Mark Romanczuk Named Pac-10 Pitcher Of The Week

June 1, 2004

Walnut Creek, Calif. - Stanford sophomore left-handed pitcher Mark Romanczuk (Newark, DE/St. Mark's HS) earned Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week honors for the period ending on Monday, June 1, winning the honor for the second time this season and on the fifth occasion in his career.

Romanczuk pitched 7.0 scoreless two-hit innings to pick up his Pac-10 co-leading 11th victory as he and reliever David O'Hagan combined on a three-hit shutout of Arizona State in a key 5-0 Stanford win over the Sun Devils in the opener of a three-game series on May 28. Romanczuk faced the minimum number of batters in four of his seven innings of work and never allowed a runner as far as third base with Sun Devils reaching as far as second base only in the second and fifth frames. Romanczuk improved to 11-2 on the season and bettered his career record at Stanford to 23-4 (.852), ranking seventh on the school's all-time won-loss percentage list and moving within two wins of the all-time Top 10 list in victories. The shutout was his first combined blanking of the season and the third of his career.

His selection marked the 67th time a Stanford pitcher has been selected for the award overall and the third this season as Romanczuk (March 9) and Jeff Stimpson (April 13) were chosen earlier in the season.

Brian Hall (April 13, May 4), Danny Putnam (April 20) and Jonny Ash (May 25) have earned Pac-10 Player of the Week honors this season.

Top-ranked and 2004 Pac-10 regular season champion Stanford will open the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship by hosting Long Beach State, St. John's and UNLV in an NCAA Regional at Sunken Diamond this Friday, June 4 - Sunday, June 6. College Sports Television has announced that it will broadcast every game of the Regional live. Stanford is hosting an NCAA Regional for the ninth consecutive year and the 13th time in school history. The Cardinal also earned the No. 5 national seed, marking the sixth straight season the Cardinal has been awarded with a national seed.

Stanford (44-12) is the top seed in the double-elimination Regional and will play fourth-seeded UNLV (37-22) in its 2004 postseason opener on Friday at 6:00 pm, PDT (Game 1). Second-seeded Long Beach State (36-19) and third-seeded St. John's (36-21) will square off on Friday at 2:00 pm, PDT (Game 2) to open the Regional.

The Regional will continue on Saturday with three games. Saturday's first matchup (Game 3) will feature the losers of Friday's two contests in an elimination game at 11:00 am, PDT. The winners of Friday's games will play Saturday at 3 pm, PDT (Game 4) for the right to advance to Sunday's Regional championship. The winner of Game 3 will play the loser of Game 4 in an elimination contest (Game 5) at 7 pm, PDT.

Sunday's championship game (Game 6) will begin at 1:00 pm, PDT. A second championship game (Game 7), if necessary, will follow at approximately 5:00 pm, PT.

Stanford is making its 25th NCAA Tournament appearance and its 11th in a row after earning an automatic berth by winning the outright regular season Pac-10 title for the second consecutive year. The Cardinal is also looking to extend its school record string of consecutive College World Series trips to six. Stanford has made 15 trips to the College World Series and five appearances in the CWS championship game, winning the national title in 1987 and 1988 and finishing as runners-up in three of the last four seasons (2000, 2001, 2003). Stanford has an all-time postseason record of 113-54 (.677) and is 61-21 in 21 Regional appearances.

The winner of the NCAA Regional at Stanford will advanced to one of eight NCAA Super Regionals to be played Friday-Monday, June 11-14. Stanford has advanced to the College World Series for a school record five straight years after winning four consecutive Regionals and Super Regionals.

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