... Stanford is averaging 9.1 runs per contest and has posted double-digit runs 20 times this year ... The Cardinal has also reached double digits in hits on 35 occasions, including 18 of its last 20 contests ... Stanford has hit 74 homers, including a season-high eight versus Washington State (May 2) and had hit 16 while homering at least once in five straight games (April 27 - May 4) before not homering in either of the first two games at Washington at ... Stanford has a legitimate chance to break the school record of 102 hit by the 1997 club ... 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 seasons to 10 ... Stanford has also 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 (.398), runs scored (58), doubles (15), triples (4), homers (15), RBI (57), extra-base hits (34), total bases (136), slugging percentage (.795), bases on balls (36), on-base percentage (.500), sacrifice flies (5, shares team lead) and multiple-RBI games (17) ... Lowrie also ranks tied for second in hits (68) ... Brian Hall, who has hit safely in 28 of his last 29 games and is batting a phenomenal .582 (32-55) in 14 Pac-10 games, is second on the team overall with a .389 batting average ... Hall paces the club in stolen bases (10) and also ranks second in hits (68, tied with Lowrie), doubles (11) and triples (3), while adding nine homers and 47 RBI (third on the team) ... Hall earned four Player of the Week honors (College Baseball Insider.com West Regional, Louisville Slugger National, NCBWA National Co-Hitter, Pac-10) earlier this week after hitting .909 (10-11) with two homers and eight RBI in Stanford's three-game sweep of Washington State (4/30 - 5/2) ... Danny Putnam leads the team in hits (71), while ranking tied for second on the club in homers (12), third in batting average (.388) and fourth in RBI (42) ... Jonny Ash ranks fourth on the team in batting average (.374), while Donny Lucy is fifth with a .357 mark and has contributed 10 homers, 37 RBI and five stolen bases ... John Mayberry, Jr. is second on the club in homers (12, tied with Putnam), RBI (48) and stolen bases (7), while ranking sixth with a .348 batting average ... Ryan Seawell (.313, 7 RBI) is also hitting over .300 ... Sam Fuld (.274, 2 HR, 26 RBI, 4 SB) is Stanford's all-time leader for runs scored with 254, while ranking second on Stanford's all-time lists for hits (339) and at bats (1008) ... Fuld, who is 29 hits and 23 at bats behind all-time Stanford and Pac-10 leader John Gall (368/1027, 1997-2000), also ranks among Stanford's career leaders in triples (16, #3T), doubles (58, #6T) and games played (244, #7) ... Mark Romanczuk (9-1) leads the team and co-leads the Pac-10 with nine wins, while ranking fourth on Stanford's all-time won-loss percentage list (21-3, .870), while David O'Hagan is 5-0 with a team-high four saves and a team-low 1.91 ERA.


SUNDAY'S PROBABLE STARTING PITCHER
#20 - GregReynolds (R/R, 6-8, 220, So.)
Updated GregReynolds Bio


STANFORD-WASHINGTON HISTORY

ALL-TIME SERIES
Stanford leads its all-time series versus Washington, 32-13, after splitting the first two games of its current series with the Huskies. Washington came through with a 3-2 victory over the Cardinal in 10 innings in the series-opener on Friday night before Stanford rebounded with a 7-2 win over the Huskies on Saturday. Washington has won six of the last 10 games played between the teams in Seattle. The Cardinal won two-of-three at Stanford last season in a three-game series on The Farm from March 28-30. Washington won the opener, 5-3, before the Cardinal came back to win 10-6 and in dramatic fashion with a 12-11 comeback victory in Sunday's rubber game. Stanford dropped two-of-three to the Huskies the last time the teams played in Seattle (April 19-21, 2002; L, 1-3; W, 9-4; L, 3-4 - 10 inn.). Stanford did take two-of-three from the Huskies during the previous series between the teams in Seattle (April 9-11, 1999; L, 2-3; W, 7-4 - 11 inn.; W, 13-10).


GAME REVIEWS

2004 VERSUS WASHINGTON
at Washington 3, Stanford 2 - 10 Innings (May 7, 2004) - Nick Batkoski's one-out bloop single into shallow right field with the bases loaded in the top of the 10th inning scored Brent Lillibridge with the winning run to lift Washington to a 3-2 upset victory over Stanford. Washington's Kyle Larsen also hit a key one-out solo homer in the bottom of the sixth inning to tie the game at 2-2. Batkoski (2-5, 2B, 2 RBI) and John Otness (2-4) had two hits each for the Huskies, while Danny Putnam (2-3) was the only Stanford player with more than one hit and also walked twice. Washington reliever Tim Lincecum pitched the final 2.0 scoreless innings to earn the victory. Stanford reliever Jeff Stimpson took the loss after coming on in relief of Cardinal starter Mark Romanczuk (career-high-tying 9.0 innings, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 SO) to start the bottom of the 10th.

