USC To Visit Stanford For Key Three-Game Pac-10 Set Friday-Sunday

March 29, 2006

USC Trojans (15-11, 2-1 Pac-10)
No. 17 Stanford Cardinal (12-9, 1-2 Pac-10)

Friday, March 31 (6 pm PT)
RHP Ian Kennedy (2-4, 2.83) vs. RHP Greg Reynolds (1-2, 3.18)
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Saturday, April 1 (1 pm, PT)
LHP Tommy Milone (5-0, 4.17) vs. RHP David Stringer (2-2, 4.12)
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Sunday, April 2(1 pm, PT)
RHP Ryan Cook (2-2, 5.86) vs. TBA
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All-Time Series: USC 205-158-3
2006 Results: Series - USC 2-1 (Non-Conference at USC, March 10-12) Stanford 7-6, USC 16-7, USC 7-2
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 has taken two-of-three over the Cardinal in each of the last two series played between the teams after Stanford had previously won eight consecutive season series and seven straight regular season three-game sets since USC won all six games over the Cardinal in 1996 and took two-of-three to even the season series and end the 2005 regular season for both clubs, respectively ... Although Stanford is 43-18 in the last 61 games between the teams, USC is still one of only two 2006 regular season opponents that lead the all-time series over the Cardinal

• STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION – After dropping the first two games of its most recent series versus Washington State, Stanford salvaged a victory in Monday’s series finale to avoid being swept in a regular season three-game home series at Sunken Diamond for the first time since Arizona State took three in a row over the Cardinal on The Farm from April 11-13, 1997 (a span of 65 consecutive regular season three-game home series) and running its losing streak to five games for the first since the Cardinal dropped five in a row from March 22-29, 1993

• PAC-10 OPENING STREAK OVER – Stanford's series loss to Washington State ended a string of nine straight series victories in Pac-10 opening series that dated back to UCLA taking two-of-three in first Pac-10 series for the Cardinal in 1996

• BACK HOME – After spending more than a month away from Sunken Diamond, Stanford is in the midst of a seven-game homestand that will conclude versus USC (March 31 - April 2) and Sacramento State (April 4)

• THE ROAD ON THE HORIZON – After its current homestand, Stanford will return to the road to play 10 of its next 11 games from April 5-23 with only a home date versus San Francisco (Tuesday, April 11, 6 pm) breaking up the long run of road games ... Stanford is 4-4 away from Sunken Diamond this season posting that mark during a string of eight consecutive road games from February 24 - March 12

• 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), and dropping two-of-three both at USC (3/10-12) and versus Washington State (3/25-27) in its first Pac-10 series of the campaign and most recent action ... The Cardinal also won a single game against Nevada (2/21)

• BEATING THE BEST, TROUBLE WITH THE REST – Stanford is 5-1 against ranked teams but just 7-8 against unranked opponents (according to Baseball America at the time of the games)

• FALLING OUT OF THE POLLS – Stanford has fallen out of all five major national polls (Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball, NCBWA, Rosenblatt Report, USA Today) after being ranked in all but the USA Today poll last week

Saturday, March 25
Washington State 7, at Stanford 1

Sunday, March 26
Washington State 8, at Stanford 5

Monday, March 27
at Stanford 5, Washington State 3

Friday, March 10
Stanford 7, at USC 6

Saturday, March 11
at USC 16, Stanford 7

Sunday, March 12
at USC 7, Stanford 2

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