Stanford And No. 13 Arizona To Play Series Finale Sunday

April 15, 2007

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NO. 13 ARIZONA WILDCATS (30-6, 8-0 PAC-10)
STANFORD (14-17, 0-8 PAC-10)

Friday, April 13 (6 pm, PT) - Arizona 8, at Stanford 1

Saturday, April 14 - Arizona 15, at Stanford 1

Sunday, April 15 (1 pm, PT) - RHP Ryan Perry (0-0, 6.19) vs. RHP Jeffrey Inman (2-2, 6.02)
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All-Time Series: Stanford 94-60
2006 Results: Series - Arizona 2-1 (at Arizona, April 21-23) - Stanford 10-6, Arizona 14-4, Arizona 12-3
Previous Meeting At Stanford: Series - Arizona 2-1 (May 20-22, 2005) Arizona 9-4, Stanford 5-4, Arizona 11-8
Current Game Win Streak: Arizona - 4 (April 22, 2006 - April 14, 2007)
Current Series Win Streak: Arizona - 5 (April 25-27, 2003 - April 13-15, 2007)
Current Regular Season Series Win Streak: Arizona - 5 (2003-07)
Series Notes: Arizona has now taken five consecutive series and four consecutive series over the Cardinal after winning the first two games of the current series between the clubs. Arizona has won two-of-three wins in each of its first four victorious series against the Cardinal during the series win streak and needs a win Sunday to sweep a series at Stanford for the first time ever and to sweep Stanford in any series for the first time since taking three in a row in Tucson from February 26 - March 1, 1993. Prior to Arizona's current run, Stanford had won 14 consecutive series over the Wildcats, including five sweeps with the most recent happening in a three-game set in Tucson from March 26-28, 1999.

Stanford is looking to end a six-game home losing streak and a nine-game Pac-10 losing streak that are both the longest in recorded school history. Stanford snapped two of its four losing streaks with its 9-4 victory at Nevada on April 11. The Cardinal had lost a six straight games to mark its longest losing skid since losing eight in a row from March 24 - April 7, 1982. Stanford also broke a three-game road losing streak with the victory.

Stanford needs a victory against Arizona on Sunday to avoid becoming the first team in recorded school history to be swept in three consecutive regular season three-game series. Stanford has been swept at home by UCLA (March 30 - April 1) and then at Arizona State (April 5-7) in its last two series, marking the first time the Cardinal has been swept in back-to-back series since 1984. The sweep by UCLA at home marked the first time the Cardinal had been swept at Sunken Diamond since 1997. The streak ran a span of 71 consecutive three-game regular season home series.

Stanford started the second half of the season on the right track with a 9-4 victory at Nevada on April 10 before falling to Arizona by counts of 8-1 and 15-1 on April 13 and 14. The Cardinal was 13-15 in its 28 first half contests.

Stanford has started Pac-10 play with an 0-8 league mark that is the worst in recorded school history. Stanford also 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.

Stanford is the fifth all-time winningest program in college baseball history with a record of 2504-1567-32 (.614) in 4103 games over 114 seasons including 2007. Fordham, Texas, USC and Michigan are the top four.

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 under .500 (14-17) in 2007.

Mark Marquess ranks 11th on the all-time win list for NCAA Division I coaches with a career record of 1271-634-5 (.667) in 1910 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 (501-335, .599, 12 Titles) records.

OFFENSE - Stanford has a current .273 team average that ranks seventh in the Pac-10. The club's 18 homers are seventh in the conference, while its 173 runs scored, 292 hits and 16 stolen bases all check in last.
PITCHING - Stanford has also struggled on the mound with an uncharacteristically high ERA of 6.14 that is much higher than the highest ERA in school history when the 1979 pitching staff posted a 5.36 mark. The team's ERA and opponents' batting average (.314) are both last 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 ranks last in the Pac-10 in fielding percentage (.957) and has made 21 errors in its last eight contests, including a season-high five in its most recent game versus Arizona (April 14) and 11 in its most recent series at Arizona State (April 5-7). Stanford's best defensive stretch came during a four-game errorless streak from March 10-25.

