Stanford Starts Week Tuesday At San Jose State

March 27, 2007

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Tuesday, March 27 (6 pm, PT) - RHP Austin Yount (2-0, 5.23) vs. RHP Josh Amberson (2-0, 6.04)
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All-Time Series: Stanford leads 79-30
2006 Results: Series - Stanford 2-0 (at San Jose State - Blethen Field, April 8) - Stanford 13-3; (at Stanford, May 2) - Stanford 6-2,
Current Game Win Streak: Stanford - 7 (April 15, 2003 - May 2, 2006)
Current Series Win Streak: Stanford - 2 (February 11-14, 1983 - February 22-23, 1985)
Current Season Series Win Streak: Stanford - 4 (2003-06)
Other Series Notes: Stanford has dominated the series between the two South Bay rivals of late with its current seven-game win streak versus the Spartans. The Spartans last victory over the Cardinal came with a 12-0 blanking of the Cardinal at San Jose Municipal Stadium on May 1, 2002. Three of Stanford's seven straight wins since then have been in San Jose with the first two at Muni and the most recent victory on the road over the Sparatans at Blethen Field on April 8, 2006.

Tonight's game will be Stanford's final non-conference contest before the Cardinal hosts UCLA to open Pac-10 action against this Friday-Sunday, March 30 - April 1 (6 pm, 1 pm, 1 pm, PT).

Stanford has now won two of its last three-games after suffering through a season-high-tying three-game losing skid from March 6-10.

Stanford is unaranked in all six of the current national polls (Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball, NCBWA,, Ping Baseball, USA Today/ESPN) most recently released on Monday, March 26. Stanford started the season ranked as high as No. 23 by Collegiate Baseball.

Stanford swept both Kansas (February 23-25) and Kansas (March 2-4) before dropping two-of-three to USC from March 9-11 and splitting a pair of games with Sacramento State (March 24-25). The back-to-back home sweeps marked the first time the Cardinal had recorded back-to-back sweeps since Stanford won three in a row from both Fresno State (January 29-30DH) and Kansas (February 12DH-13) in its first two home series of 2005. Stanford came up with a victory in the finale versus USC (March 9-11) to avoid being swept in a three-game regular season home series for the first time since the Cardinal dropped three in row to Arizona State at Sunken Diamond from April 11-13, 1997. The stretch has now been extended to 71 consecutive regular season three-game home series.

Stanford is the fifth all-time winnigest program in the history of college baseball with an all-time record of 2502-1559-32 (.615) in 4093 games over 114 seasons including 2007. Fordham, Texas, USC and Michigan are the only teams with more all-time wins than the Cardinal.

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 is currently three games over .500 (12-9) in 2007.

Mark Marquess coached the 1900th game of his Stanford career at Sacramento State on Sunday, March 25, one day after Stanford's head coach turned 60 years of age. Marquess ranks 11th on the all-time win list for NCAA Division I coaches with an all-time record of 1269-626-5 (.669) 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.

OFFENSE - Stanford hit a modest .286 as a team in its most recent series versus Sacramento State and managed just one extra base hit among its 20 hits. Adam Sorgi (.500, 4-8, 2B, 3 RBI), Grant Escue (.500, 3-6, 2 RBI) and Adam Gaylord (.500, 3-6) all managed to get hits in half of their at bats.
PITCHING - The Cardinal posted a 3.00 ERA in 18.0 innings of work as Nolan Gallagher (1-0, 0.00, 9.0 IP, 4 H, 7 SO) highlighted the staff's effort with his first career complete game shutout in a 10-0 win on March 25. Neither Andrew Clauson (1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 SO) or Cory Bannister (0.1 IP, 1 SO) were charged with a run in short outings.FIELDING - Stanford played errorless defensive in the series by fielding all 74 of its chances without an error.

OFFENSE - Stanford has struggled most of the season offensively but does have its team batting average up to a .283 mark that is just one point shy of the team's season-high but ranks just seventh in the Pac-10. The team has also failed to produce much power with only 11 homers, ranking tied for eighth in the conference. The club's 15 stolen bases are last in the Pac-10. The club's 124 runs scored are eighth in the Pac-10, while its 204 hits are last.
PITCHING - Stanford has also struggled on the mound with a 5.16 ERA that is eighth in the Pac-10. The Cardinal has had its ERA under 5.00 for only four days this year from March 2-5.
FIELDING - Stanford has improved dramatically defensively with a current stretch of four consecutive errorless games. Still, the Cardinal is last in the conference with an overall fieldling percentage of .963.

