Stanford Hosts Santa Clara In Non-League Game Tuesday

April 25, 2006


Santa Clara Broncos (23-18)
at
Stanford Cardinal (17-17)

Tuesday, April 25 (6 pm, PT)
LHP Donald Brandt (3-1, 3.00) vs. RHP Matt Leva (2-0, 4.32)
Live Game Coverage: Audio Broadcast | Gametracker

STANFORD-SANTA CLARA SERIES HISTORY
All-Time Series: Stanford 175-155-7
2005 Results: Series - Santa Clara 2-1 (at Stanford, April 5, 26) Stanford 7-6, Santa Clara 7-5; (at Santa Clara, May 10) Santa Clara 6-5 (12)
Series Notes: Santa Clara won two of three games over the Cardinal last year to win a regular season series over Stanford for the first time since 1980 • Stanford also had a recent 20-game win streak over the Broncos that lasted from February 17, 1997 - February 22, 2002 • A Santa Clara win on Tuesday would give the Broncos their first three-game win streak against the Cardinal since April 27, 1994 - February 19, 1995

STANFORD SNAPSHOT
• TWO-GAME LOSING STREAK - After winning the first game of its series at Arizona last Friday, Stanford proceeded to drop the final two games of the set and has now lost at least two in a row on five separate occasions this season

• FIVE-SERIES LOSING STREAK - Stanford's current five-series losing streak (at USC, Washington State, USC, at Oregon State, at Arizona is its longest since Stanford dropped seven in a row by dropping its final six series of 1993 (at UCLA, Arizona, at Arizona State, at California, UNLV, UCLA), as well as in its first series in 1994 (Cal State Fullerton)

• A QUICK LOOK AT THE PAC - Stanford is in an unfamiliar spot in the Pac-10 race in last place with its 3-9 conference mark after dropping six of its last seven league games • Oregon State (9-3) is in sole possession of first-place, followed by USC (9-6), Arizona State (7-5), UCLA (7-5), Washington (6-6), Washington State (5-7), Arizona (5-7), California (6-9) and Stanford (3-9)

• BUSY SECOND HALF - Rescheduled games caused by earlier weather-related postponed contests and a normally more compacted second half of the schedule have combined to contribute to Stanford having its final 28 games scheduled over the last 42 days of its regular season after playing its first 28 contests in the first 72 days

• MARQUESS ONE WIN FROM 13TH ON ALL-TIME LIST - Mark Marquess has moved to within one win of 13th on the all-time win list with his all-time record of 1241-607-5 (.671) in his 30th season as Stanford's head coach

• TV GAMES ON THE HORIZON - Stanford is scheduled to play three games on three different television entities, beginning with its 2006 television debut on CSTV in the opener of a three-game home series versus Arizona State this Friday, April 28 (6 pm, PT) • The Cardinal is also scheduled to be televised on Comcast Sports Net and FOX Sports Net in back-to-back contests against California at Sunken Diamond the following Friday and Saturday, May 5 and 6 (6 pm, PT; 4 pm, PT) • All three games will be broadcast live with the Fox Sports Net contest being shown live locally on FOX Sports Network Bay Area

• SOGGY SEASON - Stanford has made 11 changes to its schedule this season due to soggy weather but is still on track to get 55 regular season contests in with a possible makeup date at Santa Clara to get to the maximum number of 56 games in a season

• COMEBACK KIDS - Stanford has come from behind in 11 of its 17 wins, including each of its last five victories

• WINNING THE CLOSE ONES - Stanford has a 6-4 record in one-run games this season, has won three of four contests that have been tied after eight innings and is 2-1 in extra inning contests

• OUT OF THE POLLS - Stanford has not been ranked in any of the five major polls (Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball, NCBWA, Rosenblatt Report, USA Today) for the last six weeks

• HOT HITTERS - Ryan Seawell and Jason Castro both have current five-game hit streaks • Seawell hit .455 (10-22) with two doubles, three RBI and two stolen bases in five games from April 17-23 last week, while Castro's streak has been spread out from April 2-21 (.471, 8-17, 2B, SB, 4 RBI) • Michael Taylor has hit safely in nine of his last 10 contests and 14 of his last 16

• DEFENSIVE WOES - Stanford is fielding at a clip of just .963 after fielding at .971 or better in each of the past six years for six of the top eight fielding percentage in school history ... The Cardinal has made at least one error in six straight games and a total of 14 over the period

• SPREADING OUT THE WINS - A total of 10 different Stanford pitchers have combined for the team's 17 wins with Greg Reynolds (3-3) the only one recording more than two

