No. 3 Baseball To Host San Jose State On Tuesday
April 24, 2001
Tue., April 24, 6 pm - TBA vs. RHP Mike Wodnicki (3-1, 4.03)
Fri., April 27, 2:30 pm - RHP Jeremy Guthrie (8-2, 1.69) vs. RHP Trevor Hutchinson (3-6, 4.26)
Sat., April 28, 1 pm - RHP Jeff Bruksch (8-1, 2.76) vs. LHP Jason Dennis (3-3, 5.79),br>Sun., April 29, 1 pm - LHP Mike Gosling (4-0, 3.44) vs. TBA
A live audio broadcast of all four Stanford Baseball games this week will be available on KZSU (90.1 FM) as well as at www.gostanford.com and realaudio.stanford.edu ... Chad Goldberg and Joey Elger will call the action.
ESSENTIAL STANFORD BASEBALL NOTES
Stanford has dropped to No. 3 in the Baseball America poll after sitting at the top of the poll for six consecutive weeks ... Stanford is still ranked No. 1 in the Baseball Weekly/ESPN poll and No. 2 in the Collegiate Baseball poll ... Despite winning only one of three games at USC last weekend, the Cardinal retained a slim 1.0 game lead on the Trojans in the Pac-10 race ... Stanford had won 17 consecutive regular season series dating back to over a year ago before losing the series at USC last weekend (4/20 - 4/22) ... Stanford will enter this weekend's Pac-10 series at California with having beaten the Golden Bears in 12 consecutive regular season series, including two-of-three in a non-conference series at Stanford (3/2 - 3/7) this season ... Stanford dropped three in a row last week for the first time since January 30 - February 5, 1999 ... The Cardinal's 7-0 shutout loss to USC (4/21) marked the first time the club has been shutout in 167 games since February 5, 1999 (8-0 at Cal State Fullerton) ... Stanford has had four winning streaks of five or more games this season, including a season-best 10-game winning streak from March 7-31 ... The Cardinal is attempting to win its fifth straight Pac-10 baseball title (includes Southern Division and co-titles) ... Stanford is 19-3 at Sunken Diamond this year, while posting a 13-7 road mark ... The team's current 32-10 overall record is identical to that of the 2000 CWS runner-up squad ... Eight of Stanford's 10 losses this season have been by one run ... Stanford is 11-4 against ranked teams this season (according to Baseball America) but has no more regular season games scheduled against teams currently ranked in the national polls... Stanford leads the Pac-10 in both ERA (3.15) and fielding percentage (.976), also leading the nation in fielding percentage ... The last time the Stanford staff had a lower ERA for the season was the 2.64 mark posted by the 1973 club ... The Cardinal has been errorless in 20 of 42 games, including four of its last seven ... Stanford's team batting average currently sits at .305 ... The Cardinal have a pair of freshman in Carlos Quentin (.345) and Sam Fuld (.339) that currently rank as the club's top two hitters ... Quentin also leads the team in hit-by-pitches (9), while ranking second in RBI (32) and tied for second in homers (7) ... Fuld leads the team in on base percentage (.445) and bases on balls (22) ... Chris O'Riordan is the club's leader in homers (8), RBI (50), stolen bases (14), hits (57) and total bases (92) ... Jason VanMeetren leads the club in doubles (13) and triples (3), while Arik VanZandt has scored a team-high 37 runs ... Mike Gosling has won three consecutive Pac-10 starts and recorded his first career complete game at USC (4/22).
NO. 3 STANFORD HOSTS SAN JOSE STATE BEFORE VISITING CALIFORNIA
Stanford begins another busy week by hosting San Jose State at Sunken Diamond on Tuesday, April 24 (6 pm). Stanford came away with a hard-fought 5-3 victory in 10 innings when the teams met for the first time this season on April 3 at Municipal Stadium in San Jose. Scott Dragicevich's two-out, two-RBI single in the top of the 10th inning proved to be the game winner. Chris O'Riordan (3-5, HR, RBI) led the Cardinal offense and homered on the first pitch of the game. The teams split a pair of games last year in a season in which both teams ended up in Omaha. The Spartans surprised the Cardinal, 4-1, at Sunken Diamond (2/29) in the last time the clubs have met at Sunken Diamond. John Fagan lifted San Jose State to victory with a fourth-inning grandslam. The Cardinal evened the season-series with a 5-2 win at Municipal Stadium (4/11). Five Stanford pitchers combined to four-hit the Spartans. Stanford leads the all-time series, 70-29. Stanford and California will continue a classic rivalry with a three-game Pac-10 series at Evans Diamond this Friday-Sunday, April 27-29 (2:30 pm, 1 pm, 1 pm). Stanford won two-of-three games when the teams met in a three-game non-conference series at Sunken Diamond earlier this season (April 2-7). The Cardinal has won 12 consecutive series over California dating back to 1995 and is 14-0-1 in its past 15 series with the Golden Bears. The last time California has beaten Stanford in a series was when the Golden Bears won two-of-three from May 7-9, 1993. Stanford owns a slim 211-204 all-time advantage in the 415 games the two schools have played and won five of the six meetings between the clubs last year.
