May 1, 2007
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SANTA CLARA BRONCOS (22-23)
STANFORD CARDINAL (18-23)
Tuesday, May 1 (12:30 pm, PT) - LHP Sean O'Neill (1-1, 4.32) vs. RHP Austin Yount (2-0, 5.92)
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STANFORD-SANTA CLARA SERIES HISTORY
All-Time Series: Stanford 177-158-7
2007 Results: Series - Santa Clara 2-0 (at Santa Clara, March 6) - Santa Clara 13-5, Santa Clara 6-3
2006 Results: Series - Stanford 2-1 (at Stanford, April 25, May 16) - Santa Clara 6-1 (10 inn.), Stanford 11-7; (at Santa Clara, May 9) - Stanford 8-4 (15 inn.)
Current Series Win Streak: Stanford - 8 (February 9-11, 1996 - January 25-26, 2003)
Current Regular Season Series Win Streak: Stanford - 1 (2006)
Series Notes: Santa Clara has won five of the last seven games played between the teams, including wins in both games played between the season at Santa Clara on March 6 (13-5) and at Stanford on April 17 (6-3) after Stanford had posted a brief two-game Stanford win streak in the series between the clubs to win two-of-three in the 2006 season series. Stanford did not lose a season series to the Broncos from 1980-2004 until Santa Clara managed to take two-of-three in 2005. Stanford also had a recent 20-game win streak against the Broncos that lasted from February 17, 1997 - February 22, 2002. In addition, the teams have played extra innings in three of their last six meetings, including a 15-inning game the Cardinal ended up winning 8-4 in its longest contest of the 2006 season clocking in at five hours and 17 minutes.
SIX-GAME HOMESTAND COMING TO A CLOSE
Stanford's current six-game homestand over an eight-day period from April 24 - May 1 is coming to a close with tonight's non-conference game versus Santa Clara (6 pm, PT). The Cardinal is 2-3 over the first five games of the homestand after losing to San Jose State (April 24), beating Fresno State (April 25) and dropping two-of-three to Oregon State (April 27-29).
FINAL MONTH OF REGULAR SEASON STARTS
Stanford begins its final month of the regular season with tonight's contest versus Santa Clara. The Cardinal has 15 games scheduled in the month of May with other contests at Washington State (May 5-7), versus Washington (May 11-13), at Santa Clara (May 15), versus Pacific (May 18, 20), at Pacific (May 19), versus UC Davis (May 22) and at USC (May 25-27).
ADAM SORGI NAMED PAC-10 PLAYER OF WEEK
Adam Sorgi was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week for the week of April 24-30. Sorgi hit .550 (11-20) with a double, triple and seven RBI to go along with four runs scored, a .700 slugging percentage and a .625 on-base mark.
SECOND HALF OF PAC-10 PLAY UNDERWAY
Stanford began the second half of Pac-10 play by losing two-of-three at home against No. 8 Oregon State last Friday-Sunday, April 27-29. Stanford suffered a 13-7 loss to the Beavers in Friday's series-opener and an 8-6 defeat to Oregon State on Sunday, but won Saturday's middle game of the series in dramatic fashion by a 9-7 score in 11 innings and in dramatic fashion on Michael Taylor's three-run walkoff homer. Stanford currently sits in last place in the Pac-10 standings with a 3-12 league mark. Last season, Stanford was also in last place in the conference standings (3-9 record) at the midway point of the 2006 league schedule but bounced back with an 8-4 record in the second half of league play to finish 11-13 in the conference and tied for fifth in the Pac-10 standings. The second half of Pac-10 play in 2006 earned Stanford a spot in the NCAA Division I Baseball Championships to extend the program's postseason streak to 13 straight years. Stanford then won the NCAA Austin Regional and knocked out defending national champion Texas on its home field in the process before being eliminated by eventual College World Series champion Oregon State at the NCAA Corvallis Super Regional.
