Stanford Puts Eight-Game Win Streak On The Line At Santa Clara On Sunday

March 6, 2007


Tuesday, March 6 - TBA vs. LHP Donald Brandt (1-0, 4.72)

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All-Time Series: Stanford leads 177-156-7
2006 Results: Series - Stanford 2-1 (at Stanford, April 25, May 16) - Santa Clara 6-1 (10 inn.), Stanford 11-7; (at Santa Clara, May 9) - Stanford 8-4 (15 inn.)
Current Game Win Streak: Stanford - 2 (May 9-16, 2006)
Current Series Win Streak: Stanford - 8 (February 9-11, 1996 - January 25-26, 2003)
Current Season Series Win Streak: Stanford - 1 (2006)
Other Series Notes: Stanford has won its last two games against Santa Clara after a previous three-game losing skid to the Broncos. Stanford had not lost a season series to the Broncos since 1980 until Santa Clara managed to take two-of-three in 2005 before the Cardinal rebounded with two victories in three 2006 games. Stanford also had a recent 20-game win streak against the Broncos that lasted from February 17, 1997 - February 22, 2002. In addition, the teams have played extra innings in three of their last four meetings, including a 15-inning game the Cardinal ended up winning 8-4 in their longest contest of the 2006 season clocking in at five hours and 17 minutes.

Stanford became just the fifth team in the history of NCAA Division I Baseball to reach 2500 wins when the Cardinal reached the milestone with a 9-7 victory over California in its most recent contest March 4. Stanford has an all-time record of 2500-1555-32 (.616) in 4084 games over 114 seasons including 2007. Fordham, Texas, USC and Michigan are the only teams with more all-time wins than the Cardinal.

Stanford's current season-best eight-game win streak is its longest since the 2004 club also won eight straight from March 23 - April 3, 2004. Stanford has not won more than eight in row overall since a 10-game win streak from May 18 - June 13, 2003. The team's current nine-game home win streak is its longest since the 2004 club won 12 straight home contests from April 10 - May 18, 2004. Stanford's 9-0 home start is also its best since the 1993 club began the season 10-0 at Sunken Diamond.

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 five games over .500 (10-5).

Stanford picked up its second straight home sweep versus California (March 2-4) after the Cardinal had swept Kansas (February 23-25) in its previous series. The back-to-back home sweeps marked the first time the Cardinal had recorded back-to-back sweep since Stanford swept Fresno State (January 29-30DH) and Kansas (February 12DH-13) in its first two home series of 2005.

Despite its current eight-game win streak, Stanford is not ranked in any of the five in-season polls (Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball, NCBWA,, Ping Baseball!) most recently released on Monday, March 5. Stanford started the season ranked as high as No. 23 by Collegiate Baseball.

Mark Marquess moved into a tie for 11th place with Miami's Ron Fraser on the all-time win list for NCAA Division I coaches with his most recent victory versus California (March 4). Marquess has an all-time record of 1267-622-5 (.670) over 1894 games that also ranks him sixth among active NCAA Division I coaches and is 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.

Stanford's pitching staff keyed a three-game sweep of California (March 2-4) with a 3.33 team ERA while holding the Golden Bears to a .236 team batting average. Jeffrey Inman (1-0, 0.00, 7.2 IP, 9 SO), Tom Stilson (1-0, 0.00, 0.1 IP, 0 SO) and Austin Yount (1-0, 3.86, 2.1 IP, 1 SO) each recorded a win, while David Stringer (0-0, 0.00, 1.2 IP, 2 SO) and Max Fearnow (0-0, 0.00, 1.1 IP, 2 SO) had one save each. Offensively, the Cardinal struggled to a .186 batting average and scored just six runs over the first two games despite winning both contests and then busted out for nine runs and 13 hits in Sunday's finale to clinch the sweep. Sean Ratliff's big day (3-4, 4 runs scored, 2B, 3B) led to his team-leading .400 (4-10) batting average in the series. Ratliff also scored seven runs and had a pair of triples.

