Stanford Continues Home Stretch Versus Kansas Friday-Sunday

Feb. 22, 2007


Friday, February 23 (5 pm, PT) - LHP Zach Ashwood (1-0, 2.53) vs. RHP Nolan Gallagher (0-2, 7.62)
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Satuday, February 24 (1 pm, PT) - LHP Nick Czyz (1-0, 1.93) vs. RHP Jeffrey Inman (1-1, 6.14)
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Sunday, February 25 (11 am, PT) - LHP Andy Marks (2-0, 0.73) vs. LHP Jeremy Bleich (0-1, 6.89)
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All-Time Series: Stanford leads 7-2
2006 Results: Series - Kansas 2-1 (at Stanford, Febuary 10-12, 2006) - Kansas 8-2, Kansas 5-4, Stanford 8-3
Current Game Win Streak: Stanford - 1 (February 12, 2006)
Current Series Win Streak: Kansas - 1 (February 10-12, 2006)
Current Season Series Win Streak: Kansas - 1 (2006)
Other Series Notes: Kansas and Stanford played for the first time in 2004 and have met in three series since. The Cardinal swept the first two series in 2004 and 2005 before Kansas took two-of-three in 2006. All three series have been played at Sunken Diamond.

Stanford is no longer ranked in any of the four in-season polls. Stanford started the season ranked as high as No. 23 by Collegiate Baseball.

Stanford has won 2494 games in its 114th season of competition, needing just six more to become the fifth team in NCAA Division I baseball history to reach 2500 wins. The other four are Fordham, Texas, USC and Michigan. Stanford has an all-time record of 2494-1555-32 (.615) in 4081 games.

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 1261-622-5 (.669) over 1888 games in his 31st season as Stanford's head coach. Marquess is now just six victories away from tying Miami's Ron Fraser for 11th place on the all-time list. 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.

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

Stanford is hitting at a .272 clip, while posting a 6.04 ERA and a .959 fielding percentage with both the pitching and fielding numbers as good as they've been all season after a tough start.

Rookie shortstop Adam Gaylord leads the club with a .355 batting average, while Sean Ratliff (.333), Brian Juhl (.321), Joey August (.313), Cord Phelps (.310), Sean Ratliff (.308) and Brendan Domaracki (.300) are the other regulars hitting .300 or better. Additional offensive team leaders among regulars include Ratliff (10 R, 12 H, 3 SB, 3 BB), Phelps (5 2B, 2 3B, 18 TB, .621 SLUG%, 3 BB), Michael Taylor (2 3B, 6 RBI, 3 HBP), Juhl (3 HBP, .424 OB%), Brent Milleville (1 SF) and Jason Castro (3 BB). On the hill, Max Fearnow (1-1, 1.69), Austin Yount (1-0, 3.00) Jeffrey Inman (1-1, 6.14) and Blake Hancock (1-0, 11.57) have each have won of the team's four wins. David Stringer (0-0, 3.12) has two of the team's three saves with Fearnow recording the other. Stringer also leads the club with five appearances. Brandt Walker, Andrew Clauson and Rex Petrill are the team's three pitchers yet to give up an earned run, while Stringer's 3.12 ERA is the lowest among pitchers with at least one inning pitched per team game played. Inman leads the club with 14 strikeouts. Nolan Gallagher (0-2, 7.62) and Jeremy Bleich (0-1, 6.89) co-lead the club with three starts each with Bleich having pitched a team-high 15.2 innings.

Stanford has a strong 2007 sophomore class that includes four regular current position player starters Sean Ratliff (.308, HR, 3 RBI, 3 SB), Brent Milleville (.278, 5 RBI), Cord Phelps (.310, 5 2B, 2 3B, 2 RBI. .621 SLUG%) and Austin Yount (.250, 4 RBI), as well as three others -- Joey August (.313, 4 RBI), Brendan Domaracki (.300, 2 RBI) and Jason Castro (.083). Grant Escue (.182, RBI) has started a pair of games, while Jeff Whitlow (.400, 2 RBI) made his first collegiate start at Texas on February 18. The position group did more than get its feet wet as rookies in 206 with eight different position players making starts. Castro (40) led the way, followed by August (29), Phelps (28), Milleville (20), Escue (10), Yount (9), J.J. Jelmini (2) and Ratliff (1). On the mound this season, Jeremy Bleich (0-1, 6.89) has made three of the team's nine starts on the hill. 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. Austin Yount (1-0, 3.00) earned his first victory of the season in Stanford's most recent game versus San Francisco by shutting the Dons out in a career-long 5.0 inning relief appearance. Max Fearnow (1-1, 1.69, 1 SV) has been one of the team's primary pitchers out of the pen in 2007 after making two starts on the hill in 2006. Blake Hancock (1-0, 11.57) and Tom Stilson (0-0, 9.00) have made their Stanford debuts as relievers in 2007 after missing their rookie 2006 seasons due to injuries.

