Baseball To Face Miami In CWS Championship Game On Saturday (10 AM, PT)
June 15, 2001
2001 COLLEGE WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
Saturday, June 16 (12:00 p.m., CT/10:00 a.m., PT) - Stanford (51-16) vs. *Miami (52-12) -- CBSProbable Starting Pitchers - LHP Mike Gosling (7-2, 3.33) vs. RHP Tom Farmer (14-2, 3.64)*Home team ... The Stanford-Miami CWS championship game will be televised live by CBS with Greg Gumbel (play-by-play) and Ray Knight (color anaysis) calling the action ... A live audio broadcast of the game 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 game will be available at www.gostanford.com.
A LOOK AT THE 2001 CWS CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
No. 4 seed Stanford (51-16) and No. 2 seed Miami (52-12) both swept through their respective brackets to reach the 2001 CWS championship game. Stanford heads into the title game with four straight post-season victories and has won 18 of 22 overall, while Miami currently has the nation's longest winning streak at 16 games. The Cardinal erased an 8-0 deficit in its first game to come back for a 13-11 win over Tulane (6/8). Stanford then defeated Cal State Fullerton in a couple of low-scoring games that featured lots of pitching and defense. Stanford outlasted the Titans, 5-2 in 10 innings, in the first meeting (6/10), scoring four times in the top of the 10th inning. The Cardinal came back with a solid 4-1 victory over Cal State Fullerton (6/13) to secure its second straight trip to the CWS title game. Miami began the CWS with a 21-13 slugfest win over Tennessee (6/9). The Hurricanes then pulled out a 4-3 victory over USC (6/11) and a 13-5 victory over Tennessee (6/14) to earn a spot in the title game for the second time in three years. The Hurricanes won their third CWS title in 1999 and will be making third sixth appearance in the title game.
STANFORD-MIAMI BASEBALL HISTORY
Stanford and Miami will be playing for the seventh time in school history when the clubs meet in the 2001 CWS championship game on Saturday, June 16. Miami leads the all-time series, 6-2. The clubs have played three post-season games in their history and two in the College World Series. Miami came away with a lopsided 17-3 win in the first CWS meeting in a first round game between the clubs on June 1, 1985. Stanford then edged the Hurricanes, 2-1, on its way to a second straight CWS title in a third round contest on June 7, 1988. The Cardinal also won the other post-season meeting between the clubs, 15-7, in an NCAA Regional elimination game on May 25, 1991.
STANFORD'S CWS CHAMPIONSHIP GAME AND POST-SEASON HISTORY
Stanford has reached the CWS championship game for the second straight year and the fourth time in school history ... The Cardinal won CWS titles in 1987 (Stanford 9, Oklahoma State 3) and 1988 (Stanford 9, Arizona State 4), while finishing as the runners-up in 2000 (Louisiana State 6, Stanford 5) ... Stanford is making its 13th CWS appearance with an overall CWS record of 31-21 (.596) and its 22nd appearance in the NCAA Tournament with an all-time record of 96-48 (.667) ... Stanford has equaled an all-time post-season win total with a 9-2 post-season record this year and is 17-5 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 11 post-season games in 2001 have been decided by one run with the Cardinal sporting a 4-2 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 has won six of its last seven CWS games in the last two years.
STANFORD'S 2001 POST-SEASON NOTES
Stanford has swept through its CWS bracket to the title game for the second straight year ... Jeremy Guthrie has recorded three of the four victories by Stanford starters in the 2001 post-season ... Jeff Bruksch has tied save records for both a single CWS (3) and career CWS saves (4) ... Stanford's pitching staff has allowed just six earned runs in its last 25.0 CWS innings (2.16 ERA) ... Stanford has been led offensively by a pair of freshmen and a sophomore in the 2001 post-season ... Freshman Jonny Ash (.432, 16-37, 4 2B, 9 RBI) has been the team's leading hitter in the post-season with freshman Sam Fuld (.400, 18-45, 4 2B, 2 3B, 10 RBI, 2 SB) close behind ... Sophomore Ryan Garko (.390, 16-41, 2 2B, 3 HR, 9 RBI) ranks third on the team in batting average in the post-season, while co-leading the club with three post-season homers ... Andy Topham also has three post-season jacks and a team-high 11 post-season RBI ... Stanford is outhitting (.305 - .260) and outpitching (3.55 - 5.31) its opponents in 11 post-season games ... Stanford has made four errors in 11 post-season games for a .991 fielding percentage ... Stanford has been hit by 19 post-season pitches compared to six by its opponents.
