No. 3 Stanford To Open 2003 Campaign Versus Santa Clara Saturday

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Santa Clara Broncos (0-0, 0-0 WCC)
vs. No. 3 Stanford Cardinal (0-0, 0-0 Pac-10)

Saturday, January 25, 1 pm (at Santa Clara)
RHP John Hudgins (10-1, 4.71) vs. LHP Joe Diefenderfer (4-6, 4.77)

Sunday, January 26, 1 pm (at Stanford)
LHP Matthew Travis (5-4, 4.35) or RHP Scott Shapiro (2-1, 13.74) vs. LHP Tim Cunningham (10-3, 4.26)
*Note: All stats from 2002 season ... Scott Shapiro's stats while playing at Vanderbilt

A live audio broadcast of both Stanford-Santa Clara games will be available ... Saturday's game will be broadcast on KZSU (90.1 FM) as well as online at ... Sunday's game will be broadcast online only at ... Chad Goldberg and Nick Kapur will call the action ... Live stats of the game will also be available from a link at

Stanford begins the 2003 season looking to extend its school record of consecutive appearances at the College World Series to five ... The Cardinal has reached the CWS final in two of the last three seasons (2000, '01) and qualified for a CWS bracket final in 1999 and 2002 ... Stanford has six position player starters, two of its three starting pitchers and a total of 14 letterwinners returning from last year's club that was 47-18 overall, 16-8 in the Pac-10 (second) and finished tied for third at the College World Series ... Stanford begins the season ranked among the nation's top 10 in each of the four major college baseball preseason polls (No. 3 Baseball America; No. 5 NCBWA, Sports Weekly/ESPN; No. 9 Collegiate Baseball) ... Stanford is trying to extend its string of consecutive 40-win seasons to nine in a row ... Stanford has finished in either first or second place in the Pac-10 20 times in the last 22 seasons.

Stanford and Santa Clara will be opening their respective 2003 seasons with a two-game series this Saturday-Sunday, January 25-26 (1 pm, 1 pm). The two games will mark half of the team's four scheduled regular season meetings in 2003. Stanford has won 22 of the last 23 games played between the teams with the only Santa Clara victory over the stretch a 13-9 win over the Cardinal at Santa Clara on February 23, 2002, snapping a 20-game Stanford win streak in the series. Stanford won three-of-games last year and leads the all-time series, 78-25-1 (since 1977).

Stanford's storied baseball program has had many highlights in 109 seasons since the program began in 1892. Stanford has an all-time record of 2326-1466-32 (.612) ... The Cardinal won NCAA titles in 1987 and 1988 before returning to the CWS championship game in 2000 and 2001 ... Stanford has made a school record four straight College World Series appearances and has been to the CWS 14 times since making its first appearance in 1953 ... Stanford has had 37 winning seasons in its last 38 campaigns and 54 in its last 56 seasons ... Stanford has reached the 40-win mark in eight consecutive campaigns (1995-2002) and recently recorded three straight 50-win seasons for the first time in school history (1999-2001) ... Stanford has won 18 conference titles and gained 23 NCAA Tournament berths ... Stanford has boasted 41 All-Americans who have earned a total of 51 All-American honors ... Stanford has garnered three NCAA Players of the Year in Jeff Austin (1998), David McCarty (1991) and Steve Dunning (1970) ... Stanford has had 97 All-Conference players earn a total of 127 All-Conference honors ... Stanford has had 59 major league players and 13 first round draft picks in the last 16 years.

Stanford 13, at Santa Clara 2 (May 7, 2002) - Ryan Garko (2-3, 2 HR, 2 RBI) had the first two-homer game of his career and tied a career-high with four runs scored to lead Stanford to a 13-2 win at Santa Clara. Stanford starter Darin Naatjes picked up the victory as the first of four Stanford pitchers that combined for 11 strikeouts. Naatjes shut out the Broncos on one hit for the first 3.0 innings and picked up a career-high five strikeouts.

