No. 17 Stanford And Washington State Continue Series Sunday

March 26, 2006

Washington State Cougars (19-6, 1-0 Pac-10)
No. 17 Stanford Cardinal (11-8, 0-1 Pac-10)

Saturday, March 25
Washington State 7, at Stanford 1

Sunday, March 26 (1 pm, PT)
RHP Nick Ison (4-1, 2.92) vs. RHP David Stringer (2-2, 2.45)
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Monday, March 27 (11 am, PT)
TBA vs. LHP Tommy Milone (4-0, 4.45)
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All-Time Series: Stanford 29-14
2005 Results: Series - Stanford 3-0 (at Washington State, April 1-3) Stanford 14-5, Stanford 11-4, Stanford 8-6
Series Notes: Washington State's 7-1 victory in Saturday night's series-opener snapped a 23-game Stanford win streak versus the Cougars dating back to a 6-3 Washington State win at the UC Riverside Invitational Tournament on March 28, 1978 ... The streak included seven consecutive three-game sweeps over the Cougars since the teams began playing conference games when the Pac-10 expanded to nine teams in 1999 ... Stanford had also won the last 10 games between the clubs at Sunken Diamond with the last Washington State win over the Cardinal on The Farm a 5-3 victory in the first game of a doubleheader on May 1, 1971 ... Stanford also opened its 2005 conference schedule against Washington State, sweeping the Cougars in a three-game series in Pullman

• NEED TWO IN A ROW – Stanford needs to win the final two games of its current series versus Washington State to avoid dropping a regular season series of two or more games to the Cougars for the first time since 1970 when Washington State won both ends of a doubleheader in the only contests between the clubs that season ... Two straight victories would also extend its string of series wins in Pac-10 opening series to 10

• THREE-GAME SKID – Stanford's current season-long three-game losing skid is its longest since the Cardinal also dropped three in a row from May 7-10, 2005 ... Stanford has not lost four in a row since a four-game skid from May 11-21, 1998

• HAPPY TO BE HOME – After spending more than a month away from Sunken Diamond, Stanford is in the midst of a seven-game homestand that will continue after its versus USC (March 31 - April 2) and Sacramento State (April 4) after its current Washington State series

• OFF THE ROAD – Stanford finished its recent string of eight consecutive road games (2/24 - 3/12) with a 4-4 mark and will not hit the road again until playing 10-of-11 games away from Sunken Diamond from April 5-23

• WINNING THE CLOSE ONES – Stanford has a 5-2 record in one-run games this season and is 2-0 in extra inning contests

• SEASON SUMMARY – Stanford started the season with a three-game sweep of then No. 5 Cal State Fullerton (2/3-5), before 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), splitting a weather-shortened two-game set at California (3/3-4), dropping two-of-three at USC (3/10-12) and losing Saturday night's Pac-10 opener to Washington State ... The Cardinal also won a single game against Nevada (2/21)

• BEATING THE BEST – Stanford is 5-1 against ranked teams but just 6-7 against unranked opponents (according to Baseball America at the time of the games)

• AMONG THE BEST – Despite its early season struggles, Stanford has played well enough to earn Baseball America's No. 17 ranking in the publication's most recent release of its weekly poll on March 20, holding on to the same spot from the previous week and only one place lower than its highest ranking of the season at No. 16 on March 5 ... The Cardinal is down two spots to No. 17 and one spot to No. 18 in the latest Rosenblatt Report and Collegiate Baseball polls, respectively ... The NCBWA has Stanford holding ground at No. 23, while the Cardinal has dropped out of the The USA Today coaches poll

• MINAKER'S 11-GAME HIT STREAK BROKEN – Chris Minaker's torrid season-high 11-game hit streak (.469, 23-49) came to an end when he was 0-for-4 versus Washington State in his most recent contest on March 25

Friday, March 10
Stanford 7, at USC 6

Saturday, March 11
at USC 16, Stanford 7

Sunday, March 12
at USC 7, Stanford 2

April 1
at Stanford 14, Washington State 5

April 2
at Stanford 11, Washington State 4

April 3
at Stanford 8, Washington State 6

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