OFFENSE - Sean Ratliff is having a big season and leads the Cardinal in several offensive categories, including batting average (.333) among regular starters, runs scored (26), hits (28) and stolen bases (8), while Michael Taylor paces the club in home runs (3), RBI (18) and total bases (42). Ratliff and Taylor are tied for the team lead with 84 at bats each. Other offensive team leaders or co-leaders include Adam Gaylord (.333), Cord Phelps (7 2B, 3 3B, 9 BB), Jeff Whitlow (.529 SLUG%), Brian Juhl (4 HBP, 2 SF), Adam Sorgi (.478 OB%), Brent Milleville (2 SF) and Joey August (2 SAC). Sorgi (.400, 8-20) and Grant Escue (.348, 8-23) have averages above Ratliff and Gaylord in limited at bats.
PITCHING - Max Fearnow (2-1, 3.97, 2 SV, 11.1 IP, 9 SO), Jeffrey Inman (2-1, 5.29, 34.9 IP, 29 SO), Nolan Gallagher (2-2, 5.82, 34.0 IP, 26 SO) and Austin Yount (2-0, 5.23, 10.1 IP, 4 SO) each have two of the team's 12 wins. Inman leads the team in strikeouts, while Jeremy Bleich (1-3, 4.68, 42.1 IP, 22 SO) paces the club in innings pitched and has the lowest ERA among any pitcher with at least one inning pitched per team game played. Gallagher has the only complete game and only shutout, while co-leading the team along with Bleich with seven starts each. David Stringer (0-0, 2.65, 6 SV, 17.0 IP, 13 SO) leads the club with six saves, while Fearnow has the other two. Stringer also has a team-high 13 appearances.

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 began the season 2-8. Stanford also has a 2-6 record in its first eight road games, which is the team's worst record after eight road games since the 1993 club also started the season 2-6 on the road.

Stanford has hit just 11 home runs this season and has not had one in any of its last four games to match its longest dry spell of the season.

Michael Taylor earned 2007 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 .286 batting average in the team's first 21 games of 2007, while leading the club in home runs (3), RBI (18), total bases (42) and at bats (84). After a slow start that had Taylor hitting just .216 after the first nine games, Taylor has hit safely in 10 of his last 11 games including a career-best 10-game hit streak from February 23 - March 11. Taylor has made 137 consecutive starts and started 139 of 140 possible games during his three-year Cardinal career.

Sean Ratliff has hit safely in seven of his last eight games and posted a career-best six-game hit streak from March 3-11. Ratliff is hitting .452 (14-31) with two doubles, two triples, a homer, three RBI and four stolen bases while also scoring 18 runs during the stretch. For the season, Ratliff leads or co-leads the club in batting average (.333) among regulars, runs scored (26), hits (28), stolen bases (8) and at bats (84).

Adam Sorgi played his first game in the field since the 2005 season against California on March 4 and has started four of the six games at the position since. Sorgi, who missed the entire 2006 season with a shoulder injury, is hitting .467 (7-15) with a double, three RBI and five runs scored in those four games. He is hitting .400 (8-20) with two doubles and six RBI on the season.

Nolan Gallagher tossed the first complete game shutout of his career with a four-hitter in his most recent outing versus Sacramento State on March 25, striking out a career-high-tying and season-high seven without walking a batter. Gallagher now is 2-2 with a 5.82 ERA after entering the outing 1-2 with a 7.92 ERA. Gallagher was honored on the Collegiate Baseabll Foundation's weekly National Honor Roll for the week ending March 27 for his performance.

David Stringer has six saves and a 2.65 ERA overall without a decision while appearing in a team-high 13 of the club's 21 games and pitching 17.0 innings. Stringer recorded his first save against Fresno State on February 11 and then five in as many games from February 20 - March 3 but does not have one since. 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.

