Stanford Gets Final Crack At Santa Clara Tuesday

May 15, 2007

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Tuesday, May 15 - RHP Nolan Gallagher (4-6, 7.62) vs. LHP Sean O'Neill (2-2, 6.15)
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All-Time Series: Stanford 177-159-7
2007 Results: Series - Santa Clara 3-0 (at Santa Clara, March 6) - Santa Clara 13-5, (at Stanford, April 25, May 1) Santa Clara 6-3, Santa Clara 16-82006 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: Santa Clara - 3 (March 6 - May 1, 2007)
Current Series Win Streak: Stanford - 8 (February 9-11, 1996 - January 25-26, 2003)
Current Regular Season Series Win Streak: Santa Clara - 1 (2007)

Series Notes: Santa Clara has already secured a series victory over the Cardinal in 2007 for the second time in three seasons by taking the first three games between the clubs this year. Santa Clara has also won six of its last against Stanford, who managed to post a brief two-game win streak against the Broncos by taking the final two of three games played between the clubs in 2006. Stanford did not lose a season series to the Broncos from 1980-2004 until Santa Clara managed to take two-of-three in 2005. 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 seven meetings, including a 15-inning game the Cardinal ended up winning 8-4 in its longest contest of the 2006 season clocking in at five hours and 17 minutes.

Stanford won two-of-three games against Washington in its most recent Pac-10 series last Friday-Sunday (March 11-13) to snap two significant series losing skids of seven series each. The Cardinal had dropped seven straight overall series since a non-league sweep of California March 2-4, 2007) that was its longest since dropping eight straight series from April 13, 1978 - March 31, 1979. Stanford had also dropped seven straight Pac-10 series with its previous conference series win coming just one day shy of an entire year to winning the Washington sreies when the Cardinal swept a three-game set at Washington (May 12-14, 2006). Stanford's seven straight Pac-10 series losses were the most in the school's recorded history.

Stanford won its first rubber game of the season when the Cardinal wrapped up its series versus Washington with a 10-7 victory over the Huskies on May 13. Stanford was playing its fourth rubber game of the season as well as its fourth in as many series as the Cardinal had lost rubber games in each of its previous three series at California (April 22), versus Oregon State (April 29) and at Washington State (May 7).

Stanford's back-to-back wins in the final two games of its most recent series versus Washington (May 12-13) marked the first time the Cardinal had put together back-to-back victories since winning at Sacramento State and San Jose State on March 25 and 27, marking a span of 24 contests in between the pair of two-game win streaks.

Stanford has won each of its last three TV games over Oregon State (April 28, FSN), at Washington State (May 5, FSN Northwest) and versus Washington (May 13, CSTV) after losing its first two TV games of the campaign at Arizona State (April 7, FSN Arizona) and versus Oregon State (April 27, CSTV).

Stanford's 6-4 win in a Pac-10 series opener at Washington State on May 5 is the only time in seven conference series this season the Cardinal has won the opener.

Stanford is in its final month of the 2007 regular season and has a 3-4 record in its first four games of May. The Cardinal has nine more games scheduled in the month with contests at Santa Clara (May 15), versus Pacific (May 18, 20), at Pacific (May 19), versus UC Davis (May 22) and at USC (May 25-27).

Stanford is currently in last place in the Pac-10 with a 6-15 conference record that is two full games behind eighth-place Washington State's 8-13 mark. Stanford has finished at the bottom of the Pac-10 just twice in 30 previous seasons under current head coach Mark Marquess, tying for fifth in a six-team league with a 1-17 conference record in 1979 and taking sixth of six teams with a 10-20 mark in 1993.

Stanford started 2007 Pac-10 play with an 0-8 league mark that was the worst in recorded school history before winning its first conference game against Arizona on April 15. 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. In addition, 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.

