Stanford Opens 2007 Season At No. 14 Cal State Fullerton Friday-Sunday

Feb. 1, 2007


Fri., February 2 (7 pm, PT) - RHP Nolan Gallagher (5-5. 3.99)* vs. RHP Wes Roemer (13-2, 2.38)*
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Sat., February 3 (6 pm, PT) - RHP Jeff Inman vs. RHP Jeff Kaplan
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Sun., February 4 (12 pm, PT) - LHP Jeremy Bleich (4-4, 4.05)* vs. RHP Sean Urena
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*2006 Statistics

All-Time Series: Stanford 48-35
2006 Results: Series - Stanford 3-0 (at Stanford, February 3-5) Stanford 2-1, Stanford 6-5 (10 inn.), Stanford 6-3
Last Meeting at Cal State Fullerton: Series -
Cal State Fullerton 2-1 (February 4-6, 2005) Cal State Fullerton 5-3, Cal State Fullerton 4-3, Stanford 15-10
Current Game Win Streak: Stanford - 4 (February 6, 2005 - February 5, 2006)
Current Series Win Streak: Stanford - 1 (February 3-5, 2006)
Current Season Series Win Streak: Stanford - 1 (2006)

Stanford and Cal State Fullerton continue their early season meetings with the 2007 series between a pair of young clubs. Stanford has just one senior but eight players who have started 20 or more games in a season back from a club that finished 33-27 overall last year and reached an NCAA Super Regional. Cal State Fullerton has just four returning position player starters and one starting pitcher back from a 2006 club that was 50-15 overall while finishing tied for third at the College World Series after winning Big West, NCAA Regional and NCAA Super Regional crowns.

Stanford has a 24-6 record (.800) in 30 season-openers under current head coach Mark Marquess • Stanford has opened against Cal State Fullerton four times during Marquess, defeating the Titans in 2002 (7-4), 2004 (16-3) and 2006 (2-1), while falling in 1994 (2-12) • Stanford's four previous season-openers against Cal State Fullerton were played at Sunken Diamond

Stanford has a young but not necessarily inexperienced team heading into the 2007 campaign. The Cardinal has just one senior but does have eight position players that have made at least 20 starts in a season as well as two of the three pitchers that finished the 2006 campaign in its rotation. Junior outfielder Michael Taylor is a Third Team Preseason and on the Wallace Award Watch List but only Taylor and Adam Sorgi have earned honors from the Pac-10 with both honorable mention all-conference players.

Stanford came within two victories of reaching the College World Series for the first time since 2003 last season. Despite a subpar 33-27 overall record and an 11-13 Pac-10 mark (5th-T), the Cardinal came together to win the NCAA Austin Regional, knocking off defending national champion and No. 3 national seed Texas in the process. Stanford's season eventually ended with a loss to eventual national champion Oregon State in the NCAA Corvallis Super Regional. Chris Minaker was named a Third Team All-American and an All-Pac-10 player, leading the Cardinal in nearly every category offensively, including batting average (.364), home runs (11), RBI (68). Greg Reynolds was 7-6 with a 3.31 ERA on the mound, striking out 108 batters in 127.2 innings. Reynolds was drafted second overall in first round of the 2006 MLB First-Year Player Draft to become tied for the highest a Stanford player had ever been drafted. A total of seven Stanford players (John Hester, Blake Holler, Chris Lewis, Matt Manship, Minaker, Jim Rapoport, Reynolds were taken in the draft and later signed professional baseball contracts.

Stanford Baseball has an all-time record of 2490-1550-32 (.615) entering the 2007 season • Stanford has won two College World Series titles (1987, 1988) and finished as the national runner-up on three other occasions (2000, 2001, 2003), while making a total of 15 trips to the CWS • Stanford has won 14 Regionals and five Super Regionals, going a combined 32-9 (.800) in Regional (22-6, .786) and Super Regional (10-4, .714) action since the beginning of the Super Regional postseason format in 1999 • Stanford has an all-time postseason record of 120-60 (.667), going 68-25 (.731) in Regional action, 10-4 (.714) in Super Regional play and 38-27 (.585) in the College World Series • Stanford has made 27 appearances in the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship, including 13 in a row and eight straight seasons of reaching at least an NCAA Regional title • Stanford has also won 20 conference championships (18 Pac-10) and recorded 13 straight winning seasons, as well as 41 in the last 42 years and 58 in the past 60

Stanford is ranked as high as No. 23 nationally by Collegiate Baseball, while checking in at No. 24 by the NCBWA, No. 25 by USA Today/ESPN and No. 31 by Baseball America • The Cardinal is also among the teams receiving consideration in the 2007 preseason poll • The league coaches picked Stanford to finish third in the conference in their annual preseason poll

Stanford has recorded winning campaigns for 13 straight seasons, as well as 41 of the last 42 years and 58 of the past 60

Mark Marquess sits in sole possession of 12th-place on the all-time win list for NCAA Division I coaches and has moved into sixth on the active win list heading into the 2007 campaign • Marquess has an all-time record to 1257-617-5 (.670) entering his 31st season as Stanford's head coach • Marquess also has impressive postseason (112-52, .683, 24 Appearances), Regional (68-25, .731, 24 Appearances, 14 Titles), Super Regional (10-4, .769, 6 Appearances, 5 Titles), College World Series (34-23, .596, 13 Appearances, 2 Titles) and Pac-10 (501-327, .605, 12 Titles) records