OFFENSE - Sean Ratliff is having a big season and has been the team's most consistent hitter for most of the season. Ratliff is leading the Cardinal in several offensive categories, including home runs (5, co-leader), runs scored (32), hits (37), stolen bases (8), total bases (62), slugging percentage among regulars (.508), at bats (122), games played (31) and games started (31). Michael Taylor co-leads the team along with Ratliff with five homers and also has a team-high 25 RBI. Other offensive team leaders or co-leaders include Joey August (.322 batting average among regulars, 3 SAC), Cord Phelps (10 2B, 3 3B, 14 BB), Brian Juhl (4 HBP, co-leader), Ryan Seawell (4 HBP, co-leader) and Brent Milleville (3 SF).PITCHING - Andrew Clauson (2-0, 3.60, 10.0 IP, 8 SO), Max Fearnow (2-1, 4.74, 2 SV, 19.0 IP, 16 SO), Jeffrey Inman (2-2, 6.02, 40.1 IP, 33 SO), Austin Yount (2-0, 6.20, 20.1 IP, 9 SO), Tom Stilson (2-1, 6.32, 15.2 IP, 10 SO) and Nolan Gallagher (2-5, 7.42, 43.2 IP, 30 SO) each have two of the team's 14 wins. Jeremy Bleich (1-6, 5.55, 60.0 IP, 34 SO) paces the club in innings pitched and strikeouts, while co-leading the team along with Gallagher in starts (10). Bleich also has the lowest ERA among any pitcher with at least one inning pitched per team game played. Gallagher has the team's only complete game and only shutout. David Stringer (0-1, 4.88, 7 SV, 27.2 IP, 21 SO) leads the club with seven saves and 19 appearances.

OFFENSE - Stanford has scored just two runs and hit only .185 (12-65) in the first two games of its current series with Cord Phelps (.429, 3-7) and Joey August (.333, 2-6) the only regulars hitting better than .200.
PITCHING - Stanford has posted a troubling 11.00 ERA in the first two games of its current series. Blake Hancock (0.00, 0-0, 2.0 IP, 2 SO) is the only one six Cardinal pitchers in the series with an ERA under 7.71.
FIELDING - Stanford was errorless in the Arizona series opener before making a season-high five in Saturday's second game for a .933 series fielding percentage.

OFFENSE - Stanford struggled offensively in the series, scoring just 13 runs (4.3 per game) and posting a .250 team batting average. Adam Sorgi (.417, 5-12, 2B, RBI), Sean Ratliff (.333, 4-12, 2B, 2 HR, 7 RBI), Jeff Whitlow (.333, 1-3, RBI) and Brent Milleville (.300, 3-10) hit .300 or better in the series.
PITCHING - Stanford had problems on the mound again with a team ERA of 7.88, an opponents' batting average of .350 and 19 walks in 24.0 innings of work, inlcluding a season-high 11 in the second game of the series April 6. Brandt Walker (0-0. 0.00, 0.2 IP, 1 BB) was the only pitcher with an ERA under 5.40 during a brief outing.
FIELDING - Stanford had its worst fielding series of a season that has been challenging defensively. The Cardinal made 11 errors in the three-game series, equaling a season-high four errors in both the series opener and finale, with a fielding percentage of just .902.

Stanford has hit just 18 home runs this season but does have eight long balls in the last 10 games for its most productive power stretch of the season with Ryan Seawell (March 27, at San Jose State), Michael Taylor (March 30 and 31, vs. UCLA), Joey August (April 1, vs. UCLA), Sean Ratliff (2, April 6, at Arizona State; April 10, at Nevada) and Brian Juhl (April 13, vs. Arizona) providing the homers during the recent productive stretch.

Sean Ratliff has three homers in the team's last five games, including his most recent with a tape-measure solo shot at Nevada on April 10. Ratliff hit a pair of homers for the first time in his career and drove in a career-high seven runs at Arizona State on April 6. The two-homer game was the first for Stanford since Chris Minaker hit two long balls against California at Sunken Diamond on May 5, 2006. Ratliff's seven RBI were the most by a Stanford player since Danny Putnam (March 2, 2003) and Ryan Garko (May 4, 2003) both had seven in games versus USC during the 2003 campaign, while his eight total bases were a 2007 team season-high. Ratliff hit his first career grand slam with an inside-the-park homer in the seventh inning and then hit a long three-run shot down the right field line in his next at bat in the eighth.

