Stanford Opens Pac-10 Play Versus UCLA Friday

March 29, 2007

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Friday, March 30 (6 pm, PT) - RHP Tyson Brummett (3-4, 3.16) vs. LHP Jeremy Bleich (1-3, 4.68)
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All-Time Series: Stanford leads 183-137
2006 Results: Series - UCLA 2-1 (at UCLA, May 19-21) - UCLA 8-1, Stanford 6-2, UCLA 8-7
Current Game Win Streak: UCLA - 1 (May 21, 2006)
Current Series Win Streak: UCLA - 1 (May 19-21, 2006)
Current Season Series Win Streak: UCLA - 1 (2006)
Other Series Notes: Stanford had won nine straight series against UCLA before the Bruins took two-of-three during their most recent meeting in Los Angeles from May 19-21, 2006. The Cardinal still has a five-series win streak against the Bruins at Sunken Diamond dating back to the last UCLA series win over the Cardinal at Stanford over 10 years ago when the Bruins won two-of-three against the Cardinal from March 19-20, 1997. Stanford won two-of-three games in each of the final series victories over the Bruins during the nine-series win streak after sweeping the first two series of the streak in 1998. The Bruins have not swept the Cardinal in a series since winning all three games played between the clubs in Los Angeles from April 16-18, 1993. They have not won all three games of series against the Cardinal at Sunken Diamond since April 19-21, 1991.

Stanford had won nine straight Pac-10 opening series from 1997-2005 before Washington State took two-of-three from the Cardinal to open up the 2006 conference slate. UCLA had been the previous team to win a Pac-10 opening series against the Cardinal when the Bruins won two-of-three February 23-25, 1996.

Stanford has now won three of its last four games (March 11-27) after suffering through a season-high-tying three-game losing skid from March 6-10. The Cardinal salvaged the final contest of a three-game set versus USC on March 11 before taking a 12-day break for finals. Stanford lost to Sacramento State, 6-0, in its first game back on March 24, before winning at Sacramento State on March 25, 10-0, and at San Jose State on March 27, 8-3 in 10 innings.

Stanford is unranked 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 is the fifth all-time winningest program in the history of college baseball with an all-time record of 2503-1559-32 (.615) in 4094 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 four games over .500 (13-9) in 2007.

Mark Marquess ranks 11th on the all-time win list for NCAA Division I coaches with a career record of 1270-626-5 (.669) in 1901 games coached (all at Stanford). Marquess, in his 31st season as Stanford's head coach, also ranks sixth among active NCAA Division I coaches. In addition, Marquess 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 12 homers, ranking tied for eighth in the conference. The club's 15 stolen bases are last in the Pac-10, while its 132 runs scored are eighth and its 211 hits last.PITCHING - Stanford has also struggled on the mound with a 5.04 ERA that is eighth in the Pac-10 but is improving with the team number as low as its been since it sat at 4.98 on March 4. 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 just one error in its last five games, including a stretch of four consecutive errorless games from March 10-25. Still, the Cardinal is last in the conference with an overall fielding percentage of .964.

OFFENSE - Sean Ratliff is having a big season and leads the Cardinal in several offensive categories, including runs scored (27), hits (29), stolen bases (8), total bases (43) and at bats (89), while Michael Taylor paces the club in home runs (3, co-leader) and RBI (18). Adam Gaylord's .339 batting average leads the team's regulars. Other offensive team leaders or co-leaders include Cord Phelps (7 2B, 3 3B, 9 BB), Jeff Whitlow (.529 SLUG%), Brian Juhl (4 HBP, co-leader, 2 SF, co-leader), Adam Sorgi (.464 OB%), Brent Milleville (2 SF, co-leader) and Joey August (2 SAC). Sorgi (375, 9-24) has the highest batting average on the team in limited at bats.PITCHING - Andrew Clauson (2-0, 2.08, 8.2 IP, 7 SO), Max Fearnow (2-1, 3.29, 2 SV, 13.2 IP, 11 SO), Austin Yount (2-0, 3.86, 14.0 IP, 5 SO), Jeffrey Inman (2-1, 5.29, 34.0 IP, 29 SO) and Nolan Gallagher (2-2, 5.82, 34.0 IP, 26 SO) each have two of the team's 13 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, 3.50, 6 SV, 18.0 IP, 13 SO) leads the club with six saves. Stringer also has a team-high 14 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 has hit just 12 home runs this season but did snap a four-game homerless stretch, which was its longest dry spell of the season, when Ryan Seawell went deep with a two-run shot in Stanford's most recent game at San Jose State on March 27.

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 leads the club in home runs (3) and RBI (18), while also ranking second or tied for second in doubles (5), triples (2, tied), total bases (42) and at bats (88). He also has a .273 batting average. After a slow start that had Taylor hitting just .216 after the first nine games, Taylor has hit safely in 11 of his last 13 games, including a career-best 10-game hit streak from February 23 - March 11. Taylor has also made 138 consecutive starts and started 140 of 141 possible games during his three-year Cardinal career.

Sean Ratliff has hit safely in eight of his last nine games and posted a career-best six-game hit streak from March 3-11. Ratliff is hitting .417 (15-36) with three doubles, two triples, a homer, three RBI and four stolen bases, while also scoring 16 runs during the stretch. For the season, Ratliff leads the team in runs scored (27), hits (29), stolen bases (8), total bases (43) and at bats (89), while contributing a .326 batting average that is second among regulars.

