Stanford Looking To Snap Series Losing Streaks Versus No. 8 Oregon State Sunday

April 29, 2007

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OREGON STATE BEAVERS (33-9, 5-6 Pac-10)
STANFORD CARDINAL (18-22, 3-11 Pac-10)

2007 SERIES (TIED, 1-1)

Friday, April 27 - Oregon State 13, at Stanford 7

Saturday, April 28 - at Stanford 9, Oregon State 7
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Sunday, April 29 (12:30 pm, PT) - RHP Jorge Reyes (2-0, 2.30) vs. TBA
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All-Time Series: Stanford 36-23
2006 Results: Series - Oregon State, 5-0 (Conference at Oregon State, April 13-14, 16) - Oregon State 3-0, Oregon State, 1-0, Oregon State 12-1 (7 inn.); (NCAA Corvallis Regional at Oregon State, June 10-11) Oregon State 4-3, Oregon State, 15-0
Previous Meeting At Stanford: Series - Oregon State 2-1 (April 9DH-10, 2005) - Oregon State 9-7 (DH Game 1), Oregon State 11-10 (DH Gm. 2), Stanford 4-3
Current Game Win Streak: Stanford - 1 (April 28, 2007)
Current Series Win Streak: Oregon State - 3 (April 9DH-10, 2005 - June 10-11, 2006)
Current Regular Season Series Win Streak: Oregon State - 2 (April 9DH-10, 2005 - April 13-14, 16, 2006)Current Season Series Win Streak: Oregon State - 2 (2005-06)
Series Notes: Stanford snapped a six-game losing skid to Oregon State with Saturday's dramatic 9-7 victory in 11 innings and needs a victory on Sunday to end a three-series losing streak to the Beavers that includes 2006 NCAA Super Regional action. Oregon State dominated Stanford in its CWS Championship season of 2006 with a 5-0 record against the Cardinal with all games being played in Corvallis. The Beavers swept a three-game set that took four days to complete during the regular season when rain caused the postponement of the series finale scheduled for Saturday, April 15. The teams then took to the field on Easter Sunday and the Beavers came away with a 12-1 win in a contest that was shortened to seven innings. Unable to change its flight reservations, Stanford hopped on a bus after the game and arrived home late Easter evening after an approximate 10-hour ride. Stanford went back to Corvallis for an NCAA Super Regional from June 10-11 with a trip to Omaha on the line and the Beavers prevailed again, taking the first game 4-3 before a 15-0 triumph over the Cardinal to secure their ticket to the CWS. Oregon State has actually won eight of the last 10 games between the teams as the Beavers previously took two-of-three at Stanford in 2005 as Oregon State needs just one more win in the current series to make it four straight series victories over the Cardinal. Stanford's last series victory over Oregon State came in 2004 with two-of-three wins in Corvallis, while Stanford also took two-of-three from the Beavers at Sunken Diamond in 2003.

Stanford is in the midst of a six-game homestand over eight days from April 24 - May 1. Stanford will conclude the homestand with a non-conference game versus Santa Clara next Tuesday, May 1 (6 pm, PT).

Stanford has begun the second half of Pac-10 play by splitting the first two games of its current series with Oregon State. Stanford suffered a 13-7 loss to the Beavers in Friday's series-opener, before winning 9-7 in 11 innings and in dramatic fashion on Michael Taylor's three-run walkoff homer on Saturday. Stanford managed just a 2-10 conference mark in the first half of league action and currently sits in last place in the Pac-10 standings with its updated 3-11 league mark. 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 league play to finish 11-13 in the conference and tied for fifth in the Pac-10 standings. The second half of Pac-10 play in 2006 earned Stanford a spot in the 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 on its home field in the process before being eliminated by eventual College World Series champion Oregon State at the NCAA Corvallis Super Regional.

Stanford needs a victory in its series finale versus Oregon State on Sunday to end some significant series losing streaks. 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 in 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 Cal State Fullerton to extend its overall series losing streak to six. The 1994 team ended the program's Pac-10 string of five straight series losses by winning its first Pac-10 series of the season versus Arizona State. Stanford has not lost more than five straight Pac-10 series since dropping eight in a row from April 13, 1978 - March 31, 1979.

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 18-22 overall record that is four games under .500. The last time Stanford did not 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 2508-1572-32 (.614) in 4112 games over 114 seasons including 2007. Fordham, Texas, USC and Michigan are the top four.

