No. 7 Baseball Wraps Regular Season At Washington State
May 16, 2001
Stanford, Calif. -
Friday, May 18, 6 pm - RHP Jeremy Guthrie (9-4, 2.71) vs. TBA
Saturday, May 19, 1 pm - RHP Jeff Bruksch (8-3, 3.04) vs. TBA
Sunday, May 20, 1 pm - LHP Mike Gosling (6-0, 3.29) vs. TBA
A live audio broadcast of all three Stanford-Washington State baseball games will be available on KZSU (90.1 FM) as well as at www.gostanford.com and realaudio.stanford.edu ... Chad Goldberg will call the action.
STANFORD SELECTED TO HOST 2001 NCAA BASEBALL REGIONAL
Stanford's Sunken Diamond has been selected as one of 16 Regional sites for the 2001 NCAA Baseball Championships. The event will take place Friday-Sunday, May 25-27, 2001. Game times are... Friday (3 pm, 7 pm), Saturday (11 am, 3 pm, 7 pm), Sunday (1 pm, 5 pm, if necessary). Tickets can be obtained by calling 1-800-STANFORD or visiting the Stanford Athletics Ticket Office at Gate 2 of Stanford Stadium.
OTHER ESSENTIAL STANFORD BASEBALL NOTES
Stanford enters its final regular season series of the season 2.0 games behind USC in the Pac-10 standings with three games remaining for both teams (USC will visit Oregon State in a three-game series this Friday-Sunday) ... The Cardinal is attempting to win its fifth straight Pac-10 baseball title (includes Southern Division and co-titles) ... USC's magic number to share the Pac-10 title is one, while the Trojans will win an outright title with a combination of two USC wins and Stanford losses ... Stanford closed its 2001 regular season home schedule with a 24-4 record at Sunken Diamond, while posting a 15-10 road mark ... Stanford has won six of its last eight games overall after suffering through a mini-skid that saw the Cardinal go 2-5 from April 17-28 ... Stanford's team batting average has risen to a season-high .311 with five straight double-digit hit games as the Cardinal is hitting .366 during the stretch ... Stanford's pitching staff has struggled with a 4.57 ERA over its last 15 games after the club posted a 2.99 ERA through its first 38 contests ... The Cardinal is just 8-7 in its last 15 games after posting a 38-7 record through 38 games ... Stanford has retained its No. 7 ranking in the Baseball America poll this week ... The Cardinal made significant jumps in the Baseball Weekly/ESPN poll (No. 6 to No. 3) and the Collegiate Baseball poll (No. 6 to No. 4)... 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 team's current 39-14 overall record is one game under the 40-13 record that the 2000 CWS runner-up squad posted through 53 games ... Stanford is 11-4 against ranked teams this year (according to Baseball America) ... Chris O'Riordan leads the team in batting average (.365), RBI (57), stolen bases (15), hits (80), runs scored (47) and total bases (120) ... O'Riordan also has a career-high nine homers ... Carlos Quentin leads the club with 10 homers, a .589 slugging percentage and 12 hit-by-pitches ... Stanford's top four starting pitchers have combined for a 28-7 record and a 3.13 ERA this season -- Jeremy Guthrie (9-4, 2.71), Jeff Bruksch (8-3, 3.04) and Mike Gosling (6-0, 3.29) make up the current starting rotation for Pac-10 games, while Tim Cunningham (5-0, 3.80) was in the rotation earlier in the year ... Gosling has won six straight Pac-10 games, including five straight Pac-10 starts ... Stanford's team fielding percentage of .975 is currently .003 percentage points ahead of the school record of .972 set three times in the from 1990-2000.