STANFORD DROPS THREE OF FOUR GAMES AGAINST USF AND USC
Stanford had its toughest week of the season, beginning with a 5-4 loss to USF at Sunken Diamond in a non-conference game Tuesday. The Cardinal fell behind 3-0 after the first inning and a half and USF held on for its eighth straight victory. The Cardinal then traveled to USC for a key Pac-10 series with a 2.0 game lead over the Trojans in the Pac-10 race. USC cut Stanford's lead to 1.0 game with a 2-1 victory on Friday night as Mark Prior struck out 12 batters and limited the Cardinal to five hits. Stanford then lost 7-0 in a nationally televised FOX Sports Net game on Saturday as Rik Currier and Fraser Dizard combined for the shutout, the first time the Cardinal had been blanked in 167 games. Carlos Quentin had five of Stanford's 10 hits in the first two games. The Cardinal rebounded for a 9-5 victory on Sunday to regain sole possession of first place in the Pac-10 and avoid a sweep. Mike Gosling tossed his first career complete game, shutting the Trojans out over the final six innings after giving up five runs in the first three frames. Chris O'Riordan had a career-high four RBI, while Jason VanMeetren was 3-for-5. Quentin and Jason Cooper, making his first start since March 3, both hit solo homers. Stanford rallied from an early 5-2 deficit, tying the game with three runs in the top of the fifth and taking the lead for good with a pair of scores in the top of the sixth frame.
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 1027-508-5 (.669) at Stanford, including an impressive 422-277 (.604) 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 this weekend's series versus California) 'It's really no different than any weekend. I expect a tough series after what we saw from them earlier in the year in the non-conference series with three close games. Cal's fighting for a playoff spot, while we're fighting to stay on top of the league. They are playing well and always difficult to beat over there. They have good pitching, team speed and play solid defense.'
(On the USC series) 'I don't think we played poorly, but they played well. We didn't hit the ball well but a lot of that has to do with USC's pitching. If you don't play well on any given weekend in the Pac-10, you can hit a big bump in the road. Fortunately for us, we didn't lose all three games.'
(On the Pac-10 race) 'Six of our nine games are on the road and that always makes things more difficult. The teams that we play the next two weekends (California and Arizona) are making a big push to make the playoffs so those series are especially important for them. At this stage of the season with only three Pac-10 weekends left every game is critical for all of us. The next nine games are going to be really difficult with a lot riding on them.'
(On the play of freshmen Carlos Quentin and Sam Fuld) 'Carlos Quentin has really matured, especially having to hit in that cleanup spot as a freshman. That's a lot to ask of a freshman, but he's responded well. Sam Fuld has done a great job leading off for us and is playing an excellent center field. Both of them have contributed a lot more than we thought they would at this stage.'
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 RANKS ANYWHERE FROM NO. 1 TO NO. 3 IN NATIONAL POLLS
Stanford's two-week run as the unanimous No. 1 team in all three major national collegiate baseball polls (Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball, Baseball Weekly/ESPN) ended when the Cardinal lost three of four games last week. The Cardinal had been Baseball America's top team for six consecutive weeks but dropped to No. 3 this week. Despite the 1-3 record for the week, Stanford retained its top-ranking in the Baseball Weekly/ESPN poll and fell one spot to No. 2 in the Collegiate Baseball poll. Stanford has been ranked No. 1 at one point during each of the past five years. Stanford opened the 2001 season ranked No. 9 by Baseball Weekly/ESPN, No. 11 by Collegiate Baseball and No. 14 by Baseball America. USC (#6 Baseball America, #6 Collegiate Baseball, #7 Baseball Weekly/ESPN) and Arizona State (#20 Baseball America, #19 Collegiate Baseball, #16 Baseball Weekly/ESPN) are the Pac-10's other ranked clubs. The Cardinal finished the 2000 campaign ranked No. 2 in all three polls after opening the season at No. 1 before dropping out of the top spot on February 14, 2000. Stanford's poll history includes a run as 'king of the polls' in 1998 when the team 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 2260-1440-32 (.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, 55 major league players (including seven that are currently playing 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.
