Stanford Hosts Cal State Fullerton To Open Season Friday-Sunday

Jan. 29, 2004

#4 Cal State Fullerton Titans (0-0)
#6 Stanford Cardinal (0-0)

Fri., January 30, 6 pm
RHP Ryan Schreppel (5-3, 2.45) vs. LHP Mark Romanczuk (12-2, 4.01)

Sat., January 31, 1 pm
LHP Ricky Romero (3-0, 3.20) vs. TBA

Sun., February, 1 pm
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Broadcast Information: All three Stanford-Cal State Fullerton baseball games are scheduled to be broadcast on the air at KZSU (90.1 FM) as well as online at ... Sam Stefanki and Michael Etchepare will be on the microphones ... A Gametracker with live stats for all three games will be available from a link at

Stanford opens its 111th season of baseball with a three-game series versus Cal State Fullerton this Friday-Sunday, January 30 - February 1 (6, 1, 1 pm) ... Stanford begins the season looking to extend its school record string of consecutive appearances at the College World Series to six as the Cardinal has reached the CWS final in three of the last four years ... Stanford returns nine starters (eight position players, one pitcher) from last season's CWS runner-up squad that finished with a 51-18 overall record and won the Pac-10 title, as well as 21 players that have earned that have earned at least one letter during their collegiate career ... Stanford opens the season ranked among the top seven of all five major college baseball preseason polls (#3 NCBWA, #4 Sports Weekly/ESPN, #6 Baseball America, #6 Collegiate Baseball, #7 ... Stanford has won 50 or more games in four of the last five seasons and is also trying to extend its string of 40-win seasons to 10 in a row ... Stanford ended last season by winning 23 of its final 27 games, including its final seven in a row at home and its final 14 consecutive games on the road ... Stanford has won 11 Pac-10 titles in the last 21 years and finished either first or second in the prestigious conference 21 times in last 23 seasons.

Stanford's 2004 roster features four Preseason All-Americans in Sam Fuld (Sr., CF), John Mayberry, Jr. (So., 1B), Danny Putnam (Jr., OF) and Mark Romanczuk (So., LHP) ... Fuld, a two-time All-American, enters his senior campaign poised to break several all-time Stanford records ... Fuld already ranks among Stanford's all-time Top 10 in triples (15, #4T), hits (288, #5), doubles (53, #8T), runs scored (206, #9) and batting average (.350, #9T), as well as just outside the Top 10 with a legitimate chance to reach the top in games played (200) and at bats (822) ... Mayberry hit .299 with four homers, 33 RBI and five stolen bases last year to earn Freshman All-American honors ... Putnam had a breakout season, hitting .348 with 16 homers and 66 RBI to earn All-Pac-10 honors led the Cardinal in the postseason with five homers and 21 RBI ... Romanczuk had an incredible freshman campaign as he was named one of four Freshmen of the Year by Collegiate Baseball and was an All-Pac-10 choice, posting a 12-2 record and a 4.01 ERA with 80 strikeouts in 112.1 innings ... Other returning starters include Jonny Ash (Sr., 3B, .314, 2 HR, 33 RBI, 1 SB), Chris Carter (Jr., DH, .241, 7 HR, 17 RBI), Brian Hall (Sr., LF, .293, 6 HR, 44 RBI, 18 SB), Jed Lowrie (So., SS, .292, 0 HR, 28 RBI, 5 SB) and Donny Lucy (Jr., C, .291, 2 HR, 18 RBI, 6 SB) ... The Cardinal also returns a trio of relievers in senior David O'Hagan (Sr., RHP, 7-1, 4.89 ERA, 3 SV, 49.2 IP, 43 SO), Matt Manship (So., RHP, 2-4, 3.98 ERA, 9 SV, 63.1 IP, 50 SO) and Kodiak Quick (So., RHP, 2-0, 4.25 ERA, 3 SV, 36.0 IP, 34 SO) that combined for 15 saves and 11 wins last season leads the team with nine saves ... Manship is expected to move into the starting rotation, while O'Hagan and Quick are slated to remain in the bullpen.

