Stanford Advances To NCAA Regional Championship Game Versus Texas After 6-0 Victory Over Marist

May 26, 2001

Stanford, CA - No.1 seed Stanford avoided elimination from an NCAA Regional with a 6-0 victory over No.4 seed Marist Saturday night atSunken Diamond. The Cardinal will now face No. 3 seed Texas in the Regional championship game Sunday at 1 p.m. If Stanford winsSunday's first game, a second championship game will follow in the evening. Stanford will be attempting to win an NCAA Regional for the thirdstraight year, and its 11th overall.

In his first start since May 9 at USF, Stanford pitcher Tim Cunningham (6-0) threw 8.0 shutout innings to earn the win, striking out a career-highnine batters while scattering seven hits and two walks. The shutout was Stanford's first in the postseason since Jason Young outdueled USC'sBarry Zito 1-0 in an NCAA Super Regional game on June 4, 1999. The shutout was also Stanford's first in a regional game since the Cardinaldefeated Campbell 7-0 on May 24, 1990.

Sam Fuld (4-for-5, double, 2 RBI) led the Cardinal offense with a career-high-tying four hits, while Jonny Ash (3-for-5, double) also tied a careerhigh with three hits. Ryan Garko extended his career-high hitting streak to 18 games, with two doubles and two RBI in a 3-for-4 performance.

Fuld and Garko doubled back-to-back with one out in the top of the first inning in a game during which Stanford never trailed.

Anthony Bocchino was the only Marist player with more than one hit, going 2-for-3. Ryan Kondratowicz took the loss for the Red Foxes,dropping his record to 4-2. Marist concludes its season with a 33-21-1 record.

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