No. 1 Baseball To Host Cal Poly This Friday-Sunday
Feb. 26, 2002
CAL POLY (9-11-1) AT NO. 1 STANFORD (9-4)
Friday, March 1, 6 pm, PT - RHP Tyler Fitch (2-2, 4.31) vs. RHP Jeremy Guthrie (3-0, 3.12)
Saturday, March 2, 1 pm, PT - RHP Nick Doan (0-2, 7.53) vs. LHP Tim Cunningham (3-0, 2.81)
Sunday, March 3, 1 pm, PT - RHP Kevin Correia (3-1, 5.24) vs. TBA
A live audio broadcast of Friday's game will be available on KZSU (90.1 FM) as well as online at gostanford.com and kzsu-live.stanford.edu ...The games on Saturday and Sunday will be internet only broadcast on KZSU2 at kzsu-live.stanford.edu ... Chad Goldberg and Nick Kapur will call all the action ... Live stats will also be available for all three games at gostanford.com.
STANFORD BASEBALL QUICK TEAM NOTES
Top-ranked Stanford will be looking for its seventh straight regular season series victory dating back to last year when the Cardinal hosts Cal Poly in a three-game series this Friday-Sunday, March 1-3 (6 pm, 1 pm, 1 pm) ... The Cardinal has won two-of-three games in each of its first four series this season versus then No. 15 Cal State Fullerton, then No. 6 Florida State, Fresno State and Santa Clara ... The Cardinal also has a home win over Brigham Young ... Stanford has posted the same 9-4 record this season as the team did through 13 games a year ago ... Stanford remains the nation's No. 1 team in the latest national polls by Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball and the NCBWA but has been at No. 2 behind Florida State for the past two weeks in the Baseball Weekly/ESPN poll ... After playing six consecutive games against ranked teams to open the season, the Cardinal is not scheduled to play against another currently ranked team until traveling to current No. 17 USC on March 23-24 ... The Cardinal has outscored its opponents 106-69 in its first 13 games ... Stanford is averaging 8.2 runs per game and hitting .336 offensively, while posting a 4.26 ERA and fielding at a .963 clip ... Stanford is attempting to qualify for the College World Series for the fourth consecutive season as the 2002 senior class is looking to become the first class of Stanford Baseball players to reach Omaha in each of its four years ... Stanford has qualified for the CWS title game in each of the last two seasons ... Stanford is coming off three straight 50-win seasons for the first time in school history and has compiled a 160-52 (.755) since the start of 1999.
STANFORD BASEBALL QUICK INDIVIDUAL NOTES
Ryan Garko has moved back into the club lead for batting average with a .429 mark after going 6-for-11 (.545) with a double, homer and six RBI in the recent Santa Clara series ... Garko hit a dramatic walk-off two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning versus the Broncos last Sunday to give Stanford an 8-7 win in the rubber game of the series ... Jason Cooper also had a game-winning RBI-single in the bottom of the ninth of Friday night's series-opener against the Broncos as the Cardinal won both their games of the series in their final at bat ... The first two starters in Stanford's rotation (Jeremy Guthrie, Tim Cunningham) have won eight and nine straight decisions, respectively ... Garko, Carlos Quentin and Donny Lucy all co-lead the club with three homers, while Lucy has a team-high 19 RBI.
STANFORD-CAL POLY BASEBALL HISTORY
Stanford leads the all-time series over Cal Poly, 37-5 (since 1949). The teams split a pair of exciting games last season. The Mustangs upset the Cardinal in the 2001 season-opener (1/21) for both clubs in San Luis Obispo, coming away with a 6-5 win in 12 innings as the Cardinal made five errors and walked in the game-winning run. The tables were reversed in the second meeting between the teams at Sunken Diamond (5/8) when the Cardinal won 11-10 after the Mustangs walked in the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning. The teams last played a three-game series from May 20-22, 1999, when the Cardinal swept the Mustangs at Sunken Diamond (8-1, 13-2, 12-9).
