No. 14/7 Stanford To Face First Road Test at No. 7/17 Cal State Fullerton
Feb. 27, 2009
STANFORD CARDINAL (2-2) AT CAL STATE FULLERTON TITANS (2-2)
Friday, Feb. 27 7:00 p.m. Goodwin Field (Fullerton, Calif.)
RHP Jeffrey Inman (0-0, 6.43) vs. RHP Daniel Renken (0-0, 3.18)
Saturday, Feb. 28 6:00 p.m. Goodwin Field (Fullerton, Calif.)
LHP Brett Mooneyham (0-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Kyle Whitten (0-0, 8.31)
Sunday, Feb. 27 1:00 p.m. Goodwin Field (Fullerton, Calif.)
RHP Max Fearnow (0-0, 6.75) vs. RHP Tyler Pill (0-0, 10.80)
All times Pacific; every game is broadcast on KZSU (90.1 FM) and gostanford.com
No. 14/7 Stanford Travels to No. 7/17 Cal State Fullerton For Weekend Series
No. 14/7 Stanford (2-2) will face its first road test of the 2009 campaign this weekend, traveling to No. 7/17 Cal State Fullerton (2-2) for a three-game weekend set.
The Cardinal opened the season with a four-game homestand, winning two of three contests against Vanderbilt last weekend before dropping a 5-3 decision to Saint Mary's on Wednesday night. The Titans, on the other hand, lost two of three to visiting TCU last weekend before posting an 8-6 victory Wednesday night at San Diego State.
All 56 of Stanford's regular season games, and any postseason contests, will be carried live on the home of Cardinal baseball for nearly 51 years - student station KZSU 90.1 FM. The KZSU broadcast is available on the intranet either at www.kzsulive.stanford.edu or via a link on www.gostanford.com.
Erik Adams will handle play-by-play duties this weekend, while Matt Hodson will provide color. Friday night and Sunday will be available on internet only, while Saturday's contest will be broadcast both over the radio and on the web.
In keeping consistent with the Pacific-10 Conference, the rankings listed on all Stanford Baseball releases will list the Baseball America poll first and Collegiate Baseball second.
Stanford will make its first visit to Goodwin Field since knocking Cal State Fullerton out of the 2008 NCAA Super Regional in two games. The Cardinal won 4-3 in the Super Regional opener, then booked its trip to the College World Series with an 8-5 victory in Game Two.
Stanford-Cal State Fullerton Series
Stanford won all five meetings with Cal State Fullerton in 2008, including a three-game sweep at Klein Field at Sunken Diamond the weekend of Feb. 29-March 2. Following its two victories in the NCAA Super Regional, Stanford owns a 54-38 all-time advantage in a series that dates back to 1979.
'Nine' Going for Ninth
Stanford's Mark Marquess, who is in his 33rd year at the helm of his alma mater, is the 10th-winningest head coach in NCAA Division I baseball history (fourth among active skippers) with a career 1,328-671-7 (.664) record.
Marquess is just three victories away from matching Larry Cochell (1967-2005) for ninth on the all-time list (1,331), and is only 14 wins shy of matching USC legend Rod Dedeaux (1,342 between 1942-47 and 1949-86) for eighth.
On the Road
Stanford will venture away from Klein Field at Sunken Diamond for the first time in 2009 this weekend. The Cardinal went 15-11-2 in official road games in 2008, while adding a 2-2 mark at Rosenblatt Stadium during the College World Series.
Beginning with the final three games of the 2007 season, Stanford has fared better in weekend road series than midweek contests. The Cardinal has won five of its last six weekend series away from The Farm, while going 12-6 (.667) in games during that stretch.
After winning two of three games against Vanderbilt last weekend, Stanford is now 14-2 in its last 16 weekend series - a stretch which dates back to the final month of the 2006 season. The Cardinal is a perfect 6-0 in sets against non-conference opponents over that stretch, with three-game series victories against Pacific (2007 and 2008), Nebraska (2008), Cal State Fullerton (2008), at Texas (2008) and vs. Vandy (2009).
Going Up Against the Best
The Cardinal will face its first test of 2009 against a ranked opponent (according to Baseball America at the time of the game) this weekend in Fullerton. Last season, Stanford's College World Series club was an impressive 15-7-1 (.674) angainst ranked teams.
Doing It the Hard Way
Stanford has shown a penchant for comebacks in the early going, coming from behind in both of its wins while nearly erasing large deficits in each of its losses.
The Cardinal began its 2009 campaign by rallying from a 5-0, third-inning deficit en route to a 6-5, 10-inning win over Vanderbilt on Opening Night. In the second game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Commodores, Stanford scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth to erase a 5-3 hole and win 6-5.
While falling short in two losses, Stanford has had either the potential tying or winning run at the plate in the ninth inning in each game. Vanderbilt led 12-1 going to the bottom of the eighth in the opener of Saturday's doubleheader, but the Cardinal scored seven in the eighth and one in the ninth, while the game ended with two runners on. Stanford trailed Saint Mary's 5-1 heading into the ninth on Wednesday, but scored twice and again had a pair of runners on base when the final out was recorded.
