#14 Stanford Baseball To Visit #15 Cal State Fullerton In Three-Game Series February 2-4
Stanford, Calif. -
Jan. 30, 2001
#14 Stanford (2-2) continues a season-opening seven-game road trip with a three-game series at #15 Cal State Fullerton this Friday, February 2 - Sunday, February 4. The Cardinal has now split the first four games of its season-opening road trip after winning two-of-three games last weekend at Fresno State. Cal State Fullerton opened the 2001 season with a 5-2 loss at Pepperdine this past Tuesday. The Titans have won the Big West title in three of the last four years, most recently sharing the championship with Nevada last season. The Titans were 38-21 during the 2000 season and qualified for an NCAA Regional. Stanford swept the Titans in three straight games at Sunken Diamond during the 2000 season and holds an all-time advantage of 32-27 in the series. The Cardinal won the first game of last year's series in dramatic fashion as Craig Thompson singled home Billy Jacobson with two outs in the bottom of the ninth for a 5-4 win. Justin Wayne scattered six hits over the first 7.0 innings of the second game of the series in a 3-1 Stanford win that was the 950th career win for head coach Mark Marquess. Brian Sager allowed only two hits in 6.0 shutout innings of Sunday's finale to give the Cardinal a 7-3 win. Edmund Muth hit his second home run of the season and led Stanford's offense with three RBI. Stanford last played at Cal State Fullerton during the 1999 season in a three-game series from February 5-7. After dropping Friday's game by a score of 8-0, the Cardinal rallied for victories on both Saturday (6-5) and Sunday (13-7) to win the series. Sunday's series finale was a memorable game, featuring combined totals of 28 hits and 11 errors to go with the 20 runs scored by both teams.
ESSENTIAL STANFORD NOTES: Two of the three games in the Cal State Fullerton series will be televised live by Orange County NewsChannel with Brent Weber (play-by-play), Paul Westphal (analysis) and Dan Naulty (pitching analysis) providing the talent ... Stanford has split its first four games of the season ... Head Coach Mark Marquess has 997 career victories and needs just three more to become the 23rd NCAA Division I baseball coach to reach 1,000 ... The opening of the remodeled Sunken Diamond is now scheduled for February 9, the first game of a three-game series versus #7 Florida State ... Stanford will play its first ranked opponents (#15 Cal State Fullerton, #7 Florida State) of the 2001 campaign in its next six games, a year ago the Cardinal was 15-9 in 24 games against ranked teams ... The Cardinal has had a recent schedule change as its game versus Sacramento State at Raley Field has been moved from Tuesday, March 6 to Wednesday, May 2 ... Game time is still 6:30 p.m.
PROBABLE STARTING PITCHERS
Friday, February 2 - Jeremy Guthrie (0-0) vs. Jon Smith (0-0) - 7:00 pm
Saturday, February 3 - Jeff Bruksch (0-0) vs. TBA - 1:00 pm
Sunday, February 4 - Tim Cunningham (1-0) vs. Kirk Saarloos (0-1) - 1:00 pm
All games broadcast on KZSU 90.1 FM and www.gostanford.com
*Games on Friday and Sunday to be televised live on Orange County Newschannel
ON DECK FOR THE CARDINAL: STANFORD WELCOMES FLORIDA STATE TO OPEN THE REMODELED SUNKEN DIAMOND
Stanford will open the remodeled Sunken Diamond in grand style when the Cardinal hosts #8 Florida State for a three-game series from February 9-11. Stanford and Florida State have built quite a rivalry over the past few seasons. The two teams played arguably one of the best games in College World Series history in 1999 wehn the Seminoles defeated the Cardinal, 14-11 in 13 innings, to advance to the CWS final that year. All told, the teams met three times in the 1999 CWS with the Seminoles winning the final two games (8-6, 11-4 in 13 innings) while on the brink of elimination to knock the Cardinal out of the CWS after Stanford had won the first meeting (10-6). The teams began a regular season series last season with the first round in Tallahassee. Florida State won two-of-three games. The teams split the first two games of the series with an 11-4 Florida State win on Friday and an 8-6, 10-inning Cardinal win on Saturday. The Seminoles dominated Sunday's rubber game with a 13-1 victory. John-Ford Griffin had a big series for Florida State, going 10-for-15 (.667) with four RBI. Stanford won the middle game of the series when Billy Jacobson and Chris O'Riordan hit back-to-back homers with one out in the top of the 10th.
