Stanford and Long Beach State To Play Regional Winners' Bracket Game Saturday

June 5, 2004


2004 NCAA Division I Baseball Regional
June 4-6, 2004
Stanford, CA (Sunken Diamond)

Friday, June 4
2 pm, PDT (Game 2): Long Beach State 4, St. John's 3
6 pm, PDT (Game 1): at Stanford 10, UNLV 4

Saturday, June 5
11 am, PDT (Game 3): UNLV (V) vs. St. John's (H) ... elimination game
3 pm, PDT (Game 4): Long Beach State at Stanford
7 pm, PDT (Game 5):Game 3 Winner vs. Game 4 Loser

Sunday, June 6
1 pm, PDT (Championship - Game 6): Game 4 Winner vs. Game 5 Winner
1 pm, PDT (Championship - Game 7, if necessary): If Game 5 Winner Defeats Game 4 Winner In Game 6

MEDIA COVERAGE
Every game of the 2004 NCAA Division I Baseball Regional at Stanford will be televised live by College Sports Television (CSTV) ... A link for live stats will also be provided for every game from links at gostanford.com and ncaasports.com ... Every Stanford game at the Regional will also be broadcast live on the air at KZSU (90.1 FM) as well as online at gostanford.com with Sam Stefanki and Michael Etchepare on the microphones.

A QUICK LOOK AT THE 2004 NCAA REGIONAL AT STANFORD
Top-ranked Stanford continues action at the 2004 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship on Saturday. The Cardinal hosts Long Beach State in a winners' bracket game at 3 pm, PDT (Game 4), after a 10-4 victory over UNLV in a Regional opener on Friday, while Long Beach State eeked out a 4-3 win over St. John's with a run in the bottom of the ninth. UNLV and St. John's will play an elimination contest (Game 3) at 11 am, PDT. Stanford is hosting an NCAA Regional for the ninth consecutive year and the 13th time in school history. The Cardinal is the top seed in the double elimination Regional and has also earned the No. 5 national seed, marking the sixth straight season the Cardinal has been awarded with a national seed. 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.






A QUICK LOOK AT THE 2004 NCAA REGIONAL AT STANFORD
Top-ranked Stanford will open the 2004 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 telecast 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 is the top seed in the double elimination Regional and has also earned the No. 5 national seed, marking the sixth straight season the Cardinal has been awarded with a national seed. Stanford will play fourth-seeded UNLV (37-22) in its 2004 postseason opener on Friday at 6:00 pm, PDT (Game 1). Second-seeded and 18th-ranked Long Beach State (36-19) will square off with third-seeded St. John's (36-21) 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.

A QUICK LOOK AT THE TEAMS IN THE 2004 NCAA REGIONAL AT STANFORD
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 114-54 (.677) and is 62-21 in 22 Regional appearances after Friday night's 10-4 win over UNLV.

Long Beach State ... spent most of the season ranked among the nation's Top 10 but finished the regular season by losing its final seven contests, its longest losing streak since 1988, before squeaking by St. John's by a score of 4-3 in the Regional opener on Friday. Long Beach State is ranked No. 18 by Baseball America, finishing second in the Big West with a 14-7 conference record to receive an at-large berth. Long Beach State is making its 15th appearance in the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship and has an all-time record of 37-19 in the event through its win in the 2004 Regional opener. The 49ers are making their third consecutive postseason trip to Stanford. Long Beach State reached the final of the 2002 Regional at Stanford before being beaten by the Cardinal in the first and only Regional title game. In 2003, Stanford swept both games of an NCAA Super Regional against Long Beach State.

St. John's ... received an at-large berth to the 2004 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship after finishing tied for second in the regular season Big East standings with a 17-9 conference mark and third in the postseason tournament. The Red Storm is making its 28th appearance in the postseason and its first since 1997. St. John's has an all-time record of 51-49 in the postseason after its Regional-opening 4-3 loss to Long Beach State on Friday.

UNLV ... won the Mountain West Conference Tournament to earn the league's automatic berth to the postseason. The Rebels finished tied for second in the regular season MWC standings with a 20-10 conference mark, just percentage points behind regular season winner San Diego State. UNLV is making its ninth appearance in the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship and has a 9-17 record in the event after its 10-4 loss to Stanford in the NCAA Regional opener.

