No. 12 Stanford And Sacramento State To Play Home-And-Home Series Friday And Saturday

March 25, 2005

Sacramento State (7-15-1)

Friday, March 25 (6 pm, PT, at Stanford)
LHP Mark Romanczuk (4-2, 3.70) vs. RHP Ethan Katz (1-5, 5.60)

Saturday, March 26 (2 pm, PT, at Sacramento State)
RHP Jeff Gilmore (3-1, 2.98) vs. LHP Matt Campbell (1-3, 3.60)

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All-Time Series: Stanford 24-11 (since 1959)
2004 Results: Tied, 1-1 (at Stanford, April 23) Stanford 15-1; (at Sacramento State, April 24) Sacramento State, 2-1
Series Notes: Stanford has won four of the last five games played against Sacramento State but the Hornets have been victorious two of the last three times the clubs have played in Sacramento (2002, '04) • Stanford has won 10 straight games between the teams at Sunken Diamond with the last Hornet victory on The Farm coming on April 30, 1994

• Returning To Action - Stanford has returned to action after a 13-day break with a pair of non-conference wins over Pacific, taking the Tigers 9-6 in Stockton last Sunday and 6-1 at Stanford on Thursday • The Cardinal has four more non-conference games scheduled before opening a 24-game Pac-10 schedule at Washington State from April 1-3

• Home Sweet Home - Stanford is 11-2 at home this season and has won 51 of its last 59 contests overall, as well as 14 straight regular season home series dating back to Arizona taking two-of-three on The Farm from April 25-27, 2003

• Rankings - Stanford is ranked No. 12 for the second week in a row in the latest Baseball America rankings released Monday, March 21 • Stanford moved up in each of the other three polls despite playing just once last week (a 9-6 win at Pacific) • Stanford's highest ranking is a No. 10 showing in this week's Sports Weekly/ESPN poll (+2) • Stanford is also ranked No. 11 by the NCBWA (+3) and No. 14 by Collegiate Baseball (+1) • This week marks the fifth consecutive week that Stanford has not been ranked in Baseball America's Top 10 after having been ranked every week prior since February 10, 2003 • Stanford has been ranked No. 1 in the Baseball America poll at some point in the season during seven of the last eight campaigns

• This Week's Remaining Opponent (Sacramento State) - Sacramento State (7-15-1) has dropped a season-high seven in a row heading into its games versus Stanford and nine of 10 overall after a five-game stretch that saw the Hornets go 4-0-1 • Sacramento State has struggled offensively all season without a double-digit scoring game and are scoring just 4.2 runs per game with a .260 batting average • The Hornets have fared much better on the mound with a 4.73 ERA but have also had troubles defensively with a .955 fielding percentage

• Hot And Cold Opponents - Stanford had faced four consecutive teams that had entered their series with Stanford on long win streaks (Kansas - 6; Texas - 8; USC - 4; California - 9) before facing a Pacific team last Sunday and Thursday that the Cardinal handed its seventh loss in a row • Sacramento State has also lost a season-worst seven straight

• Head Coach Mark Marquess - Head coach Mark Marquess now has an all-time record of 1203-572-5 (.677) • On March 5, 2005, he became just the 16th NCAA Division I head coach to reach the 1200-career win mark when Stanford defeated California by a score of 10-3 at Sunken Diamond • He is currently ranked ninth among active Division I coaches in wins and is 16th on the NCAA's all-time list

