No. 1 Stanford Returns From 15-Day Break With Five Games This Week

March 23, 2004

March 23, 2004

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No. 1 Stanford Cardinal (15-3)
Saint Mary's Gaels (6-17)

Tuesday, March 22, 2 pm
LHP Blake Holler (2-1, 4.15) vs. TBA

No. 1 Stanford Cardinal
Santa Clara Broncos

Wednesday, March 23, 6 pm
RHP Jeff Gilmore (3-1, 5.23) vs. TBA

Cal Poly Mustangs (20-9-1)
No. 1 Stanford

Friday, March 26, 6 pm
LHP Mark Romanczuk (4-1, 3.31) vs. TBA

Saturday, March 27, 1 pm
TBA vs. LHP Blake Holler

Sunday, March 28, 1 pm
TBA vs. RHP Jeff Gilmore

Gametracker: Wednesday | Friday | Saturday | Sunday
Live Audio: All Games
All five Stanford Baseball games this week are scheduled to be broadcast on the air at KZSU (90.1 FM) as well as online at ... Joe Ritzo and Chris Wheat will call the Santa Clara and Saint Mary's games ... Sam Stefanki and Michael Etchepare will be on the microphones for the Cal Poly series ... A Gametracker with live stats for the final four games of the week will also be available from link at ... There will be no Gametracker for Tuesday's game at Saint Mary's.

Stanford is ranked No. 1 in the nation by two of the four major collegiate baseball polls (Baseball America, NCBWA, Sports Weekly/ESPN), as well as No. 2 in the latest Collegiate Baseball and Sports Weekly/ESPN polls, for the second consecutive week * Stanford has been Baseball America's top team for five consecutive weeks * Stanford has opened the season with a 15-3 mark, including a 5-1 record against ranked teams, and has put together a pair of six-game win streaks * Stanford has won 10 straight series dating back to last year with five sweeps during the run * Stanford has also won 18 of its last 19 series * Stanford has won 21 of its last 23 games on the road, finishing last year with a 14-game win streak in true road games and beginning this season with a 7-2 mark away from Sunken Diamond * Stanford has also won 17 of its last 18 games at home and has also won 38 of its last 4 contests overall * Stanford has been errorless nine times this season, including a five-game consecutive errorless stretch from January 31 - February 8 * The Cardinal is fielding at a .974 clip that is just three percentage points lower than the school record of .977 set by the 2001 club * Stanford has nearly doubled its opponents scoring this season (150-79) as 13 of its 15 wins have been by three or more runs * Stanford has come from behind in nine of its 15 victories * Stanford has won its only extra-inning game of the season * Stanford is looking to extend its school record string of consecutive appearances at the College World Series to six, as well as its string of 40-win season to 10, while Stanford has won 50 or more games in three of the last four seasons * Stanford has captured 11 Pac-10 titles in the last 21 years and finished either first or second in the conference 21 times in last 23 seasons.

Jed Lowrie leads the Cardinal in nearly every offensive category -- batting average (.446), runs scored (24), hits (29), doubles (5, co-leader with Brian Hall), triples (3), homers (4, co-leader with John Mayberry, Jr.), RBI (26), total bases (52), slugging percentage (.800), on-base percentage (.529) and sacrifice flies (5) * Lowrie tied an NCAA single-game record this year when he hit the first three triples of his career in a 12-9 win over California (2/27), also tying a career-best with four RBI * Danny Putnam is second on the club with a .373 batting average * Jonny Ash had the team's longest hit streak of the season at 12 games (2/7 - 3/6) * Sam Fuld ranks among Stanford's all-time leaders in runs scored (229, #3), hits (308, #3), triples (15, #4T), doubles (57, #7) and at bats (894, #7) * Fuld is also just outside the Top 10 with a legitimate chance to reach the top in games played (218) * This season, Fuld leads the club with 19 walks * Hall leads the club with four stolen bases and Donny Lucy has been hit by a team-high five pitches * Mark Romanczuk leads the team with four wins, while Jeff Gilmore has three * Blake Holler and David O'Hagan have two apiece * Jonny Dyer, Mark Jecmen, Matt Leva and Kodiak Quick have one each * O'Hagan has a team-high three saves, while Holler has two * Dyer, Gilmore, Matt Manship and Quick have one each.

