Stanford Looks To Avoid Sweep At No. 14 Texas Sunday

Feb. 18, 2007


Friday, February 16 - at Texas 5, Stanford 3

Saturday, February 17 - at Texas 5, Stanford 2

Sunday, February 18 (1 pm, CT) - LHP Jeremy Bleich (0-1, 6.10) vs. LHP Austin Wood (1-0, 3.86)
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All-Time Series: Stanford 20-19-1
2006 Results: Series - Stanford 3-1 (at Stanford, February 18-20) - Texas 4-2, Stanford 5-1, Stanford 13-9; (NCAA Austin Regional at Texas, June 3) Stanford 12-8
Previous Meeting at Texas (Disch Falk Field): Series - Texas 3-0 (February 18-20, 2005) Texas 6-4, Texas 8-7, Texas 5-4
Current Game Win Streak: Texas - 2 (February 16-17, 2007)
Current Series Win Streak: Texas - 1 (February 16-18, 2007)
Current Season Series Win Streak: Texas - 1 (2007)
Other Series Notes: Texas has already assured itself a regular season series win over the Cardinal after Stanford had won five of the last six regular season series between the teams. The Longhorns' two victories in the first two games of the curent series snapped Stanford's three-game win streak against the Longhorns. Texas has also won six straight regular season games over the Cardinal in Texas. The teams have also had some dramatic postseason moments over the last six seasons as well, most recently in 2006 when Stanford captured the 2006 NCAA Austin Regional by knocking off the defending national champion and No. 3 seeded Longhorns in the process. In 2002, Texas ended Stanford's season with a pair of victories over the Cardinal at the College World Series and the Cardinal swept a dramatic doubleheader in a Regional final at Sunken Diamond in 2001 on its way to an eventual CWS appearance.

Stanford started the season with an 0-3 record to mark the first time since 1989 the Cardinal had lost its first three games of the season. The sweep at Cal State Fullerton was also the first time Stanford had been swept in a three-game season-opening series in the school's recorded history. The team's current 2-5 record is the worst since the 1974 club began the campaign with a 2-8 mark.

Stanford is ranked in just one poll, currently checking in at No. 28 in the one by the NCBWA (No. 28). The league coaches picked Stanford to finish third in the conference in their annual preseason poll.

The Stanford Baseball program has now won 2492 games in its 114th season of competition, needing just eight more to reach an illustrious number of 2500. Stanford has an all-time record of 2492-1555-32 (.615).

Mark Marquess sits in 12th place on the all-time win list for NCAA Division I coaches and sixth on the active win list. Marquess has an all-time record of 1259-622-5 (.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.

Stanford has recorded winning campaigns for 13 straight seasons (1994-2006), as well as 41 of the last 42 years and 58 of the past 60 heading into 2007.

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 has struggled to a .179 batting average in the team's first seven games of 2007 but does have one of the squad's four homers, a club-high two triples, a team-high five RBI and one stolen base. 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 123 consecutive starts and started 125 of 126 possible games during his three seasons at Stanford.

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 had a team-high seven saves in 2006 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 has made two of the team's seven starts on the mound this season.

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 now having made all six of the team's starts at shortstop. Jeffrey Inman made the start on the mound in his first collegiate appearance against the Titans on February 3 and then picked up the first win of his career on February 11 when he pitched the final 5.0 innings of a game that had been resumed from a February 10 suspended game due to weather, allowing just one run on four hits. Toby Gerhart was in the starting lineup in left field against Cal State Fullerton on February 4 in his Stanford debut and has started all five games since while hitting safely in five. Gerhart hit his first collegiate home against Fresno State on February 10. Andrew Clauson made his collegiate debut and junior Rex Petrill also got in the game at Cal State Fullerton on February 4 for the first time in his career, ending the Titans' 11-run seventh frame on the only pitch he threw by inducing an inning-ending double play.

Stanford has struggled to a .264 batting average, 6.67 ERA and a .954 fielding percentage.

Rookie shortstop Adam Gaylord leads the club with a .360 batting average (4 RBI) and has three multiple-hit games in his last four contests. Brian Juhl (.333, 1 HR, 2 RBI) is the only other regular hitting better than .300, while Sean Ratliff (.290, RBI), Randy Molina (.286) are pushing the .300 mark. Phelps also has a team-high four doubles. Michael Taylor is hitting just .179 but leads the clubs with two triples, five RBI and seven runs scored, has one of the team's four homers and has one of the club's three stolen bases. Max Fearnow (1-1, 2.08) and Jeffrey Inman (1-0, 6.14) have the team's two wins on the hill, while David Stringer has the club's save.

Stanford has had trouble on the road this season, going 0-5 away from Sunken Diamond.

