Stanford Baseball Takes On San Jose State Tuesday
April 3, 2001
#1 STANFORD CARDINAL (24-6, 5-1 PAC-10)
SAN JOSE STATE (17-12-1, 6-9 WAC)
Tuesday, April 3, 7 pm, PT - LHP Mike Gosling (1-0, 4.66) vs. TBA
UCLA BRUINS (19-9, 3-3 PAC-10)
#1 STANFORD CARDINAL (24-6, 5-1 PAC-10)
Friday, April 6, 6 pm - RHP Josh Karp (2-0, 3.09) vs. RHP Jeremy Guthrie (7-0, 1.31)
Saturday, April 7, 1 pm - RHP Jon Brandt (3-2, 4.68) vs. RHP Jeff Bruksch (5-0, 2.75)
Sunday, April 8, 1 pm - LHP Bobby Roe (3-2, 7.18) vs. TBA
A live audio broadcast of all four Stanford Baseball games this week will be available on KZSU (90.1 FM) as well as at www.gostanford.com and realaudio.stanford.edu ... The KZSU broadcast team includes Chad Goldberg, Joey Elger and Aaron Levine.
ESSENTIAL STANFORD BASEBALL NOTES
Stanford has been the nation's top-ranked team in the Baseball America poll for four consecutive weeks ... Stanford had its season-high 10 game win streak snapped with a 6-5 loss at #6 Arizona State on April 1 after sweeping the first two games of the series, 6-2 and 5-2 ... Stanford has won 15 consecutive regular season series and eight straight Pac-10 regular season series dating back to last year ... Arizona State was the last team to have taken a regular season series against the Cardinal, winning two-of-three in Tempe just over a year ago (3/31/00 - 4/2/00) ... Stanford has won 22 of its last 25 games overall ... Stanford is 14-1 overall at Sunken Diamond this year and has a 10-5 road mark ... All six of Stanford's losses this season have been by one run as the Cardinal is 2-6 in one-run games ... Stanford, which is attempting to extend its school record string of Pac-10 titles to five in a row (includes Southern Division), sits alone in first place in the Pac-10 with a 5-1 Pac-10 mark ... Stanford is 10-2 against ranked teams (according to Baseball America) this season ... Stanford is ranked #2 in the nation by Collegiate Baseball, Baseball Weekly/ESPN and NCBWA ... Stanford's regular starting pitching trio (Jeremy Guthrie, Jeff Bruksch, Tim Cunningham) is a combined 17-0 with a 2.47 ERA this season ... Stanford's pitching staff has given up more than three runs in a game only five times in its last 24 games ... Stanford's defense is fielding at a clip of .980, which would be a new school record by .008 percentage points ... Stanford leads the Pac-10 in both ERA (2.84) and fielding percentage ... The Cardinal has been errorless in 14 of 30 games, including four of the last five ... Stanford's team batting average currently sits at .289, seventh in the Pac-10 ... Carlos Quentin (.362) has taken over the team's lead in batting average, while Chris O'Riordan (35 RBI, 10 SB), Jason Cooper (6 HR), Scott Dragicevich (39 hits) and Jason VanMeetren (10 2B, 2 3B) hold team leads in other high-profile categories ... Quentin and Andy Topham both have current career-high 10-game hitting streaks ... The last time the Cardinal finished with a lower ERA than the current 2.84 of the pitching staff was in 1973 (2.64) ... San Jose State and Stanford will be playing the first of two scheduled non-conference games on Tuesday ... Both teams were participants in the 2000 College World Series with the Cardinal finishing second and the Spartans tying for seventh.
STANFORD VISITS SAN JOSE STATE IN MATCHUP OF 2000 COLLEGE WORLD SERIES TEAMS BEFORE HOSTING UCLA IN THREE-GAME PAC-10 SERIES
Stanford begins its week with a non-conference game versus San Jose State at Municipal Stadium on Tuesday, April 3 (7 pm), the first matchup of the year between a pair of 2000 College World Series clubs. The teams split a pair of games last year with the Spartans surprising the Cardinal, 4-1, at Sunken Diamond (2/29) before the Cardinal evened the season-series with a 5-2 win at Municipal Stadium (4/11). John Fagan lifted San Jose State to victory in the first meeting with a fourth-inning grandslam. Five Stanford pitchers combined to four-hit the Spartans in the Stanford win. Stanford leads the all-time series, 69-29. UCLA visits Sunken Diamond this Friday-Sunday, April 6-8 (6 pm, 1 pm, 1 pm). Stanford won two-of-three games against the Bruins on the final weekend of the 2000 season, enabling the Cardinal to move into a three-way tie for the Pac-10 crown with UCLA and Arizona State. UCLA erased a 9-5 deficit with five runs in the last three innings to win Friday night's series-opener, 10-9, and clinch a share of the conference title. Stanford responded by winning Saturday's game, 19-3, hitting four home runs and pounding out 19 hits. With a share of the Pac-10 title on the line, the Cardinal jumped out to a 9-0 lead on Sunday and held on for a 17-11 win. Joe Borchard was 3-for-5 with a homer and five RBI. Stanford leads the all-time series, 172-130.
