No. 1 Baseball And Local Rival Santa Clara To Battle In Three-Game Series Friday-Sunday

Feb. 20, 2002

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SANTA CLARA (4-6) VS. NO. 1 STANFORD (7-3)

Fri., February 22, 6 pm, PT - RHP Chad Fillinger (0-1, 1.76) vs. RHP Jeremy Guthrie (3-0, 2.84)*
Sat., February 23, 4 pm, PT - LHP John Redmond (2-1, 1.45) vs. TBA*
Sun., February 24, 1 pm, PT - LHP Joe Diefenderfer (1-2, 7.62) vs. LHP Tim Cunningham (3-0, 1.93)**The games on Friday and Sunday will be at Stanford, while the Saturday game will be at Santa Clara ... A live audio broadcast of Saturday's Stanford-Santa Clara game will be available on KZSU (90.1 FM) as well as online at gostanford.com and kzsu-live.stanford.edu ... The games on Friday and Sunday will be internet only broadcasts on KZSU2 at kzsu-live.stanford.edu ... Nick Kapur and Joey Elger will call the action ... Live stats will also be available for all three games at gostanford.com.

STANFORD BASEBALL QUICK TEAM NOTES
Top-ranked Stanford is looking for its fourth consecutive series victory of the season and its sixth straight series victory overall dating back to last year when the Cardinal squares off with Santa Clara in a three-game set this Friday-Sunday ... Stanford has opened the season by winning two-of-three from No. 15 Cal State Fullerton at Sunken Diamond before taking two-of-three on the road at both No. 6 Florida State and Fresno State ... The Cardinal also has a home win over Brigham Young ... Stanford remains the nation's No. 1 team in the latest national polls by Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball and the NCBWA but has dropped to No. 2 behind Florida State in the Baseball Weekly/ESPN poll, all released on Monday, February 18 ... After playing six consecutive games against ranked teams to open the season, the Cardinal is not scheduled to play against another currently ranked team until traveling to current No. 18 USC on March 23-24 ... The Cardinal has outscored its opponents 84-45 in its first 10 games ... Stanford is averaging 8.4 runs per game and hitting .345 offensively, while posting a 3.38 ERA and fielding at a .968 clip ... 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 title game in each of the last two seasons ... Stanford is coming off three straight 50-win seasons for the first time in school history and has compiled a 158-51 (.756) since the start of the 1999 season.

STANFORD BASEBALL QUICK INDIVIDUAL NOTES
Carlos Quentin put up big numbers for the Cardinal last week, going 10-for-15 (.667) and tying a career-high with four hits at Fresno State (2/15) ... Sam Fuld also tied his career-high with four hits at Fresno State (2/16) ... Tim Cunningham won his ninth straight and Jeremy Guthrie his eighth straight decision in their respective starts at Fresno State ... Cunningham tossed 11.2 innings and won two games without giving up an earned run in starts versus Brigham Young (2/12) and at Fresno State (2/18) last week ... Quentin had hits in seven straight official at bats beginning with his last two at bats versus Brigham Young (2/12) and running through his first at bat in the second game of the Fresno State series (2/16) ... Quentin leads the team in batting average (.485) and homers (3), while Donny Lucy paces the club with 15 RBI ... Reliever Ryan McCally pitched 2.0 scoreless innings at Fresno State (2/15) and has now pitched 8.0 scoreless innings this season.

STANFORD-SANTA CLARA BASEBALL HISTORY
Stanford leads the all-time series over Santa Clara, 75-24-1 (since 1977). The Cardinal has won 19 straight games over the Broncos dating back to 1997 with the last Santa Clara victory coming at Santa Clara on February 16, 1997 (6-5 in 10 innings). Last year, Stanford swept all four games, winning 8-0 (2/25) and 15-8 (5/1) at Sunken Diamond, and 7-3 (2/23) and 6-1 (2/26) at Buck Shaw Stadium. Former Stanford assistant coach Mark O'Brien (1999-2001) is in his first year as Santa Clara's head coach.

