Stanford Closes Pac-10 Season By Hosting UCLA Friday-Sunday
May 16, 2003
Fri., May 16, 6 pm (vs. UCLA) - RHP Casey Janssen (5-5, 5.78) vs. RHP John Hudgins (7-3, 3.49)
Sat., May 17, 1 pm (vs. UCLA) - LHP Wes Whisler (3-6. 5.22) vs. LHP Mark Romanczuk (9-0, 3.63)
Sun., May 18, 1 pm (vs. UCLA) - TBA vs. TBA
Broadcast Information: Friday's Stanford-UCLA game will be telecast live by HDNet with Dave Armstrong calling the play-by-play and Chad Goldberg providing the analysis ... All three Stanford-UCLA baseball games this week are scheduled to be broadcast on the air at KZSU (90.1 FM) as well as online at gostanford.com ... Sam Stefanki and Mike Etchepare will call Friday night's game versus UCLA with Goldberg rejoining Stefanki for broadcasts on Saturday and Sunday ... A Gametracker for all three games will be available from a link at gostanford.com
STANFORD BASEBALL QUICK TEAM NOTES
Stanford will host UCLA in its final Pac-10 series of the season this Friday-Sunday, May 16-18 (6 pm, 1 pm, 1 pm) ... The Cardinal has won a season-best eight games in a row overall (5/3 - 5/13) after going 7-0 on its recent road trip and beating Saint Mary's by a score of 10-1 this past Tuesday to begin a seven-game homestand that end the regular season ... Stanford (16-5 Pac-10) is 2.5 games ahead of Arizona State (12-6 Pac-10), as well as 3.5 games in front of Arizona (11-7 Pac-10) with magic numbers to clinch a share of the Pac-10 title at two and to win the championship outright at three ... Stanford has won 16 career Pac-10 championships (includes Southern Division and shared titles) and finished either first or second in the conference 20 times in the last 22 years ... Stanford last won a Pac-10 title when it shared the 2000 crown with Arizona State and UCLA before finishing second behind USC each of the last two years ... Stanford's last outright Pac-10 title came in 1999 ... Stanford remained at No. 7 for the second consecutive week in the latest Baseball America poll released May 12 ... Stanford is also ranked No. 3 by Collegiate Baseball, No. 4 by the NCBWA and No. 7 by Sports Weekly/ESPN ... Stanford is hitting .316 (#3 Pac-10) as a team, which would rank fourth on the school's all-time single-season list ... Stanford's pitching staff is second in the Pac-10 with a 4.15 ERA and has the lowest opponents' batting average (.248) ... Stanford won its final 14 regular season road games (3/23 - 5/11) to end the regular season with a 17-5 road mark ... Stanford is 20-9 in non-conference games this season and 19-9 at home ... Stanford is looking to extend its school record of consecutive appearances at the College World Series to five.
STANFORD BASEBALL QUICK INDIVIDUAL NOTES
Carlos Quentin leads the team and ranks third in the Pac-10 with a .401 batting average ... Quentin, who was named one of five finalists for the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award on May 6 and one of 12 semifinalists for the Rotary Smith Award on May 16, is attempting to become the first Stanford player to hit .400 or better since David McCarty hit .420 in 1991 ... Quentin has a current seven-game hit streak (5/3 - 5/11) and has hit safely in 35 of his last 37 games (.433, 65-150) with a career-high 26-game hit streak that lasted two months (February 22 - April 22) ... Quentin also paces the team in hits (77), doubles (22), walks (31), hit-by-pitches (11) and on-base percentage (.504) ... Ryan Garko, a Johnny Bench Award candidate, is the team's leader in homers (14), RBI (72), total bases (134), slugging percentage (.691), multiple-hit games (23), multiple-RBI games (22) and extra-base hits (31) ... Garko has hit safely in 23 of his last 27 games (.465, 47-101) and has league-highs of 10 homers and 37 RBI in 21 Pac-10 games ... John Hudgins (7-3, 3.49) leads the conference in innings pitched (108.1), strikeouts (98), starts (15) and complete games (4) ... Mark Romanczuk (9-0, 3.63) paces the Pac-10 with nine victories ... Matt Manship ranks tied for second in the Pac-10 in saves (7) ... Jonny Ash was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week (5/6), going 6-for-11 versus California (5/9 - 5/11).
