Baseball To Square Off With Texas For NCAA Regional Championship
May 27, 2001
Sunday, May 27
Game 6 - Championship Game (1:00 p.m.) - Stanford (44-15) vs. Texas (36-24)Game 7 - Championship Game #2 (if necessary) - Only played if Stanford wins Game 6
A live audio broadcast of the Stanford-Texas NCAA Regional Baseball Championship will be available on KZSU (90.1 FM) as well as at www.gostanford.com and realaudio.stanford.edu ... Chad Goldberg and Joey Elger will call the action ... Live stats of the Stanford-Texas NCAA Regional Baseball Championship will be available at www.gostanford.com.
Saturday, May 26
Game 5 - Stanford 6, Marist 0
Game 4 - Texas 4, Stanford 3
Game 3 - Marist 7, Long Beach State 6
Friday, May 25
Game 2 - Stanford 4, Marist 3
Game 1 - Texas 11, Long Beach State 2
A QUICK LOOK AT THE 2001 NCAA REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Stanford and Texas will square off in Sunday's NCAA regional championship. The Cardinal will need two wins over the Longhorns to advance to the NCAA Super Regionals for the third straight season. Texas will need just one win to advance. The Longhorns earned this status with a 4-3 victory over the Cardinal in Saturday's winners bracket game (see recaps on page 2 for details).
STANFORD POST-SEASON HISTORY AND REVIEW
The Cardinal is attempting to win its third straight NCAA Regional and the 11th in school history on Sunday ... Stanford finished second in the 2000 College World Series and is attempting to reach the CWS for the third straight season and the fourth time in five years ... Stanford is making its 22nd appearance in the NCAA Tournament and its 19th showing in an NCAA Regional, including its sixth straight as a regional host ... Stanford won CWS titles in 1987 and 1988 ... The Cardinal has advanced to the College World Series 12 times and has an overall record of 28-21 (.571) in the event ... Stanford has won both NCAA Super Regionals it has participated in during the 1999 and 2000 seasons, defeating USC (2-0) and Nebraska (2-1), respectively ... Stanford's updated all-time post-season record is 89-47 (.654), while the Cardinal is 53-21 (.716) all-time in regional play ... Stanford won an NCAA Regional held at Stanford last year, defeating Alabama by a score of 16-6 in the second championship game.
STANFORD LOOKING FOR TWO WINS ON FINAL DAY OF NCAA REGIONAL
Stanford will be looking to win two games on the final day of an NCAA Regional for the first time in school history ... The only time the Cardinal has won two games on the same day in a regional was May 29, 1995, on the second to final day of their 1995 Midwest Regional title ... Stanford has played two regional games on the same day eight times, going 2-0 one time, splitting games five times and being swept twice ... Stanford and Texas split a pair of regional games in Austin on May 26, 1981 ... Stanford won the first game, 9-8, to force a second championship game before the Longhorns earned a trip to the College World Series with a 10-2 win in the second championship game.
STANFORD REGIONAL RECAPS
Stanford 6, Marist 0 (May 26) - Tim Cunningham struck out a career-high nine in a career-high 8.0 innings, while Ryan McCally pitched a perfect ninth inning to put the Cardinal in the NCAA Regional Championship game. Sam Fuld (4-5, 2B, 2 RBI) and Jonny Ash (3-5, 2B) both tied career-highs for hits.
Texas 4, Stanford 3 (May 26) - Sam Anderson hit a two-run homer to highlight a four-run Texas fifth inning as the Longhorns advanced to the NCAA Regional championship game. The Cardinal scored two in the bottom of the eighth on an RBI double by Jonny Ash to cut the score to 4-3 but left the tying and winning runs on base in the bottom of the ninth.
Stanford 4, Marist 3 (May 25) - Sam Fuld squeezed home Chris O'Riordan on a 2-2 pitch in the bottom of the seventh to lift Stanford to a 4-3 victory over Marist. Fuld (2-3, 3B, 2 RBI) also had a game-tying triple in bottom of the fifth inning and was the only Cardinal with more than one hit. Jeremy Guthrie (11-4) picked up the victory for Stanford, scaterring nine hits and three runs in 7.1 innings.
OTHER ESSENTIAL STANFORD BASEBALL NOTES
Stanford's current 44-15 record is one game under the 45-14 record compiled by the 2000 CWS runners-up club through 59 games ... The Cardinal finished second in the Pac-10 standings with a 17-7 record to end a school record string of four consecutive Pac-10 titles (includes co-championships and Southern Division titles) ... The 17-7 mark was identical to the 17-7 Pac-10 record posted by the 2000 tri-champion Stanford team and left the Cardinal one game behind 2001 Pac-10 champion USC (18-6 Pac-10 record) ... Stanford has posted a 26-5 record at Sunken Diamond and an 18-10 road mark during the 2001 regular season ... Stanford has won 11 of its last 14 games ... Stanford's team batting average is currently at .316 ... The Cardinal has had 10 or more hits in nine of its last 11 games ... Carlos Quentin was named the Pac-10 Baseball Freshman of the Year, while Chris O'Riordan and Sam Fuld joined Quentin on the All-Pac-10 team ... Stanford moved up one spot to No. 6 ranking in the Baseball America poll this week ... The Cardinal is currently No. 4 in the Collegiate Baseball poll and No. 3 in the Baseball Weekly/ESPN poll ... The Cardinal sat at the top of the Baseball America poll for six consecutive weeks (3/12 - 4/16) and had been the nation's unanimous No. 1 team for two weeks (4/9 - 4/16) ... Stanford has had four winning streaks of five or more games this season, including a season-best 10-game winning streak from March 7-31 ... Stanford is 11-4 against ranked teams this year (according to Baseball America ... Stanford's team fielding percentage of .976 is currently .004 percentage points ahead of the school record ... Stanford head coach Mark Marquess has an updated record of 1038-512-5 (.669) ... Stanford's Ryan Garko currently has a career-high 18-game hitting streak (4/22 - 5/26), the longest by a Cardinal player this season).