President Bush To Watch Stanford And Tulane Open 2001 CWS On Friday, June 8
June 5, 2001
Friday-Saturday, June 8-16, 2001at Omaha, NE (Rosenblatt Stadium)
STANFORD'S FIRST ROUND GAME
Friday, June 8 (2:00 p.m., CDT/12:00 p.m., PDT) - Tulane (55-11) vs. *Stanford (48-16) -- ESPN
*Home team ... The Stanford-Tulane will be televised live by ESPN with all CWS games to be aired live on CBS, ESPN or ESPN2 ... A live audio broadcast of all Stanford Baseball games at the 2001 College World Series 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.
A QUICK LOOK AT THE 2001 COLLEGE WORLD SERIES
Stanford is a member of the eight-team College World Series field for a school record third straight year. The fourth-seeded Cardinal (48-16) opens the 2001 CWS with a first round game versus fifth-seeded Tulane (55-11) on Friday, June 8 (2:00 p.m., CDT/12:00 p.m., PDT). No. 1 Cal State Fullerton (46-16) and No. 8 Nebraska (50-14) comprise the remainder of bracket one and will also square off on Friday (6:00 p.m., CDT/4:00 p.m., PDT) on ESPN. Bracket two will play its first game on Saturday (12:30 p.m., CDT/10:30 a.m., PDT) with a CBS televised game between No. 3 USC (46-17) and No. 6 Georgia (48-20). Saturday's final first round CWS game (6:30 p.m., CDT/4:30 p.m., PDT) will feature No. 2 Miami (48-12) versus unseeded Tennessee (46-18). Each bracket will play a double-elimination format with the winners of the two brackets meeting in a nationally televised championship game on CBS to decided the national championship on Saturday, June 16, 2001 (Noon, CDT/10:00 a.m.., PDT).
STANFORD COLLEGE WORLD SERIES AND POST-SEASON HISTORY
Stanford has reached the College World Series for the third time in a row for the first time in school history and for the fourth time in five years ... Stanford won CWS titles in 1987 and 1988, while finishing as the runners-up in 2000 in its third trip to the CWS title game ... The Cardinal will be making its 13th College World Series appearance with an overall record of 28-21 (.571) in the event ... Stanford won its first three games of the 2000 CWS (Louisiana-Lafayette, 6-4, Clemson, 10-4, Louisiana-Lafayette, 19-9) before falling to LSU, 6-5, in the championship game ... Stanford is making its 21st appearance in the NCAA Tournament ... The Cardinal beat South Carolina last weekend to win its third straight NCAA Super Regional and has an all-time Super Regional record of 6-2 ... Stanford has won its two previous Super Regionals in 1999 and 2000, defeating USC (2-0) and Nebraska (2-1) ... Stanford's updated all-time post-season record is 93-48 (.660) ... Stanford has a 6-2 post-season record this year and is 14-5 in post-season games over the last two years ... Stanford is 4-0 in elimination games during the 2001 post-season and has won seven straight Regional or Super Regional elimination games ... Six of Stanford's eight post-season games in 2001 have been decided by one run with the Cardinal sporting a 3-2 record ... Stanford's doubleheader sweep of Texas (5/27) was the first time the Cardinal had ever won two games on the same day in a Regional to advance in the NCAA Baseball Tournament.
STANFORD VERSUS THE 2001 COLLEGE WORLD SERIES FIELD
Stanford has played a total of nine games this season versus the 2001 College World Series Field, recording a combined 6-3 record versus USC and Cal State Fullerton. The Cardinal took two-of-three games over the top-seeded Titans in Southern California from February 2-4. Stanford dropped the opening game of the series (5-4) before storming back to win the second and third games (9-8, 3-0). Stanford then swept USC in three straight non-conference games at Sunken Diamond from March 9-11 (2-0, 15-3, 9-5 - 10 innings). Jeremy Guthrie tossed a complete game six-hit shutout in the 2-0 victory in the series' opening game to hand Trojan ace Mark Prior his only loss of the season. USC then took two-of-three games against the Cardinal in a conference series in Los Angeles from April 20-22 (2-1, 7-0, 5-9). Stanford's all-time record against each of the other five clubs during the Mark Marquess era (since 1977) is as follows: Stanford vs. Miami, 2-4, Stanford vs. Tulane, 1-1, Stanford vs. Georgia, 3-2, Stanford vs. Tennessee, 1-0, Stanford vs. Nebraska, 4-1.