Joey August (.000, 0-4)
Jeremy Bleich (0-0, 4.50, 2 APP, 1 GS, 4.0 IP, 1 SO)
Jason Castro (.400, 2-5, RBI, SB)
Erik Davis (1-0, 1.80, 2 APP, 1 GS, 5.0 IP, 4 SO)
Brendan Domaracki (.375, 3-8, 3 HR, 5 RBI)
Nolan Gallagher (0-0, 0.00, 2 APP, 3.0 IP, 3 SO)
Brent Milleville (.400, 2-5, RBI)
Randy Molina (.000, 0-6)
Cord Phelps (.250, 1-4, RBI)
Sean Ratliff (1-0, 0.00, 2.2 IP, 3 SO)
Ryan Seawell (.571, 4-7)
Adam Sorgi (.250, 1-4)
Michael Taylor (.455, 5-11, 2B, 3B, HR, 4 RBI)
Austin Yount (0-0, 0.00, 1 APP, 1.1 IP)

Stanford has a 9-6 record in games decided by three runs or less this season. The Cardinal is 4-2 in five one-run games, as well as 3-2 in two-run contests and 2-2 in three-run affairs.

Stanford has clocked in at 3:00 or over in 10 of its first 21 games this season, going 3:41 or more five times.

Cord Phelps co-leads Stanford along with Michael Taylor with 10 extra base hits (7 2B, 3 3B) this season. Last year, all 18 of Phelps' hits were singles.

Stanford has come from behind in eight of its 12 wins this season and has an outstanding 6-4 record when its opponent scores first in a game. Stanford's biggest comeback of the year came versus USC (March 11) when the Cardinal was down 8-4 heading into the bottom of the seventh inning before scoring four times to the game at 8-8 and six more in the eighth in an eventual 14-9 win.

Stanford has recorded four straight errorless games in its last four contests (March 10-25) after making at least one error in the first 17 games of the season and in 19 straight contests dating back to the final two games of 2006.

Stanford has two players that are currently on career-best hit streaks in Joey August (7) and Toby Gerhart (5). Michael Taylor (10), Adam Gaylord (8), Brian Juhl (6), Sean Ratliff (6), Brent Milleville (5), Brendan Domaracki (4) and Austin Yount (3) had career-high hit streaks earlier in the season that are no longer current.

Stanford is 6-1 on Sundays in 2007, winning each of its last six Sunday games after losing at Cal State Fullerton on its first Sunday of the year.

Stanford has a pair of players -- Sean Ratliff (CF) and Michael Taylor (RF) -- that have started all 21 games this season (all in the same position). Taylor has actually started 137 in a row dating back to his 2005 freshman campaign and 139 of 140 possible contests during his three seasons at Stanford.

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 prior to 2007 with an amazing 302-88 (.774) record during the stretch. Stanford is 10-3 at home this season.

April 8, 2006 - Stanford 13, at San Jose State 3 (Blethen Field)
Stanford defeated San Jose State by the score 13-3 in a non-conference match-up at Blethen Field. The game was a make-up of the March 7 contest that was rained out. The Cardinal had a 18 hits in the win and were led by John Hester with two doubles and a career-high four hits and Chris Minaker with two doubles and a home run. Brendan Domaracki had a key three-run homer in the sixth inning to break open the game and finished with a career-high three RBI.

Greg Reynolds notched the victory, limiting the Spartans to two runs (one earned) and only three hits in 6.0 innings of work. Branden Dewing took the loss for San Jose State.

Hitters all throughout the Stanford lineup were able to contribute to the Cardinal's offensive outburst. Six different Stanford players had multi-hit games, including Hester (4-5), Minaker (3-6), Domaracki (2-4), Ryan Seawell (2-4), Chris Lewis (2-5) and Jason Castro (2-2). Seven of Stanford's 18 hits were doubles.

Ryan Angel was the only San Jose State hitter to collect more than one hit, going 2-for-4.

Stanford's big inning came in the sixth when ten hitters came to the plate. Lewis and Castro got the Cardinal started with a triple and a walk off of San Jose State reliever Josh Amberson. Domaracki brought them home with his first-pitch home run down the right field line. Cord Phelps continued the rally with a single and, after being sacrificed to second, scored on Hester's double to left center. Hester later came around to score on Michael Taylor's double down the left field line. Randy Molina followed with a walk before Loren Moneypenney relieved Amberson to get a groundout and finally end the inning.

