No. 16 Stanford And USC Play Rubber Game Sunday

March 12, 2006

No. 16 Stanford Cardinal (11-6, 0-0, Pac-10)
USC Trojans (11-10, 0-0 Pac-10)

Friday, March 10
Stanford 7, at USC 6

Saturday, March 11
at USC 16, Stanford 7

Sunday, March 12, (1 pm, PT)
TBA vs. LHP Tommy Milone (4-0, 4.45)
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All-Time Series: USC 204-158-3
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 but Stanford has a 43-17 record against the Trojans since the last time USC won a season series by taking all six games between the clubs in 1996 • Stanford needs a win Sunday to avoid dropping back-to-back regular season series to the Trojans for the first time since USC swept both series in 1996 • Stanford had won eight consecutive season series and seven straight 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 is 2-0 in rubber games this season with victories over Texas (2/20) and Fresno State (2/26)

• Despite yesterday's loss, Stanford has won seven of its last 10 contests

• The Cardinal is 4-3 on its current stretch of eight consecutive road games that concludes today • Stanford returns home by 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 played seven one-run games in its first 17 contests this season and is 5-2 in those contests • The Cardinal has also added a pair of two-run contests (0-2) and three three-run contests (3-0), leaving only five games decided by four or more runs (3-2)

• Stanford has won three of its previous five series and split another, sweeping then No. 5 Cal State Fullerton (2/3-5), dropping two-of-three to Kansas (2/10-12), taking two-of-three against then No. 7 Texas (2/18-20) and at Fresno State (2/24-26) before splitting a weather-shortened two-game set at California (3/3-4) • The Cardinal has also won a single game against Nevada (2/21)

• Stanford is 5-1 against ranked teams but just 6-5 against unranked opponents

• Stanford 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 posted seven straight double-digit hit games, improving the Cardinal's batting average to a season-high .270

Chris Minaker is on a torrid season-high 10-game hit streak, hitting .489 (22-45) during the run • On the season, he leads the regulars with a .375 batting average, three homers, 21 RBI, three stolen bases and 27 hits

Cord Phelps currently owns a career-best six-game hit streak and the second longest current streak on the club

Randy Molina had the first four-hit game of his career with a 4-for-4 (2B, RBI) performance at USC on Saturday and is hitting .583 (7-12) in his limited action this season

• Stanford allowed season-highs of 16 runs and 20 hits as its team ERA ballooned to a season-high 4.23, adding .76 points from the 3.47 the staff started Saturday's game with

Grant Escue and J.J. Jelmini both recorded the first career hit and RBI at USC on Saturday

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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