Stanford And Oregon State To Play Second Game Of Series Friday

April 14, 2006

Stanford Cardinal (15-12, 2-5)
No. 11 Oregon State (23-9, 4-3)

Thursday, April 13
at Oregon State 3, Stanford 0

Friday, April 14 (5 pm, PT)
TBA vs. Dallas Buck (6-0, 3.99)
Live Game Coverage: Audio Broadcast | Gametracker

Saturday, April 15 (12 pm, PT)
Live Game Coverage: Audio Broadcast | Gametracker

All-Time Series: Stanford 35-18
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 been nearly even over the last five seasons of their games with Oregon State holding a slim 7-6 advantage • Heading into this current series, each team had taken one series at home and one on the road over the past four years • Stanford had won eight of the first nine games between the teams after the Pac-10 expanded to include the Beavers in 1999

• TWO-GAME WIN STREAK SNAPPED – Stanford had its two-game win streak snapped with Thursday night's 3-0 loss at Oregon State ... The Cardinal had previously beaten San Jose State and Pacific in back-to-back non-conference games, scoring a season-high-tying 13 runs versus the Spartans and allowing only one against the Tigers
• SHUTOUT STORY – Stanford suffered its first shutout in a Pac-10 game at Oregon State on Thursday since the Cardinal was blanked 4-0 at California on April 28, 2001, breaking a string of 109 consecutive conference games without being shutout ... The Cardinal was also shutout for the first time overall since falling 2-0 in 10 innings to Pacific at Sunken Diamond on March 29, 2005, ending a stretch of 60 consecutive games without being shutout
• SCORING DROUGHT – Stanford has scored just two runs in its last 18 innings and is averaging just 4.9 per game this season
• A QUICK LOOK AT THE PAC – Stanford is in an unfamiliar last-place spot in the Pac-10 standings with its 2-5 conference mark ... USC (8-2) has jumped out to a 2.5 game lead in the standings and is followed by Oregon State (4-3), Arizona State (4-3), California (5-5), Washington (4-5), UCLA (3-4), Arizona (3-4), Washington State (4-6) and Stanford (2-5)
• 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 SECOND HALF – The postponed games caused by weather and a normally more compacted second half of the schedule have combined to contribute to Stanford having its final 29 games scheduled over the last 43 days of its season after playing just 27 in its first 70
• 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 1993 (at California, UNLV, UCLA), as well as its first series in 1994 (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), while losing the first game of its current series versus Oregon State (4/13)
• 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 5-2 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
• HIT STREAKS INTACT – Although Stanford had a season-low-tying four hits at Oregon State on Thursday night, four players kept their hit streaks intact • Chris Lewis' walked in all three of his bats to keep his hit streak to five games, while John Hester, Michael Taylor and Cord Phelps each had one hit to increase their modest hit streaks to three in a row
• PITCHING PERFORMANCES – Stanford has received some great pitching performances during over its last three games as the staff has allowed just five earned runs in its last 28 innings of work (1.61 ERA)
• 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 – John Hester picked up his 100th career hit when he singled to leadoff Stanford's most recent game at Oregon State (4/13), while Chris Lewis reached the milestone versus Pacific (4/10) and Jim Rapoport against USC (4/1 - Gm. 1) ... Michael Taylor is just five shy of the mark ... 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 27 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 1239-602-5 (.673) in his 30th season as Stanford's head coach
• LEAGUE RANKINGS – Stanford ranks fifth in the Pac-10 in fielding (.967), sixth in pitching (4.09) and seventh in hitting (.268)
• 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

Thursday, April 13
at Oregon State 3, Stanford 0

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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