A CLOSER LOOK AT LAST YEAR'S STANFORD-CAL POLY GAMES
at Stanford 11, Cal Poly 10 (May 8, 2001) - Jonny Ash drew a bases loaded walk on a 3-1 pitch with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift Stanford to a come-from-behind 11-10 victory over Cal Poly. Carlos Quentin hit a pair of homers and drove in four runs, including an RBI single in the ninth inning to tie the game. Quentin became the first Cardinal to homer twice in a contest in 2001. Chris O'Riordan (3-4, 2B, HR, RBI) also had a solo homer in the bottom of the fifth inning and scored four runs. Ryan Garko (3-5, 2 2B, 2 RBI), Jason Cooper (2-4, RBI) and Sam Fuld (2-5) also had multiple-hit games for the Cardinal. J.D. Willcox (3-0) earned the victory, holding the Mustangs scoreless in the final three innings after giving up a pair of runs in the top of the sixth frame. Cal Poly's Kyle Wilson was 3-for-5 with a double and five RBI, while Bryan Gant was 4-for-5. Cal Poly reliever Nathan Choate (4-2) gave up a pair of runs in the final 1.1 innings to suffer the loss.
Cal Poly............ 013 024 000 - 10 10 1Stanford............ 113 020 022 - 11 14 1
Win-Willcox(3-0) Loss-Choate(4-2) Save-None T-3:01 A-2062
BATTERIES: Cal Poly - Bochy, Haskell (3), Correia (4), Morton (6), Choate (8) and K. Anderson. Stanford - Gosling, Wodnicki (4), Willcox (6) and Garko. HRs: Stanford - Quentin, 2 (8th, solo in 2nd, 9th, solo in 8th), O'Riordan (9th, solo in 5th).
at Cal Poly 6, Stanford 5 (January 21, 2001) - Scott Neal's bases-loaded walk in the 12th inning capped an emotional 6-5 victory for Cal Poly over Stanford in the debut at Baggett Stadium. Cal Poly, playing its first game at the new stadium in front of an overflow crowd of 3110, used seven pitchers to finally come up with a victory. Nathan Choate (1-0) pitched the last two innings of one-hit relief for the victory. John Hudgins (0-1) was charged with the loss. The marathon game lasted 4 hours and 20 minutes. Bryant Gant (3-5, RBI) led the Mustang offense, while Chris Martinez (2-2, 2 RBI) and Kevin Tillman (2-4) also had a pair of hits for the winners. Ryan Garko (3-4, RBI) was the only Stanford player with more than one hit. Chris O'Riordan tied the game with a two-out, two-RBI double in the top of the ninth inning. The teams combined to leave 30 runners on base (Cal Poly 16, Stanford 14) and the Cardinal committed five errors in the wild contest.
Stanford............ 020 001 002 000 - 5 8 5Cal Poly............ 400 000 010 001 - 6 11 0
Win-Choate(1-0) Loss-Hudgins(0-1) Save-None T-4:20 A-3110
BATTERIES: Stanford - Gosling, Cunningham (2), Bruksch (5), Rich (8), Wodnicki (8), Hudgins (11) and Garko, Tirpack (9). Cal Poly - Blasdell, Haskell (3), Fitch (7), McGinnis (9), Correia (9), Bochy (10), Choate (11) and K. Anderson. HRs: None.
STANFORD-SANTA CLARA SERIES GAME SUMMARIES
at Stanford 8, Santa Clara 7 (February 24, 2002) - Ryan Garko's two-run walk-off homer with no outs in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted Stanford (9-4) to a dramatic 8-7 victory over Santa Clara (5-8) in the final game of the three-game series. Stanford won two-of-three games in the series and extended its regular season series winning streak to six in a row dating back to last year. Reliever Jonny Dyer (1-0) picked up his first collegiate victory after getting the Cardinal out of a ninth inning jam by inducing the only batter he faced to hit into an inning-ending ground ball double play. Sam Fuld led off the bottom of the ninth inning with a single to left field, chasing Santa Clara starter Joe Diefenderfer. Garko then deposited a 1-1 pitch from Bronco reliever A.J. Ampi over the leftcenter field fence to send a crowd of 2755 on a warm afternoon at Sunken Diamond into a frenzy. Jason Cooper (3-4, 2B), Garko (2-4, HR, 3 RBI), Donny Lucy (2-4, HR, 2 RBI) and Brian Hall (2-3) led the Cardinal offense, while Chris O'Riordan extended his season-high hitting streak to 10 games with a first-inning single. Jim Wallace (2-3), David Mandley (2-4, 2 RBI) and Ryan Chiarelli (2-5) had two hits each for Santa Clara. The game was marred by seven errors, a season-high four by the Cardinal and three from the Broncos.
