Stanford To Continue Busy Week By Hosting Fresno State Wednesday

April 25, 2007

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All-Time Series: Stanford 77-48
2007 Results: Series - Stanford 2-0 (at Stanford, February 10-11) Stanford 9-2 (completion of February 10 game on February 11), Stanford 6-4
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 Game 1), Stanford 8-4 (DH Game 2)
Current Game Win Streak: Stanford - 3 (February 20, 2006 - February 11, 2007)
Current Series Win Streak: Stanford - 8 (January 28-29, 2000 - February 10-11 and April 25, 2007)
Current Season Series Win Streak: Stanford - 8 (2000-07)
Series Notes: Stanford has won all eight games played between the teams at Sunken Diamond this decade, sweeping series in 2003 and 2005, and winning the first two games of their three 2007 meetings. Today's contest is the third and final game of a three-game set originally scheduled for February 9-11, 2007. The teams were able to get two of those three games in (both Stanford wins) with today's contest serving as a makeup contest. The clubs moved a 2001 series scheduled to be played at Stanford to Fresno when Stanford was renovating Sunken Diamond.

Fresno State returns to Sunken Diamond on Wednesday for the third and final game of a three-game series that was originally scheduled to be played February 9-11. Stanford's originally scheduled February 9 home opener versus the Bulldogs was postponed due to weather conditions. The teams were able to get to the top of the fifth inning of one game on February 10 with the Cardinal leading 6-1 before the skies opened and caused the end of action for the day. Stanford went on to win the conclusion of the suspended game the following day, 9-1, before winning another contest by a score of 6-4 following the completion of the suspended contest.

Stanford's game versus Fresno State at Sunken Diamond on Wednesday is the second of a busy six-game homestand over eight days from April 24 - May 1. The Cardinal will also welcome Oregon State for a three-game Pac-10 series Friday-Sunday, April 27-29, 7 pm, 1 pm, 12:30 pm, PT) and Santa Clara (Tuesday, May 1, 6 pm, PT) to conclude the homestand and a stretch of 10 of 13 games at home.

Stanford has three upcoming games scheduled to be televised live beginning with CSTV and FSN slated to air back-to-back contests versus Oregon State this Friday and Saturday, respectively. CSTV will also televise a contest against Washington on May 13.

Stanford has concluded the first half of its Pac-10 schedule with a 2-10 conference mark and currently sits in last place in the league standings. Ironically, Stanford was also in last place in the conference standings (3-9 record) at the midway point of the 2006 league schedule but bounced back with an 8-4 record in the second half of the league play to finish 11-13 in the conference and tie for fifth in the Pac-10 standings. The second half of last season earned Stanford a spot in the 2006 NCAA Division I Baseball Championships to extend the program's postseason streak to 13 straight years. Stanford then won the NCAA Austin Regional and knocked out defending national champion Texas in the process before being eliminated by eventual College World Series champion Oregon State at the NCAA Corvallis Super Regional.

Stanford has dropped five straight series overall as well as five consecutive Pac-10 series dating back to the final conference series of 2006. The current overall series losing streak includes each of the team's four 2007 Pac-10 series versus UCLA (sweep), at Arizona State (sweep), against Arizona (2-of-3) and at California (2-of-3) and a non-conference home set to USC (2-of-3). Stanford hasn't won a series since sweeping California at Sunken Diamond in a three-game non-conference series March 2-4. Stanford's five series Pac-10 losing skid includes the same four 2007 conference series as well as the final league series of 2006 at UCLA with the team's last Pac-10 series win coming with a road sweep at Washington (May 12-14, 2006). Both streaks are the program's longest since Stanford lost its final five series of 1993 (all Pac-10) as well as its first non-conference series of 1994 to extend its overall series losing streak to six before winning its next series as well as its first 1994 conference series to stop those two skids.

Although Stanford still has two long series losing streaks going, the Cardinal has been able to end three long losing streaks recently. Stanford snapped a six-game home losing skid and a nine-game Pac-10 losing streak that were both the longest in recorded school history with a 6-3 victory over Arizona on April 15 after having previously ended a six-game overall losing streak that was its longest since 1982 with a 9-4 victory in a non-conference game at Nevada on April 10.

Stanford started Pac-10 play with an 0-8 league mark that was the worst in recorded school history before winning its first conference game against Arizona on April 15. Stanford also 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. In addition, 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.

