No. 3 Stanford Hosts No. 4 Florida State Friday-Sunday
Feb. 4, 2003
Friday, February 7, 6 pm - RHP Marc LaMacchia (1-0, 0.00) vs. RHP John Hudgins (1-0, 3.75)
Saturday, February 8, 1 pm - LHP Matt Lynch (1-0, 7.20) vs. LHP Tim Cunningham (1-1, 3.97)
Sunday, February 9, 1 pm - RHP Mark Sauls (1-0, 0.00) vs. TBA
A live audio broadcast of all three Stanford-Florida State games will be available ... Friday's game will be live on KZSU (90.1 FM) as well as online at gostanford.com ... The Saturday and Sunday games will be available as internet only broadcasts at gostanford.com ... Chad Goldberg and Nick Kapur 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 is coming off being swept in a three-game series at Cal State Fullerton last Friday-Sunday, marking the first time the Cardinal had been swept since Arizona State won three in a row at Sunken Diamond from April 11-13, 1997, a span of 77 series ... The Cardinal had began the 2003 season by winning a pair of games at Santa Clara the previous Saturday and Sunday ... Stanford committed eight errors in the Cal State Fullerton series after not committing an error in either of the two Santa Clara wins ... Stanford is hitting at a .283 clip overall, has posted a 4.50 ERA and is fielding at .958 through its first five contests ... 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 15 in each of the four major college baseball polls (No. 3 Baseball America; No. 5 Sports Weekly/ESPN; No. 12 Collegiate Baseball, No. 15 NCBWA).
STANFORD BASEBALL QUICK INDIVIDUAL NOTES
Brian Hall is off to the hottest start through the first five games, hitting .474 (9-19) with a homer, three RBI and four stolen bases ... Carlos Quentin (.467) and Danny Putnam (.444) are also hitting above .400, while no other Cardinal player is at .300 or better ... Hall has now been successful in 24 of his 25 career stolen base attempts ... Four Stanford players -- Tim Cunningham, Sam Fuld, Ryan Garko and Carlos Quentin -- have earned 2003 Preseason All-American honors ... Sam Fuld had began the season as Stanford's all-time batting average leader but after starting the season with just four hits in his first 22 at bats (.182) has fallen to second on Stanford's career batting average list with a .360 lifetime mark ... John Mayberry, Jr. hit his first career homer for the Cardinal in last Saturday's 10-2 loss at Cal State Fullerton (2/1) ... 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-FLORIDA STATE PREVIEW AND SERIES HISTORY
Stanford begins a seven-game homestand by hosting No. 4 Florida State this Friday-Sunday, February 7-9 (6 pm, 1 pm, 1 pm). Stanford and Florida State are tied 7-7 in the overall series but the Cardinal has won five of the last six games played between the clubs. Stanford took two-of-three games in Tallahassee last year (9-3, 15-11, 6-7) and swept the Seminoles the last time the teams played at Sunken Diamond (February 9-11, 2001; 6-2, 5-2, 8-2). Florida State had been the last non-conference team to win a series against the Cardinal (February 11-13, 2000; 11-4, 6-8 (10 inn.), 13-1).
FRIDAY STARTER JOHN HUDGINS
Has moved into the team's top starter role in his junior campaign after pitching primarily as the third starter for most of last season and as a reliever during his freshman year ... Picked up a no-decision in his most recent start at Cal State Fullerton (6.0 IP, 10 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO), leaving the game with the score tied 3-3 ... 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) ... Leads the team in innings pitched (12.0) and ranks second in strikeouts (9) ... 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 (121) and innings pitched (163.1) ... Has a 12-6 career record with four saves and a 4.52 ERA in 42 appearances and 19 starts ... Has three career complete games and one shutout, the only active Stanford pitcher with either to his credit.
SATURDAY STARTER TIM CUNNINGHAM
Suffered his first loss of the season in his most recent outing at Cal State Fullerton (2/1), allowing five runs and seven hits over the first 5.2 innings of a 10-2 Stanford defeat ... 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 22-6 record with a 3.97 ERA and one save in 55 appearances ... Stanford's active career leader in victories (22), strikeouts (168), innings pitched (247.1) and games started (41).
SUNDAY STARTER TBA
STANFORD-CAL STATE FULLERTON SERIES WRAP
Stanford was swept in its most recent action in a three-game series at Cal State Fullerton (1/31 - 2/2) to mark the first time since 1997 that the Cardinal had been swept, a span of 77 series. Cal State Fullerton began the series with a 7-3 victory last Friday before a Goodwin Field record crowd of 3131, scoring four times in the bottom of the seventh off losing pitcher Matt Manship (0-1). Danny Dorn's bases clearing three-run triple was the key hit in the inning. The Titans came back with a 10-2 victory over the Cardinal on Saturday. The Titans led just 2-1 before breaking through for five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Joe Turgeon (4-4, 3 RBI) led Cal State Fullerton's offensive attack, while John Mayberry, Jr. hit his first career home run for the Cardinal. Cal State Fullerton completed the sweep with an 8-2 win on Sunday, scoring six runs in the bottom of the second inning. Dorn once again had a big hit with a key three-run homer in the Titans' six-run second. Sam Fuld hit his first home run of the season for the Cardinal and Mark Romanczuk made an impressive collegiate debut on the hill, allowing just one hit and striking out four over the final 2.1 innings.