FRIDAY ... #17 - JOHN HUDGINS (R/R, 6-2, 200, Jr.) ... 7-3, 3.49 ... ALL-AMERICAN CANDIDATE
2003 Season Notes: Leads the team and the Pac-10 in five categories with 98 strikeouts, 108.1 innings pitched, 15 starts, four complete games and 32 strikeouts looking ... Also tied for third in the Pac-10 with an opponents batting average of .243 and fifth with a 3.49 ERA ... Has posted a 7-3 record ... Lasted at least 6.0 innings in each of his first 13 starts and has gone 7.0 or more on nine occasions ... Has failed to reach 6.0 innings in both of his last two outings ... 2003 Individual Game Highlights: Gave up five runs (four earned) and seven hits in his most recent outing at California, lasting a season-low 4.1 innings in a no-decision effort of a game Stanford won, 9-8 ... Scattered six runs (five earned) and nine hits in 5.0 innings in his previous outing at USC (5/3) ... Suffered a loss and snapped a three-game win streak versus Arizona (4/25) despite throwing his fourth complete game of the season, allowing four runs and seven hits with six strikeouts ... Tossed a complete game versus Oregon State (4/17), allowing just two runs and six hits with 10 strikeouts ... Pitched 8.0 scoreless two-hit innings and struck out a career-high 11 batters to lead Stanford to a 9-1 win over Sacramento State (4/11) ... Picked up a complete game victory in a 6-1 win at Washington State (4/4), scattering seven hits and giving up only one run with six strikeouts ... Suffered a loss in Stanford's 5-3 defeat to Washington (3/28), allowing three runs and eight hits over the first 7.0 innings ... Received no-decision in a Pac-10 opening 7-6, 11-inning loss at Arizona State (3/22), scattering four runs and six hits over the first 6.0 innings ... Tossed his first complete game of the season versus California (3/7), allowing just two runs and seven hits with nine strikeouts in an 11-2 Stanford win ... Suffered his first loss of the year versus USC (2/28), giving up eight runs (six earned) and nine hits with six strikeouts over the first 6.0 innings ... Scattered four runs and seven hits with eight strikeouts in 7.0 innings to earn the victory in an 11-7 win at Texas (2/22 - Game 1) ... Took a no-hitter into the eighth inning and earned a win in a 4-1 victory over Fresno State (2/14), allowing just three hits and one run with nine strikeouts over 8.0 innings ... Earned his first career Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week honors (2/11) after holding Florida State to one run and six hits with 10 strikeouts over the first 9.0 innings of Stanford's 12-inning, 2-1 victory (2/7) ... Picked up a no-decision at Cal State Fullerton (1/31), allowing a season-high 10 hits and three runs over the first 6.0 innings before leaving with the score tied 3-3 in an eventual 7-3 loss ... Held Santa Clara to two runs and five hits with six strikeouts over 6.0 innings in his first start of 2003 to pick up a victory in the season opener (1/25) ... Career Notes: The only active Stanford pitcher with a shutout ... Leads active Stanford pitchers in career complete games (7) and strikeouts (210), while ranking second in victories (18), innings pitched (259.2), saves (4) and games started (32) ... Third among active Stanford pitchers with 56 appearances ... Has an 18-9 career record and a 4.12 ERA ... Finished the 2002 season with a 10-1 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).