2004 NCAA DIVISION I BASEBALL REGIONAL TICKET INFORMATION
All-session passes for the event will go on sale Tuesday, June 1, at the Stanford Athletics Ticket Office or by calling 1-800-STANFORD. Stanford Athletics Ticket Office hours this Tuesday-Friday are 9 am - 4 pm. Prices for all-session passes are $50 (Reserved), $35 (Adult General Admission) and $20 (Child/Senior/Student General Admission). Single-game tickets will be available on the day of the game only. Prices for single-game tickets are $15 (Reserved), $12 (General Admission Adult) and $8 (Child/Senior/Student General Admission).

2004 NCAA DIVISION I BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP INFORMATION
Stanford is one of 16 Regional hosts and the No. 5 national seed for the 2004 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship. The first round of action June 4-6 features 16 four-team Regionals with the winners advancing to eight NCAA Regionals to be contested June 11-14. The winner of the 2003 Regional at Stanford will face the winner of the Regional being hosted by Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, with the host Fighting Irish being joined by second-seeded UC Irvine, third-seeded Arizona and fourth-seeded Kent State. Selection of the eight super regional hosts will be announced Sunday, June 6, live during an ESPN SportsCenter telecast (8 pm, PDT). The winners of the eight Super Regionals, all to be televised by ESPN/ESPN2 for the second consecutive year, will advance to the 58th College World Series to be held June 18-28 at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, Nebraska.

HISTORY VERSUS THE 2004 NCAA REGIONAL FIELD
Stanford has not suited up against any of the team's in the 2004 NCAA Regional at Stanford this season. Following is Stanford's history versus each school during the era of current head coach Mark Marquess beginning in 1977.

Stanford vs. Long Beach State ... Stanford is 5-1 versus Long Beach State during the era of head coach Mark Marquess (1977 - current) ... Stanford swept Long Beach State in two games in a 2003 NCAA Super Regional at Sunken Diamond (June 6-7), winning by scores of 5-1 and 4-2 ... Stanford also won both games between the clubs in a 2002 NCAA Regional at Sunken Diamond (June 1-2) with a 5-4 victory in Saturday's winners' bracket game and an 8-4 win in Sunday's first title contest ... Long Beach State last defeated the Cardinal by a score of 5-1 in an NCAA Regional at Stanford on May 23, 1998, knocking Stanford out of the Regional ... Stanford won the only regular season meeting between the teams since Marquess took over as head coach with a 12-8 win in Long Beach on March 29, 1990.

Stanford vs. St. John's ...St. John's has won the only game played between the teams during the Marquess era, taking a 5-3 victory over the Cardinal in the first game of a 1988 NCAA Regional in New Britain, CT, before the Cardinal stormed back to win the final four games of the Regional before moving on to Omaha to win its second consecutive College World Series crown.

Stanford vs. UNLV ...Despite Stanford's 10-4 win over UNLV in Friday night's Regional opener, UNLV still leads the series between the clubs by a count of 4-3 since Marquess took over at the Cardinal helm ... UNLV captured an 8-4 win the first time the Rebels suited up against Marquess at Stanford on April 1, 1980 ... The Rebels picked up a 10-3 victory the next time the teams played (also at Stanford) on March 30, 1987 ... UNLV won two-of-three at Stanford the only time the teams have played a three-game set during the Marquess era from May 15-17, 1993 (7-6 UNLV; 10-5 Stanford; 6-4 UNLV) ... Stanford picked up a 7-6 victory the last time the teams played and the only time they have in Las Vegas during the Marquess era on March 23, 1994.

NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY NOTES
Stanford is making its 25th appearance in the NCAA Division I Baseball Championships and its 11th in a row ... Stanford is playing in an NCAA Regional for the 22nd time ... Stanford is hosting a Regional for the 13th time overall and the ninth straight year ... Stanford has won 15 Regionals and five Super Regionals on its way to 15 College World Series appearances ... Stanford has won 11 of the 13 Regionals played at Stanford and five in a row ... Stanford has won nine consecutive Regional games dating back to its last Regional loss by a score of 4-3 to Texas on May 26, 2001 ... Stanford is 26-4 in Regional (16-2) and Super Regional (10-2) action since the beginning of the Super Regional format in 1999 ... Stanford was last knocked out of a Regional at Sunken Diamond in 1998 when the Cardinal dropped two-of-three games and was eliminated by Long Beach State in Game 5 of the event ... Stanford has an all-time postseason record of 114-54 (.679), going 62-21 (.747) in Regional action, 10-2 (.833) in Super Regional competition and 38-27 (.585) in the College World Series ... Stanford has won four each of the last four Regional elimination games it has been forced to play but has not been forced to play any since 2002.