TRYING TO STOP SERIES LOSING STREAKS
Stanford has dropped six straight series overall as well as six consecutive Pac-10 series dating back to the final conference series of 2006. The current overall series losing streak includes each of the team's five 2007 Pac-10 series versus UCLA (sweep), at Arizona State (sweep), against Arizona (2-of-3), at California (2-of-3) and a non-conference home set to USC (2-of-3). Stanford hasn't won a series since sweeping California at Sunken Diamond in a three-game non-conference series March 2-4. Stanford's six-series Pac-10 losing skid includes the same five 2007 conference series as well as the final league series of 2006 at UCLA with the team's last Pac-10 series win coming in a road sweep at Washington (May 12-14, 2006). Both streaks are the program's longest since Stanford lost six straight overall series by dropping its final five series of 1993 (all Pac-10) as well as its first non-conference series of 1994 and eight straight overall series from April 13, 1978 - March 31, 1979.
Stanford started 2007 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 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.
WINNING/POSTSEASON STREAKS IN JEOPARDY
Stanford is battling to extend its current strings of 13 straight winning seasons and the same number of consecutive appearances in the NCAA Division I Baseball Championships from 1994-2006. The Cardinal has a current 18-23 overall record that is five games under .500. The last time Stanford did not have a winning season and did not qualify for the postseason was in 1993 when the club missed the postseason with a 27-28 overall mark. Stanford has actually had winning seasons in 41 of the last 42 years and 58 of the past 60 campaigns prior to 2007.
FIFTH ALL-TIME WINNINGEST PROGRAM
Stanford is the fifth all-time winningest program in college baseball history with a record of 2508-1573-32 (.614) in 4113 games over 114 seasons including 2007. Fordham, Texas, USC and Michigan are the top four.
OFFENSE - Stanford is seventh in the Pac-10 in batting average (.284), as well as eighth in home runs (24), hits (393) and runs scored (228), and last in stolen bases (19).
PITCHING - Stanford has struggled tremendously on the mound with an uncharacteristically high 6.21 ERA that is last in the Pac-10 by 102 points and 85 points higher than the highest ERA in the school's recorded history when the 1979 pitching staff posted a 5.36 mark. The team's .316 opponents' batting average is also last in the Pac-10.
FIELDING - Stanford also ranks last in the Pac-10 in fielding percentage (.959) despite six errorless games in its last 12 contests. Stanford's errors of late have come in bunches with 10 multiple-error contests in the last 17 games. 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 nearly every offensive category, including home runs (7, #10T Pac-10), stolen bases (9), triples (3, co-leader, #6T Pac-10), runs scored (42), hits (51), total bases (87), slugging percentage among regulars (.524), at bats (166), games played (41) and games started (41). Joey August has the team's top batting average (.331) and on-base percentage (.397) among those with the minumum 2.5 at bats per team game needed to qualify, while also leading the club with three sacrifice bunts. Other offensive team leaders or co-leaders include Michael Taylor (33 RBI; 5 HBP, co-leader), Cord Phelps (13 2B; 3 3B, co-leader, #6T Pac-10; 17 BB), Brian Juhl (5 HBP, co-leader) and Brent Milleville (3 SF). Reigning Pac-10 Player of the Week Adam Sorgi is notably hitting .392 (38-97) and has a .464 on-base percentage but is still currently 5.5 at bats shy of reaching the 2.5 minimum number of at bats per game to qualify for the team lead in both categories.
PITCHING - Jeffrey Inman (3-2, 5.75, 56.1 IP, 53 SO) and Nolan Gallagher (3-5, 7.27, 52.0 IP, 39 SO) co-lead the club in wins with Inman also pacing the team in strikeouts and posting the lowest ERA among any pitcher with at least one inning pitched per team game played. Jeremy Bleich (1-8, 5.88, 72.0 IP, 42 SO) has the team lead in innings pitched and starts (12). Gallagher has the club's only complete game and shutout. Gallagher had been in the team's rotation along with Inman and Bleich for most of the season before coming out of the bullpen in each of his last three appearances and going 1-0 with a save in those three outings. David Stringer (0-2, 6.00, 7 SV, 36.0 IP, 26 SO) paces the club with 24 appearances and seven saves, ranking tied for second and tied for sixth in the Pac-10 in those two categories.
