No. 17 Stanford Fights To Keep Season Alive At No. 4 Oregon State Sunday
June 11, 2006
No. 17 Stanford Cardinal (33-26)
at No. 4 Oregon State Beavers (43-14)
Saturday, June 10
at Oregon State 4, Stanford 3
Sunday, June 11 (7 pm, PT)
RHP Nolan Gallagher (5-4, 3.75) vs. RHP Jonah Nickerson (10-4, 2.67)
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Monday, June 12 (4 pm, PT)
TBA vs. RHP Mike Stutes (7-2, 2.88) ... if necessary
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STANFORD-OREGON STATE SERIES HISTORY
All-Time Series: Stanford 35-21
2006 Results: Series - Oregon State 4-0 (at Oregon State, April 13-14, 16; June 10) Oregon State 3-0, Oregon State 1-0, Oregon State 12-1; Oregon State 4-3
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
Series Notes: Oregon State has now won all four of the contests between the clubs this season and six of the last seven The Beavers have swept four games (all played in Corvallis) over the Cardinal this season with its 4-3 win in Saturday night's Super Regional opener and a three-game regular season set this season after winning two-of-three at Stanford in 2005 Stanford has scored just four runs in its four games versus Oregon State this season Stanford had won five of the previous seven games between the squads, including two straight series at Oregon State in 2004 and at Stanford in 2003 Stanford had won eight of the first nine games between the teams after the Pac-10 expanded to include the Beavers in 1999 before Oregon State won two-of-three in 2002 in Corvallis Stanford had won all three meetings between the clubs in the postseason before Saturday's 4-3 Beavers' win on Saturday
Both teams posted impressive performances while winning their respective regionals The Cardinal dominated the Austin Regional with victories over North Carolina State (7-2), host and defending national champions Texas (12-8) and then again against North Carolina State (17-7) in the title game The Cardinal did it both offensively with a .439 batting average and defensively with a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage but made three errors in Saturday night's Super Regional opener that played a big part in its defeat Stanford is now hitting .288 on the season, while posting a 4.42 ERA and a .968 fielding percentage Oregon State also dominated its regional with three straight victories over Wright State (5-3), Kansas (11-3) and Hawaii (12-3) to earn a spot in the Super Regionals for the second straight year The Beavers have put up excellent numbers in all three main categories this season with a .302 batting average, 3.49 ERA and .973 fielding percentage
2006 NCAA DIVISION I BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP INFORMATION
Stanford and Oregon State are two of 12 teams remaining in the 2006 NCAA Division I Baseball Championships last Friday-Monday, June 2-5 The winners of the eight Super Regionals will advance to the 60th College World Series to be held June 16-26 at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, Nebraska Four teams (Cal State Fullerton, Clemson, Georgia Tech, North Carolina) have already won their respective Super Regionals
2006 STANFORD-OREGON STATE SERIES
Saturday, June 10 -- NCAA Corvallis Super Regional Game 1 (at Oregon State 4, Stanford 3) - Mitch Canham's two-out RBI double in the bottom of the seventh inning scored Bill Rowe with the eventual game-winning run to lead No. 4 Oregon State to a 4-3 victory over No. 17 Stanford in the opening game of the NCAA Corvallis Super Regional. Dallas Buck picked up the victory with 8.0 solid innings of work before Kevin Gunderson came on to pitch a perfect ninth to record the save. The Beavers scored a pair of unearned runs in the contest off Stanford starter and losing pitcher Greg Reynolds, who allowed a total of four runs (two earned) on seven hits and four walks with nine strikeouts. Jim Rapoport (2-4, HR, 2 RBI) was the only Stanford player with more than one hit and had two of the team's three RBI, while Cole Gillespie (2-3) had the only multiple-hit game for Oregon State.
