No. 16 Stanford Gets Back To Action At USC Friday-Sunday

March 8, 2006

No. 16 Stanford Cardinal (10-5, 0-0, Pac-10)
USC Trojans (10-9, 0-0 Pac-10)

Friday, March 10 (6 pm, PT)
RHP Greg Reynolds (1-1, 2.84) vs. RHP Ian Kennedy (2-3, 2.29)
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Saturday, March 11 (1 pm, PT)
RHP Matt Manship (0-1, 3.97) vs. RHP Ryan Cook (0-2, 7.20)
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Sunday, March 12, (1 pm, PT)
TBA vs. LHP Tommy Milone (4-0, 4.45)
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All-Time Series: USC 203-157-3
2005 Results: Series – Tied 3-3 (Non-Conference at Stanford, February 25-27) Stanford 6-0, Stanford 4-3, USC 8-2; (Conference at USC, May 27-29) USC 5-2, Stanford 14-3, USC 4-2
Series Notes: USC is one of only two Stanford regular season opponents that lead the all-time series between the teams • Stanford had won eight consecutive season series and seven striaght regular season three-game sets before the Trojans took two-of-three in Los Angeles to end the 2005 season for both clubs, evening the regular season series at 3-3

• Stanford sits at 10-5 after splitting a pair of dramatic non-conference games at California last Friday and Saturday, before Sunday's series finale at California and Tuesday's non-conference game at San Jose State were both postponed due to weather conditions

• Stanford has rescheduled the postponed games at California for Monday, May 1 (2:30 pm, PT) and San Jose State for Saturday, April 8 (1 pm, PT) at Blethen Field

• Stanford won three of its four series prior to the two-game split with California by sweeping then No. 5 Cal State Fullerton and dropping two-of-three to Kansas, before taking two-of-three against both then No. 7 Texas and at Fresno State in its first road series of the season February 24-26 • The Cardinal has also won a single game against Nevada

• Stanford is 5-1 against ranked teams but just 5-4 against unranked opponents

• Stanford is in the midst of a eight-game road swing that started at Fresno State (February 24-26) and California (March 3-4), before concluding at USC this Friday-Sunday • The road stretch was originally scheduled to last for 10 games but was reduced to eight with the postponements of the California series finale and the San Jose contest • Stanford will not return home until hosting Washington State in its first Pac-10 series Saturday-Monday, March 25-27, after a 12-day break from March 13-24 for finals

• Stanford has climbed three spots to a season-best No. 16 in the most recent Baseball America poll released on Monday, March 6 • The Cardinal is ranked as high as No. 11 by Collegiate Baseball, while the Rosenblatt Report has Stanford at No. 13, the NCBWA lists the Cardinal at No. 17 and the USA Today Coaches' Poll puts Stanford at No. 18

• Stanford has raised its team batting average from a season-low of .199 after five games to its current season-high of .259 by with seven double-digit hit games (including five in a row) over the past 10 contests and a .287 team batting average over the span

Chris Minaker is on a torrid season-high eight-game hit streak, hitting .528 (19-36) during the run after going 7-for-10 with six RBI in two games at California last Friday and Saturday, while picking up the game-winning RBI single in the top of the 11th of the second contest • On the season, he leads the team with a .381 batting average, three homers, 19 RBI, three stolen bases and 24 hits

Michael Taylor had his career-best eight-game hit streak snapped at California on Saturday • Taylor hit .444 (14-29) with four doubles and 10 RBI during the streak • On the season, he is second on the club behind Minaker with his .346 batting average and 14 RBI

• Stanford’s team ERA of 3.37 would be the lowest since the 1973 club checked in with a 2.64 mark were the season to end today

• Freshman pitcher Jeremy Bleich has already recorded five saves while appearing in nine of his first 15 games at Stanford, giving up just six hits and one earned run for an 0.75 ERA and a .140 opponents' batting average with 11 strikeouts in 12.0 innings

Friday, March 3
at California 7, Stanford 6

Saturday, March 4
Stanford 6, at California 5 (11)

February 25
at Stanford 6, USC 0

February 26
at Stanford 4, USC 3

February 27
USC 8, at Stanford 2

May 27
at USC 5, Stanford 2

May 28
Stanford 14, at USC 3

May 29
at USC 4, Stanford 2

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