Stanford To Meet CS Fullerton On Sunday At 4:00PM, PT In Second Round Game
Friday-Saturday, June 8-16, 2001
at Omaha, NE (Rosenblatt Stadium)
STANFORD'S SECOND ROUND GAME
Sunday, June 10 (6:00 p.m., CT/4:00 p.m., PT) - Stanford (49-16) vs. CS Fullerton (47-16) -- ESPN2
The Stanford-Cal State Fullerton game will be televised live by ESPN2 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-Cal State Fullerton CWS baseball game will be available at www.gostanford.com.
AN UPDATE OF THE 2001 COLLEGE WORLD SERIES
No. 4 Stanford (49-16) is one of four teams to have won its first round games along with Sunday opponent No. 1 Cal State Fullerton (47-16), as well as No. 3 USC and No. 2 Miami in bracket two. Stanford's dramatic 13-11 victory over Tulane in its first CWS game marked the fourth straight year the Cardinal had won its College World Series opener. The other contest in Stanford's bracket on Sunday (2 pm, CT/12 pm, PT) will be an elimination game between No. 5 Tulane (55-12) and No. 8 Nebraska (50-15). In bracket two on Monday, Miami (49-12) will face USC (47-17) in the winners bracket game (6 pm, CT/4 pm, PT) preceded by an elimination game between No. 6 Georgia (48-21) and unseeded Tennessee (46-19) at 2 pm, CT/12 pm, PT. 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 is playing in the College World Series for a school record third straight year 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 is making its 13th College World Series appearance with an overall record of 29-21 (.580) 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 94-48 (.662) ... Stanford has a 7-2 post-season record this year and is 15-5 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 nine 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-CAL STATE FULLERTON HISTORY
Stanford and Cal State Fullerton continued an intense rivalry when the clubs played a three-game series in Fullerton earlier this season (February 2-4) with the Cardinal winning two-of-three games in Fullerton. Stanford leads the all-time series, 34-28. Stanford also picked up a 9-2 victory the last times the teams met in the post-season in a first round CWS game on June 12, 1999. The clubs have met a total of five times in the post-season, including three meetings in the 1988 College World Series. Cal State Fullerton won the first meeting, 5-3, before the Cardinal swept the Titans (4-1, 9-5) on its way to a second straight CWS title that concluded with a 9-4 win over Arizona State. In this year's regular season three-game series, Stanford also dropped the opening game, 5-4, before storming back to win the second and third games (9-8, 3-0). Chris O'Riordan (3-5, 2B, 4 RBI) had a huge three-RBI double in the top of the ninth inning to snap a 6-6 tie and the Cardinal held off a Titan rally in the bottom of the inning for a 9-8 win. Stanford won the rubber game of the series on Sunday, 3-0, as Tim Cunningham outdueled Kirk Saarloos, marking the last time Saarloos has lost a game this season.
OTHER ESSENTIAL STANFORD BASEBALL NOTES
Stanford's current 49-16 record is one game under the 50-15 record compiled by the 2000 CWS runners-up club through 65 games ... Stanford needs one more victory to reach the 50-win mark for the third straight season for the first time in school history ... Stanford has won 16 of its last 20 games ... Stanford is 7-2 in post-season play in 2001 (1-0 CWS, 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, while the Cardinal is 1-0 at neutral sites ... Stanford's team batting average currently sits at .316, .001 shy of its season-high ... The Cardinal has managed 10 or more hits in 13 of its last 17 games ... Chris O'Riordan is Stanford's all-time leading hitter (.369) and this year leads of co-leads the Cardinal in batting average (.372), home runs (12), RBI (67), stolen bases (16), hits (100), runs (61), doubles (17), slugging percentage (.584), total bases (157), bases on balls (32), on base percentage (.447), sacrifice flies (8), at bats (269), games played (65), games started (65) and assists (204) ... Jeremy Guthrie (12-4, 2.91) leads a pitching staff that has a current team ERA of 3.46, the lowest team ERA since Stanford's 1977 club recorded a 3.44 ERA ... 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 14-5 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 1044-514-5 (.670).
STANFORD'S COLLEGE WORLD SERIES RECAPS
Game 1 - Stanford 13, Tulane 11 (June 8) - Stanford came back from an 8-0 deficit for a wild 13-11 win in the first round of the CWS. The comeback was tied for the second biggest in CWS history. Stanford scored seven times in the bottom of the fifth to cut the Green Wave lead to 8-7 and then scored five more in the bottom of the seventh to take the lead for good. Sam Fuld (4-4, 2B, 3 RBI) and Jonny Ash (3-4, 2B, 2 RBI) tied career-highs for hits. Jeff Bruksch picked up a key save, retiring all three batters he faced after entering the game in the top of the ninth with no outs and the tying run on second base.
STANFORD'S SUPER REGIONAL RECAPS
Game 1 - Stanford 11, South Carolina 1 (June 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.