A CLOSER LOOK AT LAST YEAR'S STANFORD-SANTA CLARA GAMES
at Stanford 15, Santa Clara 8 (May 1, 2001) - Stanford erupted for 20 hits in a 15-8 victory over Santa Clara to win its 19th straight game against the Broncos dating back to 1997. The freshman trio of Jonny Ash (3-3, 2 RBI), Brian Hall (3-4, 2B, 3 RBI) and Carlos Quentin (3-6, 2B, RBI) had three hits each. The Cardinal scored nine times in the bottom of third inning to break the game open.

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BATTERIES: Santa Clara - Ampi, Rea (3), Feichtmeir (3), Travis (4), Mallen (8) and Hayes, Wallace (7). Stanford - Wodnicki, Ehrlich (4), McCally (6), Hudgins (9) and Garko, Tirpack (9). HRs: Santa Clara - Balestreri (1st, solo in 8th).

Stanford 6, at Santa Clara 1 (February 26, 2001) - Stanford won for the 10th time in its last 11 games with a 6-1 victory over Santa Clara to complete a three-game sweep of the Broncos. Jason Cooper led the Cardinal offensive attack by going 3-for-5 with his team-leading sixth home run, two RBI and a stolen base. Jason VanMeetren and Chris O'Riordan also hit home runs for the Cardinal.

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BATTERIES: Stanford - Cunningham, McCally (7) and Garko, Tirpack (6). Santa Clara - Diefenderfer, McConnell (6), DeMartini (9), McBride (9) and Hayes. HRs: Stanford - O'Riordan (3rd, solo in 1st), VanMeetren (4th, solo in 5th), Cooper (6th, solo in 9th).

at Stanford 8, Santa Clara 0 (February 25, 2001) - Jeff Bruksch tossed his first collegiate shutout to lead Stanford to an 8-0 victory over Santa Clara, allowing just three hits and no walks with nine strikeouts. Jason Cooper (2-3, HR, 2 RBI) and Carlos Quentin (2-3, RBI) led the Stanford offense.

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BATTERIES: Santa Clara - Redmond, Fillinger (6), Rea (8) and Wallace, Mandley (8). Stanford -Bruksch and Garko. HRs: Stanford - Cooper (5th, 2-run in 3rd).

Stanford 7, at Santa Clara 3 (February 23, 2001) - Stanford came up with a 7-3 victory over Santa Clara as Jeremy Guthrie (3-0) won his third consecutive start, scattering five hits and three runs (two earned) while striking out eight batters. Arik VanZandt led the Cardinal's 12-hit attack by going 3-for-5 with a double, home run and two RBI.

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BATTERIES: Stanford - Guthrie, Wodnicki (8) and Garko, Tirpack (8). Santa Clara - Travis, DeMartini (8) and Hayes. HRs: Stanford - VanZandt (1st, solo in 1st).

STANFORD-FRESNO STATE SERIES GAME SUMMARIES
Stanford 8, at Fresno State 3 (February 18, 2002) - Tim Cunningham won his ninth consecutive decision dating back to the beginning of the 2001 season and the Cardinal hit a season-high three home runs as Stanford rolled to an 8-3 victory over Fresno State (4-6) the rubber game of a three-game series. Andy Topham, Donny Lucy and Carlos Quentin all homered for the Cardinal. Cunningham held the Bulldogs without an earned run in 7.2 innings of work, scattering six hits and striking out six. Quentin (3-5, HR, 2 RBI), Lucy (2-4, HR, 3 RBI) and Chris O'Riordan (2-5, 2B, 3B) led the Cardinal offense.

