#1Stanford Baseball Hosts Saint Mary's Before Arizona State Trip Later In The Week
March 27, 2001
SAINT MARY'S GAELS (9-17, 3-6 WCC)
#1 STANFORD CARDINAL (21-5, 3-0 PAC-10)
Tuesday, March 27, 6 pm, PT - RHP Mike Byer (2-2, 4.24) vs. Mike Wodnicki (1-1, 4.15)
#1 STANFORD CARDINAL (21-5, 3-0 PAC-10)
#6 ARIZONA STATE SUN DEVILS (20-7-1, 3-3 PAC-10)
Friday, March 30, 7 pm - RHP Jeremy Guthrie (6-0, 1.12) vs. LHP Jon Switzer (4-0, 3.76)
Saturday, March 31, 1 pm RHP Jeff Bruksch (5-0, 2.75) vs. RHP Mike Esposito (1-1, 4.57)
Sunday, April 1, 1 pm - LHP Tim Cunningham (4-0, 2.60) vs. RHP Andy Torres (7-3, 4.46)
A live audio broadcast of all four Stanford Baseball games this week will be available live on KZSU (90.1 FM) as well as at www.gostanford.com and realaudio.stanford.edu ... The KZSU broadcast team includes Chad Goldberg, Joey Elger and Aaron Levine.
ESSENTIAL STANFORD BASEBALL NOTES
Stanford remained at the top of the Baseball America poll after completing its second straight series sweep with three straight victories over Washington (March 23-25) ... Stanford has won a season-high-tying seven straight games and 19 of its last 21 games ... The Cardinal (13-1 at Sunken Diamond in 2001) will end a season-long 11-game homestand versus Saint Mary's (March 27) ... Stanford, which is attempting to extend its school record string of Pac-10 titles to five in a row (includes Southern Division), sits alone in first place in the Pac-10 after its first weekend of conference play as the Pac-10's only unbeaten team ... Stanford is 8-1 against ranked teams (according to Baseball America) this season ... Stanford has now won 14 consecutive regular season series and seven straight Pac-10 regular season series dating back to last year ... Arizona State was the last team to have taken a regular season series against the Cardinal, winning two-of-three in Tempe nearly a year ago (3/31/00 - 4/2/00) ... Stanford is also ranked #1 in the nation by Collegiate Baseball and #2 by Baseball Weekly/ESPN ... Stanford's starting pitching trio (Jeremy Guthrie, Jeff Bruksch, Tim Cunningham) is a combined 15-0 with a 2.14 ERA this season ... Stanford's pitching staff has given up more than three runs in a game only four times in its last 20 games ... Stanford's defense is fielding at a clip of .978, which would be a new school record by .006 percentage points ... The Cardinal has been errorless in 11 of 26 games and has committed multiple errors in only four contests ... Stanford's team batting average has risen .021 with five straight double-digit hit games ... The Cardinal hit .382 in the Washington series to raise its batting average to a current season-high .293 ... Carlos Quentin (.358) has taken over the team's lead in batting average, while Chris O'Riordan (31 RBI, 9 SB) and Jason Cooper (6 HR) retain team leads in other high-profile categories ... Scott Dragicevich currently has a career-high 11-game hitting streak ... The pitching staff has a current ERA of 2.77 ... The last time the Cardinal finished with a lower ERA was in 1973 (2.64) ... The start time for the Stanford-Arizona State game scheduled for Saturday, March 31, has been moved to 1:00 pm, MT.
STANFORD TO HOST SAINT MARY'S ON TUESDAY BEFORE TRAVELING TO ARIZONA STATE FOR KEY THREE-GAME PAC-10 SERIES FRIDAY-SUNDAY
Stanford begins a series of seven consecutive Tuesday non-conference games by hosting Saint Mary's on March 27 (6 pm). The Cardinal has won the last 14 meetings between the schools, swept the Gaels in three games last year (11-3, 5-2, 7-0) and holds a 43-8 all-time advantage in the series. Last year's series included a pair of 14-hit offensive Stanford attacks in the first two games and a combined shutout by Jason Young, Mike Gosling and Ryan McCally in the third game which was Stanford's shortest game of the year (2:01). The last time Saint Mary's beat Stanford was a 1-0 Gael victory on February 1, 1994. Saint Mary's comes into the Stanford game after winning two-of-three at Portland last weekend. The rivalry between Stanford and Arizona State is one of the biggest in the Pac-10 and the Sun Devils are the last team to have beaten the Cardinal in a regular season series, taking two-of-three in Tempe last year (3/31/00-4/2/00). Stanford won the opening game of last year's series, 5-1, behind a brilliant two-hit complete game performance by Justin Wayne as Edmund Muth (3-4, HR, 2 RBI) did most of the offensive damage. Arizona State rebounded for a comeback 10-6 victory on Saturday, erasing a 6-4 Cardinal advantage with three runs in both the bottom of the seventh and eighth innings. Arizona State won Sunday's rubber game, 11-6, jumping out to a 6-0 advantage after two innings and never relinquishing their lead.