• Recent Action - Stanford returned to the field after a 13-day hiatus with a 9-6 victory over Pacific last Sunday in Stockton before beating the Tigers in a rematch on The Farm on Thursday, 6-1 •Jeff Gilmore picked up the victory last Sunday after coming on in relief of starter Mark Romanczuk to begin the third inning. After allowing three runs to the Tigers in his first inning on the hill, Gilmore (season-high-tying 7.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 SO) shut out Pacific the rest of the way to allow the Cardinal to rally from a 6-3 deficit at the end of three innings. Jed Lowrie's team-leading eighth homer of the year was a three-run shot that capped a four-run Stanford fourth inning that put the Cardinal back on top to stay. Jim Rapoport (3-5, RBI, SB), John Mayberry, Jr. (2-4, 2 RBI) and John Hester (2-4, RBI) had multiple-hit games for the Cardinal • On Thursday, Matt Leva pitched the Cardinal to victory by holding the Tigers to one run on three hits and a walk with a career-high-tying six strikeouts in a season-high 6.1 innings of work. John Hester hit his first homer of the season, while Jim Rapoport (2-2), Michael Taylor (2-3, 2B) and Brendan Domaracki (2-4, RBI) had two hits each

• John Mayberry, Jr. - Stanford's National Player of the Year candidate and First Team Preseason All-American is red hot with a current six-game hit streak (including two-hit games in each of the first five games) and seven two-hit games in his last 10 contests overall • The stretch has moved Mayberry to the top of Stanford's batting average list with a .354 overall mark, while he ranks second on the club in RBI (21) and tied for second in homers (4) • Mayberry also boasts the team's longest hit streak of the season at eight games (February 5-20) and has a team-high 11 multiple-hit games overall

• Jed Lowrie - Stanford's National Player of the Year candidate and First Team Preseason All-American is off to an excellent start as well, leading the team in homers (8, #2 Pac-10), RBI (28, #5T Pac-10), slugging percentage (.693, #2 Pac-10) and total bases (52) to go with a .320 batting average • Defensively, he has made just one error in 20 games and 80 defensive chances for a .988 fielding percentage

• Mark Romanczuk - Recorded back-to-back complete games for the first time in his career versus USC on February 25 and California on March 4, registering his first career shutout versus the Trojans • Romanczuk has now won 27 career games at Stanford (27-7) to move into a tie for seventh on Stanford's all-time win list with 27 and is now just 10 victories behind all-time leader Jeff Ballard's 37 from 1982-85 • Romanczuk currently ranks tied for third in the Pac-10 in wins this season with 4-2 record and has a 3.70 ERA • He is on the Roger Clemens Award Watch list for the award given annually to the nation's top pitcher

• Jeff Gilmore - Has posted a 3-1 record and has a 2.98 ERA that is the lowest among all Stanford pitchers with at least one inning per team game played, while striking out 34 in a team-high 42.1 innings over a team-high-tying seven appearances (six starts)

• Adam Sorgi - Has arguably been Stanford's Most Improved Player this season, hitting .310 with six doubles, one triple, one homer, nine RBI and a team-high 14 walks • Sorgi hit just .214 in 29 games played and 18 starts as a freshman in 2004

• Pitching Staff - Stanford's pitching staff has a 3.81 ERA through 20 games as the Cardinal is attempting to record an ERA under 3.81 for the fourth time in the last six seasons • Cardinal pitchers have struck out 151 batters in 175.0 innings and have allowed just 155 hits for an opponents' batting average of .237

• Two-Time Defending Pac-10 Champs - Stanford is the two-time defending Pac-10 champions, has won at least a share of a Pac-10 or Southern Division title in six of the last eight years and has picked up 20 conference titles in school history • Stanford has been picked in a preseason poll of the Pac-10 coaches to win the conference title again in 2005

• Winners - Stanford has won 40 or more games in a school record 10 consecutive campaigns, posted 11 consecutive winnings seasons, 39 in the last 40 years and 56 in the past 58

• Omaha - Stanford has captured two national titles (1987, 1988) and advanced to the College World Series 15 times, including 13 appearances in the last 23 years and for a school record five consecutive seasons from 1999-2003

• Outstanding Defense - Stanford's infielders have made just three errors (the club has 14 total) in the team's first 20 games and the Cardinal has an overall team fielding percentage of .981 that ranks second in the Pac-10 and is four percentage points higher than the school record pace of .977 set by the 2001 club • Stanford has played errorless baseball in 11 of its 20 contests • Stanford has played outstanding defense in the past five seasons with five of its top seven team fielding percentages recorded during the period

