Stanford Hoping To Get Back On Field Saturday At San Jose State

April 5, 2006

Stanford Cardinal (13-11)
San Jose State Spartans (21-12)

Saturday, April 8 (1 pm, PT)
Live Game Coverage: Audio Broadcast | Live Stats

All-Time Series: Stanford 77-30
2005 Results: Series Stanford 1-0 (at Stanford, April 19) Stanford 8-2
Last Meeting At San Jose State: (March 30, 2004) Stanford 5-0
Series Notes: Stanford has won five straight overall and two consecutive road games over San Jose State since the last Spartan victory against the Cardinal, a 12-0 win at Municipal Stadium on May 1, 2002

• BUSY STRETCH – Stanford's game at San Jose State (Saturday, April 8, 1 pm) comes after two straight weather postponements and begins a stretch that has the Cardinal scheduled to play eight games in 11 days with two rescheduled games added to an already busy schedule

• RETURN TO THE PAC – Stanford next returns to Pac-10 action with a three-game series at No. 11 Oregon State from Thursday-Saturday, April 13-15 (5 pm, 5 pm, 12 pm) ... The Cardinal is in an unfamiliar spot in last place in the Pac-10 with a 2-4 conference mark but just 2.0 games behind league leaders California and USC in the extremely tight standings

• WINNING THE CLOSE ONES – Stanford has a 5-3 record in one-run games this season and is 2-1 in extra inning contests

• COMEBACK KIDS – Stanford has come from behind in seven of its 13 wins, including its biggest comeback of the year in the opener of a doubleheader versus USC last Saturday when the Cardinal scored the final seven runs after trailing 7-2 heading into the bottom of the sixth

• THREE-SERIES LOSING STREAK – Stanford's current stretch of three straight series losses is its most since Stanford also dropped three in a row versus Cal State Fullerton, Fresno State and Santa Clara from February 3-20, 1995

• SOGGY SEASON – Stanford has had nine changes to its schedule due to soggy weather this season but is still on track to get in the maximum number of 56 regular season contests

• SCORING DROUGHT – Stanford scored just one run in its final 21 innings of the USC series after getting 11 in its first 10 trips to the plate

• SEASON SUMMARY – Stanford started the season with a three-game sweep of then No. 5 and now No. 1 Cal State Fullerton (2/3-5), before dropping two-of-three to Kansas (2/10-12), taking two-of-three against then No. 7 and now No. 90 Texas (2/18-20) and at Fresno State (2/24-26), splitting a weather-shortened two-game set at California (3/3-4), then dropping two-of-three at USC (3/10-12), versus Washington State (3/25-27), and then in a Pac-10 rematch versus USC (4/1-2) ... The Cardinal has also won a single game against Nevada (2/21)

• BEATING THE BEST, TROUBLE WITH THE REST – Stanford is 5-1 against ranked teams but 8-10 against unranked opponents (according to Baseball America at the time of the games)

• OUT OF THE POLLS – Stanford has not been ranked in any of the five major national polls (Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball, NCBWA, Rosenblatt Report, USA Today) for either of the last two weeks

• MORE MOLINA – Stanford's top hitter in recent contests has been Randy Molina, who is emerging as the team's everyday starter at designated hitter ... Molina currently has a career-high six-game hit streak and leads all regulars with a .444 batting average, as well as a .556 slugging percentage and a .565 on-base mark

• GALLAGHER GOOD – Nolan Gallagher turned in Stanford's top pitching performance in its most recent action versus USC, pitching a career-high 6.1 innings of relief in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader without allowing an earned run and giving up just two hits but taking the loss on an unearned run in the 12th

• REMEMBER TAYLOR'S CYCLE – Michael Taylor hit for the cycle for the first time in his collegiate career the last time Stanford and Jose State met on April 19, 2005, becoming the first Stanford player to do so since Edmund Muth versus UCLA on February 22, 1998

Saturday, April 1
at Stanford 9, USC 7 -- DH Game 1
USC 3, at Stanford 2 (12 inn.) -- DH Game 2

Sunday, April 2
USC 6, at Stanford 1

Tuesday, April 19
at Stanford 8, San Jose State 2

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