No. 3 Stanford Visits No. 13 Cal State Fullerton Friday-Sunday
Jan. 28, 2003
No. 13 Cal State Fullerton (0-0, 0-0 Big West)
Friday, January 31, 7 pm
RHP John Hudgins (1-0, 3.00) vs. RHP Wes Littleton (9-4, 2.40)*
Saturday, February 1, 6 pm
LHP Tim Cunningham (1-0, 0.00) vs. LHP Ryan Schreppel (---, ---)
Sunday, February 2, 1 pm
TBA vs. RHP Dustin Miller (---, ---)
*Note: Wes Littleton's stats are for the 2002 season
A live audio broadcast of all three Stanford-Cal State Fullerton games will be available on KZSU (90.1 FM) as well as online at gostanford.com ... Chad Goldberg will call the action ... A Gametracker with live stats will also be available from a link at gostanford.com .
STANFORD BASEBALL QUICK TEAM NOTES
Stanford began the 2003 season by sweeping a pair of games versus Santa Clara last Saturday and Sunday ... Stanford won its season opener for the sixth time in the last seven years and has started the season with a 2-0 record in each of the last two seasons ... Stanford did not commit an error in either game, hit at a .319 clip and held Santa Clara batters to a .119 batting average ... Stanford is looking to extend its school record of consecutive appearances at the College World Series to five ... The Cardinal has reached the CWS final in two of the last three seasons (2000, '01) and qualified for a CWS bracket final in 1999 and 2002 ... Stanford has six position player starters, two of its three starting pitchers and a total of 14 letterwinners returning from last year's club that was 47-18 overall, 16-8 in the Pac-10 (second) and finished tied for third at the College World Series ... Stanford is currently ranked among the nation's top 10 in each of the four major college baseball preseason polls (No. 3 Baseball America; No. 5 NCBWA, Sports Weekly/ESPN; No. 9 Collegiate Baseball) ... Stanford is attempting to extend its string of consecutive 40-win seasons to nine in a row ... Stanford has finished in either first or second place in the Pac-10 20 times in the last 22 seasons.
STANFORD BASEBALL QUICK INDIVIDUAL NOTES
Danny Putnam is off to a hot start in his first two games, going 5-for-7 (.714) with a double, two homers and three RBI in the Santa Clara series ... Tim Cunningham picked up the win versus Santa Clara (1/26) and continues to lead all active Cardinal pitchers with 22 career victories ... Four Stanford players -- Tim Cunningham, Sam Fuld, Ryan Garko and Carlos Quentin -- have earned 2003 Preseason All-American honors ... Fuld began the season as Stanford's career batting average leader with a .367 lifetime mark but after going 0-for-9 in the first two games of the season he has dropped to second with a .361 career batting average ... Freshmen John Mayberry, Jr. and Matt Manship made successful collegiate debuts during the Santa Clara series ... Mayberry was 3-for-9 (.333) with a double and a triple in the series, while Manship tossed 3.1 innings of one-hit scoreless baseball in Stanford's 5-0 win over the Broncos on Sunday ... Manship combined with Cunningham for a one-hitter in the victory as the Cardinal just missed recording the ninth no-hitter in school history ... Head coach Mark Marquess has 1095 career wins, five shy of the 1100 mark and six short of entering the all-time top 20 for Division I coaches.
STANFORD-CAL STATE FULLERTON PREVIEW AND SERIES HISTORY
Stanford and Cal State Fullerton continue a longtime rivalry this Friday with the Cardinal leading the all-time series, 39-29. Stanford won three-of-four games played between the clubs last year, including a dramatic 3-2, 13-inning victory in the 2002 NCAA Regional opener at Stanford. The Cardinal also won two-of-three games at Sunken Diamond in the first series of 2002 for both teams (7-4, 17-1, 3-6). Stanford won two-of-three games the last time the teams played in Fullerton (February 2-4, 2001; 4-5, 9-8, 3-0) ... Stanford has won 12 of the last 14 meetings between the teams, including a pair of 2001 College World Series Games (June 10, 2001; 5-2, 10 inn.; June 13, 2001; 4-1).
