No. 4 Stanford To Host Kansas In Three-Game Series Friday-Sunday

Feb. 10, 2004

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Kansas Jayhawks (7-4-1)
No. 4 Stanford Cardinal (5-1)

Friday, February 13, 6 pm
LHP Ryan Knippschild (1-1, 6.75) vs. LHP Mark Romanczuk (1-1, 4.35)

Saturday, February 14, 1 pm
RHP Chris Smart (2-2, 7.63) vs. RHP Jeff Gilmore (1-0, 1.64)

Sunday, February 15, 11 am
LHP Mike Zagurski (1-0, 2.53) vs. TBA

Media Coverage: Friday Gametracker | Saturday Gametracker | Sunday Gametracker | Live Audio
All three Stanford-Kansas baseball games are scheduled to be broadcast on the air at KZSU (90.1 FM) as well as online at ... Sam Stefanki and Michael Etchepare will be on the microphones ... A Gametracker with live stats for all three games will be available from links at

Stanford has moved up two spots to No. 4 in the first regular season Baseball America poll after winning five of its first six games in 2004 ... Stanford is also currently ranked among the top seven in the four other national polls (No. 3 NCBWA, No. 4 Sports Weekly/ESPN, No. 6 Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball, No. 7 ... The Cardinal won two-of-three games at Fresno State last Friday-Sunday to win a series for the 14th time in its last 15 efforts ... Stanford, which opened the season with a three-game sweep of then No. 4 Cal State Fullerton at Sunken Diamond (January 30 - February 2) takes a 12-game home win streak into its series with Kansas this Friday-Sunday, February 13-15 (6 pm, 1 pm, 11 am) ... Stanford has also won 28 of its last 33 games overall dating back to last season, including 16 of its last 17 games on the road ... Stanford has outscored its opponents by a 52-21 count this season ... Stanford gained 44 points to raise its team batting average to .310 by collecting 30 hits in the final two games of the Fresno State series after being held to two in the series-opener ... Stanford's pitching staff has fared well in its first six games, compiling a 3.40 ERA ... Stanford's defense has been spectacular early in the season with a current string of five errorless games and a .991 fielding percentage ... Stanford is looking to extend its school record string of consecutive appearances at the College World Series to six ... Stanford has captured 11 Pac-10 titles in the last 21 years and finished either first or second in the prestigious conference 21 times in last 23 seasons.

Danny Putnam leads the Cardinal with a .458 batting average, while Jed Lowrie is also over .400 with a .417 mark ... Lowrie also leads the club with nine RBI, while John Mayberry, Jr. paces the team with three homers and is third on the squad with a .375 batting average ... Putnam is the team's only player to have hit safely in all six games this season and has a seven-game hit streak dating back to last year ... Two-time All-American Sam Fuld is hitting .350 and leads the club with nine walks and a .552 on-base percentag ... Fuld is poised to break several all-time Stanford records, already ranking among Stanford's all-time Top 10 in triples (15, #4T), hits (295, #5), doubles (54, #8), runs scored (210, #7) and batting average (.350, #9T), as well as just outside the Top 10 with a legitimate chance to reach the top in games played (206) and at bats (842) ... Fuld is just five hits away from becoming only the fifth player in Stanford history to record 300 career hits ... Donny Lucy has the squad's only stolen base ... The team's five wins have been picked up by Jeff Gilmore, Mark Jecmen, Matt Leva, David O'Hagan and Mark Romanczuk ... Blake Holler leads the club with two saves, while David O'Hagan and Gilmore have one each.

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Stanford and Kansas will be meeting for the first time.