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#18 - JeffGilmore (R/R, 6-2, 200, So.)
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Stanford holds sizeable advantages in the all-time series versus its three opponents this week. Stanford holds an all-time 46-8 lead over Saint Mary's and was a 10-1 winner over the Gaels in the only meeting between the teams at Sunken Diamond last year on May 13. In fact, Stanford has won 17 straight games in the series since the last Gael victory came with a 1-0 decision over the Cardinal on The Farm more than 10 years ago on February 1, 1994. Stanford has not played in Moraga since handing the Gaels an 11-3 loss on March 21, 2000. Stanford leads the all-time series over Santa Clara, 170-153-7, and has been very successful against the Broncos of late. Stanford had won 20 straight against Santa Clara before the Broncos snapped the string with a 13-9 victory over the Cardinal at Buck Shaw Stadium on February 23, 2002. Stanford then won five more in a row versus Santa Clara before the Broncos came up with a 2-0 victory in their final meeting last season April 29 on The Farm. Stanford holds a 43-5 lead in the all-time series over Cal Poly (dating back to 1949). The Cardinal has won seven straight versus the Mustangs since Cal Poly surprised the Cardinal in the 2001 season opener (January 21) for both teams, 6-5 in 12 innings


at Stanford 10, Saint Mary's 1 (May 13, 2003) - Ryan Garko (2-2, 2B, 4 RBI) drove in four runs and Mark Jecmen picked up his first victory of the season to lead Stanford to a 10-1 victory over Saint Mary's. Stanford scored five runs in its first two trips to the plate and never trailed. Brian Hall (3-5, 2B, 2 RBI) for the Cardinal, who stroked a season-high-tying six doubles.

Stanford 7, at Santa Clara 2 (January 25, 2003) - Stanford opened its season with a 7-2 victory over Santa Clara as eight of its nine starters had at least one hit in a 15-hit attack. Danny Putnam (3-5, HR, 2 RBI) and Ryan Garko (3-5, 2 RBI) had three hits each for the Cardinal, while John Hudgins picked up the victory by scattering five hits and two runs with six strikeouts over the first 6.0 innings.

at Stanford 5, Santa Clara 0 (January 26, 2003) - Stanford came within two outs of recording the ninth no-hitter in school history in a 5-0 win over Santa Clara to complete a two-game series sweep. Santa Clara's Eric Newton doubled in his first collegiate at bat off Cardinal reliever Matt Manship to break up the no-hitter. Stanford starter Tim Cunningham earned the victory with 5.2 hitless innings, while Manship picked up the save. Danny Putnam (2-2, 2B, HR, RBI) homered for the second straight game.

Stanford 17, at Santa Clara 8 (April 8, 2003) - Carlos Quentin (4-5, 2B, 3B, 2 HR, 6 RBI, SB) had a career night to lead Stanford to a 17-8 victory over Santa Clara. Quentin hit his first career grand slam and homered twice for the second time in his career, while also setting career-highs with six RBI and six runs scored. Drew Ehrlich earned his first career victory, striking out a career-high six batters while allowing just two runs and six hits in a career-best 6.1 innings of relief.

Santa Clara 2, at Stanford 0 (April 29, 2003) - Santa Clara handed Stanford its only shutout of the season with 2-0 victory over the Cardinal as eight Santa Clara pitchers limited Stanford to a season-low four hits, while surviving eight walks and two wild pitches in the first five innings. Santa Clara scored the only two runs of the game in the top of third inning off losing pitcher Tim Cunningham.

at Stanford 9, Cal Poly 4 (May 23, 2003) - John Hudgins scattered one run and three hits over the first 6.0 innings and Brian Hall (3-5, 2B, SB) led Stanford's 13-hit attack to give the Cardinal a 9-4 victory over Cal Poly in front of a season-high home crowd of 4017 that was treated to fireworks after the game.

at Stanford 12, Cal Poly 0 (May 24, 2003) - Ryan Garko (4-4, HR, 3 RBI) homered and had tied a career-high with four hits, while Danny Putnam had three hits (3-5, 2 2B, 2 RBI), and the Cardinal got its first career homers from John Hester and Tobin Swope in a 12-0 victory over Cal Poly. Mark Romanczuk shut out the Mustangs over the first 6.0 innings, allowing just four hits and a walk, while striking out eight. Matt Manship finished off the shutout with 3.0 scoreless innings for the save.

at Stanford 8, Cal Poly 4 (May 25, 2003) - Stanford finished the 2003 regular season by completing a three-game sweep of Cal Poly with an 8-4 victory. Chris Carter (2-3, 2B, HR, 2 RBI) had the game's only homer, while Stanford starter Tim Cunningham was credit with the victory (3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO) due to a predetermined pitching rotation.

