No. 11 Stanford Continues Seven-Game Homestand Versus Fresno State Friday-Sunday
Feb. 11, 2003
Friday, February 14, 6 pm - TBA vs. RHP John Hudgins (1-0, 2.57)
Saturday, February 15, 1 pm - TBA vs. LHP Tim Cunningham (1-2, 4.20)
Sunday, February 9, 1 pm - RHP Cody Smith (0-0, 2.25) vs. TBA
A live audio broadcast of all three Stanford-Fresno State games will be available ... The Friday and Sunday games will be live on KZSU (90.1 FM) as well as online at gostanford.com ... Nick Kapur and Andy Aymeloglu will call Friday's game, while Chad Goldberg and Andrew Rogers will be in the booth on Sunday ... Saturday's game will be an internet only broadcast at gostanford.com with Goldberg and Kapur calling the action ... A Gametracker with live stats will also be available for all three games from a link at gostanford.com.
STANFORD BASEBALL QUICK TEAM NOTES
Stanford has dropped five of its last five games in its last two series after winning its first two contests versus Santa Clara ... The team had an 11-game and 22-series home win streaks snapped on back-to-back days versus Florida State last Saturday and Sunday ... Stanford has still won 31 of its last 37 home games ... Stanford is hitting .278 as a team, has posted a 4.08 ERA and has a .963 fielding percentage through its first eight 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 still currently ranked among the nation's top 15 in each of the four major college baseball polls (No. 11 Baseball America; No. 12 Collegiate Baseball, No. 12 Sports Weekly/ESPN; No. 15 NCBWA).
STANFORD BASEBALL QUICK INDIVIDUAL NOTES
John Hudgins was named the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week (2/11) for the first time in his career after he held Florida State to one run and six hits, while striking out a career-high 10 in a 12-inning, 2-1 victory in the series opener (2/7) ... Tobin Swope has taken off as the team's new leader in batting average after he hit .562 (9-16) in the Florida State series ... Ryan Garko hit his first home run of the season and tied a career-high with four RBI in the series finale versus Florida State (2/9) ... Brian Hall (.382), Danny Putnam (.375), Carlos Quentin (.346) and Garko (.333) are all hitting .333 or better ... Sam Fuld began the season as Stanford's all-time batting average leader but after starting the season with just eight hits in his first 36 at bats (.222) has fallen to a third-place tie on Stanford's career batting average list with a .358 lifetime mark ... Mark Romanczuk picked up his first collegiate victory with 3.0 hitless innings in relief versus Florida State (2/7).
STANFORD-FRESNO STATE PREVIEW AND SERIES HISTORY
Stanford continues its seven-game homestand when Fresno State visits Sunken Diamond this 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.
FRIDAY STARTER JOHN HUDGINS
Earned his first career Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week honors (2/11) after holding Florida State to one run and six hits with a career-high 10 strikeouts over the first 9.0 innings of Stanford's 2-1 victory in 12 innings over the Seminoles ... Has established himself as the team's top starter 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 previous start at Cal State Fullerton by scattering 10 hits and three runs over the first 6.0 innings, before 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 (1/25) ... Leads the team in innings pitched (21.0) and strikeouts (19) ... 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 (131) and innings pitched (172.1) ... Has a 12-6 career record with four saves and a 4.52 ERA in 44 appearances and 20 starts ... Has three career complete games and one shutout, the only active Stanford pitcher with either to his credit.
SATURDAY STARTER TIM CUNNINGHAM
Has suffered back-to-back losses in his last two outings versus Florida State (2/8) and at Cal State Fullerton (2/1) ... Allowed three runs (two earned) and four hits over the first 3.2 innings of a 4-3 loss to the Seminoles ... Gave up five runs and seven hits over the first 5.2 innings of a 10-2 Stanford defeat to the Titans ... 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 22-7 record with a 3.98 ERA and one save in 56 appearances ... Stanford's active career leader in victories (22), strikeouts (169), innings pitched (251.0) and games started (42).