Stanford 10, at Fresno State 3 (February 8, 2004) - Stanford won the rubber game of a three-game series at Fresno State (1-2) by a score of 10-3 as David O'Hagan (1-0) earned a victory by pitching 6.0 scoreless four-hit innings of relief and tied a career-high with eight strikeouts in the longest outing of his career. O'Hagan entered the game with no outs, the bases loaded and two runs already in during Fresno State rally in the bottom of the first inning, and limited the damage to just three runs. The Cardinal rallied from the early 3-0 deficit by scoring ten unanswered runs through the end of the game. John Mayberry, Jr. (3-4, RBI) and Danny Putnam (3-5, 2B, RBI) had three hits each to lead Stanford's season-high 16-hit attack as Putnam also extended his hit streak to seven games dating back to last season. Four other Stanford players - Donny Lucy (2-4, 2B, 2 RBI), Brian Hall (2-4), Jed Lowrie (2-5, 2B, RBI) and Adam Sorgi (2-5) - had two hits each. Ryan Haag (3-5, SB) was the only Fresno State player with more than one hit and also stole the only base of the game by either team.

Stanford 13, at Fresno State 4 (February 7, 2004) - Stanford hit a season-high five homers in a 13-4 victory over Fresno State to even a three-game non-conference series. John Mayberry, Jr. (2-4, 2 HR, 3 RBI) registered the first two-homer game of his career, while Jed Lowrie (2-4, 2B, HR, 5 RBI) homered and drove in a career-high four runs. Danny Putnam (3-5, HR, 2 RBI) and Chris Carter (2-2, HR, 2 RBI) also went deep for the Cardinal. Jeff Gilmore earned his first career victory by holding the Bulldogs to three runs (two earned) and six hits over a career-high 6.0 innings with a career-high eight strikeouts in his first collegiate start. Blake Holler picked up his second save in as many outings, limiting Fresno State to a run on four hits with a pair of strikeouts over the final 3.0 frames.

at Fresno State 3, Stanford 1 (February 6, 2004) - Fresno State opened its 2004 campaign by handing Stanford its first loss of the season with a 3-1 victory over the Cardinal. The loss also ended Stanford's 14-game road win streak. Bulldog starter David Griffin limited the Cardinal to an unearned run and two hits over the first 7.2 innings, striking out five and spreading out three walks. Michael Cooper retired all four batters he faced to record a save. Stanford starter Mark Romanczuk took the loss despite shutting the Bulldogs out for the first four innings. Romanczuk allowed three runs and seven hits with three strikeouts over the first 5.1 innings before being relieved by Drew Ehrlich, who pitched well in relief holding the Bulldogs scoreless over the final 2.2 innings with five strikeouts. Kent Sakamoto (3-4) had a game-high three hits for Fresno State, while Nick Moresi was 2-for-4 with a double to lead Fresno State's 10-hit attack. John Mayberry, Jr. and Danny Putnam had one hit each for the Cardinal with Mayberry just missing a home run with a double off the wall in the fifth.


Stanford has won 19 conference championships in school history, including 17 Pac-10 crowns (includes Southern Division and shared titles). The Cardinal won its most recent crown in 2003 when the club finished with an 18-6 conference mark. Stanford had finished second in the conference behind two-time defending league champion USC in 2001 and 2002 prior to its previous Pac-10 title when it shared the championship with Arizona State and UCLA in 2000. Stanford has been among the top two in the conference standings (includes Pac-10 Southern Division) for 10 straight seasons and 21 times in the last 23 years.

Stanford has won 50 or more games in three of the last four years to run its total of 50-win campaigns in school history to six. The Cardinal won a school record 59 contests in 1990. The 1987 CWS championship squad posted 53 victories, while the 2001 and 2003 teams picked up 51 wins. The Cardinal won an even 50 games in 1999 and 2000.

Stanford will be looking to extend its school record string of 40-win seasons to 10 in 2004. The last time Stanford didn't win 40 games was when the club finished 27-28 in 1993.

Stanford was picked as the favorite in the 2004 Preseason Pac-10 Coaches Poll, picking up seven first-place votes. Arizona State and Arizona each garnered one first-place vote, while finishing second and third in the poll. USC, Washington, California, UCLA, Oregon State and Washington State rounded out the poll.