Adam Sorgi, who missed the entire 2006 season with a shoulder injury, played his first game in the field since the 2005 season against California on March 4 and has started 14 of the 16 games at the position since, including all 12 since the Cardinal returned from a 12-day break on March 24. He is hitting .364 (20-55) with three doubles, six RBI and 12 runs scored over the 14 games he has started at second base and is hitting .367 (22-60) with four doubles, nine RBI and 13 runs scored on the year.

David Stringer earned a spot in Stanford's record books when he recorded his seventh save of the season at Nevada on April 10 to move into a tie for 10th-place on Stanford's single-season list in the category. 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). He is 0-1 with a 4.88 ERA and has made a team-high 19 appearances and worked 27.2 innings.

Stanford has a 9-7 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 4-3 in 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 17 of its first 31 games this season. Stanford has gone 3:41 or more seven times, including a season-long 4:12 against UCLA on March 31.

Cord Phelps co-leads Stanford along with Sean Ratliff with 13 extra base hits this season, leading the club in both doubles (10) and triples (3). Last year, all 18 of Phelps' hits were singles.

Stanford has come from behind in nine of its 14 wins this season. 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 had 10 players post career-best hit streaks this season with Adam Sorgi's 12-game streak leading the way, followed by Joey August (11), Michael Taylor (10), Adam Gaylord (8), Brian Juhl (6), Sean Ratliff (6), Toby Gerhart (5), Brent Milleville (5), Brendan Domaracki (4) and Austin Yount (3).

Stanford won six straight Sunday games from February 11 - March 25 before having its run snapped with a loss to UCLA in its most recent Sunday contest on April 1. Stanford is 6-2 overall on Sundays in 2007.

Stanford has played the first two games of a stretch of 10 of 13 games at home versus Pac-10 leader Arizona in its two most recent games on April 13 and 14. Stanford will conclude its current series against Arizona on Sunday (1 pm, PT), before concluding a four-game homestand with a non-conference contest against Santa Clara on Tuesday, April 17 (6 pm, PT). Stanford will then travel across the Bay to play California in a three-game set next Friday-Sunday, April 20-22 (2:30 pm, 1 pm, 1 pm, PT) before returning to Sunken Diamond for six more home contests against San Jose State (Tuesday, April 24, 6 pm, PT), Fresno State (Wednesday, April 25, 3 pm, PT), Oregon State (Friday-Sunday, April 27-29, 6 pm, 1 pm, 1 pm, PT) and Santa Clara (Tuesday, May 1, 6 pm, PT).

Stanford has three upcoming games to be televised live beginning with back-to-back contests versus Oregon State on April 27 (CSTV) and April 28 (Fox Sports Net) and a contest against Washington on May 13 (CSTV).

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 302-93 (.765) record during the stretch. Stanford is 10-8 at home this season.

