#14 Stanford To Visit Fresno State January 26-28

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Jan. 22, 2001

Friday, January 26 - #14 Stanford at Fresno State (7:00 pm)
Saturday, January 27 - #14 Stanford at Fresno State (1:00 pm)
Sunday, January 28 - #14 Stanford at Fresno State (1:00 pm)
All games broadcast on KZSU 90.1 FM and www.gostanford.com

#14 Stanford (0-1) continues its 2001 season by traveling to Fresno State (0-0) for a three-game series at Beiden Field this Friday, January 26 - Sunday, January 28. The series was originally scheduled for a remodeled Sunken Diamond but was moved to Fresno State earlier this week due to construction delays in the project. Stanford has an all-time advantage of 61-44 in the series. Last season, the Cardinal swept all three games played between the clubs. Stanford defeated the Bulldogs, 5-1, in the first game of the NCAA Regional at Sunken Diamond behind a five-hit pitching performance by Jason Young and a 13-hit offensive performance. The Cardinal also defeated the Bulldogs in the first two games of a season-opening series at Fresno before the third contest was rained out. Edmund Muth was 3-for-5 with a homer and four RBI in the season-opening 10-2 win as Young earned the win on the hill. The Cardinal used home runs from three players - Craig Thompson, Jason Cooper and Jason VanMeetren - for a 7-1 victory in the second game of the series. Justin Wayne recorded the first of his school-record 15 victories with 5.1 innings of three-hit pitching. Fresno State won two-of-three games when the teams opened the 1999 campaign with a three-game set at Sunken Diamond. Fresno State begins the 2001 season with an experienced team that returns 21 players from last year's NCAA Regional club that finished 40-21. Among the team's strengths are the return of junior first baseman Brandon Gemoll (.367, 6 HR, 52 RBI) and a pitching staff led by junior Beau Hintz (5.3, 3.45 ERA). Despite having six of their line top pitchers returning, the Bulldogs did lose a trio of pitchers - Hans Smith, Shawn Hannah and Tom Graham - that combined for 22 wins a year ago.

Following the three-game series versus Fresno State, the Cardinal will next be in action when the club travels to #15 Cal State Fullerton for a three-game series from February 2-4. The Cardinal swept the Titans in three straight games at Sunken Diamond during the 2000 season and holds an all-time advantage of 32-27 in the rivalry. Stanford won the first game of last year's series in dramatic fashion as Craig Thompson singled home Billy Jacobson with two outs in the bottom of the ninth for a 5-4 win. Justin Wayne scattered six hits over the first 7.0 innings of the second game of the series in a 3-1 Stanford win that was the 950th career win for head coach Mark Marquess. Brian Sager allowed only two hits in 6.0 shutout innings of Sunday's finale to give the Cardinal a 7-3 win. Edmund Muth hit his second home run of the season and led Stanford's offense with three RBI. Stanford last played at Cal State Fullerton during the 1999 season in a three-game series from February 5-7. After dropping Friday's game by a score of 8-0, the Cardinal rallied for victories on both Saturday (6-5) and Sunday (13-7) to win the series. Sunday's series finale was a memorable game, featuring combined totals of 28 hits and 11 errors to go with the 20 runs scored by both teams.

Stanford's 6-5 loss at Cal Poly marked the first time since the 1996 season that the Cardinal has dropped a season-opener. The Cardinal has compiled an all-time record of 19-6 in the 25 season-openers since current head coach Mark Marquess took over as head coach of the program at the beginning of the 1977 season. Cal Poly ended Stanford's streak by scoring the winning run on a bases loaded walk to Scott Neal in the bottom of the 12th. The Cardinal fell behind early, giving up four runs in the bottom of the first inning as the host Mustangs touched Mike Gosling for four hits and were assisted by both an error and a Gosling walk. Stanford immediately rallied with a pair of runs in the second on an RBI single by Ryan Garko and a sacrifice fly from Sam Fuld to cut the lead to 4-2. An RBI-single by Scott Dragicevich in the top of the sixth cut the gap to 4-3. Cal Poly extended the lead to 5-3 in the bottom of the eighth on an RBI bunt single by Bryan Gant before Chris O'Riordan's dramatic two-out, two-RBI double in the top of the ninth sent the game into extra innings. Cal Poly nearly ended the game in the 10th inning but Stanford left fielder Brian Hall cut down Mustang pinch-runner Sam Herbert at the plate for the final out of the inning.