NO. 7 STANFORD CONCLUDES REGULAR SEASON BY VISITING WASHINGTON STATE IN THREE-GAME SERIES
Stanford will conclude its regular season schedule by visiting Washington State in a three-game Pac-10 series this Friday-Sunday, May 18-20 (6 pm, 1 pm, 1 pm). The Cardinal enters the series 2.0 games behind USC in the Pac-10 race with three games remaining for both clubs. The second-place Cardinal lost one game in the standings to the Trojans last weekend. Stanford needs just one more victory to assure itself of at least second place in the Pac-10. However, the Cardinal must sweep and have USC swept at Oregon State this Friday-Sunday to win an outright Pac-10 crown. USC's magic number to share the conference title is a single game, while any combination of two USC wins or Stanford losses this weekend will result in an outright title for USC. Stanford swept a three-game series at Washington State last year (4/7 - 4/9), outscoring the Cougars 41-6. Stanford won the series opener, 14-3, scoring seven times in the top of the fifth inning to extend a tight 4-3 lead. Jason Young struck out a season-high 15 batters in Saturday's 11-3 win as the Cardinal pounded out 19 hits. Damien Alvarado (3-4, 2 RBI) and Edmund Muth (3-5, 2B, HR, RBI) led the offense. Tim Cunningham (7.0 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 5 SO), Mike Gosling (1.0, 1 H, 2 BB, 3 SO) and Jeff Bruksch (1.0 IP, 1 H) combined for a shutout on Sunday as the Cardinal won 16-0. John Gall (3-4, 2B, HR, 3 RBI) paced the offense. Stanford leads the all-time series, 14-13.
STANFORD WINS FOUR-OF-FIVE GAMES IN BUSY WEEK
Stanford won four-of-five games last week. The Cardinal opened its week with a pair of non-conference victories over USF and Cal Poly to avenge losses earlier in the season to both teams. Stanford held on for an 8-6 victory at USF last Wednesday. Ryan Garko (2-5, 3B, 2 RBI) keyed Stanford's four-run third inning with a two-RBI triple. Tim Cunningham (5-0) earned the victory, scattering six hits and three runs over the first 5.0 innings. Stanford opened its week with an 11-10 comeback victory over Cal Poly on Tuesday. Jonny Ash drew a bases loaded walk with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning to complete the comeback as Stanford won for the first time in 2001 when the club trailed after eight innings. Carlos Quentin had a pair of homers, the first Cardinal player to accomplish that feat this year, and also singled home the game-tying run in the bottom of the ninth inning. Stanford then won two-of-three games against Arizona in its final regular season home series of the year. The Cardinal won last Friday's series opener in dramatic fashion before a Sunken Diamond record crowd of 4,458. Stanford scored four times in the bottom of the seventh inning to erase a 5-2 deficit on its way to a 6-5 victory. Jason Cooper's three-run homer tied the game and an RBI single by Scott Dragicevich proved to be the winning run. Arizona won Saturday's middle game, 5-4, before the Cardinal came back to win the rubber game of the series, 8-2. Mike Gosling picked up his sixth consecutive Pac-10 victory, limiting the Wildcats to two runs and two hits in 6.0 innings. Sam Fuld (4-for-5) tied his career-high with four hits, while Carlos Quentin blasted his team-high 10th homer.
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 1034-512-5 (.668) at Stanford, including an impressive 425-280 (.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
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 third consecutive week. Stanford did move up significantly in the other two major polls, going from No. 6 to No. 3 in Baseball Weekly/ESPN and from No. 6 to No. 4 in the Collegiate Baseball poll. Stanford spent two weeks (4/9 - 4/16) as the nation's unanimous No. 1 team before losing five-of-seven games from April 17-28. Stanford has since returned to its winning form with six wins in its last eight contests. 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. 2 Baseball America, No. 1 Collegiate Baseball, No. 2 Baseball Weekly/ESPN), Arizona State (No. 18 Baseball America, No. 15 Collegiate Baseball, No. 18 Baseball Weekly/ESPN) and California (No. 26 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 2267-1444-32 (.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 secured its 36th winning seasons over the last 37 campaigns (also 53 of last 55) in 2001 and is only one victory from posting 40 or more wins for the seventh consecutive campaign. 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 eight that have played Major League Baseball in 2001) 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.