Trying to Beat Dad's Alma Mater
Toby Gerhart's father, Todd, was an all-conference running back at Cal State Fullerton from 1981-84. Toby is 2-for-9 with a home run and two RBI in five career games against the Titans (one start, in 2007).
Inman Named to Golden Spikes Award Watch List; Third-Team All-America
Junior right-handed pitcher Jeffrey Inman has been named by USA Baseball as one of 50 players on the preseason Golden Spikes Award Watch List, while is also a preseason third-team All-America selection by Baseball America.
Sponsored by Major League Baseball, the Golden Spikes Award is in its 32nd season honoring the top player in college baseball. The list will be paired down to 30 on May 26 and again to five finalists on June 2, while the winner will be announced in a July 15 awards show as part of MLB All-Star festivities in St. Louis.
Inman played a key role in Stanford's run to the 2008 College World Series, going 7-2 with a 4.27 ERA (34er, 71.2ip) in 16 games (13 starts) as a sophomore. He showed why he is considered among the nation's top pitchers during a stellar seven-outing, six start stretch in March and April in which he went 5-0 with a 1.49 ERA (6er, 36.1ip). His final start of the season came at the College World Series, when he allowed just two runs and struck out five over 5.1 innings against eventual finalist Georgia. For the season, Inman held right-handed batters to a .246 average (35-for-142).
The Bakersfield, Calif. native followed his sophomore collegiate campaign by striking out 34 batters in just 31.1 innings for the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox, and was tabbed by Baseball America as the ninth-best prospect in the 2008 Cape Cod League.
Storen Named to NCBWA Stopper of the Year Watch List
Stanford sophomore right-hander Drew Storen is one of 40 players selected to the initial watch list for the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year Award. The award is in its fifth season, and honors the top relief pitcher in NCAA Division I baseball.
Storen emerged as one of college baseball's premier closers during a stellar freshman campaign in 2008, going 5-3 with eight saves and a 3.51 ERA (22er, 56.1ip) in a club-high 31 relief outings. He was a first-team freshman All-America selection by Collegiate Baseball/Louisville Slugger, while he earned second-team honors from Rivals.com and third-team accolades from Ping!Baseball. The first-team All-Pac-10 performer was fourth in the league for saves (second among freshmen), while he tied for the seventh-highest single-season save total in Stanford history.
The Brownsburg, Ind. native logged a 3.3:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio during his rookie collegiate season, fanning 50 batters against only 15 walks. He also held opposing batters to a .257 average (53-for-206), including a paltry .229 mark to right-handed hitters (25-for-109). Storen tied for fifth in the Pac-10 for appearances and tied for second by finishing 20 games, while 22 of his 31 outings were at least 1.1 innings.
Following Stanford's 2008 season, Storen served as the closer for the Cotuit Kettleers in the prestigious Cape Cod League. He posted five saves, a 2.76 ERA (5er, 16.1ip) and .200 average against (12-for-60) in 13 relief appearances, with 15 strikeouts against five walks.
Back for More
Stanford is welcoming back 18 returning letterwinners from its 2008 College World Series club, a total that includes six starting position players, three starting pitchers and its closer.
The Cardinal will retain the services of the following starting position players: OF Joey August (Sr.), OF Toby Gerhart (Jr.), 3B Zach Jones (So.), 1B Brent Milleville (Sr.), SS Jake Schlander (So.) and OF Jeff Whitlow (Sr.). Please note that Gerhart and Whitlow spent a majority of the season in a platoon role.
RHP Max Fearnow (Sr.), RHP Jeffrey Inman (Jr.) and RHP Danny Sandbrink (So.) all saw significant time in the 2008 rotation, while closer Drew Storen (RHP - So). is back after a freshman All-America campaign.
Although Stanford lost some offensive production with four starting position players from a year ago being selected in the 2008 MLB First-Year Player Draft, senior first baseman Brent Milleville looks poised to fill that void.
Milleville was an honorable mention All-Pac-10 performer in 2008, setting career highs with a .289 average (54-for-187), 33 runs scored, 11 home runs, 57 RBI and a .513 slugging percentage. He was arguably Stanford's top offensive threat over the second half of the season, batting .303 (43-for-102) with eight doubles, nine homers and a club-high 48 RBI over the team's final 37 games.
Following Stanford's 2008 season, Milleville played in the prestigious Cape Cod League and was one of two designated hitters named to the All-League team after tying for the circuit lead with six home runs.
The Wichita, Kan. native is off to a solid start in 2009, going 6-for-15 (.400) with one double and two RBI over the first four contests - including a trio of two-hit efforts. Milleville has also shown his athleticism with a pair of stolen bases (in two attempts).