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BATTERIES: Stanford - Cunningham, Hudgins (8) and Garko, Lucy (9). Fresno State - Nieves, Hernandez (3), Ruthven (9) and Harper. HRs: Stanford - Topham (1st, 2- run in 3rd), Lucy (2nd, 2-run in 6th), Quentin (3rd, solo in 7th).

at Fresno State 7, Stanford 5 (February 16, 2002) - Fresno State jumped out to an early lead and held on for a 7-5 victory over Stanford. The Bulldogs ran out to a 5-0 lead after scoring a run in the bottom of the second inning and four more in the third. Ben Fritz picked up the win on the mound and hit a home run for the Bulldogs. Mike Hernandez relieved Fritz in the eighth inning to get the Bulldogs out of a jam, retiring all four batters he faced and earning his first save of the season. Fritz allowed five runs and scattered 13 hits over the first 7.2 innings. Sam Fuld (4-4, RBI) tied a career-high with four hits for the Cardinal. Chris Patrick (3-5, 2B) had three hits for the Bulldogs, while Fritz (2-4, 2B, HR, 2 RBI), Carl Lipsey (2-4, 2 RBI) and Tobey Riday-White (2-4, RBI, SB) added two hits each. Eight of Fresno State's nine starters had at least one of Fresno State's 13 hits. Chris Carter (2-3, 2 2B) and Jason Cooper (2-4, RBI) had a pair of hits each for the Cardinal as eight of nine starters also had at least one of the team's 13 hits.

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BATTERIES: Stanford - Jecmen, Ehrlich (3) and Garko. Fresno State - Fritz, Hernandez (8) and Harper. HRs: Fresno State - Fritz (2nd, solo in 5th).

Stanford 6, at Fresno State 2 (February 15, 2002) - Jeremy Guthrie won his eighth consecutive decision dating back to last year and Carlos Quentin (4-4, 2B) tied a career-high with four hits to lead Stanford to a 6-2 victory over Fresno State. Guthrie scattered two runs and nine hits over the first 7.0 innings, while Ryan McCally pitched the final 2.0 scoreless innings. Scott Dragicevich (2-4, RBI) tallied his seventh multiple-hit game of the season, while Donny Lucy (2-4, RBI) and Ryan Garko (2-5, RBI) had two hits each. Tobey Riday-White (2-4), Brendon Suga (2-4) and Carl Lipsey (2-5) had two hits each for the Bulldogs.

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BATTERIES: Stanford - Guthrie, McCally (8) and Garko. Fresno State - Runyon, Ruthven (7) and Fritz. HRs: Fresno State - McGehee (1st, solo in 4th), Patrick (1st, solo in 7th).

STANFORD-BRIGHAM YOUNG GAME SUMMARY
at Stanford 8, Brigham Young 1 (February 12, 2002) - Sam Fuld and Donny Lucy hit their first career home runs and four Stanford pitchers combined on a three-hitter to lift Stanford to an 8-1 victory over Brigham Young. Tim Cunningham picked up the victory by holding the Cougars to one hit over the first 4.0 innings. Three relievers making their first collegiate appearances - Darin Naatjes, David O'Hagan and Jonny Dyer - held Brigham Young to one run and two hits the rest of the way. The four pitchers combined for 11 strikeouts. Scott Dragicevich (3-3, 2B, 3B) had three hits for the Cardinal, while Fuld (2-3, HR, 2 RBI) and Carlos Quentin (2-3, 2 RBI, SB) had two hits each.

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BATTERIES: Brigham Young - Stone, Mousser (5), Dabo (7) and Birkeland. Stanford - Cunningham, Naatjes (5), O'Hagan (7), Dyer (9) and Garko. HRs: Stanford - Fuld (1st, 2-run in 1st), Lucy (1st, 3-run in 5th).

A LOOK AT LAST WEEK'S STATS
Carlos Quentin was the team's top hitter last week, going 10-for-15 (.667) with a homer, five RBI and two stolen bases. Donny Lucy led the club in power numbers with a pair of homers and eight RBI last week. Tim Cunningham pitched 11.2 innings without giving up an earned run to pick up victories in both of his starts. The Cardinal hitters compiled a .338 team batting average, while the pitching staff recorded a 2.57 ERA.