Stanford is battling to extend its current strings of 13 straight winning seasons and the same number of consecutive appearances in the NCAA Division I Baseball Championships from 1994-2006. The Cardinal has a current 16-21 overall record that is five games under .500. The last time Stanford didn't have a winning season and did not qualify for the postseason was in 1993 when the club missed the postseason with a 27-28 overall mark. Stanford has actually had winning seasons in 41 of the last 42 years and 58 of the past 60 campaigns prior to 2007.

Stanford is the fifth all-time winningest program in college baseball history with a record of 2506-1571-32 (.614) in 4109 games over 114 seasons including 2007. Fordham, Texas, USC and Michigan are the top four.

OFFENSE - Stanford is last in the Pac-10 with a .276 team batting average, 199 runs scored, 353 hits, 21 home runs and 19 stolen bases.
PITCHING - Stanford has also struggled on the mound with an uncharacteristically high ERA of 6.16 that is last in the Pac-10 and 80 points higher than the highest ERA in the school's recorded history when the 1979 pitching staff posted a 5.36 mark. The Cardinal has had its ERA under 5.00 for only four days this year from March 2-5. The team's .320 opponents' batting average is also last in the Pac-10.
FIELDING - Stanford also ranks last in the Pac-10 in fielding percentage (.958) and has had multiple-error contests in eight of its last 14 games, including a season-high five versus Arizona (April 14), 11 in a series at Arizona State (April 5-7) and seven in its most recent series at California (April 20-22). Stanford's best defensive stretch came during a four-game errorless streak from March 10-25 and the Cardinal has also posted four errorless contests in its last eight games but has combined for 13 errors in the four contests during the span in which the club has committed an error.

OFFENSE - Sean Ratliff is having a big season and has arguably been the team's most consistent hitter this season. Ratliff is leading the Cardinal in nearly every offensive category, including batting average among those that qualify (.313), triples (3, co-leader), home runs (6), runs scored (37), hits (46), stolen bases (9), total bases (77), slugging percentage (.524), on-base percentage (.372), at bats (147), games played (37) and games started (37). Other offensive team leaders or co-leaders include Michael Taylor (28 RBI, 5 HBP), Cord Phelps (13 2B, 3 3B, 16 BB), Brent Milleville (3 SF) and Joey August (3 SAC). Adam Sorgi is notably hitting .358 (29-81) and has a .429 on-base percentage but is still a little shy of reaching the 2.5 minimum number of at bats per game to qualify for the team lead in both categories.
PITCHING - Jeffrey Inman (3-2, 5.72, 50.1 IP, 45 SO) leads the club in wins and strikeouts, while Jeremy Bleich (1-7, 5.32, 67.2 IP, 38 SO) paces the team in innings pitched and starts (11). Bleich also has the lowest ERA among any pitcher with at least one inning pitched per team game played. Nolan Gallagher (2-5, 7.47, 1 SV, 47.0 IP, 34 SO) has the team's only complete game and shutout. Gallagher had been the team's other primary starter for most of the season before coming out of the bullpen in each of his two most recent appearances with a save at California (April 21) and versus San Jose State (April 24). David Stringer (0-2, 6.09, 7 SV, 34.0 IP, 24 SO) paces the club with seven saves and 22 appearances, ranking tied for third and tied for fourth in the Pac-10 in those two categories.

OFFENSE - Stanford scored just nine runs despite a .295 batting average in its most recent series as the Cardinal left 28 runners on base in the three games. Stanford also had problems getting big hits with the only extra base hits among the team's 31 hits coming from two doubles. Grant Escue (1.000, 1-1), Ryan Seawell (.60, 3-5), Adam Sorgi (.455, 5-11, 2B, RBI) and Brent Milleville (.400, 2-5) all managed to hit .400 or better in the series.
PITCHING - Stanford posted a 5.76 team ERA in the series despite giving up 10 earned runs in the series finale. Three Stanford relievers -- Nolan Gallagher (0.00, 0-0, 1 APP, 1 SV, 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 SO), Erik Davis (0.00, 1-0, 2 APP, 1.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 1 BB) and Andrew Clauson (0.00, 0.00, 0.2 IP, 2 H, 1 BB) -- did not allow an earned run in their appearances out of the bullpen. Cory Bannister (2.70, 0-0, 1 APP, 3.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO) was also impressive in his relief outing, while Jeremy Bleich (0-1, 3.52, 7.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO) and Jeffrey Inman (3.60, 0-0, 5.0 IP, 9 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO) had respectable starts.
FIELDING - Stanford was errorless in the first game of the series before combining for seven in the final two contests with three on Saturday and four more on Sunday for a team fielding percentage of just .937.

