#9 Stanford Baseball Heads To Texas With Five-Game Winning Streak After Sweeping Florida State

Feb. 13, 2001


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Fri., February 16 - Jeremy Guthrie (1-0, 0.53) vs. Ray Clark (0-1, 4.20) -- 2:30 pm, CT
Sat., February 17 - Jeff Bruksch (1-0, 6.75) vs. Gerritt Simpson (0-1, 2.03) -- 1:00 pm, CT
Sun., February 18 - Tim Cunningham (3-0, 1.61) vs. TBA -- 1:00 pm, CT
Live audio broadcasts of all games available on KZSU 90.1 FM, www.gostanford.com, and realaudio.stanford.edu (Chad Goldberg - Play-by-Play)

Stanford head coach Mark Marquess posted his 1000th career victory versus Florida State last Friday, becoming the 23rd coach in the history of Division I baseball to reach 1,000 career wins ... Stanford currently has a season-high three-game winning streak ... Stanford jumped five spots to #9 in this week's Baseball America national poll ... Stanford has won nine consecutive regular season series ... Stanford owns a slim 7-6-1 advantage in the all-time series with Texas ... The teams split a pair of games at Sunken Diamond last season and were rained out in the third ... Chris O'Riordan is on a tear with a current seven-game hitting streak, going 17-for-30 (.567) with three doubles, two homers and 12 RBI during the stretch ... The Stanford pitching staff had a big weekend against Florida State, limiting the Seminoles to only six runs (five earned) and 11 hits as the team posted a 1.67 ERA over the three games and lowered its season ERA to 3.70 ... Stanford's starting pitching trio of Jeremy Guthrie, Jeff Bruksch and Tim Cunningham have combined for a 5-0 record this season ... Guthrie earned NCBWA Pitcher of the Week honors last week.

After an impressive sweep of former #7 Florida State at Sunken Diamond last weekend, #9 Stanford returns to the road for a three-game series at Texas this Friday-Sunday February 16-18. The Cardinal has a current season-high five-game winning streak and have won nine consecutive regular season series dating back to last season, while the Longhorns also have won five in a row after dropping their first four games of the campaign. Both teams were participants in the 2000 College World Series as the Cardinal finished second and the Longhorns tied for seventh. Stanford holds an all-time advantage of 7-6-1 in the series, which began in 1981. Last year, the teams split the first two games of a three-game set at Sunken Diamond (2/18/00 - 2/20/00) before Sunday's contest was washed out due to rain. Stanford picked up an 8-2 win in Friday night's opener as Justin Wayne tossed a three-hit complete game and Craig Thompson led a 13-hit Cardinal attack with a four-hit performance and a home run. Texas captured the second game of the series, 3-2, after scoring single runs in the seventh and eighth innings to erase a 2-1 Cardinal advantage. The teams last played in Austin in 1999 with the Longhorns winning two-of-three in a trio of tightly contested games. Texas captured the series opener, 9-8, before the Cardinal evened the series with an 11-8 win in the second game. Texas captured the rubber game, 4-3. Texas also beat the Cardinal twice in 1998 (6-2, 11 innings, 9-1) before the teams tied 7-7 in the series finale.

Stanford returns to the Bay Area for a three-game series with Santa Clara running from February 23-25. Santa Clara will host both Friday's series opener (6:00 p.m.) and Sunday's finale (1:00 p.m.). The Cardinal will host Saturday's middle game (1:00 p.m.). Stanford has posted 15 straight victories over the Broncos dating back to 1997 and holds an all-time series advantage of 71-24-1. Last year, the Cardinal won all four games between the club, sweeping a three-game series from March 3-5 and a single game on May 9. Justin Wayne pitched the Cardinal to a 1-0 victory at Sunken Diamond in the first game of the series, tossing a three-hit shutout. Stanford won another close game the following day at Santa Clara, scoring five times in the second inning and holding on for a 6-4 win. Five Stanford players had two hits each and Jason Young pitched 6.0 innings without giving up an earned run in Sunday's 8-3 victory. The Cardinal won the final game of the series, 16-4, at Santa Clara, snapping a 4-4 tie with seven runs in the top of the seventh inning.