#21 - Mark Romanczuk (L/L, 6-2, 195, So.)
12-2, 4.01, 2 SV, 23G/16 GS, 112.1 IP, 80 SO
National Freshman Of The Year/Freshman All-American/All-Pac-10

General: Moves into the role of the team's Friday starter ... 2003 Season Notes: Had an incredible rookie season, earning one of four National Freshman of the Year selections from Collegiate Baseball, as well as All-Pac-10, First Team Freshman All-American (Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball), honorable mention All-American (College Baseball and Stanford Most Valuable Freshman honors ... Won his first 12 decisions before finishing the season with a 12-2 record, ranking second in the Pac-10 and tied for eighth in the nation in victories ... His .857 career winning percentage established in his first year ranks sixth on Stanford's all-time list ... Added a 4.01 ERA (#6 Pac-10) with 80 strikeouts (#5 Pac-10) in 112.1 innings (#2 Pac-10), as well as a pair of complete games and two saves in 23 appearances and 16 starts ... Allowed just 97 hits for an opponents batting average of .241 to rank second in the Pac-10 ... Combined with fellow freshman Matt Manship in a pair of Stanford shutouts ... Named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week three times (4/1, 4/20, 5/4) ... Honorable mention Pac-10 All-Academic ... 2003 Individual Games: (6/23) Started the final game of the CWS Championship Series versus Rice but took the loss, allowing four runs with six walks in 1.0 innings ... (6/19) Allowed one run in 1.1 innings in the CWS Bracket One final versus Cal State Fullerton in his first appearance out of the bullpen since February 22 ... (6/15) Suffered his first loss of the season in a second round CWS game versus Cal State Fullerton (6.1 IP, 10 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 4 BB, 2 SO) to end his attempt to become only the second pitcher in Stanford history to post an unbeaten season with eight or more decisions ... (6/7) Recorded his last victory of the season in the second game of the NCAA Super Regional versus Long Beach State, scattering 10 hits and two runs without walking a batter in 8.1 innings ... (6/1) Picked up his first career postseason win in a 19-6 victory over Richmond in the championship game of the NCAA Regional, limiting the Spiders to three runs and five hits with six strikeouts over the first 6.2 innings ... (5/24) Pitched 6.0 scoreless innings, allowing just four hits and striking out eight in his final regular season start versus Cal Poly ... (5/17) Allowed just four runs and seven hits over the first 8.1 innings versus UCLA, leaving the game with a two-run lead in the top of the ninth before the Bruins scored twice to send the game into extra innings and eventually won 9-5 in 12 innings ... (5/10) Taken off the hook when the Cardinal scored four runs in the ninth inning in a 6-4 comeback victory at California, allowing four runs (three earned) and six hits in 7.1 innings ... (5/4 - Game 1) Tossed a complete-game three-hitter with five strikeouts at USC to earn Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week honors (5/5) ... (4/26) Allowed four runs and six hits over 5.0 innings with three strikeouts for a no-decision versus Arizona in a game Stanford came back to win, 10-9 ... (4/19) Impressive versus Oregon State, earning a victory with 7.2 innings of two-hit scoreless work and striking out a career-high nine ... (4/15) Credited with the win as the first of three or more predetermined Stanford pitchers in a 4-2 victory over San Jose State, striking out three and giving up just one hit in 2.0 scoreless innings ... (4/7) Taken off the hook when Stanford rallied for two ninth inning runs in a game the Cardinal eventually won 8-5 in 11 innings at Washington State (6.2 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO) ... (3/30) Touched for six runs and eight hits in the first 3.0 innings of a no-decision start versus Washington in a game Stanford eventually won, 12-11 ... (3/24) Tossed his first career complete game in a 4-2 win at Arizona State in the rubber game of a three-game set, giving up just five hits and two runs with five strikeouts ... (3/9) Picked up a win versus California, scattering six hits and two runs with seven strikeouts over the first 6.0 innings ... (3/2) Made his first collegiate start versus USC, earning a victory after limiting the Trojans to four runs and seven hits with four strikeouts over the first 6.0 innings ... (2/22 - Game 2) Picked up a win at Texas despite allowing four runs and five hits in 3.0 innings of relief work ... (2/17) Earned a win with 1.1 scoreless one-hit innings and two strikeouts versus Nevada ... (2/14-15) ... Picked up back-to-back saves in the first two games of the Fresno State series, combining to throw 3.0 scoreless innings, striking out two and allowing just one hit ... (2/7) Pitched 3.0 hitless innings with four strikeouts versus Florida State to earn his first collegiate win ... (2/2) 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 scoreless innings.