SATURDAY ... #21 - MARK ROMANCZUK (L/L, 6-1, 190, Fr.) ... 9-0, 3.63
FRESHMAN PLAYER OF THE YEAR/FRESHMAN ALL-AMERICAN CANDIDATE
2003 Season Notes: Leads the Pac-10 in wins with a perfect 9-0 record and a .224 opponents batting average, while also recording two saves and two complete games with a 3.63 ERA and 57 strikeouts in 74.1 innings ... Has six wins and four no-decisions in his 10 starts, all Stanford victories ... Also has three wins out of the bullpen ... Named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week three times in the last six weeks (4/1, 4/20, 5/4) ... Has moved into the team's role as its No. 2 starter for the last three weeks and is scheduled to be the No. 2 starter again this week ... 2003 Individual Game Highlights: Taken off the hook in the ninth inning of a 6-4 comeback victory at California (5/10) in his most recent start, allowing four runs (three earned) and six hits in 7.1 innings ... Tossed a complete-game three-hitter with five strikeouts for his Pac-10 leading ninth victory at USC (5/4 - Game 1) to earn Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week honors (5/5) ... Allowed four runs and six hits over 5.0 innings with three strikeouts for a no-decision versus Arizona (4/26) in a game Stanford came back to win, 10-9 ... Impressive versus Oregon State (4/19), earning the victory with 7.2 innings of two-hit scoreless work and striking out a career-high nine ... Credited with the win as the first of three or more predetermined Stanford pitchers in a 4-2 victory over San Jose State (4/15), striking out three and giving up just one hit in 2.0 innings ... Took a no-decision and was taken off the hook for the loss when Stanford rallied for two ninth inning runs in a game the Cardinal eventually won 8-5 in 11 innings at Washington State (4/7) ... Touched for six runs and eight hits in the first 3.0 innings of a no-decision start versus Washington (3/30) in a game Stanford eventually won, 12-11 ... Tossed his first career complete game in a 4-2 win at Arizona State (3/24) in a rubber game of a three-game set, giving up just five hits and two runs with five strikeouts ... Picked up a win versus California (3/9), scattering six hits and two runs with seven strikeouts over the first 6.0 innings ... Made his first collegiate start versus USC (3/2), earning the victory after scattering four runs and seven hits with four strikeouts over the first 6.0 innings ... Picked up a win at Texas (2/22 - Game 2) despite allowing four runs and five hits in 3.0 innings of relief work ... Earned a win with 1.1 scoreless one-hit innings and two strikeouts versus Nevada (2/17) ... Picked up back-to-back saves in the first two games of the Fresno State series (2/14, 2/15), combining to throw 3.0 scoreless innings, striking out two and allowing just one hit ... Pitched 3.0 hitless innings with four strikeouts versus Florida State (2/7) to earn his first collegiate win ... Made his collegiate debut at Cal State Fullerton (2/2) out of the bullpen, striking out four and allowing just one hit in 2.1 innings.
at Stanford 10, Saint Mary's 1 (May 13, 2003)
Stanford extended its win streak to a season-high eight games with a 10-1 victory over Saint Mary's in a non-conference game. Ryan Garko (2-2, 2B, 4 RBI) drove in four runs to raise his team-leading total to 72 and Cardinal starter Mark Jecmen (1-0) picked up his first collegiate victory, pitching 3.0 scoreless innings and scattering three hits with a season-high four strikeouts. Stanford scored five times in its first two turns at the plate and never trailed in the contest. The victory was Stanford's 15th in a row over the Gaels dating back to 1994.
Brian Hall (3-5, 2B, 2 RBI) and Sam Fuld (2-4, 2B, RBI) also had multiple-hit games for the Cardinal. Stanford stroked six doubles to tie a season high as Jed Lowrie, Chris Carter and Donny Lucy all added two-baggers. Fuld and Lowrie both extended their current hit streaks to eight games.
Stanford 9, at California 8 (May 9, 2003)
Ryan Garko's two-out RBI single in the top of the ninth inning scored Jonny Ash with the game-winning run to lift Stanford to a 9-8 victory over California. Garko (2-5, HR, 3 RBI) also hit his team-leading 14th homer of the season in a six-run Stanford first and the Cardinal led 7-1 before California rolled off seven unanswered runs to take an 8-7 lead after six innings. Stanford tied the game on a two-out RBI triple by Brian Hall in the eighth.
Kodiak Quick earned the victory, holding California scoreless on two hits with three strikeouts in 3.2 innings of relief. Quick came on after the Golden Bears had taken their 8-7 lead on a two-run homer by Justin Nelson with no outs in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Matt Manship relieved Quick after a two-out single by Conor Jackson (3-5, HR, 3 RBI) off Quick in the bottom of the ninth and forced Chris Grossman (3-4, 2B) into a game-ending fielders choice to record his team-leading sixth save of the season.
Jed Lowrie (3-4) had three hits for the Cardinal, while Jonny Ash (2-3, 2B, 3B, RBI) and Sam Fuld (2-4) picked up two each. Chris Carter hit his first homer of the season and drove in a pair of runs with a two-run shot in the top of the first inning.
