Stanford Returns To Pac-10 Play At No. 11 Oregon State

April 12, 2006

Stanford Cardinal (15-11, 2-4)
No. 11 Oregon State (22-9, 3-3)

Thursday, April 13 (5 pm, PT)
RHP Greg Reynolds (2-2, 3.81) vs. TBA
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Friday, April 14 (5 pm, PT)
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Saturday, April 15 (12 pm, PT)
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All-Time Series: Stanford 35-17
2005 Results: Series – Oregon State 2-1 (at Stanford, April 9DH-10) Oregon State 9-7 (DH Game 1), Oregon State 11-10 (DH Game 2), Stanford 4-3
Last Meeting at Oregon State: Series – Stanford 2-1 (April 8-10, 2004) Stanford 11-8, Oregon State 5-4, Stanford 16-4
Series Notes: The teams have split their last 12 games with both teams twice taking two-of-three in a series, once at home and once on the road • Stanford had won eight of the first nine games between the teams after the Pac-10 expanded to include the Beavers in 1999

•TWO IN A ROW – Stanford picked up its second straight victory with its 2-1 win over Pacific last night, two days after the Cardinal had snapped a two-game skid by breaking out for a season-high 18 hits in a 13-3 win at San Jose State ... The Cardinal tied season-bests by scoring 13 runs versus San Jose State and allowing only one against Pacific

• HEADING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION – Stanford also has won four of its last six games after suffering through a previous stretch where the Cardinal lost six of eight

• RETURN TO THE PAC – Stanford returns to Pac-10 action its three-game series at No. 11 Oregon State this Thursday-Saturday, April 13-15 (5 pm, 5 pm, 12 pm) ... The Cardinal is in an unfamiliar spot in the Pac-10 standings, tied for last with Arizona and 3.5 games behind league-leader USC's 7-2 mark ... Arizona State (4-2), Oregon State (3-3), UCLA (3-3), UCLA (4-5), Washington (4-5) and California (4-5) rank between the league-leading Trojans and the Cardinal

• SOGGY SEASON – Stanford has made 10 changes to its schedule this season due to soggy weather but is still on track to get 55 regular season contests in with a possible makeup date at Santa Clara to get to the maximum number of 56 games in a season

• BUSY SCHEDULE – The postponed games caused by weather and a usually more compacted schedule have combined to contribute to Stanford having 31 of its 56 games scheduled over the final 44 days of its season after playing just 25 in its first 69

• TV GAMES ON THE HORIZON – Stanford is scheduled to play three games on three different television entities in the coming weeks ... Stanford's 2006 television debut will come on CSTV in the opener of a home series versus Arizona State on Friday, April 28 ... The Cardinal is also scheduled to be on Comcast and Fox Sports Net in back-to-back contests against California at Sunken Diamond on Friday and Saturday, May 5 and 6

• THREE-SERIES LOSING STREAK – Stanford's current three-series losing streak is its longest since Stanford also dropped three in a row versus Cal State Fullerton, Fresno State and Santa Clara from February 3-20, 1995 ... Stanford has not lost four straight regular season series since dropping two-of-three in each of its last three series of the 1993 camapign (at California, UNLV, UCLA), as well as its first series in 2004 (Cal State Fullerton)

• 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), 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 single games against Nevada (2/21), at San Jose State (4/8) and versus Pacific (4/10)

• WINNING THE CLOSE ONES – Stanford has a 6-3 record in one-run games this season, has won three of four games that have been tied after eight innings and is 2-1 in extra inning contests

• COMEBACK KIDS – Stanford has come from behind in nine of its 15 wins, including each of its last three victories

• BEATING THE BEST, TROUBLE WITH THE REST – Stanford is 5-1 against ranked teams but has just been able to even its record at 10-10 against unranked opponents (according to Baseball America at the time of the games) with victories in its last two contests at San Jose State and versus Pacific

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

• HOT HITTERS – Chris Minaker and Michael Taylor have helped power Stanford to its two recent wins at San Jose State and over Pacific ... Minaker hit .455 (5-11) in the two games with two doubles, a homer and five RBI ... Taylor was 3-for-5 in the two contests with a double and an RBI

• PITCHING PERFORMANCES – Stanford has recevied some great pitching performances during its current two-game win streak as the staff has allowed just two earned runs in its last 19 innings of work ... Greg Reynolds (6.0, 3-2-1-1-6) got the victory at San Jose State, while Matt Manship had a career-high seven strikeouts against Pacific and David Stringer retired all 11 batters he faced

• SPREADING OUT THE WINS – A total of 10 different Stanford pitchers have combined for the team's 15 wins this season with no single hurler recording more than two

• THE 100 CLUB – Chris Lewis recorded his 100th career hit in Stanford's most recent game versus Pacific (4/10), while Jim Rapoport reached the milestone against USC (4/1 - Gm. 1) ... John Hester is just one shy of reaching the mark, while Michael Taylor nees just six more hits ... Chris Minaker reached the 100 career RBI mark at San Jose State (4/8) and is just one shy of his 100th career run

• STURDY SENIORS – Stanford's four seniors have yet to miss a start this season ... Position players John Hester, Chris Lewis and Chris Minaker have each started all 26 games with Minaker playing every inning at shortstop ... Pitcher Matt Manship has made all nine of his starts on the mound

• ROOKIE CLASS – Stanford has also received lots of contributions from its freshman class this season ... Joey August, Jason Castro, Brent Milleville and Cord Phelps have all spent significant time in the starting lineup, while J.J. Jelmini and Austin Yount have also made starts ... Jeremy Bleich is the team's closer, while Max Fearnow, Sean Ratliff and Yount have also seen action on the hill

• MARQUESS THREE WINS FROM 13TH ON ALL-TIME LIST – Mark Marquess has moved to within the three victories of 13th on the all-time win list with his all-time record of 1239-601-5 in his 30th season as Stanford's head coach

• LEAGUE RANKINGS – Stanford ranks fifth in the Pac-10 in fielding (.968), sixth in pitching (4.11) and seventh in hitting (.272)

• IT'S SIMPLE ... HIT THE LONG BALL AND WIN – Stanford is 6-0 in games in which the Cardinal has two or more home runs

• STANFORD BASEBALL HISTORY – Stanford has captured two College World Series titles (1987, 1988) and advanced to the CWS 15 times, including 13 appearances in Omaha in the past 24 seasons and a school record five in a row from 1999-2003 when the Cardinal finished as runners-up three times (2000, 2001, 2003) ... The Cardinal has also won five NCAA Super Regionals, 13 NCAA Regionals and 20 Pac-10 titles ... Stanford Baseball is in its 113th year of existence with an all-time record of 2472-1534-32 (.616)

• STANFORD BASEBALL IN THE BIGS – Stanford has sent 74 players on to play Major League Baseball, including five (Joe Borchard – Seattle Mariners; Eric Bruntlett – Houston Astros; Jody Gerut – Pittsburgh Pirates; Rick Helling – Milwaukee Brewers; Mike Mussina – New York Yankees) that have played in The Show in 2006

• STARS AT SUNKEN – Mike Mussina took in Stanford's game against USC at Sunken Diamond on April 2 and brought his teammate (and 2005 AL MVP) Alex Rodriguez with him

Monday, April 10
at Stanford 2, Pacific 1

Saturday, April 8
Stanford 13, at San Jose State 3

Sunday, April 2
USC 6, at Stanford 1

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

Saturday, April 9 (DH)
Oregon State 9, at Stanford 7 (Game 1); Oregon State 11, at Stanford 10 (Game 2)

Sunday, April 10
at Stanford 4, Oregon State 3

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