No. 10 Stanford To Host UC Davis In Non-League Game Wednesday
April 9, 2008
STANFORD BASEBALL GAME NOTES (April 9, 2008)
UC DAVIS AGGIES (20-10, 3-0 Big West)
NO. 10 STANFORD CARDINAL (15-9-1, 4-2 Pac-10)
WEDNESDAY'S PROBABLE STARTING PITCHERS (1 pm, PT)
RHP Bryan Evans (3-1, 4.22) vs. RHP Cory Bannister (0-0, 6.23)(br>LIVE GAME COVERAGE:
TV: None | Stanford Audio (Chris Fitzgerald, Wyndham Makowsky) | Gametracker | Webcast
STANFORD-UC DAVIS SERIES HISTORY
All-Time Series: Stanford 41-9 (since 1959)
2007 Results: (at Stanford, May 22) Stanford 4-3 (13)
Sean Ratliff's bunt single with two outs in the bottom of the 13th inning scored pinch-runner J.J. Jelmini with the game-winning run. David Stringer earned the victory with 5.2 innings of scoreless three-hit relief and struck out a season-high six in the final home game of the 2007 season. The 13-inning affair was Stanford's longest of the campaign in both innings and time played as the contest lasted four hours and 13 minutes.
Current Game Win Streak: Stanford - 1 (May 22, 2007)
Current Series Win Streak: UC Davis - 1 (May 26-27, 2006)
Current Season Series Win Streak: Stanford - 1 (2007)
Series Notes: Stanford has dominated the all-time series between the clubs but not in 2006 when UC Davis won both games the teams played on back-to-back days to end the regular season, snapping a seven-game losing streak to the Cardinal. Stanford got back on the winning track in the series with its 4-3 victory in 13 innings in 2007.
Stanford's Most Recent Game Officially Ruled A Tie - Stanford's most recent game at California on April 7 has been officially ruled a tie. The teams played 13 innings of baseball with the score knotted at 5-5 before darkness fell in Berkeley. The game will not be resumed.
Stanford Back In Top 10 - Stanford moved up three spots to No. 10 in the latest Baseball America poll released on Monday, April 7, after taking two-of-three from No. 1 Arizona State at Klein Field at Sunken Diamond from April 4-6. The Cardinal dominated action in the final two games of the series (12-2, 10-2) after dropping a 6-4 heartbreaker in 10 innings Friday evening. Stanford is actually ranked as high as No. 8 in the nation by Rivals.com. Stanford is also ranked No. 15 by USA Today/ESPN, No. 17 by Collegiate Baseball and No. 28 by the NCBWA.
Marquess Wins 1300th To Move Into Top 10 All-Time - Mark Marquess won his 1300th career game on April 6 when the Cardinal defeated Arizona State, 12-2, in the rubber game of a three-game set against the nation's top-ranked squad. The victory moved Marquess into a tie for 10th place on the all-time win list for NCAA Division I coaches. Marquess' current win total (all at Stanford) also ranks him sixth among active coaches.
Stanford Wins Ninth Straight Series - Stanford extended its current string of regular season three-game series victories to nine by taking two-of-three against top-ranked Arizona State last Friday-Sunday. 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.
Stanford Perfect On Several Accounts - Stanford has yet to suffer a loss on the weekend with a perfect 10-0 mark as the Cardinal is 6-0 on Saturdays and 4-0 on Sundays. Stanford has also not lost in a rubber game (5-0), a three-game series finale (6-0), when ahead after eight frames (14-0) or in a one-run game (3-0).
Home Advantage - Stanford has had 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 with an amazing 320-106 (.751) home mark over the last 12-plus seasons. Stanford has never had a losing season at Klein Field At Sunken Diamond in the school's recorded history. The Cardinal is off to an 11-6 start in its first 17 home games of 2008.
Avoiding Big Losing Streaks - Stanford has not lost more than two consecutive games all season.
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, on March 25.
Busy Schedule - Stanford is 13 games into a stretch where the Cardinal will play 29 contests over a 37-day period from March 21 - April 30 that includes five consecutive five-game weeks.
Starting Rotation Pitching Well - Stanford's three primary starters have pitched well in 2008. Jeremy Bleich (2-2, 1.38) equaled his win total in all of 2007 with victories in each of his first two outings of 2008. Although Bleich has suffered two losses and a no decision in his last three starts, his ERA has actually gone down 81 points in those three starts as only one of the 12 runs scored against him was earned. Erik Davis (4-1, 4.46) struggled early but has been excellent in his last three starts, combining for a 3-0 record and a 2.52 ERA with two complete games and 23 strikeouts in 25.0 innings. Jeffrey Inman (4-0, 1.80, 30.0 IP, 18 SO) has given up just two runs in his last three starts over 18.1 frames, scattering 19 hits with 13 strikeouts over the stretch.
Freshmen Making Their Mark - Stanford has had a total of 12 freshmen play over the first 24 games. Zach Jones (.259, 2 HR, 15 RBI, 6 SB) and Jake Schlander (.208, 11 RBI, 2 SB) have made the biggest impact among position players with Jones starting 22 of the last 23 games and Schlander starting all 25. Although Schlander has struggled offensively, he has made just two errors in the field in 100 defensive chances for a .980 fielding percentage as the team's shortstop. Drew Storen (1-2, 3.22, 2 SV, 22.1 IP, 22 SO) has arguably been the team's top reliever and co-leads the team with two saves and 10 appearances. Alex Pracher (0-1, 9.53, 1 SV, 11.1 IP, 10 SO) has equauled Storen's 10 appearances, while Danny Sandbrink (0-0, 2.13, 12.2 IP, 3 SO) has been effective in seven outings and two starts.
Fifth All-Time Winningest Program - Stanford is the fifth all-time winningest program in college baseball history with a record of 2533-1587-33 (.614) in 4153 games over 115-plus 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.
Stringer Nearing All-Time Save List - David Stringer has 10 career saves and 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, 33-8.
Significantly Better Pitching And Fielding In 2008 - Stanford has had much better pitching and fielding numbers in 2008. Stanford has recorded a 4.06 ERA that is 1.95 points better than the 6.01 the team recorded as the worst mark in school history in 2007. The Cardinal's .975 fielding percentage is 12 points ahead of last year's .963 and only .002 points shy of the school record .977, while the team's .301 batting average is just four points less than last year's .305.
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 is hitting .330 with eight homers, 26 RBI and three stolen bases in his first 25 contests of 2008.
Day And Night - Stanford has been better this season at day (12-3-1) than at night (3-6).
Better Against The Best - Stanford is 8-3-1 against ranked squads (according to Baseball America at the time of the game) and just 7-6 versus teams not in the Baseball America poll at the time of the game. The Cardinal is coming off a two-of-three series victory against top-ranked Arizona State from April 4-6 and tied No. 5 California on April 7.
Upcoming Games - After tonight's game, Stanford will play seven of its next eight games on the road. Stanford starts the stretch with a three-game series at Oregon State (Friday-Sunday, April 11-13, 5 pm, 1 pm, 1 pm, PT).