Stanford 6, at California 4 (May 10, 2003)
Stanford scored four runs in the top of the ninth inning for a 6-4 comeback victory over California. Sam Fuld's one-out RBI single off Golden Bear reliever Travis Talbott scored Tobin Swope to snap a 4-4 tie after an RBI double by Chris Carter and a wild pitch that allowed pinch-runner Brian Hall to score had tied the contest.
Matt Brown took his second loss of the series, issuing a walk to Swope that proved to be the winning run.
Ryan McCally (4-2) picked up the victory by recording two outs in the bottom of the eighth in relief of Cardinal starter Mark Romanczuk, who remained unbeaten with a perfect 9-0 record after he was taken off the hook in the top of the ninth inning. After giving up three runs in the first, Romanczuk (7.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO, 1 BK) held California scoreless on three hits from the second through the seventh innings before giving up a run in the eighth.
Carter (2-3, 2B, RBI), Jonny Ash (2-3) and Fuld (2-5, RBI) had two hits each for the Cardinal. Jackson (2-3, 3B, HR, 3 RBI) had the game's only homer, while James Holder (2-4) and David Nicholson (2-5) added two hits each for California.
Stanford 5, at California 4 -- 10 inn. (May 11, 2003)
Stanford completed a three-game road sweep with a 5-4 win at California when Danny Putnam scored all the way from first base on an errant pick off throw by California reliever Jesse Ingram with two outs in the top of the 10th inning. Stanford extended its road win streak to 14 games in its final regular season road contest and won for the seventh straight time overall. The Cardinal also finished a six-game season sweep of California and has won 10 in a row over the Golden Bears dating back to last season. Carlos Quentin hit a key three-run homer for the Cardinal with two outs in the top of the fifth inning to erase an early 2-1 California lead.
David O'Hagan (6-1) picked up his sixth victory of the season out of the bullpen with 2.2 hitless innings after coming on as the third Cardinal reliever with one out, a runner on third base and two runs already in for California in the bottom of the eighth.
Ingram (2-3) took the loss despite giving up just one unearned run and one hit in 3.0 innings of relief.
California's Conor Jackson hit his third homer of the series, while Jeff Dragicevich (2-3, 2B) and Ben Conley (2-4, RBI, SB) had a pair of hits each for California.
STANFORD-UCLA SERIES HISTORY
Stanford continues a seven-game homestand that will end the regular season by hosting UCLA in its final Pac-10 series of the season this Friday-Sunday, May 16-18. Stanford leads the all-time series, 176-132. The Cardinal won two-of-three in Los Angeles last year (5/17 - 5/19; W, 11-0; L, 4-9; W, 17-4) and also won two-of-three games the last time the teams met at Sunken Diamond (4/7-4/8/01; L, 4-6; W, 9-0; W, 11-2). Stanford has won six straight series between the teams with the last Bruin series victory coming in 1997 when UCLA won two-of-three in both series versus the Cardinal.
PAC-10 TITLE MAGIC NUMBERS DOWN TO TWO AND THREE
Stanford's magic numbers to win the 2003 Pac-10 regular season championship are down to two for a share of the title and three for an outright championship. Stanford (16-5 Pac-10) leads the Pac-10 standings by two and a half games over Arizona State (12-6 Pac-10) and is three and a half games ahead of Arizona (11-7 Pac-10) with only three conference games remaining for the Cardinal, while both the Sun Devils and the Wildcats still have six remaining. Stanford has already won two-of-three versus Arizona State but Arizona holds the tiebreaker edge over the Cardinal after taking two-of-three at Sunken Diamond. Stanford has won a total of 18 conference championships in school history, including 16 Pac-10 crowns (includes Southern Division and shared titles). Stanford's last Pac-10 championship came in 2000 when the team finished in a three-way tie for the conference title with Arizona State and UCLA. Stanford has finished second in the conference behind two-time defending league champion USC each of the last two years and has been among the top two in the conference standings (includes Pac-10 Southern Division) for nine straight seasons and 20 times in the last 22 years.
STANFORD EXTENDS WIN STREAK TO SEASON-BEST EIGHT GAMES
Stanford's 10-1 victory over Saint Mary's in its most recent game extended its win streak to a season-best eight games (5/3 - 5/13). Stanford had previously won seven in a row from April 4-17. The last time the Cardinal has had a longer win streak was when last year's club put together a season-best 10-game stretch from May 19 - June 15.
