No. 2 Stanford At Arizona For Three-Game Set Saturday-Monday

May 14, 2004


No. 2 Stanford (38-8, 11-4 Pac-10)
at
Arizona (25-20-1, 7-8 Pac-10)

Saturday, May 15, 7 pm, MST
LHP Mark Romanczuk (9-1, 3.63) vs. RHP Koley Kolberg (7-4, 3.93)

Sunday, May 16, 7 pm, MST
RHP Jeff Gilmore (8-2, 4.30) vs. RHP Kevin Guyette (6-5, 6.24)

Monday, May 17, 1 pm, MST
TBA vs. RHP John Meloan (5-0, 5.40)

MEDIA COVERAGE
Gametracker: Saturday | Sunday | Monday |
Live Audio: All Games
All three games of the Stanford-Arizona baseball series this week are scheduled to be broadcast on the air at KZSU (90.1 FM) as well as online at gostanford.com with Michael Etchepare on the microphone ... A Gametracker with live stats for all three games will also be available from a link at gostanford.com.

QUICK TEAM NOTES
Stanford (38-8, 11-4 Pac-10) will complete its regular season road schedule by travelling to Arizona for another key Pac-10 series this Saturday-Monday (7 pm, 7 pm, 1 pm, MST) ... Stanford rebounded with a 3-1 victory over Santa Clara in a non-conference game at Sunken Diamond on Tuesday after seeing its lead in the Pac-10 race shrink to just one-half game when Stanford dropped its first series of the season and had its regular season three-game series win streak snapped at 15 by losing two-of-three at Washington last Friday-Sunday ... Stanford has swept six of its 12 regular season three-game series this season and nine during its series win streak that dated back to Arizona taking two-of-three over the Cardinal at Sunken Diamond from April 25-27, 2003 ... Stanford dropped one spot to No. 2 in the latest of all four major college baseball national polls released on Monday, May 10 (Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball, NCBWA and Sports Weekly/ESPN) ... The Cardinal is tied for second with Miami in the Sports Weekly/ESPN poll ... Stanford had spent a total of three weeks (March 22 - 29, May 3) as the nation's unanimous No. 1 squad this season and has been on top of the Baseball America poll eight weeks (February 23 - April 5, May 3) ... Stanford has won 15 games in a row at home, has a 22-1 home mark this season and has won 31 of its last 32 at Sunken Diamond ... Stanford is scheduled to play its last seven regular season games at home after the Arizona series ... Stanford has struggled with a 4-5 record in its last nine road games but has still posted a 16-7 mark away from Sunken Diamond this season ... Stanford has come from behind in 16 of its 38 wins this year and is 5-7 when either tied (2-2) or trailing (3-5) heading into the ninth inning ... Stanford is 6-3 this season against ranked teams and 2-1 in extra-inning contests ... Stanford has been errorless in 18 of its first 46 games and is 17-1 in those contests ... Stanford has more than doubled its opponents scoring (404-196) as 32 of its 38 wins have been by three or more runs and the Cardinal is 22-1 in games decided by five or more runs ... Prior to losing 9-2 at Washington on May 9 for its biggest margin of defeat this year, Stanford's previous four losses had been by one run ... The Cardinal is just 2-4 in one-run games, losing each of the last four one-run games it has been involved in ... Stanford is leading the Pac-10 in all three major team categories with a .329 batting average, a 3.86 ERA and a .975 fielding percentage ... Stanford is averaging 8.8 runs per contest and has posted double-digit runs 20 times this year but has none in its last five games (4.2 average) ... The Cardinal has also reached double digits in hits on 35 occasions, including 18 of its last 22 contests but only once in its four contests ... Stanford has hit 76 homers to lead the Pac-10 and 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 - runs scored (59), doubles (15), triples (4), homers (15, Pac-10 leader), RBI (57, Pac-10 leader), extra-base hits (34), total bases (137, Pac-10 leader), slugging percentage (.774, Pac-10 leader), bases on balls (37), on-base percentage (.496), sacrifice flies (5, shares team lead) and multiple-RBI games (17) ... Lowrie also ranks second in batting average (.390), hits (69) and multiple-hit games (21) ... Danny Putnam has taken over the team's lead in batting average for the first time this year with a .393 mark after hitting safely in 18 of his last 19 games ... Putnam also leads the team in hits (75) and multiple-hit games (25), while ranking second in homers (13) and fourth in RBI (45) ... Brian Hall, who has hit safely in 28 of his last 31 games and is batting a phenomenal .561 (32-57) in 15 Pac-10 games, is third on the team overall with a .380 overall batting average ... Hall paces the club in stolen bases (11), while also ranking second in doubles (11) and triples (3), as well as third in RBI (47) and fifth in homers (9) ... Jonny Ash ranks fourth on the team in batting average (.374) ... John Mayberry, Jr. is second on the club in RBI (48) and stolen bases (7), as well as third in homers (12) and fifth in batting average (.348) ...Donny Lucy is sixth with a .348 mark and has contributed 10 homers, 38 RBI and five stolen bases ... Ryan Seawell (.333, 7 RBI) is also hitting over .300 ... Sam Fuld (.275, 2 HR, 26 RBI, 4 SB) is Stanford's all-time leader for runs scored with 255, while ranking second on Stanford's all-time lists for hits (341) and at bats (1015) ... Fuld is 27 hits and 12 at bats behind all-time Stanford and Pac-10 leader John Gall (368 hits/1027 at bats, 1997-2000) ... Fuld also ranks among Stanford's career leaders in triples (16, #3T), doubles (58, #6T) and games played (246, #5T) ... Mark Romanczuk (9-1) leads the team and co-leads the Pac-10 with nine wins, while ranking fifth on Stanford's all-time won-loss percentage list (21-3, .870) ... David O'Hagan is 5-0 with a team-high five saves and the lowest ERA (1.84) in the Pac-10, while ranking tied for second on Stanford's all-time won-loss percentage list with a 12-1 career record.


