No. 1 Baseball Resumes Season At USC Saturday And Sunday

March 20, 2002

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    NO. 1 STANFORD (14-5) AT USC (12-10)

    Saturday, March 23, 1 pm, PT (Game 1) - RHP Jeremy Guthrie (5-0, 3.07) vs. LHP Matt Chico (3-1, 3.56)
    Saturday, March 23 (Game 2) - LHP Tim Cunningham (4-1, 3.03) vs. RHP Anthony Reyes (0-0, 0.00)
    Sunday, March 24, 1 pm, PT - RHP John Hudgins (3-0, 3.75) vs. RHP Brian Bannister (1-1, 3.10)
    A live audio broadcast of the Sunday game will be available on KZSU (90.1 FM) as well as online at gostanford.com and kzsu-live.stanford.edu ...The games or portions of the games on Saturday are subject to being pre-empted on KZSU (90.1 FM) by a NCAA Tournament women's basketball game ... Saturday's games will be broadcast on KZSU2 at kzsu-live.stanford.edu only if there is a pre-emption ... Chad Goldberg and Joe Ritzo will call all the action ... Live stats will also be available for all three games at gostanford.com.

    STANFORD BASEBALL QUICK TEAM NOTES
    Top-ranked Stanford resumes its season after a 12-day break with a three-game set at USC this Saturday-Sunday, March 23-24 ... Stanford is looking to extend its regular season series winning streak to nine after taking two-of-three at California in its most recent series March 8-10 ... Stanford has a current team batting average of .339, which is .002 percentage points higher than the school record of .337 set in 1981 as the Cardinal has recorded double digit hits in 15 of 19 games this season ... The Cardinal has outscored its opponents 163-91 in its first 19 games ... Stanford has had the knack for the big inning this season as the Cardinal has already scored five or more runs in an inning 12 times ... The Cardinal is averaging 8.6 runs per game ... Stanford is 6-0 in Friday series-openers ... Stanford has hit four homers in a game twice in March versus Cal Poly (3/2) and at California (3/8) ... The Cardinal scored a season-high 18 runs in the 18-5 win over Cal Poly (3/2) ... Stanford 14-5 record this season is equal to the team's 14-5 mark through 19 games a year ago ... Stanford remains the nation's No. 1 team in the latest national poll by Baseball America but has fallen to No. 3 behind Florida State and Clemson in Baseball Weekly/ESPN, Collegiate Baseball and NCBWA polls ... Stanford is averaging a paid crowd of 2432 through its first nine home games compared to 1739 for the first nine home games last year, an average of 639 more fans per game ... On the mound, Stanford has a 3.99 ERA and defensively is fielding at a .964 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 165-53 (.757) since 1999.

    STANFORD BASEBALL QUICK INDIVIDUAL NOTES
    Jason Cooper now leads the team with a .455 batting average and 23 RBI, while Ryan Garko paces the club with five homers ... Cooper is currently on a career-high 11-game hit streak ... Jeremy Guthrie has won 10 consecutive decisions ... Guthrie leads the team in strikeouts (42) and innings pitched (41.0).

    STANFORD-USC BASEBALL HISTORY
    USC leads the Stanford in the all-time series, 196-138-3. Last year, Stanford won four of the six games played between the teams. The Cardinal swept a non-conference series over the Trojans at Sunken Diamond (3/9, 2-0, 3/10, 15-3, 3/11, 9-5 - 10 innings) that included Andy Topham's memorable walk-off grandslam homer in the 10th inning of the final game and Jeremy Guthrie's complete game victory over Mark Prior in the opener to give Prior his only loss of the season. USC won two-of-three conference games in Los Angeles (4/20, 2-1, 4/21, 7-0, 9-5 Stanford, 4/22).

    A CLOSER LOOK AT LAST YEAR'S STANFORD-USC GAMES
    Stanford 9, at USC 5 (April 22, 2001) - Stanford avoided a sweep with a 9-5 victory over USC as Mike Gosling tossed his first career shutout and Chris O'Riordan tied a career-high with four RBI. Gosling shut the Trojans out for the final six innings and retired 13 straight batters from the fourth through eighth innings. Jason VanMeetren (3-5) had three of Stanford's 16 hits.

    Stanford............ 101 032 011  -  9 16  2USC................. 014 000 000  -  5  6  3

    Win-Gosling(4-0) Loss-Reyes(1-3) Save-None T-3:11 A-1333
    BATTERIES: Stanford - Gosling and Garko. USC - Reyes, Bannister (7), Olson (8), Williams (8), Rummonds (9), Ramirez (9) and Concepcion. HRs: Stanford - Quentin (7th, solo in 1st), Cooper (7th, solo in 9th).

    at USC 7, Stanford 0 (April 21, 2001) - USC picked up a 7-0 win over Stanford on a nationally-televised FOX game, handing Stanford its first shutout in 167 games and snapping Stanford's regular season series win streak at 17. Rik Currier tossed 8.0 scoreless innings to pick up the victory. Carlos Quentin (3-4) was only player in the game with more than two hits.

