Stanford Travels Down to Long Beach State

May 5, 2010

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Upcoming Series
Stanford Baseball (23-17, 10-8 Pac-10), winners of two straight after four straight losses, will head to Long Beach State this weekend for a three-game series following a win, 8-3, on Monday over Santa Clara and a 10-7 Tuesday win over fellow county rival, San Jose State. This weekend the Cardinal head to Long Beach for the first ever three-game series between the Dirtbags (20-20) and Cardinal, playoff rivals from 1998 to 2004. Stanford returns home to host Santa Clara May 10. Freshman third baseman Kenny Diekroeger is on a 14-game hit streak entering the weekend series, raising his average to .367. Junior first baseman Jonathan Kaskow is flirting with .400, batting .402 on the season.

Leading Off
• The streaky Cardinal have won two straight after dropping four straight. Two weeks ago they had won eight straight.
• Stanford freshmen Kenny Diekroeger and Stephen Piscotty along with senior infielder Adam Gaylord, may be the only ones familar with LBSU’s Blair Field. Diekroeger and Piscotty played in the area code games last summer, Gaylord grew up in Long Beach until he was five.
Brett Mooneyham struck out 13 last Friday, the most by a Cardinal pitcher since Erik Davis in 2008. He has 23 strikeouts the last two weeks.
• Close games are the team’s mantra this year, as the Cardinal are 8-2 in games decided by one run, winning eight times in its last at-bat.
• Stanford’s 15-inning affair at Washington was one of its longest in school-history, match a 15-inning game in 2002 against SCU and an 18-inning game at Arizona in 2002.

Projected Weekend Rotation
Friday - So. LHP Brett Mooneyham (1-5, 5.30) at RHP Andrew Gagnon (5-4, 2.82)
Saturday - So. RHP Jordan Pries (3-2, 3.58) at RHP Jake Thompson (5-2, 5.22)
Sunday - So. RHP Brian Busick (4-1, 4.12) at RHP Branden Pinder (3-5, 4.05)

Pac-10 Standings
After dropping three straight at Washington, the Cardinal dropped to four games back of Arizona State, tied with Oregon for third place. Cal is three games back of the front-running Sun Devils (14-4).

In the Rankings
• Stanford dropped back out of the rankings for the second time this season after ranking as high as No. 18 for the second time this year. The team’s highest ranking was No. 18 during week two and during the last week of April. The Cardinal began the season ranked as high as No. 25 nationally in USA Today in the preseason.

Out of Left Field
• Cuba a longtime nemesis of USA Baseball also has both head coaches this weekend in common. Mark Marquess and Mike Weathers (then a collegian at Chapman College), have both played and coached against Cuba as members of Team USA. Weathers played for the U.S. in 1970, losing to the Cubans for a silver medal at the World Games, Marquess won a gold medal at the 1967 Pan American Games. Weathers was an assistant with Team USA in 2003 and the head coach in 2007, winning silver medals. Marquess was the head coach in 1981, 1987 and 1988, winning golds at the 1988 Seoul Olympics and at the 1981 World Games.

About the Dirtbags
• Mike Weathers is in his ninth year at the helm as LBSU is 20-20 on the season, playing at Pepperdine on Wednesday after losing two of three at Cal Poly last weekend. Miami transfer Joey Terdoslavich is the team’s leading home run hitter with six homers and a .335 average, while first baseman Steve Tinoco is batting .348 with 40 RBIs. Terdoslavich also has a team-leading 40 RBIs. Shortstop Devin Lohman has a .420 average. On the mound, RHP Andrew Gagnon is the team’s stopper with a 5-4 record and 2.82 ERA as the Friday night starter.

Long Beach State Series
• The two programs will be competing in its first weekend series. Stanford holds an 8-4 series record. Stanford has played at Long Beach State just three times, 1968 and 1969, when Stanford Coach Mark Marquess was a two-sport star for the Cardinal and in 1990, all Stanford wins. From 1998 to 2004 the team competed against one another in four NCAA Regionals. LBSU eliminated the Cardinal in 1998 and in 2004, the latter behind Jered Weaver; while Stanford eliminated the Dirtbags hopes thanks to Ryan Garko and company in 2002 and 2003.

Cardinal Power Past San Jose State
• Powered by three home runs Stanford defeated county rival, San Jose State 10-7 on Tuesday. Dave Giuliani hit is second homer in as many days (and in his career) as Stanford went up 8-3 as Danny Sandbrink and Scott Snodgress combined on the win. Kenny Diekroeger had three hits to extend his hit streak to 14 games.

Stanford Wins on Monday
Dave Giuliani hit his first career home run, a three-run shot in the third as Stanford (22-17) snapped a four-game losing streak with an 8-3 win over cross-county rival, Santa Clara (18-24) on Monday. Freshman Dean McArdle (3-0), in his first career start, went a pre-determined four innings, giving up two runs on five hits for the win. Mark Appel pitched the final five innings for his second save, allowing just a single run.

Cardinal Swept in Washington
• Stanford were swept in Washington, pushing its losing streak to four games following three straight losses in the Pacific Northwest (L 2-4, L 1-8, L 3-4 (15)). In the opener, Brett Mooneyham had his best start of the season, to date, striking out 13, in a complete game loss, giving up four runs (two earned) on four hits. In the Saturday game at Safeco Field, Stanford could manage just one run against Andrew Kittredge, committing four errors on Saturday and seven in the first two games. In Sunday’s finale, in a brisk four-hour, 15-innning game, closer Alex Pracher threw seven shutout innings after entering the game in the eighth, before throwing a wild pitch in the 15th to allow the winning run to score. Stanford hit just .195 for the weekend. Kenny Diekroeger with three hits a piece on Saturday and Sunday to extended his hit streak to 12 games.