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 has fallen to No. 12 (Collegiate Baseball) and No. 15 (NCBWA) after being swept at Cal State Fullerton (1/31 - 2/2) in those respective publication's first regular season polls. Stanford was also No. 5 in the preseason Sports Weekly/ESPN poll, which along with Baseball America has not released its first regular season poll yet. 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 clubs 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 second in 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 is 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 Pac-10 coaches, followed by Arizona State, Stanford, California, Arizona, UCLA, Washington, Oregon State and Washington State.
FRESNO STATE VISIT TO SUNKEN DIAMOND UP NEXT FOR CARDINAL
Stanford continues its seven-game homestand when Fresno State visits Sunken Diamond next Friday-Sunday, February 14-16 (6 pm, 1 pm, 1 pm). Fresno State will be playing regular season games at Stanford for the first time since 1999 as the Cardinal has made three straight trips to Fresno in the series. Stanford made regularly scheduled visits to Fresno in 2000 and 2002. In 2001, a three-game season-opening series scheduled to be played at Stanford was moved to Fresno as renovations to Sunken Diamond were not finished. Stanford leads the all-time series, 65-46. Stanford won six of eight games played in Fresno over the past three seasons with one scheduled game in 2000 being lost to rain. Stanford dropped two-of-three to the Bulldogs the last time the teams played at Sunken Diamond January 29-31, 1999.
Stanford has struggled early in the season offensively, averaging just 3.8 runs per game and hitting .283 through its first five games. Stanford had 15 hits in its season-opener at Santa Clara and added 11 in the series-opener at Cal State Fullerton, but has been held to eight or fewer hits in each of its other three games. Brian Hall (.474), Carlos Quentin (.467) and Danny Putnam (.444) are all off to fast starts, while no other Cardinal player is hitting .300 or better. Putnam leads the club with a pair of homers and is tied with Hall and John Mayberry, Jr. with three RBI each. Hall also has team-highs of nine hits and four stolen bases, while Putnam paces the club in runs scored (7), doubles (3), total bases (17) and slugging percentage (.944). Mayberry and Jonny Ash have one triple each. Quentin has drawn a team-high five walks and shares the team's hit-by-pitch lead (2) with Ash.
After giving up just two earned runs in two games versus Santa Clara, Stanford's pitching staff was touched for 19 earned runs (7.12 ERA) in the three-game series at Cal State Fullerton and now has a season ERA of 4.50. Starters John Hudgins and Tim Cunningham both earned victories in the Santa Clara series, while relievers Ryan McCally and Matt Manship picked up saves. Opponents have still managed just a .237 batting average off Cardinal pitching this season as Stanford's pitching staff has given up just 37 hits in 42.0 innings.
Stanford struggled defensively with eight errors in the three-game Cal State Fullerton series and has a .958 fielding percentage overall. In the first two games versus Santa Clara, Stanford was flawless by handling all 77 of its chances without an error. John Mayberry, Jr. leads the club with 52 putouts, while Tobin Swope has a team-high 17 assists. Mayberry's 14 putouts versus Santa Clara (1/26) and Swope's five assists at Cal State Fullerton (2/2) are single-game team highs. Stanford did not turn a double play in the Santa Clara series but had three at Cal State Fullerton.
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 CURRENTLY SECOND ON ALL-TIME BATTING AVERAGE LIST
Sam Fuld currently ranks second on Stanford's all-time batting average list with a .360 lifetime mark (195-542). Fuld began the 2003 campaign on top of Stanford's career batting average list (.367) but has lost .007 points off his career average by hitting .182 (4-22) over the first five games this season.
MARK MARQUESS NEARS 1100 CAREER VICTORIES AND ALL-TIME TOP 20 LIST
Stanford head coach Mark Marquess picked up career victories 1094 and 1095 in the season-opening series versus Santa Clara. Marquess is now five wins from becoming the 21st coach in the history of Division I college baseball to reach 1100 victories and six from entering the all-time top 20 list.
