NO. 7 Baseball Begins Busy Week Versus Cal Poly Tuesday
May 8, 2001
Tuesday, May 8, 6 pm - RHP Greg Bochy (4-2, 5.53) vs. LHP Mike Gosling (5-0, 2.76)
Wednesday, May 9, 2:30 pm - TBA vs. TBA
Friday, May 11, 6 pm - RHP Marc Kaiser (7-5, 5.32) vs. RHP Jeremy Guthrie (8-3, 2.05)
Saturday, May 12, 1 pm - RHP Sean Rierson (5-4, 5.06) vs. RHP Jeff Bruksch (8-2, 2.87)
Sunday, May 13, 1 pm - RHP Chris Goodman (3-1, 5.73) vs. LHP Mike Gosling (5-0, 2.76)
A live audio broadcast of all five 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 is struggling through its roughest stretch of the season with a 4-6 record in its last 10 games after going 31-7 over its first 38 contests ... Still, Stanford enters the final two weeks of Pac-10 play in second place, just 1.0 games behind first place USC with six conference games remaining for both teams ... Stanford's ERA during its last six games has been 4.66 after the club posted a 2.99 ERA through its first 38 contests ... Stanford will conclude its regular season home schedule with a three-game home series versus Arizona this Friday-Sunday, highlighted by the 3rd Annual Stanford Baseball Fireworks Show presented by the Palo Alto Town & Country Village on Friday, Stanford's annual Little League Day on Saturday and Fan Appreciation Day on Sunday ... The Cardinal split a pair of games last week, erupting for 20 hits in a 15-8 win over Santa Clara on Tuesday and suffering its worst defeat of the season in a 12-3 loss at Sacramento State on Wednesday before taking the weekend off from Pac-10 play ... The Cardinal is currently going through its longest home run drought of the season as the team has not homered in its last five games and a total of 199 at bats ... Stanford has lost two-of-three games in each of its last two series (at USC, at California) for the first time since 1997 ... Stanford has retained its No. 7 ranking in the Baseball America poll this week ... The Cardinal is also ranked No. 7 by Baseball Weekly/ESPN and No. 6 by Collegiate Baseball ... The Cardinal sat at the top of the Baseball America poll for six consecutive weeks (3/12 - 4/16) and had been the nation's unanimous No. 1 team for two weeks (4/9 - 4/16) ... 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 21-3 at Sunken Diamond this year, while posting a 14-10 road mark ... The team's current 35-13 overall record is one game under the 36-12 record that the 2000 CWS runner-up squad posted through 48 games ... Stanford is 11-4 against ranked teams this year (according to Baseball America) ... Mike Gosling (5-0 Pac-10) has won five consecutive Pac-10 games, including four consecutive Pac-10 starts ... Ryan Garko leads the team in batting average (.355).
NO. 7 STANFORD TO PLAY FIVE GAMES IN BUSY WEEK
Stanford begins a busy five-game week by hosting Cal Poly (Tuesday, May 8, 6 pm) and visiting USF (Wednesday, May 9, 2:30 pm) in its final two regular season non-conference games of the season. Stanford will be looking to avenge losses to both teams earlier in the season. The Cardinal was upset, 6-5 in 12 innings, in its 2001 season opener at Cal Poly on January 21, 2001. The Mustangs scored the winning run in the bottom of the 12th inning when Cardinal reliever John Hudgins walked Scott Neal with one out and the bases loaded. Cal Poly had jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning but Stanford forced extra innings on a two-out, two-RBI double by Chris O'Riordan in the top of the ninth inning. Ryan Garko (3-4) led the Cardinal offense. Stanford's defense committed a season-high five errors. Stanford leads the all-time series (since 1977) over the Mustangs, 18-2. Stanford won, 11-3, the last time the teams played at Sunken Diamond (4/25/00). Stanford will also be looking to avenge an earlier loss this season on Wednesday at USF. The Dons surprised the then top-ranked Cardinal, 5-4, on April 17, beginning a stretch of 10 games in which the Cardinal has managed just a 4-6 record. USF jumped out to an early 4-1 lead and held off the Cardinal. With the victory, the Dons ended a six-game losing streak against the Cardinal with its first win over Stanford since 1996. Stanford still leads the all-time series, 45-6. Stanford finishes its week by hosting Arizona in a three-game series Friday-Sunday, May 11-13 (6 pm, 1 pm, 1 pm) as the Cardinal return to Pac-10 action for the first time since dropping two-of-three at California (4/27 - 4/29). Stanford leads the all-time series over Arizona, 86-48. Last year, the Cardinal won two-of-three games against the Wildcats at Sunken Diamond in Stanford's Pac-10 opening series. The Wildcats handed Justin Wayne his first loss of the season in the series-opener, 8-5, before the Cardinal came back to win the final two games of the series, 6-4 and 7-1.