SATURDAY'S PROBABLE STARTING PITCHER
#21 - MarkRomanczuk (L/L, 6-2, 195, Fr.)
Updated MarkRomanczuk Bio


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


MONDAY'S PROBABLE STARTING PITCHER
TBA


STANFORD-ARIZONA HISTORY

ALL-TIME SERIES
Prior to losing two-of-three at Washington in its most recent series May 7-9, Arizona had been the most recent team to win a three-game regular season series versus Stanford, taking two-of-three against the Cardinal at Sunken Diamond in the most recent meetings between the teams from April 25-27, 2003. The Wildcats won the opener, 4-3. Stanford came back to even the series with a 10-9 victory in Saturday's middle game but the Wildcats prevailed 11-6 in the rubber match. Stanford won two-of-three the last time the teams played in Arizona (April 5-7, 2002; W, 5-4 - 18 innings; W, 19-1; L, 13-15). The Cardinal leads the all-time series, 91-52.


GAME REVIEWS

2003 VERSUS ARIZONA
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.

THIS WEEK
at Stanford 3, Santa Clara 1 (May 11, 2004) - Stanford scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning and held on for a 3-1 win over Santa Clara to complete a four-game season sweep of the Broncos. Stanford won its 15th straight home game and improved to 22-1 at Sunken Diamond this season. Danny Putnam (2-4, 2B, 2 RBI) had a key two-RBI double in the bottom of the first inning and was the only player on either team with a multiple-hit or multiple-RBI contest. Donny Lucy immediately followed Putnam's first inning double with an RBI double of his own to bring home Putnam. Blake Holler earned the victory in a predetermined pitching rotation, striking out two in a hitless top of the first; while David O'Hagan picked up the save by retiring all six batters he faced. Seven Stanford pitchers limited the Broncos to one run and four hits and struck out 10 batters. Santa Clara starter Bryan Fleming (0-1) took the loss, allowing three runs on five hits and two walks with four strikeouts over the first 4.2 innings.

LAST SERIES
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. The game was delayed by 57 minutes in the top of the fifth inning by rain.

at Washington 9, Stanford 2 (May 8, 2004) - Stanford dropped the rubber game of a key three-game series at Washington by a score of 9-2. Tim Lincecum struck out 13 Stanford hitters in a season-high 8.0 innings of work to pick up his second win of the series, allowing Stanford's only two runs on solo homers by Chris Carter and Danny Putnam while spreading out seven hits and four walks. John Otness (3-5, HR, 3 RBI) and Brent Lillibridge (1-4, HR, 2 RBI) both went deep for the Huskies, while Greg Isaacson (2-4, RBI) and Matt Lane (2-5) added two hits each to lead Washington's 12-hit offense. Putnam (2-4, HR, RBI) was the only Stanford player with more than one hit as the Cardinal was outhit, 12-8. Stanford finished with a season-high-tying 15 strikeouts. Stanford starter Greg Reynolds suffered his first collegiate loss, lasting just 2.1 innings and allowing four runs on four hits and three walks without striking out a batter.


NOTEBOOK

STANFORD FALLS TO NO. 2 IN ALL FOUR NATIONAL POLLS
After losing two of its four games last week, Stanford fell one spot to No. 2 in all four major national collegiate baseball polls -- Baseball America's, Collegiate Baseball, NCBWA, Sports Weekly/ESPN released Monday, May 10. The Cardinal is tied with Miami for the No. 2 spot in the Sports Weekly/ESPN poll. Stanford had been the nation's unanimous No. 1 team for three weeks (March 22-29, May 3) this season and the No. 1 team in the Baseball America poll for a total of eight weeks (February 23 - April 5, May 3). Stanford has been ranked No. 1 at some point in the season for seven of the last eight campaigns. The Cardinal had a string of six consecutive seasons (1997-2002) with a top ranking going but never reached the top of the Baseball America poll in 2003. However, Stanford did finish the 2003 season ranked second in all four polls.