• THE 100 CLUB - Michael Taylor picked up his 100th career hit with his third inning double at Arizona (4/21), while John Hester (4/13, at Oregon State), Chris Lewis (4/10, vs. Pacific) and Jim Rapoport (4/1 - Gm. 1, vs. USC) have also reached the mark this month • Chris Minaker scored his 100th career run at Oregon State (4/16) and got to the 100 career RBI mark at San Jose State (4/8)

• STURDY SENIORS - Stanford's four seniors have started all but one game possible between them this season • Position players Chris Lewis and Chris Minaker have each started all 34 games with Minaker playing every inning at shortstop, while John Hester has started 33 of 34 behind the plate • Pitcher Matt Manship has made all 11 of his scheduled starts on the mound

• ROOKIE CLASS - Stanford has also received significant contributions from its freshman class this season • Cord Phelps (23), Joey August (22) and Jason Castro (19) have all started more than half of the games, while Brent Milleville (13), Austin Yount (9), J.J. Jelmini (2) and Sean Ratliff (1) have also made starts • Jeremy Bleich has seven saves and had been the team's closer for most of the season before being in the starting rotation each of the last two weeks at Oregon State (4/14) and Arizona (4/21) • Max Fearnow, Ratliff and Yount have also seen action on the hill

• LEAGUE RANKINGS - Stanford ranks fifth in the Pac-10 in pitching (4.60 ERA), seventh in fielding (.963) and eighth in hitting (.266)

• IT'S SIMPLE ... HIT THE LONG BALL AND WIN - Stanford is 6-0 in games in which the Cardinal has two or more home runs

• STANFORD BASEBALL HISTORY - Stanford has captured two College World Series titles (1987, 1988) and advanced to the CWS 15 times, including 13 appearances in Omaha in the past 24 seasons and a school record five in a row from 1999-2003 when the Cardinal finished as runners-up three times (2000, 2001, 2003) • The Cardinal has also won five NCAA Super Regionals, 13 NCAA Regionals and 20 Pac-10 titles • Stanford Baseball is in its 113th year of existence with an all-time record of 2474-1540-32 (.615)

• STANFORD BASEBALL IN THE BIGS - Stanford has sent 74 players on to play Major League Baseball, including six (Joe Borchard - Seattle Mariners • Eric Bruntlett - Houston Astros • Mike Gosling, Cincinnati Reds • Jeremy Guthrie - Cleveland Indians • Rick Helling - Milwaukee Brewers • Mike Mussina - New York Yankees) that have played in The Show in 2006

• STANFORD IN THE MINOR LEAGUES - Stanford has 21 former players currently in Minor League Baseball (Jonny Ash - Corpus Christi Hooks, Houston Astros AA • Chris Carter - Tucson Sidewinders, Arizona Diamondbacks AAA • Jason Cooper - Buffalo Bisons, Cleveland Indians AAA • Scott Dragicevich - Dunedin Blue Jays, Toronto Blue A Advanced • Pete Duda - Unassigned, Arizona Diamondbacks • Sam Fuld - Daytona Cubs, Chicago Cubs A Advanced • John Gall - Memphis Redbirds, St. Louis Cardinals AAA • Jody Gerut - Unassigned, Pittsburgh Pirates • Jeff Gilmore - Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, Seattle Mariners A • Mike Gosling - Cincinnati Bats, Cinncinnati Reds AAA • Brian Hall - Unassigned, Toronto Blue Jays • Jed Hansen - Fresno Grizzlies, San Francisco Giants AAA • John Hudgins - Oklahoma RedHawks, Texas Rangers AAA • Mark Jecmen - Lake County Captains, Cleveland Indians A • Jed Lowrie - Wilmington Blue Rocks, Boston Red Sox A Advanced • Donny Lucy - Winston-Salem Warthogs, Chicago White Sox A Advanced • John Mayberry, Jr. - Clinton LumberKings, Texas Rangers A • Chris O'Riordan - Mobile Bay Bears, San Diego Padres AA • Danny Putnam - Midland RockHounds, Oakland A's AA • Carlos Quentin - Tucson Sidewinders, Arizona Diamondbacks AAA • Mark Romanczuk - Unassigned, Arizona Diamondbacks)

• STARS AT SUNKEN - Mike Mussina took in Stanford's game against USC at Sunken Diamond on April 2 and brought teammate (and 2005 AL MVP) Alex Rodriguez with him

RECENT STANFORD RECAPS
Sunday, April 23
at Arizona 12, Stanford 3

Saturday, April 22
at Arizona 14, Stanford 4

Friday, April 21
Stanford 10, at Arizona 6

Tuesday, April 18
at Stanford 12, Sacramento State 5

Monday, April 17
San Francisco 9, at Stanford 4

 

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