March 21, 2008
STANFORD BASEBALL GAME NOTES (March 21, 2008)
PACIFIC TIGERS (4-14, 0-0 Big West)
NO. 17 STANFORD CARDINAL (8-4, 0-0 Pac-10)
FRIDAY'S PROBABLE STARTING PITCHERS (7:00 pm, PT)
PACIFIC - RHP Tyler Waldron (1-2, 5.18) vs. STANFORD - LHP Jeremy Bleich (2-1, 1.98)
LIVE GAME COVERAGE: Stanford Audio (Erik Adams) | Gametracker | Webcast
SATURDAY'S PROBABLE STARTING PITCHERS (6:00 pm, PT) -- at Pacific
STANFORD - RHP Erik Davis (1-1, 8.10) vs. PACIFIC - RHP Mark McCain (1-0, 2.16)
MONDAY'S PROBABLE STARTING PITCHERS (6:00 pm, PT) -- at Pacific
TBA vs. TBA
STANFORD-PACIFIC SERIES HISTORY
All-Time Series: Stanford leads 48-7-1 (since 1959)
2007 Results: (at Stanford, May 18, 20) Pacific 13-7, Stanford 10-5; (at Pacific, May 19) Stanford 11-2
The 2007 series was the first regular season three-game set between the clubs since February 19-20, 1983, and Pacific pulled off a surpise win in the opener by scoring seven runs in the first three innings and never looking back to hand Stanford's its only loss during the final 10 games of the campaign. The Cardinal did come back to take the final two games of the series as Sean Ratliff blasted two homers and drove in five in an 11-2 win at Pacific, before Jason Castro and Michael Taylor both homered and drove in three to win the series rubber game back at Stanford, 10-5.
Current Game Win Streak: Stanford - 2 (May 19-20, 2007)
Current Series Win Streak: Stanford - 2 (February 19-20, 1983 - May 18-20, 2007)
Current Season Series Win Streak: Stanford - 4 (1999-2007)
Series Notes: Stanford has won six of the eight games between the teams since they began playing each other on a regular basis again in 2005 after having not met at all for five seasons from 2000-04. The Cardinal has also won the season series over each of the last three years.
Stanford Creeps Up In National Polls During Break - Stanford continued to creep up in the polls during its 11-day break and has now been ranked by at least one poll for each of the past three weeks. The latest polls released on Monday, March 17, have the Cardinal checking in as highs as No. 17 by Baseball America and Rivals.com. Stanford is also No. 18 in the USA Today/ESPN tally, while Collegiate Baseball has the Cardinal at No. 19 and the NCBWA at No. 27. Before its current three week run in the polls, 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 Win Streak Now At Six - Stanford has run its current streak of consecutive regular season three-game series victories to six after taking two-of-three in its most recent series March 7-9 at Texas. The team's current six-series win streak is the club'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.
Stanford-Pacific Coaching Connections - Pacific head coach Ed Sprague was one of the top players ever at Stanford during his three-year playing career under Stanford head coach Mark Marquess on The Farm from 1986-88 when he helped lead the Cardinal to both of its College World Series titles. Sprague's 41 career homers still rank tied for sixth on Stanford's all-time list.
Busy After The Break - After returning from an 11-day break for finals to host Pacific on Friday, March 21, Stanford will begin a stretch of playing 29 games over the next 37 days through the end of April with five consecutive five-game weeks.
Marquess Seven Wins From Top 10 And 1300 - Stanford head coach Mark Marquess now has 1293 career wins and is just seven victories from cracking 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.
Pac-10 Schedule On The Horizon - Stanford's Pac-10 opener is just one week away as the Cardinal will open its first of eight league series and 24 conference games by hosting Washington State at Klein Field at Sunken Diamond on Friday, March 28 (6:00 pm, PT).
Stanford Perfect On Several Accounts - Stanford has yet to suffer a loss in a one-run game (3-0), on the weekend (3-0 Saturday, 2-0 Sunday), in a rubber game (1-0), when leading after five innings (6-0) or when leading after eight frames (7-0).
Saint Mary's Stats Don't Count ... Yet - Statistics from a game at Saint Mary's on March 5 that was halted due to darkness with the score tied 7-7 after nine complete innings won't show up on Stanford's stat sheet until the game is completed before another regularly scheduled contest between the teams on April 23 at Stanford. When the stats finally do get added to the stat sheet, Jason Castro, Zach Jones and Cord Phelps will all have another homer with Castro increasing his total number of hits by four.
Hot Starts At The Plate - Randy Molina (.387, 1 HR, 12 RBI) leads all regulars at the plate with Cord Phelps (.383, 3 HR, 7 RBI, 5 SB) Jason Castro (.372, 5 HR, 16 RBI), Sean Ratliff (.333, 3 HR, 10 RBI, 3 SB) and Joey August (.317, 4 RBI) the other regulars hitting .300 or better.
Jeremy Bleich Equals Win Total Of 2007 - Jeremy Bleich equaled his win total in all of 2007 with victories in each of his first two outings of 2008. Although Bleich suffered his first loss of the season at Texas in his most recent outing on March 7, his ERA actually went down 23 points as only one of the five runs scored against him was earned. Bleich is now 2-1 with a 1.96 ERA in his fist three starts, striking out 12 in 18.1 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 12 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 (.268, 2 HR, 9 RBI, 1 SB) and Schlander (.184, 4 RBI, 1 SB) have been regulars with Jones starting the team's last 10 games (nine at third base) and Schlander starting all 12 at shortstop. Jones had two huge hits in back-to-back contests with the game-winning RBI double 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. Although he has struggled offensively, Schlander has been perfect in the field in 52 chances. Pracher (0-0, 3.68, 1 SV) and Storen (1-1, 4.35, 1 SV) have been two of the team's top relievers with Pracher's five appearances leading the team. Clowe (.444) has had success in limited action with four hits in his nine at bats.
Fifth All-Time Winningest Program - Stanford is the fifth all-time winningest program in college baseball history with a record of 2526-1582-32 (.614) in 4140 games over 115 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.
Major Improvement On The Mound - Stanford has made a major improvement on the mound in its first 12 games of 2008 compared to last season. This year, Stanford has recorded a 4.97 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.
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 hitting .333 with three homers, 10 RBI and three stolen bases in his first 12 contests of 2008 and is coming off his biggest game of the season when he was 4-for-5 with a double, triple, two homers and five RBI in Stanford's most recent game at Texas on March 9.