CONSECUTIVE REGULAR SEASON SERIES WIN STREAK ENDS AT 17
Stanford's consecutive regular season win streak ended at 17 when the Cardinal lost two-of-three games at USC (4/20/01 - 4/22/01). The streak officially lasted for one year and 14 days (4/8/00 - 4/21/01). Stanford swept seven of the series and won two-of-three in the other 10 series during the run. 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.
Stanford's team batting average currently sits at .305. Other than the first two games of the USC series, the Cardinal has been swinging the bats well of late. Stanford has collected double-digit hit figures in six of its last nine games, including five contests with 16 or more hits. Stanford has picked up a season-high 22 runs versus Oregon State (4/14) and a season-high 23 hits at Nevada (4/10) during the stretch. The Cardinal, which currently ranks fifth in the Pac-10 in hitting, has now racked up 10 or more hits 22 times this season. The Cardinal is hitting .324 in 15 Pac-10 games. Carlos Quentin leads the team in batting average (.345) and hit-by-pitches (9), while ranking tied for second in homers (7) and second in RBI (32). Chris O'Riordan paces the squad in homers (8), RBI (50), stolen bases (14), hits (57) and total bases (92). Jason VanMeetren is the team leader in doubles (13) and triples (3), while Arik VanZandt has a team-high 39 runs scored. Jason Cooper leads the club with a .671 slugging percentage. Sam Fuld paces the club in on-base percentage (.445) and bases on balls (22). Fuld (.339), O'Riordan (.337), Scott Dragicevich (.335), VanMeetren (.333), Ryan Garko (.333) and Cooper (.329) join Quentin with batting averages at .329 or better. Stanford has totaled 43 home runs, 266 RBI and 65 stolen bases for the season, compared to 24 home runs, 129 RBI and 17 stolen bases for its opponents.
The Stanford pitching staff leads the Pac-10 with a team ERA of 3.15 and has been even better in 15 Pac-10 games with a 2.98 ERA. The last time the Cardinal finished a season with a lower ERA was when the 1973 club posted a final ERA of 2.64. Opponents are hitting only .227 off Cardinal pitching. The current starting rotation of Jeremy Guthrie (8-2, 1.69), Jeff Bruksch (8-1, 2.76) and Mike Gosling (4-0, 3.44) has combined for a 20-3 record and a 2.45 ERA. Both Guthrie and Bruksch have won eight of their last 10 starts, while Gosling has won three in a row and recorded his first career complete game at USC (4/22). Gosling is 4-0 in Pac-10 games. Guthrie (NCBWA Pitcher of the Week, 2/13) and Bruksch (Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week, 2/26) have both earned one national honor this year. In addition, both have been named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week twice (Bruksch - 2/27, 4/9, Guthrie - 3/6, 3/13). Bruksch has had separate scoreless inning streaks of 19.0 and 15.0 during the period. Tim Cunningham (4-0, 3.51) had been the team's third starter for most of the season before Gosling's return to the starting rotation. Mike Wodnicki (3-1, 4.03, 4 SV) has been the team's leader out of the bullpen with a team-high 17 appearances. John Hudgins (1-5, 6.39, 4 SV) has four saves as well but also has five of the team's 10 losses. J.D. Willcox (2-0, 0.52, 2 SV) and Ryan McCally (1-1, 2.82, 2 SV) have also been effective out of the bullpen, while Jason Luker has a win in relief. Guthrie leads the club in strikeouts (82 in 85.0 IP), while Bruksch paces the club in innings pitched (88.0). The Cardinal staff has six shutouts and four complete games in its first 42 contests with Bruksch and Guthrie both recording two complete games. Bruksch has one complete game shutout and has been a part of three others. Guthrie has a complete game shutout also. The staff has held its opponents to three or fewer runs in 26 games.