Sunday, April 16 (at Oregon State 12, Stanford 1) - Oregon State closed out a three-game sweep of Stanford with a 12-1 victory in a rain-shortened seven inning game in the delayed series finale on Easter Sunday. The contest was shortened to just six and a half innings due to a 10-run rule agreement reached prior to the game. Jonah Nickerson tossed a complete-game two-hitter for the Beavers, striking out seven and walking just two. Cole Gilespie (2-3, 3B, HR, 3 RBI) was the offensive hero for Oregon State, while Chris Kunda also drove in a three runs and doubled and Bill Rowe (2-4, 2 RBI) had a pair of hits and RBI. Darwin Barney (2-4, RBI) added a pair of hits. Stanford scored its only run of the series in the first inning to take a 1-0 lead when Chris Minaker drew a two-out walk, stole second and scored on Michael Taylor's RBI double.
Friday, April 14 (at Oregon State 1, Stanford 0) - Oregon State blanked Stanford for the second straight game with a 1-0 victory. Dallas Buck earned the win with 8.1 innings of four-hit work and retired 17 consecutive batters at one point, while Kevin Gunderson got a game-ending double play to notch his ninth save of the season and his second in the series. Oregon State scored the only run of the contest when Cole Gillespie trotted home on reliever Nolan Gallagher's second balk of the seventh inning.
Thursday, April 13 (at Oregon State 3, Stanford 0) - Stanford was shutout in a Pac-10 game for the first time since 2001 in a 3-0 loss to Oregon State as four Beaver pitchers limited the Cardinal to four hits with Mike Stutes picking up the win and Kevin Gunderson recording his eighth save by retiring all five batters he faced. Oregon State scored all three of its runs in the bottom of the sixth to break up a scoreless pitching dual between Stutes and losing pitcher Greg Reynolds.
STANFORD'S 2006 AUSTIN REGIONAL ACTION
Sunday, June 4 - Game 6 (Stanford 17, North Carolina State 7) - Stanford erupted with a 17-7 victory over North Carolina State in the championship game of the NCAA Austin Regional to advance to Super Regional action for the first time since 2003. Chris Minaker (5-5, 2 2B, 3B, 2 RBI) scored a career-high six of Stanford's season-high 17 runs and had a career-high-tying five of the club's season-high 24 hits to lead the offensive outburst. Michael Taylor (4-4, 2B, HR, 4 RBI) and Ryan Seawell (4-6, 3B, 3 RBI) added four hits each. Chris Lewis (2-5, 4 RBI) also drove in four and had pair of hits, while Jason Castro (2-5, 3B) and John Hester (2-6, 2B, RBI, SB) picked up a pair of hits each. Reliever Austin Yount earned the victory, limiting a potent North Carolina State club to a pair of runs on one hit and three walks with two strikeouts over 3.1 innings of work. Erik Davis (1.1 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 1 SO) got his second save of the Regional.
Saturday, June 3 - Game 4 (Stanford 12, at Texas 8) - Stanford picked up a wild 12-8 victory over Texas in a winners' bracket game before a loud crowd of 5420 fans. John Hester (2-4, HR, 4 RBI) hit his first career grandslam in the second inning and tied a career-high four RBI to help the Cardinal come back from an early 3-0 deficit, while Erik Davis recorded his third save of the season by pitching 2.1 hitless frames. The trio of Jason Castro (3-4, 3B, 2 RBI), Chris Lewis (3-4) and Michael Taylor (3-4) combined for nine of Stanford's 16 hits and nine of the team's 12 runs with each player scoring three times and collecting three hits. Chris Minaker (2-5, RBI) also had a pair of hits while Jim Rapoport drove in a pair of runs. Starter Nolan Gallagher picked up the victory.
Friday, June 2 - Game 1 (Stanford 7, North Carolina State 2) - Stanford opened postseason play with a 7-2 victory over North Carolina State as Greg Reynolds tossed a complete-game seven-hitter. Reynolds struck out seven and walked two while going the distance for the fifth time in six starts. Stanford jumped out to a 5-0 lead after an inning and a half and never trailed. Jim Rapoport (3-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI), Randy Molina (3-3), Chris Minaker (2-4, 2B, RBI), Grant Escue (2-5, RBI) and John Hester (2-5, RBI) all had multiple-hit games, while Michael Taylor drove in a pair of runs.