OFFENSE - Stanford is tied for seventh in the Pac-10 in home runs (24), as well as seventh in batting average (.282), eighth in hits (393), and last in runs scored (222) and stolen bases (19).
PITCHING - Stanford has also struggled on the mound with an uncharacteristically high 6.16 ERA 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 team's .316 opponents' batting average is also last in the Pac-10.
FIELDING - Stanford also ranks last in the Pac-10 in fielding percentage (.958) despite five errorless games in its last 11 contests. Stanford's errors of late have come in bunches with 10 multiple-error contests in the last 17 games. Stanford's best defensive stretch came during a four-game errorless streak from March 10-25.

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 home runs (7), stolen bases (9), triples (3, co-leader), runs scored (41), hits (50), total bases (85), slugging percentage among regulars (.528), at bats (161), games played (40) and games started (40). Joey August has the team's top batting average (.325) and on-base percentage (.389) among those with the minumum 2.5 at bats per team game needed to qualify, while also leading the club with three sacrifice bunts. Other offensive team leaders or co-leaders include Michael Taylor (32 RBI; 5 HBP, co-leader), Cord Phelps (13 2B, 3 3B, 17 BB), Brian Juhl (5 HBP, co-leader) and Brent Milleville (3 SF). Adam Sorgi is notably hitting .376 (35-93) and has a .448 on-base percentage but is still a little a few at bats 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, 5.75, 56.1 IP, 53 SO) and Nolan Gallagher (3-5, 7.27, 52.0 IP, 39 SO) co-lead the club in wins with Inman also pacing the team in strikeouts and posting the lowest ERA among any pitcher with at least one inning pitched per team game played. Jeremy Bleich (1-8, 5.88, 72.0 IP, 42 SO) has the team lead in innings pitched and starts (12). Gallagher has the club's only complete game and shutout. Gallagher had been in the team's rotation along with Inman and Bleich for most of the season before coming out of the bullpen in each of his last three appearances and going 1-0 with a save in those three outings. David Stringer (0-2, 5.91, 7 SV, 35.0 IP, 24 SO) paces the club with seven saves and 23 appearances, ranking tied for third and tied for fourth in the Pac-10 in those two categories.

OFFENSE - Stanford has averaged 8.0 runs per contest in the first two games of its current series and is hitting .325 in one of its most productive offensive series of the season. Adam Sorgi (.556, 5-9, 3B, 3 RBI) and Micahel Taylor (.364, 4-11, 2B, HR, 3 RBI) have been the top hitters among those that have started both games, while Randy Molina (1.000, 1-1), Joey August (.750, 3-4, RBI), Jeff Whitlow (.667, 2-3, HR, RBI), Adam Gaylord (.500, 1-2, 2B, 2 RBI) and Ryan Seawell (.400, 2-5) have come up big in limited roles.PITCHING - Stanford's excellent offense has been derailed by a pitching staff that has an ERA of 8.10 and walked 18 batters in the first two games of the series. David Stringer (0-0, 0.00, 1 APP, 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 BB) and Blake Hancock (0-0, 0.00, 1 AQPP, 0.1 IP, 1 H, 1 SO) have not yielded runs in brief relief outings.FIELDING - Stanford has committed five errors in the first two games of the series for a .943 fielding percentage with three in the series opener on Friday and two more Saturday.

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. Grant Escue (1.000, 1-1), Ryan Seawell (.600, 3-5), Sorgi (.455, 5-11, 2B, RBI) and Brent Milleville (.400, 2-5) all 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, Erik Davis and Andrew Clauson -- did not allow an earned run in their appearances out of the bullpen.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.

Sean Ratliff struggled as a two-way player during his 2006 freshman year but is having a big season offensively in 2007. RRatliff is leading the Cardinal in nearly every offensive category, including home runs (7), stolen bases (9), triples (3, co-leader), runs scored (41), hits (50), total bases (85), slugging percentage among regulars (.528), at bats (161), games played (40) and games started (40). Ratliff was 0-for-14 with 10 strikeouts in limited offensive action last season and has still struggled with his strikeouts in 2007 with a team-high 49.

Stanford has a 9-5 record in games decided by one or two runs and also won its only extra-inning contest of the season at San Jose State on March 27. The Cardinal is 6-3 in one-run games and 3-2 in two-run contests.

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 23 of the 25 games at the position since, including all 21 since the Cardinal returned from a 12-day break on March 24. He is hitting .375 (33-88) with six doubles, a triple, 12 RBI and 16 runs scored over the 23 games he has started at second base and .375 (35-93) with six doubles, a triple, 15 RBI and 17 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.

Stanford has clocked in at 3:00 or over in 24 of its first 40 games this season, gone 3:41 or longer 11 times and more than 4:00 on three occasions, including a season-long 4:12 against UCLA on March 31 as well as both 4:02 (at California, April 22) and 4:04 (vs. Oregon State, April 27). Stanford added a 3:56 game to the Oregon State series on April 28 and has combined to play for 8:00 in the two contests.