Stanford opened remodeled Sunken Diamond with a three-game sweep over former #7 Florida State this past weekend. Head coach Mark Marquess picked up his 1000th career win in the series opener, a 6-2 Cardinal victory. Jeremy Guthrie continued his hot start on the mound, holding the Seminoles scoreless on only one hit over the first 7.0 innings. Jason VanMeetren led the Cardinal offensive attack with a 3-for-4 (2B, 3 RBI, SB) performance. On Saturday, the Cardinal scored all five of its runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to break up a scoreless tie before eventually winning, 5-2. Jeff Bruksch recorded his first victory of the season, limiting the Seminoles to two runs (one earned) and four hits. Bruksch struck out nine. John Hudgins pitched the final 1.2 innings to earn his third save of the season. Chris O'Riordan, Arik VanZandt and Scott Dragicevich had two hits each to lead the Cardinal offensive attack. Stanford completed the sweep with an 8-2 victory on Sunday as Tim Cunningham (3-0) won his third consecutive game, scattering four hits and two runs (one earned) over the first 6.2 innings. O'Riordan tied a career-high with four hits, going 4-for-5 with a double, home run and three RBI. VanMeetren and Jason Cooper added home runs as well. Stanford had an extremely successful weekend on the mound in the three-game sweep as the pitching staff recorded a 1.67 earned run average in the three games, allowing only six runs (five earned) and 11 hits. O'Riordan had a big offensive series, going 8-for-13 (.615) with a double, home run and five RBI. VanMeetren (6-13, .462, HR, 6 RBI, 3 SB) and Dragicevich (5-11, .455, 2 RBI) also had a big series. Defensively, the Cardinal made just one error in the series for a .992 fielding percentage.

Stanford head baseball coach Mark Marquess became the 23rd head coach in the history of NCAA Division I baseball to reach the 1000-career win mark when the Cardinal defeated Florida State on February 9, 2001. One of the nation's premier collegiate coaches, Marquess is now in his 25th season as the Cardinal head coach. He 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 conference (1999). He has a career record of 1002-501-5 (.666) at Stanford, including an impressive 411-273 (.601) mark in Pacific-10 Conference action, arguably the toughest league in the nation. 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 that 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.

(On this weekend's series at Texas) 'It's a very difficult place to play. Texas has great fans and they make it difficult for the visiting team to play. It's a pretty hostile environment. It will be a real good test.'
(On winning his 1000th career game) 'It was a quite an honor, having been here at Stanford that long, but it's also nice to have it behind us. It's done, so we can concentrate on the rest of the season.'
(On the performance of his team in its first 10 games) 'I've been pleasantly surprised especially with seven of the first 10 games on the road against teams like Fresno State and Cal State Fullerton, as well as the home series against Florida State. I think all three of those teams will be in post-season play. The key is that we've pitched well and played fairly solid defense after the first game at Cal Poly.'
(On the effort of the pitching staff against Florida State) 'It was a great effort. Anytime you can hold down a strong team it says a lot. But, also remember that early in the year, the advantage is to the pitchers partly due to the cold weather.'

Dean Stotz is in his 25th campaign with Stanford Baseball. Stotz was promoted to associate head coach prior to the 2000 season after 23 years as an assistant. Stotz currently coaches third base while also handling various offensive and defensive aspects of the game. Mark O'Brien (3rd season) and Tom Kunis (2nd season) complete the Cardinal coaching staff. O'Brien assists with all aspects of the game and serves as the Cardinal's first base coach. Kunis is the team's pitching coach.

Stanford is currently ranked #9 in the nation by Baseball America, while moving up to #6 in the Baseball Weekly/ESPN poll and sitting at #10 in the Collegiate Baseball poll. Stanford opened the 2001 season ranked #9 by Baseball Weekly/ESPN, #11 by Collegiate Baseball and #14 by Baseball America. The Cardinal finished the 2000 campaign ranked #2 in all three polls. Georgia Tech began the 2001 campaign ranked #1 in all three polls and still sits atop both the Baseball America and Baseball Weekly/ESPN polls. Rice has started the season 7-0 and bolted to the top of the Collegiate Baseball poll. Pac-10 foes USC and Arizona State are currently ranked ahead of the Cardinal with the Trojans #2 in Baseball America and #3 in both Baseball Weekly/ESPN and Collegiate Baseball. Arizona State is #5 in Baseball America, #4 in Baseball Weekly/ESPN and #6 in Collegiate Baseball. 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.

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 2235-1433-32 (.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 increased its regular season series winning streak to nine by sweeping #7 Florida State in its 2001 home opener (2/9/01 - 2/11/01). The sweep was the first for the Cardinal in its last seven regular season series with the last sweep occurring against Washington (4/14/00 - 4/16/00). The streak began with a sweep at Washington State (4/7/00 - 4/9/00) and the Washington sweep before continuing with six consecutive series of winning two-of-three at USC (4/20/00 - 4/22/00), versus California (4/28/00 - 4/30/00), at Oregon State (5/5/00 - 5/7/00), versus UCLA (5/19/00 - 5/21/00), at Fresno State (1/26/01 - 1/28/01) and at Cal State Fullerton (2/2/01 - 2/4/01). For good measure, the Cardinal also won two-of-three games over both Alabama (5/27/00 - 5/28/00) and Nebraska (6/2/00 - 6/4/00) in last year's NCAA Regional and Super Regional. The last team to beat the Cardinal in a series was Arizona State (3/31/00 - 4/2/00) when the SunDevils won two-of-three in Tempe.