STANFORD BEATS SAINT MARY'S AND TAKES 2-OF-3 AT ARIZONA STATE
Stanford ran its win streak to a season-high 10 games by winning its first three contests last week before falling to Arizona State in the series finale last Sunday. Stanford opened the week with an 8-3 victory over Saint Mary's on Tuesday. The Cardinal trailed 3-2 before scoring three times in the bottom of the fifth to take a lead it would never relinquish. Arik VanZandt (2-3) was the only Stanford player with more than one hit and set a new Stanford individual season-high by scoring four runs. Stanford then traveled to Arizona State and took two-of-three from the sixth-ranked Sun Devils. The Cardinal captured Friday night's opener, 6-2, as Jeremy Guthrie (7-0) won his seventh consecutive start, scattering three hits and two runs through 6.0 innings. Jeff Bruksch (6-0) picked up the victory in a classic pitching dual with Arizona State ace Jon Switzer on Saturday. The Cardinal eventually won the game, 5-2, but Stanford held only a slim 1-0 lead before scoring four insurance runs in the top of the ninth inning. The Cardinal would need the runs as ASU tallied twice in the bottom of the ninth frame, knocking Bruksch out of the game and sending the tying run to the plate with no outs before reliever Mike Wodnicki retired all three batters he faced for his fourth save of the year. Arizona State won Sunday's game, 6-5, jumping out to a 4-1 lead and holding on for the win. Carlos Quentin hit his fourth home run for the Cardinal.
STANFORD HEAD COACH MARK MARQUESS
One of the nation's premier collegiate coaches, Mark Marquess is now in his 25th season as the Stanford head coach. Marquess has a career record of 1019-504-5 (.669) at Stanford, including an impressive 416-274 (.603) 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 (1983, `84, `85, `87, `90, `94, `97, `98, `99, `00) and 18 NCAA Tournament showings. 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 earlier this season on February 9, 2001. 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). Last season, Marquess coached the Cardinal to its first trip to the College World Series title game since winning the 1988 CWS championship. His teams have won NCAA Super Regionals each of the last two seasons, as well as at least a share of a Pac-10 baseball championship (includes Southern Division championships) 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.
COMMENTS FROM MARK MARQUESS
(On last weekend's key series at Arizona State) 'Going down to Arizona State and winning two-of-three, if you had told me we would do that before we went down there, I would have taken that. But when you win the first two, you sure would have like to have won the third one. On the whole, it was good weekend.'
(On the Pac-10 race) 'I don't think anything has really changed from the beginning. I think USC is still favored and should be. They are the most experienced team in the conference. They're still the team to beat. The conference is also very balanced. You've already seen that with the Northern schools winning some big games.'
(On the team's six Pac-10 home games prior to the USC series) 'You can't approach it by saying we have to win the games just because they are home games, because we've also played well on the road. If we don't play well whether we're at home for the next six or on the road, I think we'll get beat. If we play well, be fine.'
(On the state of the team) 'We need to continue to improve. The freshmen players are improving and we need to get some of our more experienced players back to the way they were hitting earlier in the season. We continued to pitch well at Arizona State. That's the main reason we were able to win two-of-three.
(On the team's lineup) 'We only have 14 guys so there's not a lot of flexibility. You'll pretty much see the same guys we've been putting out there. Most of the guys have had a pretty good opportunity to find a spot in the lineup.'
STANFORD COACHING STAFF
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 IN THE NATIONAL POLLS
Stanford has been ranked #1 in the nation by Baseball America for four consecutive weeks. The Cardinal jumped all the way from #10 to #1 after sweeping USC in a three-game series March 9-11 and stayed in the top spot after sweeping Washington March 23-25 and taking three-of-four last week. Stanford has now been ranked #1 at one point during each of the past five seasons. The Cardinal did return to #2 in this week's Collegiate Baseball poll after being on top of the poll for one week the previous week. Stanford remained at #2 in this Baseball Weekly/ESPN poll, which the Cardinal has not been on top of all season. Stanford opened the 2001 season ranked #9 by Baseball Weekly/ESPN, #11 by Collegiate Baseball and #14 by Baseball America. Arizona State (#10 Baseball America, #9 Collegiate Baseball, #6 Baseball Weekly/ESPN) and USC (#12 Baseball America, #15 Collegiate Baseball, #11 Baseball Weekly/ESPN) are the Pac-10's other ranked clubs. The Cardinal finished the 2000 campaign ranked #2 in all three polls after opening the season at #1 before dropping out of the top spot on February 14, 2000. 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 the entire regular season (a record 14 consecutive weeks).