Four Stanford players have earned 2004 Preseason All-American honors ... Sam Fuld picked up a pair of First Team honors (Baseball America, NCBWA), as well as Second Team (Collegiate Baseball) and honorable mention ( ... John Mayberry, Jr. has picked up Second Team recognition from Baseball America ... Danny Putnam is a First Team pick by Baseball America and, as well as Third Team NCBWA selection ... Mark Romanczuk has earned Third Team honors by Collegiate Baseball and the NCBWA, as well as honorable mention recognition from

Stanford's sweep of Cal State Fullerton at Sunken Diamond in its first home series of 2003 increased its home win streak to 12 dating back to last season. The Cardinal began its current 12-game home win streak with a 9-8 victory over UCLA (5/18) to clinch the 2003 Pac-10 title before sweeping Cal Poly (5/23 - 5/25) to end the 2003 regular season and taking all five 2003 NCAA Tournament games versus Illinois Chicago (5/30), UC Riverside (5/31) and Richmond (6/1) in NCAA Regional, as well as Long Beach State twice in the NCAA Super Regional (6/6 - 6/7), before sweeping Cal State Fullerton in its first series of 2004 (1/30 - 2/1). Stanford's last loss at home came to UCLA (9-5, 12 inn.) on May 17, 2003. However, the Cardinal did have its string of 14 straight road victories snapped with a 3-1 loss at Fresno State in its first road game of the season on February 6, before rebounding to win the final two games of the series to still give the Cardinal 16 wins in its last 17 road games. Stanford's 14-game road win streak began with victories in its final two games at Arizona State (3/23 - 3/24) and also spanned a series sweep at Washington State (4/4 - 4/7), as well as victories at Santa Clara (4/8) and Sacramento State (4/22) before sweeping USC (5/3 - 5/4), winning at San Jose State (5/6) and sweeping at California (5/9 - 5/11).

Stanford has won 14 of its last 15 series, including six in a row on the road after taking two-of-three at Fresno State this past Friday-Sunday (2/6 - 2/8). The Cardinal lost just two series in 2003, dropping two-of-three to Arizona (4/25 - 4/27) at Sunken Diamond and being swept at Cal State Fullerton (1/31 - 2/2).

Sam Fuld has raised his career hit total to 295, moving to within just five hits of becoming only the fourth player in Stanford Baseball history to collect 300 or more hits in his career. Five more hits will also move Fuld into a tie for fourth with Larry Reynolds (300, 1976-79) and third-place A.J. Hinch (305, 1993-96) would be next on his list.

Danny Putnam AND Jed Lowrie OFF TO HOT STARTS
Danny Putnam and Jed Lowrie are both off to hot starts for the Cardinal during the first two weeks of action. Putnam leads the club with a .458 batting average after hitting .500 in the three-game series at Fresno State (2/6 - 2/8). Lowrie is also above the .400 mark at .417 and leads the team with nine RBI, while ranking tied for second with a pair of homers, the first two of his career. He also had a career-high four RBI in a 13-4 win at Fresno State (2/7).

Four freshmen have seen action in the first two weeks of their collegiate careers. Adam Sorgi has arguably made the biggest impression, starting three of the team's first six games and appearing in four with a .333 batting average and three RBI. Sorgi had a pair of big hits in the season-opening series versus Cal State Fullerton, tying the second game of the series (1/31) with a two-out pinch-hit single in the bottom of the sixth and then putting the Cardinal ahead to stay in the series finale (2/1) with an RBI double that snapped a sixth inning tie. Blake Holler has picked up saves in each of his first two appearances (vs. Cal State Fullerton, 1/30; at Fresno State, 2/7) with 6.0 impressive innings of work, allowing just two runs for a 3.00 ERA. Matt Leva picked up a victory working in relief in an 8-7 comeback win over Cal State Fullerton (1/31), while Jim Rapoport had his first at bat at Fresno State (2/7).