ANOTHER WINNING SEASON
Stanford's 38 wins already assure the Cardinal of a winning season for the 11th straight year, the 39th time in the last 40 seasons and the 56th time in the last 58 campaigns. The only two seasons the Cardinal has not won more games than it has lost in the last 58 years were in 1964 (20-24) and 1993 (27-28).

STANFORD SEES PAC-10 LEAD SHRINK TO ONE-HALF GAME
After losing its first series of the year by dropping two-of-three games at Washington (May 7-9), Stanford had its lead in the Pac-10 race over the Huskies cut to just one-half game. The Cardinal has an 11-4 conference record, followed by Washington at 12-6. UCLA is the only other team over .500 in the conference with an 8-7 mark to sit in third. Four teams - Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon State and USC - are tied for fourth with 7-8 conference records. California is eighth at 8-13, while Washington State's 5-10 mark places the Cougars in ninth.

TOP OF THE PAC
Stanford has won 19 conference championships and 17 Pac-10 crowns in school history (includes Southern Division and shared titles). The Cardinal won its most recent Pac-10 crown in 2003 when the club finished with an 18-6 conference mark. Stanford had finished second in the league standings behind two-time defending conference champion USC in 2001 and 2002 prior to its previous Pac-10 title when it shared the championship with Arizona State and UCLA in 2000. Stanford has been among the top two in the conference standings (includes Pac-10 Southern Division) for 10 straight seasons and 21 times in the last 23 years. Stanford was picked as the favorite in the 2004 Preseason Pac-10 Coaches Poll, notching seven first-place votes. Arizona State and Arizona each garnered one first-place vote, while finishing second and third in the poll. USC, Washington, California, UCLA, Oregon State and Washington State rounded out the poll.

STANFORD DROPS FIRST SERIES IN 2004; SERIES STREAK ENDS AT 15
Stanford lost two-of-three games in its most recent series at Washington for its first series loss after winning its first 11 three-game series this year and had its regular season three-game series win streak snapped at 15 (Stanford did split a two-game series with Sacramento State from April 23-24, 2004). Stanford has still won 23 of its last 25 regular season three-game series, including eight straight at home.

LOWRIE LOOKING FOR NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE YEAR HONORS
Jed Lowrie has become a legitimate candidate for National Player of the Year honors and already appears on a pair of high-profile Player of the Year Watch lists (Baseball America, USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award. Most recently, Lowrie was named as one of 30 national semifinalists for the Dick Howser Trophy, giving annually by the NCBWA to the top player in college baseball. Lowrie leads the club in nearly every offensive category; including homers (15, Pac-10 leader, #20 NCAA), RBI (57, Pac-10 leader, #27 NCAA), runs scored (58, #16 NCAA), doubles (15), triples (4), total bases (137, Pac-10 leader), slugging percentage (.774, Pac-10 leader, #10 NCAA), on-base percentage (.496), bases on balls (37), sacrifice flies (5, co-team leader) and multiple-RBI games (17). He is also second in batting average at .390 (just three points behind team-leader Danny Putnam, #48 NCAA). Defensively, he has made just seven errors in his 212 defensive chances for a .967 fielding percentage while starting all 46 games at either second base (38) or shortstop (8). Lowrie earned NCBWA Co-Hitter of the Week honors on March 2. He was named one of 30 national semifinalist

ROMANCZUK ESTABLISHING HIMSELF AS ONE OF NATION'S TOP PITCHERS
Mark Romanczuk, who appears on the Roger Clemens Award Watch list for the nation's top pitcher, leads the team in wins (9-1, co-Pac-10 leader), strikeouts (74, #7 Pac-10) and innings pitched (86.2, #4T Pac-10), while posting a 3.63 ERA that is the best among Cardinal starters. He picked up a no-decision in Friday night's game at Washington despite allowing just two runs on six hits and two walks with eight strikeouts in a career-high-tying 9.0 innings to miss out on becoming the first Pac-10 pitcher to win 10 games this season. He will attempt to win his 10th game again Saturday at Arizona. In his previous outing versus Washington State (April 30), he won his 21st career game to improve his all-time record at Stanford to 21-3 for an .875 won-loss percentage that ranks fourth on Stanford's all-time list. Romanczuk picked up Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week honors for the fourth time in his career and the first time this season on March 9.

HALL, LUCY, MAYBERRY, O'HAGAN AND PUTNAM ALSO IN LINE FOR ALL-AMERICAN RECOGNITION
Brian Hall, Donny Lucy, John Mayberry, Jr., David O'Hagan and Danny Putnam look to be next in line for All-American recognition. Hall has hit safely in 28 of his last 31 games has raised his batting average 172 points from .208 to its current .380 (#5T Pac-10) on the season. He also leads the team in stolen bases (11, #6T Pac-10) and sacrifice bunts (5, co-leader), while ranking second in doubles (11), triples (3) and RBI (47), as well as third in hits (68) and fifth in homers (9). Lucy has developed into one of the top catchers in the nation and is hitting .346 with 10 homers, 38 RBI and five stolen bases. Mayberry ranks second on the club in RBI (48, #4 Pac-10) and stolen bases (7), as well as third in homers (12, #3 Pac-10), while hitting .348. O'Hagan is 5-0 with five saves and a Pac-10 low 1.84 ERA with 51 strikeouts over 49.0 innings in 17 appearances all out of the bullpen. Putnam leads the team with a .393 batting average (#3 Pac-10), hits (75) and multiple-hit games (25) after hitting safely in 18 of his last 19 games and is second on the team in homers (13, #2T Pac-10) and fourth in RBI (45, #8 Pac-10).