Stanford.............. 202 360 000  -  13 16  2Santa Clara........... 000 001 001  -   2  8  2

Win-Naatjes (4-0) Loss-Krueger(0-1) Save-None T-3:21 A-613
BATTERIES: Stanford - Naatjes, Jecmen (4), Ehrlich (7), Rich (9) and Garko, Lucy (5). HRs: Stanford - Garko 2 (10th, solo in 1st; 11th, solo in 4th), Fuld (6th, 2-run in 1st).

at Stanford 8, Santa Clara 7 (February 24, 2002) - Ryan Garko's two-run walk-off homer with no outs in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted Stanford to a dramatic 8-7 victory over Santa Clara. Reliever Jonny Dyer (1-0) picked up his first collegiate victory after getting the Cardinal out of a ninth inning jam by inducing the only batter he faced to hit into an inning-ending ground ball double play. After a ninth inning leadoff single by Sam Fuld, Garko deposited a 1-1 pitch from Bronco reliever A.J. Ampi over the leftcenter field fence. Jason Cooper (3-4, 2B), Garko (2-4, HR, 3 RBI), Donny Lucy (2-4, HR, 2 RBI) and Brian Hall (2-3) led the Cardinal offense.

Santa Clara........... 020 000 050  -  7  9  3Stanford.............. 112 001 102  -  8 13  4

Win-Dyer(1-0) Loss-Ampi(0-1) Save-None T-2:46 A-2755
BATTERIES: Santa Clara - Diefenderfer, Ampi (9) and Wallace. Stanford - Cunningham, Hudgins (8), Willcox (8), Dyer (9) and Garko. HRs: Stanford - Lucy (3rd, solo in 2nd), Garko (3rd, 2-run in 9th).

at Santa Clara 13, Stanford 9 (February 23, 2002) - Santa Clara ended a 20-game losing streak to Stanford by surprising the Cardinal, 13-9. The Broncos spotted Stanford six runs in the top of the first inning before roaring back with 10 runs of their own in the first three innings. Joey Gomes (2-4, HR, 3 RBI) and Pat Peavey (2-4, 2B, 3 RBI) both had a pair of hits and three RBI, while Jack Headley had a double and four RBI. Shawn Epidendio (2-5, HR, 2 RBI) also homered for Santa Clara.

Stanford.............. 610 000 020  -  9 10  2Santa Clara........... 253 021 00x  - 13 14  2

Win-Redmond(3-1) Loss-Ehrlich(0-1) T-3:31 A-1021
BATTERIES: Stanford - McCally, Ehrlich (2), Jecmen (3), O'Hagan (3), Rich (5) and Lucy. Santa Clara - Redmond, Feichtmeir (7), Ampi (9) and Wallace.HRs: Santa Clara - Epidendio (1st, 2-run in 3rd), Gomes (2nd, 2-run in 5th).

at Stanford 5, Santa Clara 4 (February 22, 2002) - Jason Cooper singled home Carlos Quentin with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift Stanford to a 5-4 comeback victory over Santa Clara. The victory extended Stanford's winning streak to 20 straight games over the Broncos dating back to 1997. J.D. Willcox (1-0) came on in relief in the eighth inning and picked up his first victory of the season. Santa Clara reliever Grant Feichtmeir (0-2) took the loss. Four Santa Clara players - Bobby Wiginton (2-3, 2B), Headley (2-4, 2 RBI), Jim Wallace (2-4, 2B) and Peavey (2-5) - had two hits each for the Broncos. Ryan Garko (2-4, RBI) led the Stanford offense.

Santa Clara........... 000 002 020  -  4 11  3Stanford.............. 000 002 111  -  5  8  1

Win-Willcox (1-0) Loss-Feichtmeir (0-2) T-3:10 A-2333
BATTERIES: Santa Clara - Fillinger, Ampi (7), Feichtmeir (7) and Wallace. Stanford - Guthrie, Hudgins (8), Willcox (8) and Garko, Lucy (8).HRs: None.


Finished the 2002 season with a 10-1 overall record to rank tied for fourth on Stanford's all-time single season won-loss percentage list (.909) ... Earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors in 2002 while also ranking third on the club in both innings pitched (105.0) and strikeouts (62) ... Ranks second among active Stanford players in career victories (11), strikeouts (112) and innings pitched (151.1) ... Has an 11-6 career record with a 4.58 ERA with 41 appearances, 17 starts and four saves ... Has three career complete games and one shutout, the only active Stanford pitcher with either to his credit.

Finished the 2002 season with a 10-3 overall record and a 4.26 ERA to earn honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors ... Ranked second on the club in innings pitched (112.0) and strikeouts (67) ... Has a career 21-5 record, 3.97 ERA and one save ... Stanford's active career leader in victories (21), strikeouts (157), innings pitched (236.0) and games started (39).