Stanford has outscored its opponents by a count of 52-21 this season with four of its five victories by seven runs or more. The Cardinal has already scored in double figures in half of its six contests. Ironically, the Cardinal has also trailed at one point in four of its five victories this season, including two of the three it has come back to win by seven or more runs as its opponents have scored first in five of its six games this season.

Stanford has put together five consecutive errorless games and has a .991 fielding percentage on the season with the team committing its only two errors of the campaign in the season-opener versus Cal State Fullerton (1/30).

Stanford has eight homers in its first six games. The Cardinal erupted for a season-high five homers at Fresno State (2/7) as John Mayberry, Jr. had the first two-homer game of his career and leads the team with three homers this season. Others to leave the yard in the first six games include Chris Carter (twice), Jed Lowrie (twice) and Danny Putnam.

Stanford has already logged four saves in its five wins over the first six games. Blake Holler has recorded saves in each of his first two collegiate appearances, while Jeff Gilmore and David O'Hagan have one each.

Mark Romanczuk and Danny Putnam recently won hometown honors. Romanczuk was named the 2003 Delaware Athlete of the Year by the Delaware Sportswriters & Broadcasters Association. Putnam was named a 2003 Athlete of the Year by the San Diego Hall of Champions.

Stanford has produced 22 Team USA players that have combined to play 30 seasons over the last 19 years, more than any other collegiate program in the nation in both categories. Stanford is also tops in the nation with at least one player on the Team USA roster for 17 consecutive years. Three current Stanford players have participated with Team USA -- Sam Fuld (2001, '02), Danny Putnam (2003) and Mark Romanczuk (2003).

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After being held to two hits in its series-opener at Fresno State (2/6), its lowest total since June 4, 1999, Stanford collected 30 hits in the final two games of the Fresno State series (2/7 - 2/8) to raise its average 44 points to its current .310 from the .256 the Cardinal stood at after four games. Danny Putnam (.458) and Jed Lowrie (.417) are both hitting over .400 early in the season. John Mayberry, Jr. (.375), Sam Fuld (.350), Adam Sorgi (.333) and Donny Lucy (.300) have averages at .300 or better. Mayberry leads the club with three homers, while Lowrie and Chris Carter have two each. Lowrie has team-highs of nine RBI, five extra-base hits and four multiple-hit contests, while Lucy has the club's only stolen base and paces the club with two hit-by-pitches. Putnam leads the team with 11 hits and also has the team's longest current hit streak at seven games. Lowrie has scored a team-best nine runs and has hit a team-high three doubles. Lowrie and Mayberry co-lead the club with 19 total bases and a .792 slugging percentage. Fuld paces the club with nine walks and has a team-high .552 on-base percentage. Jonny Ash and Brian Hall have one triple each. Four players have a sacrifice bunt and a pair of multiple-RBI games, while two have one sacrifice fly.

Stanford's pitching staff has jumped out of the gates strong with a 3.40 ERA. Five different pitchers - Jeff Gilmore, Mark Jecmen, Matt Leva, David O'Hagan and Mark Romanczuk - have one win each. Blake Holler has a team-high two saves, while Gilmore and O'Hagan also have one each. O'Hagan (1-0, 1.00 ERA, 1 SV, 9.0 IP, 11 SO) and Gilmore (1-0, 1.64, 1 SV, 11.0 IP, 9 SO) have been especially effective, leading the Cardinal in strikeouts and innings pitched, respectively.

Stanford has been phenomenal defensively in the first six games of the season. The Cardinal is fielding at a .991 clip and has strung together five consecutive errorless games after making a pair of errors on opening night versus Cal State Fullerton (1/30). John Mayberry, Jr. leads the club with 53 putouts, including a single-game high of 12 against Cal State Fullerton (2/1). Jonny Ash has a team-high 17 assists and also has the team's highest individual game output this season with seven against Cal State Fullerton. Stanford has turned four double plays this season, including a season-high three in its most recent game at Fresno State (2/8).