Michael Taylor has earned Third Team Preseason All-American honors from Baseball America and is also on the Watch List for the College Baseball Foundation's Brooks Wallace Award Watch List • Taylor hit .325 with five homers, 39 RBI and two stolen bases while earning honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors in 2006 • Taylor enters the 2007 campaign having made 116 consecutive starts and has started 118 of 119 possible games in his first two seasons at Stanford

Stanford has a strong sophomore class that did more than get its feet wet last season with 10 different rookies making starts in 2006 • Jason Castro (40), Joey August (29), Cord Phelps (28), Brent Milleville (20), Grant Escue (10), Austin Yount (9), Jeremy Bleich (7), Max Fearnow (2), J.J. Jelmini (2) and Sean Ratliff (1) all made starts last season • Bleich also had a team-high seven saves and was the team's primary closer for more than two and a half months to start the season before making seven of his last nine appearances as a starter

Stanford has sent 75 players on to play Major League Baseball, including nine (Joe Borchard - Florida Marlins, Seattle Mariners • Eric Bruntlett - Houston Astros • John Gall - St. Louis Cardinals • Jody Gerut - Pittsburgh Pirates • Jeremy Guthrie - Cleveland Indians • Mike Gosling, Cincinnati Reds • Rick Helling - Milwaukee Brewers • Mike Mussina - New York Yankees • Carlos Quentin - Arizona Diamondbacks) that were on an MLB roster at some point in 2006

Stanford has an additional 30 former players that were on a Minor League Baseball roster in 2006 (does not include those that were on a Major League Baseball roster at some point in 2006) or are a current member of a professional baseball organization and did not play due to injury (Jonny Ash - Corpus Christi Hooks, Houston Astros AA • Jeff Bruksch - Chattanooga Lookouts, Cincinnati Reds AA • Chris Carter - Tucson Sidewinders, Arizona Diamondbacks AAA • Tony Cogan - Sioux Falls Canaries, Independent • Jason Cooper - Buffalo Bisons, Cleveland Indians AAA • Scott Dragicevich - Dunedin Blue Jays, Toronto Blue A Advanced • Pete Duda - Unassigned, Arizona Diamondbacks • Sam Fuld - Daytona Cubs, Chicago Cubs A Advanced • Jeff Gilmore - Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, Seattle Mariners A • Brian Hall - Unassigned, Toronto Blue Jays • Jed Hansen - Fresno Grizzlies, San Francisco Giants AAA • John Hester - Missoula Osprey, Arizona Diamondbacks Rookie • Blake Holler - Orem Owls, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Rookie • John Hudgins - Oklahoma RedHawks, Texas Rangers AAA • Mark Jecmen - Lake County Captains, Cleveland Indians A • Chris Lewis - Arizona League Angels, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim A • Andrew Lorraine - Charlotte Knights, Chicago White Sox AAA • Jed Lowrie - Wilmington Blue Rocks, Boston Red Sox A Advanced • Donny Lucy - Winston-Salem Warthogs, Chicago White Sox A Advanced • Matt Manship - Vancouver Canadians, Oakland A's Short Season A • John Mayberry, Jr. - Clinton LumberKings, Texas Rangers A • Chris Minaker - Wisconsin Timber Rattlers A • Chris O'Riordan - Mobile Bay Bears, San Diego Padres AA • Jay Pecci - Gary Southshore Railcats, Independent • Danny Putnam - Midland RockHounds, Oakland A's AA • Jim Rapoport - State College Spikes, St. Louis Cardinals Short Season A • Greg Reynolds - Modesto Nuts, Colorado Rockies A Advanced • Mark Romanczuk - Unassigned, Arizona Diamondbacks) • Tony Schrager - Albuquerque Isotopes, Florida Marlins AAA • Jason Van Meetren - Chico Outlaws, Independent

February 3, 2006 - at Stanford 2, Cal State Fullerton 1
Pinch hitter Brendan Domaracki's one-out bases loaded single in the bottom of the ninth scored Michael Taylor with the game-winning run to lift Stanford to a dramatic season-opening 2-1 victory over No. 5 Cal State Fullerton. Jeremy Bleich pitched 2.1 hitless innings in his first collegiate outing to earn the victory after starter Greg Reynolds had limited the Titans to one run while scattering eight hits over the first 6.2 frames. Taylor (2-4, 3B) was the only Cardinal player with more than one hit in the contest and led off the Cardinal half of the ninth with his triple down the right field line off losing pitcher Dustin Miller.

February 4, 2006 - at Stanford 6, Cal State Fullerton 5
Stanford stunned No. 5 Cal State Fullerton with its second dramatic win in as many days as John Hester was balked home by Titan reliever Bryan Harris with two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the Cardinal a 6-5 victory. Austin Yount was the hitting hero as the freshman blasted his first collegiate home run and drove in three to go with a triple in his 2-for-4 effort. Sean Ratliff earned the victory in his first collegiate appearance on the mound, allowing just one hit and striking out six over the final 3.2 innings of the contest. Hester drew a leadoff walk to start Stanford's game-winning rally before moving to second on a Chris Lewis sacrifice bunt and third when Brian Juhl grounded out prior to the balk.

February 5, 2006 - at Stanford 6, Cal State Fullerton 3
Stanford finished off a three-game sweep of No. 5 Cal State Fullerton with a 6-3 victory. Austin Yount pitched 2.0 scoreless innings of one-hit relief to become the third Cardinal freshman in as many days to earn a victory on the mound, while fellow rookie Jeremy Bleich came on to get the final three outs in the ninth and earn his first collegiate save. Michael Taylor (2-3, HR, 2 RBI) and Chris Lewis (1-3, HR, 2 RBI) both homered and drove in a pair of runs to lead the Cardinal offense.

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