FULD ON SEVERAL ALL-TIME STANFORD LISTS
Sam Fuld has become Stanford's leader in runs scored with 255 for his career, while also ranking second on Stanford's all-time hit (341) and at bat (1015) lists. He is now within 27 hits and 12 at bats of Stanford and Pac-10 record-holder John Gall (368 hits/1027 at bats, 1997-2000). He is also among Stanford's all-time leaders in triples (16, #3T), doubles (58, #6T) and games played (246, #5T), while posting a career .336 batting average.

SAMMY'S STREAKS
Sam Fuld has played in 239 consecutive Stanford games and has not played in only two games during his Cardinal career, both near the beginning of his 2001 freshman campaign (January 26, at Fresno State; February 10, Florida State). Fuld has also started 156 consecutive games for the Cardinal since the last time his name was not on the starting lineup card versus Texas on March 29, 2002.

ROMANCZUK WINS 21ST CAREER GAME
Mark Romanczuk's latest victory versus Washington State (April 30) was the 21st of his career. He needs just four more wins to reach the school's all-time Top 10 list and is already ranked fourth all-time at Stanford in career won-loss percentage (21-3, .875). Romanczuk did miss an opportunity to become the Pac-10's first 10-game winner this season with a no-decision outing in a 3-2 Cardinal loss in 10 innings at Washington (May 5) despite throwing a career-high-tying 8.0 innings and allowing just two runs on six hits and two walks with eight strikeouts.

O'HAGAN TIED FOR SECOND ON ALL-TIME WON-LOSS PERCENTAGE LIST
David O'Hagan's career 12-1 record ranks him tied for second on Stanford's all-time won-loss percentage list (minimum 10 decisions). O'Hagan didn't pick up his first decision until his junior season when he was 7-1 with three saves and a 4.89 ERA. O'Hagan has put up among the best numbers in the nation in his senior year in 2004 with a 5-0 record, five saves and a Pac-10 leading 1.84 ERA. O'Hagan has also struck out 51 batters in 49.0 innings over 17 appearances (all out of the bullpen) as opponents are hitting a Pac-10 low .159 against him.

HALL A PAC-10 PHENOM
Brian Hall has been incredible in Pac-10 action as he is hitting .561 (32-57) with five homers, 20 RBI and four stolen bases during 15 Pac-10 contests. He also leads the Pac-10 for conference games only in on-base percentage (.600) and has an .877 slugging percentage.

HOME SWEET HOME
Stanford is scheduled to play its final seven regular season games at home after its final road games of the season at Arizona this Saturday-Monday, May 15-17. Stanford has a current 15-game win streak at Sunken Diamond (Texas, February 22; Cal Poly, March 26-28; Santa Clara, April 13; California, April 16-18; Saint Mary's, April 20; Sacramento State, April 23; Washington State, April 30 - May 2; San Jose State, April 4; Santa Clara, April 11). Stanford is 22-1 at Sunken Diamond this year and has won 31 of its last 32 contests at home dating back to a nine-game home win streak to end last season that reached 16 games when the Cardinal won its first seven home contests this season before Texas came up with a 9-6 victory over the Cardinal on February 21 to salvage one game of a three-game series. Stanford's school record home win streak is 27 from April 30, 1982 - April 15, 1983.

STANFORD HAS JUST 4-5 RECORD IN ITS LAST NINE ROAD GAMES
Stanford has struggled on the road over its last nine games away from Sunken Diamond. The Cardinal lost the final game of a three-game set at UCLA (April 4), won two-of-three at Oregon State (April 8-10), fell at Sacramento State (April 24), won at Santa Clara (April 27) and lost two-of-three at Washington (May 7-9).

CARDINAL 61-12 IN LAST 72 GAMES OVERALL
Stanford has a 61-12 mark in its last 73 games overall. The Cardinal was 23-4 in its final 27 games last year and is 38-8 this season.

MULTIPLE-HIT MADNESS
Stanford has seven players with at least 16 multiple-hit games this season. Danny Putnam has a team-high 25 multiple-hit contests, followed by Led Lowrie (21) and Brian Hall (20). Donny Lucy and John Mayberry, Jr. (17), and Jonny Ash and Sam Fuld (16).