OTHER ESSENTIAL STANFORD BASEBALL NOTES
Stanford's current 48-16 record is one game under the 48-15 record compiled by the 2000 CWS runners-up club through 63 games ... Stanford has won 13 of its last 16 games after Sunday's 3-2 win over South Carolina ... Stanford is 6-2 in post-season play in 2001 (2-1 Super Regional, 4-1 Regional) ... 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 posted a 30-6 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 .315, .002 shy of its season-high ... The Cardinal has managed 10 or more hits in 12 of its last 16 games ... Chris O'Riordan is Stanford's all-time leading hitter (.370) and this year leads of co-leads the Cardinal in batting average (.374), home runs (12), RBI (66), stolen bases (16), hits (99), runs (60), doubles (17), slugging percentage (.589), total bases (156), bases on balls (31), on base percentage (.446), sacrifice flies (8), at bats (265), games played (64) and assists (204) ... Jeremy Guthrie (12-4, 2.58) leads a pitching staff that has recorded a 3.34 ERA, the lowest team ERA since Stanford's 1973 club recorded a 2.64 ERA ... 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 is currently No. 6 in the Baseball America poll, 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 five winning streaks of five or more games this season, including a season-best 10-game winning streak from March 7-31 ... Stanford is 13-5 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 1043-514-5 (.669).
STANFORD'S 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.
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.
June 3 (Game 3) - Stanford secured its third straight trip to the CWS by hanging on for a 3-2 victory over South Carolina in the final game of the NCAA Super Regional. Andy Topham hit a two-run homer in the top of the fifth inning and Jonny Ash contributed an RBI double in the sixth frame for Stanford's three runs. Mike Wodnicki (6-1) picked up the victory, while J.D. Willcox recorded his sixth save of the year. Chris O'Riordan (4-5, 2B) tied a career-high with four hits.
STANFORD REGIONAL RECAPS
Game 1 - May 25 - 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, scattering nine hits and three runs in 7.1 innings.
Game 2 - May 26 - 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.
Game 3 - May 26 - 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.
Game 4 - May 27 - Stanford 10, Texas 9 (10 Innings) - Carlos Quentin's two-out RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning scored Chris O'Riordan to lift Stanford to a 10-9 victory over Texas in the first NCAA Regional Championship Game at Sunken Diamond. Quentin drilled a 1-0 pitch from Gerrit Simpson into right field to send Sunken Diamond into a frenzy. O'Riordan had singled to left field with one out in the bottom of the 10th inning to start the rally and moved to second base on a walk to Ken Tirpack. Texas' Ben King sent the game into extra innings when he hit a three-run homer off Stanford reliever Mike Wodnicki down the right field line to tie the score at 9-9 in the top of the 9th inning. Andy Topham had his first two-homer game and four RBI to pace Stanford's offense, which exploded for five runs in the 6th inning to counter a five-run 5th inning by the Longhorns. Quentin (4-6, 4 RBI) set a career-high with four hits, including his game-winning hit.
Game 5 - May 27 - Stanford 4, Texas 3 - Ryan Garko's two-RBI single capped a three-run Stanford rally in the top of the eighth inning to lift the Cardinal to a 4-3 victory over Texas and its third consecutive NCAA Regional title at Sunken Diamond on Sunday night. The victory capped a doubleheader sweep for the Cardinal, marking the first time Stanford has ever won two games on the final day of a regional to advance in the NCAA Baseball Tournament. Stanford reliever J.D. Willcox shut the Longhorns out over the final 2.0 innings. Willcox got his way out of a bases loaded eighth inning jam when he snagged a one-out line drive by Texas shortstop Eddie Romprey and doubled Ryan France off first base to end the Longhorns' threat. Willcox allowed a two-out walk to Ryan Hubele in the bottom of the ninth inning before retiring King on a line out to Quentin in right field to end the game. Topham was the lone Stanford player with more than one hit in the final game of the regional, going 2-for-4. All six of Stanford's hits were singles and no Stanford player reached base until Jonny Ash's infield hit with two outs in the fifth inning broke up a perfect game for Texas' Ray Clark.