STANFORD'S SUPER REGIONAL HISTORY - Stanford is playing in a Super Regional for the sixth time in the past eight seasons since the format began in 1999 The Cardinal won five consecutive Super Regionals from 1999-2003 to advance to the College World Series for a school record five years in a row The Cardinal had also won five straight Super Regional games before falling 4-3 to Oregon State in Saturday's opener of the 2006 Corvallis Super Regional Stanford is playing a Super Regional on the road for the first time in 2006 after hosting each of the previous five the club has played Stanford defeated USC (1999) in its first Super Regional, before following with victories over Nebraska (2000), South Carolina (2001), USC (2002) and Long Beach State (2003) The Cardinal has an all-time record of 10-3 (.769) in Super Regional games
STANFORD BASEBALL HISTORY - Stanford has won two College World Series titles (1987, 1988) and finished as the national runner-up on three other occasions (2000, 2001, 2003), while making a total of 15 trips to the CWS Stanford has won 14 Regionals and five Super Regionals, going a combined 32-9 (.800) in Regional (22-6, .786) and Super Regional (10-3, .769) action since the beginning of the Super Regional postseason format in 1999 Stanford has an all-time postseason record of 120-59 (.670), going 68-25 (.731) in Regional action, 10-3 (.769) in Super Regional play and 38-27 (.585) in the College World Series Stanford is making its 27th appearance in the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship and its 13th in a row in 2006, picking up its 14th Regional title in its 24th Regional appearance June 2-4 when the Cardinal appeared in a Regional title game for the eighth straight year Stanford is playing on the road for a Super Regional for the first time in school history at Oregon State from June 10-12 after hosting the first five it participated in from 1999-2003 The Cardinal was also on the road for a Regional for the second straight season after nine consecutive years (1996-2004) that the Cardinal hosted a Regional at Sunken Diamond in Austin last Friady-Sunday Now in its 113th season, Stanford Baseball has an all-time record of 2490-1549-32 (.616) Stanford has also won 20 conference championships (18 Pac-10) and recorded 13 straight winning seasons (including 2006), as well as 41 in the last 42 years and 58 in the past 60 Stanford has won 40 or more games in a school record 10 straight years but is still seven victories away from accomplishing that feat and 50 or more in four the last six seasons
STANFORD WINS SIXTH REGIONAL IN LAST EIGHT YEARS - Stanford captured the NCAA Austin Regional last Friday-Sunday to win a Regional and advance to a Super Regional for the sixth time in the last eight years but the first time since 2003 Stanford has reached at least a Regional final in each of the eight seasons Stanford won five straight Regional finals from 1999-2003 (Nevada, Alabama, Texas, Long Beach State, Richmond) on its way to College World Series appearances each season before falling in its next two appearances in Regional finals in 2004 against Long Beach State and 2005 at Baylor
POSTSEASON OPENER SUCCESS CONTINUES - Stanford's 7-2 victory over North Carolina State on June 2 marked the seventh time in the last eight seasons the Cardinal has won its first postseason contest
STANFORD TIES FOR FIFTH IN FINAL PAC-10 STANDINGS - Stanford moved up one spot from last season and into a fifth-place tie in the final 2006 Pac-10 standings Oregon State (16-7) won its second straight title and the league's automatic berth to the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship The Beavers were followed in the final standings by fellow NCAA Tournament qualfiers Arizona State (14-10) and UCLA (13-10), while Arizona (12-12) finished fourth in front of Washington, Stanford and Southern California (11-13) in a three-way tie for fifth, Washington State (10-14) and California (9-15) Stanford dropped its first four Pac-10 series (Washington State, USC, at Oregon State, at Arizona) and sat in last place with a 3-9 conference record at the halfway point before winning three series in a row (Arizona State, California, at Washington State) before finally losing its last one at UCLA Despite two consecutive sub-par finishes in the final league standings, Stanford has won at least a share of a Pac-10 or Pac-10 Southern Division title in six of the last 10 years and has picked up a total of 20 conference titles in school history The Cardinal has finished either first or second in the prestigious Pac-10 a total of 22 times in the last 26 seasons Stanford was picked in a preseason poll of the Pac-10 coaches to tie for third in 2006
