No. 1 Stanford Continues Busy Week At Santa Clara Wednesday
March 24, 2004
Wednesday, March 23, 6 pm Friday, March 26, 6 pm Saturday, March 27, 1 pm Sunday, March 28, 1 pm MEDIA COVERAGE QUICK TEAM NOTES QUICK INDIVIDUAL NOTES ALL-TIME SERIES 2003 VERSUS SANTA CLARA 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. 2003 VERSUS CAL POLY 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. THIS WEEK STANFORD ON TOP OF BASEBALL AMERICA POLL FOR FIFTH STRAIGHT WEEK STANFORD WINS 10TH STRAIGHT SERIES STANFORD HAS WON 22 OF LAST 24 GAMES ON THE ROAD CARDINAL HAS ALSO WON 17 OF LAST 18 AT HOME LOWRIE, PUTNAM AND ROMANCZUK APPEAR ON WATCH LISTS ASH, MAYBERRY AND O'HAGAN MAKING STRONG BIDS FOR ALL-AMERICAN HONORS FULD WATCH HOLLER LOUD SAVING THE DAY NEW LOOK CARDINAL COMEBACK CREW WINNING BY A BUNCH ERRORLESS EFFORTS STANFORD RETURNS TO ROAD, OPENS PAC-10 ACTION AT UCLA NEXT WEEK 2004 PRESEASON ALL-AMERICAN HONORS OFFENSIVE REPORT PITCHING REPORT DEFENSIVE REPORT TOP OF THE PAC STANFORD HAS PICKED UP THREE 50-WIN SEASONS IN THE LAST FOUR YEARS CARDINAL LOOKING TO EXTEND RECORD STRING OF 40-WIN SEASONS TO 10 STANFORD PICKED AS FAVORITE IN 2004 PRESEASON PAC-10 COACHES POLL WEEKLY EMAIL LIST STANFORD HEAD COACH MARKMARQUESS COMMENTS FROM MARKMARQUESS (on the team's 16-3 start) (on contributions from the freshman class) STANFORD COACHING STAFF STANFORD STAYS AT NO. 1 IN BASEBALL AMERICA POLL FOR FIFTH STRAIGHT WEEK STANFORD BASEBALL HISTORY
Santa Clara Broncos (12-13)
RHP Jeff Gilmore (3-1, 5.23) vs. RHP Scott Longergan (1-0, 9.16)
No. 1 Stanford
RHP Jimmy Shull (6-2, 3.40) vs. LHP Mark Romanczuk (4-1, 3.31)
RHP Jonathan Flemming (4-0, 2.43) vs. LHP Blake Holler
LHP Garrett Olson (5-2, 3.95) vs. RHP Jeff Gilmore
Gametracker: Wednesday | Friday | Saturday | Sunday
Live Audio: All Games
All four remaining Stanford Baseball games this week are scheduled to be broadcast on the air at KZSU (90.1 FM) as well as online at gostanford.com ... Joe Ritzo and Chris Wheat will call the Santa Clara game, while Sam Stefanki and Michael Etchepare return to the microphones for the Cal Poly series ... A Gametracker with live stats for all four games will also be available from link at gostanford.com.
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 1-63 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 22 of its last 24 games on the road, finishing last year with a 14-game win streak in true road games and beginning this season with an 8-2 mark away from Sunken Diamond ... Stanford has also won 17 of its last 18 games at home and has won 39 of its last 46 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 .973 clip that is just four percentage points lower than the school record of .977 set by the 2001 club ... Stanford has nearly doubled its opponents scoring this season (157-82) as 14 of its 16 wins have been by three or more runs ... Stanford has come from behind in nine of its 16 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 (.435), runs scored (25), hits (30), doubles (5, co-leader with Brian Hall), triples (3), homers (5, co-leader with John Mayberry, Jr.), RBI (27), total bases (56), slugging percentage (.812), on-base percentage (.516) 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 .380 batting average and has the longest current hit streak on the team at seven games (2/29 - 3/23), hitting .433 with three homers and seven RBI during the stretch ... Jonny Ash has the team's longest hit streak of the season at 12 games (2/7 - 3/6), hitting .377 with a homer and 10 RBI during the span ... 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 (899, #6) ... Fuld is also just outside the Top 10 with a legitimate chance to reach the top in games played (219) ... This season, Fuld leads the club with 19 walks ... Hall leads the team with four stolen bases and Donny Lucy has been hit by a team-high five pitches ... Mark Romanczuk leads the squad with four wins, while Jeff Gilmore has three ... Blake Holler and David O'Hagan have two apiece ... Jonny Dyer, Mark Jecmen, Matt Leva, Kodiak Quick and Greg Reynolds have one each ... O'Hagan has a team-high three saves, while Holler has two ... Dyer, Gilmore, Matt Manship and Quick have one each.
