Stanford Looking For Sweep Of Kansas Sunday

Feb. 25, 2007


Friday, February 23 - at Stanford 6, Kansas 5

Saturday, February 24 - at Stanford 6, Kansas 5

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 9-2
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 - 3 (February 12, 2006 - February 24, 2007)
Current Series Win Streak: Stanford - 1 (February 23-25, 2007)
Current Season Series Win Streak: Stanford - 1 (2007)
Other Series Notes: Stanford has rebounded with three straight victories over the Jayhawks since Kansas broke through with wins in the first two games of the 2006 series. Stanford had won the first six games of an all-time series that began in just 2004 by sweeping series that season and in 2005. All 11 games between the teams have been played at Sunken Diamond.

Stanford's current four-game win streak is its longest of the season and longest since the club rolled off seven in a row from May 7-16, 2006. The team's current five-game home win streak is its longest since the team won seven straight games at Sunken Diamond from April 10 - May 13.

Stanford is going for its first sweep since taking all three games at Washington (May 12-14, 2006) and its first home sweep since winning all three games to open the 2006 campaign against Cal State Fullerton (February 3-5, 2006).

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

Stanford has won 2496 games in its 114th season of competition, needing just four more to become the fifth team in NCAA Division I baseball history to reach 2500. The four that have already hit the illustrious number are Fordham, Texas, USC and Michigan. Stanford has an all-time record of 2496-1555-32 (.615) in 4082 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 1263-622-5 (.670) over 1890 games in his 31st season as Stanford's head coach. Marquess is now just four victories 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 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. Stanford went over .500 (6-5) for the first time this season with Saturday's 4-1 win over Kansas.

Stanford is hitting at a .279 clip that is just four percentage points shy of the season-best .283 it reached after four games. The squad's 5.46 ERA is a new season-low for the eighth straight game. The club posted a 10.50 ERA in its first series of the season at Cal State Fullerton (February 2-4) but has a 3.73 mark since. Stanford's fielding percentage is at .961 and has been steadily creeping up although the Cardinal has yet to post an errorless game this season.

Ryan Seawell (.370) has taken over the team's lead in batting average after hitting .625 (5-8) in the first two games of the current series versus Kansas. Brian Juhl (.353), Jeff Whitlow (.333), Adam Gaylord (.324), Brendan Domaracki (.308) and Cord Phelps (.306) are the other regulars hitting .300 or better. Seawell also leads the club with a pair of homers, while additional offensive team leaders among regulars include Sean Ratliff (46 AB, 11 R, 13 H, 3 SB, 1 SAC), Cord Phelps (6 2B, 2 3B, 21 TB), Michael Taylor (2 3B, 7 RBI, 3 HBP), Whitlow (.889 SLUG%, 1 SAC), Juhl (3 HBP, .425 OB%, 1 SF), Milleville (4 BB, 1 SF) and Joey August (1 SAC). Six different pitchers -- Andrew Clauson (1-0, 0.00), Austin Yount (1-0, 3.00), Max Fearnow (1-1, 3.86), Jeffrey Inman (1-1, 4.87), Nolan Gallagher (1-2, 6.87) and Blake Hancock (1-0, 11.57) -- each have one of the team's six wins. David Stringer (0-0, 2.38) has four of the team's five saves, including one in each of the last three games, with Fearnow recording the other. Stringer also leads the club with seven appearances. Clauson, Brandt Walker and Rex Petrill are the team's three pitchers yet to give up an earned run, while Stringer's 2.38 ERA is the lowest among pitchers with at least one inning pitched per team game played. Inman leads the club with 19 strikeouts and 20.1 innings, while Gallagher has a team-high four starts.