Sophomore Jake Schlander has started at shortstop for each of Stanford's 71 games during his collegiate career. In 2008, he became the first Stanford freshman to start every game at shortstop since games played became an officially kept statistic in 1960. The Scottsdale, Ariz. native was the first Cardinal rookie to start each contest at any position since current San Diego Padres outfielder Jody Gerut did so in 1996.
From the Gridiron to the Diamond
Junior outfielder Toby Gerhart is the latest in a proud Stanford tradition of two-sport athletes. During the 2008 football season, the running back established Stanford's single-season record with 1,136 rushing yards. The bruising runner averaged 5.4 yards per carry (210 attempts), while scoring 15 rushing touchdowns - good for second in school history.
On the diamond, Gerhart will look to build upon a solid end to his 2008 season. The Norco, Calif. native collected 12 RBI over his final 11 games (including seven postseason contests), while hitting at a .356 clip (16-for-56) with four home runs. He has gone 3-for-14 (.214) over the first four games of 2009, with a double and three RBI.
Welcome to The Farm
Freshman pitcher Jordan Pries did not have to wait long to make his collegiate debut - all of seven innings, in fact. With Stanford's Opening Night contest with Vanderbilt tied 5-5, the right-hander began the eighth inning and proceeded to toss 3.0-innings of two-hit, shutout ball (1bb,1so).
When Toby Gerhart delievered a walk-off, RBI-single with two outs in the bottom of the 10th, Pries was a winner in his first Stanford appearance.
Debuts and Milestones
In addition to Pries' effort, Stanford has experienced a bevy of individual firsts during its first four games, from freshmen making collegiate debuts to first career hits, home runs and RBI.
The following seven Cardinal freshmen have seen their first collegiate action thus far: RHP Brian Busick, IF/RHP Mike Garza, C/OF Christian Griffiths, LHP Brett Mooneyham, Pries, LHP Chris Reed and LHP Scott Snodgress. In addition, sophomore Kellen McColl played in his first contest when he started at designated hitter on Opening Night.
Kellen Kiilsgaard belted a solo home run against Vanderbilt in the opener of last Saturday's doubleheader for his first career hit and RBI. Jonathan Kaskow, McColl and Wande Olabisi have all collected their first career RBI, while Griffiths recorded his initial collegiate hit.
Stanford has eight players on its 35-man roster that has had a parent or grandparent play professional sports:
Joey August (father, Bill, was a quarterback with the NFL's San Francisco 49ers in 1975, but did not play in a game); Toby Gerhart (father, Todd, played in the USFL with the Denver Gold in 1985-86 and went to NFL training camp with the Minnesota Vikings in 1986 and Houston Oilers in 1987); Jonathan Kaskow (father, Chris, played men's doubles tennis at Wimbledon in 1977); Kellen Kiilsgaard (grandfather, Carl, played for the NFL's Chicago Cardinals in 1950); Michael Marshall (father, Mike, was a two-time World Series champion and played 11 MLB seasons from 1981-91 with the Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets and Boston Red Sox); Kellen McColl (father, Milt was a two-time Super Bowl champion during an eight-year NFL career with the San Francisco 49ers and Los Angeles Raiders from 1981-88; grandfather, Bill, played for the NFL's Chicago Bears from 1952-59; uncle, Duncan, was drafted by the NFL's Washington Redskins in 1977); Brett Mooneyham (father, Bill, pitched for the Oakland Athletics in 1986) and Jordan Pries (grandfather, Bud Daley, was a two-time World Series winner during a 10-year MLB career with the Cleveland Indians, Kansas City Athletics and New York Yankees from 1955-64).
Stanford at the Plate
Stanford on the Mound
Stanford with the Gloves
A Look at the Schedule
Long a staple under head coach Mark Marquess, Stanford will once again play a tough schedule in 2009. The Cardinal will play a total of 25 games against nine clubs that advanced to the 2008 NCAA Tournament: Arizona (3 games), Arizona State (3), California (5), Cal State Fullerton (3), San Diego (1), Texas (3), UC Davis (2), UCLA (3) and Vanderbilt (2).
The Cardinal is currently scheduled to have five regular season games televised on a total of three stations. Home contests against Texas on March 6, UCLA on April 11 and Arizona on April 24 are slated to be shown live on the CBS College Sports Network (CSTV). Stanford's April 4 tilt will be televised by Comcast SportsNet Northwest, while the April 17 contest at Arizona State will be aired on Fox SportsNet Arizona.
Stanford Among the All-Time Best
Stanford enters its 116th season of college baseball with the fifth-most wins of any NCAA Division I program, having posted a 2,559-1,602-34 (.612) all-time record. That ledger includes 128 NCAA Tournament wins over 28 appearances, tied for the sixth-most all-time.
Leading the Pac
Since the Pac-10 disbanded the two-division system and realigned prior to the 1999 season, Stanford leads all conference teams with 431 wins, four league titles and six trips to the College World Series.
After going 41-24-2 in 2008, Stanford has finished at least .500 in 15 straight seasons, and in 30 of 32 campaigns under head coach Mark Marquess.