OTHER ESSENTIAL STANFORD BASEBALL NOTES
Stanford's current 51-16 record gives the Cardinal its third-highest win total in school history with only the 1990 (59-12) and 1987 (53-17) clubs winning more games ... Stanford has produced 50-win seasons for the last three years for the first time in school history ... Stanford has won 18 of its last 22 games and eight of its last nine post-season games ... Stanford is 9-2 overall in 2001 post-season play in (3-0 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 3-0 at neutral sites (all at the 2001 CWS) ... Stanford's team batting average currently sits at .315, .002 shy of its season-high ... The Cardinal has managed 10 or more hits in 14 of its last 19 games ... Chris O'Riordan is Stanford's all-time leading hitter (.365) and this year leads of co-leads the Cardinal in batting average (.365), home runs (12), RBI (68), stolen bases (16), hits (101), runs (62), doubles (17), slugging percentage (.570), total bases (158), bases on balls (32), sacrifice flies (8), at bats (277), games played (67), games started (67) and assists (215) ... Jeremy Guthrie (13-4, 2.82) leads a pitching staff that has a current team ERA of 3.39, the lowest team ERA since Stanford's 1973 club recorded a 2.64 ERA ... CWS championship game probable starter Mike Gosling (7-2, 3.33) has not won a post-season game in his career ... Stanford is currently ranked 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 and a sixth one (Stanford has currently one four in a row) would make them the 2001 CWS champions ... Stanford posted a season-best 10-game winning streak from March 7-31 ... Stanford is 16-5 against ranked teams this year (according to Baseball America) ... Stanford's team fielding percentage of .978 is currently .006 percentage points ahead of the school record ... Stanford head coach Mark Marquess has an updated career record of 1046-514-5 (.670) in his 25th season at Stanford.
STANFORD'S 2001 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.
Game 2 - Stanford 5, Cal State Fullerton 2 -- 10 Innings (June 10) - Stanford scored four times in the top of the tenth inning to prevail 5-2 in 10 innings against Cal State Fullerton and remain undefeated in CWS play. The teams were locked in a 1-1 pitchers dual through nine innings as Stanford's Mike Gosling and Cal State Fullerton's Kirk Saarloos pitched brilliantly. Chris O'Riordan's RBI single in the 10th inning knocked in the go-ahead run before Sam Fuld (2-RBI triple) and Ryan Garko (sacrifice fly) added insurance runs. Garko also had a solo homer in the top of the seventh inning to erase a 1-0 Titan lead on Louie Lamoure's fifth inning solo shot. The Titans brought the tying run to the plate in a 10th inning rally before Jeff Bruksch recorded his second save of the CWS.
Game 3 - Stanford 4, Cal State Fullerton 1 (June 13) - Stanford advanced to its second straight CWS title game with a 4-1 victory over Cal State Fullerton, marking the second time the Cardinal had knocked off the top-seeded Titans in the 2001 CWS. Jeremy Guthrie (13-4) picked up the victory and Jeff Bruksch recorded his third straight CWS save as the duo combined to four-hit the Titans. Brian Hall and Ryan Garko both had key solo homers for the Cardinal that sandwiched Andy Topham's two-RBI single to account for all four Stanford runs.
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. 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.
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 fifth inning off losing pitcher Mike Gosling (7-2).
