Stanford To Open 2008 Season Versus Nebraska

Feb. 21, 2008

STANFORD BASEBALL GAME NOTES (February 22, 2008)

NEBRASKA CORNHUSKERS (0-0)
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STANFORD CARDINAL (0-0)

TODAY'S PROBABLE STARTING PITCHERS
Game 1 (2 pm, PT) - RHP Thad Weber (1-2, 5.55) vs. LHP Jeremy Bleich (2-8, 5.56)
Game 2 - RHP Johnny Dorn (10-3, 5.23) vs. RHP Erik Davis (4-2, 5.29)
*2007 Pitching Statistics

LIVE GAME COVERAGE
TV: None | Audio: KZSU (90.1 FM)/gostanford.com | Gametracker: Game 1 • Game 2 | Webcast: Game 1 • Game 2

UPCOMING PROBABLE STARTING PITCHERS
Sat., Feb. 23 (2 pm, PT) - RHP Dan Jennings (1-0, 3.00) vs. RHP Max Fearnow (2-3, 7.71)
Sun., Feb. 24 (1 pm, PT) - RHP Aaron Pribanic (----) vs. RHP Jeffrey Inman (4-4, 5.74)
*2007 Pitching Statistics

STANFORD-NEBRASKA PROMOTIONAL EVENTS
Fri., Feb. 22 - Opening Day & Schedule Poster Giveaway
Sat., Feb. 23 - Schedule Magnet Giveaway

STANFORD-NEBRASKA SERIES HISTORY
All-Time Series: Stanford 4-1 (since 1959)
Last Meeting: (NCAA Super Regional at Stanford, June 2-4, 2000) Nebraska 7-3, Stanford 7-1, Stanford 5-3
Last Regular Season Meeting: (at Stanford, March 21, 1993) Stanford 14-3
Current Game Win Streak: Stanford - 2 (June 3-4, 2000)
Current Series Win Streak: Stanford - 1 (June 2-4, 2000)
Current Season Series Win Streak: Stanford - 3 (1985-2000)
Series Notes: Stanford and Nebraska last faced each other in a 2000 NCAA Super Regional at Stanford when the Cardinal rebounded from a loss in the opening game of the best two-of-three event to win the final two games and advance to its second straight CWS at the time. The Cardinal holds a 4-1 all-time lead in the series between the clubs dating back to the 1959 when Stanford started keeping game-by-game results.

HOT NOTES
Looking To Pick Back Up Where They Left Off Last Year - Stanford finished the 2007 campaign with a six-game win streak and was victorious in nine of its last 10 games to finish 28-28 overall and save the Cardinal from its first losing season since 1993.
Marquess 15 Wins From Top 10 And 1300 - Stanford head coach Mark Marquess will enter the 2008 campaign needing just 15 wins to crack into the Top 10 on the all-time win list for NCAA Division I coaches. Marquess' current total of 1285 coaching victories (all at Stanford) ranks him 11th on the all-time list and sixth among active coaches.
Almost The Whole Pitching Staff Is Back - Stanford has 13 of its 14 pitchers back from its 2007 staff but will be looking on improving a 2007 team ERA of 6.01 that was the worst in school history.
Big Improvements - Fans will notice a pair of big improvements to Klein Field at Sunken Diamond in 2008. The most notable will be a large high-resolution video scoreboard, while a quick glance down the left field line will reveal a new state-of-the art batting cage facility next to the visitors bullpen.
Klein Field At Sunken Diamond - Stanford's baseball facility has been renamed officially to Klein Field at Sunken Diamond to honor Bud Klein and the Klein family for their generous support of Stanford Baseball. An official dedication of the new name will take place on Saturday, April 26.

MORE NOTES
Three Straight Series Victories - Stanford heads into 2008 with three series victories in a row after finishing the season with series wins over Washington, Pacific and USC. The three-series win streak is Stanford's longest since the Cardinal won three series in a row versus Arizona and California, and at Washington from April 28 - May 14, 2006.
Rubber Game Win Streak - Stanford starts the 2008 season with wins in each of its last two rubber games.
Fifth All-Time Winningest Program - Stanford is the fifth all-time winningest program in college baseball history with a record of 2518-1578-32 (.614) in 4128 games over 115 seasons. Stanford has also won two College World Series titles in its 15 trips to Omaha and finished second on three other occasions. The Cardinal has added five NCAA Super Regional titles, 14 NCAA Regional crowns and 20 conference championships.
40-Homer Streak Alive - Stanford extended a string of 40-homer seasons to 21 straight in 2007 after the Cardinal rallied to hit 10 over its final six games to reach 43 on the season.
Road Win Streak At Four - Stanford ended the 2007 campaign with wins in each of its final four road games for the longest road win streak since the Cardinal captured five straight games on the road from May 9-14, 2005.
Klein Field At Sunken Diamond - Stanford has a nice home field advantage at Klein Field At Sunken Diamond throughout the years. The facility has served as a host site for 13 NCAA Regionals, as well as NCAA Super Regionals on five occasions. Stanford has clinched 10 of its 15 trips to the CWS at Sunken Diamond. Stanford finished its 2007 home slate with a 17-15 home record to mark its 43rd consecutive winning season at home and its 12th straight season with at least 17 home wins. Stanford has never had a losing season at Klein Field At Sunken Diamond in the school's recorded history.
New Scoreboard, Ticketing System And Batting Cage Complex - In addition to its extended name, Klein Field at Sunken Diamond will have a few new features and amenities in 2008 with the completion of the state of the art batting cage complex last summer, the installation of a new ticketing system that allows for advance ticket sales on site and the use of credit cards, and the video scoreboard that is being installed this week.
Huge Roster And Pitching Staff - Stanford has 45 players on its 2008 roster with 23 of those listed as either a pitcher or a two-way player. Stanford may need a lot of depth, especially on the mound, in the first year of college baseball's condensed season as the Cardinal is still scheduled to play 56 regular season games in approximately three weeks less time than the club has in the past.
Familiar Face Back As Pitching Coach - Former Stanford and MLB pitcher Jeff Austin is back on The Farm in his first season as the team's pitching coach 10 years after he completed his Stanford playing career in 1998. Austin was the NCAA Player of the Year in that season and went on to play in the big leagues with the Kansas City Royals and Cincinnati Reds.
Sean Ratliff On Wallace Award Watch List - Sean Ratliff will begin the 2008 campaign on the Wallace Award Watch List for the honor given annually by the College Baseball Foundation to the top college player in the nation. Ratliff was a First Team All-Pac-10 choice in 2007 when he hit .339 with 12 HR and 45 RBI.

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