    Stanford............ 000 000 000  -  0  5  2USC................. 203 101 00X  -  7 10  2

    Win-Currier (8-1) Loss-Bruksch (8-1) Save-None T-2:48 A-1232
    BATTERIES: Stanford - Bruksch, Cunningham (5), Ehrlich (7) and Garko. USC - Currier, Dizard (9) and Concepcion. HRs: USC - Concepcion (3rd, 3-run in 3rd), Barre (7th, solo in 4th).

    at USC 2, Stanford 1 (April 20, 2001) - Alberto Concepcion homered to lead off the eighth inning to lift USC to a 2-1 victory over Stanford in a classic pitchers dual. Winning pitcher Mark Prior struck out 12, while Jeremy Guthrie suffered the loss despite allowing only two runs and six hits in a complete game effort. Stanford's Carlos Quentin (2-4, 2B, RBI) and USC's Michael Moon (2-3) were the only players for either team with more than one hit.

    Stanford............ 100 000 000  -  1  5  0USC................. 000 100 01X  -  2  6  0

    Win-Prior (11-1) Loss-Guthrie (8-2) Save-None T-2:28 A-1176
    BATTERIES: Stanford - Guthrie and Garko. USC - Prior and Concepcion. HRs: USC - Concepcion (2nd, solo in 8th).

    at Stanford 9, USC 5 - 10 innings (March 11, 2001) - Andy Topham capped a dramatic Stanford comeback with a one-out walk-off grandslam home run in the bottom of the 10th inning to lift the Cardinal to a thrilling 9-5 victory over USC and complete a three-game sweep over the Trojans. Topham collected career-highs of four hits and six RBI in a 4-for-5 (2B, HR, SB, 6 RBI) performance. Carlos Quentin (3-4, 2B, RBI) picked added three hits for the Cardinal.

    USC............... 004 010 000 0 -  5  7  0Stanford.......... 000 011 030 4 -  9 12  0

    Win-Willcox(2-0) Loss-Bannister(1-3) Save-None T-3:13 A-2973
    BATTERIES: USC - Reyes, Bannister (8) and Concepcion. Stanford - Cunningham, Gosling (6), Willcox (9) and Tirpack. HRs: USC - Lunetta (3rd, solo in 5th), Stanford - Topham (1st, grandslam in 10th).

    at Stanford 15, USC 3 (March 10, 2001) - Stanford's offense exploded in the Cardinal's 15-3 win over USC. Stanford clinched its 13th consecutive regular season series with the win as Jeff Bruksch picked up the victory on the mound, scattering eight hits and one run over the first 8.0 innings. Scott Dragicevich (3-4) had three of Stanford's 15 hits to pace the Cardinal offense. Darin Naatjes and Tobin Swope both recorded the first hits of their collegiate careers. Anthony Lunetta (3-5, HR, 3 RBI) was the only Trojan player with more than one hit.

    USC............... 000 000 012  -  3 10  3Stanford.......... 033 022 32X  - 15 15  1

    Win-Bruksch(4-0) Loss-Currier(4-1) Save-None T-3:15 A-2464
    BATTERIES: USC - Currier, Dizard (5), Rummonds (7), Williams (8) and Concepcion, Bonovich (6). Stanford - Bruksch, Gloger (9) and Tirpack, Garza (9). HRs: Stanford - O'Riordan (5th, 3-run in 7th), USC - Lunetta (2nd, solo in 8th).

    at Stanford 2, USC 0 (March 9, 2001) - Jeremy Guthrie tossed his first career shutout to lift Stanford to a 2-0 victory over USC (12-6). Guthrie picked up his fifth consecutive win, scattering six hits and striking out eight Trojans. Chris O'Riordan (2-4, 2 RBI) and Andy Topham (2-3) had multiple-hit games for the Cardinal, while USC leadoff hitter Brian Barre (2-4) was the only Trojan with more than one hit.

    USC.......... ..... 000 000 000  -  0  6  0Stanford........... 000 001 01X  -  2  8  0

    Win-Guthrie (5-0) Loss-Prior (4-1) Save-None T-2:33 A-2067
    BATTERIES: USC - Prior, Clark (8) and Concepcion. Stanford - Guthrie and Tirpack. HRs: None.

    STANFORD-CALIFORNIA GAME SUMMARIES
    Stanford 4, at California 2 (March 10, 2002) - Stanford picked up a 4-2 victory over California to take of two-of-three games in the non-conference series and extend its regular season series win streak to eight. Jason Cooper hit his third home run of the series and extended his career-high hit streak to 11 games. John Hudgins (3-0) earned the victory by holding the Golden Bears to one run on six hits over the first 6.0 innings, while Darin Naatjes earned his first collegiate save by retiring the only batter he faced for the final out of the game. Arik VanZandt (2-3, 2 SB) and Sam Fuld (2-5) had a pair of hits each for the Cardinal, while David Weiner (2-4, 2B, RBI) was the only California player with more than one hit.

    Stanford............ 100 101 100  -  4  8  0California.......... 010 000 100  -  2  8  4(3-0)  Loss-Todoroff(0-1)  Save-Naatjes(1)  T-3:11  A-762
    BATTERIES: Stanford - Hudgins, Rich (7), Naatjes (9) and Garko. California - Todoroff, Ingram (5), Brown (6) and Baker. HRs: Stanford - Cooper (4th, solo in 6th).

    at California 2, Stanford 1 (March 9, 2002) - California scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth inning and held on for a 2-1 upset victory over Stanford. Brian Montalbo held Stanford to one run on five hits through the first 7.1 innings to earn the victory and Matt Brown held the Cardinal scoreless on one hit over the final 1.2 innings to pick up his third save. Ben Conley (2-2, 2B, SB) had two of California's five hits. Tim Cunningham (4-1) had his 10-game win streak snapped, losing for the first time since May 28, 2000, despite holding the Golden Bears to two runs (one earned) and four hits over the first 7.0 innings. Chris O'Riordan (2-3) was the only Stanford player with more than one hit.