STANFORD HEAD COACH MARK MARQUESS
One of the nation's premier collegiate coaches, Mark Marquess is now in his 25th season as the Stanford head coach. Marquess has a career record of 1043-514-5 (.669) at Stanford, including impressive records of 85-40 (.680) in the post-season and 428-280 (.605) in the Pacific-10 Conference action, arguably the toughest league in the nation. The 1969 Stanford graduate has led the Cardinal to two NCAA titles (1987, `88), 11 College World Series appearances (1982, `83, `85, `87, `88, `90, `95, `97, `99, `00, `01), 11 NCAA Regional titles (1982, `83, `85, `87, `88, `90, `95, `97, `99, `00, `01), 10 Pac-10 regular season titles (1983, `84, `85, `87, `90, `94, `97, `98, `99, `00) and three NCAA Super Regional championships (1999, `00, `01) as the Cardinal has qualified for the NCAA Tournament 19 times under Marquess. Marquess became the 23rd head coach in the history of NCAA Division I baseball to reach the 1000-career win mark when the Cardinal defeated Florida State earlier this season on February 9, 2001. He began the 2001 season ranked 14th in victories and 19th in winning percentage among active Division I baseball coaches. He has been named NCAA Coach of the Year three times and has received Pacific-10 Coach of the Year honors on eight occasions, including three of the last four seasons. Marquess was named the Pac-10 Southern Division Coach of the Year seven times before being named the first Pac-10 Coach of Year in the newly aligned conference (1999). Last season, Marquess coached the Cardinal to its first trip to the College World Series title game since winning the 1988 CWS championship. His teams have won NCAA Super Regionals each of the last three seasons and won at least a share of a Pac-10 baseball championship (includes Southern Division championships) for a school-record four straight seasons from 1997-2000. Nearly as eye-opening as the number of titles won by the Cardinal is the consistent level of success Marquess has brought to the program. The Cardinal has suffered just one losing season during his tenure and has finished either first or second in the prestigious Pacific-10 (formerly Six-Pac) 19 times in the last 21 seasons. Stanford has had 95 professional baseball draft picks in the past 16 seasons, including 12 first-round selections in the last 14 years. A member of the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame, Marquess was the head coach of the 1988 United States Olympic baseball team that captured the gold medal. Marquess was an accomplished football and baseball standout on The Farm and is a member of the Stanford Athletic Hall of Fame. He is one of only six collegiate head baseball coaches to have both played and coached in the College World Series. Marquess was the starting first baseman on Stanford's 1967 College World Series squad and played five years of minor league baseball with the Chicago White Sox organization.
COMMENTS FROM MARK MARQUESS
STANFORD COACHING STAFF
Dean Stotz is in his 25th campaign with Stanford Baseball. Stotz was promoted to associate head coach prior to the 2000 season after 23 years as an assistant. Stotz currently coaches third base while also handling various offensive and defensive aspects of the game. Mark O'Brien (3rd season) and Tom Kunis (2nd season) complete the Cardinal coaching staff. O'Brien assists with all aspects of the game and serves as the Cardinal's first base coach. Kunis is the team's pitching coach.