Game 2 - South Carolina 3, Stanford 2 (June 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, while Lee Gronkiewicz recorded the save.
Game 3 - Stanford 4, South Carolina 3 (June 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 - 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. Jeremy Guthrie (11-4) picked up the victory for Stanford, scattering nine hits and three runs in 7.1 innings.
Game 2 - 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 ninth.
Game 3 - 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 - Stanford 10, Texas 9 -- 10 Innings (May 27) - 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. Texas' Ben King had sent the game into extra innings when he hit a three-run homer with two outs in the top of the ninth to tie the score at 9-9. Andy Topham had his first two-homer game and four RBI to pace Stanford's offense, which exploded for five runs in the sixth inning to counter a five-run fifth by the Longhorns. Quentin (4-6, 4 RBI) set a career-high with four hits.
Game 5 - Stanford 4, Texas 3 (May 27) - 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. 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 NCAA Regional to advance in the NCAA Baseball Tournament. Stanford reliever J.D. Willcox shut the Longhorns out over the final 2.0 innings. 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 1044-514-5 (.670) at Stanford, including impressive records of 86-40 (.683) 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). 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 98 professional baseball draft picks in the past 17 seasons, including 12 first-round selections in the last 15 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 16 victories in its last 20 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 2277-1446-32 (.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 one more win 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 43 All-Americans who have earned a total of 50 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 15 years. Five members of the 2001 Stanford Baseball team were selected in the 2001 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on June 5, 2001.
CHRIS O'RIORDAN STAYS AT THE TOP OF CAREER BATTING AVERAGE LIST
Chris O'Riordan remains at the top of Stanford's career batting average list. O'Riordan had a big Super Regional, going 7-for-14 (.500) in three Super Regional games against South Carolina. O'Riordan has a current career average of .369 (174-471). 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
The Cardinal and members of its team are making noise in the Stanford 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 21 saves, while its 64 double plays are tied for the school's single season record. The team's current .316 batting average is third, while it's eight shutouts is one away from entering the top five list. Individually, Mike Wodnicki (.933, 14-1) has become the school's all-time won-loss percentage leader after posting a 3-0 record thus far in the post-season. Mike Gosling (10.06) is second on the strikeouts per nine innings list and Jeff Bruksch (14) is fifth on the all-time save list. Chris O'Riordan's 100 hits are tied for fifth and Carlos Quentin's 14 hit-by-pitches are tied for sixth in a single season. Jeremy Guthrie's 12 wins and 123 strikeouts are ranked tied for ninth and ninth in a single-season.
Stanford's team batting average currently sits at .316, fourth in the Pac-10 and .001 points off the team's season-high of .317. Stanford's team batting average has been at .300 or better for the last 29 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 five of its nine 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 .315 in nine post-season games. Stanford has double-digit hits in 37 of its 65 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 13 runs versus Tulane (6/8) 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 (.372), home runs (12), RBI (67), stolen bases (16), hits (100), doubles (17), total bases (157), at bats (269), runs scored (61), slugging percentage (.584), bases on balls (32), on base percentage (.447) and sacrifice flies (8). Carlos Quentin ranks second on the club with 11 homers, 52 RBI and a .544 slugging percentage, while being hit by a team-high 14 pitches. Jason VanMeetren paces the team with three triples. Sam Fuld (.361), Ryan Garko (.358), Quentin (.350), Jonny Ash (.337), VanMeetren (.320) and Scott Dragicevich (.318) join O'Riordan with batting averages at .318 or better. Stanford has totaled a Pac-10 high 64 home runs to go with 426 RBI and 79 stolen bases for the season. Stanford's opponents have managed just 41 home runs, 229 RBI and 28 stolen bases.
Stanford leads the Pac-10 with a team ERA of 3.46 (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 1977 club posted a final ERA of 3.44. Opponents are hitting only .241 off Cardinal pitching. The top four starting pitchers -- Jeremy Guthrie (12-4, 2.91), Jeff Bruksch (9-3, 3.18), Mike Gosling (7-2, 3.57) and Tim Cunningham (6-0, 3.62) -- have combined for a 34-9 record and a 3.24 ERA. Guthrie had been the team's hottest pitcher with four straight victories before being roughed up in the first game of the CWS versus Tulane (6/8). 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 (7-1, 4.86, 6 SV) and J.D. Willcox (4-0, 1.97, 6 SV) lead the team with six saves each. Ryan McCally (2-1, 2.70, 3 SV) and John Hudgins (1-5, 4.37, 4 SV) have also been effective out of the bullpen. Wodnicki has a team-high 27 appearances (three starts). Guthrie leads the club in strikeouts (123) and innings pitched (127.0). 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 65 games and has made just four errors in nine 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 (586). VanZandt has committed just two errors in 612 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 21 errorless games (4/28 - 6/8). 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 49-16 record includes a 14-5 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 with a current 49-16 record is one win from a third straight 50-win campaign.
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