STANFORD TAKES TWO-OF-THREE AT FRESNO STATE
Stanford played its first three-game series of the season last weekend at Fresno State, winning both the opener and the final game of the series. The Cardinal began the series by scoring seven runs in the first inning of Friday's opener. A three-run homer by Carlos Quentin in his first collegiate at bat and a two-run shot by Jason Cooper highlighted the inning. Mike Wodnicki earned the victory with 3.2 innings of relief work to run his all-time record on The Farm to 8-0. The Cardinal had four homers in the game as Scott Dragicevich and Brian Hall also had long balls. John Hudgins recorded his first of two saves in the series, coming on with runners on second and third base in the ninth inning and retiring all three batters he faced. The Cardinal lost a heartbreaking 3-2 game in 10 innings on Saturday when Fresno State's Josh Labandeira doubled home Tom Creighton with one out in the bottom of the 10th inning for the winning run. Dragicevich (3-4, 2B) and Cooper (2-3, 2B) led the Cardinal offensive attack. Stanford won Sunday's rubber game, 9-5, as Jason VanMeetren led the way offensively with a 4-for-5 performance. VanMeetren also hit his first home run of the season, a two-run shot in the top of the ninth. Chris O'Riordan led off the game with his first home run of the year and was 3-for-5 with a double, a home run and an RBI. Tim Cunningham carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning and earned his first victory of the season, while Hudgins limited the Bulldogs to two runs and two hits over the final 3.1 innings to earn his second save of the series.
HEAD COACH MARK MARQUESS RECORDS 997TH CAREER WIN
The Stanford baseball coaching staff is headed by one of the nation's premier collegiate coaches in Mark Marquess. Now in his 25th season as the Cardinal head coach, Marquess has posted 997 career wins. With three more victories, Marquess will become the 23rd coach in the history of Division I collegiate baseball to post 1,000 career wins. Marquess began the 2001 season ranked 14th in victories and 19th in winning percentage among active Division I baseball coaches. He has been named NCAA Coach of the Year three times and has received Pacific-10 Coach of the Year honors on eight occasions, including three of the last four seasons. Marquess was named the Pac-10 Southern Division Coach of the Year seven times before being named the first Pac-10 Coach of Year in the newly aligned league (1999). He has a career record of 997-500-5 (.665) at Stanford, including an impressive 411-273 (.601) mark in Pacific-10 Conference action, arguably the toughest conference in the nation. He picked up his 950th career win versus Cal State Fullerton last season on February 6, 2000. The 1969 Stanford graduate has led the Cardinal to two NCAA titles (1987, `88), 10 College World Series appearances (1982, `83, `85, `87, `88, `90, `95, `97, `99, `00), 10 Pac-10 regular season titles and 18 NCAA Tournament showings. Last season, Marquess coached the Cardinal to its first trip to the CWS final game since winning the 1988 CWS title. His teams have also won NCAA Super Regionals each of the last two seasons, as well as at least a share of a Pac-10 baseball championship in 10 of the last 18 years (includes Southern Division Championships) and for a school-record four straight seasons. Nearly as eye-opening as the number of titles won by the Cardinal is the consistent level of success Marquess has brought to the program. The Cardinal has suffered just one losing season during his tenure and has finished either first or second in the prestigious Pacific-10 (formerly Six-Pac) 18 times in the last 20 seasons. Stanford has had 95 professional baseball draft picks in the past 16 seasons, including 12 first-round selections in the last 14 years. A member of the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame, Marquess was the head coach of the 1988 United States Olympic baseball team which captured the Gold Medal. Marquess was an accomplished football and baseball standout on The Farm, and is a member of the Stanford Athletic Hall of Fame. He is one of only six collegiate head baseball coaches to have both played and coached in the College World Series. Marquess was the starting first baseman on Stanford's 1967 College World Series squad and played five years of minor league baseball with the Chicago White Sox organization.