WINNING/POSTSEASON STREAKS IN JEOPARDYStanford's current strings of 13 straight winning seasons and the same number of consecutive appearances in the NCAA Division I Baseball Championships from 1994-2006 are in serious jeopardy. The Cardinal has a current 21-27 overall record that is six games under .500 and will need to go 7-1 over its final eight regular season games to avoid only its second losing season in the past 43 years and post a perfect 8-0 mark for a winning campaign. The last time Stanford had a losing season and did not qualify for the postseason was in 1993 when the club missed the postseason with a 27-28 overall mark.

OFFENSE - Stanford is tied for fifth in the Pac-10 in home runs (31), as well as sixth in batting average (.294), tied for sixth in hits (497), eighth in runs (273) and last (9th) in stolen bases (22).PITCHING - Stanford has struggled tremendously on the mound with an uncharacteristically high 6.21 ERA that is last in the Pac-10 by 94 points over eighth-place Washington State (5.20 ERA) and 85 points higher than the highest ERA in the school's recorded history when the 1979 pitching staff posted a 5.36 mark. The team's .315 opponents' batting average is also last in the Pac-10.FIELDING - Stanford also ranks last in the Pac-10 in fielding percentage (.961) despite eight errorless games in its last 19 contests and only three errors in its last five.

OFFENSE - Sean Ratliff is having a big season and has arguably been the team's most consistent hitter in 2007. Ratliff is leading or co-leading the Cardinal in nearly every offensive category, including home runs (9, #7T Pac-10), stolen bases (9), triples (4, #5T Pac-10), runs scored (50, #4 Pac-10), hits (64, #9T Pac-10), total bases (110, #8 Pac-10), slugging percentage (.567), at bats (194, #6T Pac-10, co-leader), games played (47, co-leader) and games started (47, co-leader). Adam Sorgi leads the team in both batting average (.400) and on-base percentage (.464). Other offensive team leaders or co-leaders include Michael Taylor (43 RBI; 6 HBP, co-leader; 194 at bats, #6 Pac-10, co-leader), Cord Phelps (14 2B, #10T Pac-10, 18 BB), Ryan Seawell (6 HBP, co-leader), Brent Milleville (4 SF) and Joey August (4 SAC).PITCHING - Jeffrey Inman (4-3, 5.02, 71.2 IP, 61 SO) co-leads the team in wins and complete games, while pacing the club in strikeouts. Inman has also posted the lowest ERA among any pitcher with at least one inning pitched per team game played. Jeremy Bleich (1-8, 5.88, 82.2 IP, 49 SO) has the team lead in innings pitched (#9 Pac-10) and starts (14, #7T Pac-10). Nolan Gallagher (4-6, 7.62, 56.2 IP, 40 SO) has equaled Inman's four wins and also has the club's only other complete game and the team's only shutout. Gallagher had been in the team's rotation along with Inman and Bleich for most of the season before coming out of the bullpen in each of his last five appearances and is 2-1 with a save in those five outings. David Stringer (0-2, 6.38, 7 SV, 42.1 IP, 29 SO) paces the club with 27 appearances and seven saves, ranking second and seventh in the Pac-10 in those two categories.

Stanford is currently on its best offensive run of the season with 12 double digit hits in its last 14 contests as the team has improved its current batting average to a season-high .294. Stanford is hitting .348 during the stretch with Adam Sorgi (.481, 25-52, 6 2B, 1 3B, 13 RBI) has been the club's top hitter during the period, while Joey August (.474, 18-38, 3 2B, 1 HR, 6 RBI) and Sean Ratliff (.404, 23-57, 5 2B, 2 3B, 3 HR, 10 RBI) are also above .400 over the period.

Stanford is the fifth all-time winningest program in college baseball history with a record of 2511-1577-32 (.613) in 4119 games over 114 seasons including 2007. Fordham, Texas, USC and Michigan are the top four.

