Standord Set to Host UCLA in Pac-10 Series
April 9, 2009
STANFORD CARDINAL (11-12, 5-4) vs. UCLA BRUINS (12-17, 5-4)
Thursday, April 9 5:30 p.m. Klein Field at Sunken Diamond (Stanford, CA)
RHP Jeffrey Inman (1-4, 5.09) vs. RHP Gerrit Cole (2-3, 4.14)
Friday, April 10 5:30 p.m. Klein Field at Sunken Diamond (Stanford, CA)
RHP Jordan Pries (3-0, 3.86) vs. RHP Trevor Bauer (4-3, 2.72)
Saturday, April 11 1:00 p.m. PK Park (Eugene, OR)
**Televised by CBS College Sports Network**
LHP Brett Mooneyham (2-1, 4.15) vs. RHP Charles Brewer (1-3, 4.17)
All times Pacific; every game is broadcast on KZSU (90.1 FM) and gostanford.com
Stanford Set to Host UCLA in Three-Game Pac-10 Series
Winners of two straight games, five of its last six contests and seven of its past nine outings, the Stanford Cardinal (11-12, 5-4) will host the UCLA Bruins (11-17, 5-4) in a three-game, Pac-10 series this Thursday-Saturday at Klein Field at Sunken Diamond. Thursday night's and Friday night's games will each start at 5:30 p.m., while the Saturday contest is set for 1 p.m.
Stanford went 4-1 last week, posting non-conference wins at Pacific at Santa Clara before taking two of three games in the weekend Pac-10 set at Oregon. UCLA dropped two of three contests at Washington State last weekend, but posted an 8-3 victory over No. 5 UC Irvine on Wednesday.
The Cardinal and Bruins are tied for fourth in the Pac-10, 3.0 games behind front-running Arizona State (8-1), 1.5 contests in back of second-place Oregon State (5-1) and 0.5-game behind third-place Washington State (4-2).
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 internet either at www.kzsulive.stanford.edu or via a link on www.gostanford.com.
Erik Adams will be behind the mic for this weekend's games against UCLA.
Saturday's game will also be televised on the CBS College Sports Network, with Tom Hart handling play-by-play duties and former major league shortstop Kevin Stocker providing color.
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).
'Nine' Moves Into Ninth
Stanford's Mark Marquess is the ninth-winningest head coach in NCAA Division I baseball history, having compiled a 1,337-681-7 (.662) career record in his 33 campaigns at the helm of his alma mater. He is just five victories shy of matching Rod Dedeaux, who ranks eighth with 1,342 victories over 44 seasons at USC (1942-47 and 1949-86).
Marquess moved into sole possession of ninth place on the all-time list with his 1,332nd career win - a 13-3 victory over Washington March 27. With that Stanford win, he snapped a tie for ninth with Larry Cochell, who logged a 1,331-813-3 (.621) ledger over 39 years with seven schools.
Stanford and UCLA have met 243 times since 1959 (when Stanford's single-game results are available), with the Cardinal owning a 145-98 edge over the last 50 years. Stanford won two of three games April 18-20, 2008 in Los Angeles, with UCLA needing a Sunday win to avoid the sweep.
Stanford at the Plate
Stanford on the Mound
Stanford with the Gloves
After taking two of three games at Oregon last weekend, Stanford is now an impressive 16-5 in its last 21 weekend sets - a stretch which dates back to the final month of the 2006 season.
Stanford is 10-3 in Pac-10 sets over the stretch, including a 2-1 mark in 2009. After dropping two of three at California in the opening conference series of the season, the Cardinal has rebounded to win each of its past two Pac-10 sets (vs. Washington and at Oregon).
Five is Fine
Stanford is 10-4 this season when scoring at least five runs in a game, and 1-8 when plating four or fewer.
Stanford has scored 62 of its 123 runs (50.4%) this season with two outs in an inning. The Cardinal is batting .258 (68-for-264) with two outs.