Stanford's storied baseball program has had many highlights as the program is currently in its 108th season and has an all-time record of 2228-1431-32 (.608). Last year's trip to the College World Series championship game was only the latest chapter in the success story of Stanford Baseball. The program has produced 35 winning seasons over the last 36 seasons, including six consecutive campaigns with 40 or more wins. Just a few of the highlights have included back-to-back NCAA titles (1987, 1988), 12 College World Series appearances, 18 conference titles and 21 NCAA Tournament berths. Stanford has boasted a total of 40 All-Americans who have earned a total of 47 All-American honors. Stanford has also garnered three NCAA Player of the Year choices in Jeff Austin (1998), David McCarty (1991) and Steve Dunning (1970). Other numbers for the Cardinal baseball program include 93 all-conference players earning a total of 118 honors, 54 major league players (including eight scheduled to begin the 2001 season in Major League Baseball) and 12 first round draft picks in the last 14 years. Eight members of the 2000 Stanford Baseball team signed professional contracts following the 2000 collegiate season, including first-round draft picks Justin Wayne and Joe Borchard.

The Pac-10 coaches selected Stanford to finish third in their annual preseason poll. USC finished first in the poll with six first-place votes, while second-place Arizona and Stanford picked up the other two first-place votes. Arizona, California, UCLA, Oregon State, Washington and Washington State ranked fourth through ninth.

The Stanford baseball coaching staff is headed by one of the nation's premier collegiate coaches in Mark Marquess. Now in his 25th season as the Cardinal head coach, Marquess has posted 995 career wins. With five more victories, Marquess will become the 23rd coach in the history of Division I collegiate baseball to post 1,000 career wins. Marquess began the 2001 season ranked 14th in victories and 19th in winning percentage among active Division I baseball coaches. Marquess has been named NCAA Coach of the Year three times and has received Pacific-10 Coach of the Year honors on eight occasions, including three of the last four seasons. Marquess was named the Pac-10 Southern Division Coach of the Year seven times before being named the first Pac-10 Coach of Year in the newly aligned league (1999). He has a career record of 995-499-5 (.665) at Stanford, including an impressive 411-273 (.601) mark in Pacific-10 Conference action, arguably the toughest conference in the nation. He picked up his 950th career win versus Cal State Fullerton last season on February 6, 2000. The 1969 Stanford graduate has led the Cardinal to two NCAA titles (1987, `88), 10 College World Series appearances (1982, `83, `85, `87, `88, `90, `95, `97, `99, `00), 10 Pac-10 regular season titles and 18 NCAA Tournament showings. Last season, Marquess coached the Cardinal to its first trip to the CWS final game since winning the 1988 CWS title. His teams have also won NCAA Super Regionals each of the last two seasons. His teams have won at least a share of a Pac-10 baseball championship in 10 of the last 18 years (includes Southern Division Championships) and for a school-record four straight seasons. Nearly as eye-opening as the number of titles won by the Cardinal is the consistent level of success Marquess has brought to the program. The Cardinal has suffered just one losing season during his tenure and has finished either first or second in the prestigious Pacific-10 (formerly Six-Pac) 18 times in the last 20 seasons. Stanford has had 95 draft picks in the past 16 seasons, including 12 first-round selections in the last 14 years. A member of the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame, Marquess was the head coach of the 1988 United States Olympic baseball team which captured the Gold Medal. Marquess was an accomplished football and baseball standout on The Farm, and is a member of the Stanford Athletic Hall of Fame. He is one of only six collegiate head baseball coaches to have both played and coached in the College World Series. Marquess was the starting first baseman on Stanford's 1967 College World Series squad and played five years of minor league baseball with the Chicago White Sox organization.