COMMENTS FROM MARK MARQUESS
(On Sunken Diamond) 'We are excited about the new opening date scheduled for February 9 against Florida State. The remodeled Sunken Diamond is going to be a beautiful facility for Stanford Baseball.'
(On the Cal State Fullerton series) 'Cal State Fullerton has traditionally had a very strong baseball program and we have played excellent college baseball games with Cal State Fullerton. We are looking forward to a good weekend of baseball.'
(On the schedule his young team has faced) 'I think the pre-season schedule that we play this year will help us develop as the year continues. The schedule is not going to get any easier with the upcoming series against Cal State Fullerton, Florida State and Texas.'
STANFORD COACHING STAFF
Dean Stotz has served as the right-hand man for Mark Marquess during his entire tenure at Stanford and also is beginning his 25th campaign with the Cardinal. Stotz was promoted to associate head coach prior to the 2000 season after 23 years as an assistant. Mark O'Brien (3rd season) and Tom Kunis (2nd season) complete the Cardinal coaching staff.
STANFORD IN THE NATIONAL POLLS
Stanford opened the 2001 season ranked #9 by Baseball Weekly/ESPN, #11 by Collegiate Baseball and #14 by Baseball America in each publication's respective polls. The Cardinal finished the 2000 campaign ranked #2 in all three polls. Georgia Tech begins the 2001 campaign ranked #1 in all three polls. Pac-10 foes USC and Arizona State begin the 2001 campaign ranked ahead of the Cardinal with the Trojans #2 in both Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball, as well as #3 in Baseball Weekly. The Sun Devils are ranked #6 in all three polls. Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball both begin their weekly polls on February 5, while Baseball Weekly/ESPN begins its weekly poll on February 12. Stanford began the 2000 season at #1 in all three polls before dropping out of the top spot on February 14. Stanford's poll history includes a run as the 'king of the polls' in 1998 when the Cardinal held the top spot in the Baseball America poll for a record 14 consecutive weeks.
MIKE GOSLING AND JASON COOPER NAMED SECOND-TEAM PRESEASON ALL-AMERICANS BY BASEBALL AMERICA
Junior left-handed pitcher Mike Gosling and sophomore outfielder Jason Cooper were named 2001 Second Team Preseason All-Americans by Baseball America prior to the season. Scouting directors of major league clubs vote on the team and make their selections based on performance, talent and major league potential. Gosling, a potential first round pick in the 2001 draft, begins his third year with the Cardinal and is slated as the team's opening day starter. Gosling has pitched mostly in a relief role over the past two seasons and has shown flashes of brilliance. He has the highest strikeout-per-nine-inning ratio (11.20) in Stanford history, striking out 119 batters in 95.2 innings. Last season, Gosling was 2-2 with a 4.19 ERA and three saves. He struck out 79 batters in 58.0 innings for an average of 12.26 strikeouts per nine innings as opponents hit just .146 against him. Gosling earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors and was named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week on March 21, 1999. Cooper had a difficult first season in 2000 after entering Stanford as a much-heralded rookie, hitting .189 with two homers and nine RBI in only 74 official at bats. Cooper was the highest player taken in the June 1999 Amateur Baseball Draft that did not sign a professional baseball contract. He was selected by the Philadelphia Phillies in the second round (#63 pick overall).
STANFORD PICKED TO FINISH THIRD IN PAC-10 IN PRESEASON POLL
The Pac-10 coaches picked Stanford to finish third in their annual preseason poll. USC finished first with six first-place votes, while second-place Arizona and Stanford picked up the other two first-place votes. Arizona, California, UCLA, Oregon State, Washington and Washington State ranked fourth through ninth.
