Stanford Needs Sunday Win To Avoid Sweep At No. 14 Cal State Fullerton
Feb. 4, 2007
No. 14 CAL STATE FULLERTON (1-0)
Friday, February 2 – at Cal State Fullerton 11, Stanford 5
Saturday, February 3 – at Cal State Fullerton 6, Stanford 5
Sunday, February 4 (12 pm, PT) – LHP Jeremy Bleich (4-4, 4.05)* vs. RHP Sean Urena
SUNDAY'S LIVE GAME COVERAGE
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STANFORD-CAL STATE FULLERTON SERIES HISTORY
All-Time Series: Stanford 48-37
2006 Results: Series – Stanford 3-0 (at Stanford, February 3-5) Stanford 2-1, Stanford 6-5 (10 inn.), Stanford 6-3
Previous Meeting at Cal State Fullerton: Series – Cal State Fullerton 2-1 (February 4-6, 2005) Cal State Fullerton 5-3, Cal State Fullerton 4-3, Stanford 15-10
Current Game Win Streak: Cal State Fullerton – 2 (February 2-3, 2007)
Current Series Win Streak: Cal State Fullerton – 1 (February 2-4, 2007)
Current Season Series Win Streak: Cal State Fullerton – 1 (2007)
Other Series Notes: Stanford had one four in a row versus Cal State Fullerton before dropping the first two games of the current series but have lost seven of the last eight contests between the clubs played in Fullerton
TOUGH START: Stanford had not dropped its first two games of the season since losing two in a row to Santa Clara in 1989 and has not been swept in a three-game series to begin the season in recorded history.
2007 QUICK OUTLOOK: Stanford has a young but not necessarily inexperienced team in 2007. The Cardinal has just one senior but does have eight position players that have made at least 20 starts in a season as well as two of the three pitchers that finished the 2006 campaign in its rotation. Junior outfielder Michael Taylor is a 2007 Third Team Preseason All-American and on the Wallace Award Watch List but only Taylor and Adam Sorgi have earned honors from the Pac-10 with both honorable mention all-conference players.
PRESEASON PICKS: Stanford is ranked as high as No. 23 nationally by Collegiate Baseball, while checking in at No. 24 by the NCBWA, No. 25 by USA Today/ESPN and No. 31 by Baseball America • The Cardinal is also among the teams receiving consideration in the Rivals.com 2007 preseason poll • The league coaches picked Stanford to finish third in the conference in their annual preseason poll.
2006 QUICK REVIEW: Stanford came within two victories of reaching the College World Series for the first time since 2003 last season. Despite a subpar 33-27 overall record and an 11-13 Pac-10 mark (5th-T), the Cardinal came together to win the NCAA Austin Regional, knocking off defending national champion and No. 3 national seed Texas in the process. Stanford's season eventually ended with a loss to eventual national champion Oregon State in the NCAA Corvallis Super Regional. Chris Minaker was named a Third Team All-American and an All-Pac-10 player, leading the Cardinal in nearly every category offensively, including batting average (.364), home runs (11), RBI (68). Greg Reynolds was 7-6 with a 3.31 ERA on the mound, striking out 108 batters in 127.2 innings. Reynolds was drafted second overall in first round of the 2006 MLB First-Year Player Draft to become tied for the highest a Stanford player had ever been drafted. A total of seven Stanford players (John Hester, Blake Holler, Chris Lewis, Matt Manship, Minaker, Jim Rapoport, Reynolds were taken in the draft and later signed professional baseball contracts.
WINNERS: Stanford has recorded winning campaigns for 13 straight seasons, as well as 41 of the last 42 years and 58 of the past 60 heading into 2007.