Stanford is hitting just .275 as a team but has been getting it done on the mound with a 4.98 overall ERA and a 3.74 mark in the last 12 games after the club posted a 10.50 ERA in its first three-game series of the season at Cal State Fullerton (February 2-4). Stanford has struggled defensively with a .959 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 before Austin Yount (2-0, 5.79, 9.1 IP, 4 SO) got his second win while pitching out of the bullpen against the Golden Bears on March 4. Six other pitchers -- Andrew Clauson (1-0, 0.00, 3.1 IP, 2 H), Max Fearnow (1-1, 3.00, 9.0 IP, 8 SO), Jeremy Bleich (1-1, 5.79, 28.0 IP, 17 SO), Tom Stilson (1-0, 5.79, 4.2 IP, 3 SO), Nolan Gallagher (1-2, 7.36, 22.0 IP, 16 SO) and Blake Hancock (1-0, 6.75, 4.0 IP, 5 SO) -- each have one of the team's 10 wins. David Stringer (0-0, 2.45, 14.2 IP, 13 SO) has six of the team's eight saves, including an incredible string of five saves in the five consecutive Stanford games from February 20 - March 3. Stringer also leads the club with 11 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 2.45 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 and Gallagher are tied for the team lead with five starts. Offensively, Ryan Seawell paces the club with a .359 batting average, while Brian Juhl (.341), Adam Gaylord (.319), Jeff Whitlow (.308) and Sean Ratliff (.300) 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 Ratliff (18 R, 18 H, 5 SB, 1 SAC), Cord Phelps (6 2B, 3 3B, 6 BB), Taylor (61 AB, 10 RBI, 3 HBP, 28 TB), Whitlow (.692 SLUG%, 1 SAC), Juhl (3 HBP, 1 SF), Seawell (.419 OB%), 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 .246 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 (10), at bats (61), total bases (28) and hit by pitches (3). Taylor has made 131 consecutive starts and started 133 of 134 possible games during his three-year Cardinal career.

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. Stringer has six saves and a 2.45 ERA overall without a decision while appearing in a team-high 11 of the club's 15 games and pitching 14.2 innings.

Stanford has had several players (listed below) with notable career success against Santa Clara...
Joey August (.500, 3-6) • Nolan Gallagher (0-0, 0.77, 1 SV, 11.2 IP, 6 SO) • Randy Molina (.455, 5-11, RBI) • Sean Ratliff (0-0, 3.00, 6.0 IP, 6 SO) • Michael Taylor (.333, 10-30, 3 2B, HR, 2 RBI, 2 SB)

Stanford has a 4-1 record in five one-run games this season.

Cord Phelps leads Stanford with nine extra base hits (6 2B, 3 3B) this season. Last year, all 18 of Phelps' hits were singles.

Stanford has come from behind in seven of its nine wins this season and has an amazing 6-2 record when its opponent scores first in a game.

Stanford has a pair of players -- Sean Ratliff (CF) and Michael Taylor (RF) -- that have started all 15 games this season (all in the same position). Taylor has actually started 131 in a row and 133 of 134 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 9-0 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 301-85 (.780) 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. The Cardinal is back on the road in its next contest at Santa Clara on March 6.

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

April 25, 2006 - Santa Clara 6, at Stanford 1 (10 inn.)
Santa Clara scored five runs in the top of the 10th inning to defeat Stanford, rallying for a 6-1 non-conference victory over the Cardinal on a chilly Tuesday evening at Sunken Diamond. Brady Fuerst smacked a two-run double off losing pitcher David Stringer with one out in the top of the 10th to snap a 1-1 tie by bringing home Eric Newton and Gabe Alcantar, who had singled earlier in the inning. Matt Long followed two batters later with an RBI single to bring home Fuerst and Dustin Realini's two-RBI single with two outs capped the rally.

Nava (2-4, 2B) and Realini (2-5, 2 RBI) had two hits each for the Broncos, while Fuerst drove in a pair of runs with his 10th inning double. Chris Minaker (2-4, 2B) had half of the four hits Stanford managed off four Santa Clara pitchers.