WINNERS - Stanford has both reached the 30-win mark and assured itself of a winning campaign for the 13th straight season in 2006 Stanford has also had winning campaigns in 41 of the last 42 years and 58 of the past 60
SECOND HALF SURGE - Stanford won three of its four second half Pac-10 series against California (two-of-three) and Arizona State (two-of-three), as well as at Washington (sweep) The three-game streak was snapped when the Cardinal dropped the rubber game of its final three-game Pac-10 series of the season at UCLA The three-game series streak was the first time the Cardinal had won three consecutive conference series since taking seven Pac-10 series in a row from May 3, 2003 - May 2, 2004
BACK INTO THE POLLS - Stanford's victory at the NCAA Austin Regional moved the Cardinal back into all three national polls released on June 6 after the club had not been ranked for the previous nine weeks The Cardinal is now No. 15 in the latest Collegiate Baseball poll, as well as being ranked No. 17 by Baseball America and No. 19 by the NCBWA Neither the Rosenblatt Report or USA Today has released polls since the postseason began
MARQUESS 12TH ON ALL-TIME VICTORY LIST; 6TH ON ACTIVE LIST - Mark Marquess sits in sole possession of 12th-place on the all-time win list for NCAA Division I coaches and with the retirement of Virgina Tech's Chuck Hartman following the 2006 season has moved into sixth on the active win list Marquess has an all-time record to 1257-616-5 (.671) in his 30th season as Stanford's head coach Marquess also has impressive postseason (112-51, .687, 24 Appearances), Regional (68-25, .731, 24 Appearances, 14 Titles), Super Regional (10-3, .769), College World Series (34-23, .596) and Pac-10 (501-327, .605) records
COMEBACK KIDS - Stanford has come from behind for victory in 21 of its 33 wins, including 16 of its last 22 victories
OFFENSE HOT FOR LAST 17 GAMES - Stanford put up much improved offensive and pitching numbers while winning 12 of its last 17 games Stanford has scored runs at a pace of 7.6 per game and hit .334 as a team with 18 homers over the 16-game stretch compared to averages of just 4.9 and .267, as well as just 22 homers in 42 games prior The Cardinal put up its biggest offensive game of the season to win the NCAA Austin Regional championship game, collecting a season-high 24 hits in a 17-7 win over North Carolina State Stanford has also put up double-digit hit games in 11 of its last 14 contests Stanford's ho hitting has moved the team's batting average up to .288 and just above the 2005 team's mark of .287 that had been the Cardinal's lowest since the 1994 club hit .285
STANFORD REACHES 40 HOMERS FOR 20TH STRAIGHT SEASON - Jim Rapoport's two-run homer at Oregon State on June 10 was Stanford's 40th homer of 2006, extending the Cardinal string of consecutive 40-homer campaigns to 20
HOT HITTERS - Several individuals have keyed the team's recent hot hitting Grant Escue has the team's highest-batting average of .429 (2B, 7 RBI) over the last 17 games, while Chris Lewis (.408, 17 runs, 29 hits, 8 2B, 5 HR, 23 RBI) has led or co-led the Cardinal in several offensive category during the stretch Michael Taylor (.387, 29 hits, 5 2B, 4 HR, 14 RBI) has also heated up, as has Jason Castro (.371, 2 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 10 RBI, SB) while Chris Minaker (.350, 7 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 20 RBI) has continued his tremendous season
DEFENSIVE ERRORLESS STRING COMES TO CRASHING END - Stanford had been errorless in a season-high six straight games before committing three that led to two costly unearned runs in the 4-3 loss at Oregon State in the 2006 Corvallis Super Regional opener Despite Saturday's three misuces, Stanford's improved defensive play of late still has the team's fielding percentage at .968 (#5 Pac-10) and within three points of the .971 or better mark that Stanford has posted in each of the past six campaigns to account for six of the top eight fielding percentages in school history
