Stanford Set to Host Four-Game Homestand vs. Saint Mary's and No. 2 Texas
March 5, 2009
STANFORD CARDINAL (2-5) vs. SAINT MARY'S GAELS (6-2)
Thursday, March 5 5:00 p.m. Klein Field at Sunken Diamond (Stanford, CA)
Undecided vs. RHP Kyle Barraclough (1-0, 0.00)
STANFORD CARDINAL vs. TEXAS LONGHORNS (10-0)
Friday, March 6 5:00 p.m. Klein Field at Sunken Diamond (Stanford, CA)
**TV: CBS COLLEGE SPORTS TELEVISION**
RHP Jeffrey Inman (0-1, 4.85) vs. RHP Chance Ruffin (2-0, 3.14)
Saturday, March 7 1:00 p.m. Klein Field at Sunken Diamond (Stanford, CA)
LHP Brett Mooneyham (0-1, 3.68) vs. Undecided
Sunday, March 8 1:00 p.m. Klein Field at Sunken Diamond (Stanford, CA)
Undecided vs. Undecided
All times Pacific; every game is broadcast on KZSU (90.1 FM) and gostanford.com
Stanford Hosts Four-Game Homestand Against Saint Mary's and No. 2/4 Texas
In its last week of play before the annual break for winter quarter finals, Stanford will host a four-game homestand against Saint Mary's (Thursday) and No. 2/4 Texas (Friday-Sunday).
The Cardinal will be looking to snap a four-game losing streak, which has come after Stanford won two of three games against Vanderbilt to open the 2009 campaign. Saint Mary's is off to a 6-2 start, while Texas is a perfect 9-0.
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.
**Please note that due to the late change of game day, Thursday night's game will not be carried on KZSU.** Sunday's game will be available on internet only, while the Friday and Saturday contests will be broadcast both over the radio and on the web.
Stanford will also make its 2009 television debut on Friday night, as CBS College Sports will telecast the Cardinal-Longhorns game live. Jason Knapp is set to call the play-by-play, while former Major League shortstop Kevin Stocker will be the color analyst.
CBS College Sports is available via Comcast Channel 418, and channel 176 for Stanford Academic. The network is also available nationwide via DIRECTV (613) and Dish (152).
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-Saint Mary's Series
Stanford will be looking to split the 2009 season series with Saint Mary's, after the Gaels posted a 5-3 victory Feb. 25 on The Farm. Stanford owns a 60-11-1 in the series since 1962.
Two of the traditional college baseball powers will continue their annual non-conference series this weekend. The clubs have played each other 44 times since 1981, with Stanford leading the series, 23-20-1. This will mark Texas' first visit to The Farm since Feb. 18-20, 2006, when the Cardinal won two of three contests.
'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 1,328-674-7 (.663) 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.
Home Sweet Home
In looking to snap its four-game losing streak, Stanford hopes to get a boost from its return to Klein Field at Sunken Diamond. The Cardinal is 2-2 on The Farm this year, and 332-113 (.746) at home since 1996. In fact, Stanford has won at least 17 games at home for 13 straight seasons.
After splitting its first two weekend series of the year, Stanford has now won 14 of its last 17 seekend sets - a stretch which dates back to the final month of the 2006 season. The Cardinal is an impressive 6-1 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 play a ranked opponent (according to Baseball America at the time of the game) for the second time in 2009 when it hosts No. 2 Texas this weekend. Stanford has gone 15-10-1 against ranked teams over the last two years.
More on the Cardinal-Longhorns Rivalry
Stanford and Texas, two of the most decorated programs in college baseball history, first met at the 1981 NCAA Central Regional in Austin. The teams have split their 12 postseason contests, meeting in Regional action in 1981, `94, 2001 and `06, while playing at the College World Series in 1982, `87 and 2002.
The Cardinal and Longhorns have played a three-game series each year since 1998, with the exception of Texas' trip to California in 2000 that was shortened to just two contests. Stanford has gone 7-3-1 (won-lost-split) in the 11 series during that time, including a 3-0-1 mark here at Klein Field at Sunken Diamond (7-4 record in individual games).
Texas last visited Palo Alto in 2006, and Stanford won two of three contests. In last season's series at Austin, the Cardinal lost the opening game (5-2) but rebounded to win the final two (6-5 and 12-9).
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.
Sophomore Jake Schlander has started at shortstop for each of Stanford's 74 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.
Gaylord Off to Hot Start
Junior infielder Adam Gaylord has hit safely in each of the four games he has had an at-bat, going 5-for-11 (.455) with a double and three RBI. He has started three contests (two at third base and one at second), and already has four more hits than he did in 2008 (one, in only 15 at-bats).
Side-arming reliever Carey Schwartz has stranded all four of his inherited runners thus far, while tossing 3.0-scoreless innings over three appearances. The sophomore right-hander has yielded just two hits in 11 at-bats (.182), with no walks and three strikeouts.
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 the Feb. 21 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.
More impressively, 28 of the last 30 Stanford classes have played in Omaha during some point of their collegiate careers on The Farm, as the Cardinal have advanced to the College World Series in 14 of the past 28 seasons (since 1982). Stanford has also qualified for the NCAA Tournament in 25 of the last 28 campaigns.