March 9, 2007
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USC TROJANS (13-8)
STANFORD CARDINAL (10-6)
Friday, March 9 (5 pm, PT) - RHP Ryan Cook (3-0, 2.43) vs. RHP Jeffrey Inman (2-1, 3.54)
Live Game Coverage: KZSU 90.1 FM Audio Broadcast (Alex Gyr) | Gametracker
Saturday, March 10 (1 pm, PT) - RHP Brad Boxberger (1-1, 1.84) vs. LHP Jeremy Bleich (1-1, 5.79)
Live Game Coverage: KZSU 90.1 FM Audio Broadcast (Alex Gyr, Roxie Dickinson) | Gametracker
Sunday, March 11 (1 pm, PT) - LHP Tommy Milone (2-2, 5.74) vs. TBA
Live Game Coverage: KZSU 90.1 FM Audio Broadcast (Alex Gyr) | Gametracker | Webcast ... PC Only | Webcast ... Mac User Webcast
STANFORD-USC SERIES HISTORY
All-Time Series: USC leads 207-159-3
2006 Results: Series - USC 4-2 (Non-Conference at USC, March 10-12) - Stanford 7-6, USC 16-7, USC 7-2; (Conference at Stanford, April 1DH-2) - Stanford 9-7 (DH Game 1), USC 3-2 (DH Game 2), USC 6-1
Current Game Win Streak: USC - 2 (April 1-2, 2006)
Current Series Win Streak: USC - 3 (May 27-29, 2005 - April 1DH-2, 2006)
Current Season Series Win Streak: USC - 1 (2006)
Other Series Notes: USC is the only opponent on the 2007 Stanford schedule that leads the all-time series over the Cardinal. The Trojans have also had a tremendous amount of success over Stanford recently with three consecutive series victories, taking two-of-three in all three sets. Prior to USC's recent resurgence versus the Cardinal, Stanford had been dominating the meetings between the two clubs. The Cardinal had won the previous seven regular season three-game sets as well as eight consecutive season series from 1997-2004 while posting a 41-14 record in 55 games against the Trojans beginning with the 1997 season and running through the first three-game series of the 2005 campaign.
ONE WIN STREAK SNAPPED, ONE STILL GOING
Stanford's season-best eight-game win streak was snapped in a 13-5 non-conference loss at Santa Clara on Tuesday, March 6. The eight-game run was the longest since the 2004 club also won eight straight from March 23 - April 3, 2004. The team's current nine-game home win streak is still intact and it is its longest since the 2004 club won 12 straight home contests from April 10 - May 18, 2004. Stanford's 9-0 home start is also its best since the 1993 club began the season 10-0 at Sunken Diamond.
STANFORD GETS SECOND STRAIGHT SWEEP
Stanford picked up its second straight home sweep when the Cardinal took three in a row versus California (March 2-4) after Stanford had swept Kansas (February 23-25) in its previous series. The back-to-back home sweeps marked the first time the Cardinal had recorded back-to-back sweeps since Stanford won three in a row from both Fresno State (January 29-30DH) and Kansas (February 12DH-13) in its first two home series of 2005.
STANFORD GETS 2500TH WIN
Stanford became just the fifth team in the history of NCAA Division I Baseball to reach 2500 wins when the Cardinal reached the milestone with a 9-7 victory over California on March 4. Stanford has an all-time record of 2500-1556-32 (.615) in 4088 games over 114 seasons including 2007. Fordham, Texas, USC and Michigan are the only teams with more all-time wins than the Cardinal.
Stanford has posted winning campaigns for 13 straight seasons (1994-2006), as well as 41 of the last 42 years and 58 of the past 60 prior to 2007. Stanford is currently four games over .500 (10-5).
THE NATIONAL POLLS
Despite winning eight of its last nine games, Stanford is not ranked in any of the five in-season polls (Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball, NCBWA, Rivals.com, Ping Baseball) most recently released on Monday, March 5. Stanford started the season ranked as high as No. 23 by Collegiate Baseball.