SUNDAY STARTER TBA
STANFORD-FLORIDA STATE SERIES WRAP (February 7-9, 2003)
No. 4 Florida State took two-of-three games at No. 3 Stanford to snap Stanford's string of 22 consecutive series victories at Sunken Diamond. The hotly contested series featured a pair of 12-inning games. Stanford came away with a 2-1 victory in the first 12-inning contest in Friday's opener and Florida State was a 10-8 winner in 12 innings in Sunday's rubber game. The Seminoles also won Saturday's middle game, 4-3. The back-to-back losses at Sunken Diamond were the first for Stanford since Fresno State dropped the Cardinal twice in a row at home January 30-31, 1999. Tony Richie lifted the Seminoles to victory on Sunday when he snapped an 8-8 tied with a one-out solo homer in the top of the 12th. Stanford brought the tying run to the plate twice in the bottom of the 12th but failed to score. On Saturday, Matt Lynch (2-0) earned the victory by holding Stanford to one run on five hits and striking out five over the first 7.0 innings. Daniel Hodges completed his second save of the season when he retired the Cardinal in order in the bottom of the ninth inning. On Friday, Tobin Swope's two-out RBI single in the bottom of the 12th inning scored John Mayberry, Jr. with the winning run to give to lift the Cardinal to a dramatic victory. Mayberry started a two-out game-winning rally with a single to left field and stole second base before Jonny Ash drew an intentional walk to set up Swope's game-winning hit. Stanford reliever Mark Romanczuk (1-0) picked up the victory by pitching hitless baseball and striking out four over the final 3.0 innings after starter John Hudgins lasted 9.0 innings and struck out a career-high 10 batters without a walk. Swope had a big offensive series, going 9-for-16 (.562), while Ryan Garko hit his first home run of the season in Sunday's loss, a mammoth three-run shot over the trees beyond the left field wall.
JOHN HUDGINS NAMED PAC-10 PITCHER OF THE WEEK
John Hudgins has been named the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week (2/11) for the first time in his career after holding Florida State to just one first inning run and six hits, while striking out a career-high 10 batters without a walk over the first 9.0 innings of Stanford's 2-1 victory in 12 innings over Florida State last Friday. Hudgins is 1-0 on the season with a 2.57 ERA.
STANFORD FALLS TO NO. 11 IN BASEBALL AMERICA POLL
Stanford has fallen eight spots to No. 11 in the first regular season Baseball America poll. Stanford began the 2003 season ranked No. 3 in the preseason Baseball America poll released January 2 but has opened the campaign with a 3-5 record in its first eight games. Stanford has fallen to No. 12 in both the Collegiate Baseball and Sports Weekly/ESPN polls, as well as No. 15 in the NCBWA poll. Stanford was No. 5 in the preseason Sports Weekly/ESPN poll last week, which along with Baseball America released its first regular season poll this week. Stanford finished the 2002 season ranked fourth by Baseball America, Baseball Weekly/ESPN and Collegiate Baseball, as well as fifth by the NCBWA. Stanford has been ranked No. 1 at one point during each of the past six years (1997-2002) prior to this season. 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 already played six games against two of Baseball America's current top 10 teams (No. 3 Florida State, No. 6 Cal State Fullerton) and has still has 12 more scheduled against top 10 opponents (No. 4 Texas, No. 5 Arizona State, No. 9 USC).
STANFORD HAS 11-GAME, 22-SERIES HOME WIN STREAKS SNAPPED
Stanford had two significant home winning streaks snapped versus Florida State last weekend. The Seminoles ended Stanford's 11-game win streak at Sunken Diamond with a 4-3 victory on Saturday and then won 10-8 in 12 innings on Sunday to become the first opponent to win a series at Sunken Diamond since USC took two-of-three against the Cardinal from April 16-18, 1999, a span of 22 series.
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.
NEVADA VISITS SUNKEN DIAMOND MONDAY TO END SEVEN-GAME HOMESTAND
Nevada will visit Sunken Diamond for a single game to end Stanford's seven-game homestand next Monday, February 17 (1 pm, PT). Stanford leads the all-time series, 15-8. Nevada outslugged the Cardinal in Reno last year, 13-12. Stanford won both games the previous season, 18-13 at Nevada and 8-6 at Stanford.
Stanford continued to struggle offensively in the first two games of the Florida State series before breaking out for season-highs with eight runs and 16 hits in Sunday's finale. Still, the Cardinal is averaging just 4.6 runs per game and is hitting .278 through its first eight games. Tobin Swope (.389) emerged as the club's new leader in batting average after going 9-for-16 (.562) in the Florida State series. Brian Hall (.382), Danny Putnam (.375), Carlos Quentin (.333) and Ryan Garko (.333) are all hitting at .333 or higher. Garko had a nice series against Florida State, going 5-for-12 (.417) with his first homer of the season and tying a career-high four RBI. Putnam leads the club with a pair of homers, four doubles, nine runs scored, 22 total bases and a .688 slugging percentage. Swope has a team-high 14 hits, while Garko paces the squad with six RBI. Hall has team-high four stolen bases. Jonny Ash has two of the team's three triples. Quentin has drawn a team-high nine walks and shares the team's hit-by-pitch lead (2) with Ash and Sam Fuld.
