Stanford To Open 2007 Home Season Versus Fresno State Friday-Sunday

Feb. 8, 2007


Friday, February 9 (5 pm, PT) - LHP Brandon Miller (0-1, 2.45) vs. RHP Nolan Gallagher (0-1, 18.00)
Live Game Coverage: KZSU 90.1 FM Audio Broadcast (Alex Gyr) | Gametracker

Saturday, February 10 (1 pm, PT) - RHP Brandon Burke (0-1, 2.45) vs. LHP Jeffrey Inman (0-0, 9.64)
Live Game Coverage: KZSU 90.1 FM Audio Broadcast ... Internet Only (Alex Gyr) | Gametracker

Sunday, February 11 (12 pm, PT) - RHP Clayton Allison (0-0, 6.75) vs. LHP Jeremy Bleich (0-1, 6.00)
Live Game Coverage: KZSU 90.1 FM Audio Broadcast (Alex Gyr) | Gametracker

All-Time Series: Stanford 75-48
2006 Results: Series - Stanford 2-1 (at Fresno State, February 24-26) Stanford 3-2, Fresno State 7-5, Stanford 6-3
Previous Meeting at Stanford: Series - Stanford 3-0 (January 29-30DH, 2005) Stanford 12-1, Stanford 7-0 (DH Gm 1), Stanford 8-4 (DH Game 2)
Current Game Win Streak: Stanford - 1 (February 26, 2006)
Current Series Win Streak: Stanford - 7 (January 28-29, 2000 - February 24-26, 2006)
Current Season Series Win Streak: Stanford - 7 (2000-06)
Other Series Notes: Stanford has won all six games played between the teams at Sunken Diamond this decade, sweeping series in 2003 and 2005. The clubs moved a 2001 series scheduled to be played at Stanford to Fresno when Stanford was renovating Sunken Diamond.

TOUGH START: Stanford's 0-3 record marks the first time since 1989 the Cardinal has lost its first three games of the season and the sweep at Cal State Fullerton was the first time Stanford had been swept in a three-game season-opening series in the school's recorded history.

2007 QUICK OUTLOOK: Stanford has a young but not necessarily inexperienced team in 2007. 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 2007 Third Team Preseason All-American 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.

PRESEASON PICKS: Stanford was 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. However, after dropping three in a row to open the season at Cal State Fullerton (February 2-4), the Cardinal has dropped out of the Collegiate Baseball and Baseball America polls. The NCBWA and USA Today/ESPN have not released their first regular season polls of the season. The Cardinal was also among the teams receiving consideration in the 2007 preseason poll but dropped out of its first regular season poll as well. The league coaches picked Stanford to finish third in the conference in their annual preseason poll.

WINNERS: Stanford has recorded winning campaigns for 13 straight seasons, as well as 41 of the last 42 years and 58 of the past 60 heading into 2007.

MARK MARQUESS WIN UPDATE: 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. Marquess has an all-time record of 1257-620-5 (.669) in his 31st season as Stanford's head coach and 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 PRESEASON HONORS: Michael Taylor 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 .231 (3-13) in his first series of the 2007 season at Cal State Fullerton (February 2-4) but did pick up a pair of triples and a homer, as well as drive in four runs and score five (all team-highs). He hit .325 with five homers, 39 RBI and two stolen bases while earning honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors in 2006. Taylor has made 119 consecutive starts and started 121 of 122 possible games during his three seasons at Stanford.

SOPHOMORE CLASS: Stanford has a strong 2007 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. Classmates Blake Hancock and Tom Stilson made their Stanford debuts as relievers in the 2007 season-opener at Cal State Fullerton (February 2). 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. He started the third game of Stanford's 2007 series-opener at Cal State Fullerton (February 4).

WHO ARE THE NEW GUYS: Freshmen Cory Bannister, Adam Gaylord and Brandt Walker all made their debuts at Cal State Fullerton in the season-opener on February 2 with Gaylord getting the start at shortstop. Jeffrey Inman made the start on the mound in his first collegiate appearance against the Titans on February 3. Toby Gerhart was in the starting lineup in left field against Cal State Fullerton on February 4, while Andrew Clauson made his collegiate debut. Junior Rex Petrill also got in the game on February 4 and ended the Titans' 11-run seventh frame on one pitch by enducing an inning-ending double play.

CAL STATE FULLERTON SERIES STATS: Stanford struggled on the mound against Cal State Fullerton with a 10.50 ERA, while hitting .272 and fielding at a .938 clip.

SUNKEN DIAMOND: There are few better ways to spend an afternoon than heading to Sunken Diamond to take in a Stanford Baseball game. Located a stones throw away from the new Stanford Stadium, the home of Stanford Baseball is considered one of the most beautiful places in the country to play and watch college baseball. Sunken Diamond has served as a host site for 13 NCAA Regionals, as well as NCAA Regionals on five occasions. Stanford has clinched 10 of its 15 trips to the College World Series at Sunken Diamond. Stanford has also made Sunken Diamond a tough place for opponents in recent years, winning at least 17 games at home in each of the last 11 seasons with an amazing 292-85 (.775) record during the stretch.