PAIR OF NEW SUNKEN DIAMOND ATTENDANCE MARKS SET
The Stanford-Arizona series-opener last Friday (5/11) set a new Sunken Diamond attendance record with a paid crowd of 4,458. The old mark was the crowd of 4,172 that witnessed the 1997 NCAA Regional Final between Stanford and Fresno State. The three-game Arizona series drew a new three-game series record paid crowd of 11,137.
CHRIS O'RIORDAN MOVES TO TOP OF CAREER BATTING AVERAGE LIST
Chris O'Riordan has moved to the top of Stanford's career batting average list with his recent hot streak (13-for-21 in five games last week). O'Riordan has a current career average of .366 (154-421) and passed Jack Shepard (.362, 1951-53) last week. O'Riordan had originally threatened to enter the list ahead of Shepard before a midseason slump. He dropped to as far as 10th at one point before reaching the top by hitting safely in 20 of his last 23 games, going 43-for-98 (.439) with four homers, a triple, four homers, 22 RBI and five stolen bases during the stretch.
MORE RECORD BOOK UPDATES
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's 16 saves is tied for fourth all-time and the team is also nearing the record book's top five in double plays (54) and shutouts (7). Individually, Mike Wodnicki (.917, 11-1) currently ranks second on the school's all-time won-loss percentage list. Mike Gosling (10.36) is second on the strikeouts per nine innings list and Jeff Bruksch (13) is tied for the fifth on the all-time save list.
Stanford's team batting average currently sits at a season-high .311, fourth in the Pac-10. Stanford's team batting average has been at .300 or better for the last 17 games (since 4/13). The club is on a recent tear, posted double-digit hits in a season-high-tying five straight games and seven of its last eight contests. The Cardinal is hitting .366 during the stretch. Stanford has double-digit hits in over half of its games (29-of-53). Stanford picked up a season-high 22 runs versus Oregon State (4/14) and a season-high 23 hits at Nevada (4/10) during an earlier six-game stretch (4/8 - 4/17) in which the Cardinal hit .415 and raised its team's batting average from .289 to .309. Stanford is hitting .323 in 21 Pac-10 games. Seven different players have led the Cardinal in batting average at one point this season. Chris O'Riordan is the current leader with a .365 batting average and also paces the squad with career-highs in RBI (57), stolen bases (15), hits (80), total bases (120) and at bats (219). He also leads the team with 47 runs scored and seven sacrifice flies in addition to hitting a career-high nine homers. Carlos Quentin paces the club in homers (10), slugging percentage (.589) and hit-by-pitches (12), while ranking second in RBI (42), batting average (.362) and runs scored (46). Jason VanMeetren is the team leader in doubles (14) and triples (3). Sam Fuld leads the club in bases on balls (26). Ryan Garko (.361), Scott Dragicevich (.342), Fuld (.331), VanMeetren (.316) and Brian Hall (.316) join O'Riordan and Quentin with batting averages at .316 or better. Stanford has totaled 49 home runs, 331 RBI and 74 stolen bases for the season. Stanford's opponents have managed just 34 home runs, 183 RBI and 23 stolen bases.