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 was also 2-5 after seven games before its current two-game win streak. The 2-5 start was Stanford's worst mark after seven contests since a 1974 club actually started 2-8.

Stanford has had six freshmen make their debuts at Stanford this season. Adam Gaylord (.355, 4 RBI) leads all regulars in batting average, has started all nine of the team's games at shortstop and has a current career-best seven-game hit streak (February 4-20). Toby Gerhart (.273, HR, 3 RBI) started five games in left field before suffering a fractured bone in his right forearm when he was hit by a pitch at Texas (February 17). Jeffrey Inman (1-1, 6.14) has made a pair of starts on the mound and picked up his first victory against Fresno State (February 10). Brandt Walker (0-0, 0.00) has also made a pair of appearances out of the bullpen, while Andrew Clauson (0.0, 0.00) and Cory Bannister (0-0, 99.00) have made one each.

Stanford is still looking for its first errorless game of the season. The Cardinal has made just one error in each of its last five contests but has yet to go without a miscue defensively this season.

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 .216 batting average in the team's first nine games of 2007. However, he has contributed one of the squad's five homers, a club-high-tying two triples, a team-high six RBI and one stolen base. Taylor has made 125 consecutive starts and started 127 of 128 possible games during his three seasons at Stanford.

Stanford is in a stretch of playing 11 of 12 games at Sunken Diamond from February 20 - March 24, where the Cardinal is 3-0 this season. 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 295-85 (.776) record during the stretch.

Stanford lost its first five games on the road this season before beating Texas, 10-8, in its most recent road contest on February 18.

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 10, 2006 - Kansas 8, at Stanford 2
Kansas pulled off an 8-2 upset of Stanford in the opener of a three-game non-conference series. The contest was tied 2-2 when John Allman came through with a clutch two-out RBI single in the top of the eighth inning to score Jared Schweitzer with what proved to be the game-winning run. The Jayhawks scored five more times in the ninth for the final margin. The victory was the first for Kansas in seven tries against the Cardinal. Gus Milner (2-5, 2B, HR, 4 RBI) led the way offensively for Kansas, while five teammates also had a pair of hits as the Jayhawks outhit the Cardinal, 14-4.
Quote of the Day ... 'It will be interesting to see how we bounce back, because we haven't had to do this yet this season. We need to come back tomorrow and Sunday and get a couple of wins.' - Greg Reynolds

February 11, 2006 - Kansas 5, at Stanford 4
Kansas scored four times in the fourth inning on a pair of two-run homers by Ryne Price and Buck Afenir and then held off Stanford for a 5-4 victory. Chris Minaker (2-3, RBI, SB) had half of Stanford's four hits while Brent Milleville drove in the first two runs of his career. Gus Milner (2-4) was the only Jayhawk player with more than one hit. Kansas starter Ricky Fairchild was credited with the win. Don Czyz earned his second save in as many days by setting down the Cardinal in order in the ninth.
Quote of the Day ... 'Kansas played a good game today and came through with a couple of big hits. Usually the team that gets those is the one that comes away with the victory.' - Mark Marquess

Matt Leva earned the victory by spacing out three runs (two earned) and four hits with a walk and two strikeouts over the first 5.2 innings, while freshman Jeremy Bleich picked up the save by allowing just two hits and striking out five in 3.1 frames of scoreless relief. Another pair of freshmen - Joey August and Austin Yount - led the Cardinal offense. August was 3-for-4 with a double in his first game as the team's leadoff hitter, while Yount doubled and drove in three runs.
Quote of the Day ... 'We swung the bats well today, but you wouldn't have to do much to swing them better than we did the first two days [of this series]. Offensively, we really need to pick it up because you can't always just outpitch them and play spotless defense.' - 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 1261-622-5 (.669) all-time record in 1888 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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