Cord Phelps ranks third 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 13 of its 18 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 four victories over Arizona (April 15) at California (April 21), versus Fresno State (April 25) and versus Oregon State (April 28).

Stanford's two homers by Jeff Whitlow and Michael Taylor in its last game versus Oregon State (April 28) ended a stretch where the Cardinal had just one homer in its previous six contests. The Cardinal's most productive home run stretch of the season had come right before the four-game drought when Stanford hit 10 long balls in its previous 12 games.

Stanford has already played some of the best teams both in the nation and the Pac-10. The Cardinal has played seven of its first 10 three-game series and 20 of its first 40 games against teams ranked in at least one national poll at some point in the season.

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 305-96 (.761) record during the stretch. Stanford is one game above .500 (13-11) at home this season.

• Joey August (.357, 6 GP, 4 GS, 5-14, 2 R, 1 RBI, 3 BB, 2 SO)
• Jeremy Bleich (6.97, 0-2, 2 APP, 2 GS, 10.1 IP, 9 H, 10 R, 8 ER, 5 BB, 8 SO)
• Jason Castro (.250, 4 GP, 3 GS, 2-8, 1 R, 2 RBI, 3 BB)
• Erik Davis (99.00, 0-0, 1 APP, 0.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB)
• Brendan Domaracki (.000, 7 GP, 1 GS, 0-12, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 HBP, 5 SO)
• Grant Escue (.167, 2 GP, 2 GS, 1-6, 2 SO)
• Max Fearnow (0.00, 0-0, 2 APP, 1.2 IP, 3 SO)
• Nolan Gallagher (2.45, 1-1, 4 APP, 1 GS, 12.1 IP, 14 H, 9 R, 6 R, 6 BB, 15 SO)
• Adam Gaylord (.500, 1 GP, 1 GS, 1-2, 2 RBI, 1 2B, 1 BB)
• Toby Gerhart (.333, 2 GP, 2 GS, 3-9, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 HBP, 3 SO)
• Blake Hancock (0-0, 0.00, 1 APP, 0.1 IP, 1 H, 1 SO)
• Jeffrey Inman (0-0, 6.00, 1 APP, 1 GS, 6.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 8 SO)
• J.J. Jelmini (.000, 2 GP, 0-2, 2 SO)
• Brian Juhl (.125, 3 GP, 2 GS, 1-8, 2 RBI, 1 HBP, 2 SO)
• Brent Milleville (.000, 5 GP, 3 GS, 0-14, 5 SO)
• Min (Brian) Moon (.000, 2 GP, 1 GS, 0-1, 1 SO)
• Randy Molina (.222, 5 GP, 3 GS, 2-9, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 3 SO, 1 GDP)
• Cord Phelps (.100, 7 GP, 6 GS, 2-20, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 SO, 1 BB)
• Sean Ratliff (Hitting: .200, 3 GP, 2 GS, 2-10, 2 R, 2 BB, 3 SO • Pitching: 54.00, 0-0, 1 APP, 0.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER)
• Ryan Seawell (.200, 12 GP, 5 GS, 5-25, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 BB, 7 SO)
• Adam Sorgi (.368, 5 GP, 5 GS, 7-19, 6 R, 1 3B, 4 RBI, 4 BB, 1 SO, 1 SF)
• Tom Stilson (0-0, 40.50, 0.2 IP, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 1 SO)
• David Stringer (0-0, 4.76, 3 APP, 5.2 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO)
• Michael Taylor (.355, 10 GP, 10 GS, 13-37, 4 R, 4 2B, 1 HR, 7 RBI, 2 BB, 3 HBP, 5 SO, 1 GDP)
• Brandt Walker (0-0, 3.38, 2.2 IP, 1 APP, 2.2 IP, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO)
• Jeff Whitlow (.667, 1 GP, 1 GS, 2-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI)
• Austin Yount (Hitting: .000, 1 GP, 0-1 • Pitching: 6.75, 0-0, 2 APP, 4.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO)

April 27, 2007 - Oregon State 13, at Stanford 7
Oregon State outlasted Stanford, 13-7, in the opener of a three-game series that was televised live nationally by CSTV. Oregon State scored three runs in the top of the first inning and never trailed despite being outhit, 14-8. Darwin Barney (3-6, 2 RBI) had three hits for the Beavers, while Mitch Canham (2-4, 3 RBI) and Jordan Lennerton drove in three runs each. Adam Sorgi (3-4) led Stanford offensively Joey August (2-3, RBI) and Michael Taylor (2-5, 2B) joined Sorgi with multi-hit contests. Adam Gaylord and Brian Juhl both knocked in a pair of runs. Oregon State reliever Blake Keitzman (1-0) recorded the first win of his career, while Eddie Kunz (1.1 IP, 1 SO) picked up the save. Jeremy Bleich suffered the loss.
Quote of the Day ... 'We just didn't pitch very well. We swung the bats well and got a lot of hits. We had our opportunities offensively.' - Mark Marquess

