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Publication Date: Friday, May 13, 2005

Stanford needs to resurrect baseball hopes in a hurry Stanford needs to resurrect baseball hopes in a hurry (May 13, 2005)

Cardinal women's water polo begins its quest for national title as NCAA tournament opens with match against host Michigan

by Rick Eymer

With the Stanford baseball team struggling, a visit from one of the lower teams in the Pac-10 could serve as a tonic.

At least, that's conventional wisdom as UCLA visits for a three-game series which begins today at 6 p.m.

Stanford (8-7, 27-18) is currently on a three-game losing streak following Monday's 9-5 loss to host California and Tuesday's 6-5 loss in 12 innings to Santa Clara on Tuesday.

UCLA (1-15, 12-33) is in the midst of its worst season in 24 years, but that's hardly soothing for the 24th-ranked Cardinal, who haven't lost more than 18 games in a season since finishing 45-20 in 1997.

The three-game losing streak, the third such streak of the year, is Stanford's longest since losing four in a row between May 11-21, 1998.

The last time Stanford suffered through three losing streaks of three games or longer in the same season occurred in 1993, when the Cardinal finished 27-28.

But if recent pitching performances by Jeff Gilmore and Mark Romanczuk hold form, Stanford has a chance to improve its place in the Pac-10 standings and secure a postseason bid.

Gilmore (8-1, 3.24) is the reigning Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week after winning twice last week, including a winning effort last Friday against the Bears in the last game Stanford has won.

He has allowed one run in his last 19 innings, and pitched 10 innings of shutout ball in two games last week. He'll take the mound tonight against the Bruins.

Saturday's starter Mark Romanczuk (5-4, 4.31) allowed one run in 13 innings last week.

Stanford has taken 2-of-3 from UCLA in each of the past six series.

Gunn High grad Anthony Rea was again the winning pitcher as Santa Clara scored in the 12th inning to record its win over the Cardinal.

Rea (5-6) pitched two scoreless innings to gain the win.

Michael Taylor hit a two-run homer in the top of the 10th, but the Broncos got to reliever Matt Manship in the bottom of the inning. Manship had allowed three runs in his previous 26 innings.

Menlo School grad Ryan Seawell also drove in a run for Stanford.
Women's water polo

Third-ranked Stanford (20-6) meets host Michigan in the first round of the expanded eight-team NCAA tournament today at 10:30 a.m. (PDT).

The semifinals are slated for Saturday with the championship match scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Sunday.

Stanford has appeared in all five NCAA Tournaments.

"We have had one eye on NCAA's all season," Stanford coach John Tanner said. "And I am confident that our team is well-prepared and excited for this weekend."
Softball

Fourth-ranked Stanford (12-6, 39-12) has a chance to improve both its national ranking and Pac-10 standing when it takes on visiting Arizona today at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 1 p.m. in the final weekend of the season.

The Cardinal opened their weekend against visiting Arizona State on Thursday night.

The Wildcats (11-7, 37-9) are ranked third in the nation, behind No. 1 Michigan and No. 2 California.

First place Oregon State (13-5) travels to Washington and UCLA. California and Arizona are a game behind Stanford.

The Cardinal have won five series against Pac-10 opponents this year, taking two-of-three from UCLA, Oregon, Oregon State, Washington and California. They are 1-1 with Arizona State entering play Thursday, and 0-1 with Arizona.

Stanford will learn its postseason fate on Sunday between 7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. on ESPNews.
Track and field

Stanford travels to the Pac-10 championships at UCLA's Drake Stadium on Saturday and Sunday.

The Cardinal women will be in contention for the conference title, while the men should hold its own in several events.

The Stanford women has finished third or higher in each of the past five years, and placed second last to UCLA.

For the men, Ian Dobson is among the nation's top collegiate 10,000 runners with a top conference time of 27:59.72 That's a school record and fifth-best all-time in the Pac-10. Michael Robertson is the leader in the discus with a school record 202-5.
Women's tennis

Top-ranked and undefeated Stanford takes its first step toward a possible national title today when its meets Army in the first round of the NCAA tournament at 2 p.m. in Taube Tennis Center.

Fresno State and Oregon meet in an earlier match at 10 a.m. Friday's winners play Saturday at noon, with the winner advancing to the Round of 16 in Athens, Ga.

Stanford has competed in postseason action for the past 31 years and has earned a berth into the NCAA Tournament in every year of the tournament's 24-year existence. Stanford has advanced to the final match in 18 of its last 23 NCAA championship appearances.
Men's tennis

Stanford is on the road to open the NCAA tournament, meeting San Diego in the first round on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Pepperdine.

Pepperdine and UC Irvine square off at 10 a.m., with the winners meeting Sunday at 1 p.m. for the right to advance to the Round of 16 at Texas A&M.


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