Stanford-California To Square Off In Non-Conference Series Friday-Sunday

Feb. 28, 2007


Friday, March 2 (5 pm, PT) - TBA vs. TBA
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Saturday, March 3 (1 pm, PT) - RHP Tyson Ross (1-2, 2.60) vs. TBA
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Sunday, March 4 (1 pm, PT) - RHP Alex Rollin (3-0, 3.98) vs. TBA
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All-Time Series: Stanford leads 235-213
2006 Results: Series - Tied 3-3 (Non-Conference at California, March 3-4, May 1) - California 7-6, Stanford 6-5 (11 inn.), California 4-3; (Conference at Stanford, May 5-7) - Stanford 3-2, California 5-1, Stanford 6-4
Current Game Win Streak: Stanford - 1 (May 7, 2006)
Current Series Win Streak: Stanford - 1 (May 5-7, 2006)
Current Season Series Win Streak: None
Other Series Notes: Stanford has not dropped a season series to California since 1978 as the Cardinal came up with a victory in the sixth and final game of the 2006 regular season series to even last year's series between the clubs at 3-3 and extend the run to 29 consecutive campaigns. Stanford has not lost a three-game home series to the Golden Bears since California managed to take two-of-three over the Cardinal at Sunken Diamond in 1995. Stanford's winning ways against California also included a recent 18-game win streak over the Golden Bears from March 10, 2002 until California won the second game of a doubleheader on March 6, 2005. California has managed to take two-of-three games from the Cardinal in each of the last two series played in Berkeley.

Stanford's current five-game win streak is its longest of the season and the longest since the club rolled off seven in a row from May 7-16, 2006. The team's current six-game home win streak is its longest since the team won seven straight games at Sunken Diamond from April 10 - May 13, 2005.

Stanford's sweep over Kansas last Friday-Sunday (February 23-25) was its first since the club won 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 five in-season polls (Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball, NCBWA,, Ping Baseball). Stanford started the season ranked as high as No. 23 by Collegiate Baseball.

Stanford has won 2497 games in its 114th season of competition, needing just three 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 2497-1555-32 (.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 1264-622-5 (.670) over 1891 games in his 31st season as Stanford's head coach. Marquess is now just three 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 prior to 2007. Stanford is current a season-best two games over .500 (7-5).

Stanford is hitting at a .280 clip that is just three percentage points shy of the season-best .283 it reached after three games. The squad's 5.42 ERA is a new season-low for the ninth straight game. The club posted a 10.50 ERA in its first three-game series of the season at Cal State Fullerton (February 2-4) but has rebounded with a 3.77 mark in nine contests since. Stanford's fielding percentage is at .959 as the Cardinal has yet to post an errorless game this season.

Ryan Seawell (.367) leads the team in batting average after pacing the club with a .545 (6-11) batting average in the team's most recent series versus Kansas (February 23-25). Brian Juhl (.351), Adam Gaylord (.350), Jeff Whitlow (.308) and Cord Phelps (.300) 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 (50 AB, 11 R, 14 H, 4 SB, 1 SAC), Cord Phelps (6 2B, 2 3B, 22 TB), Michael Taylor (2 3B, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 3 HBP), Gaylord (14 H), Whitlow (.692 SLUG%, 1 SAC), Juhl (3 HBP, .432 OB%, 1 SF), Brent Milleville (5 BB, 1 SF) and Joey August (1 SAC). Seven different pitchers -- Andrew Clauson (1-0, 0.00, 3.1 IP, 2 H), Max Fearnow (1-1, 3.86, 7.0 IP, 6 SO), Jeffrey Inman (1-1, 4.87, 20.1 IP, 19 SO), Jeremy Bleich (1-1, 5.82, 21.2 IP, 14 SO), Austin Yount (1-0, 6.43, 7.0 IP, 3 SO), Nolan Gallagher (1-2, 6.87, 18.1 IP, 12 SO) and Blake Hancock (1-0, 10.12, 2.2 IP, 3 SO) -- each have one of the team's seven wins. David Stringer (0-0, 2.38) has five of the team's six saves, including an incredible string of four saves in the team's last four games and also leads the club with eight appearances. Fearnow has the team's other save. Brandt Walker, Clauson and Rex Petrill are the team's three pitchers yet to give up an earned run, while Stringer's 2.25 ERA is the lowest among pitchers with at least one inning pitched per team game played. Inman leads the club with 19 strikeouts, while Bleich has a team-best 21.2 innings pitched. Gallagher and Bleich have both started a team-co-leading four games.

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.

STILL LOOKING FOR FIRST ERRORLESS GAMEStanford is still looking for its first errorless game of the season. The Cardinal 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.

David Stringer recorded a save in four consecutive Stanford games last week as the Cardinal posted a perfect 4-0 record over the period. Stringer did not allow a run in 6.1 innings of work over the period and struck out seven as he earned a spot on the College Baseball Foundation's weekly national honor roll. He threw 3.0 scoreless innings in a 4-1 win over San Francisco (February 20) and then protected one-run leads in the both the opener (2.0 IP) and finale (0.2 IP) of a three-game series versus Kansas (February 23-25), as well as a three-run margin in the middle game (0.2 IP). Stringer, who has not blown any save opportunities, has five saves and a 2.25 ERA overall without a decision while appearing in a team-high eight of the club's 12 games and 12.0 innings.

Stanford has had several players (listed below) with notable success against California...
Jeremy Bleich (1-0, 1.93 ERA, 4.2 IP, 1 SO) • Erik Davis (0-1, 1.69 ERA, 1 SV, 5.1 IP, 4 SO) • Cord Phelps (.500, 3-6) • Adam Sorgi (.433, 13-30, 1 HR, 3 RBI) • Michael Taylor (.350, 14-30, 1 HR, 5 RBI) • Austin Yount (0-0, 0.00 ERA, 2.2 IP, 1 SO)

Stanford has come from behind in five of its seven wins this season and has an amazing 5-2 record when its opponent scores first in a game.

