Stanford Goes For 2500th In School History Win When Cardinal Faces California Sunday

March 4, 2007

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Friday, March 2 - at Stanford 1, California 0

Saturday, March 3 - at Stanford 5, California 4

Sunday, March 4 (1 pm, PT) - RHP Alex Rollin (3-0, 3.98) vs. RHP Nolan Gallagher (1-2, 6.87)
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All-Time Series: Stanford leads 237-213
2006 Results: Series - Tied 3-3 (Non-Conference at California, March 3-4, May 1) - California 7-6, Stanford 6-5 (11 inn.), California 4-3; (Conference at Stanford, May 5-7) - Stanford 3-2, California 5-1, Stanford 6-4
Current Game Win Streak: Stanford - 3 (May 7, 2006 - March 3, 2007)
Current Series Win Streak: Stanford - 2 (May 5-7, 2006 - March 2-4, 2007)
Current Season Series Win Streak: None
Other Series Notes: Stanford has not dropped a season series to California since 1978 as the Cardinal came up with a victory in the sixth and final game of the 2006 regular season series to even last year's series between the clubs at 3-3 and can extend the run to 30 consecutive campaigns with one victory in the team's remaining four games of 2007. Stanford has also not lost a three-game home series for 12 straight years to the Golden Bears since California managed to take two-of-three over the Cardinal at Sunken Diamond in 1995. Stanford's winning ways against California also included a recent 18-game win streak over the Golden Bears from March 10, 2002 until California won the second game of a doubleheader on March 6, 2005. California has managed to take two-of-three games from the Cardinal in each of the last two series played in Berkeley.

Stanford is attempting to become just the fifth team in the history of NCAA Division I Baseball to reach 2500 wins and now just one victory away from the milestone. Stanford has an all-time record of 2499-1555-32 (.616) in 4083 games over 114 seasons including 2007. The four that have already hit the illustrious number are Fordham (3936, 147th Season), Texas (3023, 111th Season), USC (2574, 113th Season) and Michigan (2516, 134th Season).

Stanford's current seven-game win streak is its longest of the season and the longest since the club also won seven in a row from May 7-16, 2006. The team's current eight-game home win streak is its longest since the Cardinal won its first eight home contests of 2005 (January 29 - February 26, 2005). Stanford's 8-0 home start is also its best since the 1993 club began the season 10-0 at Sunken Diamond.

Stanford will be going for its second straight home sweep Sunday for the first time since the Cardinal swept Fresno State (1/29-30DH) and Kansas (2/12DH-13) in its first two home series of 2005. Stanford's sweep over Kansas last Friday-Sunday (February 23-25) was its first since the club won all three games at Washington (May 12-14, 2006) and its first home sweep since winning all three games to open the 2006 campaign against Cal State Fullerton (February 3-5, 2006).

Stanford is not ranked in any of the five in-season polls (Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball, NCBWA,, Ping Baseball) most recently released on Monday, February 26. Stanford started the season ranked as high as No. 23 by Collegiate Baseball.

Mark Marquess sits in 12th place on the all-time win list for NCAA Division I coaches and sixth on the active win list. Marquess has an all-time record of 1266-622-5 (.670) over 1893 games in his 31st season as Stanford's head coach. Marquess is now just one victory from tying Miami's Ron Fraser for 11th place on the all-time list. 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.

Stanford has posted winning campaigns for 13 straight seasons (1994-2006), as well as 41 of the last 42 years and 58 of the past 60 prior to 2007. Stanford currently is a season-best three games over .500 (9-5).

Stanford's pitching staff has given up just four runs and 11 hits in the first two games of the current series versus California while holding the Golden Bears to a .167 batting average. Jeffrey Inman (1-0, 0.00, 7.2 IP, 9 SO) and Tom Stilson (1-0, 0.00, 0.1 IP, 0 SO) have the two victories, while David Stringer (0-0, 0.00, 1.2 IP, 2 SO) and Max Fearnow (0-0, 0.00, 1.1 IP, 2 SO) have one save each Offensively, the Cardinal has struggled to a .186 batting average and scored just six runs. Michael Taylor (.375, 3-8) leads the club, while Jason Castro and Joey August have two RBI each.