Start Me Up
Stanford's weekend rotation of junior RHP Jeffrey Inman, freshman RHP Jordan Pries and freshman LHP Brett Mooneyham has keyed consecutive Pac-10 series wins for the Cardinal. Against Washington and at Oregon, the trio has combined to go 4-1 with a 2.56 ERA (11er, 38.2ip) and a .194 opponents' average (26-for-134). They have also posted 34 strikeouts while issuing just 11 walks.
The three hurlers have worked at least 6.0 innings in five of the six starts, while completing 7.0 frames in four of the contests.
Can't Touch This
The freshman duo of LHP Brett Mooneyham and RHP Jordan Pries have been among the nation's toughest pitchers to hit thus far in 2009. Mooneyham ranks 13th among all NCAA Division I hurlers with an average of 5.54 hits allowed per nine innings (16h, 26.0ip), while Pries checks in at 17th with his average of 5.64 (19h, 30.1ip).
Mooneyham has limited opposing hitters to a .193 average (16-for-83) to ranks 5th in the Pac-10, while Pries is third with a .176 mark (19-for-108). Mooneyham is also 83rd nationally with an average of 10.04 strikeouts per 9.0 innings (29so).
Pries' Stellar Start
Freshman RHP Jordan Pries has gone 3-0 with a 3.86 ERA (13er, 30.1ip) over his first six collegiate outings (four starts). The Alameda, Calif. native is the first Stanford freshman to start 3-0 with at least one of the wins coming as part of the regular weekend rotation since Greg Reynolds in 2004. Mark Romanczuk won his first 12 decisions as a freshman in 2003, with the first three victories coming out of the bullpen before winning nine starts en route to a 12-2 debut campaign. Austin Yount was a perfect 4-0 in 16 relief appearances during his freshman 2006 season.
Swing and a Miss
Sophomore RHP Drew Storen has continued to demonstrate the electric stuff that made him a freshman All-American in 2008, as he has compiled 28 strikeouts in just 16.0 innings of work - an average of 15.75 punchouts per 9.0 innings. Storen has allowed just one walk thus far in 2009, while forging a 2-0 record with three saves (tied for fifth in the Pac-10) and a 1.69 ERA (3er, 16.0ip) in a staff-high 11 relief appearances.
Storen has tossed 7.2 consecutive scoreless innings over his last four outings, with 14 strikeouts and no walks. Stanford's closer is 1-0 with two saves over the stretch, while limiting opponents to just four hits in 27 at-bats (.148).Storen has a career 4.9:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio, fanning 78 against 16 free passes in 72.1 innings pitched.
Setting the Table
Sophomore second baseman Colin Walsh has been Stanford's leadoff hitter for each of the past 14 games, and has posted a .536 on-base percentage as the Cardinal has gone 9-5 in those contests. He has is hitting .347 (17-for-49) during the stretch, with 12 runs scored, three doubles, six RBI, 19 walks, one hit-by-pitch and two stolen bases. The switch-hitting Walsh has hit safely in 10 of those games (including four multi-hit efforts), while he has reached base safely via hit, walk or hit-by-pitch in 13 contests (including 12 games reaching base safely at least twice). In addition, Walsh has played flawless defense at second base, handling all 58 chances without an error.
Walsh has drawn 21 bases on balls in his 22 contests overall, ranking 13th in the country by drawing an average of 0.95-walk per game. He is tied for third in the Pac-10 for walks, while ranking 10th with an overall .457 on-base percentage. His 12 walks in Pac-10-only games leads the conference, while he is tied for fourth with nine runs and ranks fifth with a .533 on-base mark in those contests.
Walsh has hit safely in 20 of his last 26 starts dating back to 2008, going 34-for-98 (.347) with 23 runs scored, seven doubles, 14 RBI and 26 walks.