HOT HITTING STREAK
Stanford is currently on its best offensive run of the season. The Cardinal has posted a season-high seven consecutive double-digit hit games and is hitting .345 (92-267) over the stretch. Adam Sorgi (.571, 16-28) has been the club's top hitter during the period.
DAY AND NIGHT
Stanford is a respectable 14-13 during day games but just 4-10 at night.
LAST SERIES STATS (OREGON STATE)
OFFENSE - Stanford scored 22 runs to average 7.3 runs per contest in one of its most productive offensive series of the season. Stanford hit .336 as a team as Randy Molina (.667, 4-6, 2 RBI), Jeff Whitlow (.667, 2-3, HR, RBI), Joey August (.625, 5-8, RBI), Adam Sorgi (.615, 8-13, 3B, 5 RBI), Michael Taylor (.375, 6-16, 2 2B, HR, 4RBI) and Toby Gerhart (.357, 5-14, 2 2B, RBI) all hit .357 or better in three-game set.
PITCHING - Stanford's excellent offensive series was derailed by a pitching staff that posted an ERA of 8.07 and walked 22 batters while allowing 28 runs (26 earned) as well as a .291 opponents' batting average. Blake Hancock (0-0, 0.00, 1 APP, 0.1 IP, 1 H, 1 SO) was the only one of nine Stanford pitchers not to allow a run in the series, while the three Stanford starters (Jeffrey Inman, 6.00; Erik Davis, 12.46; Jeremy Bleich, 14.54) combined for a 10.43 ERA.
FIELDING - Stanford committed five errors in the series for a .960 fielding percentage with three in the series opener on Friday and two more Saturday before going errorless Sunday.
SEVERAL PLAYERS WITH HIT STREAKS
Stanford has several players currently with significant hit streaks. Sean Ratliff (7 games) and Toby Gerhart (6 games) are both currently on career-best runs, while Adam Sorgi (7 games) and Michael Taylor (4 straight multiple-hit contests) both have significant runs as well.
SEAN RATLIFF'S OFFENSIVE FOCUS PAYS OFF
Sean Ratliff struggled as a two-way player during his 2006 freshman year but is having a big season offensively in 2007. Ratliff is leading the Cardinal in nearly every offensive category, including home runs (7, #10T Pac-10), stolen bases (9), triples (3, co-leader, #6T Pac-10), runs scored (42), hits (51), total bases (87), slugging percentage among regulars (.524), at bats (166), games played (41) and games started (41). He has also contributed a .307 batting average and 21 RBI. Ratliff was 0-for-14 with 10 strikeouts in limited offensive action last season and has still struggled with his strikeouts in 2007 with a team-high 51.
CORD PHELPS DOING SOMETHING EXTRA
Cord Phelps ranks third on the club with 16 extra base hits this season, leading the club in doubles (13) and tied for the club lead along with Sean Ratliff in triples (3). Last year, all 18 of Phelps' hits were singles.
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 limited him early in 2007. Sorgi played his first game in the field since 2005 against California on March 4 and has started 24 of the 26 games at the position since, including all 22 since the Cardinal returned from a 12-day break on March 24. He is hitting .391 (36-92) with six doubles, a triple, 14 RBI and 16 runs scored over the 23 games he has started at second base and .392 (38-97) with six doubles, a triple, 17 RBI and 18 runs scored overall. He also had the team's longest hitting streak of the season when he hit safely in 12 straight contests from March 4 - April 10.
WINNING THE CLOSE ONES
Stanford has a 9-6 record in games decided by one or two runs and has also won both of its extra-inning contests this season at San Jose State (March 27) and versus Oregon State (April 28). The Cardinal is 6-3 in one-run games and 3-2 in two-run contests.