Stanford is hitting just .268 as a team but has been getting it done on the mound by posting a new season-low earned run average for the 11th straight game (4.91). The club posted a 10.50 ERA in its first three-game series of the season at Cal State Fullerton (February 2-4) but has rebounded with a 3.53 mark in 11 contests since. Stanford has struggled defensively with a .958 fielding percentage and has yet to post an errorless game this season.

Jeffrey Inman (2-1, 3.54, 28.0 IP, 28 SO) became the first Stanford pitcher to pick up a second win when he earned the victory against California on March 2. Six other pitchers -- Andrew Clauson (1-0, 0.00, 3.1 IP, 2 H), Max Fearnow (1-1, 3.24, 8.1 IP, 8 SO), Jeremy Bleich (1-1, 5.79, 28.0 IP, 17 SO), Tom Stilson (1-0, 6.23, 4.1 IP, 3 SO), Austin Yount (1-0, 6.43, 7.0 IP, 3 SO), Nolan Gallagher (1-2, 6.87, 18.1 IP, 12 SO) and Blake Hancock (1-0, 9.00, 3.0 IP, 4 SO) -- each have one of the team's nine wins. David Stringer (0-0, 1.98, 13.2 IP, 12 SO) has six of the team's eight saves, including an incredible string of five saves in the five straight games (February 20 - March 3) and also leads the club with 10 appearances. Fearnow has the team's other two saves. Brandt Walker (0-0, 0.00, 5.0 IP, 6 SO), Clauson and Rex Petrill (0-0, 0.00, 0.2 IP, 0 SO) are the team's three pitchers yet to give up an earned run, while Stringer's 1.98 ERA is the lowest among pitchers with at least one inning pitched per team game played. Inman leads the club with 28 strikeouts while sharing the team lead along with Bleich with 28.0 innings pitched. Bleich has made a team-high five starts. Offensively, Brian Juhl paces the club with a .341 batting average, while Ryan Seawell (.333), Adam Gaylord (.319) and Jeff Whitlow (.308) are also hitting .300 or better. Juhl, Seawell and Michael Taylor all have two home runs each, while additional offensive team leaders among regulars include Sean Ratliff (56 AB, 14 R, 15 H, 5 SB, 1 SAC), Cord Phelps (6 2B, 2 3B, 6 BB), Taylor (2 3B, 9 RBI, 3 HBP), Gaylord (15 H), Whitlow (.692 SLUG%, 1 SAC), Juhl (15 H, 3 HBP, .412 OB%, 1 SF), Jason Castro (1 SF), Brent Milleville (1 SF) and Joey August (1 SAC).

Stanford started the season with an 0-3 record to mark the first time since 1989 the Cardinal had lost its first three games of the season. The sweep at Cal State Fullerton was also the first time Stanford had been swept in a three-game season-opening series in the school's recorded history. The team was also 2-5 after seven games before its current season-best three-game win streak. The 2-5 start was Stanford's worst mark after seven contests since a 1974 club actually started 2-8.

Michael Taylor 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 has a .250 batting average in the team's first 14 games of 2007. He leads or co-leads the team in several offensive categories including home runs (2, co-leader), RBI (9), triples (2, co-leader) and total bases (27). Taylor has made 130 consecutive starts and started 132 of 133 possible games during his three seasons at Stanford.

David Stringer recorded five saves in as many games from February 20 - March 3. Stringer earned a spot on the College Baseball Foundation's weekly national honor roll for the week of February 27 when he saved four games during the previous week and then added one more against California (March 2) to run the streak to five before failing in a save attempt versus California on March 3. He threw 3.0 scoreless innings in a 4-1 win over San Francisco (February 20) and then protected one-run leads in the both the opener (2.0 IP) and finale (0.2 IP) of a three-game series versus Kansas (February 23-25), as well as a three-run margin in the middle game (0.2 IP). He concluded his incredible run out of the bullpen when he got the final four outs in a 1-0 victory against California (1.1 IP, 2 SO) on March 2. Stringer has six saves and a 1.98 ERA overall without a decision while appearing in a team-high 10 of the club's 14 games and 13.2 innings. He also has a current string of 8.0 consecutive scoreless innings.