One of the most notable changes in this year's Cardinal team is its success on the basepaths. Stanford has totaled 19 stolen bases in the first 10 games of the season for an average of 1.9 steals per contest, more than double the 0.8 steals per game the club averaged a year ago. Jason VanMeetren has led the club in the early going as he has been successful in all five of his attempts. Chris O'Riordan and Scott Dragicevich trail closely behind with three stolen bases each with Arik VanZandt, Sam Fuld and Brian Hall swiping two bags each. Stanford opponents have had little success running on the Cardinal with just four steals in eight attempts.

Stanford's team batting average stands at .280 after its first 10 games. The production of speed and power has been evenly distributed throughout the team as four players have two or more home runs each led by Jason VanMeetren and Jason Cooper with three each. VanMeetren leads the club with five stolen bases and is one of six players with two or more steals. Stanford has totaled 12 home runs and 19 stolen bases on the season. Chris O'Riordan has emerged as the club's offensive leader as he is hitting .463 (19-41) with two homers and three stolen bases, as well as team-highs of 19 hits, four doubles and 15 RBI. Jason VanMeetren (.429, 18-42, 3 2B, 3 HR, 10 RBI, 5 SB) and Scott Dragicevich (.390, 16-41, 2 2B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 3 SB) have also been swinging hot bats. VanMeetren co-leads the club (with Jason Cooper) in home runs with three and has a team-high five stolen bases. O'Riordan. Arik VanZandt has a team-best 10 runs scored.

The Cardinal pitching staff is coming off its best weekend of the season versus Florida State and has lowered its ERA to 3.70 through its first 10 games. The Cardinal gave up only six runs (five earned) and 10 hits in three games against Florida State as the Seminoles mustered only a .129 batting average. Jeremy Guthrie and Tim Cunningham have been the team's most effective starters early in the season. Guthrie earned NCBWA Pitcher of the Week honors last week after shutting out Florida State on just one hit over the first 7.0 innings in the Cardinal's 6-2 win last Friday. Guthrie now has a 1-0 record and an 0.53 ERA in 17.0 innings. Cunningham is 3-0 with a 1.61 ERA after defeating the Seminoles with 6.2 innings of work (four hits, two runs, one earned) last Sunday. John Hudgins has been the team's leader out of the bullpen with three saves, while Mike Wodnicki and Jason Luker have one each. Wodnicki and Ryan McCally both have a win out of the bullpen as well. Cunningham leads the team in innings pitched (22.1 IP), while Saturday starter Jeff Bruksch leads the club with 22 strikeouts in 21.1 innings. Cunningham and Wodnicki combined for the team's only shutout of the year, a 3-0 win at Cal State Fullerton (2/4/01). Opponents are hitting just .228 against Cardinal pitching.

Stanford's defense has improved rapidly since committing five errors in the season opener at Cal Poly (1/21/01) as the Cardinal now boast a .971 fielding percentage. Stanford made just one error in the entire Florida State series and has made only three errors in its current five-game winning streak. The Cardinal has had multiple errors in a game only once since the Cal Poly game and have been errorless in four contests. 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. O'Riordan and Dragicevich have both seen plenty of ground balls in the early going as O'Riordan leads the team with 39 assists and Dragicevich has 34. First baseman Arik VanZandt recorded 15 putouts in a loss at Fresno State (1/27/00), more than last year's season-high of 13 recorded nine times last year. VanZandt has been perfect in 94 chances, while catchers Ryan Garko (55 chances) and Ken Tirpack (31 chances) have also been flawless. Dragicevich has played nine consecutive errorless games at shortstop after committing two errors at Cal Poly.

Jeremy Guthrie was named the NCBWA Pitcher of the Week on February 13 following his masterful performance against Florida State (2/9/01). Guthrie held the Seminoles scoreless on one hit over the first 7.0 innings in a 6-2 Cardinal win, striking out eight. Guthrie was the first Cardinal pitcher to receive a national Pitcher of the Week honors since Justin Wayne was named one of Collegiate Baseball's National Players of the Week on March 7, 2000.

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