Santa Clara........... 020 000 050 - 7 9 3Stanford.............. 112 001 102 - 8 13 4
Win-Dyer(1-0) Loss-Ampi(0-1) T-2:46 A-2755
BATTERIES: Santa Clara - Diefenderfer, Ampi (9) and Wallace. Stanford - Cunningham, Hudgins (8), Willcox (8), Dyer (9) and Garko. HRs: Stanford - Lucy (3rd, solo in 2nd), Garko (3rd, 2-run in 9th).
at Santa Clara 13, Stanford 9 (February 23, 2002) - Santa Clara ended a 20-game losing streak to Stanford (8-4) by surprising the top-ranked Cardinal, 13-9. The Broncos spotted Stanford six runs in the top of the first inning before roaring back with 10 runs of their own in the first three innings to take a 10-7 lead after three frames in a game that lasted 3:31. The middle of the Bronco lineup combined for 11 RBI. Joey Gomes (2-4, HR, 3 RBI) and Pat Peavey (2-4, 2B, 3 RBI) both had a pair of hits and three RBI, while Jack Headley had a double and four RBI. Shawn Epidendio (2-5, HR, 2 RBI) also homered for Santa Clara. Andy Topham (3-3), Ryan Garko (2-3, 2B, 2 RBI), Scott Dragicevich (2B, 2 RBI) and Brian Hall (2 RBI) paced the Cardinal offense.
Stanford.............. 610 000 020 - 9 10 2Santa Clara........... 253 021 00X - 13 14 2
Win-Redmond(3-1) Loss-Ehrlich(0-1) T-3:31 A-1021
BATTERIES: Stanford - McCally, Ehrlich (2), Jecmen (3), O'Hagan (3), Rich (5) and Lucy. Santa Clara - Redmond, Feichtmeir (7), Ampi (9) and Wallace.HRs: Santa Clara - Epidendio (1st, 2-run in 3rd), Gomes (2nd, 2-run in 5th).
at Stanford 5, Santa Clara 4 (February 22, 2002) - Jason Cooper singled home Carlos Quentin with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift Stanford to a 5-4 comeback victory over Santa Clara. The victory extended Stanford's winning streak to 20 straight games over the Broncos dating back to 1997. The victory was also Stanford's fourth in its last five games. J.D. Willcox (1-0) came on in relief in the eighth inning and picked up his first victory of the season. Santa Clara reliever Grant Feichtmeir (0-2) took the loss. Four Santa Clara players - Bobby Wiginton (2-3, 2B), Headley (2-4, 2 RBI), Jim Wallace (2-4, 2B) and Peavey (2-5) - had two hits each for the Broncos. Ryan Garko (2-4, RBI) was the only Stanford player with more than one hit.
Santa Clara........... 000 002 020 - 4 11 3Stanford.............. 000 002 111 - 5 8 1
Win-Willcox (1-0) Loss-Feichtmeir (0-2) T-3:10 A-2333
BATTERIES: Santa Clara - Fillinger, Ampi (7), Feichtmeir (7) and Wallace. Stanford - Guthrie, Hudgins (8), Willcox (8) and Garko, Lucy (8). HRs: None.
A LOOK AT THE SANTA CLARA SERIES STATS AND HIGHLIGHTS
Stanford won two-of-three games over Santa Clara (2/22 - 2/24) despite the Broncos putting up better numbers in both the offensive and pitching categories. Santa Clara had a .318 team batting average in the series, compared to .304 for the Cardinal. The Broncos also had a 4.97 team ERA, while the Cardinal team ERA ballooned to 7.27 for the weekend. Stanford did have a slightly higher fielding percentage (.945 - .932) in a series that was marred by a total of 15 errors (Santa Clara 8, Stanford 7). Stanford won both of its games in the series in its final at bat on Jason Cooper's RBI-single in the bottom of the ninth on Friday and Ryan Garko's two-run walk-off homer on Sunday. Garko was the team's leading hitter in the series, going 6-for-11 (.545) with a double, homer and six RBI. Cooper hit .500 (4-8), 2B, RBI). The Cardinal had excellent relief outings from Dan Rich, J.D. Willcox and Jonny Dyer. The trio held the Broncos scoreless over 5.1 innings as Willcox and Dyer both picked up their first wins of the year. Starters Jeremy Guthrie and Tim Cunningham both received no-decisions, keeping their current win streaks going at eight and nine games, respectively.