STANFORD SWEEPS WASHINGTON TO OPEN PAC-10 SEASON
Stanford began defense of four consecutive Pac-10 titles (includes Southern Division and co-titles) by sweeping Washington in a three-game series at Sunken Diamond March 23-25. The sweep left the Cardinal in sole possession of first place in the Pac-10 as the conference's only undefeated team. Jeremy Guthrie picked up his sixth consecutive victory in the series opener, a 9-3 Cardinal victory. Guthrie struck out nine, scattering seven hits and three runs (two earned) over the first 8.0 innings. Brian Hall (2-3, 2 RBI) and Arik VanZandt (2-5, RBI) led a balanced 10-hit Cardinal attack. Jeff Bruksch and Ryan McCally combined for a three-hit shutout in a 9-0 Stanford win on Saturday. Bruksch improved to 5-0 by striking out a career-high-tying nine batters in 7.0 innings. Stanford pounded out a season-high 16 hits, led by Jason VanMeetren (3-5, 2B, HR, 2 RBI, SB), Carlos Quentin (3-5, SB, RBI) and Sam Fuld (3-5). The Cardinal continued its offensive production on Sunday with a 13-4 win, marking only the third time Stanford had scored in double digits this season. Quentin led the way by going 3-for-5 with a tape-measure homer and four RBI. Stanford scored 31 runs in the series and hit .382.
STANFORD HEAD COACH MARK MARQUESS
One of the nation's premier collegiate coaches, Mark Marquess is now in his 25th season as the Stanford head coach. Marquess has a career record of 1016-503-5 (.668) at Stanford, including an impressive 414-273 (.603) mark in Pacific-10 Conference action, arguably the toughest league in the nation. 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 (1983, `84, `85, `87, `90, `94, `97, `98, `99, `00) and 18 NCAA Tournament showings. Marquess became the 23rd head coach in the history of NCAA Division I baseball to reach the 1000-career win mark when the Cardinal defeated Florida State earlier this season on February 9, 2001. He began the 2001 season ranked 14th in victories and 19th in winning percentage among active Division I baseball coaches. He 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 conference (1999). Last season, Marquess coached the Cardinal to its first trip to the College World Series title game since winning the 1988 CWS championship. His teams have won NCAA Super Regionals each of the last two seasons, as well as at least a share of a Pac-10 baseball championship (includes Southern Division championships) 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 professional baseball 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 that 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.
COMMENTS FROM MARK MARQUESS
(On Tuesday night's game versus Saint Mary's) 'The Saint Mary's game will give us a chance to get some work in for some of our pitchers that haven't thrown that much on weekends and maybe get a couple of other guys in the lineup. It will also be a good test for us. Saint Mary's usually plays very well against us here.'
(On this weekend's key series at Arizona State) 'It's a situation that we realize that if we don't play well, not only this weekend but any weekend, you're probably going to get beat. Arizona State is very difficult to beat at home. It will be tough for us but that's why we played the non-league schedule that we did -- that's why went to places like Texas and Fullerton. It'll be tough, but we've been there before.'
(On Carlos Quentin and the rest of the freshmen class) 'Carlos has been doing a great job for us. He's really matured and is going to be a great player for us. His work ethic is unbelievable as is the case with most of our freshmen players. I'm really pleased with the freshman group. All four of those freshmen (Carlos Quentin, Sam Fuld, Brian Hall, Jonny Ash) are as good as we've had. They're going to be real fine players for us before their careers are over at Stanford.'