Stanford 7, at Washington 2 (May 8, 2004) - Stanford rebounded with a 7-2 win at Washington to even a key three-game conference series between the top two teams in the Pac-10. Jeff Gilmore picked up his eighth victory of the season, striking out a career-high-tying eight batters while allowing just two runs on six hits and a pair of walks. Jed Lowrie (3-4, 3 2B, RBI) had a career-high three doubles to lead the Cardinal offense. Chris Minaker (3-5, RBI) added a career-high-tying three-hit game for Stanford, while Sam Fuld (2-4, 2 RBI) and Danny Putnam (2-4) had two hits each as the Cardinal outhit the Huskies, 13-6. David O'Hagan pitched 2.0 hitless innings with one strikeout in relief of Gilmore to close out the game. Nick Batkoski accounted for the second of Washington's two runs with a solo homer in the bottom of the fourth for his second long ball of the season, while Taylor Johnson (2-3) was the only Washington player with more than one hit. Washington reliever Trent Baysinger (3-3) took the loss, allowing four runs (three earned) on seven hits and four walks with four strikeouts over 3.2 innings of middle relief.

2003 VERSUS WASHINGTON
Washington 5, at Stanford 3 (March 28, 2003) - Washington spoiled the Pac-10 home-opener for Stanford with a 5-3 victory over the Cardinal as Sean White scattered nine hits and one run over the first 7.1 innings before Brian Carter came on to get the final five outs and record his fifth save of the season. Chad Boudon (3-4, HR, 3 RBI) and Taylor Johnson (2-4, 2B, RBI) led the Husky offense. Stanford's Carlos Quentin (4-5, 2 RBI) had four hits, while Jonny Ash was 3-for-4. Stanford did bring the winning run to the plate in the bottom of the ninth inning but Carter retired Ryan Garko on a fielders choice to end the game. Stanford starter John Hudgins suffered the loss, giving up three runs and eight hits over the first 7.0 innings.

at Stanford 10, Washington 6 (April 29, 2003) - Stanford picked up a 10-6 victory over Washington as the Cardinal rallied from a 4-2 deficit by scoring twice in the seventh inning to tie the score before exploding for six runs in eighth. John Mayberry, Jr. (3-4, 2B, 2 RBI), Sam Fuld (3-5, 2B, RBI) and Jed Lowrie (3-5) had three hits each for Stanford, while Washington's John Otness (4-4, 2B) had four hits. David O'Hagan picked up the victory, scattering two runs (one earned) and two hits with two strikeouts over 2.0 innings. David Dowling, the first of four Washington relievers, suffered the loss by allowing three runs and four hits in 1.1 innings.

at Stanford 12, Washington 11 (March 30, 2003) - Carlos Quentin's two-run walkoff homer in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted Stanford to a dramatic 12-11 victory over Washington. Quentin was 3-for-4 with a double, homer and two RBI. Ryan Garko (3-4, HR, 4 RBI) and Sam Fuld (3-6, 3B, 2 RBI) also had three hits each. Washington's Mike Wagner (2-3, 2 HR, 4 RBI) blasted a pair of home runs in his first two at bats and Brent Lillibridge (2-5, HR, 5 RBI) had a seventh inning grandslam to give the Huskies an 11-10 advantage that lasted until Quentin's game-winning long ball, while John Otness (3-4, 3B) added three hits. Kodiak Quick picked up his first collegiate victory with 2.0 scoreless innings of relief, while David Dowling took his second loss in as many days.

THIS WEEK
at Stanford 7, San Jose State 2 (May 4, 2004) - Jed Lowrie, Chris Lewis and John Mayberry, Jr. all homered to lift Stanford to its fifth straight victory by a score of 7-2 over San Jose State. Danny Putnam (2-4, SB) was the only Cardinal with more than one hit but the other eight starters all added one Matt Leva, the first of seven Stanford pitchers that held the Spartans to two runs and four hits, improved to 4-0 by allowing just one unearned run and one hit over the first 3.0 innings. Josh Lansford (2-4) had half of San Jose State's four hits. Spartan starter Jose Amaya (1-5) took the loss, allowing four runs on six hits and two walks with three strikeouts over the first 4.0 innings.