Stanford has had several players (listed below) with notable career success against California...
Erik Davis (0-1, 1.69 ERA, 1 SV, 5.1 IP, 4 SO) • Jeffrey Inman (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 7.2 IP, 9 SO) • Adam Sorgi (.433, 13-30, 1 HR, 3 RBI) • Michael Taylor (.354, 17-48, 1 HR, 6 RBI) • Austin Yount (0-0, 0.00 ERA, 2.2 IP, 1 SO)

Stanford has come from behind in six of its nine wins this season and has an amazing 5-2 record when its opponent scores first in a game.

Stanford has a 4-1 record in five one-run games this season. The Cardinal has won each of its last three games and four of its last five by a single run.

Stanford has three players -- Adam Gaylord (SS), Sean Ratliff (CF) and Michael Taylor (RF) -- that have started all 14 games this season (all in the same position). Taylor has actually started 130 in a row and 132 of 133 possible contests during his three seasons at Stanford.

Stanford is in a stretch of playing 11 of 12 games at Sunken Diamond from February 20 - March 24, where the Cardinal is an unbeaten 8-0 this season. 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 300-85 (.779) record during the stretch.

Stanford lost its first five games on the road this season before beating Texas, 10-8, in its most recent road contest on February 18.

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 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

March 2, 2007 -at Stanford 1, California 0
Jeffrey Inman and David Stringer combined on a three-hit shutout to lift Stanford to a 1-0 victory over California. Inman, who became the first Stanford freshman to start the opening game of a three-game series since Kyle Peterson in 1995, allowed just three hits and struck out a career-high nine in a 7.2 inning outing that was the longest of his career. Stringer recorded the final four outs for his fifth save in as many games. Adam Gaylord scored the only run of the contest when he singled with one out in the Stanford third inning, moved to third base on a Brendan Domaracki single and scored when Joey August beat out a potential inning-ending double play ball for an RBI fielder's choice. Inman outdueled losing pitcher Tyson Ross, who allowed just one run on five hits and a walk with eight strikeouts in a complete game effort.
Quote of the Day ... 'I had all my pitches working for me tonight, especially the changeup. I was throwing my slider and curveball for a strike. My guys played solid defensive for me and then David Stringer came in and got a big out for us there in the eighth.' - Jeffrey Inman

March 2, 2007 -at Stanford 5, California 4
Stanford scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to erase a one-run California lead and held on for a wild 5-4 victory. Michael Taylor tied the game at 4-4 with an RBI double and Joey August followed with an RBI ground out as Sean Ratliff and Jason Castro scored the tying and eventual winning runs. Ratliff and Castro drew back-to-back one-out walks to start the rally. Taylor (2-4, 2 2B, RBI) was the only Stanford player with more than one hit, while Castro drove in a pair of runs. Tom Stilson earned his first collegiate victory by retiring the only batter he faced to end a four-run California seventh and Max Fearnow picked up the save by recording the final four outs. Michael Brady (3-4, 2B, 3 RBI) had a huge day for California and drove in three of the Golden Bears' four runs in the seventh with a bases-loaded three-RBI double.
Quote of the Day ... 'This team is born out of last year with our resolve. We've been through a lot, and we understand the process of the game and if you keep working at it things can happen.' - Michael Taylor

March 3, 2006 -at California 7, Stanford 6
Josh Satin scored the game-winning run on a throwing error by Cardinal third baseman Austin Yount to give California a dramatic 7-6 victory over Stanford. Satin drew a leadoff walk off losing pitcher Erik Davis to start the California ninth, which followed a three-run Cardinal rally in the top of the inning that had tied the score at 6-6. Satin moved to second on a Brennan Boesch single and third on a Ryan Hanlon walk to load the bases before Garrett Bussiere hit a slow roller that Yount fielded cleanly but overthrew Cardinal catcher John Hester to allow Satin to score. Allen Craig (2-5, 2B, HR, 3 RBI) had a key three-run homer in the bottom of the sixth that gave the Golden Bears a 6-3 lead, while Chris Minaker (4-5, 2 RBI, SB) led the Cardinal offense.
Quote of the Day ... Losing a game in this fashion can deflate you. We just need to put it behind us and come back out and play well tomorrow.' - Mark Marquess

