No. 10 Stanford To Visit No. 5 California In Monday Non-League Game
STANFORD BASEBALL GAME NOTES (April 7, 2008)
No. 10 STANFORD CARDINAL (15-9, 4-2 Pac-10)
NO. 5 CALIFORNIA GOLDEN BEARS (21-7-1, 4-2 Pac-10)
STANFORD-CALIFORNIA SERIES HISTORY
All-Time Series: Stanford leads 239-216
2008 Results: (Non-Conference at California, March 4) California 8-3
California stopped a pair of Stanford four-game win streak as the Cardinal had won four straight overall and four in a row on the road to end the 2007 before dropping its first road game of 2008. Brett Jackson's two-RBI single with one out in the seventh inning snapped a 3-3 tie and proved to be the game-winner. Zach Jones had tied the game at 3-3 for the Cardinal with a three-run homer in the top of the seventh.
2007 Results: (Non-Conference at Stanford, March 2-4) Stanford 1-0, Stanford 5-4, Stanford 9-7; (Conference at California, April 20-22) California 3-0, Stanford 4-3, California 13-5
Stanford swept a non-conference home series betwen the clubs with a pair of one-run victories and a two-run win to complete the sweep that was also the 2500th in school history. Jeffrey Inman and David Stringer combined on a three-hit shutout in the opener, while Stanford scored a pair of runs in the seventh inning of the middle game to erase a one-run California lead. Two of the three conference games at California were also tight. Tyson Ross and Matt Gorgen combined on a five-hit shutout of the Cardinal in the opener before Stanford scored twice in the top of the seventh in a one-run victory in the middle game as Brian Juhl's clutch two-out single scored Adam Sorgi with the winning run. California scored eight runs in the bottom of the first and won the rubber game, 13-5.
Current Game Win Streak: California - 2 (April 22, 2007 - March 4, 2008)
Current Series Win Streak: California - 1 (April 20-22, 2007)
Current Season Series Win Streak: Stanford - 1 (2007)
Series Notes: Stanford and California will be playing for the 456th time in recorded history on Monday. Stanford has a 23-game advantage over the Golden Bears all-time but the teams have played nearly evenly over the last four seasons with Stanford holding a slim 10-9 lead. California won the opener this year after Stanford had won four of the six games played between the teams in 2007. The teams split six games in each of the two previous seasons in 2005 and 2006. Stanford had won an amazing 18 straight games against the Golden Bears from March 10, 2002 through the first game of a doubleheader on March 6, 2005, before California finally broke the skid against the Cardinal with a victory in the doubleheader nightcap.
Stanford Back In Top 10 After Taking Two-Of-Three From No. 1 ASU - Stanford moved up three more spots to No. 10 in the latest Baseball America poll released on Monday, April 7, after taking two-of-three from No. 1 Arizona State at Klein Field at Sunken Diamond this past Friday-Sunday. The Cardinal dominated action on Saturday (12-2) and Sunday (10-2) after dropping a 6-4 heartbreaker in 10 innings Friday evening. Stanford is actually ranked as high as No. 8 in the nation by Rivals.com. Stanford is ranked No. 17 by Collegiate Baseball. New polls by USA Today/ESPN and the NCBWA have yet to be released.
Marquess Wins 1300th To Move Into Top 10 All-Time - Mark Marquess won his 1300th career game Sunday when the Cardinal defeated Arizona State, 12-2, in the rubber game of a three-game set against the nation's top-ranked squad. The victory moved Marquess into a tie for 10th on the all-time win list for NCAA Division I coaches. Marquess' current total (all at Stanford) also ranks him sixth among active coaches. His accomplishments were featured in an Associated Press article that ran on March 26.
Stanford Wins Ninth Straight Series - Stanford extended its current string of regular season three-game series victories to nine by taking two-of-three against top-ranked Arizona State last Friday-Sunday. The current streak is Stanford's longest regular season three-game series win streak since the Cardinal won 15 straight regular season three-game series from May 3, 2003 - May 4, 2004.
Avoiding Big Losing Streaks - Stanford has not lost more than two consecutive games all season.
Stanford Perfect On Several Accounts - Stanford has yet to suffer a loss on the weekend with a perfect 10-0 mark as the Cardinal is 6-0 on Saturdays and 4-0 on Sundays. Stanford has also not lost in a rubber game (5-0), a three-game series finale (6-0), when ahead after eight frames (14-0) or in a one-run game (3-0).
Home Advantage - Stanford has had 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 with an amazing 320-106 (.751) home mark over the last 12-plus seasons. Stanford has never had a losing season at Klein Field At Sunken Diamond in the school's recorded history. The Cardinal is off to an 11-6 start in its first 17 home games of 2008.
