Stanford To Go For Sweep Of No. 23 Cal State Fullerton Sunday

March 2, 2008

STANFORD BASEBALL GAME NOTES (March 2, 2008)

No. 23 CAL STATE FULLERTON TITANS (3-3, 0-0)
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STANFORD CARDINAL (3-2, 0-0)

TODAY'S PROBABLE STARTING PITCHERS (1 pm, PT)
RHP Adam Jorgenson (0-0, 6.23) vs. RHP Jeffrey Inman (1-0, 2.25)

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CURRENT SERIES RESULTS
Friday, February 29 - at Stanford 12, Cal State Fullerton 5
Randy Molina (2-3, HR, 5 RBI) hit his first collegiate home run and drove in a career-high five runs to lead Stanford to a 12-5 victory over Cal State Fullerton. Molina drove in all five of his runs in the first two innings as Stanford jumped out to an early 9-1 lead after two frames. The run support would be plenty for Stanford pitchers Jeremy Bleich (6.1 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO) and Austin Yount (2.2 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 4 SO).
Saturday, March 1 - at Stanford 11, Cal State Fullerton 7
Stanford fought off a late Cal State Fullerton (3-3) rally and held on for an 11-7 victory over the Titans. Jason Castro (4-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI) had a career-high four hits, tied a career-high with three runs scored and had the first two-double game of his career to lead a Cardinal offense that outhit the Titans, 15-7. Randy Molina (2-2, 2B, 2 RBI), Sean Ratliff (2-5, HR, 2 RBI) and Cord Phelps (2-5, 2B) also had two hits each.

STANFORD-CAL STATE FULLERTON SERIES HISTORY
All-Time Series: Stanford leads 50-38
Previous Series: (at Cal State Fullerton, February 2-4, 2007) Cal State Fullerton 11-5, Cal State Fullerton 6-5, Cal State Fullerton 12-10
Previous Series at Stanford: (February 3-5, 2006) Stanford 2-1, Stanford 6-5 (10 inn.), Stanford 6-3
Current Game Win Streak: Stanford - 2 (February 29 - March 1, 2008)
Current Series Win Streak: Stanford - 1 (February 29 - March 2, 2008)
Current Season Series Win Streak: Stanford - 1 (2008)
Series Notes: The Cardinal and the Titans have both swept their most recent three-game home series against each other, while neither school has won a road series since the Cardinal took two-of-three games at Cal State Fullerton from February 2-4, 2001. In fact, Stanford has won nine in a row and 17 of the last 18 games the teams have played at Klein Field at Sunken Diamond. The last time the Titans won a game at Stanford was on February 3, 2002, while Cal State Fullerton has not won a series at Stanford since taking two-of-three from January 28-30, 1994.

HOT NOTES
Series Streak Continues - Stanford has now won five consecutive regular season three-game series dating back to last season. The five-series stretch is Stanford's longest regular season three-game series win streak since the Cardinal won an amazing 15 straight regular season three-game series from May 3, 2003 - May 4, 2004. Randy Molina Off To Red Hot Start - Stanford's hottest hitter in the early going has been Randy Molina, who has posted a .500 batting average, a homer and eight RBI through seven games.Jeremy Bleich Equals Win Total Of 2007 - Friday's winner Jeremy Bleich has already equaled his win total in all of 2007 with victories in each of his first two outings of 2008. Bleich is 2-0 with a 2.19 ERA in his fist two starts, striking out eight in 12.1 innings of work. Freshmen Making Their Mark - Stanford has had a total of 12 freshmen play over the first six games. The list includes Ben Clowe, Dave Giuliani, Zach Jones, Jonathan Kaskow, Kellen Kiilsgaard, Michael Marshall, Alex Pracher, Danny Sandbrink, Jake Schlander, Drew Storen, Billy Vernon and Colin Walsh. Schlander (.250, 4 RBI) has started all seven games at shortstop and been perfect in the field in 28 chances. Jones (.240, HR, 5 RBI, SB) has played in all seven games with five starts and Storen (0-1, 4.26, 1 SV) recorded his first career save in Saturday's win over the Titans. Marquess 10 Wins From Top 10 And 1300 - Stanford head coach Mark Marquess has increased his win total to 1289 and now needs just 11 move victories to crack into the Top 10 on the all-time win list for NCAA Division I coaches. Marquess' current total (all at Stanford) ranks him 11th on the all-time list and sixth among active coaches.

MORE NOTES
Stringer Nearing All-Time Save List - David Stringer recorded saves in his first two appearances this season to run his career total to 10. He is now just one shy of tying Aaron Dorlarque (1989-92) for 10th place.
Jason Castro Off To Fast Start - Jason Castro (.458, 2 HR, 8 RBI) is just behind Randy Molina for the team lead in batting average, while co-leading the club in both homers (with Cord Phelps) and RBI (with Molina).
Season-Openers - With a win over Nebraska in its 2008 season-opener on February 22, 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.
Fifth All-Time Winningest Program - Stanford is the fifth all-time winningest program in college baseball history with a record of 2523-1580-32 (.614) in 4135 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.
Improvements In Pitching And Defense - Stanford has made improvements both on the mound and defensively in its first seven games of 2008 compared to last season. This year, Stanford has recorded a 4.43 ERA to this point after posting the worst mark in school history in 2007 with a 6.01 final mark. Stanford is also fielding at a .966 clip in 2008 after fielding just .963 a year ago.
40-Homer Streak At 21 Straight Years - 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 has had 43 consecutive winning seasons at home and recorded at least 17 home wins in each of its last 12 campaigns. Stanford has never had a losing season at Klein Field At Sunken Diamond in the school's recorded history. The Cardinal is off to a 5-2 start in its first seven home games of 2008.
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. He has struggled early in the 2008 campaign with a .200 batting average, one homer and three RBI in his first five contests, but was 2-for-3 with an RBI in his most recent contest versus Nevada last Tuesday.
Road Stretch On The Horizon - Stanford will be on the road for eight of its next nine games following its three-game series versus Cal State Fullerton that ends today. After opening the campaign with its current eight-game homestand, Stanford will play only one more game at Klein Field at Sunken Diamond (March 21 vs. Pacific) until hosting Washington State to open Pac-10 action Friday-Sunday, March 28-30.

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