Stanford has clocked in at 3:00 or over in 25 of its first 41 games this season, gone 3:41 or longer 12 times and more than 4:00 on three occasions, including a season-long 4:12 against UCLA on March 31 as well as both 4:02 (at California, April 22) and 4:04 (vs. Oregon State, April 27). Stanford added 3:56 and 3:36 games to the Oregon State series on April 28 and April 29 to combine to play for 11:36 to make the three-game Oregon State series its longest of the season.
Stanford has come from behind in 13 of its 18 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 each of its last four victories over Arizona (April 15) at California (April 21), versus Fresno State (April 25) and versus Oregon State (April 28).
EARLIER LOSING SKIDS
Stanford dropped six straight home games (March 24 - April 14) earlier this season and nine consecutive Pac-10 contests (May 21, 2006 - April 14, 2007) that dated back to the final conference contest of last year that were both the longest in recorded school history.
Stanford has just three homers in its last eight games with two of those coming by Jeff Whitlow and Michael Taylor in the same contest versus Oregon State (April 28). The Cardinal's most productive home run stretch of the season came right before its current drought when Stanford hit 10 long balls in its previous 12 games.
PLAYING THE BEST
Stanford has already played some of the best teams both in the nation and the Pac-10. The Cardinal has played seven of its first 10 three-game series and 21 of its first 41 games against teams ranked in at least one national poll at some point in the season.
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 305-96 (.761) record during the stretch. Stanford is one game above .500 (13-11) at home this season.
STANFORD CAREER STATS VERSUS SANTA CLARA
Joey August (.429, 6-14, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 HBP)
Stephen Brown (.000, 0-2, 1 SO)
Jason Castro (.250, 3-12, 3 R, HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB, 1 SO)
Andrew Clauson (9.00, 0-0, 1 APP, 1.0 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO)
Erik Davis (5.02, 1-1, 7 APP, 2 GS, 14.1 IP, 15 H, 12 R, 8 ER, 8 BB, 9 SO)
Brendan Domaracki (.800, 4-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 SAC)
Grant Escue (.667, 2-3, 1 2B, 2 RBI)
Max Fearnow (9.35, 1-1, 3 APP, 8.2 IP, 9 H, 12 R, 9 ER, 4 BB, 5 SO)
Nolan Gallagher (0.77, 0-0, 5 APP, 1 GS, 1 SV, 11.2 IP, 10 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 SO)
Toby Gerhart (.000, 0-4, 1 R, 1 SO)
Blake Hancock (0.00, 0-0, 1 APP, 1.0 IP, 1 SO)
Brian Juhl (.375, 3-8, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB, 2 SO, 1 GDP, 1 SF, SAC)
Brent Milleville (.267, 4-15, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 3 SO, 1 SB)
Randy Molina (.385, 5-13, 4 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 GDP)
Wande Olabisi (.000, 0-0)
Rex Petrill (99.00, 0-0, 1 APP, 0.0 IP, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB)
Cord Phelps (.200, 2-10, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 HBP)
Sean Ratliff (Hitting: .500, 5-10, 2 R, 1 SO, 1 SB Pitching: 0-0, 3.00, 3 APP, 6.0 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 SO)
Ryan Seawell (.042, 1-24, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 HBP, 15 SO)
Adam Sorgi (.190, 4-21, 4 R, 2 RBI, 3 BB, 1 HBP, 3 SO, 1 SB)
Tom Stilson (0.00, 0-0, 2 APP, 2.0 IP, 3 H, 3 SO)
David Stringer (5.87, 0-1, 3 APP, 1 GS, 7.2 IP, 11 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO)
Michael Taylor (.324, 12-37, 7 R, 5 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 3 BB, 8 SO, 2 SB)
Brandt Walker (33.75, 0-1, 1 APP, 1 GS, 1.1 IP, 3 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 5 BB, 1 SO)
Jeff Whitlow (.000, 0-1, 1 BB)
Austin Yount (Hitting: .167, 1-6, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 BB, 2 SO, 1 GDP Pitching: 0.00, 0-0, 2 APP, 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 SO)