STANFORD BASEBALL HISTORY
Stanford's storied baseball program has had many highlights as the program is currently in its 108th season and has an all-time record of 2230-1432-32 (.608). Last year's trip to the College World Series championship game was only the latest chapter in the success story of Stanford Baseball. The program has produced 35 winning seasons over the last 36 seasons, including six consecutive campaigns with 40 or more wins. Just a few of the highlights have included back-to-back NCAA titles (1987, 1988), 12 College World Series appearances, 18 conference titles and 21 NCAA Tournament berths. Stanford has boasted a total of 40 All-Americans who have earned a total of 47 All-American honors. Stanford has also garnered three NCAA Player of the Year choices in Jeff Austin (1998), David McCarty (1991) and Steve Dunning (1970). Other numbers for the Cardinal baseball program include 93 all-conference players earning a total of 118 honors, 54 major league players (including eight scheduled to begin the 2001 season in Major League Baseball) and 12 first round draft picks in the last 14 years. Eight members of the 2000 Stanford Baseball team signed professional contracts following the 2000 collegiate season, including first-round draft picks Justin Wayne and Joe Borchard.
Stanford is hitting .262 as a team after its first four games. The Cardinal has shown some power with six home runs as four came in last Friday's 11-9 win at Fresno State. Stanford has shown speed on the basepaths as well with eight stolen bases in 10 attempts, compared to only 2-for-2 for its opponents. Ryan Garko has been the team's leading hitter thus far, going 5-for-11 for a .455 batting average in three starts. Scott Dragicevich has also swung a hot bat and is hitting .412 (7-17). Four other Cardinal players (Jason Cooper, .375, Carlos Quentin, .364, Jason VanMeetren, .353, Chris O'Riordan, .312) are hitting over the .300 mark. The power has been well distributed as six different players have hit one home run each.
The Cardinal has posted a 4.89 ERA after its first four games. Mike Wodicki and Tim Cunningham own the team's two wins, while Ryan McCally and John Hudgins have been tagged with the team's two losses. Hudgins has recorded saves in each of Stanford's victories and leads the club with three appearances. Cunningham leads the team in innings pitched (9.0 IP). Cunningham carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning of last Sunday's 9-5 win at Fresno State. Opponents are hitting just .234 against Cardinal pitching.
Stanford seemed to straight out its defense in the series at Fresno State with just one error in the three-game set. The Cardinal had committed five errors in the season-opener at Cal Poly. The five errors were the most the Cardinal had committed since also picking up five errors last year at USC (4/22/00). The Cardinal have had a few notable defensive performances as second baseman Chris O'Riordan has twice recorded seven assists and shortstop Scott Dragicevich has accomplished the feat once. First baseman Arik VanZandt recorded 15 putouts in last Saturday's 3-2 loss at Fresno State, more than last year's season-high of 13 recorded nine times last year.
2001 STANFORD PLAYER NOTES
(For infomation prior to the 2001 season please refer to the 2001 Stanford Baseball Media Guide)
#18 - JASON COOPER (L/R, DH/OF, 6-3, 205, So.) -- .375, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 0 SB, Last Game at Fresno State: 1-4, Last Series at Fresno State: 5-12 (.417), 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB, Last Year vs. Cal State Fullerton (same as career stats): 0-5 (.000), Current Hitting Streak: 4 games (1/21 - 1/28) ... Off to a hot start in his sophomore campaign after a difficult freshman season ... Ranks third on the club with a .375 batting average (6-16) ... Has hit one of the team's six homers and has added two RBI ... ... Had multiple-hit games in each of the first two contests of the Fresno State series, going 2-for-5 (HR, 2 RBI) on Friday and 2-for-3 (2B) on Saturday.