STANFORD CONTINUES SERIES SUCCESS
Stanford has won 10 of its last 11 and 44 of its last 51 series after the three-game sweep at California in its most recent series. The Cardinal had won 15 straight Pac-10 home series, as well as eight consecutive overall and eight in a row in Pac-10 play before Arizona won two-of-three at Sunken Diamond (4/25 - 4/27). The Cardinal rebounded by sweeping USC (5/3 - 5/4) and California (5/9 - 5/11) in its two most recent series.
STANFORD WINS FINAL 14 REGULAR SEASON ROAD GAMES
Stanford finished its regular season road schedule by winning its final 14 road games, punctuating the streak with a three-game sweep at California (5/9 - 5/11). Stanford, which last lost a road game at Arizona State on March 22 (7-6, 11 inn.), started the streak with victories in the final two games of its series versus the Sun Devils (3/23 - 3/24) and continued the run with a series sweep at Washington State (4/4 - 4/7), as well as victories at Santa Clara (4/8) and Sacramento State (4/22) before sweeping USC (5/3 - 5/4) and winning at San Jose State (5/6) prior to the California sweep. Stanford won 11 of its 12 Pac-10 road games in 2003, sweeping its final three conference road series. The Cardinal was 17-5 in 22 road games overall.
APRIL SHOWERS BRING MAY FLOWERS
For the third consecutive season, the Cardinal struggled in the second half of April before playing well in May. In the last three years, Stanford posted a combined record of just 11-12 in the second half of April before going 32-7 in May. This year, the team finished at 3-5 after the tax deadline and is 8-0 in its first seven games of May.
JONNY ASH NAMED PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK FOR FIRST TIME IN CAREER
Jonny Ash was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week for the first time in his career on May 11, one day after the Cardinal completed a three-game sweep at California in which Ash hit .545 (6-11) with three runs scored, two doubles, a triple, two RBI, two walks, a hit-by-pitch and a sacrifice bunt.
CARLOS QUENTIN A CANDIDATE FOR PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARDS
Carlos Quentin has been named one of five finalists for the prestigious 2003 Golden Spikes Award and one of 12 semifinalists for the Rotary Smith Award. Quentin becomes the 10th finalist from Stanford in the 26-year history of the Golden Spikes Award honoring the top amateur baseball player in the country. This year's winner will be announced on various regional cable networks on Tuesday, July 15, the same day as the 2003 Major League Baseball All-Star Game. The Rotary Smith Award will be announced on June 26. Quentin leads the team and ranks third in the Pac-10 with a .401 batting average, continuing his run to become the first Stanford player to hit .400 since David McCarty hit .420 in 1991. In addition, Quentin leads the Cardinal in hits (77, #3T Pac-10), doubles (22, #3 Pac-10), walks (31, #6 Pac-10), hit-by-pitches (11, #4T Pac-10) and on-base percentage (.504, #4 Pac-10). His 22 doubles rank tied for fourth on Stanford's all-time single-season list as he is seven away from the school record of 29 set by Troy Paulsen in 1990. Quentin ranks second on the team in RBI (41), runs scored (54, #7 Pac-10), total bases (122, #7 Pac-10), extra-base hits (30) and multiple-hit games (21), as well as tied for second in stolen bases (9) and multiple-RBI games (9). Quentin has also added seven homers, third on the club. Quentin has a current seven-game hit streak (5/3 - 5/11) and has hit safely in 35 of his last 37 games (2/22, Game 1 - 5/11), going 65-for-150 (.433) with 20 doubles, one triple, seven homers, 38 RBI and seven stolen bases during the stretch. He began the stretch with a two-month career-high 26-game hit streak (2/22, Game 1 - 4/22, .495, 51-103, 18 2B, 1 3B, 5 HR, 30 RBI, 7 SB).