STANFORD COACHING STAFF
Dean Stotz is in his 25th campaign with Stanford Baseball. Stotz was promoted to associate head coach prior to the 2000 season after 23 years as an assistant. Stotz currently coaches third base while also handling various offensive and defensive aspects of the game. Mark O'Brien (3rd season) and Tom Kunis (2nd season) complete the Cardinal coaching staff. O'Brien assists with all aspects of the game and serves as the Cardinal's first base coach. Kunis is the team's pitching coach.
STANFORD IN THE NATIONAL POLLS
Stanford has been ranked #1 in the nation by Baseball America for three consecutive weeks. The Cardinal jumped all the way from #10 to #1 after sweeping USC in a three-game series March 9-11 and stayed in the top spot after sweeping Washington March 23-25. Stanford has now been ranked #1 at one point during each of the past five seasons. The Cardinal also moved up to #1 in this week's Collegiate Baseball poll for the first time this season and remained at #2 behind Rice in the Baseball Weekly/ESPN poll. Stanford opened the 2001 season ranked #9 by Baseball Weekly/ESPN, #11 by Collegiate Baseball and #14 by Baseball America. Arizona State (#6 Baseball America, #4 Collegiate Baseball, #4 Baseball Weekly/ESPN) and USC (#12 Baseball America, #12 Collegiate Baseball, #10 Baseball Weekly/ESPN) are the Pac-10's other ranked clubs. The Cardinal finished the 2000 campaign ranked #2 in all three polls after opening the season at #1 before dropping out of the top spot on February 14, 2000. 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 the entire regular season (a record 14 consecutive weeks).
STANFORD BASEBALL HISTORY
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 2249-1435-32 (.610). 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 campaigns (also 52 of last 54), including six consecutive years 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 seven 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.
CARDINAL WIN 14TH CONSECUTIVE REGULAR SEASON SERIES
Stanford increased its regular season series winning streak to 14 by sweeping Washington (March 23-25). The last team to beat the Cardinal in a regular season series was Arizona State when the Sun Devils won two-of-three in Tempe (3/31/00 - 4/2/00). Below is a look at Stanford's 14 consecutive regular season series victories. For good measure, the Cardinal also won two-of-three games over both Alabama (5/27/00 - 5/28/00) and Nebraska (6/2/00 - 6/4/00) in last year's NCAA Regional and Super Regional.
Dates (Series, Record)
4/7/00-4/9/00 (Stanford at Washington State, 3-0)
4/14/00-4/16/00 (Stanford vs. Washington, 3-0)
4/20/00-4/22/00 (Stanford at USC, 2-1)
4/28/00-4/30/00 (Stanford vs. California, 2-1)
5/5/00-5/7/00 (Stanford at Oregon State, 2-1)
5/19/00-5/21/00 (Stanford vs. UCLA, 2-1)
1/26/01-1/28/01 (Stanford at Fresno State, 2-1)
2/2/01-2/4/01 (Stanford at Cal State Fullerton, 2-1)
2/9/01-2/11/01 (Stanford vs. Florida State, 3-0)
2/16/01-2/18/01 (Stanford at Texas, 2-1)
2/23/01-2/26/01 (Stanford at/vs. Santa Clara, 2-1)
3/2/01-3/7/01 (Stanford vs. California, 2-1)
3/9/01-3/11/01 (Stanford vs. USC, 3-0)
3/23/01-3/25/01 (Stanford vs. Washington, 3-0)
Stanford's team batting average currently sits at a season-best .293. Stanford has raised its average .021 points in its last five games with five consecutive multiple-hit contests. Stanford hit .382 (39-102) in the Washington series after hitting .343 (35-102) in the USC series. Carlos Quentin (.358) has taken over the team's lead in batting average, while Scott Dragicevich now has a team-high 37 hits and is second with a .352 mark. Chris O'Riordan continues to lead the team with 31 RBI and nine stolen bases. Jason Cooper paces the club with six home runs, while O'Riordan and Jason VanMeetren have five each. VanMeetren and Arik VanZandt have eight doubles each, while VanZandt leads the club with 22 runs scored. Cooper (.333), O'Riordan (.324) and VanMeetren (.320) join Quentin and Dragicevich with batting averages better than .300. Stanford has totaled 26 home runs, 154 RBI and 49 stolen bases for the season, compared to a mere seven home runs, 71 RBI and 11 stolen bases for its opponents.