    Stanford............ 000 001 000  -  1  6  2California.......... 000 020 00X  -  2  5  0

    Win-Montalbo(2-3) Loss-Cunningham(4-1) Save-Brown(3) T-2:25 A-690
    BATTERIES: Stanford - Cunningham, Ehrlich (8) and Garko. California - Montalbo, Brown (8) and Baker. HRs: None.

    Stanford 15, at California 4 (March 8, 2002) - Stanford scored 15 runs in the seventh and eighth innings to rally for a 15-4 victory over California. Jason Cooper (5-5, 2 HR, 4 RBI) had the first two-homer game of his career and also had a career-high five hits to lead Stanford's 17-hit attack. Jeremy Guthrie picked up his 10th consecutive win on the mound dating back to last season, scattering five hits and four runs with six strikeouts over the first 7.0 innings. Stanford tied a season-high with four homers as Ryan Garko and Carlos Quentin also went deep. Garko (2-5, HR, 3 RBI) extended his hit streak to a season-high 10 games, while Quentin (2-4, 2B, HR, 3 RBI), Scott Dragicevich (2-4) and Sam Fuld (2-5, RBI) also had two hits each. Brian Horwitz (2-4, 2B) was the only California player with more than one hit.

    Stanford............ 000 000 780  - 15 17  2California.......... 000 400 000  -  4  6  2

    Win-Guthrie(5-0) Loss-Hutchinson(4-2) Save-None T-2:50 A-609
    BATTERIES: Stanford - Guthrie, McCally (8), Naatjes (9) and Garko. California - Hutchinson, Ingram (7), Hale (8), Gross (8), Kahoalii (8) and Baker. HRs: California - Conley (1st, 3-run in 4th), Stanford - Garko (5th, 3-run in 7th), Cooper 2 (2nd, solo in 7th, 3rd, 3-run in 8th), Quentin (4th, 2-run in 7th).

    STANFORD REMAINS NO. 1 TEAM IN BASEBALL AMERICA POLL
    Stanford remains the nation's No. 1 team for the sixth consecutive week in the latest poll released March 18 by Baseball America. The Cardinal began the season as the nation's unanimous No. 1 team but is now No. 3 behind top-ranked Florida State and No. 2 Clemson in this week's Baseball Weekly/ESPN, Collegiate Baseball and NCBWA polls. Stanford spent two weeks (4/9 - 4/16) last year as the nation's unanimous No. 1 team and 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). Arizona State (No. 23 Baseball America, No. 15 Baseball Weekly/ESPN, No. 20 Collegiate Baseball, No. 16 NCBWA) is the only other Pac-10 team currently ranked.

    JASON COOPER EXTENDS CAREER-BEST HIT STREAK TO 11 WITH BIG SERIES
    Jason Cooper extended his career-best hit streak to 11 games after going 7-for-12 (.583) with three homers and five RBI versus California (3/8 - 3/10). Cooper had a monster game in Friday's series-opener, going 5-for-5 with the first two-homer game of his career and four RBI. The five hits were also a career-best. Cooper added his third homer of the series on Sunday. Cooper is 21-for-42 (.500) with four doubles, four homers and 16 RBI during the stretch.

    GUTHRIE EXTENDS WIN STREAK TO 10, CUNNINGHAM'S STREAK SNAPPED AT 10
    Jeremy Guthrie extended his win streak to 10 consecutive decisions with a victory over California (3/8) in his most recent start. Guthrie was 8-4 at one point last season before winning his final five decisions of 2001 and has now won his first five decisions of 2002. Guthrie was last defeated at Sacramento State on May 2, 2001. Tim Cunningham had his 10-game win streak snapped when he took the loss in a 2-1 defeat at California (3/9) in his most recent start. Cunningham was 6-0 last season and had won his first four decisions in 2002.

    CHRIS O'RIORDAN ONE HIT AWAY FROM 200 IN HIS CAREER
    Chris O'Riordan enters the series at USC with 199 career hits.

    O'RIORDAN, FULD AND QUENTIN RANK AMONG TOP 10 IN CAREER AVERAGE
    Chris O'Riordan, Sam Fuld and Carlos Quentin all rank among the school's all-time batting average leaders. O'Riordan (.355, 199-560) currently ranks fifth on the all-time list, while Fuld (.353, 110-312) is tied for sixth and Quentin tied for eighth (.351, 110-313). O'Riordan began the season tied for first on the list with a .362 career batting average but has dropped to fifth by going 24-for-77 (.312) in his first 19 games. Fuld and Quentin both entered the list recently when they reached the requirement for 300 career at bats.

    JOHN HUDGINS EMERGES AS A THIRD STARTER
    John Hudgins has emerged as Stanford's third starter after impressive performances in victories versus Cal Poly (3/3 - 6.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 8 SO) and at California (3/10 - 6.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 SO), marking the first two times the Cardinal had won without Jeremy Guthrie or Tim Cunningham as the starting pitcher after four losses to open the season. Stanford is 12-1 when either Guthrie or Cunningham is the starter and 2-4 in other games.