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FRIDAY STARTER JOHN HUDGINS
Has moved into the team's top starter role to start his junior campaign after pitching primarily as the third starter for most of last season and as a reliever during his freshman year ... Limited Santa Clara to five hits and two runs with six strikeouts over 6.0 innings in his first start of 2003 to pick up a victory at Santa Clara (1/25) ... Finished the 2002 season with a 10-1 overall record to rank tied for fourth on Stanford's all-time single season won-loss percentage list (.909) ... Earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors in 2002 while also ranking third on the club in both innings pitched (105.0) and strikeouts (62) ... Ranks second among active Stanford players in career victories (12), strikeouts (118) and innings pitched (157.1) ... Has a 12-6 career record with four saves and a 4.52 ERA in 41 appearances and 18 starts ... Has three career complete games and one shutout, the only active Stanford pitcher with either to his credit.
SATURDAY STARTER TIM CUNNINGHAM
Began the season by throwing 5.2 hitless innings to pick up a victory versus Santa Clara (1/26), striking out four and walking six ... Finished the 2002 season with a 10-3 overall record and a 4.26 ERA to earn honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors , ranking second on the club in innings pitched (112.0) and strikeouts (67) ... Has a career 22-5 record with a 3.87 ERA and one save in 54 appearances ... Stanford's active career leader in victories (22), strikeouts (161), innings pitched (241.2) and games started (40).
SATURDAY STARTER TBA
STANFORD RANKED NO. 3 IN PRESEASON BASEBALL AMERICA POLL
Stanford began the 2003 season ranked No. 3 in the preseason Baseball America poll released January 2. Stanford also ranks in the top 10 of the three other major preseason national polls -- No. 5 (NCBWA, Sports Weekly/ESPN); No. 9 (Collegiate Baseball). Stanford finished the 2002 season ranked fourth by Baseball America, Baseball Weekly/ESPN and Collegiate Baseball, as well as fifth by the NCBWA. Stanford was the nation's unanimous No. 1 team at the start of the 2002 season and stayed on top of the Baseball America poll for the first seven weeks of the year. Stanford has been ranked No. 1 at one point during each of the past six years (1997-2002). 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). Stanford has a total of 18 games scheduled this year against teams ranked among the top 13 teams in the Baseball America preseason poll (No. 4 Florida State, No. 5 Texas, No. 6 USC, No. 8 Arizona State, No. 13 Cal State Fullerton).
TOP OF THE PAC
Stanford (16-8 Pac-10) finished in second place during the 2002 final regular season Pac-10 standings, one game behind two-time defending league champion USC (17-7 Pac-10). The second place finish put Stanford among the top two in the conference standings (includes Pac-10 Southern Division) for the ninth straight year and the 20th time in the last 22 years.
CARDINAL LOOKING TO EXTEND STRING OF 40-WIN SEASONS TO NINE
Stanford will be looking to extend its string of 40-win seasons to nine in 2003 after picking up its eighth straight 40-win season last year by finishing with a 47-18 overall mark. The last time Stanford didn't win 40 games was when the club finished 27-28 in 1993.
STANFORD PICKED TO WIN PAC-10 BY BASEBALL AMERICA
Stanford is Baseball America's preseason favorite to win the Pac-10, followed by USC, Arizona State, California, Washington, Arizona, UCLA, Oregon State and Washington State. Two-time defending champion USC was chosen by the coaches as the league favorite, followed by Arizona State, Stanford, California, Arizona, UCLA, Washington, Oregon State and Washington State.
FLORIDA STATE VISIT TO SUNKEN DIAMOND UP NEXT FOR CARDINAL
Stanford will begin a seven-game homestand when No. 4 Florida State visits Sunken Diamond next Friday-Sunday, February 7-9 (6 pm, 1 pm, 1 pm). Stanford and Florida State are tied 7-7 in the overall series after the Cardinal took two-of-three games in Tallahassee last year (9-3, 15-11, 6-7). Stanford swept the Seminoles the last time the teams played at Sunken Diamond (February 9-11, 2001; 6-2, 5-2, 8-2).
Stanford hit .319 in its season-opening two-game series versus Santa Clara, while picking up nine extra-base hits (five doubles, one triple, three homers) and four stolen bases. The Cardinal had 15 of its 23 hits in the series-opener. Stanford scored 12 runs in the two games for a 6.0 runs per game average and left 13 runners on base in each game. Danny Putnam leads the club in virtually every offensive category with a .714 (5-7) batting average, two homers, three RBI, four runs scored and five hits. He is also one of five Stanford players to double versus the Broncos. John Mayberry, Jr. picked up the team's only triple in the two games, while Brian Hall leads the club with two stolen bases.
