No. 17 Stanford And Pacific To Play Rubber Game Monday
March 24, 2008
STANFORD BASEBALL GAME NOTES (March 24, 2008)
NO. 17 STANFORD CARDINAL (9-5, 0-0 Pac-10)
PACIFIC TIGERS (5-15, 0-0 Big West)
STANFORD-PACIFIC SERIES HISTORY
All-Time Series: Stanford leads 49-8-1 (since 1959)
2008 Results: (at Stanford, March 21) Pacific 10-6; (at Pacific, March 22) Stanford ;
A nine-run Pacific fifth inning proved too much for Stanford to rebound from in a 10-6 loss in the series-opener at Klein Field at Sunken Diamond. 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. Stanford rebounded from the loss with a 7-3 victory over the Tigers on a nice Saturday evening at Klein Family Field to even the series. Erik Davis earned the victory by striking out a career-high 10 in a career-high-tying 7.0 innings of work. Drew Storen retired all six batters he faced to pick up his second save. Cord Phelps (3-3, 2B, RBI) and Jeff Whitlow (3-5, 2B, SB, RBI) had three hits each to lead the Cardinal offensive attack.
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: Stanford - 1 (March 22, 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 seven of the 10 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 In The National Polls - Stanford has been ranked by at least one poll for each of the past four weeks. The latest polls released on Monday, March 24, have the Cardinal checking in as high as No. 14 by Rivals.com. Baseball America has the Cardinal at No. 17 while Stanford is No. 21 in the USA Today/ESPN and Collegiate Baseball tallies and No. 29 according to the NCBWA.
Looking To Run Series Win Streak To Seven - Stanford needs a victory in Monday's series finale versus Pacific to run its current streak of consecutive regular season three-game series victories to seven dating back to last season. The current streak 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.
Three In A Row On The Road - After dropping its first two road contests of the season, Stanford has now won its last three away from Klein Field at Sunken Diamond.
Busy Schedule - Stanford is two games into a stretch where the Cardinal will play 29 games over a 37-day period from March 21 - April 30 that includes five consecutive five-game weeks.
Marquess Six Wins From Top 10 And 1300 - Mark Marquess now has 1294 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 four 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 (6-0 Overall, 4-0 Saturday, 2-0 Sunday), in a rubber game (1-0), when leading after five innings (7-0) or when ahead after eight frames (8-0).
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 - Cord Phelps (.389, 3 HR, 8 RBI, 5 SB) leads all regulars at the plate with Randy Molina (.368, 1 HR, 15 RBI), Jason Castro (.333, 5 HR, 17 RBI, 1 SB), Sean Ratliff (.333, 3 HR, 11 RBI, 3 SB), Brendan Domaracki (.324, 4 RBI, 1 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) but 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.
Starting Strong - Stanford has outscored its opponents in the first inning this season, 23-4.
Freshmen Making Their Mark - Stanford has had a total of 12 freshmen play over the first 14 games. Zach Jones (.280, 2 HR, 9 RBI, 1 SB) and Jake Schlander (.196, 5 RBI, 1 SB) have made the biggest impact among position players regulars with Jones starting the team's last 12 games (11 at third base) and Schlander starting all 14 at shortstop. Jones had the game-winning RBI double in the bottom of the ninth against Cal State Fullerton on March 2. Although he has struggled offensively, Schlander has been perfect in the field in 59 defensive chances. Drew Storen (1-1, 3.65, 1 SV) and Alex Pracher (0-0, 6.14, 1 SV) have been two of the team's top relievers with Pracher's six appearances leading the team. Ben 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 2527-1583-32 (.614) in 4142 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.
Better In All Three Areas - Stanford has better numbers in all three major team statistical categories this season than the Cardinal did in 2008. The biggest improvement has come on the mound, where Stanford has recorded a 4.46 ERA after posting the worst mark in school history in 2007 with a 6.01 final mark. Stanford's current .308 team batting average is also .03 points better than last year's final mark of .305 and its .967 fielding mark is .004 points ahead of last year's .963.
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.
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 on 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 .333 with three homers, 11 RBI and three stolen bases in his first 14 contests of 2008. He has hit safely in his last four games, going 9-for-18 (.500) with a double, triple, two homers and six RBI.