The Cardinal pitching staff has been phenomenal over the first 26 games and currently has an ERA of 2.77. The last time the Cardinal finished a season with a lower ERA was when the 1973 club posted a final ERA of 2.64. Over the last 21 games, Stanford's pitching staff has posted a 2.27 ERA by giving up only 138 hits and 48 earned runs in 190.0 innings of work as the Cardinal has won 19 of the 21 games. Opponents are hitting only .209 off Cardinal pitching during the stretch. For the entire season, the starting trio of Jeremy Guthrie, Jeff Bruksch and Tim Cunningham has combined for a 15-0 record and a 2.14 ERA. Guthrie (6-0, 1.12) has won six consecutive games and earned NCBWA Pitcher of the Week honors on February 13 before being named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week twice in row (March 6 and 13). Bruksch (5-0, 2.75) has won five of his last six starts and given up just two earned runs over his last 37.2 innings. He was named a Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week (2/26) and the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week (2/27). Cunningham is 4-0 with a 2.60 ERA primarily as the team's Sunday starter. John Hudgins and Mike Wodnicki have been the team's leaders out of the bullpen. Hudgins has four saves and picked up his first collegiate win versus Nevada (2/27). Wodnicki has three saves and a team-high 11 appearances. Jason Luker, Ryan McCally and J.D. Willcox have one save each. Willcox (2-0, 0.00) has emerged as one of the team's top relievers, recording a pair of wins and a save in four recent appearances. Mike Gosling, Wodnicki and Ryan McCally have a win out of the bullpen as well. Bruksch leads the club in innings pitched (59.0 IP) while Guthrie is the strikeout leader (54 in 56.0 IP). The Cardinal staff has five shutouts and a pair of complete games in the team's first 26 games with Bruksch and Guthrie recording one complete game shutout each. The staff has allowed more than three runs in a game only four times in its last 20 performances. Opponents are hitting just .219 overall against Cardinal pitching.
Stanford's defense is currently fielding at a .978 clip that would rank as the best fielding percentage in school history, a full .006 percentage points above the school record of .972 reached three times between 1991-2000. Stanford has committed more than one error only four times this season and has been errorless in 11 of its 26 games, including four of the last seven, committing just four errors in that period. Second baseman Chris O'Riordan has recorded seven assists three times. O'Riordan leads the team with 97 assists, while shortstop Scott Dragicevich is close behind with 80. First baseman Arik VanZandt recorded 15 putouts in a loss at Fresno State (1/27), more than last year's season-high of 13 recorded nine times during the 2000 season. VanZandt has committed just one error in 268 chances, while starting catcher Ken Tirpack (121 chances) remains flawless. Dragicevich had a stretch of 12 consecutive games (1/26-2/18) without an error at shortstop and only one in a 23-game period before making two miscues against Washington (3/24).
STARTING PITCHING STANDING OUT
Stanford's regular pitching rotation of Jeremy Guthrie (6-0, 1.12 ERA), Jeff Bruksch (5-0, 2.75 ERA) and Tim Cunningham (4-0, 2.60 ERA) has combined for a 15-0 record and a 2.14 ERA this season. The group has accounted for 23 of the team's 26 starts and logged a hefty 160.0 of the pitching staff's 237.1 innings (67.4%). Opponents are hitting a mere .205 off the trio.
One of the most notable changes in this year's Cardinal team is its success on the basepaths. Stanford has totaled 49 stolen bases in 60 attempts through its first 26 games of the season for an average of 1.9 steals per contest, more than double the 0.8 steals per game the club averaged a year ago. Chris O'Riordan leads the club with nine stolen bases, while six others (Jason VanMeetren 6, Scott Dragicevich, Sam Fuld 5, Arik VanZandt 5, Andy Topham 5, Brian Hall 5) have five or more each. Stanford opponents have had little success running on the Cardinal (11-for-18).
GUTHRIE SHOOTING FOR LONG-TIME SINGLE-SEASON ERA RECORD
It may still seem like a long shot but Jeremy Guthrie (1.12 ERA) may have an opportunity to make a run at the school's single-season ERA mark. The best single-season ERA ever put up by a Cardinal pitcher was the 1.10 ERA by Harvey Shank in 1968.