#8 - SCOTT DRAGICEVICH (R/R, SS, 6-3, 210, Jr.) -- .412, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 2 SB, Last Game at Fresno State: 1-5, 2B, 2 RBI, Last Series at Fresno State: 6-13 (.462), 2 2B, HR, 3 RBI, 2 SB, Last Year vs. Cal State Fullerton: 0-4 (.000), Career Stats vs. Cal State Fullerton: 2-14 (.143), RBI, Current Hitting Streak: 4 games (1/21 - 1/28) ... Has jumped out to a hot start in 2001 as the team's starting shortstop ... Hitting .412 (7-17) with a team-high seven hits, two doubles, a homer and four RBI ... Co-leads the team with a pair of stolen bases ... Had multiple hits in each of the first two games at Fresno State, going 2-for-4 (HR, RBI) in Friday's opener and 3-for-4 in Saturday's contest ... The team's only player who has started on opening day in each of the past three years.
#5 - SAM FULD (L/L, OF, 5-10, 180, Fr.) -- .125, 1 2B, 1 RBI, Last Game at Fresno State: 0-3, Last Series at Fresno State: 0-4 (.000), 2 BB, Current Hitting Streak: None ... Had a double and an RBI in Stanford's season-opener at Cal Poly (1/21) ... Has started two of the team's four games in centerfield.
#12 - RYAN GARKO (R/R, C, 6-2, 215, So.) -- .455, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 0 SB, Last Game at Fresno State: DNP, Last Series at Fresno State: 2-7 (.286), RBI, Last Year vs. Cal State Fullerton (same as career stats):DNP, Current Hitting Streak: 3 games (1/21 - 1/27) ... Leads the Cardinal with a .455 (5-11) batting average after hitting safely in each of his first three games (did not play in final game of the Fresno State series on 1/28) ... Has added a pair of RBI and two walks ... Had a career-high three hits in 3-for-4 performance in season-opener at Cal Poly (1/21).
#3 - BRIAN HALL (R/R, LF, 6-0, 175, Fr.) -- .111, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 SB, Last Game at Fresno State: 1-5, RBI, Last Series at Fresno State: 2-14 (.143), HR, 3 RBI, BB, 2 SB, Current Hitting Streak: 1 game (1/28) ... Has struggled to a .111 (2-18) batting average but has contributed a homer, three RBI and two stolen bases Has hit in the leadoff spot in three of the team's first four games ... Has a team-high six strikeouts.
#1 - CHRIS O'RIORDAN (R/R, 2B, 5-9, 175, Jr.) -- .312, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 SB, Last Game at Fresno State: 3-5, 2B, HR, RBI, Last Series at Fresno State: 4-12 (.333), 2B, HR, 2 RBI, SB, Last Year versus Cal State Fullerton (same as career stats): 0-4 (.000), Current Hitting Streak: 1 game (1/28) ... Currently ranks sixth on the club with a .312 (5-16) batting average ... Tied for the club lead in doubles (2), homers (1) and RBI (4) after the first four games ... Led off a game at Fresno State (1/28) with a home run to give the Cardinal a lead it never relinquished, also doubling later in the game and finishing 3-for-5 ... Had a key two-RBI double with two outs in the top of the ninth inning in the season-opener at Cal Poly (1/21), tying the game at 5-5 and sending the contest into extra innings.
#24 - CARLOS QUENTIN (R/R, RF, 6-2, 210, Fr.) -- .364, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 SB, Last Game at Fresno State: 1-3, RBI, Last Series at Fresno State: 4-11 (.364), HR, 4 RBI, SB, Current Hitting Streak: 3 games (1/26 - 1/28) ... Began his collegiate career with a blast, hitting a three-run homer in his first collegiate at bat at Fresno State (1/26) ... Has hit safely in all three of his collegiate starts ... Co-leads the club with four RBI.
#21 - ANDY TOPHAM (R/R, 3B, 6-2, 200, Jr.) -- .188, 2 RBI, Last Game at Fresno State: 1-5, Last Series at Fresno State: 3-14 (.214), 2B, 2 RBI, Last Year vs. Cal State Fullerton (same as career stats): 0-0 (.000), Current Hitting Streak: 3 games (1/26 - 1/28) ... Hit safely in each of the three games in the Fresno State series, recording the team's first two RBI of the series with a two-run double in the series opener (1/26).