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.
STANFORD REGIONAL RECAPS
Game 1 - Stanford 4, Marist 3 (May 25) - Sam Fuld squeezed home Chris O'Riordan in 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.
Game 2 - Texas 4, Stanford 3 (May 26) - Sam Anderson hit a two-run homer to highlight a four-run Texas fifth as the Longhorns advanced to the NCAA Regional championship game. The Cardinal 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 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 lifted Stanford to a 10-9 victory over Texas in the first NCAA Regional Championship Game. Andy Topham had his first two-homer game and four RBI.
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. 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 HEAD COACH MARK MARQUESS
One of the nation's premier collegiate coaches, Mark Marquess will conclude his 25th season as the Stanford head coach with Saturday's CWS championship game. Marquess is 2-1 in his three championship games. Marquess won CWS titles in 1987 and 1988 before finishing as runners-up in 2000. Marquess has a career record of 1046-514-5 (.670) at Stanford, including impressive records of 88-40 (.688) in the post-season, 27-17 (.614) in the CWS 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 five 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). Over the last two seasons, Marquess has coached the Cardinal to back-to-back College World Series title game appearances for the second time in school history and the first since winning back-to-back CWS titles in 1987 and 1988. 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
(on his young ballclub reaching the CWS championship game) 'This is a special group because not much was expected of them. I'm very proud of them. To get all the way to the College World Series championship game is truly amazing.'
(After the second CWS victory over Cal State Fullerton) 'It was another fabulous college baseball game. I look at the stats - there were no errors. There's been a lot of offense here at the College World Series but the last two games between Cal State Fullerton and Stanford have been great baseball, especially for baseball purists who like the game, and like the pitching and defense. These last two games were as good as you're going to get, especially considering the circumstances and everything that's at stake. It was going to be one of those games when you got your opportunity, you had to get a hit and cash in on it. We were able to do that. We've got one more to go and hopefully we can play like we have all year.'
(on the format of the NCAA Baseball Championships) 'The thing that's great about trying to win a national championship is that it's three different setups. You have a four-team Regional in three days where you have to watch your pitching, conserve your pitching, and you're always looking at it, especially if you lose one of the first two games. Then you go to the Super Regional and you have a regular three-game series that you're used to all year. Then you come to the CWS, and it's totally different.
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 18 victories in its last 22 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 began the CWS No. 2 in all three polls but was knocked out of the event after winning only one CWS game. 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 2279-1446-32 (.611). Trips to two consecutive College World Series championship games are only the latest chapters in the success story of Stanford Baseball. The program has had winning seasons in 36 of its last 37 campaigns (also 53 of last 55), has recorded three straight 50-win seasons for the first time in school history from 1999-2001 and reached the 40-win mark for the seventh consecutive campaign. 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 despite suffering through a 2-for-12 (.167) showing in the first three games of the 2001 CWS. O'Riordan had a big Super Regional, going 7-for-14 (.500) in three games against South Carolina. O'Riordan has a current career average of .365 (175-479). 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 by the leading the nation in fielding percentage (.978), currently an amazing .006 better than the record set three times in the last 11 years (1990, 1995, 2000). The club has already broken school-record with 23 saves and 65 double plays. The team's current 51 wins is third all-time and its .315 batting average is tied for third all-time. The team's 67 games played, 741 hits, 138 doubles, 2354 at bats, 1798 defensive putouts, 599.1 innings pitched and 526 strikeouts by the pitching staff are all ranked fifth all-time. 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 (10.03) is third on the strikeouts per nine innings list and Jeff Bruksch (16) is third on the all-time save list after recording all three of his saves in 2001 in the post-season. Chris O'Riordan's 101 hits are fifth, his 277 at bats are eighth and his 12 hit-by-pitches are tied for 10th on Stanford's single-season lists. Carlos Quentin's 14 hit-by-pitches are tied for sixth in a single season, while Ryan Garko's 12 hit-by-pitches are tied for 10th. Jeremy Guthrie's 13 wins are tied for seventh and his 128 strikeouts are eighth.