STANFORD HOLDS SPOTS IN ALL THREE NATIONAL BASEBALL POLLS
Stanford held its spot in all three national baseball polls this week. The Cardinal remains No. 6 in Baseball America, No. 3 in Baseball Weekly/ESPN (last regular season poll, May 20) and No. 4 in Collegiate Baseball. Stanford spent two weeks (4/9 - 4/16) as the nation's unanimous No. 1 team before losing five-of-seven games from April 17-28. Stanford has since returned to its winning form with 15 victories in its last 19 contests. The Cardinal spent six weeks as Baseball America's top team (3/12 - 4/16). Stanford has been ranked No. 1 at one point during each of the past five years. Stanford opened the 2001 season ranked No. 9 by Baseball Weekly/ESPN, No. 11 by Collegiate Baseball and No. 14 by Baseball America. USC is No. 2 in all three polls and has also qualified for the 2001 College World Series. Arizona State (No. 22 Baseball America, No. 23 Collegiate Baseball, No. 18 Baseball Weekly/ESPN) finished its season with a pair of losses in an NCAA Regional at Cal State Fullerton. The Cardinal finished the 2000 campaign ranked No. 2 in all three polls after opening the season at No. 1 before dropping out of the top spot on February 14, 2000. Stanford's poll history includes a run as 'king of the polls' in 1998 when the team held the top spot in the Baseball America poll for the entire regular season (a record 14 consecutive weeks).
STANFORD BASEBALL HISTORY
Stanford's storied baseball program has had many highlights as the program is currently in its 108th season and has an all-time record of 2276-1446-32 (.611). Last year's trip to the College World Series championship game and the club's Super Regional and Regional titles over the last two weekends are only the latest chapters in the success story of Stanford Baseball. The program has secured its 36th winning season over the last 37 campaigns (also 53 of last 55) in 2001 and has reached the 40-win mark for the seventh consecutive campaign. Stanford needs just two more wins to reach the 50-win mark for the third straight year. Just a few of the highlights have included back-to-back NCAA titles (1987, 1988), 13 College World Series appearances, 18 conference titles and 22 NCAA Tournament berths. Stanford has boasted a total of 40 All-Americans who have earned a total of 47 All-American honors. Stanford has also garnered three NCAA Player of the Year choices in Jeff Austin (1998), David McCarty (1991) and Steve Dunning (1970). Other numbers for the Cardinal Baseball program include 96 all-conference players earning a total of 121 honors, 55 major league players (including eight that have played Major League Baseball in 2001) and 12 first round draft picks in the last 14 years. Eight members of the 2000 Stanford Baseball team signed professional contracts following the 2000 collegiate season, including first-round draft picks Justin Wayne and Joe Borchard.
CHRIS O'RIORDAN STAYS AT THE TOP OF CAREER BATTING AVERAGE LIST
Chris O'Riordan remained at the top of Stanford's career batting average list after getting hot and going 7-for-14 (.500) in three Super Regional games against South Carolina. O'Riordan has a current career average of .370 (173-467). O'Riordan came into the post-season on an incredible hot stretch. During an eight-game hitting streak to end the regular season, O'Riordan hit .618 (21-34) to raise his career average to .373. O'Riordan had originally threatened to enter the list ahead of Shepard before a midseason slump but dropped to as far as 10th at one point before solidifying himself at the top of the list by hitting safely in 23 of his last 26 regular season games, going 51-for-111 (.459) with seven doubles, two triples, five homers, 28 RBI and five stolen bases.
MORE RECORD BOOK UPDATES
Stanford has a few other players making noise in the Cardinal record books. The team is making its biggest run for a school record in team fielding percentage (.977), currently .005 better than the record set three times in the last 11 years (1990, 1995, 2000). The club has broken a school-record with 20 saves, while its 63 double plays rank tied for second all-time and one away from the school-record of 64. The team's current .315 batting average is tied for third, while it's eight shutouts is one away from entering the top five list. Individually, Mike Wodnicki (.929, 13-1) has become the school's all-time won-loss percentage leader after picking up a victory in the clinching game of the Super Regional versus South Carolina. Mike Gosling (10.06) is second on the strikeouts per nine innings list and Jeff Bruksch (13) is tied for the fifth on the all-time save list. Carlos Quentin's 13 hit-by-pitches are tied for seventh in a single season. Jeremy Guthrie's 12 wins and 121 strikeouts are both ranked tied for ninth in a single-season.