San Jose State got on the board first in the game with a run in the bottom of the first. Angel led off the inning for the Spartans with a double to deep right field and was moved to third base on a sacrifice bunt. He scored on the next pitch on an RBI sacrifice fly to left field off the bat of Sam Hall.

The Spartans added another run in the second inning by taking advantage of two errors by the Cardinal. The first batter in the inning, Raul Campos, reached base on a throwing error by Minaker. Campos advanced to second base on a wild pitch before Reynolds retired the next two San Jose State batters. It looked like Stanford would get out of the inning unscathed as Reynolds then induced a routine groundball to short that Minaker fielded cleanly, but first baseman Brent Milleville failed to field the throw for the second error of the inning, which allowed the runner to score from second.

Stanford evened the score at 2-2 with two runs in the top of the third on a two-RBI double to right center by Minaker to score Seawell and Hester, who had reached earlier in the inning on a walk and a single.

Stanford broke the tie with a single run in the top of the fifth inning off Dewing. Seawell led off the inning with a double, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt and then scored easily on a double to deep center field by Minaker.

Stanford added two runs in the seventh and two in the eighth to lengthen the lead to 12-2. The Cardinal scored its final run of the contest with a solo home run by Minaker in the top of the ninth.

San Jose State put together a small rally in the bottom of the ninth to score a run off of Stanford's Jeremy Bleich. Angel worked a walk before consecutive singles by pinch hitter Chris Williammee and Donato Giavanatto loaded the bases. Nick Epidendio then drove in Angel with a sacrifice fly to left. Ben Agatep hit another single through the hole in the left side to reload the bases before Bleich retired Aaron Loewenthal on a groundout to end the game.

Quote of the Day ... 'Greg Reynolds pitched well and did a good job. It was big for us to get a win.' - Mark Marquess

May 2, 2006 - at Stanford 6, San Jose State 2
Stanford scored four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to rally for a 6-2 victory over San Jose State. Brent Milleville's one-out RBI single in the eighth snapped a 2-2 tie, scoring Ryan Seawell with the eventual game-winning run. The Cardinal scored another run in the eighth on an errant throw by Spartan rightfielder Chris Balatico before Chris Minaker capped the dramatic rally with a two-RBI single up the middle.

Minaker (2-4, HR, 3 RBI) also hit a solo shot in the fourth inning to tie the game at 1-1 and Seawell (2-3) added a pair of hits for the Cardinal. Jim Rapoport drove in the other Cardinal run with a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning that scored Milleville, who had reached second base on an error to start the inning when his long fly ball to the warning track in leftcenter field was dropped by Spartan left fielder Chris Williammee and moved to third on Brian Juhl's sacrifice bunt. Rapoport also had a single in the eighth inning rally that loaded the bases and preceded Balatico's throwing error that allowed pinch-runner J.J. Jelmini to score.

Sean Ratliff (2.2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 3 SO) shut the Spartans out after coming into the game in the seventh inning.

San Jose State took an early 1-0 lead on a two-out double in the top of the first inning by Greg Fyfe that brought home David Pierson, who had reached on a one-out walk two batters earlier.

After Minaker's solo homer with two outs in the fourth tied the contest at 1-1, the Spartans went back in front in the fifth when Sam Hall led off with a triple into the rightcenter field gap and scored on a wild pitch by Holler.

Brad Hennessey, the eighth of nine San Jose State pitchers used in the contest, took the loss by giving up three runs on two hits and a walk while getting only one out in the eighth.

The Spartans, ranked third in the nation with a .979 fielding percentage coming into the game, made a pair of costly errors that led to a pair of unearned Stanford errors. Stanford was errorless in the field, snapping a string of 11 consecutive contests with at least one miscue.

Quote of the Day ... 'It's a cliché that you have to win one game at a time, but we're at the point where we really do because every game matters. Hopefully we can put it together for the last few weeks and let the chips fall where they may.' - Chris Minanker

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 1269-626-5 (.669) all-time record in 1900 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 St. 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 St. (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 St.s 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.

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

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