Stanford's team batting average currently sits at .315 -- tied for third in school history, 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 31 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 six of its 11 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 11 post-season games. Stanford has double-digit hits in 38 of its 67 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 12 offensive categories, including batting average (.365), home runs (12), RBI (68), stolen bases (16), hits (101), doubles (17), total bases (158), at bats (277), runs scored (62), slugging percentage (.570), bases on balls (32) and sacrifice flies (8). Carlos Quentin ranks second on the club with 11 homers and 52 RBI, while being hit by a team-high 14 pitches. Jason VanMeetren paces the team with three triples. Ryan Garko leads the club with a .443 on base percentage. Garko (.364), Sam Fuld (.357), Quentin (.347), Jonny Ash (.333), VanMeetren (.320) and Scott Dragicevich (.317) join O'Riordan with batting averages at .317 or better. Stanford has totaled a Pac-10 high 67 home runs to go with 435 RBI and 79 stolen bases for the season. Stanford's opponents have managed just 42 home runs, 232 RBI and 29 stolen bases.
Stanford leads the Pac-10 with a team ERA of 3.39 (sixth nationally) and was even better in 24 Pac-10 games with a 3.06 ERA. Stanford has a 3.55 ERA in 11 post-season contests. The last time the Cardinal finished a season with a lower oveall ERA was when the 1973 club posted a final ERA of 2.64. Opponents are hitting only .238 off Cardinal pitching. The top four starting pitchers -- Jeremy Guthrie (13-4, 2.82), Jeff Bruksch (9-3, 3.18), Mike Gosling (7-2, 3.33) and Tim Cunningham (6-0, 3.62) -- have combined for a 35-9 record and a 3.15 ERA. Guthrie had been the team's hottest pitcher with victories in five of his last six starts, including a 3-0 record and a 3.28 ERA in the post-season. Gosling was the team's best pitcher in Pac-10 play with seven consecutive conference victories, including six consecutive league starts, and also pitched an excellent CWS game in a no-decision effort versus Cal State Fullerton (6/2). Bruksch has become the team's primary closer in the CWS with three straight saves to tie CWS records for saves in a CWS (3) and career CWS saves (4). Guthrie 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 (5-0, 2.12, 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 (128) and innings pitched (134.0). The Cardinal staff has eight shutouts and eight complete games. Guthrie and Bruksch have three complete games each, while Gosling has two. All three pitchers have a shutout.
Stanford's defense currently leads the nation at a .978 clip that would rank as the best fielding percentage in school history by a full .006 percentage points above the school record of .972 reached three times between 1990-2000. Stanford has been errorless in 32 of its 67 games and has made just four errors in 11 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 (215), while first baseman Arik VanZandt paces the league in putouts (612). VanZandt has committed just two errors in 639 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 .978. O'Riordan went without an error for 29 games (2/2 - 4/7) and has a current streak of 23 straight errorless games (4/28 - 6/13). Topham went 16 games without an error (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.
CHRIS O'RIORDAN LEADS STANFORD'S ALL-AMERICAN HONORS
Chris O'Riordan leads Stanford's All-American honors in 2001. O'Riordan was named a first team All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, while Sam Fuld and Jeremy Guthrie earned spots on the third team.
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 51-16 record includes a 16-5 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. Stanford has won five of its six post-season games against ranked teams. Miami will be the first top-ranked team the Cardinal has played this season.
CARDINAL REACHES 50 WINS FOR THIRD STRAIGHT YEAR
Stanford has extended its school-record 50-win season streak to three straight years. Stanford's current 51-16 gives the Cardinal the third most wins in school history. The Cardinal has also won 40 games or more for a school-record seven consecutive years. Stanford began its current streaks with a 40-25 record in 1995 and 50-15 record in 1999.