Stanford 10, at USC 2 (March 5, 2004) - Stanford opened the series with a 10-2 victory over USC as Mark Romanczuk pitched a season-high-tying 7.0 scoreless innings, scattering seven hits and striking out seven to earn the victory. Donny Lucy (3-4, SB) led the Cardinal offense with three hits and three runs scored, while Brian Hall's two-run homer in the top of the ninth was the only extra-base hit for either team. USC's Baron Frost (3-4) was the only player for either side with three or more hits. USC starter Bobby Paschal (1-3), the first of seven Trojan pitchers, suffered the loss by allowing four runs on five hits with four walks and three strikeouts over the first 3.2 innings.

Stanford 8, at USC 7 -- 13 innings (March 6, 2004) - Stanford rallied for a dramatic 8-7 comeback win in 13 innings over USC as Danny Putnam singled home Jonny Ash with two outs in the top of the 13th frame to provide the winning margin. Stanford trailed 7-3 heading into the top of the ninth before a four-run rally sent the Cardinal into extra innings for the first time this season. A one-out RBI single by John Mayberry, Jr. scored Jed Lowrie with the tying run in the ninth, while Ash hit a key two-run homer earlier in the inning to key the comeback. David O'Hagan picked up the win with 4.0 scoreless innings of one-hit relief and four strikeouts, while Matt Manship pitched a perfect bottom of the 13th for the save. Putnam (3-5, HR, 2 RBI) and Lowrie (3-7, 2B) led Stanford's season-high 18-hit attack with three hits each. Daniel Perales (3-4, 3B, 4 RBI) led USC's offensive attack. Clayton Wentworth suffered the loss despite holding the Cardinal scoreless for his first four frames of work before allowing a run in the 13th inning.

at USC 11, Stanford 8 (March 7, 2004) - A ninth inning Stanford rally fell short at USC as the Trojans held on for an 11-8 victory to avoid a sweep. Stanford trailed by four runs heading into the top of the ninth and brought the tying run to the plate before Sam Fuld's line drive was snared by Trojan first baseman Joey Metropoulous to end the game. Blake Sharpe (3-4, 2B, SB) and Jeff Clement (3-5) had three hits each for USC, while Brian Hall (3-5, 2B, RBI), John Mayberry, Jr. (3-5, 2B) and Fuld (3-6, RBI) had three hits apiece for the Cardinal. USC reliever Cole Ganser was credited with the victory, limiting the Cardinal to two runs and two hits with one strikeout over 3.1 innings. Blake Holler suffered the first loss of his collegiate career by allowing seven runs (six earned) on seven hits with a pair of walks and a hit batsmen.


Stanford remains on top of the Baseball America poll for the fifth straight week. Stanford, which will resume action on March 23 at Saint Mary's after a 15-day break, has been Baseball America's No. 1 team since taking over the top spot on February 23.

Stanford took two-of-three games in its most recent series at USC (3/5 - 3/7) to extend its series win streak to 10 in a row dating back to last year, including five sweeps during the stretch. The Cardinal has also won 18 of its last 19 regular season three-game series, including eight in a row on the road and five straight at home. The Cardinal lost just two series in 2003, dropping two-of-three at home to Arizona (4/25 - 4/27) and being swept at Cal State Fullerton (1/31 - 2/2).

Stanford, in the midst of a stretch of 15 of 18 games on the road, has won 21 of its last 23 true road contests (not including CWS games) dating back to last year. Stanford is 7-2 this year, winning two-of-three at Fresno State (2/6 - 2/8), sweeping a three-game road set at California (2/27 - 2/29) and taking two-of-three at USC (3/5 - 3/7). Stanford lost its first road game of the season at Fresno State (2/6) then rolled off seven straight victories away from home (2/7 - 3/6) before dropping the final game of a three-game set at USC (3/7). The Cardinal finished the 2003 campaign by winning its final 14 road games. Stanford's 14-game road win streak to conclude its 2003 road slate 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 the Cardinal USC (5/3, DH - 5/4), won at San Jose State (5/6) and swept at California (5/9 - 5/11).

