No. 10 Stanford To Start Three-Game Series At UCLA Friday
STANFORD BASEBALL GAME NOTES (April 18, 2008)
NO. 10 STANFORD CARDINAL (19-11-2, 6-3 Pac-10)
UCLA BRUINS (18-14, 3-3 Pac-10)
SATURDAY'S PROBABLE STARTING PITCHERS (2:00 pm, PT)
RHP Erik Davis (5-1, 4.37) vs. RHP Charles Brewer (4-3, 5.43)
SUNDAY'S PROBABLE STARTING PITCHERS (1:00 pm, PT)
RHP Jeffrey Inman (5-0, 1.49) vs. LHP Gavin Brooks (3-2, 4.97)
STANFORD-UCLA SERIES HISTORY
All-Time Series: Stanford leads 183-140
2007 Results: (at Stanford, March 30 - April 1) UCLA 8-2, UCLA 16-11, UCLA 10-4
UCLA started Stanford's 2007 Pac-10 season off on the wrong foot when the Bruins swept the Cardinal in a three-game set to start league action for both clubs. UCLA scored five runs in the top of the fourth and never trailed in the opener. The Bruins dominated the second game of the series and led 16-2 until a nine-run Stanford bottom of the ninth. UCLA completed the three-game sweep in the finale to mark the first time a Stanford team had been swept at home since Arizona State took three in a row over the Cardinal on The Farm from April 11-13, 1997.
Current Game Win Streak: UCLA - 4 (May 21, 2006 - April 1, 2007)
Current Series Win Streak: UCLA - 2 (May 19-21, 2006 - March 30 - April 1, 2007)
Current Season Series Win Streak: UCLA - 2 (2006-07)
Series Notes: Stanford had won nine straight series over UCLA from 1998-2005 before the Bruins took two-of-three in Los Angeles in 2006 and then swept the Cardinal at Stanford in 2007 to make it five of the last six games for the Bruins.
Stanford Still Tied For First Place In Pac-10 - Stanford remained tied for first place in the Pac-10 along with Arizona State when both teams won two-of-three games during their most recent conference action in road series April 11-13. The Cardinal took two-of-three against two-time defending CWS champion Oregon State, while the Sun Devils won two-of-three at Washington State. California dropped one game behind the leaders and now has a 5-4 conference mark after dropping two-of-three at USC. The Trojans are now 6-6 in league play and one of three teams along with Washington (3-3) and UCLA (3-3) that are tied for fourth just one and a half games back of Stanford and Arizona State. Oregon State (4-5) is seventh followed by Washington State (3-6) and Arizona (3-6) tied for eighth.
Stanford Still Tied For First Place In Pac-10 - Stanford Stays In Top 10 - Stanford remained ranked No. 10 in the latest Baseball America poll released on Monday, April 14. In the other polls, Stanford dropped one spot but is still ranked No. 9 nationally by Rivals.com, moved up three spots to No. 14 in the Collegiate Baseball rankings, dropped one spot to No. 16 on the USA Today/ESPN list and took one step up the ladder to No. 25 in the current NCBWA poll.
Series Win Streak At 10 Straight - Stanford extended its string of regular season three-game series victories to 10 dating back to the final three series of 2007 by taking two-of-three at two-time defending national champion Oregon State from April 11-13. 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. Stanford has also won five straight Pac-10 series to mark its most since taking seven conference series in a row during the same run of 15 straight overall.
Four In A Row Overall - Stanford has won a season-high-tying four straight games by taking the final two games of its most recent Pac-10 series at Oregon State (April 12-13) and following that with non-conference home wins over Santa Clara (April 14) and San Francisco (April 16).
Cardinal Picks Up First Extra Inning Win After Previous Tough Luck - Stanford picked up its first extra inning win of the season with a 11-10 victory over San Francisco in 11 innings in its most recent game on April 16. The Cardinal has played a rash of extra inning games recently with five of its last 10 contests extending beyond nine frames. Stanford had posted just an 0-3-1 record in the first four of those contests before the San Francisco win. Stanford had not played an extra inning game in its first 22 contests of the season before the recent run.
Marquess 10th On All-Time NCAA Division I Win List - Mark Marquess ranks 10th on the all-time win list for NCAA Division I coaches with an all-time record of 1304-656-7 (.665) over 1967 games. Marquess' current win total (all at Stanford) also ranks him sixth among active coaches.
Stanford Perfect On Several Accounts - Stanford has not suffered a loss on the weekend with a 12-0 mark as the Cardinal is 7-0 on Saturdays and 5-0 on Sundays. Stanford has also not lost in a rubber game (6-0) or a three-game series finale (7-0).