Stanford's defense is currently fielding at a .976 clip that would rank as the best fielding percentage in school history, .004 percentage points above the school record of .972 reached three times between 1991-2000. Stanford has been errorless in four of its last seven games and 20 of 42 contests overall. Stanford was perfect defensively for four consecutive games from March 25-31. Second baseman Chris O'Riordan leads the Pac-10 in assists (152). O'Riordan has recorded a team-high seven assists three times, while shortstop Scott Dragicevich has also reached the figure once. 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 two errors in 432 chances for a .995 fielding percentage, while backup catcher Ken Tirpack (136 chances) remains flawless. The starting infield of O'Riordan, Dragicevich, VanZandt and third baseman Andy Topham has made just 19 errors between them for a fielding percentage of .980. Dragicevich had a stretch of 12 consecutive games (1/26-2/18) without an error at shortstop and only one over a 23-game period (1/26-3/23). The Cardinal has had a bit more trouble in the outfield as the trio of starters Jason VanMeetren (6), Carlos Quentin (5) and Sam Fuld (1) have combined for 12 errors and a .943 fielding percentage.
REGULAR STARTING PITCHING ROTATION NOW 20-3
Stanford's current regular starting pitching rotation of Jeremy Guthrie (8-2, 1.69), Jeff Bruksch (8-1, 2.76) and Mike Gosling (4-0, 3.47) has a record of 20-3 with a 2.45 ERA this season. Tim Cunningham (4-0, 3.51) was the third starter for most of the season before the return of Gosling to the starting rotation. The foursome has a 24-3 record.
One of the most notable changes in this year's Cardinal team is its success on the base paths. Stanford has 65 stolen bases in 88 attempts through its first 42 games, already surpassing its season total of 55 a year ago. The Cardinal is averaging 1.5 steals per contest, compared to the 0.8 steals per game the club averaged a year ago. Chris O'Riordan leads the team with 14 stolen bases, while Arik VanZandt and Andy Topham are tied for second with eight each. Sam Fuld and Jason VanMeetren have seven each, followed by Scott Dragicevich and Brian Hall with five. Of Stanford's 14 most prominent positions players, 13 of them have at least two stolen bases. Stanford opponents have had little success running on the Cardinal with 17 thefts in 28 attempts.
GUTHRIE SHOOTING FOR LONG-TIME SINGLE-SEASON ERA RECORD
It may seem like a long shot but Jeremy Guthrie (1.69 ERA) still has 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 TIED FOR FIFTH ON CAREER BATTING AVERAGE LIST
Chris O'Riordan currently ranks tied for fifth on Stanford's career batting average list with a mark of .353 (131-371). O'Riordan had threatened to enter the list ahead of current leader Jack Shepard (.362, 1951-53) before a midseason slump. He dropped to as far as 10th at one point before moving back up to second by going 17-for-33 (.515) during his recent eight-game hitting streak (4/3-4/14). He has evened out at fifth after going 3-for-10 (.300) in the recent USC series.
BEATING THE BEST
Stanford's 32-10 record includes an 11-4 mark against teams ranked among the nation's Top 25 in the Baseball America poll at the time the Cardinal faced them. Stanford has no more games scheduled against teams currently ranked among BA's Top 25.
TOUGH LUCK IN ONE-RUN GAMES
Stanford has lost eight of its 10 games by a single run and is 2-9 overall in one-run games this season. The Cardinal has fared a little better in extra inning games with a 3-2 mark in those games, including three straight victories. The Cardinal suffered its first 'blowout' when USC picked up a 7-0 win over the Cardinal (4/21). Stanford's record in games decided by three or more runs this year is 27-1.
CARDINAL SHUTOUT FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 167 GAMES
Stanford's 7-0 loss at USC (4/21) marked the first time the Cardinal had been shutout since February 5, 1999 (8-0 at Cal State Fullerton). Stanford had scored at least one run in 167 consecutive games.
THREE-GAME LOSING SKID A RARITY
Stanford also suffered another rarity last week when the Cardinal lost three straight games to USF (4/17) and USC (4/20, 4/21), marking the first time that Stanford has lost three in a row since January 30-February 5, 1999.
* 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 more than doubled its opponents scoring this season with 290 runs while opponents have crossed the plate only 144 times.
* Stanford has drawn better than 2,000 fans in eight of its last 13 home games, including a season-best 2,973 versus USC on March 11 and the season's best weeknight crowd (2249) in its most recent game against USF. The Cardinal has also been a big draw on the road, drawing 2,000 or more spectators for 11 of 20 road contests.
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