Stanford Baseball Alumni Game Set For Sunday, October 23

Oct. 6, 2005

Stanford, Calif. - Stanford Baseball will highlight its 2005 fall practice schedule with its annual Alumni Game at Sunken Diamond on Sunday, October 23. An Old-Timers Game featuring a pair of Alumni teams with former Stanford players from the 1950's, 60's and '70's kicks off the Alumni Game festivities at Noon. The 2006 Stanford Baseball team will take on a group of Cardinal Alumni from the 1970's through 2005 at 1:30 pm. Admission to the Alumni Game is free. Season ticket information for 2006 Stanford Baseball will be available and authentic Stanford Baseball jerseys for sale. Stanford will begin approximately three weeks of 2005 team practice sessions this Sunday, October 9.

'The Alumni Game is a special event to so many involved with Stanford Baseball,' said head coach Mark Marquess, who will be in his 30th season at the helm of the Cardinal in 2006. 'It's a great day to have some fun and a wonderful opportunity to bring back special people who have meant so much to this program and Stanford University.'Stanford Baseball has produced some outstanding Alumni throughout the history of the program with 74 former Cardinal players moving on to Major League Baseball, including 12 that played in 'The Show' in 2005. A total of 43 former Stanford players participated in organized professional baseball in 2005.

Stanford has also been represented prominently in the First-Year MLB Player Draft with 17 first round or Compensation A draft picks in the last 19 years. The Texas Rangers' 2005 first round selection of John Mayberry, Jr. and the Compensation A choice of Jed Lowrie by the Boston Red Sox are the latest to fall into the category.

Stanford has been in NCAA postseason play 26 times, including each of the past 12 seasons. Stanford has won a pair of national titles (1987, '88) in its 15 CWS appearances and been runners-up on three other occasions (2000, '01, '03). The Cardinal has also won five NCAA Super Regional crowns and 20 conference championships (includes shared and Pac-10 Southern Division titles).

Stanford also announced its 2006 regular season schedule on Thursday. The Cardinal will open with a three-game home series versus 2005 College World Series participant Cal State Fullerton from February 3-5, marking the latest the Cardinal has opened a campaign since the first season of Marquess' head coaching term in 1977 when the Cardinal opened February 4 against San Francisco.

A 10-game homestand to open the 2006 campaign will continue against Kansas (February 10-12), defending national champion Texas (February 17-19) and Nevada (February 20).

The team will then hit road for 10 contests at Fresno State (February 24-26), California (March 3-5), San Jose State (March 7) and USC (March 10-12) before taking its annual March break for finals.

After 12 days off, the Cardinal will return to action with its first Pac-10 series of the campaign against Washington State (March 25-27) to open a seven-game homestand that also includes a conference set against USC (March 31 - April 2) and a non-league game versus Sacramento State (April 4).

Stanford will play away from home for nine of its next 10 contests, beginning with non-conference battles at Pacific (April 5) and Santa Clara (April 10) before its lone home game of the stretch versus San Francisco (April 11). The Cardinal returns to the road with two consecutive league series at Oregon State (April 13-15) and Arizona (April 21-23) sandwiching a non-conference contest at Sacramento State (April 18).

Stanford then comes back to Sunken Diamond for an eight-game homestand as Santa Clara (April 25), Arizona State (April 28-30), San Jose State (May 2) and California (May 5-7) come to The Farm.

Another heavy stretch of road contests follows with eight of the team's final 11 regular season games away from home. The Cardinal plays at Santa Clara (May 9), followed by the club's last two Pac-10 series at Washington (May 12-14) and UCLA (May 19-21) that wrap around a home game against Santa Clara (May 16). The team will be out of league action in the final week of the regular season with Pacific (May 23) visiting Sunken Diamond, before a two-game home-and-home series with UC Davis (May 26-27) closes out the campaign.

Stanford has 12 games on its 2006 schedule against three teams (Arizona State, Cal State Fullerton, Oregon State, Texas) that made the 2005 College World Series. The 2006 Cardinal slate includes 29 home games and 27 road contests.

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