Stanford Continues Road Trip At Saint Mary's Wednesday
March 5, 2008
STANFORD BASEBALL GAME NOTES (March 5, 2008)
STANFORD CARDINAL (6-3, 0-0)
SAINT MARY'S GAELS (7-1, 0-0)
STANFORD-SAINT MARY'S SERIES HISTORY
All-Time Series: Stanford leads 49-9
2008 Results: (at Stanford, February 25) Saint Mary's 4-2
Four Saint Mary's pitchers limited Stanford to six hits in a 4-2 victory. Starter Scott Schneider earned the win, scattering five hits and one run over the first 6.0 innings. Alex Jensen (2.0 IP, 2 BB) and Anthony Selden (1.0 IP, 1 SO) also had effective relief outings with Selden earning the save. Randy Wells (2-4, 2B, 2 RBI) had the key hit when his two-run double with two outs in the top of the sixth snapped a 1-1 tie, while Kyle Jensen (2-4, 2 2B, SB) and Anthony Aliotti (2-4) also had multiple-hit contests for the Gaels, who outhit Stanford by a 10-6 count. Jason Castro (2-3, HR, RBI) homered for the Cardinal and was the only Stanford player with more than one hit.Last Meeting At Saint Mary's: (March 23, 2004) Stanford 7-3
Current Game Win Streak: Saint Mary's - 1 (February 25, 2008)
Current Series Win Streak: Stanford - 4 (March 22-23, 1980 - January 26-27, 1997)
Current Season Series Win Streak: Stanford - 11 (2005)Series Notes: Stanford had won 20 consecutive games before Saint Mary's defeated the Cardinal on February 25 by a score of 4-2 at Klein Field at Sunken Diamond. The previous Saint Mary's win in the series had come when the Gaels defeated the Cardinal at Sunken Diamond, 1-0, on February 1, 1994. Stanford has still won the last four meetings at Saint Mary's with the last Gaels' home win in the series coming with a 4-3 victory on April 28, 1992.
National Polls Taking Notice Of Stanford - After winning four-of-five games last week and to improve its record to 6-2 (now 6-3 after Tuesday's loss at California), Stanford moved onto the radar screens of the national polls. The latest polls released on Monday, March 3, had Stanford ranked No. 25 in both the USA Today/ESPN and Rivals.com polls, while the NCBWA has the Cardinal ranked No. 30. The last time the Cardinal had been ranked in any poll was when Stanford checked in at No. 28 in the NCBWA poll on February 12, 2007.
Series Streak Up To Five - Stanford has now won five consecutive regular season three-game series dating back to last season after sweeping No. 23 Cal State Fullerton at Klein Field at Sunken Diamond last Friday-Sunday, February 29 - March 2. The five-series stretch is Stanford's longest regular season three-game series win streak since the Cardinal won an amazing 15 straight regular season three-game series from May 3, 2003 - May 4, 2004.
Winning Streaks Snapped By California Tuesday - Stanford had a pair of winning streaks snapped when the Cardinal dropped an 8-3 decision in its 2008 road opener at California on Tuesday, March 4. The Cardinal had won a season-best four straight overall and also started the season with a four-game road win streak after winning the final four road contests of 2007 for the longest road win streak since the Cardinal captured five straight games on the road from May 9-14, 2005.
A Look At The Road Ahead - Stanford will be playing the second game in a current stretch of contests that has the Cardinal on the road for eight of nine games overall starting with Tuesday's 8-3 non-conference loss at California. After today's contest at Saint Mary's, the Cardinal will continue on to Texas (Friday-Sunday, March 7-9), Pacific (Saturday, March 22; Monday, March 24) and Sacramento State (Tuesday, March 25) over the stretch. Stanford will play only one more game at Klein Field at Sunken Diamond (March 21 vs. Pacific) until hosting Washington State to open Pac-10 action Friday-Sunday, March 28-30.
Several Hot Starts - Several Stanford hitters are off to hot starts in the team's first nine games. Jason Castro leads the regulars with a .406 batting average and also has a team-high three homers and a club-best 10 RBI. Cord Phelps (.375, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 4 SB), Randy Molina (.364, 1 HR, 8 RBI) and Zach Jones (.333, 2 HR, 9 RBI, 1 SB) are other regulars (2.5 AB per game) hitting .333 or better.
Marquess Nine Wins From Top 10 And 1300 - Stanford head coach Mark Marquess has increased his win total to 1291 and now needs just nine move victories to crack into the Top 10 on the all-time win list for NCAA Division I coaches. Marquess' current total (all at Stanford) ranks him 11th on the all-time list and sixth among active coaches.