OFFENSE - Stanford had arguably its most productive offensive series of the season versus Washington with a .400 team batting average and a 7.7 run per game average. Six Stanford players -- Joey August (.583, 7-12, 2 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI), Michael Taylor (.571, 8-14, 2 2B, 1 3B, 5 RBI), Sean Ratliff (.556, 5-9, 2 2B, 1 3B, 2 RBI), Brian Juhl (.500, 3-6) and Ryan Seawell (.500, 3-6, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 SB) all hit .500 or better in the series.PITCHING - Stanford posted a respectable 4.67 ERA in its most recent series versus Washington despite allowing a .313 opponents' batting average. The success primarily came thanks to just seven walks in 27.0 innings of work. Starters Erik Davis (1.35, 1-0, 1 APP, 1 GS, 6.2 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO), Jeremy Bleich (3.86, 0-0, 1 APP, 1 GS, 7.0 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB) and Jeffrey Inman (4.26, 0-1, 1 APP, 1 GS, 7.0 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 SO) all made strong starts. Andrew Clauson (0.00, 0-0, 1 APP, 1.2 IP, 2 H, 2 SO) had a scoreless outing out of the bullpen.FIELDING - Stanford had one of its best defensive series of the season with just two errors and a .982 fielding percentage. The Cardinal was errorless in the middle game of the series and made just one in both the opener and finale.

Sean Ratliff has a current career-best 13-game hit streak (.400, 24-60, 17 R, 5 2B, 2 3B, 3 HR, 12 RBI) that is also the longest by a Stanford player this season. Ratliff is leading or co-leading the Cardinal in nearly every offensive category, including home runs (9, #7T Pac-10), stolen bases (9), triples (4, #5T Pac-10), runs scored (50, #4 Pac-10), hits (64, #9T Pac-10), total bases (110, #8 Pac-10), slugging percentage (.567), at bats (194, #6T Pac-10, co-leader), games played (47, co-leader) and games started (47, co-leader). Adam Sorgi leads the team in both batting average (.400) and on-base percentage (.464). He has also contributed 29 RBI and a .330 that rank second and third on the club among regulars, respectively. Ratliff was 0-for-14 with 10 strikeouts in limited offensive action last season and has still struggled with his strikeouts in 2007 with a Pac-10-high 59.

Adam Sorgi has reached the minimum number of at bats (2.5 per team game played) needed to officially qualify for the team lead in stats (however he still needs to play in all eight games to reach the Pac-10 and NCAA minimum requirement of playing in 75% of the team's games). Sorgi is currently hitting an even .400 and is looking to become only the seventh Stanford player to hit .400 or better in a season. He also boasts a team-high .464 on-base percentage. Sorgi has returned from a shoulder injury that caused him to miss the 2006 season and limited his action early in 2007.

Michael Taylor has recorded 10 multiple-hit games in his last 11 contests and is hitting .442 (23-52) during the period with five doubles, a triple, three homers and 15 RBI. Taylor has raised his average 32 points during the 11-game span to its current season-high .320.

Erik Davis has officially been named the team's Sunday starter for the team's next series versus Pacific this Friday-Sunday. Davis has actually started each of the team's last three Pac-10 series finales but had never been officially announced in the role at the beginning of the week. In his last two starts, Davis is 1-1 with a 2.63 ERA while striking out 10 in 13.2 innings.

Stanford has a 6-3 record in one-run games this season and has also won both of its extra-inning contests this season at San Jose State (March 27) and versus Oregon State (April 28).

Stanford is a respectable 17-15 during day games but just 4-12 at night.

Stanford has clocked in at 3:00 or over in 30 of its first 48 games this season, gone 3:40 or longer 14 times and more than 4:00 on three occasions, including a season-long 4:12 against UCLA on March 31.

Stanford has come from behind in 14 of its 21 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 dropped six straight home games (March 24 - April 14) earlier this season and nine consecutive Pac-10 contests (May 21, 2006 - April 14, 2007) that dated back to the final conference contest of last year that were both the longest in recorded school history.

Stanford has just 31 homers in its first 48 games this season and will need nine long balls in its final eight regular season contests to extend the team's string of consecutive 40-homer seasons to 20.