Rubber Game Record - Stanford has a phenomenal run in series rubber games in 2008. The Cardinal has needed to win the rubber game to capture the series in six of its seven series this season and has succeeded on each occasion with a three-game sweep of Cal State Fullerton from February 29 - March 2 the only exception.
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 322-107 (.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 a 13-7 start in its first 20 home games of 2008.
Avoiding Big Losing Streaks - Stanford has not lost more than two consecutive games all season.
Busy Schedule - Stanford is 19 games into a stretch where the Cardinal will play 29 contests over a 37-day period from March 21 - April 30.
Starting Rotation Pitching Well - Stanford's three primary starters have pitched well in 2008. Erik Davis (5-1, 4.37, 47.1 IP, 43 SO) struggled early but has been excellent in winning his last four starts, combining for a 4-0 record and a 2.91 ERA with a current stretch of three consecutive complete games and 32 strikeouts in 34.0 innings. Jeffrey Inman (5-0, 1.49, 36.1 IP, 20 SO) has also won four straight starts and given up just two earned runs in those starts over 24.2 frames. Jeremy Bleich (2-2, 1.38, 26.0 IP, 18 SO) equaled his win total in all of 2007 with victories in each of his first two outings of 2008. Although Bleich has suffered two 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.
Freshmen Making Their Mark - Stanford has had a total of 14 freshmen play over the first 28 games. Zach Jones (.275, 3 HR, 18 RBI, 7 SB) and Jake Schlander (.216, 15 RBI, 2 SB) have made the biggest impact among position players with Jones starting 29 of the team's games and Schlander starting all 32. Although Schlander has struggled offensively, he has made just three errors in the field in 126 defensive chances for a .976 fielding percentage as the team's shortstop. Ben Clowe has also started to make an impact offensively with a current career-high four-game hit streak along with two homers, five RBI and a .500 (5-10) batting average during the recent run. Drew Storen (1-2, 3.04, 3 SV, 26.2 IP, 26 SO) paces the team in both saves and appearances (14).
Fifth All-Time Winningest Program - Stanford is the fifth all-time winningest program in college baseball history with a record of 2537-1589-34 (.614) in 4160 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, while winning at least one game in every CWS appearance. 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.
Significantly Better Pitching And Fielding In 2008 - Stanford has had much better pitching and fielding numbers in 2008. Stanford has recorded a 4.31 ERA that is 1.70 points better than the 6.01 the team recorded as the worst mark in school history in 2007. The Cardinal's .975 fielding percentage is 12 points ahead of last year's .963 and only .002 points shy of the school record .977.
Day And Night - Stanford has been significantly better this season during the day (14-3-2) than at night (5-8).
Better Against The Best - Stanford is 8-3-1 against ranked squads (according to Baseball America at the time of the game) and just 11-8-1 versus teams not in the Baseball America poll at the time of the game.
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.
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.
2008 Honors - Stanford's Cord Phelps and Sean Ratliff have already received 2008 honors. Ratliff is on the 2008 Wallace Award Watch List and was also named the Pac-10 Player of the Week on April 7. Phelps was selected as the Stanford Muscle-Milk Student-Athlete of the Week on April 15.
Honors Candidates - Stanford has many players worthy of honors consideration in 2008. Jason Castro, Erik Davis, Jeffrey Inman Randy Molina, Cord Phelps and Sean Ratliff have all been nominated for NCBWA recognition.
March 5 Stanford-Saint Mary's Game Ruled A Tie - The March 5 game between Stanford and Saint Mary's in Moraga that was tied 5-5 after nine innings when darkness fell has officially been ruled a tie. The teams had planned to resume the game prior to their regularly scheduled game at Klein Field at Sunken Diamond on April 23.
Next Up - After finishing a string of seven of nine games away from Klein Field at Sunken Diamond at UCLA (Friday-Sunday, April 18-20, 6 pm, 1 pm, 1 pm, PT) and Santa Clara (Monday, April 21, 5 pm, PT), the Cardinal will return home to host Saint Mary's (Wednesday, April 23, 6 pm, PT) and USC (Friday-Sunday, April 25-27, 6 pm, 1 pm, 1 pm, PT).
Catch The Cardinal On The Tube - Stanford will have three upcoming regular season games televised beginning with a contest at Santa Clara on Monday, April 21 (5 pm, PT), that CBS College Sports will air live nationally. Another game between the Broncos and Cardinal the following Monday, April 28 (5 pm, PT) will also be covered by the same station, while the Stanford-California series finale on Sunday, May 11 (1 pm, PT) will be televised live locally by Comcast SportsNet.