    BIG INNINGS
    Stanford has shown the ability to put together big innings early this season. The Cardinal has already scored five or more runs in an inning 12 times in 2002, including a recent back-to-back outburst with seven runs in the seventh and eight more runs in the eighth of a 15-4 win at California (3/8). Stanford scored a season-high nine runs in the fourth inning of a 17-1 win 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). The Cardinal scored six times in the top of the first inning of a 13-9 loss at Santa Clara (2/23). Stanford scored five or more runs three times versus Cal Poly, posting eight runs in the second inning and six more in the sixth of an 18-5 win (3/2) before tallying seven times in the second inning of an 11-3 victory (3/3).

    FRUITFUL FRIDAYS
    Stanford improved its perfect record in Friday series-openers to 6-0 by winning at California (3/8) in its most recent Friday game. The Cardinal has also won Friday series-openers over Cal State Fullerton (2/1, 7-4), at Florida State (2/8, 9-3), at Fresno State (2/15, 6-2), versus Santa Clara (2/22, 5-4) and versus Cal Poly (3/1, 8-6).

    OFFENSIVE REPORT
    Stanford's team batting average currently sits at .339, which is .002 percentage points ahead of the school record of .337 set in 1981. Stanford posted double-digit hits in 15 of its first 17 games before being held under the mark in each of its last two games. The club is averaging 8.6 runs per game after the first 19 contests of the season. Jason Cooper leads the team in batting average (.455), RBI (23), hits (30), total bases (47), slugging percentage (.712) and on-base percentage (.486). Ryan Garko has a team-high five homers with Cooper and Carlos Quentin close behind with four each. Garko is also the team-leader in runs scored (25), while Scott Dragicevich paces the club with nine doubles. Quentin has been hit by a team-high 10 pitches, while Chris O'Riordan has been drawn a team-leading nine walks. Arik VanZandt (.406) joins Cooper above the .400 mark, while Quentin (.375), Dragicevich (.356), Garko (.342), Sam Fuld (.341), O'Riordan (.312), Lucy (.300) and Andy Topham (.300) are other regulars all hitting at .300 or better.

    PITCHING REPORT
    The Stanford pitching staff's ERA currently sits at 3.99 through its first 19 games, 0.49 runs higher than last year's 3.50 final ERA, but under 4.00 for the first time since the Cardinal gave up 12 earned runs in a game at Santa Clara (2/24). The Cardinal is 12-1 in games started by either Jeremy Guthrie (5-0, 3.07, 41.0 IP, 41 SO) or Tim Cunningham (4-1, 3.03, 38.2 IP, 23 SO). Guthrie leads the club in both innings pitched and strikeouts, while Cunningham is second in both categories. John Hudgins (3-0, 3.75, 24.0 IP, 22 SO) has won both of his starts versus Cal Poly (3/3) and at California (3/10) to emerge as the team's third starter. Ryan McCally (0-0, 4.91, 3 SV, 11.0 IP, 9 SO) leads the club with three saves and has not allowed a run in 9.2 innings of relief work this year. Jonny Dyer (1-0, 0.00, 2.2 IP, 4 SO) picked up his first collegiate win versus Santa Clara (2/24), while Darin Naatjes (0-0, 0.00, 1 SV, 4.0 IP, 6 SO) recorded his first collegiate save at California (3/10). Drew Ehrlich (0-1, 4.32, 1 SV, 16.2 IP, 17 SO) has the team's other save, while Dan Rich (0-0, 2.84, 6.1 IP, 9 SO) has also been effective out of the bullpen.

    DEFENSIVE REPORT
    Stanford is fielding at a .964 clip through the first 19 games of the 2002 season, .013 percentage points below last year's nation-leading and school record .977 fielding percentage. The Cardinal had made at least one error in 10 straight games before going errorless in its most recent game at California (3/10). Two of Stanford's other three errorless games came versus Cal State Fullerton (2/2) and at Florida State (2/8) in the first four games of the season and the other at Fresno State (2/15). Ryan Garko leads the club with 130 putouts, while Chris O'Riordan has a team-high 58 assists. The Cardinal has turned 23 double plays, including a season-high four at Fresno State (2/18). Brian Hall had a team season-high 13 putouts at California (3/9), while Andy Topham picked up a season-high seven assists versus Cal Poly (3/1).

    MISCELLANEOUS NOTES
    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) ... The Cardinal is 8-1 at home and 6-4 on the road ... Stanford was picked first in the 2002 Preseason Pac-10 Coaches Poll.

    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 2293-1453-32 (.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 1060-520-5 (.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 series versus USC) 'We'll be playing a real strong USC team that is beginning to play really well right now. They were ranked highly early in the season and are now recovering from some injuries that hurt them early in the year. Our next six games (also an upcoming three-game series versus Texas) will help us get ready for league play.'

    (on the team returning to action after the finals break) 'We'll have to see what happens. Sometimes we play really well after finals, sometimes we don't. I'm never quite sure how we're going to respond after the break.'

    (on the team's big inning capability) 'We're capable of big innings but sometimes we don't score at all. We need to be able to put things together more consistently offensively, but the big innings have really helped us win some games.'

    (on Jason Cooper's emergence) 'Jason has matured as hitter and is taking what the pitchers are giving him. He's able to go to left field if necessary but can still pull the ball for power as well.'