FRESHMEN MAKE SUCCESSFUL DEBUTS
Freshmen John Mayberry, Jr., Matt Manship and Mark Romanczuk have all made successful debuts for Stanford. Mayberry, a highly-touted player who was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the first round of the 2002 MLB First-Year Player Draft and is the son of former Major League All-Star John Mayberry, has hit safely in the first five games of his Stanford career. Mayberry hit his first collegiate home run in Stanford's 10-2 loss at Cal State Fullerton (2/1). Manship pitched 3.1 innings of scoreless one-hit relief and picked up a save in his first collegiate outing in a 5-0 win over Santa Clara. Romanczuk made his collegiate debut at Cal State Fullerton (2/2), tossing 2.1 scoreless one-hit innings with four strikeouts.
BRIAN HALL CONTINUES SUCCESS ON THE BASEPATHS
Brian Hall has been successful in each of his four stolen base attempts in 2003 and now has 24 career stolen bases in 25 attempts. Hall led the Cardinal with 14 stolen bases in 14 attempts during the 2002 campaign. He was 6-for-7 in his freshman campaign.
HALL AND MAYBERRY, JR. ON SEASON-LONG HIT STREAKS
Brian Hall and John Mayberry, Jr. have both hit safely in each of Stanford's five games this season. Hall officially has a six-game hit streak dating back to last season. Chris Carter, who has not played yet in 2003 due to a preseason injury, has the team's longest current hit streak by hitting safely in his final 11 games last season.
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 (.360, 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)
2002 SEASON REVIEW
Stanford made its school record fourth straight appearance at the College World Series in 2002, reaching a bracket final before being defeated by eventual CWS champion Texas. Stanford finished the season with a 47-18 overall record to mark its eighth straight campaign with 40 or more victories and finished 16-8 in Pac-10 action to place second in the conference.
RECORD SIX STANFORD PLAYERS EARN 2002 FIRST TEAM ALL-PAC-10 HONORS
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.
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', while Donny Lucy was named the Pac-10's best 'Defensive Catcher' and 'Catcher/Best Arm'.
STANFORD PLAYERS IN PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL
Stanford has had 59 former players reach the Major Leagues, most recently with the debuts of Joe Borchard (OF, Chicago White Sox) and Justin Wayne (RHP, Florida Marlins) in September of 2002. Nine former Stanford players were in Major League Baseball during the 2002 season. In addition to Borchard and Wayne, former Stanford players Jeff Austin (RHP, Kansas City Royals), Jeffrey Hammonds (OF, Milwaukee Brewers), Rick Helling (RHP, Arizona Diamondbacks), A.J. Hinch (C, Kansas City Royals), Andrew Lorraine (LHP, Milwaukee Brewers), Jason Middlebrook (RHP, New York Mets/San Diego Padres) and Mike Mussina (RHP, New York Yankees) wore MLB uniforms last season. Bob Boone (Manager, Cincinnati Reds) and Ruben Amaro, Jr. (Assistant GM, Philadelphia Phillies) were also involved with Major League Baseball in 2002. Hinch moved to the Cleveland Indians this past offseason. Stanford also has 30 former players currently in Minor League Baseball, including seven players from last year's club in Jason Cooper (OF, Cleveland Indians), Scott Dragicevich (INF, Toronto Blue Jays), Jeremy Guthrie (RHP, Cleveland Indians), Darin Naatjes (RHP, Philadelphia Phillies), Chris O'Riordan (INF, Texas Rangers), Dan Rich (LHP, Cleveland Indians) and Andy Topham (INF, Houston Astros).
CARDINAL, WHITE AND BLUE
Stanford emerged on top of a recent USA National Team player study. Stanford has produced 20 Team USA players that have played in 28 seasons over the last 18 years, more than any other collegiate program in the nation in both categories. Stanford is also tops in the nation with at least one players on the Team USA roster for 16 consecutive years. Four current Stanford players have participated with Team USA -- Tim Cunningham (2001), Sam Fuld (2001, '02), Ryan Garko (2001, '02), Carlos Quentin (2001, '02).
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, two CWS runner-up showings, 12 College World Series appearances, 12 NCAA Regional titles, four NCAA Super Regional championships and 10 Pac-10 or Pac-10 Southern Division regular season titles. 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 1095-536-5 (.671) 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 and has received Pac-10 or Pac-10 Southern Division Coach of the Year honors on eight occasions. The Cardinal has posted winning seasons in 25 times of the first 26 seasons 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 Florida State)
'Florida State is one of the better teams in the country, probably one of the top 10 and deservedly so. They're a very talented and experienced team. It will be another good test for us. We have a good rivalry with them throughout the years and there have been some great games.'
(On rebounding from being swept at Cal State Fullerton)
'We'll have to play better defensive and swing the bats much better versus Florida State than we did at Cal State Fullerton. Offensively, we didn't generate many scoring opportunities, and we need to be able to do that.'
(On the Cal State Fullerton series)
'Cal State Fullerton just outplayed us in every phase of the game during the series. We felt coming into this series that Cal State Fullerton was definitely one of the top 10 teams in the country and they showed it during the series.'
(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.
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