STANFORD RANKED AS NATION'S NO. 1 TEAM IN THREE OF FOUR NATIONAL POLLS
Stanford remains the nation's No. 1 team this week in polls released February 25 by Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball and the NCBWA. The Cardinal, who began the season as the nation's unanimous No. 1 team, has dropped to No. 2 the last two weeks in the Baseball Weekly/ESPN poll. Stanford spent two weeks (4/9 - 4/16) last year as the nation's unanimous No. 1 team and spent six weeks as Baseball America's top team (3/12 - 4/16) before finishing the year at No. 2 in all three polls. Stanford has been ranked No. 1 at one point during each of the past six years (including 2002). 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). Other Pac-10 teams currently ranked in the 2002 national polls include USC (No. 17 Baseball America, No. 20 Baseball Weekly/ESPN, No. 35 NCBWA), Arizona State (No. 21 Baseball America, No. 15 Baseball Weekly/ESPN, No. 18 Collegiate Baseball, No. 19 NCBWA) and Arizona (No. 29 Collegiate Baseball, No. 26 NCBWA).
PITCHERS TIM CUNNINGHAM AND JEREMY GUTHRIE CONTINUE WINNING STREAKS
Tim Cunningham and Jeremy Guthrie both received no decisions in their respective starts versus Santa Clara to continue their winning streaks on the mound to nine and eight straight victories, respectively. Cunningham was 6-0 last season and has began the 2002 season with a 3-0 mark. Guthrie was 8-4 at one point last season before winning his final five decisions of 2001 and his first three games of 2002. Last week's no decision was the second for Cunningham in five starts and the first for Guthrie in four starts. Cunningham's last loss was versus Alabama in the first championship game of an NCAA Regional on May 28, 2000. Guthrie was last defeated at Sacramento State on May 2, 2001.
FULD AND QUENTIN ABOUT TO JOIN O'RIORDAN ON BATTING AVERAGE LIST
Sam Fuld and Carlos Quentin will soon join Chris O'Riordan among the school's all-time batting average leaders. O'Riordan (.353, 191-541) currently ranks fifth on the all-time list, while Fuld (.354, 101-285) and Quentin (.354, 104-294) actually both have a career batting average .001 higher than O'Riordan but are just short of the 300 career at bats required to be on the list. O'Riordan began the season tied for first on the list with a .362 career batting average but has struggled by going 16-for-58 (.276) in his first 13 games.
SEARCHING FOR A THIRD STARTER
Stanford has posted a 9-0 record in the nine games started by either Jeremy Guthrie and Tim Cunningham, while the team is 0-4 in games not started by Guthrie or Cunningham. Stanford has posted a 2.78 ERA in the nine victories started by Guthrie or Cunningham, compared to a 7.91 ERA in the team's four other games.
Donny Lucy is making a big contribution early in his first season with the Cardinal. Lucy leads the club with 19 RBI, co-leads the team with three homers and is hitting .333.
Stanford has shown a knack for the big inning early the season. The Cardinal has already scored five or more runs in an inning seven times this season. The Cardinal scored a season-high nine runs in the fourth inning versus Cal State Fullerton (2/2). In the Florida State series, the Cardinal scored seven times in the first inning of a 9-3 victory in the series-opener (2/8) and five times in both the fifth and eighth innings of the middle game of the series (2/9) in a wild 15-11 victory. Stanford then scored five runs in the bottom of the fifth inning in an 8-1 win over Brigham Young (2/12). Most recently, the Cardinal scored six times in the top of the first inning of a 13-9 loss at Santa Clara (2/23).
Stanford improved its perfect record in Friday series-openers to 4-0 by defeating Santa Clara, 5-4, last Friday. The Cardinal has also won Friday series-openers over Cal State Fullerton (2/1, 7-4), at Florida State (2/8, 9-3) and at Fresno State (2/15, 6-2).
COMPARING THE NUMBERS TO LAST YEAR
Stanford's 9-4 record is identical to the 9-4 record the team posted through 13 games last year. This year's team is hitting .336, just one percentage point under the school record of .337 set in 1981 and .023 percentage points better than last year's .313. The squad is also averaging 8.2 runs per game, 1.2 runs better than last year's 7.0 average. However, the team's pitching staff has a 4.26 ERA (0.76 higher than last year's final 3.50) and a .963 fielding percentage (.014 points lower than last year's school record .977).
