No. 12 Stanford To Host Pacific Tuesday Before Opening Pac-10 At Washington State

March 29, 2005

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No. 12 Stanford (14-8, 0-0) vs.
Pacific (11-15)

Tuesday, March 29 (6 pm, PT)
TBA vs. LHP Matthew Pena (0-1, 7.71)

Webcast | Audio Broadcast (Scott Allen, Sean Bruich) | Gametracker

All-Time Series: Stanford 44-5-1 (since 1959)
2005 Results: Series - Stanford 2-0 (at Pacific, March 20) Stanford 9-6; (at Stanford, March 24) Stanford 6-1
2004 Results: None
Series Notes: Stanford has swept both of its games versus Pacific this year and will be playing the Tigers for the final time in the 2005 regular season on Tuesday • The Cardinal was a 9-6 winner in Stockton on March 20 in the first meeting between the clubs since May 5, 1999 • Stanford also won a rematch four days later (March 24) at Sunken Diamond, 6-1 • Stanford has won 14 straight over the Tigers at Sunken Diamond since the teams played to a 3-3 tie on February 10, 1979 • The last Pacific win at Sunken Diamond came when the Tigers defeated Stanford, 7-4, on February 8, 1977 (Stanford is 15-0-1 versus Pacific at Sunken Diamond since)

Washington State Cougars (15-13, 0-3 Pac-10)

Friday, April 1 (6 pm, PT)
LHP Mark Romanczuk (4-3, 3.91) vs. LHP James Freeman (6-1, 3.13)

Saturday, April 2 (1 pm, PT)
RHP Jeff Gilmore (4-1, 2.84) vs. RHP Wayne Daman, Jr. (4-1, 3.02)

Sunday, April 3 (12 pm, PT)
TBA vs. RHP Nick Cebula (2-2, 5.19)

Audio Broadcast (Sean Bruich)

All-Time Series: Stanford 26-13
2004 Results: Series - Stanford 3-0 (at Stanford, April 30 - May 2) Stanford 8-3, Stanford 13-11, Stanford 17-3 (7 inn.)
Last Meeting At Washington State: Series - Stanford 3-0 (April 4-5, 7, 2003) Stanford 6-1, Stanford 12-5, Stanford 8-5 (11 inn.)
Series Notes: Stanford has won an amazing 20 straight games against the Cougars with the last Washington State victory over the Cardinal coming 6-3 at the UC Riverside Invitational Tournament on March 28, 1978 • The teams played just twice after that date until the Pac-10 North and South Divisions merged in 1999 with Stanford winning all 18 meetings (six series sweeps) between the teams since

• Pac-10 Opener - Stanford will open Pac-10 action with a three-game series at Washington State this Friday-Sunday, April 1-3 • The Cardinal has won four of its last six league openers since the Pac-10 North and South Divisions merged in 1999 • Stanford has won nine consecutive league-opening series since UCLA took two-of-three from the Cardinal in Los Angeles to open the 1996 conference slate (February 23-25)

• Final Pac-10 Tune-Up - Stanford will host Pacific in its final tune-up for its first Pac-10-opening series at Washington State this Friday-Sunday • Stanford has defeated the Tigers twice in non-conference games earlier in March, winning 9-6 in Stockton (March 20) and 6-1 at Stanford (March 24)

• 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

• Home Sweet Home - Stanford is 11-3 at home this season and has won 51 of its last 60 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 third week in a row in the latest Baseball America rankings released Monday, March 28 • Stanford moved down one spot to No. 11 and No. 12 in the Sports Weekly/ESPN and NCBWA polls this week, while dropping two spots in the Collegiate Baseball poll to No. 16 • This week marks the sixth 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 • The top of the polls are divided this week with Texas taking the No. 1 spot in the Baseball America and Sports Weekly/ESPN polls, and Georgia Tech claiming it in the Collegiate Baseball and NCBWA rankings

• This Week's Opponents (Pacific/Washington State) - Pacific (11-15) has dropped eight of its last nine contests after the Tigers had gotten off to a solid 10-7 start • The Tigers have struggled offensively with a .244 batting average this season, while its pitching staff has posted a 5.13 ERA and its defense is fielding at a .969 clip • Washington State is coming off a three-game sweep at the hands of California in Berkeley during their first Pac-10 series of the season last Friday-Sunday after the Cougars had posted a 15-10 record in 25 preseason games prior to the start of league play, including winning seven of nine heading into its series versus the Golden Bears • Washington State has a .308 batting average that ranked third in the most recent Pac-10 statistics, while posting a 5.00 ERA • The Cougars have had most of their problems on defense, where the club has a .950 fielding percentage with 55 errors in their first 28 contests, including three or more errors in a game on nine occasions