MARK MARQUESS TIED FOR 11TH
Mark Marquess moved into a tie for 11th place with Miami's Ron Fraser on the all-time win list for NCAA Division I coaches with his most recent victory versus California (March 4). Marquess has an all-time record of 1267-623-5 (.670) over 1895 games that also ranks him sixth among active NCAA Division I coaches and is in his 31st season as Stanford's head coach. Marquess also has impressive postseason (112-52, .683, 24 Appearances), Regional (68-25, .731, 24 Appearances, 14 Titles), Super Regional (10-4, .769, 6 Appearances, 5 Titles), College World Series (34-23, .596, 13 Appearances, 2 Titles) and Pac-10 (501-327, .605, 12 Titles) records.
A QUICK LOOK AT THE LAST SERIES STATS
Stanford's pitching staff keyed a three-game sweep of California (March 2-4) with a 3.33 team ERA while holding the Golden Bears to a .236 team batting average. Jeffrey Inman (1-0, 0.00, 7.2 IP, 9 SO), Tom Stilson (1-0, 0.00, 0.1 IP, 0 SO) and Austin Yount (1-0, 3.86, 2.1 IP, 1 SO) each recorded a win, while David Stringer (0-0, 0.00, 1.2 IP, 2 SO) and Max Fearnow (0-0, 0.00, 1.1 IP, 2 SO) had one save each. Offensively, the Cardinal struggled to a .186 batting average and scored just six runs over the first two games of the series despite winning both contests before busing out for nine runs and 13 hits in Sunday's finale to clinch the sweep. Sean Ratliff's big day (3-4, 4 runs scored, 2B, 3B) led to his team-leading .400 (4-10) batting average in the series and his Pac-10 Player of the Week selection on March 6. Ratliff also scored seven runs and had a pair of triples.
A QUICK LOOK AT TEAM STATS
Stanford has struggled in all three team statistical categories as the Cardinal is hitting just .278 with a 5.41 ERA on the mound and a .958 fielding percentage without an errorless game this season. All three numbers are worse than its opponents. Stanford has outscored its opponents by just a single run with the key to Stanford's 10-6 record being nine victories by three or runs or less, including four one-run wins, three two-run victories and a pair of three-run triumphs.
A QUICK LOOK AT INDIVIDUAL STATS
Jeffrey Inman (2-1, 3.54, 28.0 IP, 28 SO) became the first Stanford pitcher to pick up a second win when he earned the victory against California on March 2 before Austin Yount (2-0, 5.23, 10.1 IP, 4 SO) got his second victory while pitching out of the bullpen against the Golden Bears on March 4. Six other pitchers -- Andrew Clauson (1-0, 2.08, 4.1 IP, 3 SO), Tom Stilson (1-0, 4.76, 5.2 IP, 4 SO), Max Fearnow (1-1, 5.00, 9.0 IP, 8 SO), Jeremy Bleich (1-1, 5.79, 28.0 IP, 17 SO), Nolan Gallagher (1-2, 7.36, 22.0 IP, 16 SO) and Blake Hancock (1-0, 5.40, 5.0 IP, 6 SO) -- each have one of the team's 10 wins. David Stringer (0-0, 24.45, 14.2 IP, 13 SO) has six of the team's eight saves, including an incredible string of five saves in the five consecutive Stanford games from February 20 - March 3. Stringer also leads the club with 11 appearances. Fearnow has the team's other two saves. Brandt Walker (0-0, 0.00, 5.0 IP, 6 SO), Inman's 3.54 ERA is the lowest among any of the team's pitchers with at least one inning pitched per team game played, while he also leads the club with 28 strikeouts and shares the team lead along with Bleich with 28.0 innings pitched. Bleich and Gallagher are tied for the team lead with five starts. Offensively, Ryan Seawell paces the club with a .341 batting average, while Brian Juhl (.333), Sean Ratliff (.323) and Adam Gaylord (.319) are also hitting .300 or better. Juhl, Seawell and Michael Taylor all have two home runs each, while additional offensive team leaders include Ratliff (65 AB, 20 R, 21 H, 30 TB, 6 SB, 1 SAC), Cord Phelps (6 2B, 3 3B, 6 BB), Taylor (10 RBI, 30 TB, 3 HBP, 28 TB), Jeff Whitlow (.643 SLUG%, 1 SAC), Juhl (3 HBP, 2 SF), Seawell (.408 OB%), Brent Milleville (6 BB) and Joey August (1 SAC).
Stanford 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. 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. The team was also 2-5 after seven games before its current season-best three-game win streak. The 2-5 start was Stanford's worst mark after seven contests since a 1974 club actually started 2-8. Stanford also has a 1-6 record in its first seven road games which is the team's worst record after seven road games since at least 1959 when game-by-game records are available.