Stanford has a strong 2007 sophomore class that includes four regular current position player starters Cord Phelps (.306, 6 2B, 2 3B, 4 RBI. .583 SLUG%), Brent Milleville (.292, 5 RBI), Sean Ratliff (.283, HR, 3 RBI, 3 SB) and Austin Yount (.250, 4 RBI), as well as six others -- Jeff Whitlow (.333, HR, 5 RBI), Brendan Domaracki (.308, 2 RBI), Joey August (.294, 4 RBI), Grant Escue (.182, RBI), Jason Castro (.125) and J.J. Jelmini (.000) that have all started at least one game each. 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), Jelmini (2) and Ratliff (1). On the mound this season, Jeremy Bleich (0-1, 6.89) has made three 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 his most recent outing on February 20 versus San Francisco by shutting the Dons out in a career-long 5.0 inning relief appearance. Max Fearnow (1-1, 3.86, 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 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 season-best three-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 (.324, 5 RBI) has started all 11 of the team's games at shortstop and had the team's longest hit streak of the season from February 4-23. 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, 4.87) has made three starts on the mound and picked up his first victory against Fresno State (February 10). Andrew Clauson (1-0, 0.00) recorded his first collegiate victory versus Kansas (February 24), while Brandt Walker (0-0, 0.00) and Cory Bannister (0-0, 99.00) have also appeared out of the bullpen.

Stanford is still looking for its first errorless game of the season. The Cardinal has made just one error in each of its last seven contests as its team fielding percentage has crept up to .961 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 .222 batting average in the team's first 11 games of 2007. However, he has contributed one of the squad's six homers, a club-high-tying two triples, a team-high seven RBI and one stolen base. Taylor has made 127 consecutive starts and started 129 of 130 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 an unbeaten 5-0 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 297-85 (.777) 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 24, 2007 - at Stanford 4, Kansas 1
Stanford scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to break open a tie game on the way to a 4-1 victory over Kansas. David Stringer notched his third save in Stanford's last three games by getting the final two outs in the ninth inning, while Andrew Clauson earned his first collegiate victory with 2.1 scoreless innings of relief work. Ryan Seawell (3-4, RBI, SB), Cord Phelps (2-3, 2B, RBI) and Brian Juhl (2-3, 2B) all had multiple-hit games and key hits in the Cardinal seventh.
Quote of the Day ... 'I was just looking for a pitch to hit up in the zone. I was lucky to get the barrel on it and get it down the line. Those are the kind of spots you live for as an athlete to get a chance to help your team win. That's always fun. You just hope you can come up and produce.' - Cord Phelps on his seventh inning double

February 23, 2007 - at Stanford 6, Kansas 5
Stanford scored five runs in the bottom of the first inning and then held on for a 6-5 victory over Kansas. Jeff Whitlow's first career home run over the scoreboard in left field accounted for the final three runs of the rally. Ryan Seawell (2-4, HR, RBI) started the uprising with a leadoff homer before the Cardinal scored a second run on back-to-back singles by Sean Ratliff and Michael Taylor, a walk to Brent Milleville and a Brian Juhl sacrifice fly. David Stringer earned his third save of the season by holding the Jayhawks scoreless over the final 2.0 innings after Preston Land had cut the lead to 6-5 on a two-run homer off Cardinal reliever Max Fearnow with no outs in the eighth. Stanford starter Nolan Gallagher picked up the first victory by a Stanford starter in 2007 by limiting Kansas to three runs on four hits and two walks with three strikeouts over the first 5.1 frames.
Quote of the Day ... 'I tried to approach it the same way I would any other game. But, obviously coming into the game in that situation after that big hit they had is pretty tough. I tried to approach it with the same mind frame and attitude by going in there and attacking with what I have and giving my team the best chance to win ... If they just keep throwing me out there, I'll just keep giving it everything I can.' - David Stringer

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

February 12, 2006 - at Stanford 8, Kansas 3
Stanford avoided being swept in a regular season three-game home series for the first time since 1997 with an 8-3 victory over Kansas. 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 1263-622-5 (.670) all-time record in 1890 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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