Stanford has not hit a home run in its last four games after hitting 10 long balls in its previous 12 games for its most productive power stretch of the season. Ryan Seawell (March 27, at San Jose State), Michael Taylor (March 30 and 31, vs. UCLA), Joey August (April 1, vs. UCLA), Sean Ratliff (2, April 6, at Arizona State; April 10, at Nevada; April 15, vs. Arizona) and Brian Juhl (April 13, vs. Arizona; April 17, vs. Santa Clara) provided the homers during the recent productive stretch.

Sean Ratliff struggled as a two-way player during his 2006 freshman year but is having a big season offensively in 2007. Ratliff is leading the Cardinal in nearly every offensive category, including batting average among those that qualify (.313), triples (3, co-leader), home runs (6), runs scored (37), hits (46), stolen bases (9), total bases (77), slugging percentage (.524), on-base percentage (.372), at bats (147), games played (37) and games started (37).

Adam Sorgi has returned from a shoulder injury that caused him to miss the entire 2006 season and limited him early in 2007. Sorgi played his first game in the field since 2005 against California on March 4 and has started 20 of the 22 games at the position since, including all 18 since the Cardinal returned from a 12-day break on March 24. He is hitting .355 (27-76) with four doubles, nine RBI and 13 runs scored over the 20 games he has started at second base and .358 (29-81) with five doubles, 12 RBI and 14 runs scored overall. He also had the team's longest hitting streak of the season when he hit safely in 12 consecutive contests from March 4 - April 10.

Joey August has quietly put up one of the team's most solid offensive seasons. August ranks second among all qualifiers with a .303 batting average and also has three doubles, a triple, a homer and 18 RBI, while adding 11 walks, a sacrifice fly, a team-leading three sacrifice bunts and two stolen bases. In addition, he has struck out just nine times in 109 at bats. August has hit safely in 19 of his last 22 games, including the team's second-longest hitting streak of the season when he hit safely in 11 straight games from March 4 - April 1 to start the stretch.

David Stringer earned a spot in Stanford's record books when he recorded his seventh save of the season at Nevada on April 10 to move into a tie for 10th-place on Stanford's single-season list in the category. Stringer recorded five saves in as many games from February 20 - March 3. He also leads the club with 22 appearances.

Stanford has a respectable 8-5 record in games decided by three runs or less this season and also won its only extra-inning contest of the season at San Jose State on March 27. The Cardinal is 5-3 in one-run games and 3-2 in two-run contests.

Stanford has clocked in at 3:00 or over in 22 of its first 37 games this season. Stanford has gone 3:41 or longer nine times and more than 4:00 twice, including a season-long 4:12 against UCLA on March 31 and a 4:02 contest in its most recent league game at California on April 22.

Cord Phelps ranks tied for first on the club with 16 extra base hits this season, leading the club in doubles (13) and tied for the club lead along with Sean Ratliff in triples (3). Last year, all 18 of Phelps' hits were singles.

Stanford has come from behind in 11 of its 16 wins this season. Stanford's biggest comeback of the year came versus USC (March 11) when the Cardinal was down 8-4 heading into the bottom of the seventh inning before scoring four times to the game at 8-8 and six more in the eighth in an eventual 14-9 win. The Cardinal also came back in each of its last two victories over Arizona on April 15 and at California on April 21.

Stanford has already played some of the best teams both in the nation and the Pac-10. The Cardinal has played six of its first nine three-game series and 18 of its first 37 games against teams ranked in at least one national poll at one point in the season. Stanford also opened its Pac-10 slate with series against each of the conference's three top teams in the current standings as Arizona State (10-2), Arizona (9-3) and UCLA (8-1) have totaled a combined 27-6 Pac-10 mark to this point.

Stanford won six straight Sunday games from February 11 - March 25 and is now 7-3 overall on Sundays in 2007. Stanford is 7-4 in series finales, which includes all of the Sunday contests as well as a loss in a Saturday series finale played at Arizona State on April 7.

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 prior to 2007 with an amazing 303-95 (.761) record during the stretch. Stanford is above .500 (11-10) at home this season.