Stanford's team batting average currently sits at .315, fourth in the Pac-10 and .002 points off the team's season-high of .317. Stanford's team batting average has been at .300 or better for the last 28 games (since 4/13). The club finished the regular season on a tear, posting double-digit hits in each of its final eight regular season games. The team has also had double-digit hits in four of its eight post-season games. The Cardinal hit .377 during its last eight regular season games and .395 in its final regular season series at Washington State, before cooling off a bit to .305 in eight post-season games. Stanford has double-digit hits in 36 of its 64 games overall. Stanford picked up a season-high 22 runs versus Oregon State (4/14) and a season-high 24 hits at Washington State (5/19). The Cardinal picked up post-season highs of 11 runs and 17 hits against South Carolina (6/1). Stanford hit .334 in 24 Pac-10 games. Chris O'Riordan currently leads or co-leads the Cardinal in 13 offensive categories, including batting average (.374), home runs (12), RBI (66), stolen bases (16), hits (99), doubles (17), total bases (156), at bats (265), runs scored (60), slugging percentage (.589), bases on balls (31), on base percentage (.446) and sacrifice flies (8). Carlos Quentin ranks second on the club with 11 homers, 51 RBI and a .549 slugging percentage, while being hit by a team-high 13 pitches. Jason VanMeetren paces the team with three triples. Ryan Garko (.354), Quentin (.352), Fuld (.349), Scott Dragicevich (.320), Jonny Ash (.320) and VanMeetren (.318) join O'Riordan with batting averages at .318 or better. Stanford has totaled a Pac-10 high 64 home runs to go with 414 RBI and 79 stolen bases for the season. Stanford's opponents have managed just 41 home runs, 218 RBI and 26 stolen bases.
Stanford leads the Pac-10 with a team ERA of 3.34 (sixth nationally) and was even better in 24 Pac-10 games with a 3.06 ERA. The last time the Cardinal finished a season with a lower ERA was when the 1973 club posted a final ERA of 2.64. Opponents are hitting only .237 off Cardinal pitching. The top four starting pitchers -- Jeremy Guthrie (12-4, 2.58), Jeff Bruksch (9-3, 3.21), Mike Gosling (7-2, 3.57) and Tim Cunningham (6-0, 3.53) -- have combined for a 34-9 record and a 3.13 ERA. Guthrie is the team's hottest pitcher with four straight victories, as well as a 2-0 mark and a 1.65 ERA in two post-season starts. Gosling was the team's best pitcher in Pac-10 play with seven consecutive conference victories, including six consecutive league starts. He tossed his first two career complete games at USC (4/22) and at California (4/29), shutting out the Golden Bears for his first career shutout. Guthrie also picked up seven straight victories earlier in the year and Bruksch won five straight at one point. Guthrie (NCBWA Pitcher of the Week, 2/13) and Bruksch (Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week, 2/26) have both earned one national honor this year. In addition, both have been named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week twice (Bruksch - 2/27, 4/9, Guthrie - 3/6, 3/13). Bruksch has had separate scoreless inning streaks of 19.0 and 15.0 during the period. Gosling had a streak of 16.0 consecutive scoreless innings. Mike Wodnicki (6-1, 4.67, 6 SV) and J.D. Willcox (4-0, 1.71, 6 SV) lead the team with six saves each. Ryan McCally (2-1, 2.78, 3 SV) and John Hudgins (1-5, 4.25, 4 SV) have also been effective out of the bullpen. Wodnicki has a team-high 26 appearances (three starts). Guthrie leads the club in strikeouts (121) and innings pitched (125.2). The Cardinal staff has eight shutouts (one shy of fifth place on the all-time list) and eight complete games. Guthrie and Bruksch have three complete each, while Gosling has two. All three pitchers have one shutout.
Stanford's defense currently leads the nation with at a .977 clip that would rank as the best fielding percentage in school history by a full .005 percentage points above the school record of .972 reached three times between 1990-2000. Stanford has been errorless in 30 of its 64 games and has made just three errors in eight post-season games. Stanford has been perfect defensively for four consecutive games twice (3/25 - 3/31, 5/25 - 5/27). Chris O'Riordan leads the Pac-10 in assists (204), while first baseman Arik VanZandt paces the league in putouts (576). VanZandt has committed just two errors in 602 chances for a .997 fielding percentage, while backup catcher Ken Tirpack (151 chances) remains flawless. The starting infield of O'Riordan, Dragicevich, VanZandt, and third baseman Andy Topham has made just 32 errors between them for a fielding percentage of .977. O'Riordan went without an error for 29 games (2/2 - 4/7) and has a current streak of 20 errorless games (4/28 - 63). Topham had a 16-game errorless streak (3/3 - 4/8) and Dragicevich played flawlessly in 12 consecutive games (1/26 - 2/18).