RYAN GARKO CONTINUES MONSTER POWER YEAR
Ryan Garko, a candidate for the 2003 Johnny Bench Award awarded to the nation's top catcher, leads the team in homers (14, #5T Pac-10), RBI (72, #2 Pac-10, #7 NCAA), total bases (134, #3 Pac-10), slugging percentage (.691, #7 Pac-10), multiple-hit games (23), multiple-RBI games (22), extra-base hits (31), sacrifice flies (5) and putouts (309, #9 Pac-10). Garko also ranks second on the club in batting average (.387, #6T Pac-10), hits (75, #5T Pac-10) and hit-by-pitches (9, #10T Pac-10). Garko has driven in 70 runs in the team's last 43 games and needs just one RBI, as well as three homers, to enter Stanford's single-season top 10 lists in those respective categories. He has more homers (14) than strikeouts (11) and has not struck out in his last 20 games (73 official at bats) with his last strikeout coming at Washington State (4/5). With 11 strikeouts in 194 official at bats he averages just one strikeout every 17.6 official at bats. He has hit safely in 23 of his last 27 games with a team-high .465 batting average (47-101), 11 doubles, 10 homers, 47 RBI during the stretch, also posting a .871 slugging percentage and a .541 on-base percentage during the stretch. He has also hit a league-high 10 homers and driven in a league best 37 runs in 21 Pac-10 games. Garko's next game will be his 200th career contest at Stanford.
MARK ROMANCZUK CONTINUES TO LEAD PAC-10 WITH NINE WINS
Mark Romanczuk continues to lead the Pac-10 in victories with a perfect 9-0 record and has been named the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week three times in the last six weeks (4/1, 4/21, 5/5). Romanczuk, who has been taken off the hook for a possible loss three times in the ninth inning this season, has also recorded a 3.63 ERA and added two saves with 57 strikeouts in 74.1 innings and two complete games. Romanczuk has earned an invitation to the 2003 USA National Baseball Trials -- to be held in Tucson, Arizona from June 21-27.
JOHN HUDGINS LEADS PAC-10 IN FIVE CATEGORIES
John Hudgins (7-3, 3.49) leads the Pac-10 five categories -- innings pitched (108.1), strikeouts (98), strikeouts looking (32), complete games (4) and starts (15). He has three complete games in his last six outings and lasted at least 6.0 innings in each of his first 13 starts before failing to reach the standard in his last two outings. Hudgins has also gone 7.0 or more innings nine times, including his complete games versus Arizona (4/25), Oregon State (4/17), Washington State (4/4) and California (3/7). Hudgins struck out a career-high 11 in 8.0 scoreless two-hit innings in a 9-1 win over Sacramento State (4/11). He also carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning in a 4-1 win versus Fresno State (2/14) and earned Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week honors (2/11) after holding Florida State (2/7) to just one run and six hits with 10 strikeouts over the first 9.0 innings of a game Stanford eventually won, 2-1 in 12 innings. An economics major, he has been named to the Verizon Academic All-District VIII Baseball Team for the first time in his career with a 3.29 cumulative GPA.
MATT MANSHIP TIED FOR SECOND IN PAC-10 IN SAVES AFTER TWO AT CALIFORNIA
Matt Manship (2-3, 3.48, 7 SV, 44.0 IP, 37 SO) is tied for second in the Pac-10 as one of four players with seven saves each, also tying him for ninth on Stanford's single-season save list. Manship recorded saves in both of his appearances during Stanford's most recent Pac-10 series at California, recording the final out in a 9-8 win in the series opener (5/9) and pitching a scoreless ninth inning in a 6-4 victory in the second game of the series (5/10). Manship has made 17 of his 18 appearances out of the bullpen and also picked up a victory in his only start of the season at USC (5/4 - Game 2) with a career-high 7.2 innings.
SAM FULD ON CAREER BATTING AVERAGE, HITS AND DOUBLES LISTS
Sam Fuld (.353, 263-744) is currently tied for fifth on Stanford's all-time batting average list. Fuld began the 2003 campaign on top of Stanford's career batting average list (.367) but has lost .014 points off his career mark. He also has 263 career hits and 49 doubles, moved into 10th and tied for 10th place on Stanford's all-time lists in those categories with a pair of hits and a double in his most recent game versus Saint Mary's (5/13). His 12 triples are two away from moving into Stanford's all-time top 10.
ACTIVE CAREER LEADERS
Following is a list of Stanford's active career leaders ...
