No. 2 Stanford And Arizona Continue Series Sunday

May 16, 2004

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No. 2 Stanford (39-8, 12-4 Pac-10)
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Arizona (25-20-1, 7-8 Pac-10)

Saturday, May 15, 7 pm, MST
Stanford 11, at Arizona 9

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: Sunday | Monday
Live Audio: All Games
The final two games of the Stanford-Arizona baseball series 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 both games will also be available from a link at gostanford.com.

QUICK TEAM NOTES
Stanford (39-8, 12-4 Pac-10) will complete its regular season road schedule with the final two games of a series at Arizona on Sunday (7 pm, MST) and Monday (1 pm, MST) ... Stanford allowed five runs in the bottom of the first inning before coming from behind for an 11-9 win over the Wildcats in Saturday's series-opener, allowing the Cardinal to maintain its percentage points lead over Washington (14-6 Pac-10) in the race for the Pac-10 title ... Stanford needs just one more victories to extend its school record string of 40-win seasons to 10 ... Stanford has won 11 of its 12 regular season three-game series this season, losing a series only at Washington (May 7-9) when the Huskies took two-of-three from the Cardinal ... 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 5-5 record in its last 10 road games but has still posted a 17-7 mark away from Sunken Diamond this season ... Stanford has come from behind in 17 of its 39 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 47 games and is 17-1 in those contests ... Stanford has more than doubled its opponents scoring (415-205) as 32 of its 39 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 3.95 ERA and a .975 fielding percentage ... Stanford is averaging 8.9 runs per contest and has posted double-digit runs 21 times this year, snapping a string of five straight contests without a double-digit run game in its 11-9 win over Arizona in Saturday's series-opener ... The Cardinal has also reached double digits in hits on 36 occasions, including 19 of its last 23 contests but only once in its last five games ... Stanford has hit 77 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 ... 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 most offensive categories - runs scored (60), doubles (15), triples (4), homers (15, Pac-10 leader), RBI (58, Pac-10 leader), extra-base hits (34), total bases (139, Pac-10 leader), slugging percentage (.764, Pac-10 leader), bases on balls (37), on-base percentage (.493), sacrifice flies (5, shares team lead) and multiple-RBI games (17) ... Lowrie also ranks second on the club in batting average (.390), hits (71) and multiple-hit games (22) ... Danny Putnam has taken over the team's lead in batting average with a .398 mark after hitting safely in 19 of his last 20 games ... Putnam also leads the team in hits (78) and multiple-hit games (26) and three-hit games (8), while ranking second in homers (13) and fourth in RBI (46) ... Brian Hall, who has hit safely in 29 of his last 32 games overall and is batting a phenomenal .557 (34-61) in 16 Pac-10 games, is third on the team overall with a .383 overall batting average ... Hall paces the club in stolen bases (12) and co-leads the team in triples (4), while ranking second in doubles (12), triples (3) and RBI (50), as well as 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 (.345) ...Donny Lucy is sixth with a .339 mark and has contributed 10 homers, 38 RBI and five stolen bases ... Ryan Seawell (.333, 7 RBI) is also hitting over .300 ... Sam Fuld (.273, 2 HR, 26 RBI, 5 SB) is Stanford's all-time leader for runs scored with 256, while ranking second on Stanford's all-time lists for hits (342) and at bats (1020) ... Fuld is 26 hits and just seven 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), games played (247, #4T) and doubles (58, #6T) ... Mark Romanczuk (10-1) leads the team and co-leads the Pac-10 with nine wins, while ranking fifth on Stanford's all-time won-loss percentage list (22-3, .880) ... David O'Hagan is 5-0 with a team-high six saves and the lowest ERA (2.12) in the Pac-10, while ranking tied for second on Stanford's all-time won-loss percentage list with a 12-1 (.923) career record.


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


STANFORD-ARIZONA HISTORY

ALL-TIME SERIES
Stanford leads the all-time series over the Wildcats, 92-52, after taking Saturday's series-opener by a score of 11-9. 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).


GAME REVIEWS

2004 VERSUS ARIZONA
Stanford 11, at Arizona 9 (May 15, 2004) - Stanford gave up five runs in the bottom of the first inning but rallied for an 11-9 victory over Arizona. Brian Hall (2-4, 2B, 3B, 3 RBI, SB) drove in three runs with a key third inning bases loaded triple, while Danny Putnam (3-5, RBI) continued his hot stretch by hitting safely for the 19th time in the last 20 games. Chris Lewis hit the game's only home run and drove in a pair of runs, while Jed Lowrie (2-5, RBI) had a multiple-hit game and Chris Carter picked up a pair of RBI. Mark Romanczuk (5.0 IP, 6 R, 5 ER, 5 H, 4 BB, 8 SO) picked up the victory, while David O'Hagan (2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO) earned the save. Richard Mercado (3-3, 2B, RBI), Jason Donald (2-5, 3 RBI) and Jeff Van Houten (2-5, 3B) had multiple-hit contests for Arizona, while Trevor Crowe doubled and drove in three runs. Arizona starter Koley Kolberg (4.2 IP, 9 R, 8 ER, 9 H, 5 BB, 3 SO) took the loss.

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.

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