Four Stanford players have earned 2003 Preseason All-American honors ... Sam Fuld led the way when he was selected to all three of the major preseason All-American teams (NCBWA First Team, Baseball America Third Team, Collegiate Baseball Third Team) ... Carlos Quentin was named First Team by Baseball America and Third Team by the NCBWA ... Ryan Garko was a Second Team Collegiate Baseball pick, while Tim Cunningham earned Third Team honors from the NCBWA ... Fuld is the only member of the group to earn regular season All-American honors in 2002 (NCBWA First Team, Baseball America Third Team, Collegiate Baseball Third Team).

Sam Fuld also will begin the 2003 campaign on top of Stanford's career batting average list with a .367 lifetime mark (191-520).

Sam Fuld picked up 110 hits in 2002 to break Stanford's single season hit record of 108, previously co-held by Troy Paulsen (1990) and Mike Dotterer (1981). Fuld picked up 56 a hot 25-game stretch in which he recorded 22 multiple-hit games and hit .509 (56-110) over the period.

Chris Carter brings in the longest hit streak of any Stanford player in 2003, hitting safely in his final 11 games last year ... Ryan Garko led the club with 14 home runs last season, while Brian Hall had a team-high 14 stolen bases in 14 attempts ... Stanford had a school record six players from the 2002 team earn First Team All-Pac-10 honors in Jason Cooper, Sam Fuld, Ryan Garko, Jeremy Guthrie, Chris O'Riordan and Carlos Quentin.


Stanford begins the 2003 season ranked No. 3 in the preseason Baseball America poll released January 2. Stanford also ranks in the top 10 of the three other major preseason national polls -- No. 5 (NCBWA, Sports Weekly/ESPN); No. 9 (Collegiate Baseball). Stanford finished the 2002 season ranked fourth by Baseball America, Baseball Weekly/ESPN and Collegiate Baseball, as well as fifth by the NCBWA. Stanford was the nation's unanimous No. 1 team at the start of the 2002 season and stayed on top of the Baseball America poll for the first seven weeks of the year. Stanford has been ranked No. 1 at one point during each of the past six years (1997-2002). Stanford's poll history includes a run as 'king of the polls' in 1998 when the team held the top spot in the Baseball America poll for the entire regular season (a record 14 consecutive weeks). Stanford has a total of 18 games scheduled against teams ranked among the top 13 teams in the preseason poll by Baseball America (No. 4 Florida State, No. 5 Texas, No. 6 USC, No. 8 Arizona State, No. 13 Cal State Fullerton).

Stanford (16-8 Pac-10) finished in second place in the 2002 final regular season Pac-10 standings, one game behind two-time defending league champion USC (17-7 Pac-10). The second place finish put Stanford among the top two in the conference standings (includes Pac-10 Southern Division) for the ninth straight year and the 20th time in the last 22 years.

Stanford will be looking to extend its string of 40-win seasons to nine in 2003 after picked up its eighth straight 40-win season last year by finishing with a 47-18 overall mark. The last time Stanford didn't win 40 games was when the club finished 27-28 in 1993.

Stanford was picked third in the 2003 Preseason Pac-10 Coaches Poll. Two-time defending champion USC was chosen by the coaches as the league favorite and received six of the nine first-place votes. Arizona State garnered a pair of first-place votes and finished second in the poll, followed by Stanford, California (one first-place vote), Arizona, UCLA, Washington, Oregon State and Washington State.

Stanford will travel to No. 13 Cal State Fullerton for a three-game series next Friday-Sunday, January 31-February 2 (6 pm, 1 pm, 1 pm). The three-game series will serve as the regular season opener for the Titans. Stanford and Cal State Fullerton continued a fierce rivalry last season with Stanford winning three-of-four games, including a classic 3-2 win in 13 innings to open the NCAA Regional. Stanford also took two-of-three games over the Titans at Sunken Diamond (February 1-3; 7-4, 17-1, 3-6) to open its regular season. Stanford won two-of-three games the last time the teams played in Fullerton (February 2-4, 2001; 4-5, 9-8, 3-0).

Stanford led the Pac-10 in all three major team categories -- batting average (.318), earned run average (3.97) and fielding percentage (.971) ... Stanford was 13-5 against ranked teams, including 7-2 in the postseason ... Stanford was a perfect 40-0 when leading after eight innings ... Stanford came from behind to win in 20 of its 47 victories ... Stanford was 11-7 in one-run games and 5-2 in extra inning contests ... Stanford averaged 7.8 runs per contest, reaching double figures in runs 20 times and hits on 42 occasions ... Stanford scored five or more runs in an inning 26 times.