Stanford posted a stellar 1.00 ERA by giving up just two earned runs in the two games versus the Broncos. The Cardinal picked up its first shutout of the season in last Sunday's 5-0 win and came within one out of recording the ninth no-hitter in school history. The Cardinal used just four pitchers in the two games. Starters John Hudgins and Tim Cunningham earned victories, while relievers Ryan McCally and Matt Manship picked up saves. The Cardinal staff held Santa Clara hitters to a .119 batting average and recorded 14 strikeouts in 18.0 innings.
Stanford was flawless in the field during the two-game series versus Santa Clara for a 1.000 fielding percentage, handling all 77 of its chances without an error. John Mayberry, Jr. recorded 25 putouts at first base in the two games, while Tobin Swope leads the club with eight assists. Stanford did not turn a double play in either game.
FOUR STANFORD PLAYERS EARN 2003 PRESEASON ALL-AMERICAN HONORS
Four Stanford players have earned 2003 Preseason All-American honors ... Sam Fuld led the way when he was selected to all three of the major preseason All-American teams (NCBWA First Team, Baseball America Third Team, Collegiate Baseball Third Team) ... Carlos Quentin was named First Team by Baseball America and Third Team by the NCBWA ... Ryan Garko was a Second Team Collegiate Baseball pick, while Tim Cunningham earned Third Team honors from the NCBWA ... Fuld is the only member of the group to earn regular season All-American honors in 2002 (NCBWA First Team, Baseball America Third Team, Collegiate Baseball Third Team).
SAM FULD DROPS TO SECOND ON STANFORD'S ALL-TIME BATTING AVERAGE LIST
Sam Fuld also will begin the 2003 campaign on top of Stanford's career batting average list with a .367 lifetime mark (191-520).
MARK MARQUESS NEARS 1100 CAREER VICTORIES ALL-TIME TOP 20 LIST
Stanford head coach Mark Marquess picked up career victories 1094 and 1095 versus Santa Clara last Saturday and Sunday. Marquess is now five wins from becoming the 21st coach in the history of Division I college baseball to reach 1100 wins and six from entering the all-time top 20 list.
JOHN MAYBERRY, JR. AND MATT MANSHIP MAKE SUCCESSFUL DEBUTS
Freshmen John Mayberry, Jr. and Matt Manship made successful collegiate debuts during the Santa Clara series. Mayberry, Jr., a highly-touted player who was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the first round of the 2002 MLB First-Year Player Draft and the son of former Major League All-Star John Mayberry, started both games at first base and was 3-for-9 (.333) with a double, triple and RBI. Manship pitched 3.1 innings of scoreless one-hit relief in last Sunday's 5-0 win over Santa Clara to pick up a save.
BRIAN HALL CONTINUES SUCCESS ON THE BASEPATHS
Brian Hall was successful in both of his stolen base attempts during the Santa Clara series and now has 22 career stolen bases in 23 attempts. Hall led the Cardinal with 14 stolen bases in 14 attempts during the 2002 campaign.
BASEBALL AMERICA RECOGNIZES SEVERAL STANFORD PLAYERS
Baseball America recognized several Stanford players in its 2003 Pac-10 preview. Ryan Garko, Sam Fuld, Carlos Quentin and Ryan McCally were all picked for the preseason All-Pac-10 team. John Mayberry, Jr. was selected as the preseason Freshman of the Year. The publications also ranked the Pac-10's top prospects for both the 2003 and 2004 drafts. Quentin was named the top prospect for 2003 with Fuld (5th) and Tim Cunningham (10th) also making the top 10. Donny Lucy (2nd) and Mark Jecmen (4th) were ranked among 2004 draft prospects. Mayberry was listed as the magazine's top newcomer. Fuld was chosen as the league's best 'Pure Hitter', 'Baserunner' and 'Defensive Outfielder'. Quentin was ranked as having the league's best 'Outfield Arm' and Donny Lucy was named the Pac-10's best 'Defensive Catcher'.