• Head Coach Mark Marquess - Head coach Mark Marquess now has an all-time record of 1204-573-5 (.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 has won three of four games since returning to the field after a 13-day hiatus with a 9-6 victory over Pacific in Stockton on March 20 • Stanford also beat the Tigers in a rematch at Sunken Diamond by a score of 6-1 on March 24 before splitting a pair of games with Sacramento State, losing to the Hornets, 4-3, at Sunken Diamond on March 25 but responding with an 8-2 victory in Sacramento the following day • (March 20) Jeff Gilmore picked up the victory at Pacific 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 (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 • (March 24) 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 • (March 25) A three-run rally in the bottom of the ninth fell short as Sacramento State handed the Cardinal a rare home loss with a 4-3 victory over Stanford • Ethan Katz (8.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 7 SO) beat the Cardinal for the second consecutive season, while reliever Marshall Plouffe struck out Chris Minaker with the tying run on second base to end the contest • (March 26) Stanford scored six times in the top of the first inning on its way to an 8-2 victory at Sacramento State as Jeff Gilmore got the victory by allowing just two runs and six hits with a season-high-tying six strikeouts in 8.1 innings, his longest start of the year. Michael Taylor (3-4, 2B, RBI) had his first career three-hit game to lead the offense

• Schedule Change - Stanford and Santa Clara have announced that two games to be played between the teams will reverse their locations • The April 26 game will now be played at Stanford, while the May 10 contest moves to Santa Clara

• John Mayberry, Jr. - Stanford's National Player of the Year candidate and First Team Preseason All-American had posted five consecutive multiple-hit contests to start a six-game hit streak (February 27 - March 24) and seven two-hit games in 10 contests overall before managing just one hit in eight at bats during the two-game Sacramento State series • Mayberry still leads Stanford with a .333 batting average, while ranking second on the club in RBI (22) 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, while ranking second on the team with six multiple-RBI contests

• Jed Lowrie - Stanford's National Player of the Year candidate and First Team Preseason All-American has put up nice power numbers, leading the team in homers (8, #2 Pac-10), RBI (30, #5T Pac-10), slugging percentage (.655, #2 Pac-10) and total bases (55) to go with a .310 batting average • Defensively, he has made just one error in 21 games and 91 defensive chances for a .989 fielding percentage

Jeff Gilmore (4-1, 2.84) is coming off his longest start of the season (8.1 IP) in an 8-2 Stanford win at Sacramento State last Saturday

• Jeff Gilmore - Has arguably been Stanford's most effective pitcher this season, posting a 4-1 record with a 2.84 ERA and a .193 opponents' batting average that are both the lowest among all Stanford pitchers with at least one inning pitched per team game played • Paces the team in innings pitched (50.2), while co-leading the team in strikeouts (40) and appearances (8) • Second on the squad with seven starts • Ironically, has hit 11 batters in 15.1 innings over his last two appearances

• Mark Romanczuk - Recorded back-to-back complete games for the first time in his career versus USC (also first career shutout) on February 25 and California on March 4 before struggling with a loss and a no-decision in his last two outings at Pacific (March 20) and versus Sacramento State (March 25) • Romanczuk has won 27 career games at Stanford (27-7), good for a seventh-place tie on Stanford's all-time win list and is just 10 victories behind all-time leader Jeff Ballard's 37 from 1982-85 • Romanczuk has a current 4-3 record and a 3.91 ERA • He is on the Roger Clemens Award Watch list for the award given annually to the nation's top pitcher

• Adam Sorgi - Has arguably been Stanford's Most Improved Player this season, hitting .310 with six doubles, one triple, two homers, 12 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 3.73 ERA through 22 games as the Cardinal is attempting to record an ERA under 4.00 for the fourth time in the last six seasons • Stanford's current 3.73 mark is its second-lowest since the team recorded a 3.44 ERA in 1977 with the only exception the final 3.50 ERA posted by the 2001 club • Opponents are hitting just .236 against Cardinal pitching

• Outstanding Defense Getting Better - Stanford's infielders have made just three errors (the club has 14 total) in the team's first 22 games and the Cardinal has an overall team fielding percentage of .982 that leads the Pac-10 and is five percentage points higher than the school record pace of .977 set by the 2001 club • Stanford has played errorless baseball in 13 of its 22 contests, including a current season-best four in a row and in eight of its last 11 contests • In fact, Stanford has played outstanding defense in the past five seasons with five of its top seven team fielding percentages recorded during the period

• Offensive Struggles - Stanford's offense has struggled to a current .287 batting average through its first 22 games that would be the lowest since the team hit .285 in 1994 • 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 the Cardinal 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 20 games on the road dating back to last year and is 3-5 away from Sunken Diamond this season but has won two in a row on the road

• 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

• 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)

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

• Washington Ties - Junior shortstop Chris Minaker is Stanford's lone player that hails from the state of Washington • A native of Lynnwood, Washington, he spent his prep career at Edmonds/Woodway High School

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