BACK-TO-BACK JACKS
Stanford has hit back-to-back home runs five times this season, including four times since April 10. John Mayberry, Jr. has been a part of the first four. Danny Putnam and Mayberry hit back-to-back homers in the sixth inning at Fresno State (February 7). Mayberry and Donny Lucy then went back-to-back in the eighth inning at Oregon State (April 10). Jed Lowrie and Mayberry were next with back-to-back jacks in the first inning versus Sacramento State (April 23). Most recently, the Cardinal hit a pair of back-to-back homers as part of its season-high eight-homer game versus Washington State (May 2). Mayberry and Putnam hit them in the third inning, before Brian Hall and Chris Carter did it again in the sixth.

LOWRIE AND MAYBERRY SELECTED FOR 2004 NATIONAL TEAM TRIALS
Jed Lowrie and John Mayberry, Jr. have been named as two of 19 invitees to the 2004 USA Baseball National Team Trials to be held June 20-26 in Durham, North Carolina. The USA Baseball National Team will be selected from a pool of 36 players, of which an additional 17 have yet to be determined. The official 20-player team roster will be determined and announced on June 27. Stanford has produced 22 members of the USA National Baseball Team in the history of the squad, more than any other collegiate baseball program in the nation. Three current Stanford players - Sam Fuld (2001, '02), Mark Romanczuk (2003) and Danny Putnam (2003) - have participated with Team USA.

A CHANCE TO WIN
Stanford's pitching staff has given the Cardinal a chance to win all season, holding opponents to five or less runs in 34 of 46 games. The staff's best run was from April 9-24 when the staff held its opponents to five or fewer runs for a string of nine consecutive games. Stanford has also held its opponents to three runs or fewer in five of its last six contests (5/2 - 5/11).

DOUBLE YOUR FUN
Stanford has had double-digit hits in 35 of its 46 games this season and in 18 of its last 22 contests (but only once in its last four contests). The Cardinal put together a string of 12 straight double-digit hit games at one point (at UCLA, April 2-4; at Oregon State, April 8-10; Santa Clara, April 13; California, April 16-18; Saint Mary's, April 20; Sacramento State, April 23) before being held to its second-lowest total of the year with just four in a 2-1 loss at Sacramento State (April 24). Stanford responded with double-digit hits in five consecutive contests (at Santa Clara, April 27; Washington State, April 30 - May 2; San Jose State, May 4) before not reaching double digits in three of its last four games (at Washington, May 7, 9; Santa Clara, May 11).

THE NEW NINE
Nine players have made their first appearances in a game for the Cardinal this season. Blake Holler (4-2, 4.18, 2 SV, 51.2 IP, 41 SO) made eight consecutive starts as a member of the rotation at one point. Jeff Stimpson has become one of the team's top relievers, posting a 1-2 record with two saves and a 4.00 ERA to go with 20 strikeouts in his first 27.0 collegiate innings, while opponents are hitting just .211 against him. Jim Rapoport has played in 26 games with 12 starts, contributing a .228 batting average, one triple and nine RBI. Adam Sorgi has started 17 games and appeared in 26, hitting .200 with one double and four RBI. Ryan Seawell has 11 hits in his first 33 collegiate at bats for a .333 batting average in 17 games played and six starts, while also contributing two doubles, seven RBI and a stolen base. Greg Reynolds is 3-1 with a 6.23 ERA in 21.2 innings over eight appearances and four starts, including wins in his first collegiate appearance (March 23) and his first collegiate start (April 20) versus Saint Mary's, as well his first Pac-10 start versus Washington State (May 2). Matt Leva has a 4-0 record and a 3.63 ERA in 10 appearances and three starts. Ben Summerhays is hitting .167 with two hits in 12 at bats over 10 games played off the bench. Former student manager Cameron Matthews has played in eight games, scoring three runs and walking in his first career plate appearance versus Sacramento State (April 23).

COMEBACK CREW
Stanford has come from behind at some point in 16 of its 38 victories this season, coming back in three of the eight games it has trailed heading into the ninth frame. Most recently, the Cardinal scored a run in the ninth inning at Santa Clara (April 27) to force extra innings before eventually winning 12-8 in 14 frames. Stanford has also come back to win games when trailing by three or more runs heading into the eighth inning on three occasions. Brian Hall provided one of the most dramatic moments of the season when his first career grandslam capped a seven-run Stanford ninth inning rally for a 10-6 victory over Kansas (February 15). Stanford trailed 7-3 at USC (March 6) before scoring four times in the top of the ninth inning to extend the game into extra innings and eventually taking home an 8-7 win in 13 frames. The Cardinal trailed 7-4 after seven innings at Oregon State (April 8) before scoring three runs in the eighth to tie the game and four more times in the ninth to win the contest.

WINNING BY A BUNCH
Despite having to come from behind in 16 of its 38 wins, 32 of the team's victories have come by three runs or more and the Cardinal is 22-1 in games decided by five or more runs. Stanford has more than doubled its opponents' run production this season by a count of 404-196 and is averaging 8.8 runs per contest, compared to just 4.3 for its opponents.

