April 18, 2007
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STANFORD CARDINAL (15-18, 1-8 PAC-10)
CALIFORNIA GOLDEN BEARS (19-19, 3-6 PAC-10)
Friday, April 20 (2:30 pm, PT) - LHP Jeremy Bleich (1-6, 5.55) vs. RHP Tyson Ross (3-5, 2.17)
Friday's Live Game Coverage: KZSU (90.1 FM)/gostanford.com/KZSU.org Audio Broadcast (Alex Gyr) | Gametracker
Saturday, April 21 (1 pm, PT) - RHP Jeffrey Inman (3-2, 5.96) vs. RHP Alex Rollin (7-2, 4.26)
Saturday's Live Game Coverage: KZSU (90.1 FM)/gostanford.com/KZSU.org Audio Broadcast (Alex Gyr) | Gametracker
Sunday, April 22 (1 pm, PT) - TBA vs. TBA
Sundday's Live Game Coverage: KZSU (90.1 FM)/gostanford.com/KZSU.org Audio Broadcast (Alex Gyr) | Gametracker
STANFORD-CALIFORNIA SERIES HISTORY
All-Time Series: Stanford 238-213
2007 Results: Series (Non-Conference at Stanford, March 2-4) - Stanford 3-0 Stanford 1-0, Stanford 5-4, Stanford 9-7
2006 Results: Series - Tied 3-3 (Non-Conference at California, March 3-4, May 1) - California 7-6, Stanford 6-5 (11 inn.), California 4-3; (Conference at Stanford, May 5-7) - Stanford 3-2, California 5-1, Stanford 6-4
Current Game Win Streak: Stanford - 4 (May 7, 2006 - March 4, 2007)
Current Series Win Streak: Stanford - 2 (May 5-7, 2006 - March 2-4, 2007)
Current Regular Season Series Win Streak: None
Series Notes: Stanford has not dropped a season series to California since 1978 as the Cardinal came up with a victory in the sixth and final game of the 2006 regular season series to even last year's series between the clubs at 3-3 and has already assured itself of a 30th consecutive campaign without losing a season series to California by sweeping the first three-game series between the clubs this year at Stanford from March 2-4. Stanford has also not lost a three-game home series for 12 straight years to the Golden Bears since California managed to take two-of-three over the Cardinal at Sunken Diamond in 1995. Stanford's winning ways against California also include a current four-game win streak and a recent 18-game win streak over the from March 10, 2002 until California won the second game of a doubleheader on March 6, 2005. California has managed to take two-of-three games from the Cardinal in each of the last two series played in Berkeley.
ENDING THE LOSING STREAKS
Stanford has ended three long losing streaks over its last five games. Stanford snapped a six-game home losing skid and a nine-game Pac-10 losing streak that were both the longest in recorded school history with a 6-3 victory over Arizona on April 15. Stanford snapped a six-game overall losing streak that was its longest since 1982 with a 9-4 victory in a non-conference game at Nevada on April 10.
STANFORD AVOIDS THIRD STRAIGHT SWEEP
Stanford's victory over Arizona on April 15 allowed the Cardinal to avoid becoming the first team in recorded school history to be swept in three consecutive regular season three-game series. Stanford had been swept at home by UCLA (March 30 - April 1) and then at Arizona State (April 5-7) in its previous two series, marking the first time the Cardinal had been swept in back-to-back series since 1984. The sweep by UCLA at home marked the first time the Cardinal had been swept in a three-game regular season series at Sunken Diamond since 1997. The streak ran a span of 71 consecutive series. Stanford is 3-3 when trying to avoid being swept this season.
STARTING THE SECOND HALF
Stanford has started the second half with a 2-3 record in its first five contests after midway point. The Cardinal was 13-15 in its 28 first half contests.
Stanford started Pac-10 play with an 0-8 league mark that was the worst in recorded school history before winning its first conference game against Arizona in its most recent Pac-10 outing on April 15. Stanford also 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. In addition, 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.
FIFTH ALL-TIME WINNINGEST PROGRAM
Stanford is the fifth all-time winningest program in college baseball history with a record of 2505-1568-32 (.614) in 4105 games over 114 seasons including 2007. Fordham, Texas, USC and Michigan are the top four.
USED TO WINNING
Stanford is batting to extend its current string of 13 consecutive winning seasons (1994-2006) with a current 15-18 record that is three games under .500. Stanford has actually had winning seasons in 41 of the last 42 years and 58 of the past 60 prior to 2007.