    (on the improvements necessary after the break) 'We need to improve in all phases of our game -- pitching, defense and offense.'

    (on the high-level of crowd support) 'We have a beautiful stadium with the renovation. It's a great place to watch a game and a great atmosphere for families. It's been great. We've developed something here that we hope to continue.'

    (on the team's freshman class) 'We have a very talented freshman group of position players with (Chris) Carter, (Donny) Lucy, (Danny) Putnam and (Billy) Paganetti. It makes it difficult for me trying to get them in the lineup, but they are either in the lineup or pushing to get playing time.'

    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.

    2002 STANFORD PLAYER NOTESsize>
    (For information prior to the 2002 season please refer to the 2002 Stanford Baseball Media Guide)

    HITTERS
    #11 - CHRIS CARTER (L/L, INF/OF, 6-0, 205, Fr.) -- .258, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 0 SB, Last Game at Cal: 0-4, Last Series at Cal: 1-11 (.091), Current Hitting Streak: None ... Had his first career homer and the second two-hit game of his career versus Cal Poly (3/2 - 2-3, 2B, HR, 2 RBI) ... Made his first collegiate start at Fresno State (2/15) and responded by going 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles.

    #18 - JASON COOPER (L/R, DH/OF/INF, 6-2, 210, Jr.) -- .455, 4 HR, 23 RBI, 0 SB, Last Game at Cal: 1-3, HR, RBI, Last Series at Cal: 7-12 (.583), 3 HR, 5 RBI, Last Year vs. USC: 2-7 (.286), HR, 2 RBI, Career Stats vs. USC: 2-16 (.125), HR, 2 RBI, Current Hitting Streak: 11 games (2/15 - 3/10) ... Leads the club in batting average (.355), hits (30), RBI (23), slugging percentage (.712) and on-base percentage (.486) ... Currently on a torrid career-high 11-game hitting streak (2/15 - 3/10), going 21-for-42 (.500) with four doubles, four homers and 16 RBI during the stretch ... Had a monster game in the opener of the Cal series (3/8), going 5-for-5 (career-high for hits) with the first two-homer game of his career and four RBI ... Added another homer in the series-finale (3/10) ... Led off the Cal Poly series by going 3-for-4 with a double and three RBI (3/2) before hitting his first homer of the year and collecting three RBI in the middle game and going 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI in the series finale (3/3) ... Had a three-hit game versus Santa Clara (2/24 - 3-4, 2B) ... Drove in the game-winning run with a ninth inning RBI-single versus Santa Clara (2/22) ... Was 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI at Florida State (2/10) ... Had four hits (4-4, 4 RBI) in a 17-1 win over Cal State Fullerton (2/2) before he was pinch-hit for prior to the final two at bats in his spot in the lineup ... Had six consecutive singles in six official at bats, spanning the last at bat of Friday night's series-opener and the first at bat of Sunday's series finale versus Cal State Fullerton (2/1 - 2/3).

    #8 - SCOTT DRAGICEVICH (R/R, SS, 6-3, 205, Sr.) -- .356, 0 HR, 10 RBI, 0 SB, Last Game at Cal: 1-3, Last Series at Cal: 4-10 (.400), Last Year vs. USC: 7-25 (.280), SB, Career Stats vs. USC: 8-30 (.267), Current Hitting Streak: 4 games (3/3 - 3/10) ... Leads the team with nine doubles and nine multiple-hit games ... Has made only three errors defensively at shortstop in 75 chances and 19 starts for a .960 fielding percentage ... Has started 87 consecutive games at shortstop ... Was 3-for-3 (2B, 3B) versus Brigham Young (2/12) ... Had five consecutive two-hit games (2/1 - 2/9) to open the season.

    #5 - SAM FULD (L/L, CF, 5-10, 180, So.) -- .341, 1 HR, 8 RBI, 0 SB, Last Game vs. Cal: 2-5, Last Series vs. Cal: 4-13 (.308), RBI, Last Year vs. USC (same as career stats): 6-22 (.273), 3 2B, 4 RBI, Current Hitting Streak: 1 game (3/10) ... Second on the club with 29 hits but has struggled with an 11-for-45 (.244) stretch over his last seven games after having tied a career-high with four hits (4-4, RBI) at Fresno State (2/16) ... Did have a three-hit game versus Cal Poly (3/1 - 3-4, 2B, 2 RBI) ... Posted a torrid season-high six-game hitting streak (2/8 - 2/16), going 14-for-26 (.538) with two doubles, a homer and three RBI during the stretch ... Had consecutive three-hit games at Florida State (2/9 - 3-6, 2/10 - 3-5, 2B) before hitting his first career collegiate home run versus Brigham Young (2/12) ... Had a big opening night versus Cal State Fullerton (2/1), going 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles.