Jeremy Bleich Equals Win Total Of 2007 - Friday's winner Jeremy Bleich has already equaled his win total in all of 2007 with victories in each of his first two outings of 2008. Bleich is 2-0 with a 2.19 ERA in his fist two starts, striking out eight in 12.1 innings of work.
Stringer Nearing All-Time Save List - David Stringer recorded saves in his first two appearances this season to run his career total to 10. He is now just one shy of tying Aaron Dorlarque (1989-92) for 10th place.
Freshmen Making Their Mark - Stanford has had a total of 12 freshmen play over the first eight games. The list includes Ben Clowe, Dave Giuliani, Zach Jones, Jonathan Kaskow, Kellen Kiilsgaard, Michael Marshall, Alex Pracher, Danny Sandbrink, Jake Schlander, Drew Storen, Billy Vernon and Colin Walsh. Jones (.333, 2 HR, 9 RBI, 1 SB) has been the most productive at the plate and has had two huge hits in the last two games with the game-winning hit in the bottom of the ninth against Cal State Fullerton on March 2 and a three-run seventh inning homer that tied a game the Cardinal eventually lost at California on March 4. He has played in nine games and started the last seven. Schlander (.207, 4 RBI) has started all nine games at shortstop and been perfect in the field in 36 chances, while Storen (0-1, 6.75, 1 SV) recorded his first career save on March 1 against Cal State Fullerton and co-leads the team with three appearances along with Pracher (0-0, 4.76).
Big Improvements For Klein Field At Sunken Diamond - Fans and players will benefit from a few major improvements to Klein Field at Sunken Diamond in 2008. The most notable is a large high-resolution video scoreboard, while a quick glance down the left field line will reveal a new state-of-the art batting cage facility next to the visitors bullpen. Stanford fans should enjoy a new ticketing system that allows for advance ticket sales on site and the use of credit cards. In addition, Stanford's baseball facility has officially been renamed Klein Field at Sunken Diamond to honor Bud Klein and the Klein family for their generous support of Stanford Baseball. An official dedication of the new name will take place on Saturday, April 26.
Fifth All-Time Winningest Program - Stanford is the fifth all-time winningest program in college baseball history with a record of 2524-1581-32 (.614) in 4137 games over 115 seasons. Stanford has also won two College World Series titles in its 15 trips to Omaha and finished second on three other occasions. The Cardinal has added five NCAA Super Regional titles, 14 NCAA Regional crowns and 20 conference championships.
Major Improvement On The Mound - Stanford has made a major improvement on the mound in its first nine games of 2008 compared to last season. This year, Stanford has recorded a 4.84 ERA to this point after posting the worst mark in school history in 2007 with a 6.01 final mark.
Home Advantage - Stanford has a nice home field advantage at Klein Field at Sunken Diamond throughout the years. The facility has served as a host site for 13 NCAA Regionals, as well as NCAA Super Regionals on five occasions. Stanford has clinched 10 of its 15 trips to the CWS at Sunken Diamond. Stanford has had 43 consecutive winning seasons at home and recorded at least 17 home wins in each of its last 12 campaigns. Stanford has never had a losing season at Klein Field At Sunken Diamond in the school's recorded history. The Cardinal is off to a 6-2 start in its first eight home games of 2008.
Huge Roster And Pitching Staff - Stanford has 45 players on its 2008 roster with 23 of those listed as either a pitcher or a two-way player. Stanford may need a lot of depth, especially on the mound, in the first year of college baseball's condensed season as the Cardinal is still scheduled to play 56 regular season games in approximately three weeks less time than the club has in the past.
Five Two-Way Players On The Roster - Stanford has five two-way players listed on the roster in Brendan Domaracki (OF/RHP), Michael Marshall (1B/RHP), Sean Ratliff (OF/LHP), Drew Storen (RHP/3B) and Austin Yount (3B/RHP). Ratliff and Yount have both already contributed onlate the mound and at the plate. Domaracki has played but yet to pitch, while Storen and Marshall have both pitched but yet to play a position or hit.
Familiar Face Back As Pitching Coach - Former Stanford and MLB pitcher Jeff Austin is back on The Farm in his first season as the team's pitching coach 10 years after he completed his Stanford playing career in 1998. Austin was the NCAA Player of the Year in that season and went on to play in the big leagues with the Kansas City Royals and Cincinnati Reds.
Sean Ratliff On Wallace Award Watch List - Sean Ratliff will begin the 2008 campaign on the Wallace Award Watch List for the honor given annually by the College Baseball Foundation to the top college player in the nation. Ratliff was a First Team All-Pac-10 choice in 2007 when he hit .339 with 12 HR and 45 RBI. He is hitting .267 with a homer, five RBI and two stolen bases in his first nine contests of 2008. He was hitless in his first 10 at bats but is hitting .400 (8-20) since.