Friday WSU Game on Fox Sports West
• Friday’s game with Washington State on May May 14 at 6 p.m. will be broadcast on Fox Sports West and prelude fireworks night at Klein Field at Sunken Diamond. The game will be replayed on Comcast Bay Area on Saturday at 10 p.m.

Newbies Homer During the Midweeks

• Two Stanford Cardinal hit their first career home runs over the previous two midweek games with Santa Clara. Scott Colton’s three-run shot in Santa Clara last Monday was his first in his two-year career, while Dave Giuliani hit a three-run homer this Monday for his first homer in three seasons. Giuliani hit another homer the next night against San Jose State

Mooneyham Striking Them Out
Brett Mooneyham struck out a career-best 13 at Washington, after 10 the week prior against Cal. Despite just four runs (two earned) on four hits, he took the loss up in Seattle after giving up just one earned against the Bears. Over his last two starts he has a 1.76 ERA.

Freshman Excels at Third
Kenny Diekroeger, a prep shortstop, has adjusted to third base this season, leading the team with 18 multi-hit games and eight multi-RBI contests. He is hitting .367 overall with 34 runs, 10 doubles and 28 RBIs. He rides a 14-game hit streak into the weekend. Diekroeger has the longest hit streak since 2004. Here are the longest hit streaks this decade (since 2001):

Longest Cardinal Hit Streaks Since 1988*
28, Troy Paulsen, 1988
26, Carlos Quentin, 2003
21, Brian Hall, 2004
20, Ryan Garko, 2001
19, Josh Hochgesang, 1997
17, Sam Fuld, 2003
16, John Mayberry, Jr., 2003
15, Donny Lucy, 2004
15, Danny Putnam, 2004
15, Andy Topham, 2001
15, Jason Cooper, 2002
15, Paul Carey, 1988
(*-partial records from 1988 to 1994)

Balanced Lineup
• Stanford has had a very balanced lineup all season, with five players with at least 25 RBIs, four with at least 10 doubles and five with at least 24 runs. In addition, three players have walked at least 20 times this season.

Clutch Performances
• The Cardinal have won eight games in its last at-bat, with five different players, Zach Jones (GW hit versus Pepperdine, GW single versus USC), Kenny Diekroeger (GW double versus Rice, GW Sac fly versus Cal-4/23, GW RBI double versus Cal-4/25), Jonathan Kaskow (GW hit versus UCSB), Jake Schlander (walk-off solo homer in the 11th vs. UCSB) and Colin Walsh (two-run homer at OSU).

Grand Olde Game with the Cardinal
• Opening Day around Major League Baseball had nine Stanford alumni within its ranks, from general managers Kenny Williams (White Sox) and Ruben Amaro, Jr. (Phillies), to a manager, A.J. Hinch (Diamondbacks) to six Major Leaguers: starter Jeremy Guthrie (Orioles), first baseman Ryan Garko (Rangers), outfielder Carlos Quentin (White Sox), outfielder Jody Gerut (Brewers), catcher Donny Lucy (White Sox) and catcher John Hester (Diamondbacks).

2000s Heroes Amongst Nominees for All-CWS Team
• Former Stanford stars John Hudgins and Ryan Garko are amongst the nominees for the College World Series All-Legends team, selected in part, by fan voting at ncaasports.com/cws. Hudgins, the former CWS Most Outstanding Player from the early 2000s, is one of 14 pitchers on the ballot. He went 3-0 as he stuck out 15 and only gave up five earned runs in 24 innings of work during the 2003 classic earning All-America and Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year honors as a junior. Garko, the Johnny Bench Award winner, is one of nine catchers on the ballot. The current Major Leaguer helped guide Stanford to the national championship game in 2001 and 2003.

Tickets Available
• Tickets for the team’s home games are available at www.gostanford.com or by calling 1-800-STANFORD.

On the Web
• All Stanford home games are streamed through CBS All-Access through the gostanford.com website. In additional, all audio for allgames are through kzsu.stanford.edu. Live stats are available through CBS’ Gametracker software through the website.

Cardinal Picked Fourth by Pac-10 Coaches
• Stanford Baseball was picked to finish fourth in the preseason Pacific 10 Conference coaches poll. The Cardinal received 59 points, behind three-time defending champion, Arizona State (78 points and 7 first place votes), Oregon State (67, 2) and UCLA. The rest of the Pac-10 preseason picks are: Arizona (fifth), Washington State, Cal, USC, Washington and Oregon.

Two-Sport Tradition
• Including Heisman runner-up Toby Gerhart (running back and outfielder), current head coach Mark Marquess (who was a quarterback, defensive back and punt returner) and NFL Hall of Famer John Elway (and outfielder and quarterback), the Cardinal have had a number of great two-sport stars. One of the first was Ernie Nevers, who starred for the Cardinal in the early part of the 20th Centruy. That list has included: Major League pitcher Joe Borchard (also a QB), NFL and MLB player Chad Hutchinson (RHP and QB), 1940s Major Leaguer Lloyd Merriman, Brian Johnson (QB) and John Lynch (QB and RHP). Backup running back Tyler Gaffney, a freshman outfielder on the team, is the latest two-sport athlete.

Quentin One of Decade’s Best
• Stanford Major Leaguer Carlos Quentin was named one of Baseball America’s players of the decade for the first 10 years of the new century, joining four other Pac-10 players on the national publication’s look back at the decade. A four-year Major Leaguer with the Diamondbacks and White Sox. Pac-10 players included: UCLA second baseman Chase Utley, Oregon State outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, USC pitcher Mark Prior and Washington pitcher Tim Lincecum.

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