OFFENSIVE STRUGGLES OF LATE
Stanford has struggled offensively in its last five games, scoring just 21 runs for an average of 4.2 per game. The Cardinal has been held to three runs or less in three of the contests, losing twice at Washington (May 7, 3-2 - 10 inn.; May 9, 9-2) before making three runs enough in a 3-1 win over Santa Clara (May 11) in its most recent contest.

TOUGH ONES
Stanford's 38-8 record might be even a little better if the Cardinal could have mustered more success in close games. Stanford is just 2-4 in games decided by one run and has lost each of the last four one-run games it has played in. The Cardinal has a pair of one-run 8-7 wins versus Cal State Fullerton (January 31) and at USC (March 6 - 13 inn.) but has since lost three heartbreakers at UCLA (6-5, April 2), at Oregon State (5-4, April 8), at Sacramento State (2-1, April 24) and at Washington (3-2 - 10 innings, May 7). The team's biggest margin of defeat was in its most recent loss when Washington handed the Cardinal a 9-2 defeat on May 9.

ERRORLESS EFFORTS
Stanford has played errorless baseball in 18 of its first 45 games this season, including a string of five straight errorless games from January 31 - February 8; three in a row in a series at California (February 27-29); three straight against Cal Poly (March 28), San Jose State (March 30) and UCLA (April 2); a string of three in a row versus California (April 18), Saint Mary's (April 20) and Sacramento State (April 23); in the first and third games of a series against Washington State (April 30, May 2) and in its most recent contest against Santa Clara (May 11). Stanford is currently leading the Pac-10 with a .975 fielding percentage that would rank second on the school's all-time list, just two percentage points behind the school record .977 mark posted by the 2001 club.

STANFORD HOSTS SAN FRANCISCO AND USC NEXT WEEK
Stanford will host San Francisco in its final non-conference game of the year next Tuesday, May 18 (6 pm, PDT) before hosting USC for a three-game Pac-10 series next Friday-Sunday, May 21-23 (6 pm, 1 pm, 1 pm, PDT). Stanford holds an all-time series advantage of 47-7 over San Francisco (since 1977). San Francisco won the only meeting between the teams last season with a 9-5 upset victory over the Cardinal at Sunken Diamond on April 1. Stanford had won the previous two times the teams had met (4-1 at Stanford, April 2, 2003; 8-6 at San Francisco, May 9, 2002) but the Dons also picked up an upset victory over the Cardinal by a score of 5-4 on April 17, 2002. USC is one of the few teams to lead the all-time series with Stanford, holding a 198-153-3 career advantage. However, Stanford has had the upper hand in recent years. The Cardinal has won four consecutive season series versus the Trojans (2000-03) since the teams split six games in 1999. In fact, USC has not won a season series against the Cardinal since the Trojans swept all six games between the clubs in 1996. Stanford has won seven of its last eight games versus the Trojans, including two-of-three in a non-conference series in Los Angeles earlier this year (March 5-7; W, 10-2; W, 8-7 - 13 inn.; L, 8-11). Stanford also won five of the six games played between the teams last year, taking two-of-three in a non-conference series at Stanford (February 28 - March 2; L, 4-13; W, 10-6; W, 18-4) before sweeping the Trojans in a three-game conference set in Los Angeles (May 3(DH)-4; W, 22-10; W, 8-3; W, 8-3).

OFFENSIVE REPORT
Stanford has averaged 8.8 runs per contest (but only 4.2 in its last five games), while hitting a Pac-10 leading .329 through its first 46 games. Stanford has been even better in Pac-10 action, hitting .361 in 15 conference contests and averaging 9.0 runs per game. The team also has 36 of its 76 homers in its 15 conference games, as well as 56 in 28 games since returning from its 15-day break at Saint Mary's on March 23. National Player of the Year candidate Jed Lowrie leads the club in nearly every offensive category - runs scored (58, #16 NCAA), doubles (15), triples (4), homers (15, Pac-10 leader, #20 NCAA), RBI (57, Pac-10 leader, #27 NCAA), total bases (137, Pac-10 leader), slugging percentage (.774, Pac-10 leader, #10 NCAA), bases on balls (37), on-base percentage (.496), sacrifice flies (5, co-team leader), extra-base hits (34) and multiple-RBI games (17). Lowrie has also led the club most of the season in batting average and now ranks second with a .390 mark, while also ranking second on the team with 70 hits. Danny Putnam now leads the team in batting average (.393), hits (75) and multiple-hit games (25), while ranking second in homers (13), as well as tied for third in stolen bases (5) and fourth in RBI (45). Brian Hall has hit safely in 28 of his last 31 games to raise his average 172 points from a .208 mark at the start of the stretch to its current .380 that ranks third on the club. He also leads the club with 11 stolen bases and five sacrifice bunts (co-leader), while ranking second on the team in doubles (11) and triples (3), as well as third in RBI (47) and fifth in homers (9). Jonny Ash is fourth on the squad in batting average (.374). John Mayberry, Jr. is second on the team in RBI (48) and stolen bases (7), while ranking third in homers (12). Mayberry also co-leads the squad with five sacrifice flies and ranks fifth with a .348 batting average. Donny Lucy is hitting .348 with 10 homers, 38 RBI and five stolen bases, while he has been hit by a team-high 10 pitches. Ryan Seawell (.333, 7 RBI) is also above the .300 mark. Stanford has set team individual game season-highs in runs scored at Santa Clara (March 23, 18), hits versus Sacramento State (April 23, 21), home runs versus Washington State (May 2, 8) and stolen bases at Sacramento State (April 24, 5). Stanford has scored in double figures 20 times and has 10 or more hits in 35 of its first 46 games, including 18 of its last 22 but only three of its last four.