Career Highs
IP - 9.0, twice, last at USC (5/4/03)
SO - 9, vs. Oregon State (5/4/03)


Stanford and Cal State Fullerton have a storied history. Last year, the teams played six times with three of the matchups coming at the College World Series. The Titans won the first four matchup between the clubs, including a regular season non-conference sweep of the Cardinal in Fullerton (January 31 - February 2; 7-3, 10-2, 8-2). Cal State Fullerton was also victorious, 6-5, in the first game between the teams at the 2003 CWS (6/15). However, the Cardinal rebounded for a pair of critical victories over the Titans in a CWS bracket final in Omaha to end Cal State Fullerton's 2003 season. The Cardinal ended its four-game losing skid to the Titans with a 5-3 victory in the first bracket final (6/18) before erasing an early 4-1 deficit for a comeback 7-5 victory in 10 innings. Stanford also won three of the last four meetings the last time the teams played at Sunken Diamond in 2001, winning two-of-three in their non-conference series (February 1-3; 7-4, 17-1, 3-6) before coming up with a 3-2, 13-inning victory in one of the classic games in Sunken Diamond history in the NCAA Regional opener (5/31). Stanford holds an advantage of 41-33 in the all-time series between the clubs.

at Cal State Fullerton 7, Stanford 3 (January 31, 2003)
Danny Dorn's bases-clearing three-run triple in the bottom of the seventh inning snapped a 3-3 tie and lifted Cal State Fullerton to a season-opening 7-3 victory over Stanford (2-1) before a Goodwin Field regular season record crowd of 3131. Dorn was 3-for-4 with a triple and four RBI. John Tucker picked up the victory with 2.2 innings of scoreless middle relief before Chad Cordero came on to get the final three outs. Stanford's Brian Hall (4-4, 2 RBI) led the Cardinal offensively by tying a career-high with four hits.

at Cal State Fullerton 10, Stanford 2 (February 1, 2003)
Cal State Fullerton assured itself of a series victory with its second straight win over Stanford by a score of 10-2 in a non-conference game played before a crowd of 2825. Joe Turgeon (4-4, 3 RBI) and Justin Smyers (2-3, HR, 2 RBI, 2 SB) led the Titans offensive attack. Ryan Schreppel (1-0) picked up the victory in his first collegiate start, limiting the Cardinal to a run and five hits over the first 5.0 innings. John Mayberry, Jr. hit his first collegiate home run for the Stanford.

at Cal State Fullerton 8, Stanford 2 (February 2, 2003)
Cal State Fullerton completed a three-game sweep of Stanford with an 8-2 victory in the series finale played before a crowd of 2238. Stanford had not been swept in its last 77 regular season three-game series since Arizona State won three straight over the Cardinal at Sunken Diamond from April 11-13, 1997. The three-game series drew 8194 fans to set a new Goodwin Field three-game series record.