STANFORD RANKED AS NATION'S UNANIMOUS NO. 1 TEAM
Stanford remains the nation's No. 1 team this week in polls released February 18 by Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball. The Cardinal, who began the season as the nation's unanimous No. 1 team, fell to No. 2 in this week's Baseball Weekly/ESPN poll. Stanford spent two weeks (4/9 - 4/16) last year as the nation's unanimous No. 1 team and spent six weeks as Baseball America's top team (3/12 - 4/16) before finishing the year at No. 2 in all three polls. Stanford has been ranked No. 1 at one point during each of the past six years (including 2002). 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). Other Pac-10 teams currently ranked in the 2002 national polls include Arizona State (No. 16 Baseball America, No. 8 Baseball Weekly/ESPN, No. 15 Collegiate Baseball) and USC (No. 18 Baseball America, No. 20 Collegiate Baseball).

PITCHERS TIM CUNNINGHAM AND JEREMY GUTHRIE EXTEND WINNING STREAKS
Tim Cunningham and Jeremy Guthrie extended their winning streaks on the mound to nine and eight straight victories, respectively. Cunningham was 6-0 last season and has began the 2002 season with a 3-0 mark, including two wins last week. Guthrie was 8-4 at one point last season before winning his final five decisions of 2001 and his first three games of 2002. Cunningham's last loss was versus Alabama in the first championship game of an NCAA Regional on May 28, 2000. Guthrie was last defeated at Sacramento State on May 2, 2001.

CARLOS QUENTIN AND TIM CUNNINGHAM POST BIG NUMBERS LAST WEEK
Carlos Quentin hit .667 (10-15) with a double, homer, five RBI and two stolen bases last week, while Tim Cunningham picked up a pair of victories and tossed 11.2 innings without giving up an earned run.

CHRIS O'RIORDAN DROPS TO FIFTH ON ALL-TIME BATTING AVERAGE LIST
Chris O'Riordan has dropped into fifth place on Stanford's all-time batting average list (.355, 188-530) after opening the season with a .277 (13-47) batting average through the first 10 games. O'Riordan began the season tied for first on the list with a .362 career batting average. O'Riordan, who began his career as a walk-on and did not receive an official at bat as a freshman, hit .366 as a sophomore and .359 in his junior season. Last year, O'Riordan also earned three spots in the team's record book for single-season performances with 101 hits (No. 5), 281 at bats (No. 5) and 12 hit-by-pitches (No. 10 tied). O'Riordan led or co-led the Cardinal in a total of 16 categories (all career-highs), including home runs (12), RBI (68) and stolen bases (12).

CARLOS QUENTIN SETS NEW NCAA DIVISION I RECORD WITH FIVE HIT-BY-PITCHES
Carlos Quentin became the first player in the history of NCAA Division I Baseball when he was hit by five pitches in a game at Florida State (2/9). Quentin was hit in the second, fifth, sixth, eighth and ninth innings. The former record of four hit-by-pitches in a game had been accomplished seven times.

JEREMY GUTHRIE-RYAN MCCALLY EXCELLENT FRIDAY NIGHT COMBO
Jeremy Guthrie and Ryan McCally have combined on all three of Stanford's series-opening Friday night victories this season as no other pitcher has been used on a Friday thus far. The two have combined for a 3-0 record (Guthrie), two saves (McCally) and a 2.00 ERA with 30 strikeouts and only four walks in 27.0 innings. In the season-opener the duo combined for 14 strikeouts and no walks in Stanford's 7-4 win over Cal State Fullerton (2/1). In a series-opening 9-3 win at Florida State (2/8), the duo scattered nine hits and three runs to go with nine strikeouts and three walks. Guthrie lasted 7.0 innings before McCally pitched the final 2.0 frames at Fresno State (2/15) in their most recent effort.

LUCY'S LIFTOFF
Donny Lucy is making a big contribution early in his first season with the Cardinal. Lucy leads the club with 15 RBI, while adding two homers and a .333 batting average.

BIG INNINGS
Stanford has already scored five or more runs in an inning six times this season. The Cardinal scored a season-high nine runs in the fourth inning versus Cal State Fullerton (2/2). In the Florida State series, the Cardinal scored seven times in the first inning of a 9-3 victory in the series-opener (2/8) and five times in both the fifth and eighth innings of the middle game of the series (2/9) in a wild 15-11 victory. Stanford then scored five runs in the bottom of the fifth inning in an 8-1 win over Brigham Young (2/12).