Mark Marquess will coach his 1500th game for Stanford this Friday, January 26, in the first game a three-game series at Fresno State.

(On Sunken Diamond) 'We're disappointed that Sunken Diamond will not be available for the Fresno State series and apologize to Stanford Baseball Fans about the delay. However, we are excited about the new opening date scheduled for February 9. The remodeled Sunken Diamond is going to be a beautiful facility for Stanford Baseball.'

'The Fresno State series is one that we traditionally play early in the season and once again we're excited about the series and ready for it. It has been a very good tradition for both teams. This will give both teams a chance to see where they are right now. Fresno State is one of the nation's most respected collegiate baseball programs.'

Dean Stotz has served as the right-hand man for Mark Marquess during his entire tenure at Stanford and also is beginning his 25th campaign with the Cardinal. Stotz was promoted to associate head coach prior to the 2000 season after 23 years as an assistant. Mark O'Brien (3rd season) and Tom Kunis (2nd season) complete the Cardinal coaching staff.

Stanford opened the 2001 season ranked #9 by Baseball Weekly/ESPN, #11 by Collegiate Baseball and #14 by Baseball America. The Cardinal finished the 2000 campaign ranked #2 in all three polls. Georgia Tech begins the 2001 campaign ranked #1 in all three polls. Pac-10 foes USC and Arizona State begin the 2001 campaign ranked ahead of the Cardinal with the Trojans #2 in both Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball, as well as #3 in Baseball Weekly. The Sun Devils are ranked #6 in all three polls. Stanford began the 2000 season at #1 in all three polls before dropping out of the top spot on February 14. Stanford's poll history includes a run as the 'king of the polls' in 1998 when the Cardinal held the top spot in the Baseball America poll for a record 14 consecutive weeks.

Junior left-handed pitcher Mike Gosling and sophomore outfielder Jason Cooper were named 2001 Second Team Preseason All-Americans by Baseball America prior to the season. Scouting directors of major league clubs vote on the team and make their selections based on performance, talent and major league potential.

Gosling, a potential first round pick in the 2001 draft, begins his third year with the Cardinal and is slated as the team's opening day starter. Gosling has pitched mostly in a relief role over the past two seasons and has shown flashes of brilliance. He has the highest strikeout-per-nine-inning ratio (11.20) in Stanford history, striking out 119 batters in 95.2 innings. Last season, Gosling was 2-2 with a 4.19 ERA and three saves. He struck out 79 batters in 58.0 innings for an average of 12.26 strikeouts per nine innings as opponents hit just .146 against him. Gosling earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors and was named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week on March 21, 1999.

Cooper had a difficult first season in 2000 after entering Stanford as a much-heralded rookie, hitting .189 with two homers and nine RBI in only 74 official at bats. Cooper was the highest player taken in the June 1999 Amateur Baseball Draft that did not sign a professional baseball contract. He was selected by the Philadelphia Phillies in the second round (#63 pick overall).

The 2001 Bay Area College Baseball Media Day is scheduled for Wednesday, January 24, at Planet Hollywood in San Francisco. The event will begin at 10:00 a.m. and run until approximately Noon. Lunch will be served.

The press conference will feature head coaches and selected players from all six Division I Bay Area baseball programs - California, Saint Mary's, San Francisco, San Jose State, Santa Clara and Stanford. The coaches and players will discuss the upcoming 2001 season. The coaches will preview their teams before taking questions from the media. Both the coaches and players will also be available for individual interviews.

Stanford was the first Bay Area team to play in 2001 when the Cardinal opened with a 6-5, 12-inning loss at Cal Poly on Sunday, January 21. The Cardinal are also the first collegiate team scheduled to play in the Bay Area. Stanford will begin its 2001 home season in the newly remodeled Sunken Diamond by hosting Florida State in a three-game home series February 9-11. Saint Mary's begins its season with a three-game series at Arizona (January 29-31), San Jose State (vs. Cal State Hayward) and Santa Clara (at USC) both open on January 31, while San Francisco and California begin on February 2 with the Dons traveling to Sacramento State and the Golden Bears beginning a three-game series versus Santa Clara.

