Stanford And Nebraska To Try To Beat Weather Saturday

Feb. 23, 2008

STANFORD BASEBALL GAME NOTES (February 23, 2008)

NEBRASKA CORNHUSKERS (1-1)
AT
STANFORD CARDINAL (1-1)

TODAY'S PROBABLE STARTING PITCHERS
RHP Dan Jennings (1-0, 3.00) vs. RHP Max Fearnow (2-3, 7.71)
*2007 Pitching Statistics

SUNDAY'S PROBABLE STARTING PITCHERS
Sun., Feb. 24 (1 pm, PT) - RHP Aaron Pribanic (----) vs. RHP Jeffrey Inman (4-4, 5.74)
*2007 Pitching Statistics

CURRENT SERIES RESULTS (1-1)
Friday, February 22, DH Game 1 -- at Stanford 17, Nebraska 7
Cord Phelps hit a pair of homers and drove in a career-high four runs while Jeremy Bleich held the Huskers scoroeess on one hit over the first 6.0 innings. Stanford built a 17-0 lead and was never seriously threatened.

Friday, February 22, DH Game 2 -- at Stanford 17, Nebraska 7
Johnny Dorn handcuffed the Cardinal by holding Stanford to just one unearned run in the first inning on three hits while striking out seven over 6.0 innings. DJ Belfonte (4-6, 2B, SB, 4 RBI) led the Husker offense.

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

STANFORD-NEBRASKA SERIES HISTORYAll-Time Series: Stanford 5-2 (since 1959)
Last Meeting: (February 22, 2008 -- DH)

Current Game Win Streak: Nebraska - 1 (February 22, 2008, DH Game 2)
Current Series Win Streak: Stanford - 1 (June 2-4, 2000)
Current Season Series Win Streak: Stanford - 3 (1985-2000)
Series Notes: Stanford and Nebraska faced each other for the first time since a 2000 NCAA Super Regional at Stanford on Friday evening and split a doubleheader with the Cardinal winning 17-7 in the opener before Nebraska came back with a 9-2 win in the nightcap.

HOT NOTES
Saturday's Gametime Moved Up One Hour - The Stanford-Nebraska game scheduled for Saturday has been moved up one hour to 1 pm, PT, in hopes of beating a strong weather system forecast to hit the Bay Area on Saturday afternoon.
Seven Game Win Streak Snapped - Stanford had won seven straight games dating back to last season before dropping the nightcap versus Nebraska on Friday.

Jeremy Bleich Lights Out In First Appearance - Opening day starter Jeremy Bleich pitched 6.0 scoreless innings in his season debut against Nebraska in the opening game of a doubleheader on Friday, allowing just one hit.Cord Phelps Hits First Collegiate Homers - Cord Phelps hit the first two homers of his Stanford career in the first game of a season-opening doubleheader versus Nebraska on Friday.
13 Freshmen Make Stanford Debuts - Stanford had a total of 13 freshmen make their collegiate debuts on Friday. The list includes Ben Clowe, Kirk Erickson, Dave Giuliani, Zach Jones, Jonathan Kaskow, Kellen Kiilsgaard, Will Krasne, Michael Marshall, Alex Pracher, Danny Sandbrink, Jake Schlander, Billy Vernon and Colin Walsh.
Late Start - Stanford's February 22 season-opener is the latest the Cardinal has started a season since the 1962 club began its slate on February 24.

MORE NOTES
Marquess 14 Wins From Top 10 And 1300 - Stanford head coach Mark Marquess won his 1286th game on Friday and now needs just 14 wins to crack into the Top 10 on the all-time win list for NCAA Division I coaches. Marquess' current total of 1286 coaching victories (all at Stanford) ranks him 11th on the all-time list and sixth among active coaches.
Jones Homers In First Collegiate At Bat - Stanford freshman Zach Jones pinch-hit in the fifth inning of Friday's opening game of the doubleheader and homered to left field in his first collegiate at bat.
Season-Openers - With a win over Nebraska in its 2008 season-opener on Friday, Stanford has now won seven of its last eight season-openers.
Big Improvements For Klein Field At Sunken Diamond - Fans and players will benefit from a few major 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. Stanford fans should enjoy a new ticketing system that allows for advance ticket sales on site and the use of credit cards. In addition, Stanford's baseball facility has officially been renamed 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.
Three Straight Series Victories - Stanford a current string of three series victories in a row after finishing the 2007 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.
Fifth All-Time Winningest Program - Stanford is the fifth all-time winningest program in college baseball history with a record of 2519-1579-32 (.614) in 4130 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.
Hitting Better Than Pitching On First Day - Stanford held its own offensively on the first day of the 2008 season with a .314 batting average, three homers and 17 RBI. However, on the mound the Cardinal allowed 14 earned runs and walked 11 in 18.0 innings while finishing with a 7.00 ERA.
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.
Home Advantage - 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.
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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