Cal State Fullerton 6, Stanford 5 (June 15, 2003)
College World Series at Omaha, NE
Stanford suffered its first loss of the 2003 postseason with a heartbreaking 6-5 defeat at the hands of Cal State Fullerton in a winners' bracket game on June 15. Mark Romanczuk (12-1) suffered his first loss of the season, allowing six runs and 10 hits over the first 6.1 innings. Justin Turner (3-3, HR, 2 RBI) had three hits to lead the Cal State Fullerton offense, while relievers Wes Littleton and Chad Cordero recorded the win and save, respectively. Chris Carter, Sam Fuld and Brian Hall all homered for the Cardinal.

Stanford 5, Cal State Fullerton 3 (June 18, 2003)
College World Series at Omaha, NE
Stanford came up with a 5-3 victory over Cal State Fullerton in a CWS bracket final to force a second bracket final. John Hudgins tossed a five-hit complete game with seven strikeouts and gave up just one hit after the third inning. Carlos Quentin (3-4, 2 HR, 3 RBI) blasted two homers for the Cardinal.

Stanford 7, Cal State Fullerton 5 (June 19, 2003)
College World Series at Omaha, NE
The second CWS bracket final between Stanford and Cal State Fullerton was full of drama as the Cardinal came from behind for a 7-5 victory in 10 innings as a two-run homer by Danny Putnam (2-5, HR, 3 RBI) in the top of the 10th inning provided the winning margin. Jonny Ash (2-5, HR, 2 RBI) hit his first career homer, a two-run shot in the seventh inning to tie the score at 5-5. Chris Carter (2-5, HR, 2 RBI) started the Stanford comeback when his two-run homer in the sixth cut the Cal State Fullerton advantage to 4-3. David O'Hagan held the Titans scoreless over the final 4.1 innings, scattering four hits and three walks to earn his first postseason win.


Stanford has won 19 conference championships in school history, including 17 Pac-10 crowns (includes Southern Division and shared titles). The Cardinal won its most recent crown in 2003 when the club finished with an 18-6 conference mark. Stanford had finished second in the conference behind two-time defending league champion USC in 2001 and 2002 prior to its previous Pac-10 title when it shared the championship with Arizona State and UCLA in 2000. Stanford has been among the top two in the conference standings (includes Pac-10 Southern Division) for 10 straight seasons and 21 times in the last 23 years.

Stanford has won 50 or more games in three of the last four years to run its total of 50-win campaigns in school history to six. The Cardinal won a school record 59 contests in 1990. The 1987 CWS championship squad posted 53 victories, while the 2001 and 2003 teams picked up 51 wins. The Cardinal won an even 50 games in 1999 and 2000.

Stanford will be looking to extend its string of 40-win seasons to 10 in 2004. The last time Stanford didn't win 40 games was when the club finished 27-28 in 1993.

Stanford was picked as the favorite in the 2004 Preseason Pac-10 Coaches Poll, picking up seven first-place votes. Arizona State and Arizona each garnered one first-place vote, while finishing second and third in the poll. USC, Washington, California, UCLA, Oregon State and Washington State rounded out the poll.

Four Stanford players have earned 2004 Preseason All-American honors ... Sam Fuld picked up a pair of First Team honors (Baseball America, NCBWA), as well as Second Team (Collegiate Baseball) and honorable mention ( ... John Mayberry, Jr. has picked up Second Team recognition from Baseball America ... Danny Putnam is a First Team pick by Baseball America and, as well as Third Team NCBWA selection ... Mark Romanczuk has earned Third Team honors by Collegiate Baseball and the NCBWA, as well as honorable mention recognition from