PITCHING REPORT
Stanford leads the Pac-10 with a 3.86 ERA and has allowed five or fewer runs in 15 of its last 18 contests, including a nine-game streak (April 9-24) and five of its last six games (5/2 - 5/11) in which the Cardinal has allowed three runs or less. Mark Romanczuk leads the club and co-leads the Pac-10 in victories (9-1), while also pacing the team in strikeouts (74), innings pitched (86.2) and games started (13, co-leader). Romanczuk also has the lowest ERA (3.63) among starters. Jeff Gilmore is 8-2 with a 4.30 ERA and co-leads the team with 13 starts, while ranking second in innings pitched (81.2) and third in strikeouts (54). David O'Hagan has been stellar out of the bullpen with a 5-0 record and five saves, while leading the Pac-10 with a 1.84 ERA and posting an opponents batting average of just .159 that also is the best in the Pac-10. O'Hagan has struck out 51 batters in 49.0 innings and co-leads the Cardinal with 17 appearances. Matt Leva is a perfect 4-0 with a 3.63 ERA, while Blake Holler (4-2, 4.18) has also contributed four wins. Greg Reynolds (3-1, 6.23) has added three wins, while Jonny Dyer (1-0, 4.82), Drew Ehrlich (1-0, 3.65), Mark Jecmen (1-0, 6.19), Kodiak Quick (1-0, 1.59) and Jeff Stimpson (1-2, 4.00) have one each. Holler and Matt Manship have added two saves each, while Dyer, Gilmore, Manship and Quick have one each.

DEFENSIVE REPORT
Stanford leads the Pac-10 with a .975 fielding percentage, which would rank second on the school's all-time list and just two percentage points behind the school record of .977 posted by the 2001 club. Stanford has played errorless baseball in 18 of its first 46 games. The Cardinal made just three errors in its first eight games as its fielding percentage reached as high as .991 after a five-game errorless string (January 31 - February 8). Stanford also played an errorless contest versus Kansas (2/14), as well as three straight errorless contests with a perfect defensive series at California (March 27-29), three more in consecutive games versus Cal Poly (March 28), San Jose State (March 30) and UCLA (April 2), three in a row against California (April 18), Saint Mary's (April 20) and Sacramento State (April 23), and in the first and third games of its most recent series versus Washington State (April 30, May 2). John Mayberry, Jr. leads the club with 394 putouts and has made just three errors in his team-high 412 defensive chances for a .993 fielding percentage. Mayberry also had a single-game team-high of 17 putouts at USC (3/6). Jed Lowrie has a team-high 134 assists and has made just seven errors in his first 212 chances and 46 starts at either second base (38) or shortstop (8) for a .967 fielding percentage. Jonny Ash and Adam Sorgi had team-high-tying seven-assist games versus Cal State Fullerton (2/1) and Cal Poly (3/27), respectively. Stanford has turned 41 double plays this season, including a season-high three at Fresno State (2/8), versus Kansas (2/15) and versus Texas (2/22). Ironically, Cardinal opponents have turned 18 double plays in 15 conference games, while Stanford has managed only seven.

STANFORD HAS PICKED UP THREE 50-WIN SEASONS IN THE LAST FOUR YEARS
Stanford has won 50 or more games in three of the last four years to run its total of 50-win campaigns in school history to six. The Cardinal won a school record 59 contests in 1990. The 1987 CWS championship squad posted 53 victories, while the 2001 and 2003 teams picked up 51 wins. The Cardinal won an even 50 games in 1999 and 2000.

CARDINAL LOOKING TO EXTEND RECORD STRING OF 40-WIN SEASONS TO 10
Stanford is just four victories from extending its string of 40-win seasons to 10. The last time Stanford didn't win 40 games was when the club finished 27-28 in 1993.

2004 PRESEASON ALL-AMERICAN HONORS
Four Stanford players have earned 2004 Preseason All-American honors. Sam Fuld picked up a pair of First Team honors (Baseball America, NCBWA), as well as Second Team (Baseball America) and honorable mention (CollegeBaseballInsider.com). John Mayberry, Jr. earned Second Team recognition from Baseball America. Danny Putnam was a First Team selection by Baseball America and CollegeBaseballInsider.com, as well as Third Team NCBWA selection, while Mark Romanczuk was named a Third Team Preseason All-American by Baseball America and the NCBWA and received honorable mention recognition from CollegeBaseballInsider.com.

