Stanford Closes Out 10-Game Season Opening Homestand Tuesday Versus Nevada

Feb. 21, 2006

Nevada Wolf Pack (3-5, 0-0 WAC)
No. 24 Stanford Cardinal (6-3, 0-0 Pac-10)

Tuesday, February 21
TBA vs. RHP David Stringer (0-1, 4.50)
Live Game Coverage: Audio Broadcast | Gametracker

All-Time Series: Stanford 17-8
2005 Results: Series – Stanford 1-0 (at Nevada, May 3) Stanford 13-0
Last Meeting At Stanford: (February 17, 2003) Stanford 5-4
Series Notes:
Stanford has won the last two meetings between the clubs since the last Nevada victory in a wild 13-12 game in Reno in 2002 • Stanford has also won the last two times the teams have met at Stanford with the most recent Nevada victory on The Farm coming 5-4 in 2000

• Stanford sits at 6-3 after taking two-of-three from defending national champion and No. 7 Texas yesterday
• Despite winning five-of-six games against Cal State Fullerton (three-game sweep February 3-5) and Texas, the Cardinal is unranked thanks mostly to dropping two-of-three games to unranked Kansas at Sunken Diamond from February 10-12
• Stanford was ranked in the Baseball America poll for two weeks before losing the Kansas series ... The Cardinal jumped into the poll at No. 19 on February 6 after the Fullerton sweep and just stayed in at No. 24 following the series loss to Kansas ... 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 closes out a season-opening 10-game homestand with today's contest versus Nevada and then will be on the road for 10 consecutive games beginning with a three-game series at Fresno State this Friday-Sunday (February 26-28) before also going to California (March 3-5), San Jose State (March 7) and USC (March 10-12) ... The Cardinal will not return home until hosting Washington State in its first Pac-10 series Saturday-Monday, March 25-27, after a 12-day break in March for finals
• Stanford looks to be breaking out of an early season offensive slump with 22 hits in the last two games, including a season-best 14 in yesterday's 13-9 win over Texas when the Cardinal also scored a season-high in runs
Chris Minaker looks to be leading the surge after hitting .455 (5-11) with a double, triple, homer and six RBI in the Texas series
Michael Taylor also drove in six runs in the Texas series
• Stanford's pitching staff has recorded a solid 3.73 team ERA, while the club is fielding at a .977 clip that is equal to its school record set last season and has been errorless in three contests
• 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 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
• Stanford drew better than 2,000 fans in each of its last two series, including a season-best 2,473 last Sunday against Texas

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