    #12 - RYAN GARKO (R/R, C, 6-3, 235, Jr.) -- .342, 5 HR, 19 RBI, 1 SB, Last Game at Cal: 0-4, Last Series at Cal: 2-13 (.154), HR, 3 RBI, Last Year vs. USC: 3-11 (.273), 2B, 2 RBI, Career Stats vs. USC: 4-17 (.235), 2 RBI, Current Hitting Streak: None ... Posted a season-long 10-game hitting streak (2/15 - 3/8) in which he was 15-for-42 (.357) with two doubles, three homers and 13 RBI before going 0-for-4 in each of the final two games of the Cal series (3/9 - 3/10) ... Hit a three-run homer in the seventh inning at Cal (3/8) to break up a shutout and start Stanford's 15-4 comeback win ... Hit a two-run walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift Stanford to an 8-7 win over Santa Clara (2/24) ... Had three consecutive two-hit games versus Santa Clara (2/22 - 2-4, RBI, 2/23 - 2-3, 2B, 2 RBI, 2/24 - 2-4, HR, 3 RBI) ... Was 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBI at Florida State (2/9) ... Opened the season by going 6-for-8 (.750) in the first two games (2/1, 2/2) of the Cal State Fullerton series ... Tied a career-high with four hits (4-4, 2B, HR, 2 RBI) and was also hit by a pair of pitches in the middle game of the series versus the Titans (2/2).

    #3 - BRIAN HALL (R/R, OF, 6-0, 175, So.) -- .265, 1 HR, 11 RBI, 5 SB, Last Game at Cal: DNP, Last Series at Cal: 1-5 (.200), 3B, RBI, Last Year vs. USC (same as career stats): 3-11 (.273), 3B, 2 RBI, Current Hitting Streak: None ... Co-leads the team with five stolen bases and has added 11 RBI ... Picked up a pair of hits in the final game of the series versus Santa Clara (2/24 - 2-3) and two RBI the previous game versus Santa Clara (2/23 - 1-3, 2 RBI) ... Had a huge game against Cal State Fullerton (2/2), going 3-for-5 with a double, homer and career-high six RBI.

    #15 - DONNY LUCY (R/R, 1B, 6-3, 205, Fr.) -- .300, 3 HR, 22 RBI, 5 SB, Last Game at Cal: 0-4, Last Series at Cal: 0-5, Current Hitting Streak: None ... Ranks second on the club with 22 RBI, while co-leading the team with five stolen bases and adding three homers ... Had his first triple of the season in his most recent series versus Cal Poly (3/2) ... Posted a career-high seven-game hit streak (2/18 - 3/3) in which he was 10-for-29 (.345) with a triple, two homers, 10 RBI and three stolen bases ... Had at least one RBI in his first 12 collegiate starts (2/8 - 3/2), picking up three RBI in four of the contests and totaling 22 during the stretch ... Hit his most recent homer versus Santa Clara (2/24) after his first two collegiate homers the previous week versus Brigham Young (2/12) and Fresno State (2/18), picking up three RBI in both games ... Had two huge games to begin the Florida State series, going 2-for-4 with a double, three RBI and a stolen base in the series-opener (2/8) and then 3-for-6 with a double, stolen base and three RBI in the middle game of the series (2/9).

    #1 - CHRIS O'RIORDAN (R/R, 2B, 5-9, 180, Sr.) -- .312, 1 HR, 12 RBI, 1 SB, Last Game at Cal: 1-5, Last Series at Cal: 4-11 (.364), RBI, Last Year vs. USC: 7-22 (.318), HR, 9 RBI, 4 SB, Career Stats vs. USC: 13-44 (.295), HR, 9 RBI, Current Hitting Streak: 4 games (3/10) ... Picked up his second three-hit game of the season versus Cal Poly (3/3 - 3-4, 2B, RBI) after picking up three sacrifice flies for his first three-RBI game of the year the previous day (3/2) ... Tied an individual career-high and team season-high by scoring four runs in the series-opener versus Cal Poly (3/1) ... Posted a career-high-tying 11-game hit streak (2/8 - 3/1), but hit only a moderate .312 (15-48) with five doubles, a triple, homer and five RBI during the streak that included eight one hit games ... Began the season tied for the all-time lead on Stanford's career batting average list at .362 but has dropped into fifth after losing seven points off his career batting average (.355, 199-560) by going 24-for-77 (.312) in his first 19 games of the season ... Had a key two-run homer to nearly help the Cardinal pull out a comeback in a 7-6 loss at Florida State (2/10) ... Was 3-for-6 with two doubles and three RBI at Florida State (2/9).

    #24 - CARLOS QUENTIN (R/R, OF, 6-2, 215, So.) -- .375, 4 HR, 19 RBI, 3 SB, Last Game at Cal: 1-2, RBI, SB, Last Series at Cal: 3-10 (.300), 2B, HR, 4 RBI, Last Year vs. USC (same as career stats): 12-24 (.500), 2 2B, HR, 5 RBI, Current Hitting Streak: 1 game (3/10) ... Ranks third on the club with a .375 batting average, tied for second with four homers, and tied for third with 19 RBI ... Hit a key two-run homer in the seventh at Cal (3/8) that gave Stanford its first lead (6-4) in a 15-4 comeback victory ... Posted a torrid six-game hit streak (2/9 - 2/22), going 13-for-23 (.565) with three doubles, a homer, five RBI and two stolen bases during the stretch ... Scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth of a 5-4 win over Santa Clara (2/22) ... Tied a career-best with four hits (4-4, 2B) in the first game of a series at Fresno State (2/15) and had three hits (3-5, HR, 2 RBI) in the series finale at Fresno State (2/18) ... Set a NCAA Division I single-game record when he was hit by five pitches at Florida State (2/9) ... Had a pair of homers in the season-opening Cal State Fullerton series (2/1 - 2/3) as he also added five RBI ... Hit a three-run homer off the scoreboard in his first at bat of the season versus the Titans (2/1), the second year in a row he has led off his season with a homer in his first at bat ... Began his career with a blast, hitting a three-run homer in his first collegiate at bat at Fresno State (1/26).