MICHAEL TAYLOR PRESEASON HONORS
Michael Taylor earned Third Team Preseason All-American honors from Baseball America and is also on the Watch List for the College Baseball Foundation's Brooks Wallace Award Watch List. Taylor has a .250 batting average in the team's first 16 games of 2007. He leads or co-leads the team in several offensive categories including home runs (2, co-leader), RBI (10), total bases (30, co-leader) and hit by pitches (3). Taylor has made 131 consecutive starts and started 133 of 134 possible games during his three-year Cardinal career.
SEAN RATLIFF PICKS UP A COUPLE OF HONORS
Sean Ratliff earned a couple of awards Tuesday for his play during the week ending on March 5, 2007. Ratliff was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week and was also honored on the College Baseball Foundation's National Honor Roll. Ratliff scored seven runs in the final two games March 3 and 4 of Stanford's most recent series versus California with a career-high and team season-high four on Sunday as the Cardinal completed a three-game sweep of the Golden Bears. Ratliff was also 4-for-10 (.400) in the series with a double, triple, two walks and a stolen base. In addition, he posted a .900 slugging percentage and a .500 on-base average during the three-game set.
STANFORD BASEBALL IN THE BIGS
Stanford has sent 75 players on to play Major League Baseball, including 10 (Joe Borchard - Florida Marlins, Seattle Mariners Eric Bruntlett - Houston Astros John Gall - St. Louis Cardinals Ryan Garko - Cleveland Indians Jody Gerut - Pittsburgh Pirates Jeremy Guthrie - Cleveland Indians (now with the Baltimore Orioles) Mike Gosling, Cincinnati Reds Rick Helling - Milwaukee Brewers Mike Mussina - New York Yankees Carlos Quentin - Arizona Diamondbacks) that were on an MLB roster at some point in 2006.
STANFORD BASEBALL IN THE MINOR LEAGUES
Stanford has an additional 30 former players that were on a Minor League Baseball roster in 2006 (does not include those that were on a Major League Baseball roster at some point in 2006) or are a current member of a professional baseball organization and did not play due to injury (Jonny Ash - Corpus Christi Hooks, Houston Astros AA Jeff Bruksch - Chattanooga Lookouts, Cincinnati Reds AA Chris Carter - Tucson Sidewinders, Arizona Diamondbacks AAA Tony Cogan - Sioux Falls Canaries, Independent Jason Cooper - Buffalo Bisons, Cleveland Indians AAA Scott Dragicevich - Dunedin Blue Jays, Toronto Blue A Advanced Pete Duda - Unassigned, Arizona Diamondbacks Sam Fuld - Daytona Cubs, Chicago Cubs A Advanced Jeff Gilmore - Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, Seattle Mariners A Brian Hall - Unassigned, Toronto Blue Jays Jed Hansen - Fresno Grizzlies, San Francisco Giants AAA John Hester - Missoula Osprey, Arizona Diamondbacks Rookie Blake Holler - Orem Owls, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Rookie John Hudgins - Oklahoma RedHawks, Texas Rangers AAA Mark Jecmen - Lake County Captains, Cleveland Indians A Chris Lewis - Arizona League Angels, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim A Andrew Lorraine - Charlotte Knights, Chicago White Sox AAA Jed Lowrie - Wilmington Blue Rocks, Boston Red Sox A Advanced Donny Lucy - Winston-Salem Warthogs, Chicago White Sox A Advanced Matt Manship - Vancouver Canadians, Oakland A's Short Season A John Mayberry, Jr. - Clinton LumberKings, Texas Rangers A Chris Minaker - Wisconsin Timber Rattlers A Chris O'Riordan - Mobile Bay Bears, San Diego Padres AA Jay Pecci - Gary Southshore Railcats, Independent Danny Putnam - Midland RockHounds, Oakland A's AA Jim Rapoport - State College Spikes, St. Louis Cardinals Short Season A Greg Reynolds - Modesto Nuts, Colorado Rockies A Advanced Mark Romanczuk - Unassigned, Arizona Diamondbacks) Tony Schrager - Albuquerque Isotopes, Florida Marlins AAA Jason Van Meetren - Chico Outlaws, Independent
2006 STANFORD-USC GAMES
March 10, 2006 - Stanford 7, at USC 6
Chris Lewis' two-RBI double with two outs in the top of the eighth inning proved to be the game-winner as Stanford held off a rally in the bottom of the ninth inning in a 7-6 win over USC. Lewis (3-4, 2B, 3 RBI) led the Cardinal offense, while Joey August (2-4, HR, 2 RBI) and Chris Minaker (2-5, 2B, 2 RBI) drove in Stanford's other four runs. Erik Davis earned the save by retiring both batters he faced after coming into the game with the Cardinal holding on to a precarious 7-6 lead with the bases loaded and only one out in the bottom of the ninth inning.