Stanford hit into five double plays in its most recent game at Fresno State (2/8), helping the Bulldogs tie a school record. The teams combined to hit into eight double plays, which was a new single-game record for two teams at Fresno State.

Stanford will host No. 6 Texas to Sunken Diamond in a three-game series Friday-Sunday, February 20-22 (6 pm, 1 pm, 1 pm) to conclude the six-game homestand the team begins with a three-game set versus Kansas this Friday-Sunday, February 13-15 (6 pm, 1 pm, 11 am). Stanford and Texas have seen plenty of each other in recent years as the teams have played 22 games against each other since beginning a regular season series in 1998. Last year, the Cardinal took two-of-three in Austin (February 22-23, 2003; 11-7 - Game 1, 8-7 - Game 2, 1-7). The clubs have not only met in the regular season in recent years but have played five games in the postseason, most recently when the Cardinal lost a pair of 2002 College World Series heartbreakers to the eventual CWS champion Longhorns that ended Stanford's season (June 16 & 19, 2002; 7-8, 5-6). Stanford did manage to take two-of-three from Texas during a 2002 regular season series at Sunken Diamond (March 28-30, 2002; 7-6, 10 inn., 0-2, 10 inn., 7-2). In 2001, the clubs also had a memorable season series. Stanford took two-of-three in a regular season three-game set in Austin (February 16-18, 2002; 9-6, 5-0, 1-2), as well as in an NCAA Regional at Stanford in 2001. Texas won the first game between the clubs to take the drivers' seat in the Regional (June 26, 2001; 4-3) but the Cardinal rallied for a pair of the most memorable victories in Stanford history the following day, sweeping the Longhorns (June 27, 2001; 10-9, 10 inn., 4-3) in a pair of one-run games to advance to an NCAA Super Regional, marking the first time the Cardinal had ever swept a doubleheader in NCAA Tournament action to move on to the next round of action. Stanford holds an all-time 15-12-1 advantage in the series.


One of the nation's premier collegiate coaches and the winningest coaching in Stanford history, Mark Marquess is in his 28th season at the helm of Stanford Baseball in 2004 with a 1149-552-5 (.675) record in 1706 career games, as well as even more impressive marks in the postseason (105-46, .695), and Pac-10 (462-294, .611). Marquess entered the 2004 season ranked 19th on the NCAA's all-time Division I victory list and 46th on the all-time winning percentage list for Division I coaches. For active coaches, he began the season ninth in victories and 15th in winning percentage. He became the 23rd coach in the history of NCAA Division I baseball to reach the 1000-win mark with a victory over Florida State on February 9, 2001. Just over two years later, he picked up No. 1100 versus Nevada on February 17, 2003. He won his 100th career postseason game in Stanford's NCAA Super Regional clinching victory over Long Beach State (6/7/03). The 1969 Stanford graduate has led the Cardinal to two CWS titles and three runner-up showings in five CWS championship appearances, as well as 13 College World Series trips, five NCAA Super Regional titles, 13 NCAA Regional championships and 11 Pac-10 crowns (includes Southern Division and shared titles). Stanford has also qualified for the NCAA Tournament 21 times in the first 27 years under Marquess. He has been named NCAA Coach of the Year three times and has received Pac-10 or Pac-10 Southern Division Coach of the Year honors on nine occasions, most recently with his selection in 2003. The Cardinal has had 26 winning campaigns in 27 seasons prior to this season under his leadership and finished either first or second in the prestigious Pacific-10 (formerly Pac-10 Southern Division) 21 times in the last 23 years. Stanford has had 112 players drafted by professional baseball in the past 19 seasons, including 14 first round selections in the last 17 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 CWS squad and played four seasons of minor league baseball with the Chicago White Sox organization.

(on Kansas)
'They have a good program. Last year, they swept LSU on the road and LSU ended up making the College World Series. They have quality players and a lot of players returning. I expect a good series.'

(on winning two-of-three at Fresno State)
'Overall, it was a good series. The thing I was most impressed with was our defense in that we didn't make an error during the entire series. We also swung the bat very well the last two games and overall our pitching was pretty good.'