    #2 - ARIK VANZANDT (R/R, 1B/3B, 6-1, 200, Sr.) -- .406, 0 HR, 4 RBI, 5 SB, Last Game at Cal: 2-3, 2 SB, Last Series at Cal: 4-8 (.500), RBI, 3 SB, Last Year vs. USC: 3-22 (.136), 2 2B, Career Stats vs. USC: 7-29 (.241), HR, 4 RBI, Current Hitting Streak: 5 games (3/2 - 3/10) ... Replaced Andy Topham at third base in the second game of the Cal Poly series after Topham was injured following his first at bat and is 9-for-16 (.563) with a triple, three RBI and four stolen bases in five games since ... Ranks second on the club with a .406 batting average ... Had a pair of stolen bases at Cal (3/10) ... Picked up his second three-hit game of the season versus Cal Poly (3/3 - 3-4, RBI, SB) ... Posted a 3-for-4 game with two doubles versus Cal State Fullerton (2/2).

    STARTING PITCHERS
    #28 - JEREMY GUTHRIE (R/R, 6-1, 200, Jr.) -- 5-0, 3.07, 41.0 IP, 42 SO
    Last Year vs. USC (same as career stats)
    2.06, 1-1, 2 G, 2 GS, 2 CS, 1 SHO, 17.0 IP, 12 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 7 BB, 12 SO
    Notes: Has a 5-0 record with a 3.07 ERA through his first six starts and has won 10 consecutive decisions dating back to last season with his last loss at Sacramento State (5/2/01) ... Leads the team in both strikeouts (42) and innings pitched (41.0) ... Needed a Stanford comeback at Cal (3/8) to keep his win streak alive as the Cardinal scored 15 runs in the seventh and eighth innings for a 15-4 win in a game Cal head led 4-0 after six innings ... Had his longest and best outing versus Cal Poly (3/1), allowing just five hits and two runs (one earned) with eight strikeouts in 8.0 innings ... Also has victories over Fresno State (2/15), Florida State (2/8) and Cal State Fullerton (2/1) ... Scattered nine hits and two runs at Fresno State ... Scattered seven hits and three runs (two earned) while striking out eight at Florida State ... Impressive performance against Cal State Fullerton (2/1) in the season-opener, striking out a season-high nine with no walks, while scattering nine hits and four runs (two earned) ... Has tossed at least 6.0 innings in each of his six starts.

    #27 - TIM CUNNINGHAM (L/L, 6-3, 190, Jr.) -- 4-1, 3.03, 38.2 IP, 23 SO
    Last Year vs. USC
    7.71 ERA, 0-0, 2 G, 1 GS, 7.0 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 4 BB, 4 SO
    Career vs. USC
    7.43 ERA, 1-1, 4 G, 2 GS, 13.1 IP, 17 H, 12 R, 11 ER, 7 BB, 6 SO
    Notes: Had his 10-game win streak snapped in a 2-1 loss at Cal (3/9) despite one of his most impressive performances of the year, allowing just four hits and two runs (one earned) in 7.0 innings ... Had won four of his first six starts with two no decisions ... Scattered 10 hits and four runs over 6.0 innings in an 18-5 win over Cal Poly (3/2) ... Pitched wonderfully in back-to-back starts versus Brigham Young (2/12) and Fresno State (2/18), allowing no earned runs in 11.2 innings to pick up a pair of victories ... Held Fresno State without an earned run in 7.2 innings, scattering three hits and taking a shutout into the eighth inning ... Tossed 4.0 scoreless innings as a starter versus Brigham Young (2/12), allowing only one hit ... Began his 2002 campaign with a victory over Cal State Fullerton (2/2) in the second game of the season-opening series, scattering five hits and one run ... Leads the team with seven starts, while ranking second on the club in innings pitched (38.2) and strikeouts (23).

    #17 - JOHN HUDGINS (R/R, 6-2, 195, So.) -- 3-0, 3.75, 24.0 IP, 22 SO
    Notes: Has established himself as the club's third starter after back-to-back impressive performances versus Cal Poly (3/3) and at Cal (3/10) ... Scattered six hits and one run over 6.0 innings in a 4-2 win at Cal ... Made his first start of the season versus Cal Poly (3/3) and held the Mustangs scoreless over the first 6.0 innings, facing only one batter over the minimum before allowing three runs in the seventh ... Has also made five relief appearances and is tied for the team lead with seven appearances ... Picked up a win out of the bullpen in a wild 15-11 Stanford victory at Florida State (2/9) ... Impressive performance (4.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO) in relief versus Cal State Fullerton (2/3) in his first outing of the season.

    BULLPEN/OTHERS
    #33 - JONNY DYER (R/R, 6-1, 180, Fr.) -- 1-0, 0.00, 2.2 IP, 4 SO
    Notes: Picked up his first collegiate victory versus Santa Clara (2/24) after entering the game in the top of the ninth and forcing the only batter he faced into an inning-ending double play ... Has not allowed a run or a hit in three appearances, most recently with a perfect inning against Cal Poly (3/2) ... Struck out the side in 1.0 inning in his collegiate pitching debut versus Brigham Young (2/12).