April 28, 2007 - Oregon State 13, at Stanford 7
Michael Taylor blasted a three-run walkoff homer with two outs in the bottom of the 11th inning to lift Stanford to a dramatic 9-7 victory over Oregon State. Taylor's shot down the left field line came on a 2-2 pitch with the Cardinal behind 7-6 and one strike away from defeat. Adam Sorgi (2-5, 3B, 3 RBI) and Taylor (2-6, HR, 3 RBI) both drove in three runs and had a pair of hits, while Jeff Whitlow (2-3, HR, RBI) and Toby Gerhart (2-4, 2B, RBI) added a pair of hits and one RBI each. Taylor's dramatic home run came in his next at bat after he had grounded into a sharply hit inning-ending double play with the bases loaded and the score tied at 6-6 in the bottom of the ninth. Oregon State had won six straight games against the Cardinal prior to Stanford's victory on Saturday. Nolan Gallagher picked up the win by limiting the Beavers to three runs over his long 5.0 inning relief stint despite allowing six hits and walking five. Gallagher also struck out five. Oregon State reliever Anton Maxwell took his first loss of the season, while Greg Keim gave up Taylor's game-winning blast.
Quote of the Day ... 'We've had some things going against lately, so to finally make some big plays and actually come out of the game with a victory against a good ballclub is something that's very positive for us. Having something positive happen like this just puts a good feeling in your stomach when you get to sleep at night and gets you excited about coming to the ballpark tomorrow.' - Michael Taylor

April 13, 2006 - at Oregon State 3, Stanford 0
Stanford was shutout in a Pac-10 game for the first time since 2001 in a 3-0 loss to Oregon State. Four Beaver pitchers limited the Cardinal to four hits with Mike Stutes picking up the win and Kevin Gunderson recording the save by retiring all five batters he faced. Oregon State scored all three of its runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to break up a scoreless pitching dual between Stutes and losing pitcher Greg Reynolds. Bill Rowe gave the Beavers their first run of a three-run sixth when his ground ball deep in the hole between short and third turned into an RBI infield single and Shea McFeely provided a big blow when he followed with a two-RBI bouncing ball single up the middle and just out of Reynolds' reach. Rowe (3-4, RBI) and Cole Gillespie (2-3) were the only players for either team with more than one hit.
Quote of the Day ... 'We just didn't get it going offensively at all tonight. It was pretty simple.' - Mark Marquess

February 25, 2006 - at Oregon State 1, Stanford 0
Oregon State blanked Stanford for the second straight game with a 1-0 victory as the Cardinal suffered back-to-back blankings for the first time since 1975. Dallas Buck earned the victory with 8.1 innings of four-hit work and retired 17 consecutive batters at one point, while Kevin Gunderson got a game-ending double play to notch the save. Oregon State scored the only run of the contest when Cole Gillespie trotted home on reliever Nolan Gallagher's second balk of the seventh inning. Stanford threatened in the ninth when Michael Taylor drew a walk from Buck and John Hester followed with a ground ball single through the left side of the infield to put runners on first and third with just one out before Gunderson relieved Buck and induced pinch-hitter Ryan Seawell into a game-ending double play.
Quote of the Day ... 'Oregon State has quite a pitching staff and they showed it again tonight.' - Mark Marquess

February 26, 2006 - at Oregon State 12, Stanford 1 (7 inn.)
Oregon State closed out a three-game sweep of Stanford that was the first in recorded history with a 12-1 victory that was shortened to just six and a half innings due to a 10-run rule agreement reached prior to the game. Jonah Nickerson tossed a complete-game two-hitter for the Beavers, striking out seven and walking just two. Cole Gilespie (2-3, 3B, HR, 3 RBI) was the offensive hero for Oregon State, while Chris Kunda also drove in a three runs and doubled, and all nine Beaver hitters in the starting lineup had at least one hit with six of the nine driving in at least one run. Stanford scored its only run of the series in the first inning when Chris Minaker drew a two-out walk, stole second and scored on Michael Taylor's RBI double.
Quote of the Day ... 'We need to rebound from what happened to us here this weekend. It obviously wasn't good, but hopefully the lessons we learned will make us better for the rest of the season.' - 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 1275-639-5 (.666) all-time record in 1919 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 (504-338, .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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