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 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 16, 2007 - at Texas 5, Stanford 3
Texas got four solo homers from its offense while the team's pitchers recorded 16 strikeouts on the way to a 5-3 victory over Stanford. Kyle Russell had two of the solo shots, while Travis Tucker and Chais Fuller also added one each. Winning pitcher James Russell recorded nine strikeouts in his 5.0 innings before reliever Joseph Krebs picked up seven more in 3.2 frames and Randy Boone recorded his second save of the season by getting Toby Gerhart to hit into a game-ending fielder's choice as the tying run with two outs in the top of the ninth. Stanford was able to get the tying run to the plate in the ninth when pinch-hitter Jeff Whitlow doubled with two outs and Adam Gaylord followed with an RBI single to cut the Texas lead to 5-3 and give the Cardinal its first run since scoring one in each of the first two innings. Kyle Russell (2-4, 2 HR, 2 RBI) was the only player for Texas with more than one hit. Ryan Seawell had a solo homer for the Cardinal, while Gaylord (2-4, RBI) and Brent Milleville (2-4) each had two hits as the Cardinal outhit the Longhorns, 9-6.
Quote of the Day ... 'This was an unusual game with the combination of solo homers and strikeouts. You have to give Texas credit. Their pitchers did a good job on the mound and their hitters made us pay for our mistakes.'

February 17, 2007 - at Texas 5, Stanford 2
No. 14 Texas jumped out to an early four-run lead after three innings and cruised to a 5-2 victory over Stanford on a blustery day at The Dell Diamond on Saturday. Winning pitcher Adrian Alaniz and reliever Randy Boone limited the Cardinal to two runs and six hits while combining for 10 strikeouts. Four Longhorns - Chance Wheeless (2-4, 2 2B, RBI), Bradley Suttle (2-4, 3B, RBI), Jordan Danks (2-4, 2B) and Nick Peoples (2-5, SB) -- had two hits each to lead an 11-hit Texas attack. Adam Gaylord (2-4, RBI) had the only multiple-hit game for the Cardinal, while Michael Taylor drove in the other Cardinal run with an RBI groundout.
Quote of the Day ... 'You have to give Texas a lot of credit for the way they are playing. We haven't played well, but this is also a tough place to come into and do that especially early in the season.'

February 18, 2006 - Texas 4, at Stanford 2
Adrian Alaniz and Joey Parigi combined on a four-hitter to lift Texas to a 4-2 victory over Stanford in the weather-delayed opener of a three-game series. Alaniz earned the victory before Parigi (3.1 IP, 1 H, 2 SO) retired 10 of the 11 batters he faced to pick up the save. Drew Stubbs (3-5, RBI) led the Longhorns offense, while Jordan Danks had a key two-out, two-RBI single in the top of the first to give Texas an early 2-0 advantage.
Quote of the Day ... 'Both Texas pitchers did a really good job of keeping us off balance today. We just didn't generate much offense.' - Mark Marquess

February 19, 2006 - at Stanford 5, Texas 1
Michael Taylor drove in four runs and three pitchers combined on a five-hitter to lead Stanford to a 5-1 victory over Texas. Taylor's bases-clearing double in the bottom of the third inning sent a crowd of 2473 into a frenzy and gave the Cardinal an early 3-0 lead that proved to be plenty of support for the trio of Matt Manship, Nolan Gallagher and Jeremy Bleich on the hill.
Quote of the Day ... 'I was like `please don't catch that'. When I saw he had a beat on it, the only thing I could think was `please get down'. That was a big momentum shifter for us.' - Michael Taylor on his third inning double

February 20, 2006 - at Stanford 13, Texas 9
Chris Minaker (4-5, 2B, HR, 5 RBI) drove in five runs and hit his second career grand slam to cap a nine-run third inning and lift Stanford to a 13-9 victory over Texas in the rubber game of a series. The Cardinal also took advantage of five walks, a hit batsmen and a wild pitch by Texas pitchers in the third inning as four of the runs were walked in by the Longhorn staff and another scored on the wild pitch. Michael Taylor (2-4, RBI), John Hester (2-4, 2B) and Jason Castro (2-5) added two hits each, while Jim Rapoport homered and drove in two.
Quote of the Day ... 'I had the green light, so I was looking for one pitch in one location. I just tried to put my best swing on it. The important thing is to not try to do too much in that situation.' - Chris Minaker on his grand slam

June 3, 2006 - Stanford 12, at Texas 8 (NCAA Austin Regional)
Stanford moved on to the championship game of the 2006 NCAA Austin Regional with a wild 12-8 victory over defending national champion and No. 3 national seed Texas in a winners' bracket game before a loud crowd of 5420 fans. John Hester (2-4, HR, 4 RBI) hit his first career grand slam in the second inning to help the Cardinal come back from an early 3-0 deficit, while Erik Davis recorded a save by thwarting a furious Longhorn rally in the seventh inning and pitching 2.1 hitless frames to preserve the Cardinal lead. The trio of Jason Castro (3-4, 3B, 2 RBI), Chris Lewis (3-4) and Michael Taylor (3-4) combined for nine of Stanford's 16 hits and nine of the team's 12 runs with each player scoring three times and collecting three hits. Starter Nolan Gallagher picked up the victory by lasting until two outs in the seventh inning. Head coach Mark Marquess moved into sole possession of 12th place on the all-time win list for NCAA Division I coaches with his 1256th career victory.
Quote of the Day ... 'Any time you get a big hit like that, it definitely lifts the spirit of the team. The fact that we were down by three and then gained the lead with one swing of the bat really turned the game around.' - John Hester on his grand slam

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 1259-621-5 (.669) all-time record in 1885 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.

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.

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