In The Dugout With Stanford Head Coach Mark Marquess
March 21, 2008
Stanford head coach Mark Marquess spoke with gostanford.com this week and discussed several topics prior to Stanford's return to action against Pacific at Klein Field at Sunken Diamond on Friday, March 21 (7 pm, PT) to open a three-game series against the Tigers that will conclude with games in Stockton on Saturday, March 22 (6 pm, PT) and Monday, March 24 (6 pm, PT).
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Following is what the coach had to say.
What are you looking for in the upcoming Pacific series and how do you think the team will respond after an 11-day break?
We had 11 days off because of finals, and we've had limited practice because our guys had to catch up on their studies and prepare for finals. We played very well before finals - winning two-of-three at Texas, which is very good, and we played well before that as well. You never know [how we're going to play after this break]. Sometimes, we come off this break and play very well and sometimes we're a little rusty. The good thing is that we're not coming right back into league play, which sometimes we have to do. At least we're playing four non-league games before we get into league. We need to play these games before opening the Pac-10 season against Washington State the following weekend.'
Can you analyze how the team played over the first 12 games of the season and talk about being on the national radar again?
We've played well and done a good job, but we've been a little inconsistent. What we have done is won some big spots and some close games. Beating a very good Nebraska that won 14 straight games after we took two-of-three from them helps our ranking. We were then able to sweep Cal State Fullerton, which is impressive to do and to win two-of-three at Texas has shown that we can play with anybody. At the same time, we lost to Saint Mary's at home. No one knew much about Saint Mary's, but they have a very good record. We also lost at Cal, but they are very good. The people that we've played to date are really playing well and that's helped us [with the ranking]. To have an 8-4 record against the people we've played has really helped us. We've done a great job in the first 12 games, but that's not even a quarter of our games. We've got most of our baseball ahead of us.'
Can you talk about the play in the Pac-10 this season?
The Pac-10 is the best I've seen it in 25 of 30 years. Even though we're playing well, we know the Pac-10 will be very difficult. Realistically, we've been picked to finish sixth or seventh in the Pac-10, and I don't think that's unrealistic with what's on paper, but you've got to play. We're probably playing better than what people thought we would, but I think we can play even better than we have so far. We're going to need to do if we're going to do well in the Pac-10.