STANFORD BASEBALL IN THE BIGS: Stanford has sent 75 players on to play Major League Baseball, including 10 (Joe Borchard - Florida Marlins, Seattle Mariners • Eric Bruntlett - Houston Astros • John Gall - St. Louis Cardinals • Ryan Garko - Cleveland Indians • Jody Gerut - Pittsburgh Pirates • Jeremy Guthrie - Cleveland Indians (now with the Baltimore Orioles) • 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 BASEBALL IN THE MINOR LEAGUES: 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

2006 Stanford-Fresno State Series
February 24, 2006 - Stanford 3, at Fresno State 2 | Box Score
Greg Reynolds and Jeremy Bleich combined on a six-hitter to lead Stanford to a fourth straight win in a 3-2 victory at Fresno State. Reynolds earned the victory by striking out a career-high 11 batters without issuing a walk, while allowing just one run and five hits over the first 7.2 innings. Bleich notched the save by getting the Cardinal out of an eighth inning jam and then holding off the Bulldogs in the ninth. Michael Taylor (3-5, RBI) and Jim Rapoport (2-5, 2B, RBI) had multiple-hit games for Stanford.
Quote of the Day ... 'I know the ramifications of getting that first win of the series. I like the [Friday] role, and I think I'm establishing myself early in the season that I'm somewhat deserving of it. It's been exciting so far.' - Greg Reynolds

February 25, 2006 - at Fresno State 7, Stanford 5 | Box Score
Fresno State scored three unearned runs in the bottom of the eighth inning in a 7-5 comeback victory over Stanford to snap a four-game Cardinal win streak. The Cardinal held a 5-4 lead heading into the bottom of the eighth that pinch-hitter Chase Moore erased with a two-RBI single to score Christian Vitters and Brian Lapin. Erik Wetzel's RBI double two batters later scored pinch-runner Nick Moresi with an insurance run. Wetzel (2-4, 2B, 2 RBI) was the only Fresno State player with more than one hit, while Chris Minaker (2-4, RBI, SB) and Chris Lewis (2-4, RBI) had a pair of hits each for Stanford.
Quote of the Day ... 'It's tough to lose a game in this fashion when you give away runs.' - Mark Marquess

February 26, 2006 - Stanford 6, at Fresno State 3 | Box Score
Chris Minaker and John Hester hit key solo homers in the sixth inning and David Stringer tossed 5.0 scoreless innings of relief for the win to lead Stanford to a 6-3 victory over Fresno State in the rubber game and extend its series win streak against the Bulldogs to seven. Minaker (2-5, HR, 2 RBI), Jim Rapoport (2-4, 2B, 2 RBI) and Michael Taylor (2-5, 2 2B) had two hits each for the Cardinal. Stringer struck out eight batters, while allowing just four hits and one walk.
Quote of the Day ... 'Ever since I was five years old, I've been coming to Stanford games and looking up to the players. To be able to put on the Stanford uniform and go out there and contribute is more than a dream come true.' - David Stringer

STANFORD HEAD COACH MARK MARQUESS: One of the nation's premier collegiate coaches and the winningest coach in Stanford Baseball history, Mark Marquess is in his 31st season at the helm of the Cardinal and his 39th associated with the program in 2007. Marquess has won more games than any coach in any sport ever at Stanford with the amazing numbers he has posted during his long tenure on The Farm. Marquess has a 1257-620-5 (.669) all-time record in 1882 career games, as well as equally impressive marks in postseason (112-52, .683), NCAA Regional (68-25, .731), NCAA Super Regional (10-4, .714), CWS (34-23, .596) and Pac-10 (501-327, .605) action. He is currently ranked sixth among all active NCAA Division I coaches in victories and 12th on the all-time list among Division I coaches. Marquess 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 became the 16th NCAA Division I head baseball coach to win 1200 collegiate games just over another two years after that when the Cardinal defeated California at Sunken Diamond on March 5, 2005. He also won his 100th career postseason game in Stanford's NCAA Super Regional clinching victory over Long Beach State (June 7, 2003). 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, 14 NCAA Regional championships and 12 Pac-10 crowns (includes Southern Division and shared titles). Stanford's two CWS championships under Marquess came in back-to-back fashion in 1987 and 1988 as the Cardinal is just one of four teams to have ever won back-to-back Division I College World Series titles. The three runner-up showings have all come this decade with the Cardinal taking second in Omaha in 2000, 2001 and 2003. Maybe even more amazing, all 13 teams that Marquess has taken to the College World Series have won at least one game. Stanford has qualified for the NCAA Championships 24 times in the first 30 seasons under Marquess with a current school record run of 13 straight appearances in postseason play. 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 Pac-10 selection in 2003. The Cardinal has also recorded 29 winning seasons in the first 30 campaigns under his leadership. His clubs have finished either first or second in the prestigious Pacific-10 (formerly Pac-10 Southern Division) 22 times in the last 26 seasons including 2006. Stanford has had 134 players drafted by professional baseball in the past 22 campaigns, including 18 in the last 20 years that were drafted either in the first round or as a Compensation A pick. Stanford has had more first round picks (6) since 2000 than any other school in the nation, most recently with the selection of Greg Reynolds as the No. 2 overall pick in 2006. 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. He 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 10 people to have ever 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 in the minor leagues with the Chicago White Sox organization.