CHRIS O'RIORDAN DEBUTS AT SIXTH ON CAREER BATTING AVERAGE LIST
Chris O'Riordan has debuted on Stanford's career batting average list at sixth with a mark of .352 (108-307). O'Riordan, who officially reached the minimum 300 career at bats during Saturday's game against Washington, had threatened to enter the list ahead of current leader Jack Shepard (.362, 1951-53) but is hitting just .234 (15-64) over his last 16 games since raising his batting average to a season-best .463 on February 11.
BEATING THE BEST
Stanford's 21-5 record includes an 8-1 mark against teams ranked among the nation's Top 25 in the Baseball America poll at the time the Cardinal faced them. The Cardinal have only six more games scheduled against teams currently ranked among BA's Top 25.
CROWDS PICKING UP
The three-game series between Stanford and USC drew 7,504 spectators, the most for a three-game series at Sunken Diamond this season. Sunday's game drew a season-high 2,974 fans. An all-time record crowd of 4,172 watched the 1997 NCAA West Regional Final between Stanford and Fresno State.
* The Pac-10 coaches picked Stanford to finish third in their annual preseason poll. USC finished first with six first-place votes, while second-place Arizona State and Stanford picked up the other two first-place votes.
* Stanford has nearly doubled its opponents scoring this season with 140 runs while opponents have crossed the plate only 74 times.
* Jeremy Guthrie earned back-to-back Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week honors on March 6 and 13.
* Stanford's fate in close games has changed a bit of late as the Cardinal has won two straight extra-inning contests and its last one-run game after losing five of its first six one-run contests.
* Scott Dragicevich currently has a career-high 11-game hit streak.
* Stanford has drawn better than 2,000 fans in four of its last six home games, including a season-best 2,973 versus USC on March 11.
Carlos Quentin's three-run homer in his first collegiate at bat at Fresno State (1/26) ... Tim Cunningham's first two starts of the season, carrying a no-hitter into the fifth inning of his first start at Fresno State (1/28) and another one into the fourth inning of his second start of the year at Cal State Fullerton (2/4) ... Jason VanMeetren's career-high four hits and home run at Fresno State (1/28) ... Chris O'Riordan's two-out, three-RBI double in the top of the ninth inning at Cal State Fullerton (2/3) to snap a 6-6 tie and lead the Cardinal to a 9-8 victory ... Back-to-back homers by VanMeetren and Jason Cooper in the sixth inning to break up a scoreless tie and lead Stanford to a 3-0 victory at Cal State Fullerton (2/4) ... Mark Marquess' 1000th career victory and Jeremy Guthrie's masterful 7.0 innings of one-hit baseball versus Florida State (2/9) in the opening of the remodeled Sunken Diamond ... Chris O'Riordan's career-high-tying four hits to help Stanford sweep three straight over #7 Florida State (2/11) ... Jeff Bruksch's masterful outing at Texas (2/17 - 8.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 6 SO), combining with Mike Wodnicki for a 5-0 shutout win over the Longhorns ... Jeff Bruksch's three-hit shutout in an 8-0 win over Santa Clara (2/25), earning him Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week and Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week honors ... Chris O'Riordan's leadoff homer at Santa Clara (2/26) ... J.D. Willcox's save in his first appearance of the season versus Nevada (2/27) ... Jeremy Guthrie's career-high 10 strikeouts in a 3-1 Stanford victory over California (3/2) ... Chris O'Riordan's walk-off home run in the bottom of the 10th inning to give Stanford a 3-2 win over California (3/7) and wrap up Stanford's 12th consecutive series victory over the Golden Bears ... Jeremy Guthrie's first career complete-game shutout, a 2-0 victory over #4 USC (3/9) ... Stanford's offensive explosion in a 15-3 win over #4 USC (3/10) ... Andy Topham's walk-off grandslam in the bottom of the 10th inning to give Stanford a 9-5, win over USC and complete a furious comeback ... Stanford's 9-3 victory over Washington (3/23) to begin its quest for a fifth straight Pac-10 title ... Stanford's season-high 16 hits and the combined three-hit shutout by Jeff Bruksch and Ryan McCally in a 9-0 win over Washington (3/24) ... Carlos Quentin's tape-measure home run and 3-5 performance with a career-high four RBI in a 13-4 win over Washington (3/25).