Stanford has also won 17 of its last 18 games at home, including an 8-1 mark at Sunken Diamond this season. The Cardinal had a 16-game home win streak before Texas broke the run with a 9-6 victory over the Cardinal on February 21 to also hand the Cardinal its first and only home loss of 2004. Stanford's school record home win streak is 27 victories in a row from April 30, 1982 to April 15, 1983. Stanford started the 16-game home win streak in 2003 with a 9-8 victory over UCLA (5/18) to clinch the Pac-10 title before sweeping Cal Poly (5/23 - 5/25) to end the 2003 regular season and won all five 2003 NCAA Tournament home 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 (6/6-7). The streak continued for the first seven home games of 2004 when the Cardinal swept Cal State Fullerton (1/30 - 2/1) and Kansas (2/13 - 2/15), before winning the first game of its series versus Texas (2/20).

Jed Lowrie (Baseball America), Danny Putnam (Baseball America) and Mark Romanczuk (Roger Clemens Award) have appeared on high-profile watch lists. Lowrie emerged as the team's offensive player in 18 games before the break, leading the club in nearly every offensive category, including batting average (.446), homers (4, co-leader with John Mayberry, Jr.), RBI (26), runs scored (24), hits (29), doubles (5, co-leader with Brian Hall), triples (3), total bases (52), slugging percentage (.800) and sacrifice flies (5). Putnam is hitting .373 with three homers, 12 RBI and a stolen base. Defensively, Lowrie has made just two errors in his first 83 chances for a .976 fielding percentage while starting all 18 games at either shortstop or second base. Romanczuk is 4-1 with a 3.31 ERA and has struck out 36 batters in 35.1 innings. Lowrie (NCBWA Co-Hitter of the Week, March 2) and Romanczuk (Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week, March 9) have already earned weekly recognition for their achievements this season.

Jonny Ash, John Mayberry, Jr. and David O'Hagan are all making strong cases for All-American honors with their excellent starts. Ash is third on the team behind Jed Lowrie and Danny Putnam with a .343 batting average, adding a homer and 15 RBI. Ash also has the team's longest hit streak of the year when he hit safely in a career-high 12 games from February 27 - March 6. Mayberry is off to a solid start with a .333 batting average, while co-leading the team in homers (4) and ranking second with 19 RBI. O'Hagan has put up phenomenal numbers, posting a 2-0 record and saving three games with a 1.09 ERA in six appearances out of the bullpen. He has struck out 26 batters in 24.2 innings and allowed just 14 hits with opponents hitting just .171 against him.

Sam Fuld has continued his assault on Stanford's record books this season. Fuld currently ranks among Stanford's all-time Top 10 list in runs scored (229, #3), hits (308, #3), triples (15, #4T), doubles (57, #7T) and at bats (894, #7).

Blake Holler has made his name known early in his Stanford career as the freshman left-handed pitcher started his career by earning saves in his first two appearances, then winning his first two starts before finally being handed his first career loss in his most recent at USC when he gave up a career-high seven runs (six earned) on seven hits in just 2.2 innings. Holler, who posted a 1.89 ERA in his first four appearances, moved into the starting rotation February 22 against Texas and earned his first collegiate victory by holding the sixth-ranked Longhorns just one run and three hits with a career-high five strikeouts. In his second career start at California on February 29, Holler lasted a career-best 7.0 innings to earn another victory, allowing just a run and five hits. This week, he has been tabbed as the team's Saturday starter, moving up one spot from his previous role on Sunday.

Stanford has already logged nine saves in its first 15 wins and is a perfect 9-for-9 in save opportunities. David O'Hagan leads the way with four, while Blake Holler has picked up a pair. Jonny Dyer, Jeff Gilmore and Kodiak Quick have one each. Stanford's school record for saves is 23 in 2001.