MARK MARQUESS WIN UPDATE: Mark Marquess sits in sole possession of 12th-place on the all-time win list for NCAA Division I coaches and has moved into sixth on the active win list • Marquess has an all-time record of 1257-619-5 (.670) in his 31st season as Stanford's head coach • Marquess also has impressive postseason (112-52, .683, 24 Appearances), Regional (68-25, .731, 24 Appearances, 14 Titles), Super Regional (10-4, .769, 6 Appearances, 5 Titles), College World Series (34-23, .596, 13 Appearances, 2 Titles) and Pac-10 (501-327, .605, 12 Titles) records.
MICHAEL TAYLOR PRESEASON HONORS: Michael Taylor has earned Third Team Preseason All-American honors from Baseball America and is also on the Watch List for the College Baseball Foundation's Brooks Wallace Award Watch List • Taylor hit .325 with five homers, 39 RBI and two stolen bases while earning honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors in 2006 • Taylor has made 117 consecutive starts and has started 119 of 120 possible games during his three seasons at Stanford.
SOPHOMORE CLASS: Stanford has a strong 2007 sophomore class that did more than get its feet wet last season with 10 different rookies making starts in 2006 • Jason Castro (40), Joey August (29), Cord Phelps (28), Brent Milleville (20), Grant Escue (10), Austin Yount (9), Jeremy Bleich (7), Max Fearnow (2), J.J. Jelmini (2) and Sean Ratliff (1) all made starts last season • Classmates Blake Hancock and Tom Stilson made their Stanford debuts as relievers in the 2007 season-opener at Cal State Fullerton (February 2) • Bleich also had a team-high seven saves and was the team's primary closer for more than two and a half months to start the season before making seven of his last nine appearances as a starter
WHO ARE THE NEW GUYS: Freshmen Cory Bannister, Adam Gaylord and Brandt Walker all made their debuts at Cal State Fullerton in the season-opener on February 2 with Gaylord getting the start at shortstop, while Jeffrey Inman made the start on the mound in his first collegiate appearance against the Titans on February 3.
SUNKEN DIAMOND: There are few better ways to spend an afternoon than heading to Sunken Diamond to take in a Stanford Baseball game. Located a stones throw away from the new Stanford Stadium, the home of Stanford Baseball is considered one of the most beautiful places in the country to play and watch college baseball. Sunken Diamond has served as a host site for 13 NCAA Regionals, as well as NCAA Regionals on five occasions. Stanford has clinched 10 of its 15 trips to the College World Series at Sunken Diamond. Stanford has also made Sunken Diamond a tough place for opponents in recent years, winning at least 17 games at home in each of the last 11 seasons with an amazing 292-85 (.775) record during the stretch.
STANFORD BASEBALL IN THE BIGS: Stanford has sent 75 players on to play Major League Baseball, including 10 (Joe Borchard – Florida Marlins, Seattle Mariners • Eric Bruntlett – Houston Astros • John Gall – St. Louis Cardinals • Ryan Garko – Cleveland Indians • Jody Gerut – Pittsburgh Pirates • Jeremy Guthrie – Cleveland Indians (now with the Baltimore Orioles) • Mike Gosling, Cincinnati Reds • Rick Helling – Milwaukee Brewers • Mike Mussina – New York Yankees • Carlos Quentin – Arizona Diamondbacks) that were on an MLB roster at some point in 2006.