2007 STANFORD-SANTA CLARA GAMES
March 6, 2007 - at Santa Clara 13, Stanford 5
Stanford had its longest win streak of the season come to an end at eight games with a 13-5 loss in a non-conference contest at Santa Clara. Stanford scored twice in the top of the first inning but Santa Clara answered with three runs of its own in the bottom of the first frame and would never trail again in the first of four scheduled meetings between the clubs this season. Each pitching staff allowed 10 walks, while the Cardinal also hit three in a game that lasted three hours and 50 minutes. Carl Bacon (2-5, 3 RBI) and David Hoffmire (3 RBI) both drove in three runs for the Broncos, while Matt Long (2-4, 2 RBI) and Ryan Conan (2B, 2 RBI) had two RBI each. Leadoff hitter Juan Parra scored three times. Santa Clara stole six bases in the contest Sean Ratliff (3-5, SB) equaled a career-high and team season-high with three hits and stole his sixth base of the season for Stanford. Brent Milleville (2-4, 2 RBI, SB) and Joey August (2-4, 2B, RBI) added two each. Stanford stranded a season-high 14 runners.
Quote of the Day ... "We just gave them too much. That's tough. It's tough to beat anybody [when you do that]. We also left a lot of runners on base and when they got them on, they got them in. They did a good job of swinging the bat in clutch situations." - Mark Marquess
April 17, 2007 - Santa Clara 6, at Stanford 3
Santa Clara scored three runs in the top of the eighth inning in a 6-3 non-conference win over Stanford. Tommy Medica broke a 3-3 tie with a one-out RBI single in the Bronco eighth to score David Hoffmire with the eventual winning run and Carl Bacon added a two-out two-run double later in the frame for a pair of insurance runs. Stanford got the tying run to the plate with two outs in the bottom of the ninth but Sean Ratliff's hard-hit single on the right side of the infield hit pinch-runner Wande Olabisi on his way to second for the final out of the contest. Reliever Justin Kuehn (3-3) earned the victory, allowing a run on three hits and a walk with two strikeouts in 2.2 innings. Jeff Lombard picked up his eighth save of the season by recording the final out. Five different Santa Clara players -- Bacon (2-4, 2B, 2 RBI), Hoffmire (2-4, RBI), Matt Long (2-4, SB), Evan LeBlanc (2-4, SB) and Brady Fuerst (2-4) - had two hits each. Stanford's Brian Juhl (3-4, HR, 2 RBI) had the first three-hit game of his career and blasted a key two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game at 3-3, while Ratliff (2-5) was the only other Cardinal player with more than one hit.
Quote of the Day ... "You have to give Santa Clara credit," said Stanford head coach Mark Marquess. "They came up with a couple of big hits in big spots." - Mark Marquess
2006 STANFORD-SANTA CLARA GAMES
April 25, 2006 - Santa Clara 6, at Stanford 1 (10 inn.)
Santa Clara scored five runs in the top of the 10th inning to defeat Stanford, rallying for a 6-1 non-conference victory over the Cardinal on a chilly Tuesday evening at Sunken Diamond. Brady Fuerst smacked a two-run double off losing pitcher David Stringer with one out in the top of the 10th to snap a 1-1 tie by bringing home Eric Newton and Gabe Alcantar, who had singled earlier in the inning. Matt Long followed two batters later with an RBI single to bring home Fuerst and Dustin Realini's two-RBI single with two outs capped the rally.
Nava (2-4, 2B) and Realini (2-5, 2 RBI) had two hits each for the Broncos, while Fuerst drove in a pair of runs with his 10th inning double. Chris Minaker (2-4, 2B) had half of the four hits Stanford managed off four Santa Clara pitchers.
Donald Brandt (3.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 SO) started the game for the Broncos and was followed by Daniel DeMarco (2.0 IP, 2 SO), Chris Stansbury (3.0 IP, 3 H) and winner Jeff Lombard (2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 BB).