LAST WEEK
Stanford 12, at Santa Clara 8 (April 27, 2004) - Stanford scored four runs in the top of the 14th inning for a 12-8 victory over Santa Clara in a 14-inning non-conference marathon that lasted a season-long five hours and 18 minutes. Jed Lowrie (4-8, 2 2B, HR, 3 RBI) and Danny Putnam (4-6, 2B) both collected their first four-hit games of the season and the second of their careers to lead Stanford's 16-hit offensive attack. Drew Ehrlich earned the victory as the eighth and final Stanford pitcher, holding the Broncos scoreless on a hit and a walk with two strikeouts over the final 1.2 innings. The teams combined to use 46 players and 15 pitchers in a game that was delayed eight minutes when an infield sprinkler came on with the bases loaded and no outs in the top of the 14th inning. Will Thompson (2-6, 2 HR, 4 RBI) homered twice and drove in four runs for the Broncos, while Nic Crosta (2-6, HR, RBI) also went deep. Patrick McBride, the sixth of seven Santa Clara pitchers, took the loss, allowing four runs (three earned) and three hits with a strikeout over 1.0 innings of relief. The teams combined to strike out 28 times.

at Stanford 8, Washington State 3 (April 30, 2004) - Stanford won its 11th straight game at home and its 18th in a row over Washington State with an 8-3 victory over the Cougars. Mark Romanczuk picked up his Pac-10 leading ninth victory of the season, allowing just three runs on seven hits and three walks with three strikeouts over the first 7.0 innings. Brian Hall (4-4, HR, 3 RBI) posted his seventh career four-hit game and continued his torrid hitting (.600, 24-40, 4 HR, 14 RBI) over his first 10 Pac-10 games. Donny Lucy (2-4, HR, 3 RBI) added a homer and three RBI, while Danny Putnam (2-3, 2B, 2 RBI) and Jed Lowrie (2-3) also had two-hit games for the Cardinal with Lucy (15) and Putnam (12) extending their career-high hit streaks. Washington State starter Aaron MacKenzie (5.0 IP, 10 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO) took the loss. Zach McAngus (2-4, HR, 3 RBI) led the Cougars' offense, while Grant Richardson and Jason Freeman were both 2-for-4.

at Stanford 13, Washington State 11 (May 1, 2004) - Stanford held off a late rally by Washington State for a 13-11 victory over the Cougars. Brian Hall (4-4, 2 RBI) tied a career-high for hits by posting his second consecutive 4-for-4 contest in the series, while Chris Carter (3-4, 4 RBI) tied career-highs with three hits and four RBI and Chris Minaker hit the first grandslam of his career. Jeff Gilmore picked up the victory on the mound, scattering five runs (four earned) on nine hits and one walk with four strikeouts over the first 5.2 innings. National Player of the Year candidate Jed Lowrie (2-4, HR, RBI) hit his Pac-10 leading 14th homer and increased his league-best RBI total to 54. Jim Rapoport (2-5) also had a pair of hits, while Matt Manship (1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 SO) earned the save. Justin Hart (4-5, 2B, 2 RBI) had four hits for the Cougars. Washington State starter Aaron Trolia (4.0 IP, 8 H, 8 R, 5 ER, 5 BB) took the loss.

at Stanford 17, Washington State 3 - 7 Innings (May 2, 2004) - Stanford hit a season-high eight homers and had 13 extra-base hits to finish a sweep of Washington State with a 17-3 victory. The game lasted just one hour and 57 minutes (the shortest Stanford game this season) and was called after the top of the seventh inning due to a Pac-10 rule that allows the final game of a conference series to be an official contest if there is a margin of 12 runs or more after seven innings and both teams agree prior to the contest. Danny Putnam (3-3, 2 HR, 2 RBI) had his fifth career two-homer game and his second of the season, while scoring a career-high four runs to lead Stanford's 19-hit attack. Brian Hall (2-3, 2B, HR, 3 RBI) continued his hot stretch by hitting safely for the 25th time in his last 26 contests. Donny Lucy (3-4, 2B, HR, 3 RBI), Sam Fuld (2-3, HR, 3 RBI), Chris Lewis (2-3, 2B, HR, 2 RBI), Chris Carter (2-4, 2B, HR, 3 RBI) and John Mayberry, Jr. (2-5, HR, RBI) also went deep and had multiple-hit games for the Cardinal. Greg Reynolds earned the victory in his first Pac-10 start, allowing just three runs on three hits and three walks with three strikeouts over the first 5.0 innings. Reynolds retired the first 11 batters he faced.

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