MARK MARQUESS 11TH ON ALL-TIME WIN LIST
Mark Marquess ranks 11th on the all-time win list for NCAA Division I coaches with a career record of 1272-635-5 (.667) in 1912 games coached (all at Stanford). Marquess, in his 31st season as Stanford's head coach, also ranks sixth among active NCAA Division I coaches. In addition, Marquess 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 (501-335, .599, 12 Titles) records.
A LOOK AT TEAM STATS
OFFENSE - Stanford has a current .273 team batting average that ranks eighth in the Pac-10. The club's 21 homers are seventh in the conference, while its 182 runs scored, 310 hits and 18 stolen bases are all last.
PITCHING - Stanford has also struggled on the mound with an uncharacteristically high ERA of 6.04 that is last in the Pac-10 and much higher than the highest ERA in the school's recorded history when the 1979 pitching staff posted a 5.36 mark. The team's .313 opponents' batting average is also last in the Pac-10. The Cardinal has had its ERA under 5.00 for only four days this year from March 2-5.
FIELDING - Stanford ranks last in the Pac-10 in fielding percentage (.959) and has made 22 errors in its last 10 contests, including a season-high five recently versus Arizona (April 14) and 11 in its previous series at Arizona State (April 5-7). Stanford did manage to go errorless in the other two games of its most recent series versus Arizona on April 13 and 15. Stanford's best defensive stretch came during a four-game errorless streak from March 10-25.
OFFENSE - Sean Ratliff is having a big season and has arguably been the team's most consistent hitter this season. Ratliff is leading the Cardinal in several offensive categories, including home runs (6), runs scored (33), hits (40), stolen bases (8), total bases (68), slugging percentage (.519), at bats (131), games played (33) and games started (33). Other offensive team leaders or co-leaders include Joey August (.320 batting average among regulars, .374 on base percentage among regulars, 3 SAC), Michael Taylor (27 RBI, 4 HBP co-leader), Cord Phelps (11 2B, 3 3B, 14 BB), Brian Juhl (4 HBP co-leader), Ryan Seawell (4 HBP, co-leader) and Brent Milleville (3 SF). Adam Sorgi is notably hitting .333 (22-66) and has a .405 on-base percentage in a limited number of at bats.
PITCHING - Jeffrey Inman (3-2, 5.96, 45.1 IP, 39 SO) leads the club in wins and strikeouts, while Jeremy Bleich (1-6, 5.55, 60.0 IP, 34 SO) paces the team in innings pitched, while co-leading the squad along with Nolan Gallagher in starts (10). Bleich also has the lowest ERA among any pitcher with at least one inning pitched per team game played. Gallagher has the team's only complete game and only shutout. David Stringer (0-1, 4.78, 7 SV, 32.0 IP, 24 SO) paces the club with seven saves and 20 appearances.
A LOOK AT THE LAST SERIES STATS (ARIZONA)
OFFENSE - Stanford scored just eight runs but did manage to get six of them in its lone victory, while hitting only .227 (22-97). Michael Taylor (.400, 4-10, 2B, RBI) had the best offensive series for the Cardinal, while Cord Phelps (.364, 4-11, 2B), Brian Juhl (.333, 3-9, HR, 2 RBI) and Joey August (.333, 3-9, RBI) were the only regulars hitting better than .200. Sean Ratliff matched Juhl's one homer and two RBI to co-lead the team in those categories.
PITCHING - Stanford had an 8.33 ERA in the series as Erik Davis (0.00, 0-0, 1 APP, 1 SV, 4.0 IP, 3 SO) and Blake Hancock (0.00, 0-0, 1 APP, 2.0 IP, 2 SO) were the only two of the eight Stanford pitchers with an ERA under 5.40. Jeffrey Inman (5.40, 1-0, 1 APP, 1 GS, 5.0 IP, 6 SO) picked up the win.
FIELDING - All five of Stanford's errors in the series came in the middle game on April 14. Stanford was errorless in both the series opener and finale, winding up with a .955 series fielding percentage.
POWER COMING BACK
Stanford has hit just 21 home runs this season but does have 10 long balls in the last 12 games for its most productive power stretch of the season with Ryan Seawell (March 27, at San Jose State), Michael Taylor (March 30 and 31, vs. UCLA), Joey August (April 1, vs. UCLA), Sean Ratliff (2, April 6, at Arizona State; April 10, at Nevada; April 15, vs. Arizona) and Brian Juhl (April 13, vs. Arizona; April 17, vs. Santa Clara) providing the homers during the recent productive stretch.