REYNOLDS WRAP - Stanford ace Greg Reynolds has pitched five complete games in his last seven starts but has dropped three of his last four decisions Reynolds tossed his most two recent complete games in his past two outings versus North Carolina State (June 2) in the opening game of the Austin Regional to earn All-NCAA Regional honors and against UC Davis (May 26) in his final regular season outing Reynolds became the first Stanford pitcher to throw three or more straight complete games since Jeremy Guthrie tossed four in a row (the last three victories) from April 26 - May 17, 2002 Reynolds was named the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week on May 2 after throwing the first complete game of his career and the first by a Stanford pitcher in 2006 with a three-hitter in a 7-1 win over Arizona State on April 28 He followed that performance by outdueling California Friday starter Brandon Morrow in a 3-2 Stanford victory on May 5 and Washington ace Tim Lincecum with his first career complete game shutout in a 5-0 Stanford victory over the Huskies in Seattle on May 12, taking his second Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week honors on May 16
PAC-10 HONORS - Chris Minaker was Stanford's lone All-Pac-10 selection, while Chris Lewis, Matt Manship, Greg Reynolds and Michael Taylor picked up honorable mention All-Pac-10 recognition Minaker (Sociology, 3.75 GPA) and David Stringer (Undeclared, 3.91 GPA) were also First Team Pac-10 All-Academic selections, while Manship (Economics, 3.17 GPA), Jim Rapoport (Public Policy, 3.08 GPA) and Ryan Seawell (Economics, 3.23 GPA) were Second Team choices Nolan Gallagher (Undeclared, 3.11), Lewis (Sociology, 3.03) and Taylor (Undeclared, 3.02 GPA) were selected honorable mention Pac-10 All-Academic
ROOKIE CLASS - Jason Castro (39), Joey August (29), Cord Phelps (27), Brent Milleville (20), Austin Yount (9), J.J. Jelmini (2) and Sean Ratliff (1) have all made starts as position players Jeremy Bleich has a team-high seven saves and was the team's primary closer for more than two and a half months to start the season before making seven of his last nine appearances as a starter at Oregon State (4/14), at Arizona (4/21), versus Arizona State (4/29), against San Jose State (5/2), at Washington (5/14), at UCLA (5/21) and versus North Carolina State in the NCAA Regional championship game (6/4) Rookies Max Fearnow, Ratliff and Yount have also seen pitching action with Yount posting a 4-0 record and a team-low 2.42 ERA in 15 appearances all out of the pen
STURDY SENIORS - Senior position players Chris Minaker and Chris Lewis have each started all 59 contests this year with Minaker playing every inning at shortstop each of the last two seasons Both players have long consecutive games started streaks going with Minaker at 156 and Lewis starting 118 games in a row
BUSY SECOND HALF - Rescheduled games caused by earlier weather-related postponed contests contributed to Stanford playing its final 27 regular season games over the last 42 days of its regular season after playing its first 28 contests in the first 72 days
NO JUNE SWOON - Stanford has typically played excellent baseball in June with a 37-20 (.649) record during the month
TV TIME - Stanford has played seven games on television this season, including five before a national audience The Cardinal set a school record when the club played 15 contests on television in 2003
BIG INNINGS - Stanford has put up some big innings offensively of late with one inning of six runs or more in five of its last 13 games, most recently when the Cardinal put up a six-spot in the ninth inning to wrap up a 17-7 win over North Carolina State in the NCAA Austin Regional championship game (6/4) Stanford also put up seven or more runs in an inning in three consecutive games from May 13-16 as the Cardinal scored a season-high-tying nine runs at Washington in the second inning on May 13, seven at Washington in the fourth inning on May 14 and eight in the fifth inning versus Santa Clara on May 16 to come from behind and win in all three contests Other innings of five or more runs for the Cardinal this season include a season-high-tying nine-run third versus Texas (2/20), six runs in the seventh in the first game of a doubleheader against USC (4/1), a five-run sixth at San Jose State (4/8), an eight-spot in the fifth inning versus Arizona State (4/30), and six in the sixth inning to erase an 8-4 deficit in an eventual 14-8 win at Pacific (5/24)
