No. 1 Baseball Continues Series Versus No. 15 Cal State Fullerton Saturday
Feb. 2, 2002
Friday, February 1 - at Stanford 7, Cal State Fullerton 4
Saturday, February 2, 1 pm - LHP Jeff Housman (---, ---) vs. LHP Tim Cunningham (6-0, 3.62)
Sunday, February 3, 1 pm - RHP Darric Merrell (8-4, 2.95) vs. TBA
*All statistics represent final 2001 stats
A live audio broadcast of all three Stanford-Cal State Fullerton baseball games will be available on KZSU (90.1 FM) as well as online at gostanford.com and kzsu-live.stanford.edu ... Chad Goldberg and Nick Kapur will call the action.
QUICK STANFORD BASEBALL NOTES
Stanford opens the 2002 season as the nation's unanimous No. 1 team in preseason polls by Baseball America, Baseball Weekly/ESPN and Collegiate Baseball ... The Cardinal won its season-opener for the fifth time in six years last night ... Carlos Quentin's three-run homer in the bottom of the first inning was the second straight year he has hit a three-run homer in his first at bat ... Stanford has eight players who have earned at least one Preseason All-American honor from Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball or the NCBWA ... Stanford is attempting to qualify for the College World Series for the fourth consecutive season as the 2002 senior class is looking to become the first class of Stanford Baseball players to reach Omaha in each of its four years ... Stanford has qualified for the CWS championship game in each of the last two seasons ... Stanford is coming off three consecutive 50-win seasons for the first time in school history and is compiled a 152-48 (.760) since the beginning of the 1999 season ... Stanford returns all eight of its position starters from the 2001 CWS championship game, as well as two of its top four starting pitchers, its top relief pitcher and 16 of 20 letterwinners from last year's CWS runner-up club that finished 51-17 overall.
FRIDAY NIGHT GAME SUMMARY -- STANFORD 7, CAL STATE FULLERTON 4
Carlos Quentin hit a three-run homer in the first inning while Jeremy Guthrie and Ryan McCally combined for 14 strikeouts without a walk to lead Stanford to a 7-4 win over Cal State Fullerton (0-1). Guthrie (1-0) picked up the win by striking out nine, while scattering nine hits and four runs (two earned) over the first 6.0 innings. McCally tossed 3.0 innings of one-hit scoreless relief with five strikeouts to record his first save of the campaign. Sam Fuld (3-4, 2 2B) had three of Stanford's 11 hits, while Ryan Garko (2-4, 2B, RBI) and Scott Dragicevich (2-4, 2B, RBI) also had multiple-hit games. Brian Hall contributed an RBI. Geoff Comfort (2-4, HR, 2 RBI) led the Cal State Fullerton offense. Three other Titans - Nick Fitzgerald (2-4, RBI), Kyle Boyer (2-4) and Richie Burgos (2-4) - had two hits each. Jason Corapci added an RBI.
STANFORD-CAL STATE FULLERTON BASEBALL HISTORY
Stanford and Cal State Fullerton continue a long-time rivalry with their current season-opening three-game series. Stanford has now won five straight games over the Titans including last night's 7-4 win. Last year, the rivalry picked up in intensity when the clubs met twice at the College World Series. Stanford came away with a pair of hard-fought victories over the top-seeded Titans at the 2001 CWS, winning the first meeting, 5-2 in 10 innings, before outlasting the Titans, 4-1, three days later to advance to the CWS championship game. Stanford also won two-of-three games over the Titans during a three-game set early in the regular season (February 2-4) at Cal State Fullerton. The Titans won the first game, 5-4, before Stanford came back with a 9-8 win in the Saturday game and a 3-0 victory in the Sunday series finale. The Cardinal leads the all-time series between the clubs, 37-28, and swept a three-game series (5-4, 3-1, 7-3) the last time the teams played at Sunken Diamond (February 4-6, 2000).
STANFORD'S HISTORY IN SEASON OPENERS
Stanford has compiled an all-time record of 20-6 in its 26 season openers since Mark Marquess took over as head coach of the program at the beginning of the 1977 season. The Cardinal had won four straight season openers before being surprised last year at Cal Poly, 6-5 in 12 innings. This year's February 1 opener was the latest the Cardinal had started a season since opening on February 2 in 1979. Last year's season opener on January 21 was the Cardinal's earliest start in the Mark Marquess era. Cal State Fullerton handed the Cardinal a 12-2 loss the only time the teams have met in a season opener during the Mark Marquess era. Following is a list of Stanford's season openers under Marquess.
February 1, 2002 - at Stanford 7, Cal State Fullerton 4
January 21, 2001 - at Cal Poly 6, Stanford 5 (12 innings)
January 28, 2000 - Stanford 10, at Fresno State 2
January 29, 1999 - at Stanford 1, Fresno State 0
January 23, 1998 - at Stanford 15, Santa Clara 2
January 26, 1997 - at Stanford 18, Saint Mary's 6
January 26, 1996 - at Hawaii 11, Stanford 1
January 28, 1995 - at Stanford 6, Saint Mary's 0
January 28, 1994 - Cal State Fullerton 12, at Stanford 2
January 30, 1993 - at Stanford 14, Saint Mary's 2
January 29, 1992 - at Stanford 10, Santa Clara 2
January 25, 1991 - at Stanford 7, Santa Clara 3
January 26, 1990 - Stanford 6, at Santa Clara 0
January 27, 1989 - at Santa Clara 3, Stanford 2
January 31, 1988 - Santa Clara 3, at Stanford 2
January 23, 1987 - at San Jose State 2, Stanford 1
January 24, 1986 - Stanford 10, at San Jose State 6
January 29, 1985 - at Stanford 5, Saint Mary's 1
January 27, 1984 - Stanford 12, at USF 3
January 30, 1983 - Stanford 17, at USF 10
January 29, 1982 - at Stanford 6, USF 1
January 31, 1981 - at Stanford 20, UC Davis 0
January 29, 1980 - at Stanford 5, Pacific 1
February 2, 1979 - at Stanford 4, Nevada 2
February 1, 1978 - at Stanford 8, USF 1
February 4, 1977 - at Stanford 6, USF 1