Two-Time Defending League Champ Stanford Opens Pac-10 At Washington State Friday-Sunday

April 1, 2005

No. 12 Stanford (14-9, 0-0 Pac-10)
Washington State Cougars (15-14, 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 opens 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)

• 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

• Rankings - Stanford is ranked No. 12 for the third week in a row in the latest - 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 - 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 - and Sports Weekly polls, and Georgia Tech claiming it in the Collegiate Baseball and NCBWA rankings

• This Week's Remaining Opponents (Washington State) - Washington State comes into its series versus Stanford on a season-high four-game losing streak • The last-place Cougars were swept in their first Pac-10 series of the season at California last Friday-Sunday and then surrendered a 12-1 lead in a wild 14-12 defeat at the hands of Gonzaga in Pullman this past Tuesday • Washington State has a .312 batting average that ranks third in the Pac-10 • The Cougars have had most of their problems on pitching and defense with a 5.26 ERA that is eighth in the conference and a .951 fielding percentage (56 errors in 29 games) that is last

• Head Coach Mark Marquess - Head coach Mark Marquess now has an all-time record of 1204-574-5 (.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 dropped two of its last three games • The Cardinal split a two-game series versus Sacramento State, being surprised 4-3 by the Hornets last Friday before responding with an 8-2 win in Sacramento the following day before being upset 2-0 in 10 innings by Pacific at home this past Tuesday • (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 • (March 29) Matt Berezay broke a scoreless tie with a two-out, two-RBI single in the top of the 10th inning to lift Pacific to a 2-0 upset victory in 10 innings over Stanford. Josh Schmidt pitched the final 2.2 hitless innings to earn the victory, while Jeff Stimpson took the loss. Jed Lowrie (2-4, 2B) had half of Stanford's four hits. Five Stanford pitchers - Matt Leva, Greg Reynolds, Nolan Gallagher, Erik Davis, Matt Manship and Blake Holler - kept Pacific scoreless through the first nine innings

• 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 11 at bats over his last three games • Mayberry still leads Stanford with a .322 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, #2T Pac-10), RBI (30, #6 Pac-10), slugging percentage (.659, #8 Pac-10) and total bases (58) to go with a .318 batting average • Defensively, he has made just one error in 22 games and 95 defensive chances for a .989 fielding percentage

• Jeff Gilmore - Has arguably been Stanford's most effective pitcher this season, posting a 4-1 record with a 2.84 ERA (#8 Pac-10) and a .193 opponents' batting average (#4 Pac-10) 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, #4 Pac-10), 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 .294 with six doubles, one triple, two homers, 12 RBI and a team-high-tying 14 walks • Sorgi has struggled to a .150 batting average (3-20) in five games since returning from the 13-day break after hitting .338 in 18 games prior to the break • Sorgi hit just .214 in 29 games played and 18 starts as a freshman in 2004

• Pitching Staff - Stanford's pitching staff has a 3.64 ERA through 23 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 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 four errors (the club has 15 total) in the team's first 23 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 23 contests, including in eight of its last 12 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 .280 batting average through its first 23 games that would be the lowest since the team hit .276 in 1989 • In fact, Stanford has hit .307 or better in each of its last nine seasons • Stanford had looked to be breaking out of its offensive struggles with six multiple-hit contests in an eight-game stretch before getting only four and being shutout for the first time this season in a 2-0, 10-inning loss to Pacific this past Tuesday • Stanford's 6.1 run per game average is down 2.2 runs from last season, when the Cardinal averaged 8.3 runs per contest

• 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

• Stanford Drops Second Straight At Home - Stanford has dropped its last two games at home (Sacramento State, 4-3, April 25; Pacific, 2-0 in 10 inn., April 29), marking the first time Stanford has lost consecutive games at Sunken Diamond since falling to Arizona (11-6) and Santa Clara (2-0) on April 27 and 29, 2003 • Despite the current two-game losing streak, Stanford is still 11-4 at home this season and has won 51 of its last 61 contests overall at Sunken Diamond, 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

• Road Woes Getting Better - 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

• 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

• 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

• 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)

• 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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