Toby on a Tear
Following a 5-for-9 effort this past weekend at Oregon, junior OF Toby Gerhart is hitting at a .452 clip (14-for-31) with seven runs scored, two doubles, two triples, two home runs and nine RBI over his last eight contests. He has hit safely in six multi-hit efforts over the stretch, including a pair of three-hit games.
His offensive success in Pac-10 play ranks Gerhart among leaders for conference-only games in: triples (t-1st - 2), stolen bases (t-2nd - 4), total bases (3rd - 24), hits (t-4th - 14), home runs (t-5th - 2), slugging percentage (7th - .686), doubles (t-7th - 3), batting average (9th - .400, 14-for-35) and RBI (t-10th - 8).
Iron Man is Heating Up
Sophomore shortstop Jake Schlander, who has started at SS for each of Stanford's 90 games during his collegiate career, is 11-for-26 (.423) with 10 runs scored, two doubles, one triple, one home run and four RBI over the last eight games. The Cardinal shortstop is tied for fourth in the conference with nine runs scored during Pac-10 play.
In 2008, Schlander 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.
Throughout his four years on The Farm, senior outfielder Joey August has been a picture of consistency at the plate. Stanford's active leader in batting average and hits, he owns a career .309 batting average (174-for-563) in 166 games (127 starts). He is also a lifetime .323 hitter (71-for-220) in 57 career Pac-10 contests.
August has enjoyed a power surge recently, hitting all four of his home runs within the last eight games. Three of those have come in Pac-10 contests, as he finds himself in a four-way tie for the most home runs in conference play. August hammered his first career grand slam in Stanford's 13-3 victory over Washington March 27, then the Salem, Ore. native went deep in front of family and friends during the Cardinal's 3-1 win April 4 at Oregon.
August has hit safely in 11 of his last 13 games overall, going 15-for-55 (.273).
Gaylord Getting it Done
Junior infielder Adam Gaylord has hit safely in 10 of the 14 games he has had an at-bat, while he leads the club with a .310 batting average (13-for-42). He has added two doubles, seven RBI and a club-best four sacrifice bunts, while he already has 12 more hits than he did in 2008 (one, in only 15 at-bats).
Gaylord has started 13 games - 11 at third base and two at second.
Sophomore Zach Jones, who has started 11 games at catcher (in addition to 12 at third base), has thrown out an outstanding 45 percent of attempted base stealers (nine of 20). He ranks third in the Pac-10 by nailing nine would-be base thieves, while he has also picked off a runner.
Stanford has posted a 7-4 record in his starts behind the plate, while Cardinal pitchers have logged a 4.27 ERA (47er, 99.0ip) in those contests.
Milly is Mashing
Senior 1B Brent Milleville has come alive over his last eight games, going 9-for-26 (.346) with seven runs scored, three home runs and seven RBI. Milleville has hit safely in six of those eight contests, including a trio of multi-hit contests.
Power From the Northwest
Sophomore right fielder Kellen Kiilsgaard is tied for seventh in the Pac-10 with six home runs and is just outside the top-10 with a .577 slugging percentage. However, he is tied for first with three roundtrippers in Pac-10 play, while tying for second with 11 RBI in conference games.
Kiilsgaard, a two-sport star at Auburn (Wash.) High School, was a redshirt freshman on Stanford's 2007 football squad, but gave up the gridiron to concentrate solely on baseball.
Fearnow Bullish Out of the `Pen
Senior right-hander Max Fearnow has been very impressive since moving to the Stanford bullpen, with a 1.69 ERA (2er, 10.2ip) over five relief outings. He has allowed just eight hits in 39 at-bats (.205), with one walk and nine strikeouts.
Fearnow earned the win March 25 at UC Davis with 3.0-innings of two-hit, shutout relief. After allowing a pair of singles in his first inning, he retired the final seven batters he faced as Stanford scored five runs.
Sophomore right-hander Danny Sandbrink has gone 1-0 with a 2.00 ERA (2er, 9.0ip) over his last four outings (two starts). In the equivalent of a complete game, he has allowed six hits and four walks, with nine strikeouts.