Quote of the Day ... "When you play close games the team that wins the big spots ends up winning the game. That's what happened in the 10th inning tonight. Santa Clara won those spots." - Mark Marquess
May 9, 2006 - Stanford 8, at Santa Clara 4 (15 inn.)
Stanford scored four runs in the top of the 15th inning and outlasted Santa Clara in an 8-4 non-conference victory over the Broncos. The game was the longest of the 2006 season for the Cardinal, checking in at five hours and seven minutes. Cord Phelps' one-out RBI single in the top of the 15th frame scored Joey August to break a 4-4 tie before Chris Lewis followed with a two-RBI double to plate Chris Minaker and Phelps. Lewis scored the final Stanford run of the inning on a wild pitch. Randy Molina (3-4, RBI) and Lewis (3-7, 2 2B, 2 RBI) had three hits each for the Cardinal, while Phelps (2-3, RBI), August (2-3) and Jason Castro (2-6) picked up two each. Grant Escue drove in a pair of runs with a pinch-hit double in the top of the 12th inning that gave the Cardinal a 4-2 lead.
Max Fearnow picked up the victory, allowing two runs on three hits and a walk with two strikeouts over the final 4.0 innings. Erik Davis (5.0 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 4 SO) equaled the longest outing of his career without giving up a run to extend the game into extra innings. Sean Ratliff (3.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 4 SO) also pitched in relief of starter Nolan Gallagher (3.0 IP, 4 H, 1 BB, 1 SO).
Kris Watts (3-6, 2B, RBI) had three hits for the Broncos, while Kyle Hartz (2-3, 2B) and Matt Long (2-6) added two each. Eric Newton drove in a pair of runs with a two-out bloop double in the bottom of the 12th inning that tied the contest at 4-4.
Jeff Lombard (5.0 IP, 4 H, 5 SO) held the Cardinal scoreless during his stint in relief of starter Chris Stansbury (6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO).
Quote of the Day ... "This was just one of those crazy games. But, it makes it worth it when you come up with a victory. Our players kept their focus and that ended up paying off with a win." - Mark Marquess
May 16, 2006 - at Stanford 11, Santa Clara 7
Stanford ran its longest win streak of the season to seven in a row with an 11-7 victory over Santa Clara. The Cardinal trailed 6-0 after four and a half innings before exploding with an eight-run fifth frame. Chris Minaker and Jason Castro both homered in the Stanford fifth with Minaker's three-run homer tying the contest at 6-6 and Castro's two-run pinch-hit shot three batters later giving the Cardinal the lead for good. Michael Taylor (5-5, 2B) extended his hit streak to nine games with the first five-hit contest of his career and the first by a Stanford player in 2006, while Jim Rapoport (2-3, 3 RBI, SB) drove in three runs and John Hester brought home a pair.
Erik Davis was credited with his first victory of the season despite allowing a pair of runs on three hits with one strikeout over 2.0 innings of middle relief.
Daniel DeMarco took the loss for the Broncos, allowing both Cardinal homers and giving up five runs on five hits over 2.1 innings of relief.
Kevin Drever (4-4, 2B, SB) had four hits, was on base all five times and scored three runs for Santa Clara. Carl Bacon (2-4, 2B, HR, 2 RBI) added a homer and a pair of RBI, while Kris Watts (2-4, 2B, 2 RBI) and Daniel Nava (2-4, RBI, SB) also had two-hit games for the Broncos.
Quote of the Day ... "It's a great feeling when everyone is hitting and scoring. When one guy hits the ball hard everyone hits the ball hard, and it's contagious. Obviously, I was really excited about getting five hits tonight, but the main thing is that we won. It's exciting to still have a chance to go to the playoffs and compete for a national title. To have all of those things together, that's what it's all about." - Michael Taylor
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 1275-640-5 (.665) all-time record in 1920 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 (504-339, .598) 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.