Please contact Stanford Assistant Media Relations Director Kyle McRae (650-725-2959 or kyle.mcrae@stanford.edu) to RSVP for the event or if you need additional information.

Stanford managed eight hits in last Sunday's season-opener at Cal Poly with Ryan Garko the club's offensive leader, going 3-for-4 with an RBI to record the first three-hit game of his collegiate career. Chris O'Riordan contributed a dramatic game-tying, two-out, two-RBI double in the top of the ninth to send the game into extra innings. Juniors Scott Dragicevich and Jason VanMeetren, as well as sophomore Jason Cooper and freshman Sam Fuld had one hit each. Overall, Stanford hitters were 8-of-37 for a .216 batting average with a pair of doubles and five RBI. The offense did benefit from 13 walks but left 14 runners on base and struck out seven times. Stanford managed eight hits in last Sunday's season-opener at Cal Poly with Ryan Garko the club's offensive leader, going 3-for-4 with an RBI to record the first three-hit game of his collegiate career. Chris O'Riordan contributed a dramatic game-tying, two-out, two-RBI double in the top of the ninth to send the game into extra innings. Juniors Scott Dragicevich and Jason VanMeetren, as well as sophomore Jason Cooper and freshman Sam Fuld had one hit each. Overall, Stanford hitters were 8-of-37 for a .216 batting average with a pair of doubles and five RBI. The offense did benefit from 13 walks but left 14 runners on base and struck out seven times.

Stanford used six pitchers in last Sunday's season-opener at Cal Poly as the group gave up 11 hits, six runs and four earned runs in 11.1 innings of work. The staff also gave up 11 walks and recorded nine strikeouts. Stanford's ERA stands at 3.18 after the first game of the 2001 campaign. Second Team Preseason All-American Mike Gosling gave up four runs (three earned) and four hits in 1.0 inning of work as the team's starter. Tim Cunningham (3.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 4 SO), Jeff Bruksch (2.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO), Dan Rich (0.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO) and Mike Wodnicki (2.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO) held the Mustangs to a single run through the bottom of the 10th as the Cardinal rallied to tie the score at 5-5. John Hudgins (1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 2 SO) held Cal Poly scoreless in the 11th inning before walking in the game-winning run on a 3-2 pitch with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 12th.

Stanford committed five errors and had a passed ball in last Sunday's season-opener at Cal Poly, compared to zero for the host Mustangs. The five errors were the most the Cardinal had committed since also picking up five errors last year at USC (4/22/00). Chris O'Riordan did have seven assists at second base, while Arik VanZandt had 10 putouts in his first career start at first base.

Stanford freshmen Sam Fuld and Brian Hall made their Cardinal debuts versus Cal Poly as members of the team's starting lineup. Hall was 0-for-4 but contributed three walks and threw out a Cal Poly runner at the plate for the final out of the bottom of the 10th inning to extend the game. Fuld picked up his first collegiate hit in the top of the ninth inning, stretch a line drive to rightcenter field into a double, and also added his first career stolen base. The two players handled all seven of their defensive chances without a flaw. Junior third baseman Steve Gantenbein (0-3), a transfer from Sacramento CC, scored a run in his Cardinal debut as a starter. Carlos Quentin (pinch-runner in the ninth) and John Hudgins (pitcher in the 11th and 12th) were the other players to make their Cardinal debut last Sunday.

The Cardinal's season-opening 12-inning loss at Cal Poly clocked in at 4 hours and 20 minutes, the team's longest game in terms of both innings and time since the Cardinal and Florida State battled in their historic College World Series game in 1999. The Seminoles won the contest, 14-11, in 13 innings over 4 hours and 35 minutes. Stanford's longest games in the 2000 season were at California (4/28, 11 innings) and versus USC (3/18, 4 hours and 14 minutes).

Stanford's first seven games of the season and 11 of its first 14 are now scheduled for the road after the team's first scheduled home series was moved to Fresno State.

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