SEAN RATLIFF GOING OFF
Sean Ratliff has four of his team-high six homers in the team's last seven games. Ratliff started his current run by hitting a pair of homers for the first time in his career and driving in a career-high seven runs at Arizona State on April 6. The two-homer game was the first for Stanford since Chris Minaker hit two long balls against California at Sunken Diamond on May 5, 2006. Ratliff's seven RBI were the most by a Stanford player since Danny Putnam (March 2, 2003) and Ryan Garko (May 4, 2003) both had seven in games versus USC during the 2003 campaign.
ADAM SORGI NOW A FIXTURE IN THE LINEUP
Adam Sorgi has returned from a shoulder injury that caused him to miss the entire 2006 season and be limited early in the 2007 campaign. Sorgi played his first game in the field since the 2005 season against California on March 4 and has started 16 of the 18 games at the position since, including all 14 since the Cardinal returned from a 12-day break on March 24. He is hitting .328 (20-61) with three doubles, six RBI and 12 runs scored over the 16 games he has started at second base and is hitting .333 (22-66) with four doubles, nine RBI and 13 runs scored on the year.
DAVID STRINGER INTO RECORD BOOKS
David Stringer earned a spot in Stanford's record books when he recorded his seventh save of the season at Nevada on April 10 to move into a tie for 10th-place on Stanford's single-season list in the category. Stringer recorded five saves in as many games from February 20 - March 3. Stringer earned a spot on the College Baseball Foundation's weekly national honor roll for the week of February 27 when he saved four games during the previous week and then added one more against California (March 2). He is 0-1 with a 4.78 ERA and has made a team-high 20 appearances with 32.0 innings of work.
WINNING THE CLOSE ONES
Stanford has a respectable 10-8 record in games decided by three runs or less this season and also won its only extra-inning contest of the season at San Jose State on March 27. The Cardinal is 4-3 in one-run games, as well as 3-2 in two-run contests and 3-3 in three-run affairs.
Stanford has clocked in at 3:00 or over in 19 of its first 33 games this season. Stanford has gone 3:41 or longer seven times, including a season-long 4:12 against UCLA on March 31.
CORD PHELPS DOING SOMETHING EXTRA
Cord Phelps shares the lead along with Sean Ratliff and Michael Taylor with 14 extra base hits this season, leading the club in both doubles (11) and triples (3). Last year, all 18 of Phelps' hits were singles.
Stanford has come from behind in 10 of its 15 wins this season. Stanford's biggest comeback of the year came versus USC (March 11) when the Cardinal was down 8-4 heading into the bottom of the seventh inning before scoring four times to the game at 8-8 and six more in the eighth in an eventual 14-9 win. The Cardinal also came back in its most recent victory over Arizona on April 15.
CAREER-BEST HIT STREAKS
Stanford has had 10 players post career-best hit streaks this season with Adam Sorgi's 12-game streak leading the way, followed by Joey August (11), Michael Taylor (10), Adam Gaylord (8), Brian Juhl (6), Sean Ratliff (6), Toby Gerhart (5), Brent Milleville (5), Brendan Domaracki (4) and Austin Yount (3).
SUNDAY AND SERIES FINALE SUCCESS
Stanford won six straight Sunday games from February 11 - March 25 and is 7-2 overall on Sundays in 2007. Stanford is 7-3 in series finales, which includes all of the Sunday contests as well as a loss in a Saturday series finale played at Arizona State on April 7.
PLAYING THE BEST
Stanford has already played some of the best teams both in the nation and the Pac-10. The Cardinal has played six of its eight three-game series and 18 of its 33 games against teams currently ranked in at least one national poll. Stanford has also opened its Pac-10 slate with series against each of the conference's three top teams in current standings as Arizona State (10-2), Arizona (8-1) and UCLA (8-1) have totaled a 26-4 Pac-10 mark to this point.
Stanford has played the first four games of a current stretch of 10 of 13 games at home that continues with the team's only road games during the strech at California in a three-game set this Friday-Sunday, April 20-22 (2:30 pm, 1 pm, 1 pm, PT). Stanford will return to Sunken Diamond for a six-game homestand against San Jose State (Tuesday, April 24, 6 pm, PT), Fresno State (Wednesday, April 25, 3 pm, PT), Oregon State (Friday-Sunday, April 27-29, 6 pm, 1 pm, 1 pm, PT) and Santa Clara (Tuesday, May 1, 6 pm, PT).