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STANFORD HEAD COACH MARKMARQUESS
One of the nation's premier collegiate coaches and the winningest coaching in Stanford Baseball history, Mark Marquess is in his 28th season at the helm of the Cardinal in 2004 with a 1182-559-5 (.678) record in 1746 career games, as well as even more impressive marks in the postseason (105-46, .695) and Pac-10 (473-298, .613). Marquess entered the 2004 season ranked 19th on the NCAA's all-time Division I victory list and 46th on the all-time winning percentage list for Division I coaches. For active coaches, he began the season ninth in victories and 15th in winning percentage. He became the 23rd coach in the history of NCAA Division I baseball to reach the 1000-win mark with a victory over Florida State on February 9, 2001. Just over two years later, he picked up win No. 1100 versus Nevada on February 17, 2003. He won his 100th career postseason game in Stanford's NCAA Super Regional clinching victory over Long Beach State (6/7/03). The 1969 Stanford graduate has led the Cardinal to two CWS titles and three runner-up showings in five CWS championship appearances, as well as 13 College World Series trips, five NCAA Super Regional titles, 13 NCAA Regional championships and 11 Pac-10 crowns (includes Southern Division and shared titles). Stanford has also qualified for the NCAA Tournament 21 times in the first 27 years under Marquess. He has been named NCAA Coach of the Year three times and has received Pac-10 or Pac-10 Southern Division Coach of the Year honors on nine occasions, most recently with his selection in 2003. The Cardinal has already wrapped up its 27th winning campaign in 28 seasons under his leadership in 2004. Stanford has finished either first or second in the prestigious Pacific-10 (formerly Pac-10 Southern Division) 21 times in the last 23 years. Stanford has had 112 players drafted by professional baseball in the past 19 seasons, including 14 first round selections in the last 17 years. A member of the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame, Marquess was the head coach of the 1988 United States Olympic baseball team that captured the gold medal. Marquess was also an accomplished football and baseball standout on The Farm and is a member of the Stanford Athletic Hall of Fame. He is one of only six collegiate baseball head coaches to have both played and coached in the College World Series. Marquess was the starting first baseman and a First Team All-American on Stanford's 1967 CWS squad and played four seasons of minor league baseball with the Chicago White Sox organization.

COMMENTS FROM MARKMARQUESS
(on the team's upcoming series at Arizona)
'Arizona has played very well at times this season. They have lots of talent. It will be an excellent challenge for us.'

(on losing two-of-three games at Washington)
'The first two games were great contests between a pair of good teams and could have gone either way. On Sunday, we just didn't play well and were dominated by {Washington pitcher} Tim Lincecum.'

(on Stanford's offense)
'We've been pretty consistent on offense all season and our numbers reflect that.'

(on Stanford's pitching and defense)
'We've played really solid defense and lead the league in ERA.'

STANFORD COACHING STAFF
Dean Stotz is in his 28th campaign with Stanford Baseball and his fifth season as associate head coach after he was promoted to the position prior to the 2000 campaign. Stotz served for 23 years as an assistant. Stotz currently coaches third base while also handling various offensive and defensive aspects of the game. Tom Kunis is in his fifth season as Stanford's pitching coach, while Dave Nakama is in his fifth year overall as a Stanford assistant coach.

STANFORD BASEBALL HISTORY
Now in its 111th season, Stanford's storied baseball program has had many highlights since the program began in 1892 ... Stanford has won two NCAA titles (1987, `88) and made 15 appearances in the College World Series, also finishing as the runner-up on three occasions (2000, `01, `03) ... Stanford has also won five NCAA Super Regional titles ... Stanford has qualified for the NCAA Tournament 24 times ... Stanford has won 19 conference championships ... Stanford has already wrapped up its 39th winning season in the last 40 campaigns and its 56th in the last 58 years in 2004 ... Stanford has won 50 or more games four times in the last five years and six times in school history ... Stanford has won 40 or more games in a school record nine consecutive years and 18 times in school history ... Stanford has an all-time record of 2415-1492-32 (.617) in 3939 contests ... A total of 70 former Stanford players have became Major League Baseball players with seven participating in the Major Leagues thus far in 2004 (Eric Bruntlett - Houston Astros; Brian Dallimore - San Francisco Giants; Jody Gerut - Cleveland Indians; Jeffrey Hammonds - San Francisco Giants; Dave McCarty - Boston Red Sox; Mike Mussina - New York Yankees; Justin Wayne - Florida Marlins) ... Dallimore was the most recent to make his MLB debut in 2004 with San Francisco ... Stanford has also had 14 players selected in the first round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft in the last 17 years ... Stanford has boasted 44 All-Americans that have combined to win 54 All-American honors ... Stanford has garnered three NCAA Players of the Year in Jeff Austin (1998), David McCarty (1991) and Steve Dunning (1970) ... Stanford has had an even 100 players earn a combined 133 All-Conference honors ... Six Stanford players earned All-Pac-10 honors in each of the last two seasons, breaking the previous mark of five previously set in 1985, `90 and `94.

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