#18 - JeffGilmore (R/R, 6-2, 200, So.)
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#21 - MarkRomanczuk (L/L, 6-2, 195, So.)
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#34 - BlakeHoller(L/L, 6-4, 180, Fr.)
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Stanford holds sizeable advantages in the all-time series versus both of its remaining opponents this week. 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.
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 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.
Stanford 7, at Saint Mary's 3 (March 23, 2004) - Stanford returned from a 15-day break with a 7-3 victory over Saint Mary's. Danny Putnam (2-4, 2B, HR, 2 RBI), John Mayberry, Jr. (2-4, HR, RBI), Brian Hall (1-4, HR, 2 RBI) and Jed Lowrie (1-4, HR, RBI) all hit opposite field home runs for the Cardinal, while Jonny Ash (3-5) and Adam Sorgi (2-4) added multiple-hit contests. Greg Reynolds picked up the victory in his first collegiate appearance, scattering two runs (one earned) and five hits with two strikeouts over 3.0 innings of middle relief. The Gaels' Michael Harris (4-4, SB) led all players with four hits, while Gilbert Gil (2-4, RBI), Sam Carter (2-4) and Mike Sansoe (2-4) had a pair of hits each.
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 22 of its last 24 true road contests (not including CWS games) dating back to last year. Stanford is 8-2 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), taking two-of-three at USC (3/5 - 3/7) and returning from a 15-day break to win at Saint Mary's (3/23). 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) but returning to winning column at Saint Mary's (3/23). 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 has emerged as the team's top offensive player, leading the club in nearly every offensive category, including batting average (.435), homers (5, co-leader with John Mayberry, Jr.), RBI (27), runs scored (25), hits (30), doubles (5, co-leader with Brian Hall), triples (3), total bases (56), slugging percentage (.812) and sacrifice flies (5). Putnam is hitting .380 with four homers, 14 RBI and a stolen base. Defensively, Lowrie has made just two errors in his first 89 chances for a .978 fielding percentage while starting all 19 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 .360 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 .342 batting average, while co-leading the team in homers (5) and ranking tied for second with 20 RBI. O'Hagan has put up phenomenal numbers, posting a 2-0 record and saving three games with a 1.35 ERA in seven appearances out of the bullpen. He has struck out 28 batters in 26.2 innings and allowed just 18 hits with opponents hitting just .198 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), at bats (899, #6) and doubles (57, #7T).
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. He returned to his early-season form in his most recent outing as the starter at Saint Mary's (3/23) as he picked up a no-decision in 3.0 scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and striking out four. Holler, who has an ERA of 3.65, 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. Holler has been tabbed as the team's Saturday starter for series versus Cal Poly this Friday-Sunday, moving up one spot from his previous role on Sunday.
Stanford has already logged nine saves in its first 16 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 three outstanding performances out of the bullpen this season, holding opponents scoreless on five hits with four strikeouts over 7.0 innings. Adam Sorgi has started 11 of the team's first 19 games at shortstop and appeared in 13. Sorgi has a .244 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. Sorgi posted the second two-hit game of his career in his most recent start at Saint Mary's (3/23). 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 .429 with three hits in seven at-bats this season. Ben Summerhays is 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 16 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 home an 8-7 win in 13 frames.
Despite having to come from behind in nine of its 16 wins, 14 of the team's victories have 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 a seven-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 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 18 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 (CollegeBaseballInsider.com). John Mayberry, Jr. earned Second Team recognition from Baseball America. Danny Putnam was a First Team selection by Baseball America and CollegeBaseballInsider.com, 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 CollegeBaseballInsider.com.