#17 - JASON VANMEETREN (R/R, CF/RF/1B, 6-2, 200, Jr.) -- .353, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 SB, Last Game at Fresno State: 4-5, HR, 2 RBI, SB, Last Series at Fresno State: 5-14 (.357), HR, 2 RBI, SB, Last Year vs. Cal State Fullerton: 2-8 (.250), Career Stats vs. Cal State Fullerton: 4-14 (.286), 0 HR, 2 RBI, Current Hitting Streak: 2 games (1/27 - 1/28) ... Currently ranks fifth on the club with a .353 (6-17) batting average ... Had a career-high four hits in a 4-for-5 (HR, 2 RBI) performance at Fresno State (1/28) ... Has already started games at three positions (CF, RF, 1B).
#2 - ARIK VANZANDT (R/R, 1B, 6-1, 200, Jr.) -- .000, Last Game at Fresno State: 0-1, Last Series at Fresno State: 0-9 (.000), Last Year vs. Cal State Fullerton (same as career stats): DNP, Current Hitting Streak: None ... Has struggled without a hit in his first 13 at bats of the season ... Has been perfect in the field in 38 chances.
#37 - JEFF BRUKSCH (R/R, 6-4, 200, Jr.) -- 0-0, 10.29, 9 K, 7.0 IP
Notes: Picked up no-decision in 4.1 innings of work in his first Stanford start at Fresno State (1/26) ... Made the first 30 appearances of his Stanford career (29 last year, first appearance this year) as a reliever prior to the start at Fresno State (1/26) ... Allowed one hit and one run in his 2.2 inning relief appearance at Cal Poly (1/21).
#27 - TIM CUNNINGHAM (L/L, 6-3, 185, So.) -- 1-0, 3.00, 7 K, 9.0 IP
Notes: Impressive in his first start at Fresno State, allowing just two hits and three runs to earn the victory ... Carried a no-hitter through 4.1 innings ... Leads the team with 9.0 innings and ranks second with seven strikeouts ... Also pitched 3.1 innings out of the bullpen in the team's season-opener at Cal Poly, shutting the Mustangs out for 3.2 innings.
#11 - MIKE GOSLING (L/L, 6-2, 205, Jr.) -- 0-0, 27.00, 0 K, 1.0 IP
Notes: Started the club's season-opener at Cal Poly, allowing four hits and four runs (three earned) in 1.0 innings.
#28 - JEREMY GUTHRIE (R/R, 6-1, 195, So.) -- 0-0, 2.25, 2 K, 4.0 IP
Notes: Picked up no-decision in 4.0 innings of work in his first Stanford start at Fresno State (1/27).
#25 - DREW EHRLICH (L/R, 6-5, 220, Fr.) -- 0-0, 0.00, 0 K, 0.1 IP
Notes: Made his first collegiate appearance at Fresno State (1/28).
#15 - JOHN HUDGINS (R/R, 6-2, 180, Fr.) -- 0-1, 3.18, 2 SV, 4 K, 5.2 IP
Notes: Has been the early closer for the Cardinal, picking up a pair of saves at Fresno State (1/26, 1/28).
#20 - RYAN MCCALLY (R/R, 6-1, 185, So.) -- 0-1, 2.25, 1 K, 4.0 IP
Notes: Suffered the first loss of his collegiate career at Fresno State (1/27) despite limiting the Bulldogs to just one hit and one runs in 4.0 innings.
#25 - DAN RICH (R/L, 6-3, 240, Jr.) -- 0-0, 5.40, 0 K, 1.2 IP
Notes: Has appeared in two games.
#30 - MIKE WODNICKI (R/R, 6-4, 205, So.) -- 1-0, 3.00, 4 K, 6.0 IP
Notes: Improved to 8-0 all-time at Stanford with a victory at Fresno State (1/26), scattering four hits and two runs in 3.2 innings ... Held Cal Poly scoreless in 2.1 innings of relief (1/21).