RYAN GARKO LEADS FIVE STANFORD PLAYERS ON ALL-REGIONAL TEAM
Ryan Garko was named the Co-Most Outstanding Player on the All-Regional team, while Jonny Ash, Tim Cunningham, Sam Fuld and Andy Topham also made the squad.
CARLOS QUENTIN EARNS FRESHMAN ALL-AMERICAN HONORS BY BASEBALL WEEKLY AND IS NAMED PAC-10 BASEBALL FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Carlos Quentin has headed Stanford's honors in the 2001 season. Quentin was named a Freshman All-American by Baseball America and also heads the selections on the 2001 All-Pac-10 team by being named the 2001 Pac-10 Baseball Freshman of the Year. Chris O'Riordan and Sam Fuld were also All-Pac-10 selections for the Cardinal. The All-Pac-10 selections were the first for Quentin, O'Riordan and Fuld. Five other Stanford players -- Jeff Bruksch, Scott Dragicevich, Ryan Garko, Mike Gosling and Jeremy Guthrie -- earned honorable mention honors.
STANFORD'S 2000 WORLD SERIES RECAP
Stanford won three of its four games in the 2000 College World Series. Below is a brief recap of each game.
Game 1 - Stanford 6, Louisiana-Lafayette 4 (June 9, 2000)
Stanford began its run to the 2000 CWS title game with a 6-4 win over Louisiana-Lafayette. Jason Young turned in a strong pitching performance and the Cardinal had home runs from Edmund Muth and Joe Borchard.
Game 2 - Stanford 10, Clemson 4 (June 11, 2000)
Justin Wayne recorded his school-record 15th victory of the season in a 10-4 win over Clemson. Joe Borchard had three of Stanford's 12 hits, all singles.
Game 3 - Stanford 19, Louisiana-Lafayette 9 (June 15, 2000)
The Cardinal spotted the Ragin' Cajuns a 6-0 lead before responding with an offensive explosion that gave the Cardinal a 19-9 win. Edmund Muth hit three home runs to tie a new CWS record as he also totaled a career-high six RBI. The 19 runs were the most the Cardinal had ever scored in a post-season game. Andy Topham had a grandslam homer in the bottom of the second inning.
Game 4 - Louisiana State 6, Stanford 5 (June 17, 2000)
Stanford led in the championship game, 5-2, going into the bottom of the eighth inning. Craig Thompson's grandslam homer in the top of the fourth inning put the Cardinal ahead 4-2 and the lead stood until LSU scored three times in the bottom of the eighth to tie the game and added another run in the bottom of the ninth for the CWS title.
STANFORD'S RETURNING 2000 POST-SEASON STANDOUTS
Stanford's top returning 2000 post-season standouts include Jeff Bruksch (3 saves), Chris O'Riordan (.378, 8 RBI, 3 SB), Andy Topham (grandslam homer in 16-6 CWS win over Louisiana-Lafayette and nine post-season RBI), Arik VanZandt (.302, 1 HR, 7 RBI) and Mike Wodnicki (1-0, 3.27 ERA).
BEATING THE BEST
Stanford's 48-16 record includes a 12-4 mark against teams ranked among the nation's Top 25 in the Baseball America poll at the time the Cardinal faced them. No. 12 South Carolina was the first ranked team the Cardinal had played since traveling to then No. 8 USC April 20-22.
CARDINAL REACH 40-GAME WIN MARK, LOOKING FOR 50
Stanford has extended its school-record 40-win season streak to seven consecutive years. The Cardinal began its current streak with a 40-25 record in 1995. The team has recorded back-to-back 50-win seasons (50-15, 50-16) in the last two years for the first time in school history and is two wins from a third straight 50-win campaign.
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