OFFENSIVE REPORT
Stanford's team batting average currently sits at .345 and the club is averaging 8.4 runs per game after the first 10 contests of the season. Carlos Quentin leads the club in batting average (.485), homers (3), slugging percentage (.818), on base percentage (.578) and hit-by-pitches (7), while ranking second in RBI (12). Scott Dragicevich (.425) and Sam Fuld (.400) are also hitting .400 or better, while Ryan Garko (.395), Jason Cooper (.361), Donny Lucy (.333) and Chris Carter (.333) are all at .300 or better. Lucy is the club's RBI leader with 15, while Garko has scored a team-high 14 runs and Fuld has a team-high 18 hits as well as a team-high five walks. Hall leads the team with three stolen bases, while Scott Dragicevich paces the club with seven doubles. Chris O'Riordan and Dragicevich have the team's only two triples of the season. Stanford has taken an early lead on its opponents in team batting average (.345 - .274), doubles (30-12), homers (11-8) and RBI (78-41).

PITCHING REPORT
The Stanford pitching staff has posted a stellar 3.38 ERA through the first 10 games of 2002, below the 3.50 ERA that the 2001 squad posted as the lowest ERA since the 1977 squad had posted a 3.44. The Cardinal has had three consecutive quality starts from Jeremy Guthrie (3-0, 2.84, 19.0 IP, 21 SO), while Tim Cunningham (3-0, 1.93, 18.2 IP, 11 SO) picked up a pair of victories last week. Ryan McCally has picked up a pair of saves and has not allowed a run this season (0-0, 0.00, 2 SV, 8.0 IP, 9 SO), giving up only four hits and a walk. Relievers J.D. Willcox (0-0, 1.42, 6.1 IP, 2 SO) has also been effective.

DEFENSIVE REPORT
Stanford is fielding at a .968 clip through the first 10 games of the 2002 season. The Cardinal, who led the nation and crushed a school record with a .977 fielding percentage last year, has improved defensive recently with only four errors in its last four games after committing a season-high three errors at Florida State (2/10). The Cardinal recorded its third errorless game of the season at Fresno State (2/15) in the series-opener. Ryan Garko had a team season-high 12 putouts in the opening game of the season (2/1), while Chris O'Riordan picked up a season-high six assists at Fresno State (2/18). Garko leads the club with 74 putouts, while O'Riordan has a team-high 37 assists.

MISCELLANEOUS NOTES
Scott Dragicevich leads the team with seven multiple-hit games, while Carlos Quentin and Sam Fuld follow with four each ... The Cardinal hit a season-high three homers at Fresno State (2/18) ... Tim Cunningham has moved into sole possession of fourth-place on the team's all-time won-loss percentage list (14-2, .875) ... Fuld and Donny Lucy both hit their first career homers versus Brigham Young last week (2/12) ... Stanford has won three of its last four games ... The Cardinal is undefeated in four night games and an even 3-3 in day contests ... Stanford was picked first in the 2002 Preseason Pac-10 Coaches Poll.

EIGHT STANFORD PLAYERS EARN 2002 PRESEASON ALL-AMERICAN HONORS
Eight Stanford players -- Jason Cooper, Tim Cunningham, Sam Fuld, Ryan Garko, Jeremy Guthrie, Chris O'Riordan, Carlos Quentin and J.D. Willcox -- earned 2002 Preseason All-American honors from Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball, and/or the NCBWA. Guthrie earned First Team honors from all three groups, while O'Riordan (Collegiate Baseball, NCBWA) and Quentin (Baseball America, NCBWA) both earned a pair of First Team honors. Cooper was also selected First Team by Baseball America.

STANFORD BASEBALL HISTORY
Stanford's storied baseball program has had many highlights as the program is in its 109th season with an all-time record of 2286-1451-32 (.611). The Cardinal won NCAA titles in 1987 and 1988 before returning to the CWS championship game in each of the last two years (2000, 2001). The program has had winning seasons in 36 of its last 37 campaigns (also 53 of the last 55), has recorded three straight 50-win seasons for the first time in school history (1999-2001) and reached the 40-win mark in seven consecutive campaigns (1995-2001). Just a few of the other highlights have included 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 All-Conference honors, 57 major league players and 12 first round draft picks in the last 15 years.

