STANFORD (KPIX 5) — What a send off! Stanford’s Jesse Kuet drove home the winning run in the 10th inning to beat Washington at Sunken Diamond on Sunday. Not only did the Cardinal complete a 3-game sweep over the Huskies, but they gave their head coach Mark Marquess a grand farewell.
Marquess has been with the program for nearly 50 years, 41 of them as their head coach. To honor the 70-year-old, the school retired his number 9 during an on-field ceremony following the celebration from the walk-off win.READ MORE: Officers Rescue Injured Hawk 'Eddy' In San Francisco's Tenderloin District
Sometimes referred to as the “John Wooden of Baseball,” Marquess has one of the most impressive resumes in college baseball. He won back-to-back national championships in 1987 and 1988 and is hoping to lead the Cardinal to his 15th College World Series next month.READ MORE: CHP: Police Activity Closes Westbound I-80 on Carquinez Bridge
On Sunday, fans at Sunken Diamond received a Mark Marquess bobblehead doll. “I’m smiling, so you know it came after a win,” he told KPIX 5 reporter Vern Glenn of the doll’s likeness.MORE NEWS: Homeland Security Warns Russian-Ukraine Crisis Could Lead to Cyberattacks in U.S.
Marquess has smiled over 1,600 times in 41 years.