March 4, 2006 -Stanford 6, at California 5 (11 inn.)
Chris Minaker redeemed himself with an RBI single in the top of the 11th inning to score Cord Phelps with the eventual game-winning run and lift Stanford to a thrilling 6-5 victory over California. Minaker's fielding error on Garrett Bussiere's routine groundball to the Cardinal shortstop with two outs in the bottom of the ninth had allowed Chris Errecart to score the game-tying run and send the contest into extra frames. Minaker (3-5, 2B, 4 RBI), Joey August (3-4, RBI) and Phelps (3-5) had three hits each for Stanford. Austin Yount earned the victory by retiring all five batters he faced after coming into the game with one out in the bottom of the 10th inning.
Quote of the Day ... 'It felt great because I felt like I let everyone down with the error in the ninth inning. I was so grateful that our guys kept battling and gave me a chance to make up for it.' - Chris Minaker

May 1, 2006 -at California 4, Stanford 3
California scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to rally for a 4-3 comeback win over Stanford in a non-conference contest. Brennan Boesch drew a bases loaded walk from Stanford reliever Austin Yount to force home Rob Nesbitt with what proved to be the game-winning run. The Golden Bears took advantage of two walks and a hit batsmen by Cardinal relievers in the inning that started with Jordan Karnofsky's leadoff double and also included an RBI single from Chris Errecart. Karnofsky (2-3, 2B) was the only player for either team with more than one hit, while Boesch had the only multiple-RBI contest for either squad with a pair of RBI. All nine Stanford starters had one hit each for the first time in 2007 as the Cardinal outhit the Golden Bears, 9-6.
Quote of the Day ... 'It's really tough to lose games in this fashion. When you get a lead you just can't make mistakes that let other teams back into the game.' - Mark Marquess

May 5, 2006 -at Stanford 3, California 2
Chris Minaker (3-4, 2 HR, 2 RBI) hit two solo home runs for his first career multi-homer contest before leading off the bottom of the ninth inning with a single and scoring the game-winning run on Randy Molina's one-out RBI single to lift Stanford to a dramatic 3-2 victory over California. Stanford ace Greg Reynolds tossed his second consecutive complete game to outduel California ace Brandon Morrow. Reynolds allowed just two runs, scattering six hits and two walks with four strikeouts. Comcast Sports Net televised the opener of the three-game Pac-10 series live.
Quote of the Day ... 'Losing a game in this fashion can deflate you. We just need to put it behind us and come back out and play well tomorrow.' - Mark Marquess

May 6, 2006 -California 5, at Stanford 1
California evened its three-game Pac-10 series against Stanford by holding on for a 5-1 victory on Saturday at Sunken Diamond. Tyson Ross earned the victory by giving up just one run on six hits and three walks, while striking out eight over the first 7.1 innings. Jeremy Burchett came on to retire Michael Taylor on a game-ending a groundout with the bases loaded and Taylor representing the tying run to pick up the save. Chris Errecart (2-3, 2 RBI) was the only California player with a multiple-hit or multiple-RBI game, while Chris Minaker was 2-for-3 for the Cardinal. The squads combined for 12 walks and seven hit batsmen in the contest.
Quote of the Day ... 'We didn't do much right today and really didn't deserve to win, but you have to give Tyson Ross credit. He pitched a very good game.' - Mark Marquess

May 7, 2006 -at Stanford 6, California 4
Chris Lewis (2-4, HR, 3 RBI) hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning and then drove in another run with a two-out RBI single in the eighth to lift Stanford to a 6-4 victory over California. The victory allowed Stanford to split its season series against California and avoid dropping a season series to the Golden Bears for the first time since 1978, as well as avoid losing a home series to California for the first time since 1995. Jeremy Bleich earned the win, allowing just one run on two hits and two walks over 4.1 innings of sparkling relief before a crowd of 2586. Erik Davis picked up the save by thwarting a ninth inning California rally when he forced Chris Errecart to hit into a bases loaded game-ending 5-2-3 double play.Quote of the Day ... 'I'm used to this situation. I've been coming in during these situations all year, and I love it. I think I've been doing well, so hopefully they keep putting me back out there.' - Erik Davis on his save

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 1266-622-5 (.670) all-time record in 1893 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 seasons 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.

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.

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