Stanford Baseball Alumni Game Scheduled For This Sunday, October 15
Oct. 11, 2006
Stanford, Calif. - The annual Stanford Baseball Alumni Game is scheduled to take place at Sunken Diamond this Sunday, October 15. 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, PT. The 2007 Stanford Baseball team will take on a group of Cardinal Alumni from the 1970's through 2006 at 1:30 pm, PT.
Admission to the Alumni Game is free and will also be broadcast live over the internet by KZSU 90.1 FM (the event also may be available on the air). Season ticket information for the 2007 campaign will be available.
Among those expected to appear at the event are four players - John Gall, Mike Gosling and Carlos Quentin - who played Major League Baseball during the 2006 season. Former big leaguers Jason Young and Paul Zuvella are also slated to attend. Current minor leaguers Jonny Ash, Jeff Bruksch, Sam Fuld, Blake Holler, Jed Lowrie, Jim Rapoport and Greg Reynolds are also on the Alumni roster.
'The Alumni Game has always been a great event for the entire Stanford Baseball family,' said head coach Mark Marquess, who will begin his 31st season at the helm of the Cardinal in 2007. 'It's a tremendous event to enjoy, and we welcome back the chance to bring back the 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 75 former Cardinal players moving on to Major League Baseball, including nine that played in 'The Show' in 2006. A total of 41 former Stanford players participated in organized professional baseball during the most recent campaign.
Stanford has also been represented prominently in the MLB First-Year Player Draft with 18 first round or Compensation A draft picks in the last 20 years, most recently with the selection of Reynolds as the second overall pick by the Colorado Rockies in the 2006.
Stanford has been in NCAA postseason play 27 times, including each of the past 13 seasons. Stanford has won a pair of national titles (1987, '88) in its 15 CWS appearances and earned runners-up honors 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).
Last season, Stanford finished 33-27 overall and won a NCAA Regional title at Texas before being defeated in the Corvallis NCAA Super Regional by eventual College World Series champions Oregon State.
Stanford will open its 2007 campaign with a three-game set at Cal State Fullerton from February 2-4 before hosting Fresno State in its first home series of the season February 9-11. After a home exhibition game versus Rikkyo - Japan (February 13), the Cardinal will travel to Texas (February 16-18).
Stanford will then play 11 of its next 12 games at home before its annual mid-March break for finals. The Cardinal opens the stretch versus San Francisco (February 20), before back-to-back home series against Kansas (February 23-25) and California (March 2-4). Stanford will visit Santa Clara (March 6) for the only road game of the period before returning to Sunken Diamond for a three-game non-conference set against USC (March 9-11) to close out its pre-break schedule.
The Cardinal returns from the break with a two-game home-and-home series versus Sacramento State, hosting the Hornets on March 24 before traveling to Sacramento the following day.
Stanford makes its final preparation for conference play at San Jose State (March 27) prior to welcoming UCLA (March 30 - April 1) for its first Pac-10 series. The Cardinal will play two of its next three Pac-10 series on the road at Arizona State (April 5-7) and California (April 20-22) with a home set against Arizona (April 13-15) sandwiched between.
The Cardinal opens the second half of Pac-10 play by hosting defending College World Series champions Oregon State (April 27-29) before traveling to Washington State (May 5-7) for its next conference series. Stanford hosts Washington (May 11-13) in its final conference home series and then after a bye week visits USC (May 25-27) in its final action of the regular season.
Stanford also hosts non-conference contests after the start of league play against San Jose State (April 24), Santa Clara (May 1), Pacific (May 18, 20) and UC Davis (May 22). The Cardinal travels to Nevada (April 10), Santa Clara (April 17, May 15) and Pacific (May 19) for non-league action following the beginning of Pac-10 play.
Stanford has 22 games on its 2007 schedule against eight teams that made the 2006 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship, including three-game sets versus defending national champions Oregon State and CWS participant Cal State Fullerton. The 2007 slate of 56 regular season contests includes 31 home games and 25 road outings.