STANFORD HEAD COACH MARK MARQUESS
One of the nation's premier collegiate coaches, Mark Marquess is in his 26th season at the helm of Stanford Baseball in 2002. Marquess has a career record of 1052-518-5 (.670), all at Stanford, and last year became the 23rd coach in the history of NCAA Division I baseball to reach the 1000-win mark. The 1969 Stanford graduate has led the Cardinal to two NCAA titles (1987, '88) and two other CWS title game appearances (2000, '01), as well as 11 College World Series appearances (1982, '83, '85, '87, '88, '90, '95, '97, '99, 2000, '01), 11 NCAA Regional titles (1982, '83, '85, '87, '88, '90, '95, '97, '99, 2000, '01), 10 Pac-10 or Pac-10 Southern Division regular season titles (1983, '84, '85, '87, '90, '94, '97, '98, '99, 2000) and three NCAA Super Regional championships (1999, 2000, '01). The Cardinal has qualified for the NCAA Tournament 19 times under Marquess. He began the 2002 season ranked 12th in victories and 16th in winning percentage among active Division I baseball coaches, while ranking 23rd on the all-time victory list and 42nd on the all-time winning percentage list. He has been named NCAA Coach of the Year three times (1985, '87, '88) and has received Pac-10 or Pac-10 Southern Division Coach of the Year honors on eight occasions (1983, '85, '87, '90, '94, '97, '98, '99). The Cardinal has suffered just one losing season during his tenure and has finished either first or second in the prestigious Pacific-10 (formerly Pac-10 Southern Division) 19 times in the last 21 seasons. Stanford has had 99 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 also 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 baseball head coaches to have both played and coached in the College World Series. Marquess was the starting first baseman and a First Team All-American on Stanford's 1967 College World Series squad and played four seasons of minor league baseball with the Chicago White Sox organization.

COMMENTS FROM MARK MARQUESS
(on the upcoming Santa Clara series) 'It should be a good series. It's always been a good tradition. They have a few more left-handed pitchers than we've faced so that should be a new challenge for our hitters. I'm hoping to be able to get some other guys into the lineup this weekend.'

(on the team's goals for the next nine games prior to the break) 'Hopefully, we'll get a few more guys get some innings on the mound and have a look at them. We also will hope to continue improving defensively as we did against Fresno.'

(on Tim Cunningham) 'Timmy pitched great last week with two excellent outings in a row. He bounced back after a tough performance at Florida State.'

(on playing a difficult pre-season schedule) 'I hope it helps us get better and find out what we need to do to play and compete against quality teams. It will prepare for us what's going to come later on in the season.'

(on the current state of the team) 'There have been a lot of good things, but I don't think we're playing our best. We can improve in all phases, but on the whole it's been good.'

STANFORD COACHING STAFF
Dean Stotz is in his 26th campaign with Stanford Baseball and his third season as associate head coach after he was promoted to the position prior to the 2000 campaign. Stotz served for 23 years as an assistant. Stotz currently coaches third base while also handling various offensive and defensive aspects of the game. Tom Kunis (3rd season) handles the Cardinal pitching staff, while David Nakama (3rd season) returns as an assistant coach after three seasons as the head coach at San Francisco State. Nakama, also a Cardinal assistant in 1997 and 1998, assists with all aspects of the game and serves as Stanford's first base coach.

CAL POLY UP NEXT WEEK FOR THE CARDINAL
Stanford will host Cal Poly in a three-game series next Friday-Sunday, March 1-3 (6 pm, 1 pm, 1 pm, PT). Stanford leads the all-time series, 37-5 (since 1949). Last year, the teams split a pair of exciting games. Last year, the Mustangs knocked off the Cardinal in San Luis Obispo in the season-opener for both teams, 6-5 in 10 innings (1/21/01), before Stanford scored in the bottom of the ninth inning for an 11-10 victory at Sunken Diamond (5/8/01).

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