The Stanford pitching staff continues to lead the Pac-10 with a team ERA of 3.42 and has been even better in 21 Pac-10 games with a 3.16 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 .233 off Cardinal pitching. However, Stanford has struggled in its last 15 games with a 4.57 ERA after posting a 2.99 ERA through its first 38 contests. Stanford posted a 31-7 record in those first 38 contests and is just 8-7 since. The top four starting pitchers -- Jeremy Guthrie (9-4, 2.71), Jeff Bruksch (8-3, 3.04), Mike Gosling (6-0, 3.29) and Tim Cunningham (5-0, 3.80) -- have combined for a 28-7 record and a 3.13 ERA. Gosling has been the team's hottest pitcher with six consecutive Pac-10 victories, including five consecutive starts. He has tossed his first two career complete games within his last three Pac-10 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. Gosling tossed 16.0 consecutive scoreless innings as well. Mike Wodnicki (4-1, 4.72, 4 SV), J.D. Willcox (3-0, 2.10, 4 SV) and Ryan McCally (2-1, 2.89, 3 SV) have been the team's leaders out of the bullpen. Wodnicki has a team-high 21 appearances (three starts). John Hudgins (1-5, 5.01, 4 SV) is also tied for the team lead with four saves. Guthrie leads the club in strikeouts (104 in 103.0 IP), while Bruksch paces the club in innings pitched (103.2 IP). The Cardinal staff has seven shutouts and seven complete games. Bruksch has three complete games, while Guthrie and Gosling have two each. All three pitchers 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 1990-2000. Stanford has been errorless in 24 of its 53 games. Stanford was perfect defensively for four consecutive games from March 25-31 and then for three straight twice (4/12 - 4/14, 4/28 - 5/1). Chris O'Riordan ranks second in the Pac-10 in assists (174). 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 493 chances for a .996 fielding percentage, while backup catcher Ken Tirpack (141 chances) remains flawless. The starting infield of O'Riordan, Dragicevich, VanZandt, third baseman Andy Topham and recent part-time starting first baseman Jason Cooper has made just 27 errors between them for a fielding percentage of .977. Dragicevich has had three separate double digit errorless streaks this season, playing flawlessly in 12 consecutive games (1/26 - 2/18), as well as 10 straight games twice (2/25 - 3/23, 4/7 - 4/22).
CARDINAL LOOKING TO EXTEND 40-WIN SEASON STREAK TO SEVEN
Stanford needs just one more win to extend its school-record 40-win season streak to seven consecutive years. The Cardinal began its current streak with a 40-25 record in 1995. The team has recorded back-to-back 50-win seasons (50-15, 50-16) in the last two years for the first time in school history.
STANFORD'S TOP FOUR STARTING PITCHERS NOW 28-7
Despite five losses in the last month, Stanford's top four starting pitchers have still combined for a 28-7 record and a 3.13 ERA this season. Jeremy Guthrie (9-4, 2.71), Jeff Bruksch (8-3, 3.04) and Mike Gosling (6-0, 3.29) make up the current starting rotation for Pac-10 games, while Tim Cunningham (5-0, 3.80) was in the rotation earlier in the year before Gosling's return to the primary starting trio.
MIKE GOSLING WINS SIXTH STRAIGHT PAC-10 GAME
Mike Gosling has won six straight Pac-10 games (includes one no-decision in relief) and five consecutive Pac-10 starts after returning to the starting rotation on April 8 versus UCLA. Gosling has a 2.90 ERA during the six Pac-10 victories. He has allowed only 22 hits and 13 earned runs in 40.1 innings pitched during the stretch (39 SO, 11 BB).
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. O'Riordan (.365) currently leads the club in batting average. Seven regulars currently have averages sitting at .316 or better.
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 74 stolen bases in 101 attempts through its first 53 games, already surpassing its season total of 55 a year ago. The Cardinal is still averaging 1.4 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 12 stolen bases in its last 20 games. Stanford was averaging 2.0 steals per game through its first 28 contests but has stolen only 18 bases in 25 games since. Chris O'Riordan leads the team with a career-high 15 stolen bases, while Sam Fuld, Arik VanZandt and Andy Topham are tied for second with nine thefts each. Jason VanMeetren has seven steals, followed by Scott Dragicevich and Brian Hall with six each.
BEATING THE BEST
Stanford's 39-14 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 regular season games scheduled against teams ranked among BA's Top 25.
LUCK IN ONE-RUN GAMES STARTING TO CHANGE
Despite a 5-9 overall record in one-run games this season, Stanford's luck in one-run games is beginning to change. Stanford has won three of its last four one-run contests, beating Arizona, 6-5 (5/11), Cal Poly, 11-10 (5/8), and San Jose State, 4-3 (4/24). The blemish in the recent hot stretch was a 5-4 loss to Arizona (5/12).
SNEAK PEAK AT THE POST-SEASON
Stanford has an all-time record of 87-46 in post-season games. The Cardinal have played in 18 NCAA Regionals (51-20), two NCAA Super Regionals (4-1) and 12 College World Series (28-21).