No. 17 Stanford Travels To Pacific Saturday
STANFORD BASEBALL GAME NOTES (March 22, 2008)
NO. 17 STANFORD CARDINAL (8-5, 0-0 Pac-10)
PACIFIC (5-14, 0-0 Big West)
MONDAY'S PROBABLE STARTING PITCHERS (6:00 pm, PT) -- at Pacific
TBA vs. TBA
STANFORD-PACIFIC SERIES HISTORY
All-Time Series: Stanford leads 48-8-1 (since 1959)
2008 Results: (at Stanford, March 21) Pacific 10-6
A nine-run Pacific fifth inning proved too much for Stanford to rebound from in a 10-6 loss. Stanford answered with five runs of its own in the bottom of the fifth and loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth to get the tying run to the plate before Cole Akins struck out Zach Jones to end the game. Austin Yount (4-5, 2B) had the first four-hit game of his career for Stanford and the Cardinal outhit the Tigers, 14-7, but left 11 runners on base compared to only five for Pacific.
2007 Results: (at Stanford, May 18, 20) Pacific 13-7, Stanford 10-5; (at Pacific, May 19) Stanford 11-2
The 2007 series was the first regular season three-game set between the clubs since February 19-20, 1983, and Pacific pulled off a surpise win in the opener by scoring seven runs in the first three innings and never looking back to hand Stanford's its only loss during the final 10 games of the campaign. The Cardinal did come back to take the final two games of the series as Sean Ratliff blasted two homers and drove in five in an 11-2 win at Pacific, before Jason Castro and Michael Taylor both homered and drove in three to win the series rubber game back at Stanford, 10-5.
Current Game Win Streak: Pacific - 1 (March 21, 2008)
Current Series Win Streak: Stanford - 2 (February 19-20, 1983 - May 18-20, 2007)
Current Season Series Win Streak: Stanford - 4 (1999-2007)
Series Notes: Stanford has won six of the nine games between the teams since they began playing each other on a regular basis again in 2005 after having not met at all for five seasons from 2000-04. The Cardinal has also won the season series over each of the last three years.
Stanford Creeps Up In National Polls During Break - Stanford continued to creep up in the polls during its 11-day break and has now been ranked by at least one poll for each of the past three weeks. The latest polls released on Monday, March 17, have the Cardinal checking in as highs as No. 17 by Baseball America and Rivals.com. Stanford is also No. 18 in the USA Today/ESPN tally, while Collegiate Baseball has the Cardinal at No. 19 and the NCBWA at No. 27. Before its current three week run in the polls, the last time the Cardinal had been ranked in any poll was when Stanford checked in at No. 28 in the NCBWA poll on February 12, 2007.
Series Win Streak Now At Six - Stanford has run its current streak of consecutive regular season three-game series victories to six after taking two-of-three in its previous series March 7-9 at Texas. Stanford will need to win both the remaining games of its current series to extend its 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.
Stanford-Pacific Coaching Connections - Pacific head coach Ed Sprague was one of the top players ever at Stanford during his three-year playing career under Stanford head coach Mark Marquess on The Farm from 1986-88 when he helped lead the Cardinal to both of its College World Series titles. Sprague's 41 career homers still rank tied for sixth on Stanford's all-time list.
Busy Schedule - Stanford played the first of 29 games over a 37-day period from March 21 - April 30 that includes five consecutive five-game weeks.
Marquess Seven Wins From Top 10 And 1300 - Mark Marquess now has 1293 career wins and is just seven victories from cracking 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.
Pac-10 Schedule On The Horizon - Stanford's Pac-10 opener is just six days away as the Cardinal will open its first of eight league series and 24 conference games by hosting Washington State at Klein Field at Sunken Diamond on Friday, March 28 (6:00 pm, PT).
Stanford Perfect On Several Accounts - Stanford has yet to suffer a loss in a one-run game (3-0), on the weekend (3-0 Saturday, 2-0 Sunday), in a rubber game (1-0), when leading after five innings (6-0) or when leading after eight frames (7-0).