Joey August (.222, 2-9)
Jeremy Bleich (8.74, 0-2, 2 APP, 2 GS, 11.1 IP, 18 H, 12 R, 11 ER, 3 BB, 8 SO)
Jason Castro (.333, 2-6, SO, 2 RBI, GDP)
Erik Davis (5.79, 0-0, 3 APP, 4.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, BB, 2 SO)
Brendan Domaracki (.500, 3-6, R, 2B, 1 RBI)
Max Fearnow (10.80, 2 APP, 5.0 IP, 11 H, 9 R, 6 ER, BB, 7 SO)
Nolan Gallagher (8.21, 0-1, 4 APP, 1 GS, 7.2 IP, 12 H, 9 R, 7 ER, 4 BB, 6 SO)
Adam Gaylord (.000, 0-2, HBP, SO)
Toby Gerhart (.000, 0-6, 2 BB, SO)
Blake Hancock (0.00, 0-0, 1 APP, 2.0 IP, 1 H, 2 SO)
Brian Juhl (.222, 2-9, HR, RBI, 3 BB)
Brent Milleville (.222, 4-18, 3 R, 2 2B, HR, 3 RBI, 3 BB, 6 SO, SF, 2 SB)
Randy Molina (.000, 0-4, 1 SO)
Min (Brian) Moon (.000, 0-1)
Cord Phelps (.200, 3-15, RBI, BB, 4 SO)
Sean Ratliff (Hitting: .167, 1-6, 4 SO • Pitching: 13.50, 0-0, 1 APP, 0.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER)
Ryan Seawell (.280, 7-25, 3 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI, BB, 1 HBP, 5 SO, GDP, SB)
David Stringer (18.00, 0-0, 3 APP, 1 SV, 3.0 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 5 SO)
Adam Sorgi (.320, 8-25, 4 R, 3B, HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 2 SO)
Michael Taylor (.258, 8-31, 6 R, 2B, 3B, HR, 2 RBI, BB, 2 HBP, 7 SO)
Jeff Whitlow (.500, 1-2)
Austin Yount (Hitting: .200, 1-5, 1 R, 2B, SO, GDP • Pitching: 12.00, 0-0, 1 APP, 3.0 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 2 SO)

April 21, 2006 - Stanford 10, at Arizona 6
Stanford snapped a five-game Pac-10 losing streak with a 10-6 win over Arizona. Brent Milleville (3-5, 2B, HR, 3 RBI) and Ryan Seawell (3-6, 2B, SB, 2 RBI) had three hits each as the Cardinal offense racked up 16. Greg Reynolds earned the victory despite allowing six runs (four earned) on seven hits and two walks with seven strikeouts over the first 6.0 innings. David Stringer picked up his first collegiate save holding the Wildcats scoreless over the final 3.0 innings, allowing just one hit and one walk while striking out five.
Quote of the Day ... 'It was nice for our bats to break out again tonight. We've been starting to hit the ball better as a team over the last couple of games.' - Mark Marquess

April 22, 2006 - at Arizona 14, Stanford 4
Arizona evened a three-game series against Stanford with a 14-4 victory over the Cardinal, breaking open a tight 6-4 game with seven runs in the bottom of the eighth. Travis Peep (3-4, 2B, 2 RBI) and David Plante (3-4, RBI) combined for six of Arizona's 18 hits, while Bill Rhinehart (2-5, 2B, 3 RBI) drove in three runs, and Jason Donald and Konrad Schmidt (2-4, HR, RBI) both homered. Al nine Arizona starters had at least one hit. Brad Mills got the victory, scattering four runs (two earned) and seven hits over the first 6.0 innings, while Daniel Schlereth picked up the save by holding the Cardinal scoreless over the final 3.0 frames.
Quote of the Day ... 'They beat us in every phase of the game today.' - Mark Marquess

April 23, 2006 - at Arizona 12, Stanford 3
Arizona took the rubber game against Stanford with a 12-3 victory over the Cardinal that was the fifth straight series loss for Stanford and left the club all alone in last place in the Pac-10 standings at the halfway mark of its league schedule. Colt Sedbrook (3-4, 3B, SB, 3 RBI), Konrad Schmidt (3-5, 2B, RBI) and Bill Rhinehart (3-5, 2B, HR, RBI) had three hits each for the Wildcats, while Brad Boyer and Rhinehart also scored three runs apiece. David Coulon earned the victory, allowing just three runs on five hits and three walks while striking out four over the first 6.0 innings. Ryan Perry tossed 3.0 scoreless innings to earn his first collegiate save. Stanford made four errors that led to three unearned runs.
Quote of the Day ... 'We really didn't do much right at all today. You certainly can't play defense the way we did and expect to win Pac-10 games.' - Mark Marquess

One of the nation's premier collegiate coaches and the winningest coach in Stanford Baseball history, Mark Marquess is in his 31st season at the helm of the Cardinal and his 39th associated with the program in 2007. Marquess has won more games than any coach in any sport ever at Stanford with the amazing numbers he has posted during his long tenure on The Farm. Marquess has a 1271-633-5 (.667) all-time record in 1909 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 (501-334, .600) action. He is currently ranked sixth among all active NCAA Division I coaches in victories and 11th 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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