Adam Sorgi played his first game in the field since the 2005 season against California on March 4 and has started five of the seven games at the position since, including all three since the Cardinal returned from a 12-day break on March 24. Sorgi, who missed the entire 2006 season with a shoulder injury, is hitting .421 (8-19) with a double, four RBI and six runs scored in those five starts. He is hitting .375 (9-24) with two doubles and seven 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 Baseball Foundation's weekly National Honor Roll for the week ending March 27 for his performance.

David Stringer has six saves and a 3.50 ERA overall without a decision while appearing in a team-high 14 of the club's 22 games and pitching 18.0 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. HE 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.

Stanford has a 9-6 record in games decided by three runs or less this season and also won its only extra-inning contest of the season at San Jose State on March 27. 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 11 of its first 22 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 13 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 two players that are currently on career-best hit streaks in Joey August (8) 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 22 games this season (all in the same position). Taylor has actually started 138 in a row dating back to his 2005 freshman campaign and 140 of 141 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.

May 19, 2006 - at UCLA 8, Stanford 1
UCLA snapped a season-high seven-game win streak for Stanford with an 8-1 victory over the Cardinal. The Bruins jumped out to a 6-0 lead after the first three innings to support winning pitcher Hector Ambriz, who gave up just one run while scattering eight hits and striking out eight without walking a batter over 8.0 frames. Ambriz also doubled and contributed a pair of RBI at the plate. Sean Smith (3-3, 2 2B, HR, 2 RBI) and Ryan Babineau (3-4, HR, 3 RBI) both homered to lead the Bruins' offense, while Jermaine Curtis (2-4, 3B, RBI) and Brandon Crawford (2-5, 3B) each had a pair of hits including first inning triples in the three-run UCLA first that set the tone for the contest. Chris Minaker (3-4) led the Cardinal offense. Greg Reynolds took the loss and had a four-game win streak snapped as he failed to pitch a complete game for the first time in his last four starts, giving up seven runs (six earned) and 10 hits.

Quote of the Day ... 'We had been playing so well that a game like this was bound to happen. They were simply just the better team tonight.' - Mark Marquess

May 20, 2006 - Stanford 6, at UCLA 2
Stanford evened its series at UCLA and won for the eighth time in the last nine games with a 6-2 victory over the Bruins. Nolan Gallagher pitched his first career complete game and struck out seven to earn the victory, allowing just two runs (one earned) and scattering seven hits with just one walk. Chris Minaker, Michael Taylor and Chris Lewis all went deep with Minaker also driving in three runs. Lewis (2-4, HR, RBI) and John Hester (2-4, SB) had two hits each, while eight of Stanford's nine starters collected at least one. Jermaine Curtis (3-4) had three hits for UCLA. The victory assured Stanford its 29th winning season in 30 campaigns under head coach Mark Marquess.

Quote of the Day ... 'This was a big win for us. Nolan Gallagher came up with a tremendous pitching performance in a huge game, and we had three guys that have led us all year offensively do it again.' - Mark Marquess

May 21, 2006 - at UCLA 8, Stanford 7
Tim Stewart's two-out walkoff homer in the bottom of the ninth lifted UCLA to a dramatic 8-7 victory over Stanford in the rubber game of a key series that snapped Stanford's three-series win streak as well as its run of eight straight series victories over the Bruins dating back to 1997. The homer was the second of the game for Stewart (2-4, 2 HR, 4 RBI), who also had a three-run blast to cap a six-run Bruin fifth that erased an early 5-0 Stanford lead. Blair Dunlap (2-3, HR, RBI) also had a key long ball for the Bruins when he led off the bottom of the eighth with a solo shot that answered Michael Taylor's solo shot in the top half of the inning that had given Stanford a 7-6 lead. Chris Lewis (3-4, HR, 3 RBI) also homered and drove in three runs for the Cardinal in the contest. Matt Manship took the loss, allowing the final two Bruin homers to Dunlap and Stewart. Josh Roenicke pitched a scoreless top of the ninth for the Bruins to pick up the victory.

Quote of the Day ... 'That may have been one of the most dramatic endings of a game I have ever been involved with. It's just unfortunate we came out on the wrong end of it.' - Mark Marquess

Joey August (.333, 1-3, RBI)
Jeremy Bleich (0-0, 8.31, 1 APP, 1 GS, 4.1 IP, 3 SO)
Jason Castro (.500, 4-8, 2 2B, RBI)
Erik Davis (0-0, 99.00, 0.0 IP, 0 SO)
Brendan Domaracki (.000, 0-4)
Grant Escue (.571, 4-7)
Nolan Gallagher (1-0, 0.79, 11.2 IP, 11 SO)
Brian Juhl (.000, 0-4)
Brent Milleville (.200, 1-5, 2B)
Randy Molina (.111, 1-9, RBI)
Sean Ratliff (0-0, 0.00, 1 APP, 0.2 IP)
Ryan Seawell (.280, 7-25, 2 2B, HR, 7 RBI, SB)
Adam Sorgi (.143, 2-14, 2B, BB, 2 RBI)
Michael Taylor (.125, 3-24, BB, 2 HR, 2 RBI)
Austin Yount (0-0, 9.00, 1.0 IP, 2 SO)

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 1270-626-5 (.669) all-time record in 1901 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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