STANFORD SPLITS GAMES WITH SANTA CLARA AND SACRAMENTO STATE
Stanford opened its week with by erupting for 20 hits in a 15-8 victory over Santa Clara on Tuesday, completing a four-game sweep of the Broncos this season and extending its winning streak over Santa Clara to 19 straight games dating back to 1997. The freshman trio of Jonny Ash (3-3, 2 RBI), Brian Hall (3-4, 2B, 3 RBI) and Carlos Quentin (3-6, 2B, RBI) had three hits each. The 20 hits marked the team's second-highest hit total of the season. Ryan McCally (2-1) earned the victory with 3.0 innings of relief. Stanford closed its week with a disappointing 12-3 loss to Sacramento State at Raley Field, marking the Cardinal's worst defeat of the season. The Cardinal gave up seven runs in the bottom of the fifth inning and Jeremy Guthrie suffered his fourth loss in his last five decisions.
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 1030-511-5 (.668) at Stanford, including an impressive 423-279 (.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 the team's return from a six-day break) 'We have a busy week with five games. I think the break was good for us, but we'll see where we are. The break gave us a little time off after we were pretty hectic for about a month.'
(On the team's recent 4-6 stretch) 'I don't think we've pitched as well. That's really been our strength for most of the year. Combined with not swinging the bat as well as we have been. If you don't do either of those things that well with the people we play, your chances of being beat are enhanced. I do think we have continued to play fairly good defense.'
(On the upcoming Arizona series) 'I think Arizona is one of the better offensive teams in the conference. They have some experienced players and good power at the plate. They have a young pitching staff. They're a solid team and will present problems for us.'
(On the Pac-10 race and the post-season) 'Your goal is to win the league title. But, it does you no good to win the league title and not be playing well for post-season. It's great to win a league title, but the thing you remember is how a team did in the post-season. Hopefully, you can win the league and do well in post-season.'
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 REMAINS NO. 7 IN BASEBALL AMERICA POLL
Stanford remained No. 7 in this week's Baseball America poll for the second consecutive week. Stanford also remained No. 6 for the second consecutive week in the Collegiate Baseball poll. The Cardinal dropped two spots to No. 6 in this week's Baseball Weekly/ESPN poll. Stanford spent two weeks (4/9 - 4/16) as the nation's unanimous No. 1 team but has managed only a 4-6 record in its last 10 games. The Cardinal spent six weeks as Baseball America's top team (3/12 - 4/16). 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 (No. 5 Baseball America, No. 3 Collegiate Baseball, No. 3 Baseball Weekly/ESPN), Arizona State (No. 19 Baseball America, No. 15 Collegiate Baseball, No. 19 Baseball Weekly/ESPN) and California (No. 29 Collegiate Baseball) 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 2263-1443-32 (.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.
CARDINAL DROPS TWO STRAIGHT REGULAR SEASON SERIES AFTER WINNING 17 IN A ROW
Stanford has lost two consecutive regular season series at USC (4/20/01 - 4/22/01) and at California (4/27/01 - 4/29/01), dropping two games in each three-game set. The Cardinal had not lost two straight series since 1998 when the Cardinal lost two-of-three to USC in the final regular season series of the year (5/9/98 - 5/11/98) and two in a row to Washington in the Pac-10 Championship series (5/14/98 - 5/15/98). Stanford hadn't lost two straight regular season series since 1997 when Stanford was swept by Arizona State (4/11/97 - 4/13/97) and dropped two-of-three against UCLA (4/19/97 - 4/20/97).
