Stanford Baseball To Begin 2007 Team Practice Friday, January 12
Jan. 11, 2007
Stanford, Calif. - Stanford Baseball will begin official team practice for the 2007 season at Sunken Diamond this Friday, January 12. The Cardinal will conduct three weeks of team practice sessions before opening its 2007 campaign at No. 14 Cal State Fullerton with a three-game set Friday-Sunday, February 2-4 (7 pm, 6 pm, 12 pm, PT). Stanford will welcome Fresno State in its first home series of the season Friday-Sunday, February 9-11 (5 pm, 1 pm, 1 pm, PT).
'We are definitely excited to start preparing for the 2007 season,' said Stanford head coach Mark Marquess, who will begin his 31st campaign at helm in 2007. 'We are enthusiastic about this year's team and another great opportunity to play a season of college baseball.'
Stanford has already garnered a pair of Top 25 national rankings in preseason polls from Collegiate Baseball (No. 23) and the NCBWA (No. 24). Baseball America tabbed Stanford as the No. 31 team in the nation in its 2007 preseason Top 50, while the Cardinal is among teams considered in the Rivals.com poll.
'It's always nice to get some recognition in the preseason polls,' commented Marquess. 'But, we'll have to see how things work out once we get going.'
Stanford is coming off a 2006 season in which the Cardinal made its 13th straight postseason appearance and came within two victories of the College World Series before falling to eventual CWS champion Oregon State at the NCAA Corvallis Super Regional. The Cardinal won the NCAA Austin Regional in dominating fashion, knocking off defending national champion and No. 3 national seed Texas in the process.
Stanford finished the 2006 campaign with a 33-27 overall record and an 11-13 mark in the Pac-10 to tie for fifth place in the conference. The Cardinal was ranked 15th at the end of the 2006 campaign by Collegiate Baseball. USA Today had Stanford at No. 16 in its final poll, while the Cardinal checked in with the NCBWA at No. 18 and Baseball America, and Rivals.com at No. 19.
Stanford's 37-player roster in 2007 includes 25 players from last year's team as well as 12 newcomers. The Cardinal has a total of 17 letterwinners returning. Eight position players have made at least 20 starts in a season at Stanford, while the Cardinal has a pair of pitchers back on the mound that finished last season in the rotation as well as seven of the 12 pitchers who saw action on the hill for the Cardinal in 2006.
Stanford has been involved in NCAA postseason play 27 times. The Cardinal 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 latter during a recent school record run of five straight trips to Omaha (1999-2003). Stanford has also won five NCAA Super Regional crowns (1999, 2000, '01, '02, '03), 14 Regional titles (1982, '83, '85, '87, '88, '90, '95, '97, '99, 2000, '01, '02, '03, '06) and 20 conference championships (1924, '25, '27, '31, '50, '53, '66, '67, '83, '84, '85, '87, '90, '94, '97, '98, '99, 2000, '03, '04) including shared and Pac-10 Southern Division titles.
Stanford's 2007 schedule is once again familiar and very difficult with a total of 25 games against eight opponents (Arizona, Arizona State, Cal State Fullerton, Oregon State, San Francisco, Texas, UCLA, USC) that are ranked in at least one preseason poll.
'The benefits of playing a tough schedule like we do is that it tells you where you need to be in order to be competitive at the national level,' explained Marquess. 'If you have a weakness, it's usually magnified.'
After its first two series at Cal State Fullerton and Fresno State, the Cardinal will host Rikkio University of Japan on February 13 in an exhibition contest at Sunken Diamond.
Stanford then travels to Austin for a three-game series against 2005 CWS champ Texas from February 18-20. The Cardinal knocked off the Longhorns the last time the clubs met by shocking the defending national champions in a winners' bracket game on the way to winning the 2006 NCAA Austin Regional.
After its visit to the Lone Star state, the schedule will keep the Cardinal home for 11 of its next 12 contests beginning with an early-season mid-week game against San Francisco on February 20. Stanford then welcomes Kansas to Sunken Diamond for a three-game series (February 23-25) before hosting Pac-10 and Bay Area rival California for three non-conference contests March 2-4. Stanford will head a few miles down the road for a non-conference game at Santa Clara (March 6) before USC comes to town for a three-game non-conference series (March 9-11) that will complete the team's schedule prior to its annual mid-March break for finals.
The Cardinal's 12-day break will end with a two-game home-and-home set against Sacramento State with the Cardinal hosting the Hornets in the opener before traveling to the Capital City the following day.
Stanford will make its final preparations for Pac-10 play with a non-conference game at San Jose State on March 27.
The team's eight three-game Pac-10 series begin March 30 - April 1 with a home set versus UCLA, while the squad's first Pac-10 road series is at Arizona State from April 5-7. The remainder of the club's Pac-10 series will also rotate between home and away with additional conference series at Sunken Diamond slated against Arizona (April 13-15), Oregon State (April 27-29) and Washington (May 11-13). Stanford's other Pac-10 road trips take the club to California (April 20-22), Washington State (May 5-7) and USC (May 25-27).
Stanford is also scheduled to play a non-conference series May 18-20 against Pacific, hosting the Tigers in the opener and finale with a bus ride to Stockton planned for the middle game. The May 18 contest will serve as the annual Town & Country Village Fireworks Night with Fan Appreciation/Senior Day planned for May 20.
The Cardinal will fill out its roster of regular season games with six more non-conference mid-week contests during the midst of its Pac-10 schedule. Stanford will travel to Nevada (April 10) and Santa Clara (May 15), while hosting Santa Clara (April 17, May 1), San Jose State (April 24) and UC Davis (May 22).
Stanford is hoping to extend its school record string of appearances in the NCAA Championship to 14 in a row. The 64-team NCAA field will be announced on May 28 - one day after the end of the regular season. The postseason event begins with Regional action at 16 sites around the nation June 1-4. The winners of the 16 Regionals will advance to Super Regional competition June 8-11 at eight locations with each of those winners moving on to the 60th College World Series in Omaha from June 15-25. The ESPN network will televise every Super Regional and College World Series game for the fourth consecutive season, as well as selected Regional contests.