STANFORD BASEBALL IN THE MINOR LEAGUES: Stanford has an additional 30 former players that were on a Minor League Baseball roster in 2006 (does not include those that were on a Major League Baseball roster at some point in 2006) or are a current member of a professional baseball organization and did not play due to injury (Jonny Ash – Corpus Christi Hooks, Houston Astros AA • Jeff Bruksch – Chattanooga Lookouts, Cincinnati Reds AA • Chris Carter – Tucson Sidewinders, Arizona Diamondbacks AAA • Tony Cogan – Sioux Falls Canaries, Independent • 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 • Jeff Gilmore – Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, Seattle Mariners A • Brian Hall – Unassigned, Toronto Blue Jays • Jed Hansen – Fresno Grizzlies, San Francisco Giants AAA • John Hester – Missoula Osprey, Arizona Diamondbacks Rookie • Blake Holler – Orem Owls, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Rookie • John Hudgins – Oklahoma RedHawks, Texas Rangers AAA • Mark Jecmen – Lake County Captains, Cleveland Indians A • Chris Lewis – Arizona League Angels, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim A • Andrew Lorraine – Charlotte Knights, Chicago White Sox AAA • Jed Lowrie – Wilmington Blue Rocks, Boston Red Sox A Advanced • Donny Lucy – Winston-Salem Warthogs, Chicago White Sox A Advanced • Matt Manship – Vancouver Canadians, Oakland A's Short Season A • John Mayberry, Jr. – Clinton LumberKings, Texas Rangers A • Chris Minaker – Wisconsin Timber Rattlers A • Chris O'Riordan – Mobile Bay Bears, San Diego Padres AA • Jay Pecci – Gary Southshore Railcats, Independent • Danny Putnam – Midland RockHounds, Oakland A's AA • Jim Rapoport – State College Spikes, St. Louis Cardinals Short Season A • Greg Reynolds – Modesto Nuts, Colorado Rockies A Advanced • Mark Romanczuk – Unassigned, Arizona Diamondbacks) • Tony Schrager – Albuquerque Isotopes, Florida Marlins AAA • Jason Van Meetren – Chico Outlaws, Independent
2007 STANFORD-CAL STATE FULLERTON SERIES
February 2, 2007 - at Cal State Fullerton 11, Stanford 5
Stanford (0-1) dropped its 2007 season opener to Cal State Fullerton (1-0) by an 11-5 score. The Titans jumped out to an 11-0 lead after four innings as John Curtis (2-4, 2B, 4 RBI), Clark Hardman (2-4, 2B, HR, 2 RBI) and Joel Weeks (2-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI) combined to drive in eight runs with Hardman and Weeks also scoring three times each. Joe Scott (3-4, RBI) had the only three-hit game for either squad. Wes Roemer earned the victory by striking out eight in 6.0 solid innings of work, allowing just five hits and three runs. Michael Morrison picked up the save by finishing out the contest. Austin Yount (2-4, 2B, 2 RBI) and Sean Ratliff (2-5, RBI) had two-hit games for the Cardinal and drove in three of the team’s five runs. Stanford starter Nolan Gallagher (0-1) took the loss, allowing seven runs (six earned) on eight hits before being taken out after three innings of work.
Quote of the Day … “We just didn't play well in any phase of the game and that will get you beat, especially when you play t he type of team we played tonight.” – Mark Marquess
Stanford................. 000 030 002 - 5 8 1 (0-1)
Cal State Fullerton. 241 400 00X - 11 14 2 (1-0)
WP - Roemer, Wes (1-0) Save-Morrison, Michael (1) LP - Nolan Gallagher (0-1) T-2:57 A-3095
BATTERIES: STAN - Gallagher, Bannister (4), Walker (4), Stilson (7), Hancock (8) and Juhl. CSF - Roemer, Morrison (7) and Curtis, Garneau (8).
HRs: CSF - Hardman (1st, solo in 4th).
February 3, 2007 - at Cal State Fullerton 6, Stanford 5
Stanford suffered a heartbreaking 6-5 loss to No. 14 Cal State Fullerton despite jumping out to a 5-0 lead over the Titans after the first two and a half innings. Clark Hardman completed the Cal State Fullerton comeback with a one-out RBI single to snap a 5-5 tie in the bottom of the eighth and score Joe Scott with the game-winning run. Titan reliever Adam Jorgensen earned the win by shutting out the Cardinal over the final 6.1 innings on just two hits. Jorgensen struck out seven without walking a batter and allowed only two Stanford runners into scoring position after coming in with two outs in the top of the third to get the Titans out of a jam. Scott (3-4, 2B) and Hardman (3-5, RBI) had three hits each for the Titans, while Chris Jones drove in a pair of runs with a clutch two-out, two-RBI single in the fifth. Sean Ratliff (2-5) had a pair of hits for the Cardinal, while Michael Taylor drove in two runs with a first inning triple.