RECORD BOOK UPDATE
Stanford has a few players looking to enter the Cardinal record books or move up from their current spots. The team is making its biggest run for a school record in team fielding percentage (.975), currently .003 better than the record set three times in the last 11 years (1990, 1995, 2000). The club is also nearing the record book's top five in double plays (49), shutouts (7) and saves (14). Individually, Mike Wodnicki (.917, 11-1) currently ranks second on the school's all-time won-loss percentage list. Mike Gosling (10.44) is second on the strikeouts per nine innings list, Chris O'Riordan (.353, 141-400) ranks tied for fifth on the career batting average list and Jeff Bruksch (13) is tied for the fifth on the all-time save list. No Stanford player is making a serious run at entering the record book for single-season records in 2001.
Stanford has had seven different players (Jason Cooper, Scott Dragicevich, Sam Fuld, Ryan Garko, Chris O'Riordan, Carlos Quentin, Jason VanMeetren) lead the team in batting average at one time or another this season. Garko (.355) currently leads the club in batting average. Eight players currently have averages better than .300.
Stanford's team batting average currently sits at .306, just .003 percentage points lower than its season-high of .309, and fourth in the Pac-10. Stanford's team batting average has been at .300 or better for the last 12 games (since 4/13). Stanford's recent 20-hit performance against Santa Clara (5/1) was the team's second-highest total all season. The Cardinal has double-digit hits in exactly half of its games (24 of 48). Stanford picked up a season-high 22 runs versus Oregon State (4/14) and a season-high 23 hits at Nevada (4/10) during a six-game stretch (4/8 - 4/17) that raised the team's batting average from .289 to .309. Stanford is hitting .316 in 18 Pac-10 games. Seven different players have led the Cardinal in batting average at one point this season. Ryan Garko is the current leader with a .355 batting average and also leads the team in on-base percentage (.442). Chris O'Riordan paces the squad with career-highs in homers (8), RBI (54) and stolen bases (15). He also leads the team in hits (67) and total bases (102). Jason VanMeetren is the team leader in doubles (14) and triples (3), while Arik VanZandt has a team-high 40 runs scored. Jason Cooper leads the club with a .592 slugging percentage and Carlos Quentin has been hit by a team-high 10 pitches. Quentin is also second on the team in batting average (.341), second in RBI (35) and tied for second in homers (7) with Cooper. Sam Fuld leads the team in bases on balls (24). O'Riordan (.338), Scott Dragicevich (.335), Fuld (.326), VanMeetren (.321), Brian Hall (.310) and Cooper (.306) join Garko with batting averages at .306 or better. Stanford has totaled 44 home runs, 297 RBI and 70 stolen bases for the season, compared to 30 home runs, 160 RBI and 22 stolen bases for its opponents.
The Stanford pitching staff still leads the Pac-10 with a team ERA of 3.32 and has been even better in 18 Pac-10 games with a 3.08 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 .232 off Cardinal pitching. The current starting rotation of Jeremy Guthrie (8-4, 2.44), Jeff Bruksch (8-2, 2.87) and Mike Gosling (5-0, 2.76) has combined for a 21-6 record and a 2.67 ERA. Gosling has been the team's hottest pitcher with five consecutive Pac-10 victories, including four starts. He also has a current string of 15.0 straight scoreless innings and has tossed his first two career complete games in his last two starts. Guthrie picked up seven straight victories and Bruksch five in a row earlier in the year. 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, 3.81) had been the team's third starter for most of the season before Gosling's return to the starting rotation. Mike Wodnicki (4-1, 4.54, 4 SV) and J.D. Willcox (2-0, 1.80, 3 SV) have been the team's leaders out of the bullpen. Wodnicki has a team-high 19 appearances (three starts). John Hudgins (1-5, 6.15, 4 SV) has four saves as well but also has five of the team's 13 losses. Ryan McCally (2-1, 3.08, 2 SV) has also been effective out of the bullpen. Guthrie leads the club in strikeouts (96 in 96.0 IP), while Bruksch paces the club in innings pitched (97.1). The Cardinal staff has seven shutouts and seven complete games. Bruksch has three complete games, while Guthrie and Gosling have two each. All three players have one shutout.