• Signs Of Offensive Struggles Ending - Stanford's current .293 batting average through its first 20 games would be the lowest since the team hit .285 in 1994 if the season were to end today • In fact, Stanford has hit .307 or better in each of its last nine seasons • However, there are signs that the team's offensive struggles may be coming to an end as Stanford's current .293 average is its highest since it stood at .324 after the third game of the campaign • Stanford has double-digit hits in six of its last eight contests

• Soggy Season - Stanford has had five games postponed due to wet weather conditions this season • The Cardinal had its season-opener versus Fresno State (January 28) postponed, as well as series-openers against Kansas (February 11), California (February 25) and Pacific (March 19), and a single game against San Jose State (March 22) • Stanford made up the first three games as part of doubleheaders before playing the Pacific contest on March 24 • The San Jose State rainout has been not rescheduled yet

• Road Woes - Stanford has lost 12 of its last 19 games on the road dating back to last year and is 2-5 away from Sunken Diamond this season

• Longest Road Losing Series Streak Since 1989 - Stanford's current four-series regular season road losing streak is its longest since Stanford dropped seven consecutive regular season series away from Sunken Diamond from April 29, 1988 - April 10, 1989

• Bay Area Boys - Stanford has an unusually high number of local products on its 2005 team this season with eight players from the Bay Area donning a Cardinal uniform (Erik Davis, Mountain View/Mountain View HS • Darren Gemoll, San Jose/Leland HS • Zach Gianos, Menlo Park/Menlo-Atherton HS • Cameron Matthews, Mountain View/Los Altos HS • Rex Petrill, Los Altos/St. Francis HS • Greg Reynolds, Pacifica/Terra Nova HS • Ryan Seawell, Menlo Park/Menlo School • David Stringer, Palo Alto/Palo Alto HS)

• Major Leaguers - A total of 72 former Stanford Baseball players have gone on to play Major League Baseball, including 12 that suited up for an MLB team in 2004 (Joe Borchard, Eric Bruntlett, Brian Dallimore, Jody Gerut, Mike Gosling, Jeremy Guthrie, Jeffrey Hammonds, A.J. Hinch, David McCarty, Mike Mussina, Justin Wayne, Jason Young)

• MLB Draft - Stanford had 10 players selected in the 2004 MLB First-Year Player Draft, one shy of a school record • Nine of the 10 players have since signed professional baseball contracts, while one (Ben Summerhays) returned to play at Stanford in 2005

• Team USA - Stanford has produced more players (24) that have played more seasons (33) for Team USA than any other collegiate baseball program in the nation and has had at least one player on the Americans' roster for 18 consecutive summers • Three members of Stanford's 2005 team (Jed Lowrie, John Mayberry, Jr. and Mark Romanczuk) played on the most recent Team USA squad in the summer of 2004

• Preseason All-Americans - The trio of Jed Lowrie, John Mayberry, Jr. and Mark Romanczuk all earned Preseason All-American recognition • Lowrie and Mayberry are also both on the Wallace Watch List for the award given by the Collegiate Baseball Foundation to the best player in the nation

• Central Valley Ties - Stanford head coach Mark Marquess and sophomore righthanded pitcher Logan Ardis have ties to the Central Valley of California, where the next two Cardinal opponents hail from • Marquess attended high school at Saint Mary's in Stockton, while Ardis spent his prep days at Modesto's Beyer High School

• Stanford Baseball History - One of the nation's traditional powers, Stanford Baseball is currently in its 112th season of intercollegiate competition • Stanford has won two College World Series titles (1987, '88) and appeared 15 times in Omaha, including a school record five straight seasons from 1999-2003 • The Cardinal has been in the postseason 25 times and won conference titles on 20 occasions • Stanford has an all-time record of 2436-1505-32 (.617) • Stanford has won 50 or more games in four of the last six seasons and 40 or more games for a school record 10 straight campaigns • Stanford has posted 11 straight winning seasons, as well as 39 in the last 40 years and 56 in the past 58

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