Baseball One Win Away From Third Straight CWS
June 2, 2001
Saturday, June 2 (1:00 p.m.) - *South Carolina (48-19) vs. Stanford (47-15)
Sunday, June 3 (1:00 p.m.) - +South Carolina vs. Stanford
*Home team ... +If necessary ... If there is a third game played on Sunday, a coin flip will determine the home team ... A live audio broadcast of all games of the Stanford-South Carolina NCAA Baseball Super Regional 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-South Carolina NCAA Baseball Super Regional will be available at www.gostanford.com.
Friday, June 1 - at Stanford 11, South Carolina 1
A QUICK LOOK AT THE 2001 NCAA SUPER REGIONAL
Stanford opened up its Super Regional with a convincing 11-1 victory over South Carolina to move within one win of reaching the College World Series for the third straight year. Stanford has never qualified for the College World Series three consecutive years but has appeared in back-to-back years three times (`81-'82, `87-`88, `99-'00). The Cardinal needs just more win for its third straight Super Regional victory, while South Carolina must beat the Cardinal both Saturday and Sunday to advance to the CWS (see recap on page 2 for details of Friday night's Super Regional opener). Stanford heads into the second game of the Super Regional with 12 wins in its last 14 games, while South Carolina has won 18 of 24. The clubs feature two of the nation's top pitching staffs. South Carolina entered last night's game ranking sixth in ERA and Stanford 10th in the most recent NCAA pitching statistics. However, Stanford (3.34) moved ahead of the Gamecocks (3.47) after Friday night's game. Stanford has a significant advantage in batting average with a .316 team mark compared to a .287 showing for the Gamecocks. However, South Carolina has outhomered the Cardinal, 109-63. South Carolina is ranked No. 12 in the current Baseball America poll and is the first ranked team Stanford has played since travelling to then No. 8 USC April 20-22. Stanford holds a 2-0 advantage in the all-time series over South Carolina ... In the only other previous meeting between the clubs, the Cardinal beat the Gamecocks, 15-4, in a first round College World Series game on June 5, 1982.
STANFORD POST-SEASON HISTORY AND REVIEW
Stanford is attempting to reach the College World Series for the third time in a row for the first time in school history and the fourth time in five years ... 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 is making its 22nd appearance in the NCAA Tournament and attempting to win its third straight NCAA Super Regional since the new format began in 1999 ... Stanford has an all-time Super Regional record of 5-1 ... Stanford has won both of its previous Super Regionals in 1999 and 2000, defeating USC (2-0) and Nebraska (2-1), respectively ... Stanford's updated all-time post-season record is 92-47 (.662) ... Stanford has won five of its six post-season games this season and 13 of 17 over the last two seasons.
SUPER REGIONAL GAME 1 RECAP
Jeremy Guthrie pitched Stanford's first complete game of the season and the Cardinal scored 10 times in the first four innings on its way to an 11-1 victory over South Carolina in the first game of an NCAA Super Regional on Friday at Sunken Diamond. Guthrie scattered six hits and an unearned run to improve to 12-4 on the season. Carlos Quentin (4-5, RBI) tied a career-high with four hits to lead the offense as the Cardinal tallied a post-season high 17 hits. Jonny Ash (3-4, 2 RBI), Ryan Garko (3-5, HR, RBI) and Andy Topham (3-5, 2 RBI) had three hits each, while Chris O'Riordan (2-5, 2B, HR, RBI) also had a pair of hits. Stanford knocked South Carolina ace and losing pitcher Kip Bouknight (10-4) out of the game in the fourth inning as the Cardinal pounded Bouknight for 11 hits and eight runs in 3.0 innings.
OTHER ESSENTIAL STANFORD BASEBALL NOTES
Stanford's current 47-15 record is identical to the 47-15 record compiled by the 2000 CWS runners-up club through 62 games ... Stanford has won 14 of its last 17 games and four in a row ... 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 29-5 record at Sunken Diamond and an 18-10 road mark during the 2001 regular season ... The Cardinal has yet to play a game at a neutral site ... Stanford raised its team batting average two points to .316 after a post-season high 17 hits in Friday night's game, moving within .001 of its season-high ... The Cardinal has managed 10 or more hits in 12 of its last 14 games ... Ryan Garko, who put the Cardinal ahead with a solo homer in the first inning versus South Carolina and had the game-winning two-RBI single in the second championship game against Texas, extended his career-high hitting streak to 21 games (4/22 - 6/1) on Friday night ... Chris O'Riordan leads the Cardinal Carlos Quentin has been named a Freshman All-American by Baseball Weekly and the Pac-10 Baseball Freshman of the Year ... Chris O'Riordan and Sam Fuld joined Quentin on the All-Pac-10 team ... Stanford remained at No. 6 in the Baseball America poll, No. 4 in the Collegiate Baseball poll and No. 3 in the Baseball Weekly/ESPN poll this week ... 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 five winning streaks of five or more games this season, including a season-best 10-game winning streak from March 7-31 ... Stanford is 12-4 against ranked teams this year (according to Baseball America ... Stanford's team fielding percentage of .977 is currently .005 percentage points ahead of the school record ... Stanford head coach Mark Marquess has an updated record of 1042-513-5 (.668).
PROBABLE STARTING PITCHER MIKE GOSLING
Stanford probable starting pitcher Mike Gosling had won seven straight decisions before being tagged with the loss in an NCAA Regional game versus Texas (5/26).