In addition to Holler, seven others have made their first appearances in a game for the Cardinal this season. Jeff Stimpson has made a pair of outstanding performances out of the bullpen this season, holding opponents scoreless on two hits with four strikeouts over 6.0 innings. Adam Sorgi has started 10 of the team's first 18 games at shortstop and appeared in 12. Sorgi has a .216 batting average and four RBI, while making just two errors defensively. He 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. Jim Rapoport has played in 10 games, including five starts, with a .200 batting average and two RBI. Matt Leva picked up a victory working in relief in an 8-7 comeback win over Cal State Fullerton (1/31) and has a 3.38 ERA to go with his 1-0 record. Ryan Seawell had a hit in his first collegiate at bat as a pinch-hitter versus Kansas (2/15) and is hitting .333 with two hits in six at-bats this season. Ben Summerhays is also hitting .333 with two hits in six at bats off the bench and former student manager Cameron Matthews has played in three games as a pinch-runner.

Stanford has come from behind in nine of its first 15 victories this season, twice coming back to win games they trailed by three or more runs heading into the ninth inning. Brian Hall provided arguably the most dramatic moment of the season when he his first career grandslam capped a seven-run Stanford ninth inning rally for a 10-6 victory over Kansas (2/15). Stanford trailed 7-3 versus USC (3/6) before scoring four times in the top of the ninth inning to extend the game into extra innings before eventually taking a home an 8-7 win in 13 frames.

Despite having to come from behind in nine of its 15 wins, 13 of the victories have also come by three runs or more. The Cardinal has played just three games with margins under three runs with an 8-7 win over Cal State Fullerton (1/31), a 3-1 loss at Fresno State (2/6) and an 8-7 victory in 13 innings at USC (3/6) the only exceptions. Stanford has nearly doubled its opponents run production this season by a count of 150-79 as seven of its victories have been six or more runs and the Cardinal has scored in double figures seven times this year.

Stanford played errorless baseball in an amazing nine of its first 15 games this season, including a string of five straight errorless games from January 31 - February 8 and another stretch of three in a row with an errorless series at California (2/27 - 2/29), before making its most errors in a series this season with six at USC (3/5 - 3/7). Stanford is fielding at a .974 clip that is just .003 percentage points behind of the school record mark of .977 set by the 2001 club.

After hosting Cal Poly in a three-game series this Friday-Sunday, March 26-28 (6 pm, 1 pm, 1 pm) in its first home action since ending a three-game set versus Texas on February 24, Stanford will begin an eight-game road swing by traveling to San Jose State next Tuesday, March 30 (7 pm) for its final tune-up before visiting UCLA in its first Pac-10 series of the season Friday-Sunday, April 2-4 (6 pm, 1 pm, 1 pm). Stanford will then continue a seven-game road trip and conclude a string of 15 out of 18 road games with a three-game Pac-10 set at Oregon State from Thursday-Saturday, April 8-10 (5 pm, 1 pm, 1 pm). From that point, Stanford will play of its final 26 contests at home.

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. earned Second Team recognition from Baseball America. Danny Putnam was a First Team selection by Baseball America and, as well as Third Team NCBWA selection, while Mark Romanczuk was named a Third Team Preseason All-American by Collegiate Baseball and the NCBWA and received honorable mention recognition from

Stanford has managed to average 8.3 runs per contest and is hitting .302 through its first 18 games. Stanford's offense picked up some steam in its final two series before its 15-day break, hitting .341 in a three-game set at USC (3/5 - 3/7) after batting .319 in its previous three-game series at California and averaged a combined 9.0 runs per game. Jed Lowrie leads the club in nearly every offensive category -- batting average (.446), runs scored (24), hits (29), doubles (5, co-leader with Brian Hall), triples (3), homers (4, co-leader with John Mayberry, Jr.), RBI (26), total bases (52), slugging percentage (.800), on-base percentage (.529), sacrifice flies (5), extra-base hits (12), multiple-hit games (7) and multiple-RBI games (8). Brian Hall has a team-high four stolen bases, while Donny Lucy has been hit by a team-high five pitches. Sam Fuld paces the club with 19 walks, while Mayberry and Danny Putnam co-lead the club with 75 at bats. Jonny Ash has the team's longest hit streak this season when he hit safely in 12 consecutive games from February 7 - March 6 and also leads the club with three sacrifice bunts. Stanford scored a season-high 16 runs in its season-opener versus Cal State Fullerton (1/30), posted a season-high 18 hits in an 8-7 win in 13 innings at USC (3/6) and had a season-best five homers at Fresno State (2/7). Stanford has had 10 or more hits in 13 of its first 18 games, including five of its last six.