CATCH THE CARDINAL ON TV
Stanford has three upcoming games to be televised live beginning with back-to-back contests versus Oregon State on April 27 (CSTV) and April 28 (Fox Sports Net) and a contest against Washington on May 13 (CSTV).
SUNKEN DIAMOND - HOME SWEET HOME
Sunken Diamond has served as a host site for 13 NCAA Regionals, as well as NCAA Regionals on five occasions. Stanford has clinched 10 of its 15 trips to the College World Series at Sunken Diamond. Stanford has also made Sunken Diamond a tough place for opponents in recent years, winning at least 17 games at home in each of the last 11 seasons prior to 2007 with an amazing 303-94 (.763) record during the stretch. Stanford is 11-9 at home this season.
STANFORD CAREER STATS VERSUS CALIFORNIA
Joey August (8 GP, 8 GS, .250, 7-28, 6 R, 2B, 4 RBI, 6 BB, 3 SO, 1 SB)
Jeremy Bleich (4.09, 1-0, 2 APP, 2 GS, 11.0 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 4 SO)
Stephen Brown (1 GP, .000, 0-1)
Jason Castro (9 GP, 8 GS, .154, 4-26, 2 R, 7 RBI, 4 BB, 11 SO, GDP, SAC, SF, 3 SB)
Erik Davis (1.69, 0-1, 3 APP, 1 SV, 5.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO)
Brendan Domaracki (11 GP, 2 GS, .286, 8-38, 3 R, 2B, 5 RBI, 3 BB, 2 HBP, 5 SO, SF, SB)
Max Fearnow (9.00, 0-0, 4 APP, 1 SV, 2.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2 SO)
Nolan Gallagher (8.16, 0-2, 6 APP, 3 GS, 14.1 IP, 19 H, 13 R, 13 ER, 8 BB, 12 SO)
Adam Gaylord (3 GP, 2 GS, .143, 1-7, 1 R, 2 SO)
Blake Hancock (0.00, 2 APP, 1.1 IP, 2 SO)
Jeffrey Inman (0.00, 1-0, 1 APP, 1 GS, 1 CBO, 7.2 IP, 3 H, 3 BB, 9 SO)
J.J. Jelmini (5 GP, .000, 0-3, 1 SO)
Brian Juhl (5 GP, 5 GS, .286, 3-14, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 6 SO, 1 SAC)
Brent Milleville (8 GP, 3 GS, .188, 3-16, 2 R, 3B, 1 BB, 4 SO)
Randy Molina (6 GP, 4 GS, .286, 4-14, 2 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 3 SO, 2 GDP, 1 SAC)
Cord Phelps (5 GP, 4 GS, .308, 4-13, 3B, 2 RBI, 3 BB, 1 HBP, 1 SO)
Sean Ratliff (Hitting: 4 GP, 4 GS, .364, 4-11, 7 R, 2B, 2 3B, 2 BB, 3 SO, 1 SB Pitching: 7.71, 0-0, 4 APP, 4.2 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO)
Ryan Seawell (9 GP, 4 GS, .154, 2-13, R, RBI, 3 HBP, 3 SO, 1 SF, 1 SAC)
Adam Sorgi (9 GP, 9 GS, .412, 14-34, 7 R, 3 2B, 3B, HR, 3 RBI, 6 BB, 5 SO, 1 GDP)
Tom Stilson (0.00, 1-0, 2 APP, 0.2 IP)
David Stringer (8.10, 0-1, 5 APP, 1 CBO, 1 SV, 3.1 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 SO)
Michael Taylor (15 GP, 15 GS, .308, 18-57, 8 R, 2 2B, HR, 7 RBI, 6 BB, 2 HBP, 8 SO, 3 GDP, SAC, SB)
Ryan Seawell (3 GP, 3 GS, .333, 3-9, 2 R, 2B, RBI, 1 HBP, 2 SO, 1 GDP, 1 SB)
Brandt Walker (0.00, 0-0, 1 APP, 0.1 IP, 2 H, 1 SO)
Austin Yount (Hitting: 1 GP, 1 GS, .000, 0-5, 1 SO Pitching: 3.86, 2-0, 4 APP, 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO)
2007 STANFORD-CALIFORNIA GAMES
March 2, 2007 -at Stanford 1, California 0
Jeffrey Inman and David Stringer combined on a three-hit shutout to lift Stanford to a 1-0 victory over California. Inman, who became the first Stanford freshman to start the opening game of a three-game series since Kyle Peterson in 1995, allowed just three hits and struck out a career-high nine in a 7.2 inning outing that was the longest of his career. Stringer recorded the final four outs for his fifth save in as many games. Adam Gaylord scored the only run of the contest when he singled with one out in the Stanford third inning, moved to third base on a Brendan Domaracki single and scored when Joey August beat out a potential inning-ending double play ball for an RBI fielder's choice. Inman outdueled losing pitcher Tyson Ross, who allowed just one run on five hits and a walk with eight strikeouts in a complete game effort.