Sam Fuld - Batting Average (.353), At Bats (744), Runs Scored (181), Hits (263), Triples (12)
Ryan Garko - Games Played (199), Games Started (180), Doubles (53), Home Runs (35), RBI (171), Total Bases (390), Slugging Percentage (.577), Walks (87), On-Base Percentage (.436), Sacrifice Flies (18), Putouts (1078)
Brian Hall - Stolen Bases (33), Sacrifice Bunts (10)
Carlos Quentin - Hit-By-Pitches (44)
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 (.353, 5th-T); Saves - Ryan McCally (13, 6th-T); Doubles - Ryan Garko (53, 7th-T), Sam Fuld (49, 10th-T); Hits - Sam Fuld (263, 10th)
Individual Single-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, 2002, 4th); Won-Loss Percentage - John Hudgins (.909, 2002, 10-1, 4th-T); Doubles - Carlos Quentin (22, 2003, 4th-T); Batting Average - Carlos Quentin (.401, 2003, 6th); Saves - Matt Manship (7, 2003, 9th-T), Ryan McCally (7, 2002, 9th-T)
CARDINAL LOOKING TO EXTEND STRING OF 40-WIN SEASONS TO NINE
Stanford is four victories away in 2003 from extending its string of 40-win seasons to nine. Last year, the Cardinal picked up its eighth straight 40-win season 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 has assured itself of another winning season in 2003. The Cardinal has now been above .500 in 38 of the last 39 and 55 of the last 57 campaigns.
SUN SHINES ON THE CARDINAL
Stanford has a remarkably different record in day and night games this year. Stanford has a 25-5 record during day games and is just 10-9 under the lights.
GETTING ON THE SCOREBOARD EARLY
Stanford has scored first in 36 of its 50 games this season, winning 31 of those contests.
STANFORD PLAYERS IN PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL
Stanford has had 61 former players reach the Major Leagues, most recently with the debuts of Jody Gerut (OF, Cleveland Indians) and Jason Young (RHP, Colorado Rockies) in 2003. Eight former Stanford players have put on a Major League Baseball uniform during the 2003 campaign. In addition to Gerut and Young, former Stanford players Jeff Austin (RHP, Cincinnati Reds), Jeffrey Hammonds (OF, Milwaukee Brewers), Rick Helling (RHP, Baltimore Orioles), Jason Middlebrook (RHP, New York Mets), Mike Mussina (RHP, New York Yankees) and Justin Wayne (RHP, Florida Marlins). Bob Boone (Manager, Cincinnati Reds) and Ruben Amaro, Jr. (Assistant GM, Philadelphia Phillies) are also currently involved with Major League Baseball in 2002. A total of 26 former players have participated in professional baseball this season.
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 player 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). Current freshman left-handed pitcher Mark Romanczuk has been invited to the 2003 USA National Team Trials. Also, with the selection of Quentin as one of five finalists for the 2003 Golden Spikes Award, Stanford equaled Miami for the most finalists in the history of the award with 10. No Stanford player has ever won the honor.
STANFORD FINISHES 2003 REGULAR SEASON BY HOSTING CAL POLY
Stanford will conclude its 2003 regular season schedule by hosting Cal Poly next Friday-Sunday, May 23-25 (6 pm, 1 pm, 1 pm). Stanford leads the all-time series, 40-5 (since 1999). Last year, the Cardinal swept a three-game set at Sunken Diamond (March 1-3; W, 8-6; W, 18-5; W, 11-3). Stanford's win streak over the Mustangs extends back one more game to the second meeting between the clubs during the previous season (5/8/01) when the Cardinal pulled out an 11-10 win at Sunken Diamond. Cal Poly's last victory in the series came in the 2001 season-opener for both teams when the Mustangs surprised the Cardinal in San Luis Obispo, 6-5 in 12 innings.
Stanford's current season batting average stands at .316 (#3 Pac-10), which would rank fourth on Stanford's all-time list for a single-season. Carlos Quentin and Ryan Garko are both having huge seasons. Quentin leads the club and ranking third in the Pac-10 in batting average (.401). Quentin also paces the team in hits (77, #3T Pac-10), doubles (22, #3 Pac-10), walks (31, #6T Pac-10), hit-by-pitches (11, #4T Pac-10) and on-base percentage (.504, #4 Pac-10). Ryan Garko has team-highs in home runs (14, #5T Pac-10), RBI (72, #2 Pac-10), slugging percentage (.691, #7 Pac-10), total bases (134, #3 Pac-10), multiple-hit games (23), multiple-RBI games (22), extra-base hits (31) and sacrifice flies (5). Sam Fuld paces the Cardinal in at bats (224, #2 Pac-10), runs scored (58, #5 Pac-10) and triples (6, co-leader with John Mayberry, Jr.). Brian Hall has a team-high 13 stolen bases (#7T Pac-10), while Tobin Swope paces the squad with six sacrifice bunts. Garko (.387), Danny Putnam (.353), Jed Lowrie (.326), Fuld (.321) and Mayberry (.311) join Quentin above the .300 mark.