Saint Mary's Stats Don't Count ... Yet - Statistics from a game at Saint Mary's on March 5 that was halted due to darkness with the score tied 7-7 after nine complete innings won't show up on Stanford's stat sheet until the game is completed before another regularly scheduled contest between the teams on April 23 at Stanford. When the stats finally do get added to the stat sheet, Jason Castro, Zach Jones and Cord Phelps will all have another homer with Castro increasing his total number of hits by four.
Hot Starts At The Plate - Randy Molina (.389, 1 HR, 14 RBI) leads all regulars at the plate with Jason Castro (.354, 5 HR, 16 RBI), Cord Phelps (.353, 3 HR, 7 RBI, 5 SB), Sean Ratliff (.348, 3 HR, 11 RBI, 3 SB) and Joey August (.317, 4 RBI) the other regulars hitting .300 or better.
Jeremy Bleich Equals Win Total Of 2007 - Jeremy Bleich equaled his win total in all of 2007 with victories in each of his first two outings of 2008. Although Bleich has suffered losses in each of his last two starts at Texas (March 7) and versus Pacific (March 21), his ERA has actually went down 62 points in those two starts as only one of the 12 runs scored against him during those games was earned. Bleich is now 2-2 with a 1.57 ERA in his first three starts, striking out 16 in 23.0 innings of work.
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.
Getting Out In Front - Stanford has outscored its opponents in the first inning this season, 21-3.
Freshmen Making Their Mark - Stanford has had a total of 12 freshmen play over the first 12 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. Jones (.267, 2 HR, 9 RBI, 1 SB) and Schlander (.214, 4 RBI, 1 SB) have been regulars with Jones starting the team's last 11 games (10 at third base) and Schlander starting all 13 at shortstop. Jones had two huge hits in back-to-back contests with the game-winning RBI double in the bottom of the ninth against Cal State Fullerton on March 2 and a three-run seventh inning homer that tied a game the Cardinal eventually lost at California on March 4. Although he has struggled offensively, Schlander has been perfect in the field in 57 defensive chances. Storen (1-1, 4.35, 1 SV) and Pracher (0-0, 6.14, 1 SV) have been two of the team's top relievers with Pracher's six appearances leading the team. Clowe (.444) has had success in limited action with four hits in his nine at bats.
Fifth All-Time Winningest Program - Stanford is the fifth all-time winningest program in college baseball history with a record of 2526-1583-32 (.614) in 4141 games over 115 seasons. Stanford has 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.
Major Improvement On The Mound - Stanford has made a major improvement on the mound in its first 13 games of 2008 compared to last season. This year, Stanford has recorded a 4.66 ERA to this point after posting the worst mark in school history in 2007 with a 6.01 final mark.
Stanford Turns School Record Six Double Plays In Series Finale At Texas - Stanford set a new school record by turning six double plays in its most recent game at Texas on March 9. Stanford picked up the twinkillings in the first, second, third, fourth, sixth and eighth innings with the final DP getting the Cardinal out of a bases loaded jam and ending the contest.
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 6-3 start in its first eight 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.
Five Two-Way Players On The Roster - Stanford has five two-way players listed on the roster in Brendan Domaracki (OF/RHP), Michael Marshall (1B/RHP), Sean Ratliff (OF/LHP), Drew Storen (RHP/3B) and Austin Yount (3B/RHP). Ratliff and Yount have both already contributed onlate the mound and at the plate. Domaracki has played but yet to pitch, while Storen and Marshall have both pitched but yet to play a position or hit.
Sean Ratliff On Wallace Award Watch List - Sean Ratliff is currently 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 is on pace to produce similar numbers this season as he is hitting .348 with three homers, 11 RBI and three stolen bases in his first 13 contests of 2008. He recently had his biggest game of the season when he was 4-for-5 with a double, triple, two homers and five RBI at Texas on March 9. Over the last three games, he is 8-for-13 (.615) with a double, triple, two homers and six RBI.