Quote of the Day ... "I had all my pitches working for me tonight, especially the changeup. I was throwing my slider and curveball for a strike. My guys played solid defensive for me and then David Stringer came in and got a big out for us there in the eighth." - Jeffrey Inman
March 3, 2007 -at Stanford 5, California 4
Stanford scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to erase a one-run California lead and held on for a wild 5-4 victory. Michael Taylor tied the game at 4-4 with an RBI double and Joey August followed with an RBI ground out as Sean Ratliff and Jason Castro scored the tying and eventual winning runs. Ratliff and Castro drew back-to-back one-out walks to start the rally. Taylor (2-4, 2 2B, RBI) was the only Stanford player with more than one hit, while Castro drove in a pair of runs. Tom Stilson earned his first collegiate victory by retiring the only batter he faced to end a four-run California seventh and Max Fearnow picked up the save by recording the final four outs. Michael Brady (3-4, 2B, 3 RBI) had a huge day for California and drove in three of the Golden Bears' four runs in the seventh with a bases-loaded three-RBI double.
Quote of the Day ... "This team is born out of last year with our resolve. We've been through a lot, and we understand the process of the game and if you keep working at it things can happen." - Michael Taylor
March 4, 2007 -at Stanford 9, California 7
Stanford recorded the 2500th victory in school history with a 9-7 win over California to complete a three-game sweep of the Golden Bears. Stanford becomes just the fifth school in the history of NCAA Division I Baseball to reach the illustrious number following Fordham, Texas, USC and Michigan. Stanford also extended its season-long win streak to eight games and improved to 9-0 at Sunken Diamond in 2007 to mark the team's best home start since 1993 when the club won its first 10 games at home. Sean Ratliff (3-4, 2B, 3B) scored a career-high four runs and equaled a career-best three hits to lead the Cardinal offense. Ryan Seawell (2-3, RBI) and Brendan Domaracki (2-5, 2 RBI) each added a pair of hits for a Stanford team that had all nine of its starters stroke at least one hit despite being outhit 14-13 overall by California. Cord Phelps added a triple and a pair of RBI for the Cardinal. Stanford came up with a six-run bottom of the third that equaled its biggest inning of the season and erased an early 4-1 California lead. Austin Yount was credited with the win for an effective 2.1 inning relief outing, allowing one run on two hits and a walk with one strikeout. Charlie Cutler (3-3, RBI) and Jeff Kobernus (3-5) had three hits each for the Golden Bears, while Brett Munster (2-3, 2B) added a pair of base knocks. David Cooper drove in three runs, including two on a ninth inning single that cut a four-run Stanford lead in half to 9-7. California starter Alex Rollin (2.1 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO) suffered his first loss of the season.
"It speaks for the student-athletes and the coaches that have been here before me. We've had a lot of good players here and a rich tradition."
Quote of the Day ... "It speaks for the student-athletes and the coaches that have been here before me. We've had a lot of good players here and a rich tradition." - Mark Marquess
2006 STANFORD-CALIFORNIA GAMES
March 3, 2006 -at California 7, Stanford 6
Josh Satin scored the game-winning run on a throwing error by Cardinal third baseman Austin Yount to give California a dramatic 7-6 victory over Stanford. Satin drew a leadoff walk off losing pitcher Erik Davis to start the California ninth, which followed a three-run Cardinal rally in the top of the inning that had tied the score at 6-6. Satin moved to second on a Brennan Boesch single and third on a Ryan Hanlon walk to load the bases before Garrett Bussiere hit a slow roller that Yount fielded cleanly but overthrew Cardinal catcher John Hester to allow Satin to score. Allen Craig (2-5, 2B, HR, 3 RBI) had a key three-run homer in the bottom of the sixth that gave the Golden Bears a 6-3 lead, while Chris Minaker (4-5, 2 RBI, SB) led the Cardinal offense.
