No. 1 Baseball And Santa Clara Conclude Series On Sunday

Feb. 24, 2002

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Fri., February 22, 6 pm, PT - at Stanford 5, Santa Clara 4
Sat., February 23, 4 pm, PT - at Santa Clara 13, Stanford 9
Sun., February 24, 1 pm, PT - LHP Joe Diefenderfer (1-2, 7.62) vs. LHP Tim Cunningham (3-0, 1.93)
Sunday's game will be an internet only broadcast on KZSU2 at ... Nick Kapur and Joey Elger will call all the action ... Live stats will also be available at

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 hosts Santa Clara in the rubber game of a three-game series this afternoon ... The Cardinal won the series-opener on Friday night, 5-4, on a RBI-single by Jason Cooper with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning ... Santa Clara rallied for a wild 13-9 win over the Cardinal on Saturday after spotting Stanford six runs in the top of the first inning ... 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 98-62 in its first 10 games ... Stanford is averaging 8.2 runs per game and hitting .333 offensively, while posting a 4.20 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 159-52 (.752) since the start of 1999.

Ryan Garko has been the team's leading hitter in the current Santa Clara series, going 4-for-7 (.571) with a double and three RBI in the first two games ... Garko also leads the club for the season with a 422 batting average ... Andy Toham (3-3) had a three-hit day at Santa Clara on Saturday ... Sunday's scheduled starter Tim Cunningham will be looking for his 10th consecutive victory dating back to 2000 ... Cunningham has won his first three starts this year after going 6-0 in 2001 ... 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 ... Carlos Quentin paces the club with three homers, while Donny Lucy has a team-high 17 RBI.

Stanford leads the all-time series over Santa Clara, 76-25-1 (since 1977) after the teams split the first two games of the current series. The Cardinal had won 20 straight games over the Broncos dating back to 1997 before Santa Clara's 13-9 win on Saturday. 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.

at Santa Clara 13, Stanford 9 (February 23, 2002) - Santa Clara ended a 20-game losing streak to Stanford (8-4) by surprising the top-ranked Cardinal, 13-9. The Broncos spotted Stanford six runs in the top of the first inning before roaring back with 10 runs of their own in the first three innings to take a 10-7 lead after three frames in a game that lasted 3:31. The middle of the Bronco lineup combined for 11 RBI. Joey Gomes (2-4, HR, 3 RBI) and Pat Peavey (2-4, 2B, 3 RBI) both had a pair of hits and three RBI, while Jack Headley had a double and four RBI. Shawn Epidendio (2-5, HR, 2 RBI) also homered for Santa Clara. Andy Topham (3-3), Ryan Garko (2-3, 2B, 2 RBI), Scott Dragicevich (2B, 2 RBI) and Brian Hall (2 RBI) paced the Cardinal offense.

Stanford............... 610 000 020   -  9 10  2Santa Clara......... 253 021 00X  - 13 14  2

Win-Redmond(3-1) Loss-Ehrlich(0-1) T-3:31 A-1021
BATTERIES: Stanford - McCally, Ehrlich (2), Jecmen (3), O'Hagan (3), Rich (5) and Lucy. Santa Clara - Redmond, Feichtmeir (7), Ampi (9) and Wallace.HRs: Santa Clara - Epidendio (1st, 2-run in 3rd), Gomes (2nd, 2-run in 5th).

at Stanford 5, Santa Clara 4 (February 22, 2002) - Jason Cooper singled home Carlos Quentin with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift Stanford to a 5-4 comeback victory over Santa Clara. The victory extended Stanford's winning streak to 20 straight games over the Broncos dating back to 1997. The victory was also Stanford's fourth in its last five games. J.D. Willcox (1-0) came on in relief in the eighth inning and picked up his first victory of the season. Santa Clara reliever Grant Feichtmeir (0-2) took the loss. Four Santa Clara players - Bobby Wiginton (2-3, 2B), Headley (2-4, 2 RBI), Jim Wallace (2-4, 2B) and Peavey (2-5) - had two hits each for the Broncos. Ryan Garko (2-4, RBI) was the only Stanford player with more than one hit.

Santa Clara......... 000 002 020  -  4 11 3Stanford............... 000 002 111  -  5  8  1

Win-Willcox (1-0) Loss-Feichtmeir (0-2) T-3:10 A-2333
BATTERIES: Santa Clara - Fillinger, Ampi (7), Feichtmeir (7) and Wallace. Stanford - Guthrie, Hudgins (8), Willcox (8) and Garko, Lucy (8).HRs: None.

Stanford's Ryan Garko leads all hitters with a .571 batting average, going 4-for-7 with three RBI in the first two games of the series. Santa Clara's A.J. LaBarbera (4-8) and Bobby Wiginton (3-6, 2B) are both hitting an even .500 for the Broncos. The Broncos are dominating the Cardinal in team statistics. The Broncos are hitting .342 in the series, while Stanford has a .265 batting average. The Broncos have a 4.67 ERA while Stanford's is 8.47. Defensively, Stanford has the edge with a .964 fielding percentage compared to .940 for the Broncos, who have committed five errors in the series.

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