IT'S SIMPLE ... HIT THE LONG BALL AND WIN - Stanford is 11-1 in games in which the Cardinal has hit two or more runs and had been a perfect 11-0 until finally losing despite home runs from Chris Lewis and Michael Taylor in an 8-7 defeat at UCLA (5/21)
OREGON TIES - Stanford's Joey August is returning home to play in the NCAA Super Regional at Oregon State August spent his childhood living in Fremont in the Bay Area but moved to Salem, Oregon, and played his prep basball four South Salem High School
THE STANFORD 9 - The All-Time Starting 9 that represted the best of the first 30 years of the distinguished coaching career of Mark Marquess as votedupon be fans throughout the 2006 season was announced on Saturday, May 6 The team consisted of Mike^ Mussina (Pitcher, 1988-90), Ryan Garko (Catcher, 2000-03), John Gall (First Base, 1997-2000), Jed Lowrie (2nd, 2003-05), Ed Sprague (Third Base, 1996-98), Eric Bruntlett (Shortstop, 1997-2000), Joe Borchard (Outfield, 1998-2000), Sam Fuld (Outfield, 2001-04) and Jeffrey Hammonds (Outfield, 1990-92)
STANFORD BASEBALL IN THE BIGS - Stanford has sent 74 players on to play Major League Baseball, including six (Joe Borchard - Florida Marlins, Seattle Mariners Eric Bruntlett - Houston Astros Mike Gosling, Cincinnati Reds John Gall - St. Louis Cardinals Jeremy Guthrie - Cleveland Indians Rick Helling - Milwaukee Brewers Mike Mussina - New York Yankees) that have played in The Show in 2006
STANFORD IN THE MINOR LEAGUES - Stanford has 27 former players that have either been on a Minor League Baseball roster (includes Independent leagues) in 2006 or are a member of a professional baseball organization and yet to be assigned to a team for the 2006 campaign (Jonny Ash - Corpus Christi Hooks, Houston Astros AA Jeff Bruskch - Long Beach Armada, Independent Chris Carter - Tucson Sidewinders, Arizona Diamondbacks AAA Tony Cogan - Sioux Falls Canaries, Independent Jason Cooper - Buffalo Bisons, Cleveland Indians AAA Scott Dragicevich - Dunedin Blue Jays, Toronto Blue A Advanced Pete Duda - Unassigned, Arizona Diamondbacks Sam Fuld - Daytona Cubs, Chicago Cubs A Advanced John Gall - Memphis Redbirds, St. Louis Cardinals AAA Ryan Garko - Buffalo Bisons, Cleveland Indians AAA Jody Gerut - Unassigned, Pittsburgh Pirates Jeff Gilmore - Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, Seattle Mariners A Mike Gosling - Cincinnati Bats, Cinncinnati Reds AAA Jeremy Guthrie - Buffalo Bisons, Cleveland Indians AAA Brian Hall - Unassigned, Toronto Blue Jays Jed Hansen - Fresno Grizzlies, San Francisco Giants AAA John Hudgins - Mobile BayBears, San Diego Padres AA; Oklahoma RedHawks, Texas Rangers AAA Mark Jecmen - Lake County Captains, Cleveland Indians A Andrew Lorraine - Long Island Ducks, Independent Jed Lowrie - Wilmington Blue Rocks, Boston Red Sox A Advanced Donny Lucy - Winston-Salem Warthogs, Chicago White Sox A Advanced John Mayberry, Jr. - Clinton LumberKings, Texas Rangers A Darin Naatjes - Brockton Rox, Independent Chris O'Riordan - Mobile Bay Bears, San Diego Padres AA Jay Pecci - Gary Southshore Railcats, Independent Danny Putnam - Midland RockHounds, Oakland A's AA Carlos Quentin - Tucson Sidewinders, Arizona Diamondbacks AAA Mark Romanczuk - Unassigned, Arizona Diamondbacks Jason Van Meetren - Chico Outlaws, Independent)
STARS AT SUNKEN - Mike Mussina took in Stanford's game against USC at Sunken Diamond on April 2 and brought teammate (and 2005 AL MVP) Alex Rodriguez with him
2005 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP REVIEW - Stanford was forced to go on the road for Regional action for the first time since 1995, getting in the NCAA Championship despite a 32-23 overall regular season record and tying for a sixth-place finish in the Pac-10 (12-12) to mark the lowest conference finish for the team in 29 years under head coach Mark Marquess. Despite squeaking into the postseason, Stanford came up with an excellent performance as the No. 3 seed at the NCAA Waco Regional.