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 2252-1436-32 (.610). 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 campaigns (also 52 of last 54), including six consecutive years 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, 55 major league players (including six that began 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.
CARDINAL WIN 15TH CONSECUTIVE REGULAR SEASON SERIES
Stanford increased its regular season series winning streak to 15 by taking two-of-three at Arizona State (3/30/01 - 4/1/01). The last team to beat the Cardinal in a regular season series was Arizona State when the Sun Devils won two-of-three in Tempe (3/31/00 - 4/2/00) just over a year ago. Below is a look at Stanford's 15 consecutive regular season series victories. 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.
Stanford's team batting average currently sits at .289, falling five points from a season-best .294 after the first game of last weekend's series at Arizona State. The Cardinal hit .255 (25-98) in the series. Stanford had posted six double-digit hit games in its last seven prior to collecting only seven hits in each of the final two games with the Sun Devils. Carlos Quentin (.362) continues to lead the team in batting average, while Scott Dragicevich now has a team-high 39 hits and is third with a .331 mark. Chris O'Riordan continues to lead the team with 35 RBI and 10 stolen bases. Jason Cooper paces the club with six home runs and a .667 slugging percentage, while O'Riordan and Jason VanMeetren have five long balls each. VanMeetren leads the team with 10 doubles and two triples, while VanZandt paces the club with 28 runs scored. Sam Fuld is the team-leader in walks (18) and on-base percentage (.460). Cooper (.333), VanMeetren (.325) and O'Riordan (.306) join Quentin and Dragicevich with batting averages better than .300. Stanford has totaled 27 home runs, 176 RBI and 58 stolen bases for the season, compared to a mere nine home runs, 84 RBI and 13 stolen bases for its opponents.
The Cardinal pitching staff has been phenomenal over the first 30 games and currently has a team ERA of 2.84. The last time the Cardinal finished a season with a lower ERA was when the 1973 club posted a final ERA of 2.64. Opponents are hitting only .220 off Cardinal pitching. The regular starting trio of Jeremy Guthrie, Jeff Bruksch and Tim Cunningham has combined for a 17-0 record and a 2.47 ERA. Guthrie (7-0, 1.31) has won seven consecutive starts and earned NCBWA Pitcher of the Week honors on February 13 before being named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week twice in row (March 6 and 13). Bruksch (6-0, 2.69) has won six of his last seven starts and given up just four earned runs over his last 45.2 innings, including separate scoreless inning streaks of 19.0 and 15.0 during the period. He was named a Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week (2/26) and the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week (2/27). Cunningham is 4-0 with a 3.17 ERA primarily as the team's Sunday starter. John Hudgins and Mike Wodnicki have been the team's leaders out of the bullpen as both pitchers have four saves, although Hudgins also has four of the team's six losses. Hudgins picked up his first collegiate win versus Nevada (2/27). Wodnicki has appeared in a team-high 13 games. Ryan McCally has added a pair of saves, while Jason Luker and J.D. Willcox have one each. Willcox (2-0, 0.00, 1 SV) has been sparking out of the bullpen and has not given up a run in 12.2 IP, recording a pair of wins and a save in seven appearances while giving up just six hits and striking out nine. Mike Gosling, Wodnicki, McCally and Luker each have one win out of the bullpen as well. Bruksch leads the club in innings pitched (67.0 IP) while Guthrie is the strikeout leader (58 in 64.0 IP). The Cardinal staff has five shutouts and a pair of complete games in the team's first 30 contests with Bruksch and Guthrie recording one complete game shutout each. The staff has allowed more than three runs in a game only five times in its last 24 performances. The staff has a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 2.14 (227 K, 106 BB).