Stanford's defense is currently fielding at a .975 clip that would rank as the best fielding percentage in school history, .003 percentage points above the school record of .972 reached three times between 1991-2000. Stanford has been errorless in three of its last four games and 23 of 48 overall. Stanford was perfect defensively for four consecutive games from March 25-31. Chris O'Riordan ranks second in the Pac-10 in assists (163). 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 has committed just two errors in 464 chances for a .996 fielding percentage, while backup catcher Ken Tirpack (138 chances) remains flawless. The starting infield of O'Riordan, Dragicevich, VanZandt and third baseman Andy Topham has made just 23 errors between them for a fielding percentage of .978. 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).
REGULAR STARTING PITCHING ROTATION NOW 21-6
Despite five losses in the last three weeks, Stanford's current regular starting pitching rotation of Jeremy Guthrie (8-4, 2.44), Jeff Bruksch (8-2, 2.87 and Mike Gosling (5-0, 2.76) has a combined 21-6 record with a 2.67 ERA this season. Tim Cunningham (4-0, 3.81) was the third starter for most of the season before the return of Gosling to the starting rotation. The foursome has a 25-6 record.
MIKE GOSLING WINS FIFTH STRAIGHT PAC-10 GAME
Mike Gosling has won five straight Pac-10 games (includes one no-decision in relief) and four consecutive Pac-10 starts after returning to the starting rotation on April 8 versus UCLA. Gosling has a 2.88 ERA during the stretch. He has allowed 20 hits and 11 earned runs in 34.1 innings pitched, while striking out 33 and walking eight.
Stanford has not homered in its last five games, its longest stretch without a long ball this season. The Cardinal has gone 199 at bats since Ryan Garko blasted a three-run homer in the third inning of a 4-3 win over San Jose State on April 24.
SLOWING DOWN ON THE BASEPATHS
One of the most notable changes in this year's Cardinal team is its success on the base paths. Stanford has 70 stolen bases in 95 attempts through its first 48 games, already surpassing its season total of 55 a year ago. The Cardinal is still averaging 1.5 steals per contest, compared to the 0.8 steals per game the club averaged a year ago. However, Stanford has slowed down lately with only eight stolen bases in its last 15 games. Stanford was averaging 2.0 steals per game through its first 28 contests but has stolen only 14 bases in 20 games since. Chris O'Riordan leads the team with a career-high 15 stolen bases, while Andy Topham is second with nine stolen bases. Arik VanZandt and Sam Fuld are tied for third with eight each. Jason VanMeetren has seven steals, followed by Scott Dragicevich and Brian Hall with five.
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 (141-400). 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 fourth by hitting safely in 15 of his last 17 games, going 30-for-72 (.417) during the stretch. He was 0-for-5 in his most recent game at Sacramento State (5/3) to drop back into a fifth-place tie.
BEATING THE BEST
Stanford's 35-13 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 a 3-8 overall in one-run games this season. Stanford did beat San Jose State, 4-3, in its most recent one-run contest (4/24). The Cardinal has fared a little better in extra inning games with a 3-2 mark in those games, including three straight victories. Stanford's record in games decided by three or more runs this year is 27-4.
CARDINAL SHUTOUT TWICE IN EIGHT DAYS AFTER 167-GAME STREAK
Stanford's 4-0 loss at California (4/28) marked the second time in eight days that the Cardinal suffered a shutout. Stanford's 7-0 loss at USC a week earlier (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.
* The Pac-10 coaches picked Stanford to finish third in their annual preseason poll.
* Stanford has drawn better than 2,000 fans in nine of its last 15 home games, including a season-best 2,973 versus USC on March 11 and the season's best weeknight crowd (2249) against USF on April 17. The Cardinal has also been a big draw on the road, drawing 2,000 or more spectators for 13 of 24 road contests.
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