Stanford's team batting average currently sits at .336, only .001 percentage point behind the school record of .337 set in 1981, and the club is averaging 8.2 runs per game after the first 13 contests of the season. Ryan Garko (.429) leads the team in batting average, while co-leading the club with three homers and ranking tied for second with 13 RBI. Garko also leads the team in hits (21), runs (18), slugging percentage (.694) and on-base percentage (.525). Carlos Quentin (.400), Jason Cooper (.386), Scott Dragicevich (.377), Sam Fuld (.345), Donny Lucy (.333) and Andy Topham (.304) are all at .300 or better. Lucy is the club's RBI leader with 18, as well as the team's co-leader in home runs (3) and stolen bases (3). Quentin also co-leads the club with three home runs and has been hit a team-high nine times. Dragicevich paces the squad with eight doubles. Chris O'Riordan and Dragicevich have the team's only two triples of the season.
The Stanford pitching staff's ERA rose from 3.38 prior to the Santa Clara series to 4.26 after the series after the squad's ERA ballooned to 7.27 in three games versus the Broncos as the staff allowed 21 earned runs in 26.0 innings pitched. The Cardinal is still in search of its third starter as the team is 9-0 in games started by Jeremy Guthrie (3-0, 3.12, 26.0 IP, 28 SO) and Tim Cunningham (3-0, 2.81, 25.2 IP, 17 SO) but 0-4 in games not started by either. Ryan McCally picked up a pair of saves and did not allow a run in his first 8.0 innings of relief this year before giving up six runs and four hits over 1.1 innings in his first collegiate start at Santa Clara (2/23). J.D. Willcox (1-0, 1.17, 7.2 IP, 2 SO) has been effective out of the bullpen. Jonny Dyer (1-0, 0.00, 1.2 IP, 3 SO) picked up his first collegiate win versus Santa Clara (2/24).
Stanford is fielding at a .963 clip through the first 13 games of the 2002 season, .014 percentage points below last year's nation-leading and school record .977 fielding percentage. The Cardinal struggled defensively in the recent three-game series versus Santa Clara with seven errors, including a season-high four in the series finale (2/24). The Cardinal has recorded three errorless games but none in its last five outings. Ryan Garko had a team season-high 12 putouts in the opening game of the season (2/1), while Chris O'Riordan picked up a season-high six assists at Fresno State (2/18). Garko leads the club with 87 putouts, while O'Riordan has a team-high 46 assists.
Carlos Quentin became the first player in the history of NCAA Division I Baseball when he was hit by five pitches in a game at Florida State (2/9) ... Ryan Garko and Scott Dragicevich co-lead the team with seven multiple-hit games each, while Donny Lucy has a team-high five multiple-RBI game ... Stanford has four players (Chris O'Riordan - 10, Scott Dragicevich - 7, Ryan Garko - 6, Jason Cooper - 5) with hitting streaks of five games or more ... Tim Cunningham has moved into sole possession of fourth-place on the team's all-time won-loss percentage list (14-2, .875) ... The Cardinal is 5-1 at home and 4-3 on the road ... Stanford was picked first in the 2002 Preseason Pac-10 Coaches Poll.
EIGHT STANFORD PLAYERS EARN 2002 PRESEASON ALL-AMERICAN HONORS
Eight Stanford players -- Jason Cooper, Tim Cunningham, Sam Fuld, Ryan Garko, Jeremy Guthrie, Chris O'Riordan, Carlos Quentin and J.D. Willcox -- earned 2002 Preseason All-American honors from Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball, and/or the NCBWA. Guthrie earned First Team honors from all three groups, while O'Riordan (Collegiate Baseball, NCBWA) and Quentin (Baseball America, NCBWA) both earned a pair of First Team honors. Cooper was also selected First Team by Baseball America.
STANFORD BASEBALL HISTORY
Stanford's storied baseball program has had many highlights as the program is in its 109th season with an all-time record of 2288-1452-32 (.611). The Cardinal won NCAA titles in 1987 and 1988 before returning to the CWS championship game in each of the last two years (2000, 2001). The program has had winning seasons in 36 of its last 37 campaigns (also 53 of the last 55), has recorded three straight 50-win seasons for the first time in school history (1999-2001) and reached the 40-win mark in seven consecutive campaigns (1995-2001). Just a few of the other highlights have included 13 College World Series appearances, 18 conference titles and 22 NCAA Tournament berths. Stanford has boasted a total of 43 All-Americans who have earned a total of 50 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 96 All-Conference players earning a total of 121 All-Conference honors, 57 major league players and 12 first round draft picks in the last 15 years.