Individual Career Records: Batting Average - Sam Fuld (.367, 1st), Chris O'Riordan (.352, 7th); Strikeouts Per 9 Innings - Darin Naatjes (10.55, 2nd), Dan Rich (10.21, 3rd); Saves - Ryan McCally (11, 8th-T); Wins - Jeremy Guthrie (26, 8th-T); Doubles - Chris O'Riordan (49, 9th-T); Hits - Chris O'Riordan (262, 10th)
Individual Season Records: Hits - Sam Fuld (110, 1st); Innings Pitched - Jeremy Guthrie (157.2, 1st); Hit-by-Pitch - Carlos Quentin (19, 1st-T), Ryan Garko (16, 5th-T), Chris O'Riordan (16, 5th-T); At Bats - Sam Fuld (293, 4th); Won-Loss Percentage - John Hudgins (.909, 10-1, 4th-T); Strikeouts - Jeremy Guthrie (136, 6th-T); Wins - Jeremy Guthrie (13, 7th-T); Saves - Ryan McCally (7, 9th-T)
Team Season Records: Double Plays (70, 1st); Batting Average (.318, 3rd); Total Bases (1206, 3rd); Doubles (147, 4th); Fielding Percentage (.971, 5th); Hits (749, 5th); Home Runs (88, 5th); Saves (17, 5th)


One of the nation's premier collegiate coaches, Mark Marquess will begin his 27th season at the helm of Stanford Baseball in 2003. The 1969 Stanford graduate has led the Cardinal to two NCAA titles (1987, '88) and two other CWS title game appearances (2000, '01), as well as 12 College World Series appearances (1982, '83, '85, '87, '88, '90, '95, '97, '99, 2000, '01, '02), 12 NCAA Regional titles (1982, '83, '85, '87, '88, '90, '95, '97, '99, 2000, '01, '02), 10 Pac-10 or Pac-10 Southern Division regular season titles (1983, '84, '85, '87, '90, '94, '97, '98, '99, 2000) and four NCAA Super Regional championships (1999, 2000, '01, '02). The Cardinal has qualified for the NCAA Tournament 20 times in the past 26 years under Marquess. He begins the 2003 season ranked 10th in victories and 16th in winning percentage among active Division I baseball coaches. Marquess has compiled his entire career record of 1093-533-5 (.672) at Stanford and needs just eight more victories to move into the top 20 on the all-time victory list. He currently ranks 21st in all-time victories and 45th in winning percentage list. Marquess became the 23rd coach in the history of NCAA Division I baseball to reach the 1000-win mark with a 6-2 victory over Florida State in a game played on February 9, 2001. He has been named NCAA Coach of the Year three times (1985, '87, '88) and has received Pac-10 or Pac-10 Southern Division Coach of the Year honors on eight occasions (1983, '85, '87, '90, '94, '97, '98, '99). The Cardinal has posted winning seasons 25 times in 26 years under his leadership and has finished either first or second in the prestigious Pacific-10 (formerly Pac-10 Southern Division) 20 times in the last 22 years. Stanford has had 104 professional baseball draft picks in the past 18 seasons, including 13 first round selections in the last 16 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 also 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 baseball head coaches to have both played and coached in the College World Series. Marquess was the starting first baseman and a First Team All-American on Stanford's 1967 College World Series squad and played four seasons of minor league baseball with the Chicago White Sox organization.

(On the opening of the 2003 season)
'We've gotten a lot of work in prior to the season with the good weather. We need to play games to find out where we are. We've only had a chance to play against each other in intra-squad games since last fall. Playing against another team will give us a chance to find out the areas where we need to improve. We are all anxious to play.'

(On Santa Clara)
'Santa Clara has typically played very well against us. Last year, we had some great games with them. I wouldn't expect anything else except a good series.'

Dean Stotz begins his 27th campaign with Stanford Baseball and his fourth season as associate head coach after he was promoted to the position prior to the 2000 campaign. Stotz served for 23 years as an assistant. Stotz currently coaches third base while also handling various offensive and defensive aspects of the game.

Tom Kunis is in his fourth season as Stanford's pitching coach.

Dave Nakama is in his fourth year overall as a Stanford assistant coach and is in the second year of his second stint as a Cardinal assistant. Nakama was a Stanford assistant from 1997-98 and returned to the staff prior to the 2002 campaign. Nakama was the head coach at San Francisco State for three seasons (1999-2001) in between his two stints with the Cardinal. He assists with all aspects of the game and serves as Stanford's first base coach.

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