Stanford has managed to average 8.3 runs per contest and is hitting .305 through its first 19 games. Stanford's offense has picked up some steam over its last seven games, hitting .333 to over the span to raise its current team average 19 points from the .286 it stood at after a three-game series versus Texas (2/20 - 2/22). Stanford started the stretch by hitting .319 in a three-game set at California (2/27 - 2/29) before hitting .341 in a three-game set at USC (3/5 - 3/7) and busting out for 13 hits at Saint Mary's (3/23). Jed Lowrie leads the club in nearly every offensive category -- batting average (.435), runs scored (25), hits (30), doubles (5, co-leader with Brian Hall), triples (3), homers (5, co-leader with John Mayberry, Jr.), RBI (27), total bases (56), slugging percentage (.812), on-base percentage (.516), sacrifice flies (5), extra-base hits (13), multiple-hit games (9) and multiple-RBI games (8, co-leader with Mayberry). 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 79 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, while Putnam has the team's longest current hit streak at seven games (2/27 - 3/23). 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 scored in double figures seven times and had 10 or more hits in 14 of its first 19 games, including six of its last seven.
Stanford's pitching staff has a current ERA of 3.90. Mark Romanczuk leads the club with four victories, while Jeff Gilmore has three and Blake Holler two. Mark Jecmen, Matt Leva, David O'Hagan, Kodiak Quick and Greg Reynolds have added one each. Reynolds earned a victory in his collegiate debut at Saint Mary's (3/23). O'Hagan's 1.35 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 .198 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 (36) and innings pitched (35.1).
Stanford has played outstanding defense this season and has a current fielding percentage of .973, which is just four percentage points behind the school record of .977 set in 2001. Stanford has played errorless baseball in nine of its first 19 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, and two more in its most recent game at Saint Mary's (3/23). John Mayberry, Jr. leads the club with 186 putouts and 193 defensive chances. Mayberry also had a single-game team-high of 17 putouts at USC (3/6). Jed Lowrie has a team-high 60 assists and has made just two errors in his first 19 starts at either shortstop or second base for a .978 fielding percentage. Jonny Ash had a single-game team-high of seven assists against Cal State Fullerton (2/1). Stanford has turned 22 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 1160-554-5 (.676) record in 1719 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.'
'We're off to a good start, especially considering the people we play. We've played some very strong teams. The things 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.'
'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.'
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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2003 VERSUS SANTA CLARA
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.
2003 VERSUS CAL POLY
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 ON TOP OF BASEBALL AMERICA POLL FOR FIFTH STRAIGHT WEEK
STANFORD WINS 10TH STRAIGHT SERIES
STANFORD HAS WON 22 OF LAST 24 GAMES ON THE ROAD
CARDINAL HAS ALSO WON 17 OF LAST 18 AT HOME
LOWRIE, PUTNAM AND ROMANCZUK APPEAR ON WATCH LISTS
ASH, MAYBERRY AND O'HAGAN MAKING STRONG BIDS FOR ALL-AMERICAN HONORS
SAVING THE DAY
NEW LOOK CARDINAL
WINNING BY A BUNCH
STANFORD RETURNS TO ROAD, OPENS PAC-10 ACTION AT UCLA NEXT WEEK
2004 PRESEASON ALL-AMERICAN HONORS
TOP OF THE PAC
STANFORD HAS PICKED UP THREE 50-WIN SEASONS IN THE LAST FOUR YEARS
CARDINAL LOOKING TO EXTEND RECORD STRING OF 40-WIN SEASONS TO 10
STANFORD PICKED AS FAVORITE IN 2004 PRESEASON PAC-10 COACHES POLL
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STANFORD HEAD COACH MARKMARQUESS
COMMENTS FROM MARKMARQUESS
(on the team's 16-3 start)
(on contributions from the freshman class)
STANFORD COACHING STAFF
STANFORD STAYS AT NO. 1 IN BASEBALL AMERICA POLL FOR FIFTH STRAIGHT WEEK
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