Stanford scored 10 runs in its most recent game against Washington to end a drought of 23 straight games without double digit runs since the Cardinal scored 11 in a loss to USC on March 11.

Stanford has already played some of the best teams both in the nation and the Pac-10. The Cardinal has played seven of its first 12 three-game series and 21 of its first 48 games against teams ranked in at least one national poll at some point in the season.

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 307-99 (.756) record during the stretch. However, Stanford is currently just one game above .500 (15-14) and needs one victory in its remaining three regular season home games to avoid the first home losing season in recorded school history. Stanford's worst home record ever came in 1964 when the Cardinal was 13-13 at Sunken Diamond.

• Joey August (.375, 6-16, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 SO, 1 HBP)
• Cory Bannister (3.00, 1 APP, 3.0 IPO, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO)
• Stephen Brown (.000, 0-2, 1 SO)
• Jason Castro (.267, 4-15, 3 R, HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB, 2 SO)
• Andrew Clauson (9.00, 0-0, 1 APP, 1.0 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO)
• Erik Davis (5.02, 1-1, 7 APP, 2 GS, 14.1 IP, 15 H, 12 R, 8 ER, 8 BB, 9 SO)
• Brendan Domaracki (.833, 5-6, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 SAC)
• Grant Escue (.400, 2-5, 1 2B, 2 RBI)
• Max Fearnow (11.00, 1-1, 4 APP, 9.0 IP, 14 H, 14 R, 11 ER, 4 BB, 5 SO)
• Nolan Gallagher (0.77, 0-0, 5 APP, 1 GS, 1 SV, 11.2 IP, 10 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 SO)
• Adam Gaylord (1.000, 3-3, 1 R)
• Toby Gerhart (.222, 2-9, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 SO, 1 SB)
• Blake Hancock (0.00, 0-0, 2 APP, 2.0 IP, 1 SO)
• J.J. Jelmini (1.000, 1-1, 1 R)
• Brian Juhl (.300, 3-10, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB, 3 SO, 1 GDP, 1 SF, 1 SAC)
• Brent Milleville (.222, 4-18, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 3 SO, 1 SB)
• Min (Brian) Moon (.000, 0-1)
• Randy Molina (.429, 6-14, 4 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 GDP)
• Wande Olabisi (.000, 0-0)
• Rex Petrill (99.00, 0-0, 1 APP, 0.0 IP, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB)
• Cord Phelps (.182, 2-11, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 HBP)
• Sean Ratliff (Hitting: .533, 8-15, 4 R, 1 RBI, 2 SO, 1 SB • Pitching: 0-0, 3.00, 3 APP, 6.0 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 SO)
• Ryan Seawell (.111, 3-27, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 HBP, 15 SO)
• Adam Sorgi (.208, 5-24, 4 R, 4 RBI, 4 BB, 1 HBP, 3 SO, 1 SB)
• Tom Stilson (0.00, 0-0, 2 APP, 2.0 IP, 3 H, 3 SO)
• David Stringer (6.94, 0-1, 4 APP, 1 GS, 11.2 IP, 17 H, 10 R, 9 ER, 2 BB, 8 SO)
• Michael Taylor (.341, 14-41, 8 R, 6 2B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 4 BB, 8 SO, 2 SB)
• Brandt Walker (60.75, 0-1, 2 APP, 1 GS, 1.1 IP, 4 H, 10 R, 9 ER, 8 BB, 1 SO)
• Jeff Whitlow (.250, 1-4, 1 R, 1 BB)
• Austin Yount (Hitting: .167, 1-6, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 BB, 2 SO, 1 GDP • Pitching: 18.00, 0-1, 3 APP, 1 GS, 2.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO)

