No. 17 Stanford Starts Pac-10 Action Versus Washington State Friday
STANFORD BASEBALL GAME NOTES (March 28, 2008)
WASHINGTON STATE COUGARS (15-7, 1-2 Pac-10)
NO. 17 STANFORD CARDINAL (10-6, 0-0 Pac-10)
SATURDAY'S PROBABLE STARTING PITCHERS (1 pm, PT)
LHP Jayson Miller (3-0, 3.94) vs. RHP Erik Davis (2-1, 6.20)
SUNDAY'S PROBABLE STARTING PITCHERS (1 pm, PT)
TBA vs. RHP Jeffrey Inman (2-0, 2.04)
STANFORD-WASHINGTON STATE SERIES HISTORY
All-Time Series: Stanford leads 31-17
2007 Results: (at Washington State, May 5-7) Stanford 6-4, Washington State 8-6, Washington State 4-2
Washington State came back to win the final two games of the series after the Cardinal won the opener the last time the clubs met. Jeffrey Inman pitched the first complete game of his career in the first game of the series before Washington State came back from a 5-1 deficit in the second game and a 2-0 disadvantage late in the rubber game to win both.
Last Meeting At Stanford: (March 25-27, 2006) Washington State 7-1, Washington State 8-5, Stanford 5-3
Washington State snapped a 23-game losing streak to the Cardinal that dated back to 1978 in the opener and then also took the middle game to win the series before Stanford managed to avoid being swept with a victory in the series finale as Matt Manship and Jeremy Bleich held the Cougars to three runs.
Current Game Win Streak: Washington State - 2 (May 6-7, 2007)
Current Series Win Streak: Washington State - 2 (May 25-26, 2006 - May 5-7, 2007)
Current Season Series Win Streak: Washington State - 2 (2006-07)
Series Notes: Washington State has taken two-of-three against the Cardinal each of the last two seasons after Stanford had won an amazing 23 consecutive games between the clubs, including all 21 with seven straight series sweeps since the clubs began playing reguarly in the Pac-10 in 1999.
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.
Series Win Streak Up Seven - Stanford won the final two games of its most recent series versus Pacific (March 21-22, 24) to run its current streak of 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 15 straight regular season three-game series from May 3, 2003 - May 4, 2004.
Pac-10 Series Openers - Stanford is hoping to get back on track in Pac-10 series-openers. Stanford had won nine consecutive Pac-10 series-openers before losing two-of-three at home to Washington State in 2006. Stanford was also swept in its first Pac-10 series of 2007 at UCLA.
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.
Road Win Streak Snapped - Stanford had won four in a row away from Klein Field at Sunken Diamond before falling at Sacramento State, 5-3, in its most recent game on March 25.
Busy Schedule - Stanford is four 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 Five Wins From Top 10 And 1300 - Mark Marquess now has 1295 career wins and is just five 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. His accomplishments were featured in an Associated Press article that ran on March 26.
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 (3-0), in a three-game series finale (4-0), when leading after five innings (8-0) or when ahead after eight frames (9-0).
Hot Starts At The Plate - Cord Phelps (.403, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 5 SB) leads all regulars at the plate in batting average Randy Molina (.386, 1 HR, 15 RBI) right behind him. Jason Castro (.328, 5 HR, 17 RBI, 2 SB), Sean Ratliff (.328, 3 HR, 12 RBI, 3 SB), Jeff Whitlow (.326, 1 HR, 9 RBI, 2 SB), Joey August (.317, 4 RBI) and Brendan Domaracki (.304, 6 RBI, 1 SB) are other players that have started at least half of the team's game that are hitting .300 or better. Stanford also has three players who have started fewer than half of the team's games hitting at .333 or above in Ben Clowe (.455, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 SB), Austin Yount (.435, 0 HR, 5 RBI, 0 SB) and Brent Milleville (.333, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 2 SB).
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 gone 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 four 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, 28-4.
Freshmen Making Their Mark - Stanford has had a total of 12 freshmen play over the first 16 games. Zach Jones (.263, 2 HR, 10 RBI, 2 SB) and Jake Schlander (.192, 6 RBI, 1 SB) have made the biggest impact among position players regulars with Jones starting the team's last 14 games (13 at third base) and Schlander starting all 16 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 made just two errors in the field in 66 defensive chances for a .970 fielding percentage. Drew Storen (1-1, 3.29, 1 SV) and Alex Pracher (0-0, 6.14, 1 SV) co-lead the team with six appearances and have been two of the team's top relievers. Ben Clowe (.455) has had success in limited action with five hits in his 11 at bats.
Fifth All-Time Winningest Program - Stanford is the fifth all-time winningest program in college baseball history with a record of 2528-1584-32 (.614) in 4144 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 4.24 ERA after posting the worst mark in school history in 2007 with a 6.01 final mark. Stanford's current .310 team batting average is also .05 percentage points better than last year's final mark of .305 and its .966 fielding mark is .003 points ahead of last year's .963.
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.
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 .328 with three homers, 12 RBI and three stolen bases in his first 16 contests of 2008.