After being touched for 19 earned runs (7.12 ERA) in the three-game series at Cal State Fullerton, Stanford's pitching staff held Florida State to just 13 earned runs in the three-game series to lower its ERA to 4.08. Opponents have managed just a .215 batting average against the Cardinal pitching staff over the first eight games with Stanford giving up just 59 hits in 75.0 innings of work. John Hudgins earned Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week for the first time in his career after holding Florida State to one run and six hits with a career-high 10 strikeouts in a 2-1 victory in 12 innings last Friday, while Mark Romanczuk earned his first collegiate victory with 3.0 innings of hitless relief with four strikeouts. Billy Paganetti also made his collegiate pitching debut against the Seminoles with 3.1 innings of one-hit relief on Saturday and David O'Hagan struck out a career-high eight batters versus Florida State on Sunday.
Stanford has improved its overall fielding percentage to .963, playing solid defense versus Florida State with just four errors (.971 fielding percentage) in the series after committing eight in its previous series at Cal State Fullerton. John Mayberry, Jr. continues to lead the club with 83 putouts, while Tobin Swope has a team-high 27 assists. Mayberry's 14 putouts versus Santa Clara (1/26) and Jonny Ash's six assists versus Florida State (2/9) are single-game team highs. After not turning a double play in either game versus Santa Clara, Stanford has three in each of its last two series.
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).
RYAN GARKO HITS FIRST HOME RUN, TIES CAREER-HIGH FOUR RBI
Ryan Garko busted out of an early season slump that had seen his average dip to .231 after six games by going 5-for-7 (.714) with five RBI over the final two games of the Florida State series. Garko had a big day Sunday, blasting his first home run of the season and tying his career-high with four RBI.
SAM FULD NEARS 200TH CAREER HIT
Sam Fuld picked up four hits during the Florida State series to increase his career total to 199 and is one away from reaching 200.
SAM FULD CURRENTLY TIED FOR THIRD ON ALL-TIME BATTING AVERAGE LIST
Sam Fuld currently ranks tied for third on Stanford's all-time batting average list with a .358 lifetime mark (199-556). Fuld began the 2003 campaign on top of Stanford's career batting average list (.367) but has lost .009 points off his career average by hitting .222 (8-36) over the first eight games this season.
MARK MARQUESS NEARS 1100 CAREER VICTORIES AND ALL-TIME TOP 20 LIST
Stanford head coach Mark Marquess picked up career victory No. 1096 in the series opener versus Florida State last Friday. Marquess is now four wins from becoming the 21st coach in the history of Division I college baseball to reach 1100 victories and five from entering the all-time top 20 list.
ROMANCZUK, LEWIS, HESTER, MINAKER PICK UP COLLEGIATE FIRSTS
Freshmen Mark Romanczuk, Chris Lewis, John Hester and Chris Minaker picked up collegiate firsts during the Florida State series. Romanczuk earned his first victory with his second consecutive impressive performance on the mound, holding Florida State scoreless on no hits with four strikeouts over the final 3.0 innings of a 12-inning 2-1 victory on Friday. Minaker also had his first at bat last Friday. On Saturday, Lewis had his first collegiate hit and Hester his first at bat.
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 (.358, 3rd-T); 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)
HALL AND MAYBERRY, JR. HAVE SEASON-LONG HIT STREAKS SNAPPED
Brian Hall and John Mayberry, Jr. both had season-long hit streaks snapped with 0-for-4 performances last Saturday versus Florida State. Hall had actually hit safely in seven straight games dating back to last season, while Mayberry's string ended at six. Sam Fuld now has the team's longest current streak this season at five games (2/1 - 2/9). Chris Carter, who has not played yet in 2003 due to a preseason injury, hit safely in his final 11 games last season.
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.
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 1096-538-5 (.671) at Stanford, needing just four more victories to reach 1100 and five 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 Stanford's focus for the Fresno State series)
'I am focused on our team and how we're playing more so than our opponent at this stage.'
(On the Florida State series)
'All three of the games were really tight. It was a good series, but unfortunately we came out on the short end of it. It pointed to some areas where we need to improve.'
(On the bright points of the Florida State series)
'We pitched very well. Florida State has a pretty good offensive team that hit .185 for the series. The pitching was the most positive part of the series for us.'
(On Tobin Swope)
'He's given us a lot of offensive lately. He's pesky, makes things happen and has good speed. But, it's more important how he does defensively, and he's been doing a good job for us at shortstop.'
STANFORD COACHING STAFF
Dean Stotz is in 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.