The Cardinal ran into inclement weather in Waco on Friday's first day of scheduled action, postponing its Regional opener versus TCU and forcing the event to revert back to the old format of seven possible games in just three days. The Cardinal would finally square off with TCU for the first time ever and was given the difficult task of facing the Horned Frogs' First Team All-American pitcher Lance Broadway. TCU would give Broadway all the run support he needed by posting a three-spot in the bottom of the first inning on its way to a 5-1 win over the Cardinal.
The Cardinal avoided losing its first two Regional games for the first time since 1994 with a 6-2 victory over Texas-San Antonio in the first meeting ever between the clubs. John Mayberry, Jr. (3-4, 2B, HR, 3 RBI) and Adam Sorgi (3-4, 2B, 2 RBI) had three hits each while combining to drive in five of Stanford's six runs. Matt Leva notched his second career postseason win in as many starts by not allowing a run over the first 5.0 innings. Matt Manship recorded his first of two saves on the day with 2.2 perfect innings of relief, striking out four of the eight batters he faced.
Stanford's victory against Texas-San Antonio earned the Cardinal a second game of the day. The Cardinal was up to the challenge of a rematch versus TCU, cruising by a Horned Frogs, 12-4. Jed Lowrie and Mayberry both homered in the contest. Manship was once again the pitching hero by setting down all nine batters he faced after entering the game with a slim 6-4 lead in the top of the seventh and runners on the corners with no outs.
Stanford's big day earned the Cardinal a shot at Baylor in the Regional championship game on Monday. Needing a pair of victories over the Bears, Stanford decided to give Greg Reynolds' just his fifth career start of the season in the opener and Reynolds responded with the outing of his life, keeping the Cardinal in the game by pitching a career-high 11.0 innings with a career-best 10 strikeouts. Reynolds actually had Stanford within two outs of a 3-2 victory before Seth Fortenberry responded with a one-out solo homer in the top of the ninth to send the contest into extra frames. Neither team would score again until Jeff Mandel hit his first career homer off Reynolds to lead off the top of the 12th frame. Stanford loaded the bases in its half of the 12th but Ryan LaMotta came on for Mandel, who was also the winning pitcher in relief, and struck out Ben Summerhays to end the game.
RECENT STANFORD RECAPS
Saturday, June 10 (NCAA Corvallis Super Regional, Corvallis, OR)
at Oregon State 4, Stanford 3
Sunday, June 4 (NCAA Austin Regional, Austin, TX)
Stanford 17, North Carolina State 7
Saturday, June 3 (NCAA Austin Regional, Austin, TX)
Stanford 12, at Texas 8
Friday, June 2 (NCAA Austin Regional, Austin, TX)
Stanford 7, North Carolina State 2
Saturday, May 27
at UC Davis 8, Stanford 3
Friday, May 26
UC Davis 3, at Stanford 0
Wednesday, May 24
Stanford 6, at UCLA 2
Saturday, May 21
at UCLA 8, Stanford 7
Saturday, May 20
Stanford 6, at UCLA 2
Friday, May 19
at UCLA 8, Stanford 1
Tuesday, May 16
at Stanford 11, Santa Clara 7
Sunday, May 14
Stanford 10, at Washington 2
Saturday, May 13
Stanford 14, at Washington 6
Friday, May 12
Stanford 5, at Washington 0