STANFORD COACHING STAFF: Dean Stotz is in his 31st season with Stanford Baseball and his eighth as the team's associate head coach after he was promoted to the position prior to the 2000 season following 23 years of service as an assistant. Stotz currently coaches third base while also handling various offensive and defensive aspects of the game. Tom Kunis is in his eighth season as Stanford's pitching coach, while Dave Nakama is also in his eighth campaign over two stints as an assistant.

2007 Stanford Game Summaries
February 2, 2007 - at Cal State Fullerton 11, Stanford 5 | Box Score
Stanford dropped its 2007 season opener to Cal State Fullerton by an 11-5 score. The Titans jumped out to an 11-0 lead after four innings as John Curtis (2-4, 2B, 4 RBI), Clark Hardman (2-4, 2B, HR, 2 RBI) and Joel Weeks (2-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI) combined to drive in eight runs with Hardman and Weeks also scoring three times each. Joe Scott (3-4, RBI) had the only three-hit game for either squad. Wes Roemer earned the victory by striking out eight in 6.0 solid innings of work, allowing just five hits and three runs. Michael Morrison picked up the save by finishing out the contest. Austin Yount (2-4, 2B, 2 RBI) and Sean Ratliff (2-5, RBI) had two-hit games for the Cardinal and drove in three of the team's five runs. Stanford starter Nolan Gallagher (0-1) took the loss, allowing seven runs (six earned) on eight hits before being taken out after 3.0 innings of work.
Quote of the Day ... 'We just didn't play well in any phase of the game and that will get you beat, especially when you play the type of team we played tonight.' - Mark Marquess

February 3, 2007 - at Cal State Fullerton 6, Stanford 5 | Box Score
Stanford suffered a heartbreaking 6-5 loss to No. 14 Cal State Fullerton despite jumping out to a 5-0 lead over the Titans after the first two and a half innings. Clark Hardman completed the Cal State Fullerton comeback with a one-out RBI single to snap a 5-5 tie in the bottom of the eighth and score Joe Scott with the game-winning run. Titan reliever Adam Jorgensen earned the win by shutting out the Cardinal over the final 6.1 innings on just two hits. Jorgensen struck out seven without walking a batter and allowed only two Stanford runners into scoring position after coming in with two outs in the top of the third to get the Titans out of a jam. Scott (3-4, 2B) and Hardman (3-5, RBI) had three hits each for the Titans, while Chris Jones drove in a pair of runs with a clutch two-out, two-RBI single in the fifth. Sean Ratliff (2-5) had a pair of hits for the Cardinal, while Michael Taylor drove in two runs with a first inning triple.
Quote of the Day ... 'We saw some things especially early in the game that we liked tonight. We just need to try to play a full nine innings in all facets of the game.' - Mark Marquess

February 3, 2007 - at Cal State Fullerton 12, Stanford 10 | Box Score
Cal State Fullerton completed a three-game sweep of Stanford with a 12-10 victory over the Cardinal. The Titans scored 11 runs in the bottom of the seventh frame to overcome a 2-1 Stanford lead that had held up since the third inning. Stanford answered with six runs in the top of the eighth and two more in the ninth but could not overcome the 10-run deficit. The Cardinal managed to get the tying run to the plate in the top of the ninth but Nolan Bruyninckx came on to earn the save by getting pinch-hitter Joey August to hit into a double play and strike out Brian Juhl looking to end the wild game that lasted three hours and 51 minutes. A trio of Titan players - Joe Scott (3-4, 2B, 3 RBI), Evan McArthur (3-5, 2B, 2 RBI) and Jake Vasquez (3-5, 2B, RBI) - had three hits each and also combined to drive in six runs. Cord Phelps (3-5, 3 2B) had three doubles to tie a career-best with three hits while Michael Taylor (2-5, 3B, HR, 2 RBI, SB), Adam Sorgi (2B, 3 RBI) and Jeff Whitlow (2B, 2 RBI) combined to drive in seven.
Quote of the Day ... 'We just didn't play well in any phase of the game and that will get you beat, especially when you play the type of team we played tonight.' - Mark Marquess

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