    #38 - DREW EHRLICH (L/R, 6-5, 230, So.) -- 0-1, 4.32, 1 SV, 16.2 IP, 17 SO
    Last Year vs. USC (same as career stats)
    0.00 ERA, 0-0, 1 G, 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO
    Notes: Tossed a scoreless inning at Cal (3/9) ... Pitched 2.0 perfect innings, recording six outs (includes double play) while facing only five batters to close out 11-3 win over Cal Poly (3/3) ... Charged with a loss at Santa Clara (2/23), giving up two runs, three hits and two walks in 0.2 innings of relief ... Had excellent relief performances in his first three outings, including the longest stint of any reliever this year with 6.0 innings of work at Fresno State (2/16 - 6.0 IP, 8 HR, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 6 SO) ... Picked up his first collegiate save against Cal State Fullerton (2/2), tossing the final 3.0 scoreless innings and striking out five in a 17-1 Stanford win.

    #30 - MARK JECMEN (R/R, 6-9, 230, Fr.) -- 0-3, 13.00, 9.0 IP, 7 SO
    Notes: Has struggled early in his collegiate career, suffering the team's first three losses ... Has pitched out of the bullpen in his last two appearances at Santa Clara (2/23) and versus Cal Poly (3/2) ... His best performance came in his second start at Florida State (2/10) with four strikeouts in 4.1 innings.

    #20 - RYAN MCCALLY (R/R, 6-1, 190, Jr.) -- 0-0, 4.91, 3 SV, 11.0 IP, 9 SO
    Career Stats vs. USC (Did not pitch versus USC in 2001)
    0.00 ERA, 0-0, 1 G, 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO
    Notes: Has been the team's top reliever in five relief appearances with three saves, giving up only six hits and two walks with nine strikeouts in 9.2 innings of relief work ... Made his first career start after 47 straight relief appearances at Santa Clara (2/23) but allowed six runs, four hits and two walks before being removed in the second inning ... Closed out victories for Jeremy Guthrie in each of his first four relief outings and pitched a scoreless eighth inning in Guthrie's fifth win at Cal (3/8) ... Put out the fire versus Cal Poly (3/1) by getting the final two outs in an 8-6 Stanford win in which the Mustangs scored four times in the top of the ninth ... Pitched 2.0 innings of scoreless one-hit work at Fresno State (2/15) ... Also tossed 3.0 innings of scoreless two-hit relief work at Florida State (2/8) ... Began his 2002 collegiate season with an impressive performance of 3.0 scoreless innings with five strikeouts and only one hit allowed versus Cal State Fullerton (2/1) on opening night.

    #26 - DARIN NAATJES (R/R, 6-7, 240, Jr.) -- 0-0, 0.00, 4.0 IP, 6 SO
    Notes: Closed out both Stanford wins at Cal, including his first collegiate save in the series finale (3/8) by retiring the potential game-winning run with two runners on and the Cardinal holding a 4-2 lead ... Pitched a scoreless ninth inning with two strikeouts in the series opener at Cal (3/8) ... Has struck out six batters in four scoreless innings and allowed only one hit and one walk ... Allowed only one hit and one walk in a scoreless 0.2 innings versus Cal Poly (3/3) ... Pitched 2.0 hitless innings with four strikeouts in his collegiate pitching debut versus Brigham Young (2/12).

    #19 - DAVID O'HAGAN (R/R, 6-0, 185, So.) -- 0-0, 4.76, 5.2 IP, 5 SO
    Notes: Most recently pitched a perfect inning with a strikeout versus Cal Poly (3/2) ... Allowed two runs and four hits with two strikeouts in 2.2 innings at Santa Clara (2/23) ... Allowed one run and two hits in his collegiate pitching debut versus Brigham Young (2/12).

    #25 - DAN RICH (R/L, 6-2, 235, Sr.) -- 0-0, 2.84, 6.1 IP, 9 SO
    Career Stats vs. USC (Did not pitch versus USC in 2001)
    3.38 ERA, 0-0, 3 G, 2.2 IP, 1 R, 1 ER
    Notes: Pitched effectively in his most recent outing in middle relief at Cal (3/10), striking out a career-high five in 2.2 innings and limiting the Golden Bears to two hits and one run ... Had an excellent performance at Santa Clara (2/23), pitching a career-high 3.1 innings and striking out four ... Has struck out nine batters in 6.1 innings this season and ranks second on Stanford's all-time strikeouts per nine innings list (10.59).

    #29 - J.D. WILLCOX (R/R, 6-2, 190, Sr.) -- 1-0, 5.62, 8.0 IP, 2 SO
    Last Year vs. USC
    0.00 ERA, 1-0, 1 G, 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO
    Career Stats vs. USC
    22.50 ERA, 1-0, 2 G, 2.0 IP, 5 R, 5 ER
    Notes: Allowed three hits and four runs in just 0.1 innings in his most recent outing versus Cal Poly (3/1) ... Appeared twice versus Santa Clara (2/22, 2/24), picking up a victory in his first outing and tossing a total of 1.1 scoreless innings... Tossed 3.1 innings at Florida State (2/10), allowing two runs (one earned) and four hits ... Pitched 2.2 innings of scoreless, two-hit relief versus Cal State Fullerton (2/3).

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