Stanford's defense is currently fielding at a .980 clip that would rank as the best fielding percentage in school history, a full .008 percentage points above the school record of .972 reached three times between 1991-2000. Stanford has committed more than one error only four times this season and has been errorless in 14 of its 30 games, including seven of the last 11 while committing just five errors in that period. Stanford was flawless for four consecutive games (3/25-3/31) over the stretch. Second baseman Chris O'Riordan has recorded seven assists three times. O'Riordan leads the team with 111 assists, while shortstop Scott Dragicevich is second with 90. First baseman Arik VanZandt recorded 15 putouts in a loss at Fresno State (1/27), more than last year's season-high of 13 recorded nine times during the 2000 season. VanZandt has committed just one error in 308 chances for a .997 fielding percentage, while part-time starting catcher Ken Tirpack (126 chances) remains flawless. The starting infield of O'Riordan, Dragicevich, VanZandt and third baseman Andy Topham have made just 11 errors between them for a fielding percentage of .984. Dragicevich had a stretch of 12 consecutive games (1/26-2/18) without an error at shortstop and only one over a 23-game period (1/26-3/23).
REGULAR STARTING PITCHING ROTATION NOW 17-0
Stanford's regular pitching rotation of Jeremy Guthrie (7-0, 1.31), Jeff Bruksch (6-0, 2.69) and Tim Cunningham (4-0, 3.17) has combined for a 17-0 record and a 2.47 ERA this season. The group has accounted for 26 of the team's 30 starts and logged a hefty 177.1 of the pitching staff's 272.1 innings (65.1%). Opponents are hitting a mere .206 off the trio.
One of the most notable changes in this year's Cardinal team is its success on the base paths as the Cardinal need just two stolen bases to surpass their total all of last season. Stanford has 58 stolen bases in 74 attempts through its first 30 games, already surpassing its season total of 55 a year ago. The Cardinal is averaging 1.9 steals per contest, more than double the 0.8 steals per game the club averaged a year ago. Chris O'Riordan leads the club with 10 stolen bases. Arik VanZandt, Andy Topham and Jason VanMeetren have seven each, followed by Sam Fuld with six. Scott Dragicevich and Brian Hall both have five. Of Stanford's most prominent 14 positions players, 12 of them have at least two stolen bases. Stanford opponents have had little success running on the Cardinal with 13 thefts in 21 attempts.
GUTHRIE SHOOTING FOR LONG-TIME SINGLE-SEASON ERA RECORD
It may still seem like a long shot but Jeremy Guthrie (1.31 ERA) may have an opportunity to make a run at the school's single-season ERA mark. The best single-season ERA ever put up by a Cardinal pitcher was the 1.10 ERA by Harvey Shank in 1968.
CHRIS O'RIORDAN CAREER AVERAGE RANKS TIED FOR 10TH
Chris O'Riordan currently ranks tied for 10th on Stanford's career batting average list with a mark of .344 (111-323). O'Riordan, who officially reached the minimum 300 career at bats during a game against Washington (3/24), had threatened to enter the list ahead of current leader Jack Shepard (.362, 1951-53) but is hitting just .225 (18-80) over his last 20 games since raising his batting average to a season-best .463 on February 11.
ANDY TOPHAM AND CARLOS QUENTIN EXTEND HITTING STREAKS, SCOTT DRAGICEVICH'S CAREER-HIGH 12-GAME HITTING STREAK ENDS
Andy Topham and Carlos Quentin both hit safely in all three games of the Arizona State series last weekend as each extended their career-high hitting streaks to 10 games (3/9/01 - 4/1/01). Scott Dragicevich, who singled in his final at bat during last Tuesday's 8-3 win over Saint Mary's to run his career-high hitting streak to 12 games, had his string snapped when he went 0-for-4 in the first game of the series at Arizona State (3/30). Dragicevich's 12-game streak was the Cardinal's longest of the season, surpassing Chris O'Riordan's career-high 11-game streak (1/28/01 - 2/23/01). Sam Fuld and Jason VanMeetren are both current owners of seven-game hitting streaks (3/23/01 - 4/1/01).
BEATING THE BEST
Stanford's 24-6 record includes a 10-2 mark against teams ranked among the nation's Top 25 in the Baseball America poll at the time the Cardinal faced them. The Cardinal have only three more games (at USC, 4/20-4/22) scheduled against teams currently ranked among BA's Top 25.
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 State and Stanford picked up the other two first-place votes.
Stanford has more than doubled its opponents scoring this season with 195 runs while opponents have crossed the plate only 94 times.
Jeremy Guthrie earned back-to-back Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week honors on March 6 and 13.
Stanford has had a difficult time in one-run games this year with a 2-6 mark, as all six of the team's losses have been by one run. The Cardinal's most recent heartbreak came in a 6-5 loss at Arizona State (4/1).
Stanford has drawn better than 2,000 fans in four of its last six home games, including a season-best 2,973 versus USC on March 11. The Cardinal has also been a big draw on the road, drawing 2,000 or more spectators for 11 of 15 road contests.