• Joey August (.167, 4 GP, 3 GS, 2-12, 3 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 SO)
• Jeremy Bleich (6.00, 0-1, 3 APP, 1 GS, 1 SV, 6.0 IP, 10 H, 8 R, 4 ER, 3 SO)
• Jason Castro (.111, 3 GP, 2 GS, 1-9, 1 2B, 1 BB, 2 SO)
• Erik Davis (0-0, 0.00, 1 APP, 1.0 IP, 1 SO)
• Brendan Domaracki (.222, 5 GP, 3 GS, 2-9, 1 R, 1 SO, 1 SAC)
• Max Fearnow (0.00, 1-0, 1 APP, 1.2 IP, 3 H, 2 SO)
• Nolan Gallagher (1.08, 0-0, 3 APP, 1 GS, 8.1 IP, 10 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 9 SO)
• Adam Gaylord (.429, 2 GP, 2 GS, 3-7, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 SO)
• Toby Gerhart (.333, 2 GP, 2 GS, 3-9, 2 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI)
• Jeffrey Inman (1.80, 1-0, 1 APP, 5.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 5 SO)
• J.J. Jelmini (.000, 2 GP, 0-2, 1 R, 1 SO)
• Brian Juhl (.429, 2 GP, 2 GS, 3-7, 1 RBI, 1 BB)
• Brent Milleville (.200, 4 GP, 2 GS, 2-10, 2 R, 1 2B, 5 SO)
• Randy Molina (.200, 2 GP, 1-5, 1 2B, 1 SO)
• Cord Phelps (.267, 5 GP, 4 GS, 4-15, 2 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 4 SO)
• Sean Ratliff (Hitting: .167, 4 GP, 4 GS, 3-18, 1 R, 5 SO • Pitching: 99.00, 0-0, 1 APP, 0.0 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB)
• Ryan Seawell (.267, 7 GP, 3 GS, 4-15, 4 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 5 SO)
• Adam Sorgi (.300, 5 GP, 5 GS, 6-20, 6 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 3 BB, 3 SO, 1 GDP)
• David Stringer (0.00, 1-0, 2 APP, 1 SV, 8.0 IP, 6 H, 1 BB, 10 SO)
• Michael Taylor (.267, 8 GP, 7 GS, 8-30, 3 R, 1 RBI, 3 BB, 1 HBP, 5 SO)
• Austin Yount (Hitting: .333, 4 GP, 3 GS, 3-9, 1 RBI, 2 SO, 1 SAC • Pitching: 0.00, 0-0, 1 APP, 0.2 IP, 1 H)

February 10, 2007 (completed on February 11, 2007) -at Stanford 9, Fresno State 2
Toby Gerhart (2-5, HR, 3 RBI) hit his first collegiate home run with a three-run shot in the third and Jeffrey Inman recorded his first collegiate victory with 5.0 innings of one-run work in a 9-2 Stanford win over Fresno State. The first four innings of the game were played on February 10 before rainy weather caused a suspension of play. The teams played the final five innings of the contest on February 11. Adam Gaylord (2-4, 2B, RBI), Austin Yount (2-4, RBI), Brian Juhl (2-4) and Sean Ratliff (2-5) also had two hits each.
Quote of the Day ... 'Sometimes it's tough to keep the momentum going from one day to the next in a situation like this, but we were able to do that. It was nice to see big contributions from freshmen like Gerhart, Gaylord and Inman.' - Mark Marquess

February 11, 2007 -at Stanford 6, Fresno State 4
Stanford scored twice in the bottom of the sixth to snap a tied ball game on its way to a 6-4 victory over Fresno State. David Stringer's 3.0 innings of shutout relief work earned him his first save of the season, while Max Fearnow (1.2 IP, 3 H, 2 SO) was credited with the win as the first reliever of the game. Stanford took advantage of two costly Bulldog errors to score both of its sixth inning runs on the same play. The Cardinal had scored four times in the bottom of the first to take an early 4-0 lead, before the Bulldogs tied the game at 4-4 with their own four-run fifth..
Quote of the Day ... 'We took advantage of their mistakes and got a great pitching performance from David Stringer. Plain and simply that's why we won.' - Mark Marquess

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

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 1273-638-5 (.666) all-time record in 1916 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 (503-337, .599) action. He is currently ranked sixth among all active NCAA Division I coaches in victories and 11th 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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