CWS Berth On The Line As Baseball Battles South Carolina In Final Game Of Super Regional
June 3, 2001
June 1-3, 2001 -- at Stanford, CA (Sunken Diamond)size>
Sunday, June 3 (1:00 p.m.) - *South Carolina (49-19) at Stanford (47-16)
*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
Saturday, June 2 - South Carolina 4, at Stanford 3
A QUICK LOOK AT THE 2001 NCAA SUPER REGIONAL
Stanford and South Carolina will be playing for all the marbles on Sunday with a College World Series berth awarded to the winner. The teams have split the first two games of their Super Regional. South Carolina (4-0) and Stanford (3-0) are a combined 7-0 in elimination games during the 2001 post-season, while the Cardinal has won six consecutive Regional or Super Regional elimination games dating back to last year. Stanford opened the best two-of-three series with a convincing 11-1 victory over South Carolina on Friday to move within one win of reaching the College World Series for the third straight year. However, the Gamecocks returned the favor on Saturday with a 4-3 victory to even up the series. 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 is looking for its 13th trip in school history. South Carolina is attempting to make it back to the CWS for the first time since 1985 and the sixth time in school history. Stanford heads into the third and final game of the Super Regional with 12 wins in its last 15 games, while South Carolina has won 19 of 25. Stanford has dominated the Super Regional statistically, outhitting (.366 - .230), outpitching (2.12 - 6.88) and outfielding (.987 - .932) the Gamecocks in ever major category. 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 3-1 advantage in the all-time series over South Carolina.
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 5-2 ... 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 seven post-season games this season and is 13-5 over the last two seasons ... Five of Stanford's seven post-season games in 2001 have been decided by one run with the Cardinal sporting a 3-2 record in those contests.
SUPER REGIONAL RECAPS
June 1 (Game 1) - 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.
June 2 (Game 2) - South Carolina rebounded for a 4-3 victory over the Cardinal to even up the three-game series. The Gamecocks erased a 2-0 Stanford lead by scoring three times in the bottom of the fifth inning off losing pitcher Mike Gosling (7-2). The first four batters in the inning picked up hits as the rally was capped by Tripp Kelly's two-RBI double. Blake Taylor (5-3) picked up the win in relief, while Lee Gronkiewicz picked up his NCAA-leading 19th save.
OTHER ESSENTIAL STANFORD BASEBALL NOTES
Stanford's current 47-16 record is one game under the 48-15 record compiled by the 2000 CWS runners-up club through 63 games ... Stanford has won 12 of its last 15 games but had its four-game win streak snapped with Saturday's 4-3 loss to South Carolina ... Stanford is 5-2 in post-season play in 2001 ... The Cardinal finished second in the 2001 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 29-6 record at Sunken Diamond and an 18-10 road mark during the 2001 season ... The Cardinal has yet to play a game at a neutral site ... Stanford's team batting average currently sits at .316, .001 shy of its season-high ... The Cardinal has managed 10 or more hits in 12 of its last 15 games ... Ryan Garko had his career-high hitting 21-game hitting streak (4/22 - 6/1) snapped by going 0-for-3 with a walk on Saturday versus South Carolina ... Chris O'Riordan leads the Cardinal in batting average (.365), home runs (12), RBI (66) and stolen bases (16) ... Carlos Quentin has been named a Freshman All-American by Baseball Weekly and the Pac-10 Baseball Freshman of the Year ... 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 12-5 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 1042-514-5 (.669).