Quote of the Day … “We saw some things especially early in the game that we liked tonight. We just need to try to play a full nine innings in all facets of the game.” – Mark Marquess
Stanford.................. 311 000 000 - 5 8 3 (0-2)
Cal State Fullerton. 000 140 01X - 6 10 1 (2-0)
WP - Jorgenson, Adam (1-0) LP - Max Fearnow (0-1) T-3:06 A-2824
BATTERIES: Inman, Fearnow (5), Stringer (8) and Juhl. CSF - Kaplan, Jorgensen (3) and Curtis.
HRs: Juhl (1st, solo in 2nd)
2006 STANFORD-CAL STATE FULLERTON SERIES
February 3, 2006 - at Stanford 2, Cal State Fullerton 1
Pinch hitter Brendan Domaracki’s one-out bases loaded single in the bottom of the ninth scored Michael Taylor with the game-winning run to lift Stanford to a dramatic season-opening 2-1 victory over No. 5 Cal State Fullerton. Jeremy Bleich pitched 2.1 hitless innings in his first collegiate outing to earn the victory after starter Greg Reynolds had limited the Titans to one run while scattering eight hits over the first 6.2 frames. Taylor (2-4, 3B) was the only Cardinal player with more than one hit in the contest and led off the Cardinal half of the ninth with his triple down the right field line off losing pitcher Dustin Miller.
Quote of the Day … “I just tried to hit the ball hard somewhere, and it turned out the right way.” – Brendan Domaracki on his game-winning hit
Cal State Fullerton..... 001 000 000 - 1 8 0 (0-1)
Stanford..................... 001 000 001 - 2 6 0 (1-0)
WP - Bleich (1-0) LP - Miller (0-1) T - 2:39 A - 1893
BATTERIES: CSF - Roemer, Miller (8), Pestano (9) and Curtis. STAN - Reynolds, Bleich (7) and Hester.
February 4, 2006 - at Stanford 6, Cal State Fullerton 5
Stanford stunned No. 5 Cal State Fullerton with its second dramatic win in as many days as John Hester was balked home by Titan reliever Bryan Harris with two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the Cardinal a 6-5 victory. Austin Yount was the hitting hero as the freshman blasted his first collegiate home run and drove in three to go with a triple in his 2-for-4 effort. Sean Ratliff earned the victory in his first collegiate appearance on the mound, allowing just one hit and striking out six over the final 3.2 innings of the contest. Hester drew a leadoff walk to start Stanford’s game-winning rally before moving to second on a Chris Lewis sacrifice bunt and third when Brian Juhl grounded out prior to the balk.
Quote of the Day … “I was running so I didn’t really see it. I’m not sure what he did but at any rate it happened.” – John Hester, who bluffed on the play, on the balk
Cal State Fullerton..... 000 400 100 0 - 5 10 0 (0-2)
Stanford..................... 021 200 000 1 - 6 10 0 (2-0)
WP - Ratliff (1-0) LP - Harris (0-1) T - 3:35 A - 1850
BATTERIES: CSF - Clark, Arbiso (4), Estes (7), Harris (9) and Curtis. STAN - Manship, Gallagher (4), Ratliff (7) and Hester.
HRs: STAN - Yount (1st, 2-run in 2nd), Castro (1st, solo in 3rd).