Quote of the Day ... Losing a game in this fashion can deflate you. We just need to put it behind us and come back out and play well tomorrow." - Mark Marquess
March 4, 2006 -Stanford 6, at California 5 (11 inn.)
Chris Minaker redeemed himself with an RBI single in the top of the 11th inning to score Cord Phelps with the eventual game-winning run and lift Stanford to a thrilling 6-5 victory over California. Minaker's fielding error on Garrett Bussiere's routine groundball to the Cardinal shortstop with two outs in the bottom of the ninth had allowed Chris Errecart to score the game-tying run and send the contest into extra frames. Minaker (3-5, 2B, 4 RBI), Joey August (3-4, RBI) and Phelps (3-5) had three hits each for Stanford. Austin Yount earned the victory by retiring all five batters he faced after coming into the game with one out in the bottom of the 10th inning.
Quote of the Day ... "It felt great because I felt like I let everyone down with the error in the ninth inning. I was so grateful that our guys kept battling and gave me a chance to make up for it." - Chris Minaker
May 1, 2006 -at California 4, Stanford 3
California scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to rally for a 4-3 comeback win over Stanford in a non-conference contest. Brennan Boesch drew a bases loaded walk from Stanford reliever Austin Yount to force home Rob Nesbitt with what proved to be the game-winning run. The Golden Bears took advantage of two walks and a hit batsmen by Cardinal relievers in the inning that started with Jordan Karnofsky's leadoff double and also included an RBI single from Chris Errecart. Karnofsky (2-3, 2B) was the only player for either team with more than one hit, while Boesch had the only multiple-RBI contest for either squad with a pair of RBI. All nine Stanford starters had one hit each for the first time in 2007 as the Cardinal outhit the Golden Bears, 9-6.
Quote of the Day ... "It's really tough to lose games in this fashion. When you get a lead you just can't make mistakes that let other teams back into the game." - Mark Marquess
May 5, 2006 -at Stanford 3, California 2
Chris Minaker (3-4, 2 HR, 2 RBI) hit two solo home runs for his first career multi-homer contest before leading off the bottom of the ninth inning with a single and scoring the game-winning run on Randy Molina's one-out RBI single to lift Stanford to a dramatic 3-2 victory over California. Stanford ace Greg Reynolds tossed his second consecutive complete game to outduel California ace Brandon Morrow. Reynolds allowed just two runs, scattering six hits and two walks with four strikeouts. Comcast Sports Net televised the opener of the three-game Pac-10 series live.
Quote of the Day ... "Losing a game in this fashion can deflate you. We just need to put it behind us and come back out and play well tomorrow." - Mark Marquess
May 6, 2006 -California 5, at Stanford 1
California evened its three-game Pac-10 series against Stanford by holding on for a 5-1 victory on Saturday at Sunken Diamond. Tyson Ross earned the victory by giving up just one run on six hits and three walks, while striking out eight over the first 7.1 innings. Jeremy Burchett came on to retire Michael Taylor on a game-ending a groundout with the bases loaded and Taylor representing the tying run to pick up the save. Chris Errecart (2-3, 2 RBI) was the only California player with a multiple-hit or multiple-RBI game, while Chris Minaker was 2-for-3 for the Cardinal. The squads combined for 12 walks and seven hit batsmen in the contest.
Quote of the Day ... "We didn't do much right today and really didn't deserve to win, but you have to give Tyson Ross credit. He pitched a very good game." - Mark Marquess
May 7, 2006 -at Stanford 6, California 4
Chris Lewis (2-4, HR, 3 RBI) hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning and then drove in another run with a two-out RBI single in the eighth to lift Stanford to a 6-4 victory over California. The victory allowed Stanford to split its season series against California and avoid dropping a season series to the Golden Bears for the first time since 1978, as well as avoid losing a home series to California for the first time since 1995. Jeremy Bleich earned the win, allowing just one run on two hits and two walks over 4.1 innings of sparkling relief before a crowd of 2586. Erik Davis picked up the save by thwarting a ninth inning California rally when he forced Chris Errecart to hit into a bases loaded game-ending 5-2-3 double play.
Quote of the Day ... "I'm used to this situation. I've been coming in during these situations all year, and I love it. I think I've been doing well, so hopefully they keep putting me back out there." - Erik Davis on his save
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 1272-635-5 (.667) all-time record in 1912 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 (502-335, .600) action. He is currently ranked sixth among all active NCAA Division I coaches in victories and 11th 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.