2004 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP REVIEW
Stanford opened its 2004 postseason with a 10-4 victory over UNLV in a Regional opener on Friday as Danny Putnam hit a home run and drove in five runs, while Donny Lucy also homered and drove in three runs. Jeff Gilmore pitched a seven-hitter to win his fourth straight decision and toss his second complete game of the season, walking two and striking out a career-high eight. Jake Voss took the loss after allowing nine runs on 11 hits in 5.2 innings. Putnam's 16th homer of the season, a three-run shot in the fifth, highlighted a five-run outburst for the Cardinal. Lucy hit a two-run homer in the inning. Stanford All-American second baseman Jed Lowrie extended his hitting streak to 11 games with two hits and an RBI. John Mayberry, Jr. added an RBI single in the eighth. Andrew D'Angelo and Ryan Ruiz also drove in runs for the Rebels.

2003 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP REVIEW
Stanford set new school records in the 2003 postseason, winning 10 games and playing in 13 before finishing as the runner-up to national champion Rice by losing two-of-three games to the Owls in the inaugural College World Series Championship Series. The Cardinal swept through a Regional at Sunken Diamond in three consecutive games with victories over Illinois-Chicago (9-2), UC Riverside (13-6) and Richmond (19-6). Stanford then drew Long Beach State and one of the nation's top pitching duos in the 49ers' Abe Alvarez and Jered Weaver for the NCAA Super Regionals, which were being televised live by ESPN for the first time ever. Stanford ace John Hudgins outlasted Alvarez in the first game as the Cardinal ended up with a 5-1 victory. Stanford would rise to the challenge again in the second contest with a 4-2 win over the 49ers. Danny Putnam snapped a 2-2 tie with a two-out, two-RBI single in the top of the seventh inning. Stanford began its fifth straight College World Series appearance with a dominating 8-0 victory over South Carolina as Hudgins and Kodiak Quick combined for Stanford's first-ever shutout at the CWS. Stanford then suffered its first loss of the 2003 postseason with a heartbreaking 6-5 defeat to Cal State Fullerton in 10 innings as Mark Romanczuk was charged with his first loss of the season. Stanford began its improbable run back through the losers' bracket with a 13-6 victory over South Carolina to earn a rematch with Cal State Fullerton. Hudgins tossed another complete game and Carlos Quentin jacked two homers in a 5-3 Stanford victory over the Titans, its first win after Cal State Fullerton had taken the first four games between the teams during the season. The second bracket final between the teams should long be remembered as CWS classic full of Omaha drama. Putnam's two-run homer in the top of the 10th inning provided the winning margin in a 7-5 Stanford victory. Chris Carter and Jonny Ash had homered earlier in the game to erase a 4-1 Cal State Fullerton margin and send the game into extra innings. David O'Hagan was Stanford's hero on the mound, holding the Titans scoreless over the final 4.1 frames. Stanford suffered a 4-3, 10-inning setback to Rice in the first game of the CWS Championship Series. The Cardinal came back with an 8-3 victory the following day as Hudgins picked up his third win of the CWS with a gutsy performance but fell one win shy of its third title in school history when Rice prevailed by a score of 14-2 in the rubber game of the series. The Cardinal set a new record by playing eight CWS games and tied a school mark with five CWS victories. Stanford racked up on the postseason honors as Hudgins led the way by becoming just the third Stanford player to ever win CWS Most Outstanding Player honors. Jonny Ash, Ryan Garko, Putnam and Quentin joined Hudgins on the All-CWS squad. Garko was also the Most Outstanding Player at the NCAA Regional and was joined on the All-Regional team by seven teammates (Ash, Sam Fuld, Brian Hall, Jed Lowrie, Ryan McCally, Putnam, Quentin).

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