Stanford's ERA currently sits at 4.15 (#2 Pac-10) and the Cardinal has held its opponents to a Pac-10 low .248. John Hudgins (7-3, 3.49) is the Pac-10's leader in five categories -- innings pitched (108.1), strikeouts (98), strikeouts looking (32), starts (15) and complete games (4). Hudgins also has the lowest ERA (#5 Pac-10) among the team's regular starters. Mark Romanczuk (9-0, 3.63, 2 SV, 74.1 IP, 57 SO) leads the Pac-10 in victories and opponents' batting average (.224). Romanczuk has two of the team's seven complete games and has been named the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week three times in the last six weeks (4/1, 4/20, 5/5). Tim Cunningham (2-3, 5.46, 31.1 IP, 27 SO) returned to the starting rotation last Sunday at California (5/5) for the first time since breaking his pinky finger following a start versus Fresno State on February 15. Ryan McCally (4-2, 5.59, 2 SV, 67.2 IP, 36 SO) has been Stanford's other starter for most of the season and has one of the team's seven complete games but will also be used out of the bullpen. Matt Manship (2-3, 3.48, 7 SV, 44.0 IP, 37 SO) ranks tied for second in the Pac-10 and tied for ninth on Stanford's single-season list with a team-high seven saves, just one off the Pac-10 leader. Manship also picked up a win in his first and only collegiate start at USC (5/4). David O'Hagan (6-1, 5.13, 3 SV, 40.1 IP, 37 SO) has won six games out of the bullpen and saved three games. Kodiak Quick (2-0, 4.35, 3 SV, 31.0 IP, 30 SO) and Jonny Dyer (2-1, 3.38, 16.0, 9 SO) have both won a pair of games with Quick also recording three saves. Drew Ehrlich (1-0, 4.19, 19.1 IP, 18 SO) and Mark Jecmen (1-0, 4.32, 8.1 IP, 7 SO) have the team's other two wins. Stanford has already posted 17 saves, second in the conference and within six of the school record of 23 set in 2001.
Stanford has a .969 fielding percentage (#3 Pac-10) and has been errorless 16 times this season. John Mayberry, Jr. leads the club and ranks fourth in the Pac-10 with 4-1 putouts, while Tobin Swope has a team-high 149 assists (#5 Pac-10). Mayberry's 16 putouts at Washington State (4/5), as well as eight assists by Swope at USC (5/4 - Game 2) are single-game team highs. Stanford has turned a season-high three double plays twice versus Nevada (2/17) and at USC (5/3).
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 with an overall record of 1129-547-5 (.673) and a 460-293 (.611) mark in Pac-10 action. 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 moved into sole possession of 20th place on the all-time victory list with his 1101st career victory at Texas (2/22/03 - Game 1). Recent milestone victories were his 1100th career win versus Nevada (2/17/03) and his 1000th against Florida State (2/9/01). 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 assured itself of its 26th winning campaign in 27 seasons under his leadership this year 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 going 7-0 on its recent seven-game road trip)
'That was a huge. We made a great effort on the road trip. We played well, not superb in all areas, but well enough to win. Anytime you can win seven in a row on the road that's quite an accomplishment. I'm very proud of the way we played.'
(On the important of the Pac-10 title)
'(Winning) the Pac-10 title is always quite an accomplishment. We've put ourselves in position to have a chance at it. Hopefully, we can win a couple of more games. If you do well in the Pac-10, you do well in the seeding and it increases your chance of hosting a Regional.'
'They're very dangerous and capable of beating anybody on a given day. They're playing really well right now.'
(On sweeping the California series)
'It was a good series with three great close games and on the whole very-well played. We were fortunate to win all three, but we did some good things in big spots. These were big wins for us in important games.'
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.