STANFORD HEAD COACH MARK MARQUESS
One of the nation's premier collegiate coaches, Mark Marquess is in his 26th season at the helm of Stanford Baseball in 2002. Marquess has a career record of 1054-519-5 (.670), all at Stanford, and last year became the 23rd coach in the history of NCAA Division I baseball to reach the 1000-win mark. The 1969 Stanford graduate has led the Cardinal to two NCAA titles (1987, '88) and two other CWS title game appearances (2000, '01), as well as 11 College World Series appearances (1982, '83, '85, '87, '88, '90, '95, '97, '99, 2000, '01), 11 NCAA Regional titles (1982, '83, '85, '87, '88, '90, '95, '97, '99, 2000, '01), 10 Pac-10 or Pac-10 Southern Division regular season titles (1983, '84, '85, '87, '90, '94, '97, '98, '99, 2000) and three NCAA Super Regional championships (1999, 2000, '01). The Cardinal has qualified for the NCAA Tournament 19 times under Marquess. He began the 2002 season ranked 12th in victories and 16th in winning percentage among active Division I baseball coaches, while ranking 23rd on the all-time victory list and 42nd on the all-time winning percentage list. He has been named NCAA Coach of the Year three times (1985, '87, '88) and has received Pac-10 or Pac-10 Southern Division Coach of the Year honors on eight occasions (1983, '85, '87, '90, '94, '97, '98, '99). The Cardinal has suffered just one losing season during his tenure and has finished either first or second in the prestigious Pacific-10 (formerly Pac-10 Southern Division) 19 times in the last 21 seasons. Stanford has had 99 professional baseball draft picks in the past 17 seasons, including 12 first round selections in the last 15 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 also 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 baseball head coaches to have both played and coached in the College World Series. Marquess was the starting first baseman and a First Team All-American on Stanford's 1967 College World Series squad and played four seasons of minor league baseball with the Chicago White Sox organization.
COMMENTS FROM MARK MARQUESS
(on the upcoming series versus Cal Poly) 'I know they're probably disappointed in their season so far, because they felt like they had a strong team. They probably do have a strong team, but they just haven't played that well yet. They are talented and pretty experienced.'
(on the recent Santa Clara series) 'It was the poorest we've played all season but that may also be because Santa Clara played well. There were some positives in that we were behind late in both of the games we won and came back and picked up victories in both of those games, but we were fortunate. The pitching numbers are deceiving because of Saturday's game. Both Jeremy Guthrie and Tim Cunningham pitched well.'
(on his biggest concern) 'I'm concerned about everything. We have good offensive numbers, but I don't think we're executing that well on offense. Our defense is respectable, but for us we should be better than that. We've had some good performances on the mound, but we've given up a lot of hits. There isn't really a phase of the game where we are really playing well and there's a lot of room for improvement in all areas. But, the good news is that we've won each of our series and were 9-4 against quality competition.'
(on playing a difficult pre-season schedule) 'I hope it helps us get better and find out what we need to do to play and compete against quality teams. It will prepare for us what's going to come later on in the season.'
STANFORD COACHING STAFF
Dean Stotz is in his 26th campaign with Stanford Baseball and his third season as associate head coach after he was promoted to the position prior to the 2000 campaign. Stotz served for 23 years as an assistant. Stotz currently coaches third base while also handling various offensive and defensive aspects of the game. Tom Kunis (3rd season) handles the Cardinal pitching staff, while David Nakama (3rd season) returns as an assistant coach after three seasons as the head coach at San Francisco State. Nakama, also a Cardinal assistant in 1997 and 1998, assists with all aspects of the game and serves as Stanford's first base coach.
NON-CONFERENCE SERIES AT CALIFORNIA UP NEXT WEEK FOR THE CARDINAL
Stanford will travel to California for a three-game non-conference series next Friday-Sunday, March 8-10 (2 pm, 1 pm, 1 pm, PT). Stanford leads the all-time series, 212-206. Last year, the teams split six games with Stanford winning two-of-three non-league games at Sunken Diamond and the Golden Bears taking two-of-three Pac-10 contests in Berkeley. The games at Sunken Diamond were all close with Stanford winning 3-1 in the Friday night series-opener (3/2) and 3-2 in 10 innings in the series finale (3/7) with the Golden Bears winning the middle game of the series, 3-2 (3/3). California won the first two games in Berkeley by scores of 7-4 (4/27) and 4-0 (4/28) before the Cardinal avoided a sweep with an 8-0 win behind Mike Gosling's shutout in the series finale (4/29).