OTHER INDIVIDUAL NOTES
Chris Carter brings in the longest hit streak of any Stanford player in 2003, hitting safely in his final 11 games last year ... Stanford had a school record six players from the 2002 team earn First Team All-Pac-10 honors in Jason Cooper, Sam Fuld, Ryan Garko, Jeremy Guthrie, Chris O'Riordan and Carlos Quentin.
ACTIVE PLAYERS IN THE SCHOOL RECORD BOOK
Following is a list of all active Stanford players in the school's record book ...
Individual Career Records: Batting Average - Sam Fuld (.361, 2nd); Saves - Ryan McCally (12, 7th-T)
Individual Season Records: Hits - Sam Fuld (110, 2002, 1st); Hit-by-Pitch - Carlos Quentin (19, 2002, 1st-T; 14, 2001, 9th-T), Ryan Garko (16, 2002, 5th-T), At Bats - Sam Fuld (293, 4th); Won-Loss Percentage - John Hudgins (.909, 10-1, 4th-T); Saves - Ryan McCally (7, 9th-T)
Team Season Records: Double Plays (70, 1st); Batting Average (.318, 3rd); Total Bases (1206, 3rd); Doubles (147, 4th); Fielding Percentage (.971, 5th); Hits (749, 5th); Home Runs (88, 5th); Saves (17, 5th)
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STANFORD HEAD COACH MARK MARQUESS
One of the nation's premier collegiate coaches, Mark Marquess is in his 27th season at the helm of Stanford Baseball in 2003. The 1969 Stanford graduate has led the Cardinal to two NCAA titles (1987, '88), two CWS runner-up showings (2000, '01), 12 College World Series appearances (1982, '83, '85, '87, '88, '90, '95, '97, '99, 2000, '01, '02), 12 NCAA Regional titles (1982, '83, '85, '87, '88, '90, '95, '97, '99, 2000, '01, '02), 10 Pac-10 or Pac-10 Southern Division regular season titles (1983, '84, '85, '87, '90, '94, '97, '98, '99, 2000) and four NCAA Super Regional championships (1999, 2000, '01, '02). The Cardinal has qualified for the NCAA Tournament 20 times in the its first 26 seasons under Marquess. Marquess began the 2003 season ranked 10th in victories and 16th in winning percentage among active Division I baseball coaches. Marquess has compiled his entire career record of 1095-533-5 (.672) at Stanford, needing just five more victories to reach 1100 and six to move into the top 20 on the all-time victory list. He began the season ranked 21st in all-time victories and 45th on the winning percentage list. Marquess became the 23rd coach in the history of NCAA Division I baseball to reach the 1000-win mark with a 6-2 victory over Florida State in a game played on February 9, 2001. 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 posted winning seasons in 25 times of the first 26 season under his leadership and has finished either first or second in the prestigious Pacific-10 (formerly Pac-10 Southern Division) 20 times in the last 22 years. Stanford has had 104 professional baseball draft picks in the past 18 seasons, including 13 first round selections in the last 16 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 Cal State Fullerton)
'I'm expecting to face one of the top five teams in the country. They might have the best pitching staff in college baseball this year. Wes Littleton is one of the premier aces in the nation and Chad Cordero is one of the top relievers. They also return a lot of position players from last year and have some talented young freshmen players. They will be one of the better teams we play all season, if not the best.'
(On the Stanford-Cal State Fullerton rivalry)
'It's a very good and friendly rivalry. We have a great deal of respect for each others' programs. They're always tough and have great baseball tradition. They are used to winning and this year they are even much more talented and experienced than they have been in the last two or three years.'
(On the recent Santa Clara series)
'Both teams played excellent defensively and pitched well in both games of the series. I was very impressed with the way we hit in the first game as well.'
(On the near no-hitter versus Santa Clara)
'Obviously, we would have liked to have picked up the no-hitter, but I think it would have been more meaningful if it was just one pitcher. It was a bit disappointing to have come that close, but the main thing was to win the game and get the shutout.'
STANFORD COACHING STAFF
Dean Stotz begins his 27th campaign with Stanford Baseball and his fourth 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 is in his fourth season as Stanford's pitching coach, while Dave Nakama is in his fourth year overall as a Stanford assistant coach and is in the second year of his second stint as a Cardinal assistant. He assists with all aspects of the game and serves as Stanford's first base coach.