Donald Brandt (3.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 SO) started the game for the Broncos and was followed by Daniel DeMarco (2.0 IP, 2 SO), Chris Stansbury (3.0 IP, 3 H) and winner Jeff Lombard (2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 BB).

Quote of the Day ... 'When you play close games the team that wins the big spots ends up winning the game. That's what happened in the 10th inning tonight. Santa Clara won those spots.' - Mark Marquess

May 9, 2006 - Stanford 8, at Santa Clara 4 (15 inn.)
Stanford scored four runs in the top of the 15th inning and outlasted Santa Clara in an 8-4 non-conference victory over the Broncos. The game was the longest of the 2006 season for the Cardinal, checking in at five hours and seven minutes. Cord Phelps' one-out RBI single in the top of the 15th frame scored Joey August to break a 4-4 tie before Chris Lewis followed with a two-RBI double to plate Chris Minaker and Phelps. Lewis scored the final Stanford run of the inning on a wild pitch. Randy Molina (3-4, RBI) and Lewis (3-7, 2 2B, 2 RBI) had three hits each for the Cardinal, while Phelps (2-3, RBI), August (2-3) and Jason Castro (2-6) picked up two each. Grant Escue drove in a pair of runs with a pinch-hit double in the top of the 12th inning that gave the Cardinal a 4-2 lead.

Max Fearnow picked up the victory, allowing two runs on three hits and a walk with two strikeouts over the final 4.0 innings. Erik Davis (5.0 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 4 SO) equaled the longest outing of his career without giving up a run to extend the game into extra innings. Sean Ratliff (3.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 4 SO) also pitched in relief of starter Nolan Gallagher (3.0 IP, 4 H, 1 BB, 1 SO).

Kris Watts (3-6, 2B, RBI) had three hits for the Broncos, while Kyle Hartz (2-3, 2B) and Matt Long (2-6) added two each. Eric Newton drove in a pair of runs with a two-out bloop double in the bottom of the 12th inning that tied the contest at 4-4.

Jeff Lombard (5.0 IP, 4 H, 5 SO) held the Cardinal scoreless during his stint in relief of starter Chris Stansbury (6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO).

Quote of the Day ... 'This was just one of those crazy games. But, it makes it worth it when you come up with a victory. Our players kept their focus and that ended up paying off with a win.' - Mark Marquess

May 16, 2006 - at Stanford 11, Santa Clara 7
Stanford ran its longest win streak of the season to seven in a row with an 11-7 victory over Santa Clara. The Cardinal trailed 6-0 after four and a half innings before exploding with an eight-run fifth frame. Chris Minaker and Jason Castro both homered in the Stanford fifth with Minaker's three-run homer tying the contest at 6-6 and Castro's two-run pinch-hit shot three batters later giving the Cardinal the lead for good. Michael Taylor (5-5, 2B) extended his hit streak to nine games with the first five-hit contest of his career and the first by a Stanford player in 2006, while Jim Rapoport (2-3, 3 RBI, SB) drove in three runs and John Hester brought home a pair.

Erik Davis was credited with his first victory of the season despite allowing a pair of runs on three hits with one strikeout over 2.0 innings of middle relief.

Daniel DeMarco took the loss for the Broncos, allowing both Cardinal homers and giving up five runs on five hits over 2.1 innings of relief.

Kevin Drever (4-4, 2B, SB) had four hits, was on base all five times and scored three runs for Santa Clara. Carl Bacon (2-4, 2B, HR, 2 RBI) added a homer and a pair of RBI, while Kris Watts (2-4, 2B, 2 RBI) and Daniel Nava (2-4, RBI, SB) also had two-hit games for the Broncos.

Quote of the Day ... 'It's a great feeling when everyone is hitting and scoring. When one guy hits the ball hard everyone hits the ball hard, and it's contagious. Obviously, I was really excited about getting five hits tonight, but the main thing is that we won. It's exciting to still have a chance to go to the playoffs and compete for a national title. To have all of those things together, that's what it's all about.' - Michael Taylor

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 1267-622-5 (.670) all-time record in 1894 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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