Stanford has three players -- Adam Gaylord (SS), Sean Ratliff (CF) and Michael Taylor (RF) -- that have started all 12 games this season (all in the same position). Taylor has actually started 128 in a row and 130 of 131 possible contests 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 6-0 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 298-85 (.778) 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

March 3, 2006 -at California 7, Stanford 6
Josh Satin scored the game-winning run on a throwing error by Cardinal third baseman Austin Yount to give California a dramatic 7-6 victory over Stanford. Satin drew a leadoff walk off losing pitcher Erik Davis to start the California ninth, which followed a three-run Cardinal rally in the top of the inning that had tied the score at 6-6. Satin moved to second on a Brennan Boesch single and third on a Ryan Hanlon walk to load the bases before Garrett Bussiere hit a slow roller that Yount fielded cleanly but overthrew Cardinal catcher John Hester to allow Satin to score. Allen Craig (2-5, 2B, HR, 3 RBI) had a key three-run homer in the bottom of the sixth that gave the Golden Bears a 6-3 lead, while Chris Minaker (4-5, 2 RBI, SB) led the Cardinal offense.
Quote of the Day ... Losing a game in this fashion can deflate you. We just need to put it behind us and come back out and play well tomorrow.' - Mark Marquess

March 4, 2006 -Stanford 6, at California 5 (11 inn.)
Chris Minaker redeemed himself with an RBI single in the top of the 11th inning to score Cord Phelps with the eventual game-winning run and lift Stanford to a thrilling 6-5 victory over California. Minaker's fielding error on Garrett Bussiere's routine groundball to the Cardinal shortstop with two outs in the bottom of the ninth had allowed Chris Errecart to score the game-tying run and send the contest into extra frames. Minaker (3-5, 2B, 4 RBI), Joey August (3-4, RBI) and Phelps (3-5) had three hits each for Stanford. Austin Yount earned the victory by retiring all five batters he faced after coming into the game with one out in the bottom of the 10th inning.
Quote of the Day ... 'It felt great because I felt like I let everyone down with the error in the ninth inning. I was so grateful that our guys kept battling and gave me a chance to make up for it.' - Chris Minaker

May 1, 2006 -at California 4, Stanford 3
California scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to rally for a 4-3 comeback win over Stanford in a non-conference contest. Brennan Boesch drew a bases loaded walk from Stanford reliever Austin Yount to force home Rob Nesbitt with what proved to be the game-winning run. The Golden Bears took advantage of two walks and a hit batsmen by Cardinal relievers in the inning that started with Jordan Karnofsky's leadoff double and also included an RBI single from Chris Errecart. Karnofsky (2-3, 2B) was the only player for either team with more than one hit, while Boesch had the only multiple-RBI contest for either squad with a pair of RBI. All nine Stanford starters had one hit each for the first time in 2007 as the Cardinal outhit the Golden Bears, 9-6.
Quote of the Day ... 'It's really tough to lose games in this fashion. When you get a lead you just can't make mistakes that let other teams back into the game.' - Mark Marquess

May 5, 2006 -at Stanford 3, California 2
Chris Minaker (3-4, 2 HR, 2 RBI) hit two solo home runs for his first career multi-homer contest before leading off the bottom of the ninth inning with a single and scoring the game-winning run on Randy Molina's one-out RBI single to lift Stanford to a dramatic 3-2 victory over California. Stanford ace Greg Reynolds tossed his second consecutive complete game to outduel California ace Brandon Morrow. Reynolds allowed just two runs, scattering six hits and two walks with four strikeouts. Comcast Sports Net televised the opener of the three-game Pac-10 series live.
Quote of the Day ... 'Losing a game in this fashion can deflate you. We just need to put it behind us and come back out and play well tomorrow.' - Mark Marquess

May 6, 2006 -California 5, at Stanford 1
California evened its three-game Pac-10 series against Stanford by holding on for a 5-1 victory on Saturday at Sunken Diamond. Tyson Ross earned the victory by giving up just one run on six hits and three walks, while striking out eight over the first 7.1 innings. Jeremy Burchett came on to retire Michael Taylor on a game-ending a groundout with the bases loaded and Taylor representing the tying run to pick up the save. Chris Errecart (2-3, 2 RBI) was the only California player with a multiple-hit or multiple-RBI game, while Chris Minaker was 2-for-3 for the Cardinal. The squads combined for 12 walks and seven hit batsmen in the contest.
Quote of the Day ... 'We didn't do much right today and really didn't deserve to win, but you have to give Tyson Ross credit. He pitched a very good game.' - Mark Marquess

May 7, 2006 -at Stanford 6, California 4
Chris Lewis (2-4, HR, 3 RBI) hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning and then drove in another run with a two-out RBI single in the eighth to lift Stanford to a 6-4 victory over California. The victory allowed Stanford to split its season series against California and avoid dropping a season series to the Golden Bears for the first time since 1978, as well as avoid losing a home series to California for the first time since 1995. Jeremy Bleich earned the win, allowing just one run on two hits and two walks over 4.1 innings of sparkling relief before a crowd of 2586. Erik Davis picked up the save by thwarting a ninth inning California rally when he forced Chris Errecart to hit into a bases loaded game-ending 5-2-3 double play.Quote of the Day ... 'I'm used to this situation. I've been coming in during these situations all year, and I love it. I think I've been doing well, so hopefully they keep putting me back out there.' - Erik Davis on his save

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 1264-622-5 (.670) all-time record in 1891 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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