Sandbrink started a pair of midweek games, tossing 3.0-scoreless innings in Stanford's 5-2 win at UC Davis March 25, and earned the win with 4.0-effective frames in a 10-2 triumph March 30 at Pacific. He has also stranded both inherited runners, including retiring Oregon's four-five hitters on just two pitches April 3 in Eugene.
From Walk-on to Winning Pitcher
Sophomore reliever Carey Schwartz, who attended Palo Alto High School and wished to someday play at Stanford, was a huge success story in 2008 by making the club as a walk-on. The story has become even better in 2009, as he ranks third among Cardinal relievers with a 4.32 ERA (4er, 8.1ip) over seven appearances. The side-arming reliever has been huge in clutch situations, stranding eight of his nine inherited runners (88.9%). Schwartz earned his first career victory March 22 against, fittingly enough, California.
Back for More
Stanford's 35-man roster includes 17 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 has retained 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 last 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.
A New Guard
On the flip side, 230 of Stanford's 778 at-bats (29.6%) have been taken by players who had fewer than 20 at-bats in 2008: Mike Garza (5 in 2009, high school in 2008); Adam Gaylord (42 in `09, 15 in `08); Christian Griffiths (14 in `09, HS in `08); J.J. Jelmini (3 in `09, 3 in `08); Jonathan Kaskow (45 in `09, 5 in `08); Kellen Kiilsgaard (78 in `09, 3 in `08); Kellen McColl (3 in `09, 0 in `08); Min (Brian) Moon (26 in `09, 0 in `08) and Wande Olabisi (14 in `09, 4 in `08).
Likewise, 94.3 of the Cardinal's 205.0 innings pitched (46.0%) have been handled by players who threw less than 20.0 frames in 2008: Brian Busick (3.0 in 2009, high school in 2008); Brett Mooneyham (26.0 in `09, HS in `08); Jordan Pries (30.1 in `09, HS in `08); Chris Reed (1.1 in `09, HS in `08); Carey Schwartz (8.1 in `09, 3.1 in `08); Scott Snodgress (13.0 in `09, HS in `08); Kyle Thompson (2.2 in `09, 0.0 in `08) and Brandt Walker (9.2 in `09, 6.0 in `08).
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 he 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 then 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.
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.
From the Gridiron to the Diamond
Junior OF 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 rushing record with 1,136 yards. The bruising runner averaged 5.4 yards per carry (210 attempts), while scoring 15 rushing touchdowns - good for second in school history.
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 Among the All-Time Best
Currently in its 116th season of college baseball, Stanford has posted the fifth-most wins of any NCAA Division I program with a 2,570-1,614-34 (.613) 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 442 wins, four league titles and six trips to the College World Series.
Stanford has finished at least .500 in 15 straight seasons, and in 31 of 32 campaigns under head coach Mark Marquess. The Cardinal has also advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 25 of the last 28 years (since 1982), while advancing to the College World Series 14 times over that span. By virtue of that success, players on 28 of the last 30 four-year graduating classes at Stanford have played in Omaha.
Seven Former Stanford Players on 2009 MLB Opening Day Rosters
Continuing the proud tradition of Stanford baseball at the highest level, seven former Cardinal players are on Opening Day 25-man Major League Baseball rosters - infielder Eric Bruntlett (Philadelphia Phillies), outfielder Chris Carter (Boston Red Sox), first baseman Ryan Garko (Cleveland Indians), outfielder Jody Gerut (San Diego Padres), pitcher Jeremy Guthrie (Baltimore Orioles), infielder Jed Lowrie (Boston Red Sox) and outfielder Carlos Quentin (Chicago White Sox).
Carter and Lowrie experienced the pomp and circumstance of Opening Day for the first time, while Guthrie earned a pitcher's top regular season honor - the Opening Day start for Baltimore.