March 6, 2007 - at Santa Clara 13, Stanford 5
Stanford had its longest win streak of the season come to an end at eight games with a 13-5 loss in a non-conference contest at Santa Clara. Stanford scored twice in the top of the first inning but Santa Clara answered with three runs of its own in the bottom of the first frame and would never trail again in the first of four scheduled meetings between the clubs this season. Each pitching staff allowed 10 walks, while the Cardinal also hit three in a game that lasted three hours and 50 minutes. Carl Bacon (2-5, 3 RBI) and David Hoffmire (3 RBI) both drove in three runs for the Broncos, while Matt Long (2-4, 2 RBI) and Ryan Conan (2B, 2 RBI) had two RBI each. Leadoff hitter Juan Parra scored three times. Santa Clara stole six bases in the contest Sean Ratliff (3-5, SB) equaled a career-high and team season-high with three hits and stole his sixth base of the season for Stanford. Brent Milleville (2-4, 2 RBI, SB) and Joey August (2-4, 2B, RBI) added two each. Stanford stranded a season-high 14 runners.
Quote of the Day ... 'We just gave them too much. That's tough. It's tough to beat anybody [when you do that]. We also left a lot of runners on base and when they got them on, they got them in. They did a good job of swinging the bat in clutch situations.' - Mark Marquess

April 17, 2007 - Santa Clara 6, at Stanford 3
Santa Clara scored three runs in the top of the eighth inning in a 6-3 non-conference win over Stanford. Tommy Medica broke a 3-3 tie with a one-out RBI single in the Bronco eighth to score David Hoffmire with the eventual winning run and Carl Bacon added a two-out two-run double later in the frame for a pair of insurance runs. Stanford got the tying run to the plate with two outs in the bottom of the ninth but Sean Ratliff's hard-hit single on the right side of the infield hit pinch-runner Wande Olabisi on his way to second for the final out of the contest. Reliever Justin Kuehn (3-3) earned the victory, allowing a run on three hits and a walk with two strikeouts in 2.2 innings. Jeff Lombard picked up his eighth save of the season by recording the final out. Five different Santa Clara players -- Bacon (2-4, 2B, 2 RBI), Hoffmire (2-4, RBI), Matt Long (2-4, SB), Evan LeBlanc (2-4, SB) and Brady Fuerst (2-4) - had two hits each. Stanford's Brian Juhl (3-4, HR, 2 RBI) had the first three-hit game of his career and blasted a key two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game at 3-3, while Ratliff (2-5) was the only other Cardinal player with more than one hit.
Quote of the Day ... 'You have to give Santa Clara credit,' said Stanford head coach Mark Marquess. 'They came up with a couple of big hits in big spots.' - Mark MarquessMay 1, 2007 - Stanford 16, at Santa Clara 8
Santa Clara scored nine runs in the top of the first inning and then cruised to a 16-8 victory over Stanford to hand Stanford its third loss in as many meetings between the clubs in 2007. Nathan Faulkner (5-5, 2B, 2 RBI) had five hits to lead the Broncos' 17-hit attack, while Michael Taylor (2-4, 2B, HR, 4 RBI) homered and drove in four runs for the Cardinal. Carl Bacon (3-4, 2 RBI), Tommy Medica (3-4, 2 RBI) and Evan LeBlanc (3-5, 2B, 2 RBI) each had three hits and drove in a pair of runs for the Broncos, while Matt Long doubled and brought in four. Jon Karcich added two RBI. Santa Clara starter Sean O'Neill earned the victory despite giving up six runs on nine hits and one walk with three strikeouts over 5.0 innings. Adam Gaylord (3-3) equaled a career-high with his three hits for the Cardinal. Ryan Seawell (2-3, 2B), Sean Ratliff (2-5, RBI) and Toby Gerhart (2-5, RBI) also had two-hit days. Stanford starter Austin Yount took his first loss of the season as he was able to get only two outs in the top of the first, while allowing four runs on three hits and a walk with one strikeout.
Quote of the Day ... 'You've got to be tough. Obviously, this is not the way we wanted the season to go, and we didn't expect it to go this way. But, we've got to stay positive, turn it around and play Stanford Baseball.' - Adam Sorgi

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 1277-644-5 (.664) all-time record in 1926 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 (506-342, .597) 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 Division I Baseball Championship 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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