(on pitching performances by David O'Hagan and Jeff Gilmore at Fresno State)
'David O'Hagan pitched very well and did a phenomenal job on Sunday, while Jeff Gilmore continued his huge improvement from last year that he has shown during fall and January workouts.'

(on Stanford's offensive abilities)
'We're a better offensive team than we showed on Friday night but probably not as good as we looked on Saturday. We're capable but we'll probably have a better idea as to where we are after 15 or 20 games. The last two games were our best offensive games of the season.'

(on Stanford's pitching depth)
'There's a lot of pitchers competing for spots, and our pitching situation is built on that competition.'

Dean Stotz is in his 28th campaign with Stanford Baseball and his fifth 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 fifth season as Stanford's pitching coach, while Dave Nakama is in his fifth year overall as a Stanford assistant coach.

Stanford has moved up two spots to No. 4 in the latest Baseball America poll released on Monday, February 9. The Cardinal has retained its No. 4 ranking in the latest Sports Weekly/ESPN poll, as well as its No. 6 spot in the latest Collegiate Baseball rankings, while the NCBWA and College Baseball have not released polls since their preseason rankings when Stanford came in a third, fourth and seventh, respectively. Rice is the nation's top-ranked team in all five polls with Miami sharing the top spot with the Owls in the Collegiate Baseball rankings. Stanford finished the 2003 campaign ranked second in all five polls and never fell out of the Baseball America Top 10 all season. However, the Cardinal did snap a string of six consecutive seasons (1997-2002) in which it had been ranked No. 1 at one point during the season as it never reached the top of the Baseball America poll in 2003. 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 15 games scheduled against teams ranked in Baseball America's current Top 25, as the Cardinal has already played three games against No. 8 Cal State Fullerton with three games still remaining on the schedule against No. 6 Texas, No. 15 Arizona, No. 16 Arizona State and No. 23 Washington. Stanford also has six games scheduled versus USC, who is unranked in Baseball America's current poll but comes in at No. 16 in the Collegiate Baseball rankings and No. 22 by Sports Weekly/ESPN.

Now in its 111th season, Stanford's storied baseball program has had many highlights since the program began in 1892 ... Stanford has won two NCAA titles (1987, '88) and made 15 appearances in the College World Series, also finishing as the runner-up on three occasions (2000, '01, '03) ... Stanford has also won five NCAA Super Regional titles ... Stanford has qualified for the NCAA Tournament 24 times ... Stanford has won 19 conference championships ... Stanford began the 2004 season with 38 winning seasons in the last 39 campaigns and 55 in its last 57 seasons ... Stanford has won 50 or more games four times in the last five years and six times in school history ... Stanford has won 40 or more games in a school record nine consecutive years and 18 times in school history ... Stanford has an all-time record of 2382-1485-32 (.615) ... A total of 69 former Stanford players have became Major League Baseball players with 12 suiting up in an MLB uniform in 2003 (Jeff Austin - Cincinnati Reds; Joe Borchard, Chicago White Sox; Eric Bruntlett - Houston Astros; Jody Gerut - Cleveland Indians; Jeffrey Hammonds - Milwaukee Brewers, San Francisco Giants; Rick Helling - Baltimore Orioles, Florida Marlins; A.J. Hinch, Detroit Tigers; Dave McCarty - Boston Red Sox, Oakland A's; Jason Middlebrook - New York Mets; Mike Mussina - New York Yankees; Justin Wayne - Florida Marlins; Jason Young - Colorado Rockies) and Bruntlett, Gerut and Young making their debut last season ... Stanford has also had 14 players selected in the first round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft in the last 17 years ... Stanford has boasted 44 All-Americans that have combined to win 54 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 an even 100 players earn a combined 133 All-Conference honors ... Six Stanford players earned All-Pac-10 honors in each of the last two seasons, breaking the previous mark of five previously set in 1985, '90 and '94.

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