Stanford will open the 2004 season with two long win streaks as the Cardinal begins the 2004 campaign with 14 straight road victories and has won nine in a row at Sunken Diamond. The last Cardinal loss on the road came at Arizona State (7-6, 11 inn.) in its 2003 Pac-10 opener on March 22, 2003. Stanford's last loss at home came to UCLA (9-5, 12 inn.) on May 17, 2003. Stanford's road win streak began with victories in its final two games at Arizona State (3/23 - 3/24) and continued 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), winning at San Jose State (5/6) and sweeping at California (5/9 - 5/11). Stanford won 11 of its 12 Pac-10 road games with sweeps in its final three Pac-10 road series and was 17-5 in 22 road games overall. The Cardinal began its current nine-game home win streak with a 9-8 victory over UCLA (5/18) to clinch the 2003 Pac-10 title before sweeping Cal Poly (5/23-25) to end the 2003 regular season and taking all five NCAA Tournament games versus Illinois Chicago (5/30), UC Riverside (5/31) and Richmond (6/1) in NCAA Regional, as well as Long Beach State twice in the NCAA Super Regional (6/6-7).

Stanford has won 12 of its last 13 series and five consecutive road series. The Cardinal lost just two series in 2003, dropping two-of-three to Arizona (4/25-27) at Sunken Diamond and being swept at Cal State Fullerton (1/31-2/2).

Stanford will travel to Fresno State for a three-game series next Friday-Sunday, February 6-8 (6:35 pm, 1:05 pm, 1:05 pm). Stanford holds an all-time 68-46 edge in the series and swept the Bulldogs at Stanford last season (February 14-16, 2003; 4-1, 5-2, 7-2). Stanford won two-of-three the last time the teams met in Fresno (February 15-16, 18; 6-2, 5-7, 8-3).

Stanford has produced 22 Team USA players that have combined to play 30 seasons over the last 19 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 17 consecutive years. Three current Stanford players have participated with Team USA -- Sam Fuld (2001, '02), Danny Putnam (2003) and Mark Romanczuk (2003).

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One of the nation's premier collegiate coaches and the winningest coaching in Stanford history, Mark Marquess begins his 28th season at the helm of Stanford Baseball in 2004 with an 1144-551-5 (.674) record in 1700 games, as well as even more impressive marks in the postseason (105-46, .695), and Pac-10 (462-294, .611). Marquess enters the 2004 season ranked 19th on the NCAA's all-time Division I victory list and 46th on the all-time winning percentage list for Division I coaches. For active coaches, he begins the season ninth in victories and 15th in winning percentage. He became the 23rd coach in the history of NCAA Division I baseball to reach the 1000-win mark with a victory over Florida State on February 9, 2001. Just over two years later, he picked up No. 1100 versus Nevada on February 17, 2003. He won his 100th career postseason game in Stanford's NCAA Super Regional clinching victory over Long Beach State (6/7/03). The 1969 Stanford graduate has led the Cardinal to two CWS titles and three runner-up showings in five CWS championship appearances, as well as 13 College World Series trips, five NCAA Super Regional titles, 13 NCAA Regional championships and 11 Pac-10 crowns (includes Southern Division and shared titles). Stanford has also qualified for the NCAA Tournament 21 times in 27 years under Marquess. 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 nine occasions, most recently with his selection in 2003. The Cardinal has had 26 winning campaigns in 27 seasons under his leadership and finished either first or second in the prestigious Pacific-10 (formerly Pac-10 Southern Division) 21 times in the last 23 years. Stanford has had 112 players drafted by professional baseball in the past 19 seasons, including 14 first round selections in the last 17 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 CWS squad and played four seasons of minor league baseball with the Chicago White Sox organization.

(on Stanford's 2004 season-opening series versus Cal State Fullerton)
'This is a tough way to open the season, playing a team like Cal State Fullerton. They have a lot of their players back from last season, including an excellent pitching staff. This will be a really good test for us to see where we are and where we need to improve. They are one of the stronger teams in the country. Even when they're not really talented they are tough to beat, but when they are as talented as they are this year, that is why their preseason ranking is so high.'

(more on opening the season)
'It's tough to get a read on your team and until you play somebody. We obviously have a lot of players returning, but you just don't know until we start playing.'

Dean Stotz begins his 28th 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 fifth season as Stanford's pitching coach, while Dave Nakama is in his fifth year overall as a Stanford assistant coach.

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