February 5, 2006 - at Stanford 6, Cal State Fullerton 3
Stanford finished off a three-game sweep of No. 5 Cal State Fullerton with a 6-3 victory. Austin Yount pitched 2.0 scoreless innings of one-hit relief to become the third Cardinal freshman in as many days to earn a victory on the mound, while fellow rookie Jeremy Bleich came on to get the final three outs in the ninth and earn his first collegiate save. Michael Taylor (2-3, HR, 2 RBI) and Chris Lewis (1-3, HR, 2 RBI) both homered and drove in a pair of runs to lead the Cardinal offense.
Quote of the Day … “Cal State Fullerton is a really good team who is going to be in the mix at the end of the year. It’s a long season but for us to sweep a team like this at any point in the season is really important.” – Mark Marquess
Cal State Fullerton..... 000 011 100 - 3 8 0 (0-3)
Stanford..................... 120 030 00X - 6 7 2 (3-0)
WP - Yount (1-0) Save - Bleich (1) LP - Gagnier (0-1) T - 2:57 A - 1644
BATTERIES: CSF - Gagnier, Miller (7), Paul (8), Pestano (8) and Curtis. STAN - Leva, Holler (5), Yount (7), Bleich (9) and Hester.
HRs: STAN - Taylor (1st, solo in 1st), Lewis (1st, 2-run in 2nd).
STANFORD HEAD COACH Mark Marquess: One of the nation's premier collegiate coaches and the winningest coach in Stanford Baseball history, Mark Marquess is in his 31st season at the helm of the Cardinal and his 39th associated with the program in 2007. Marquess has won more games than any coach in any sport ever at Stanford with the amazing numbers he has posted during his long tenure on The Farm. Marquess has a 1257-619-5 (.670) all-time record in 1881 career games, as well as equally impressive marks in postseason (112-52, .683), NCAA Regional (68-25, .731), NCAA Super Regional (10-4, .714), CWS (34-23, .596) and Pac-10 (501-327, .605) action. He is currently ranked sixth among all active NCAA Division I coaches in victories and 12th on the all-time list among Division I coaches. Marquess 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 win No. 1100 versus Nevada on February 17, 2003. He became the 16th NCAA Division I head baseball coach to win 1200 collegiate games just over another two years after that when the Cardinal defeated California at Sunken Diamond on March 5, 2005. He also won his 100th career postseason game in Stanford's NCAA Super Regional clinching victory over Long Beach State (June 7, 2003). 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, 14 NCAA Regional championships and 12 Pac-10 crowns (includes Southern Division and shared titles). Stanford's two CWS championships under Marquess came in back-to-back fashion in 1987 and 1988 as the Cardinal is just one of four teams to have ever won back-to-back Division I College World Series titles. The three runner-up showings have all come this decade with the Cardinal taking second in Omaha in 2000, 2001 and 2003. Maybe even more amazing, all 13 teams that Marquess has taken to the College World Series have won at least one game. Stanford has qualified for the NCAA Championships 24 times in the first 30 season under Marquess with a current school record run of 13 straight appearances in postseason play. 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 Pac-10 selection in 2003. The Cardinal has also recorded 29 winning seasons in the first 30 campaigns under his leadership. His clubs have finished either first or second in the prestigious Pacific-10 (formerly Pac-10 Southern Division) 22 times in the last 26 seasons including 2006. Stanford has had 134 players drafted by professional baseball in the past 22 campaigns, including 18 in the last 20 years that were drafted either in the first round or as a Compensation A pick. Stanford has had more first round picks (6) since 2000 than any other school in the nation, most recently with the selection of Greg Reynolds as the No. 2 overall pick in 2006. 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. He 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 10 people to have ever 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 in the minor leagues with the Chicago White Sox organization.
STANFORD COACHING STAFF: Dean Stotz is in his 31st season with Stanford Baseball and his eighth as the team's associate head coach after he was promoted to the position prior to the 2000 season following 23 years of service as an assistant. Stotz currently coaches third base while also handling various offensive and defensive aspects of the game. Tom Kunis is in his eighth season as Stanford's pitching coach, while Dave Nakama is also in his eighth campaign over two stints as an assistant.