No. 1 Baseball Looking For Sweep At USC On Sunday
March 24, 2002
NO. 1 STANFORD CARDINAL (16-5) AT USC TROJANS (12-12)
Sat., March 23 (Game 1) - Stanford 9, at USC 6
Sat., March 23 (Game 2) - Stanford 12, at USC 10 (11)
Sun., March 24, 1 pm, PT - RHP John Hudgins (3-0, 3.75) vs. RHP Brett Bannister (1-1, 3.10)
A live audio broadcast of Sunday's series finale will be available on KZSU (90.1 FM) as well as online at gostanford.com and kzsu-live.stanford.edu ...Chad Goldberg and Joe Ritzo will call all the action ... Live stats will also be available at gostanford.com and usctrojans.com.
STANFORD BASEBALL QUICK TEAM NOTES
Top-ranked Stanford resumed its season after a 12-day break with a doubleheader sweep Saturday at USC, 9-6 and 12-10 in 11 innings ... Stanford extended its regular season series win streak to nine and has now won eight of its last nine games overall ... Stanford will be looking for its second consecutive non-conference sweep of USC as the Cardinal also took all three non-conference games from the Trojans last season at Sunken Diamond ... Stanford has a current team batting average of .340, which is .003 percentage points higher than the school record of .337 set in 1981 as the Cardinal has recorded double digit hits in 17 of 21 games this season ... The Cardinal has outscored its opponents 184-107 in its first 21 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 13 times ... The Cardinal is averaging 8.8 runs per game ... Stanford is 6-0 on Friday's and 7-0 in 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 16-5 record this season is equal to the team's 14-5 mark through 21 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 4.04 ERA and defensively is fielding at a .965 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 167-53 (.759) since 1999.
STANFORD BASEBALL QUICK INDIVIDUAL NOTES
Jason Cooper now leads the team with a .453 batting average and 26 RBI, while Ryan Garko paces the club with five homers ... Cooper is currently on a career-high 13-game hit streak ... Jeremy Guthrie has won 11 consecutive decisions ... Guthrie leads the team in strikeouts (48) and innings pitched (47.0) ... Sunday's scheduled starter John Hudgins (3-0, 3.75) has won two straight starts against Cal Poly (3/3) and at California (3/10).
STANFORD-USC BASEBALL HISTORY
USC leads the Stanford in the all-time series, 196-140-3, despite a pair of Stanford wins on Saturday. Last year, Stanford won four of six games 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, 4/22, 9-5 Stanford).
A CLOSER LOOK AT SATURDAY'S DOUBLEHEADER
Scott Dragicevich singled home Carlos Quentin in the top of the 11th inning with the eventual game-winning run to cap a sweep for Stanford over USC in a non-conference doubleheader. Stanford picked up a 12-10 victory in 11 innings in the nightcap after Arik VanZandt singled home Dragicevich with an insurance run. The Cardinal won the opener, 9-6, after coming back from a 5-0 deficit after the first two innings. The sweep assures Stanford of its ninth consecutive regular season series victory dating back to last season.
Jeremy Guthrie (6-0) picked up the victory in the opener to extend his win streak on the mound to 11 straight decisions, scattering eight hits and six runs (three earned) with six strikeouts over the first 6.0 innings. Jason Cooper was 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI in the first game, before going 2-for-4 with two RBI in the second game to extend his career-high hit streak to 13 games. VanZandt had the only home run of the day for either team, his first of the season and a two-run shot to key a five-run Cardinal rally in the sixth inning of the first game.
VanZandt (2-4, HR, 2 RBI), Quentin (2-4) and Cooper (2-5, 2B, RBI) had two hits each for the Cardinal in the first game, while Garko and Hall both had a double and two RBI.
Barre was 3-for-3 with three doubles to lead the Trojans, while Moon was 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI.
In the nightcap, Stanford held on for a wild 12-10 victory in 11 innings that clocked in as the longest Cardinal game of the season at four hours and 25 minutes.
Every Cardinal starter had at least one of the team's 19 hits and seven players had multiple-hit games, led by O'Riordan (3-5, 2B, 2 RBI) and Garko (3-4, RBI) with three hits each. Cooper (2-4, 2 RBI), VanZandt (2-5, 3B, 2 RBI, SB), Dragicevich (2-6, RBI), Lucy (2-6, RBI) and Fuld (2-7, 2 2B) had two hits each, while Carter had a pair of RBI.
Mosich was 4-for-4 to lead USC's offense, while Peavey (2-4) had the Trojans' other two-hit game. Metropoulos had a double and two RBI, while Bonovich also had a pair of RBI.
SATURDAY'S STANFORD-USC LINE SCORES
Game 1 - Stanford 9, at USC 6 (March 23, 2002)
Stanford............ 003 005 100 - 9 11 0USC................. 410 000 000 - 6 10 1
Win-Guthrie(6-0) Loss-Chico (3-2) Save-Rich(1) T-3:11 A-1154
BATTERIES: Stanford - Guthrie, Rich (7) and Garko. USC - Chico, Butler (6), Howell (6), Rummonds (8) and Concepcion. HRs: Stanford - VanZandt (1st, 2-run in 6th).
Game 2 - Stanford 12, at USC 10 -- 11 Innings (March 23, 2002)
Stanford............ 220 321 000 02 - 12 19 2USC................. 000 331 030 00 - 10 12 4
Win-McCally(1-0) Loss-Campos (0-1) Save-None T-4:25 A-1154
BATTERIES: Stanford - Cunningham, Ehrlich (7), Naatjes (8), Willcox (8), McCally (8) and Lucy. USC - Reyes, Olson (4), Campos (8) and Concepcion. HRs: None.
A QUICK LOOK AT SATURDAY'S DOUBLEHEADER STATS
Ryan Garko (4-7, .571, 2B, 3 RBI), Arik VanZandt (4-9, .444, 3B, HR, 4 RBI), Jason Cooper (4-9, .444, 2B, 3 RBI) and Chris O'Riordan (4-10, .400, 2B, 3 RBI) had four hits each in the doubleheader for the Cardinal as the Cardinal hit .349 as a team compared to .278 for the Trojans. Brian Barre (4-9, .444, 3 2B, SB).