Stanford's pitching staff has a current ERA of 4.01. Mark Romanczuk leads the club with three victories, while Jeff Gilmore has three and Blake Holler two. Mark Jecmen, Matt Leva, David O'Hagan and Kodiak Quick have added one each. O'Hagan's 1.04 ERA leads those that have pitched at least one inning per game played by the team, while Romanczuk's 3.31 ERA is the best among starters. Opponents are also hitting just .171 against O'Hagan, who has three of the team's nine saves. Holler has added two saves, while Jonny Dyer, Gilmore, Matt Manship and Kodiak Quick have one each. Romanczuk paces the club in both strikeouts (35.1) and innings pitched (35.1).

Stanford has played outstanding defense this season and has a current fielding percentage of .974, which is just three percentage points behind the school record of .977 set in 2001. Stanford has played errorless baseball in nine of its first 18 games. The Cardinal had made just three errors in its first eight games as its fielding percentage reached as high as .991 after a five-game errorless string (1/31 - 2/8) but made nine errors in a four-game stretch. Stanford then put together three straight errorless contests with a perfect defensive series at California (2/27 - 2/29) before committing six errors in its most recent series at USC (3/5 - 3/7), the most the Cardinal has committed in a series this year. John Mayberry, Jr. leads the club with 174 putouts and 181 defensive chances. Mayberry also had a single-game team-high of 17 putouts at USC (3/6). Jed Lowrie has a team-high 56 assists and has made just two errors in his first 18 starts at either shortstop or second base for a .976 fielding percentage. Jonny Ash had a single-game team-high of seven assist against Cal State Fullerton (2/1). Stanford has turned 20 double plays this season, including a season-high three at Fresno State (2/8), versus Kansas (2/15) and versus Texas (2/22).

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.

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One of the nation's premier collegiate coaches and the winningest coaching in Stanford Baseball history, Mark Marquess is in his 28th season at the helm of the Cardinal in 2004 with a 1159-554-5 (.676) record in 1718 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 win 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 being ranked No. 1)
'We're flattered, but it really doesn't mean that much right now other than we're off to a good start. We've played some Top 10 teams early (Cal State Fullerton and Texas) and won five of those six games.'

(on the team's 15-3 start)
'We're off to a good start, especially considering the people we have played. We've played some very strong teams. The thing that I've been most pleased with is our defense. For the most part, our pitchers have also thrown a lot of strikes. When we haven't hit that well, we've been able to pitch pretty well to keep us in games, but when we haven't pitched as well as we can, we've also been able to score some runs. It's been pretty balanced.'

(on returning to action this week with five games after a 15-day break)
'We're eager to get back on the field and play some games, and we'll see how the break treats us. Some years, we come out and play very well after the break and other years it takes us a while to get going. There really seems to be no rhyme or reason as to how we'll play when we came back. We just know that we are itching to get back out there.'

(on contributions from the freshman class)
'We've gotten some great contributions from our freshman class, especially from Blake Holler in the way he has pitched in his last two starts. Adam Sorgi has played well at shortstop and Jim Rapoport has come in and got his feet wet. We'll need those guys to help us have success this season.'

(on winning two-of-three at USC before the break)
'The USC was a hard-fought battle. They played very well, like we expected that they would. They are a much better team than their record (9-13), and I expect them to be right in the middle of the Pac-10 race when everything is said and done.'

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 been the nation's No. 1 team in the Baseball America poll for five consecutive weeks. The Cardinal is also the top-ranked team in the most recent NCBWA poll released on Monday, March 22, while ranking second in the latest Collegiate Baseball and Sports Weekly/ESPN polls. Stanford has now been ranked No. 1 at some point in the season for seven of the last eight campaigns. Stanford had a string of six consecutive seasons (1997-2002) with a top ranking going but never reached the top of the Baseball America poll in 2003. However, the Cardinal did finish the 2003 season ranked second in all four polls. Stanford has nine games on its schedule against teams ranked in Baseball America's current Top 25, as the Cardinal has already played three games against then No. 4 Cal State Fullerton and then No. 6 Texas, as well as three versus No. 10 Arizona State.

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 2392-1487-32 (.616) * 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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