Stanford Baseball To Start Fall Practice Friday

Sept. 28, 2007

Stanford, Calif. - Stanford Baseball will begin its 2007 fall practice schedule on Friday, September 28. The fall team practice sessions will take place at Sunken Diamond on the Stanford campus and are scheduled to run for approximately just over six weeks until Sunday, November 11.

'We have a lot of new faces, and there is a lot of work to do,' said Mark Marquess, who will be in his 32nd season as Stanford's head coach in 2008. 'We're enthusiastic and excited to get going. We have twice as long to work out this fall as we've had in the past, so we should get 21-24 intrasquad games in. It should be a really busy fall.'

The 2007 fall practice schedule will be highlighted by the annual Alumni Game at Sunken Diamond on Sunday, October 14. An Old-Timers Game featuring a pair of Alumni teams with former Stanford players from the 1950's, 60's and '70's kicks off the Alumni Game festivities at Noon, PT. The 2008 Stanford Baseball team will take on a group of Cardinal Alumni from the 1970's through 2007 at 1:30 pm, PT. Admission to the Alumni Game is free.

'The Alumni Game is always such a wonderful event for the entire Stanford Baseball family,' commented Marquess. 'We really enjoy the chance to bring back some of the special people who have meant so much to this program and Stanford University.'

Stanford Baseball has produced some outstanding Alumni throughout the history of the program with 78 former Cardinal players moving on to Major League Baseball, including 11 that played in 'The Show' in 2007. A total of 31 former Stanford players participated in organized professional baseball in 2007.

Stanford has also been represented prominently in the MLB First-Year Player Draft with 18 first round or Compensation A draft picks in the last 21 years, most recently with the selection of Greg Reynolds as the second overall pick by the Colorado Rockies in 2006.

Stanford has been in NCAA postseason play 27 times, including 13 of the last 14 seasons with a 13-year postseason string finally snapped in 2007. Stanford has won a pair of national titles (1987, '88) in its 15 CWS appearances and been runners-up on three other occasions (2000, '01, '03). The Cardinal has also won five NCAA Super Regional crowns and 20 conference championships (includes shared and Pac-10 Southern Division titles).

Last year, Stanford struggled for much of the campaign before making a late season run to finish 28-28 overall and avoid its first losing season since 1993. The Cardinal was 9-15 in the Pac-10 and finished eighth in the conference.

Stanford also announced its 2008 regular season schedule on Friday. Stanford open the campaign on February 22, which is the first day allowed by the NCAA under a uniform start date imposed by the organization in 2008 for the first time. Stanford will also begin its 2008 preseason practice on the first day permitted by the NCAA on February 1.

Stanford's 2008 schedule gets underway with an eight-game homestand that begins with a four-game non-conference series versus Nebraska (February 22-24) with a doubleheader scheduled for February 23. After a single game against Nevada on February 26, the Cardinal will host 2007 CWS participant Cal State Fullerton for a three-game set February 29 - March 2.

Stanford will then hit the road for its next five contests, beginning with a pair of local games at California (March 4) and Saint Mary's (March 5) before traveling to Texas for a three-game set from March 7-9 that will complete three weeks of action before Stanford takes a 12-day break for winter quarter finals.

The Cardinal will be busy after returning from its annual break with 43 contests scheduled over the final 66 days of the regular season from March 21 - May 25. Stanford has five games per week slated for six consecutive weeks beginning March 24 and running through May 5.

Stanford will have four games after the break to make its final preparations for Pac-10 action. The Cardinal will host Pacific on March 21 before traveling to Stockton to play a pair of contests against the Tigers on March 22 and 24. Stanford will head up to Sacramento on March 25 for a single contest.

The Cardinal will then return home to open its Pac-10 schedule with a three-game series versus Washington State (March 28-30) that begins an eight-game homestand. Long Beach State (March 31) and Hawaii (April 1) also visit Sunken Diamond before a three-game set with 2007 College World Series participant Arizona State wraps up the long home stretch.

Stanford will then play eight of its next 11 contests on the road, beginning with a non-conference game at California on April 7. Stanford will host UC Davis (April 9) before paying a visit to two-time defending CWS champion Oregon State from April 11-13 in its first conference road series of the season. Stanford will come back to Sunken Diamond for a pair of non-conference home games against Santa Clara (April 14) and San Francisco (April 16), before heading the other direction with a three-game set at UCLA (April 18-20) to close out the first half of league play. Stanford finishes the 11-game stretch with a non-conference contest at Santa Clara (April 21).

Stanford will then host Saint Mary's (April 23) before starting the second half of Pac-10 play with a three-game home series against USC (April 25-27).

Six consecutive non-conference games will follow at Santa Clara (April 28), at UC Davis (April 30), versus San Jose State (May 3), at San Jose State (May 4), versus Pacific (May 5) and at San Francisco (May 6).Stanford will resume Pac-10 action by hosting local rival California in a three-game set at Sunken Diamond from May 9-11 that will conclude its home conference schedule before hosting Santa Clara in its final regular season game of the season on May 12.

Stanford will wrap up its 2008 regular season campaign with back-to-back three-game Pac-10 road series at Arizona (May 17-19) and Washington (May 23-25).

Postseason possibilities include the NCAA Regionals (May 30 - June 2), NCAA Super Regionals (June 6-9) and the NCAA College World Series (June 13-25) with the best-of-three CWS Championship Series being moved back two days this season to begin on Monday, June 23.

Stanford has 23 games on its 2008 schedule against eight teams that played in the 2007 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship, including three-game sets versus two-time defending national champions Oregon State as well as CWS participants Arizona State and Cal State Fullerton. The 2008 slate of 56 regular season contests includes 30 home games and 26 road outings.

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