Quote of the Day ... "Any time you have a one-run game you have to be on the high end of it. It's a morale thing because any time you get beat by one run, you second guess and ask what you could have done differently." - Chris Lewis
March 11, 2006 - USC 16, at Stanford 7
USC scored six runs in the bottom of the second and never looked back in a 16-7 victory over Stanford. Daniel Perales (5-5, 2 2B, HR, 4 RBI) and Johnny Bowden (3-4, 2 2B, 5 RBI) had huge offensive days to lead a 20-hit Trojan attack that gave USC starter Ryan Cook plenty of support in his first collegiate victory. Randy Molina (4-4, 2B, RBI) had four hits for Stanford.
Quote of the Day ... "This was just one of those days when not much went right for us offensively or on the mound." - Mark Marquess
March 12, 2006 - at USC 7, Stanford 2
USC won the rubber game of a three-game series over Stanford by a score of 7-2 as the Trojans scored seven unanswered runs after the Cardinal had taken an early 2-0 lead. Baron Frost's suicide squeeze with one out in the sixth inning gave USC its first lead before Darin Vieira capped the USC comeback with a two-out bases loaded three-RBI double in the bottom of the eighth. Three USC pitchers retired the final 15 Stanford batters in a row. Tommy Milone picked up the win despite a shaky start, retiring the final nine batters he faced before relievers John Dunn and Paul Koss retired the side in order in the eighth and ninth innings with Koss striking out the side. Brent Milleville hit his first career home run for the Cardinal with a solo shot in the fourth, while Ryan Seawell (3-4, SB) had three hits.
Quote of the Day ... "We had a chance to win this one, but you have to give USC credit. They played well and came up with the big hit or big play when they needed to." - Mark Marquess
April 1, 2006 - at Stanford 9, USC 7 (Game 1); USC 3, at Stanford 2 -- 12 innings (Game 2)
Stanford and USC split a doubleheader with the Cardinal coming from behind to win the opener, 9-7, before losing a 12-inning 3-2 heartbreaker in the nightcap. Chris Lewis' three-run homer keyed a six-run bottom of the sixth to lift the Cardinal to its dramatic comeback win over the Trojans in the opener, while USC scored an unearned run without a hit in the top of the 12th to pull out the nightcap. Stanford left the bases loaded in both the bottom of the 11th and 12th innings in the nightcap as winning pitcher John Dunn finally recorded the last out of the doubleheader seven hours and 36 minutes after action began. Stanford reliever Max Fearnow recorded his first collegiate victory in the opener.
Quote of the Day ... "It's always tough to sweep a doubleheader, but we are disappointed today because we knew we had a chance." - Mark Marquess
April 2, 2006 - USC 6, at Stanford 1
USC earned its first series victory at Sunken Diamond since 1999 and also wrapped up its first season series triumph against Stanford since 1996 with a 6-1 win over the Cardinal in the rubber game of a three-game set. Ryan Cook notched the victory by holding the Cardinal to just one run on four hits and three walks, while striking out five over 8.1 innings. David Parrow got the final two outs for the Trojans in the bottom of the ninth. Matt Cusick (3-4, 2 RBI) led a Trojan offense that outhit Stanford, 11-4. Stanford starter Matt Manship took the loss despite keeping the Cardinal close by allowing just three runs (two earned) on seven hits and two walks, while striking out three over the first 6.0 innings.
Quote of the Day ... "We just need to get better. We really haven't played very good baseball in any phase of the game recently." - Mark Marquess
STANFORD HEAD COACH 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 1267-623-5 (.670) all-time record in 1895 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 (501-327, .605) action. He is currently ranked sixth among all active NCAA Division I coaches in victories and 12th 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.
STANFORD COACHING STAFF
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.