Road Win Streak Snapped - Stanford had won four in a row away from Klein Field at Sunken Diamond before falling at Sacramento State, 5-3, in its most recent road game on March 25.
Busy Schedule - Stanford is 12 games into a stretch where the Cardinal will play 29 contests over a 37-day period from March 21 - April 30 that includes five consecutive five-game weeks.
Starting Rotation Pitching Well - Stanford's three primary starters have pitched well in 2008. Jeremy Bleich (2-2, 1.38) equaled his win total in all of 2007 with victories in each of his first two outings of 2008. Although Bleich has suffered losses and a no decision in his last three starts, his ERA has actually gone down 81 points in those three starts as only one of the 12 runs scored against him was earned. Erik Davis (4-1, 4.46) struggled early but has been excellent in his last three starts, combining for a 3-0 record and a 2.52 ERA with two complete games and 23 strikeouts in 25.0 innings. Jeffrey Inman (4-0, 1.80, 30.0 IP, 18 SO) has given up just two runs in his last three starts with 18.1 frames, scattering 19 hits with 13 strikeouts over the stretch.
Freshmen Making Their Mark - Stanford has had a total of 12 freshmen play over the first 24 games. Zach Jones (.263, 2 HR, 15 RBI, 4 SB) and Jake Schlander (.216, 11 RBI, 2 SB) have made the biggest impact among position players with Jones starting 21 of the last 22 games and Schlander starting all 24. Although Schlander has struggled offensively, he has made just two errors in the field in 97 defensive chances for a .979 fielding percentage as the team's shortstop. He has also raised his batting average 31 points in the last three games by 4-for-9 with a double and three RBI in those contests. Drew Storen (1-2, 3.72, 2 SV, 19.1 IP, 18 SO) has arguably been the team's top reliever and co-leads the team with two saves and nine appearances. Alex Pracher (0-1, 8.71, 1 SV, 10.1 IP, 10 SO) has equauled Storen's nine appearances, while Danny Sandbrink (0-0, 1.69, 10.2 IP, 3 SO) has also been effective.
Fifth All-Time Winningest Program - Stanford is the fifth all-time winningest program in college baseball history with a record of 2533-1587-32 (.614) in 4152 games over 115-plus seasons. Stanford has 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.
Stringer Nearing All-Time Save List - David Stringer has 10 career saves and is now just one shy of tying Aaron Dorlarque (1989-92) for 10th place.
Starting Strong - Stanford has outscored its opponents in the first inning this season, 32-8.
Significantly Better Pitching And Fielding In 2008 - Stanford has had much better pitching and fielding numbers in 2008. Stanford has recorded a 4.10 ERA that is 1.89 points better than the 6.01 the team recorded as the worst mark in school history in 2007. The Cardinal's .974 fielding percentage is 11 points ahead of last year's .963 and only .003 points shy of the school record .977, while the team's .305 batting average is also equal to last year's .305.
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 on 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.
Sean Ratliff On Wallace Award Watch List - Sean Ratliff is currently 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 on pace to produce similar even better numbers this season as he is hitting .337 with eight homers, 26 RBI and three stolen bases in his first 24 contests of 2008.
Day And Night - Stanford has been much better this season in day games (12-3) than in night contests (3-6).
Better Against The Best - Stanford has played better against the best teams in the country, going 8-3 against ranked squads (according to Baseball America at the time of the game) than unranked clubs as the Cardinal has posted just a 7-6 record against teams not in the Baseball America poll at the time of the game. The Cardinal is coming off a two-of-three series victory against Arizona State from April 4-6.
Upcoming Games - stanford will play eight of its next 10 games and its next two Pac-10 series on the road after wrapping up an eight-game homestand with a three-game set versus Arizona State from April 4-6. Stanford starts the stretch with a single game at California on Monday, April 7 (2:30 pm, PT), before hosting UC Davis on Wednesday, April 9 (6 pm, PT). The Cardinal then has back-to-back Pac-10 road series at Oregon State (Friday-Sunday, April 11-13, 5 pm, 1 pm, 1 pm, PT) and UCLA (Friday-Sunday, April 18-20, 6 pm, 2 pm, 1 pm, PT) sandwiched around a pair of non-conference home games against Santa Clara (Monday, April 14, 6 pm, PT) and San Francisco (Wednesday, April 16, 6 pm, PT). Stanford ends the current road run with a game at Santa Clara (Monday, April 21, 5 pm, PT) that will be televised live nationally by CSTV.