Stanford and No. 7 Texas Wrap Up Series With Monday's Rubber Game

Feb. 20, 2006

No. 7 Texas Longhorns (5-5, 0-0 Big 12)
No. 24 Stanford Cardinal (5-3, 0-0 Pac-10)

Saturday, February 18
Texas 4, at Stanford 2

Sunday, February 19 (1 pm, PT)
at Stanford 5, Texas 1

Monday, February 20 (1 pm, PT)
RHP Randy Boone (0-1, 4.15) vs. TBA
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All-Time Series: Stanford 18-17-1
2005 Results: Series – Texas 3-0 (at Texas, February 18-20) Texas 6-4, Texas 8-7, Texas 5-4
Series Notes: Stanford snapped a four-game losing streak to the Longhorns with Sunday's 5-1 win that dated back to a Texas sweep in Austin last year when the Longhorns won a pair of one-run games and the other by two runs • The Cardinal needs a victory in Monday's seriese finale to win the regular season series between the teams for the fifth time in the last six years • Of the 36 all-time meetings between the clubs, 10 have come in the postseason with each team winning five • In 2003, Texas ended Stanford's season with a pair of victories over the Cardinal at the College World Series • Stanford sent Texas home on a dramatic day in 2001, sweeping the Longhorns with a pair of one-run victories in a doubleheader on the final day of a Regional at Stanford • Other prominent postseason meetings have included Stanford defeating Texas twice on its way to its first CWS title in 1987, while Texas defeated the Cardinal in the 1982 CWS

•Stanford sits at 5-3 after yesterday's win • Stanford dropped two-of-three to Kansas after its season-opening sweep of then No. 5 Cal State Fullerton in its season-opening series (February 3-5)
• Stanford has dropped out of the most recent Baseball America poll released today despite splitting its first two games with No. 7 Texas ... Stanford was ranked No. 24 last week • Stanford's three-game sweep of Cal State Fullerton in the first series of the season had moved the Cardinal back into the Baseball America poll at No. 19 after Stanford had not been ranked in the preseason poll for the first time since the publication started the rankings in 1981 ... In addition, Stanford was in the rankings for 227 consecutive weeks from 1994-2005 before dropping out on May 16, 2005
• Stanford has struggled offensively to this point in the 2006 season, ranking last in the Pac-10 with a .218 team batting average, being outhit in five of its first eight games and being held to four hits three times ... Jim Rapoport's .241 batting average is the highest among the regular starters
• On the other hand, Stanford has pitched extremely well with a 3.21 team ERA that if the season were to end today would be the club's lowest since the 1973 staff recorded a 2.64 mark
• Freshman pitcher Jeremy Bleich has recorded three saves and a win while appearing in five of the team's first eight games without allowing a run and giving up just three hits in 9.0 innings
• Stanford has also played excellent defensive this season with a .980 fielding percentage that is better than the school record mark of .977 in 2005, including three games of errorless baseball
• Stanford was picked to finish tied for third in the Pac-10 in the annual preseason poll of the conference coaches
Michael Taylor (Baseball America Third-Team Preseason All-American, Wallace Award Watch List) and Chris Minaker (Wallace Award Watch List) have received 2006 preseason honors but the Cardinal does not have a returning All-Pac-10 player on its roster for the first time since 1994

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