No. 1 Baseball Hosts No. 16 Texas In Three-Game Series Thursday-Saturday
March 26, 2002
NO. 16 TEXAS (24-6, 5-4 BIG 12) AT NO. 1 STANFORD (17-5, 0-0 PAC-10)
Thursday, March 28, 6 pm, PT - LHP Brad Halsey (4-0, 1.99) vs. RHP Jeremy Guthrie (6-0, 3.26)
Friday, March 29, 6 pm, PT - LHP Justin Simmons (7-0, 2.01) vs. LHP Tim Cunningham (4-1, 3.43)
Saturday, March 30, 1 pm, PT - RHP Ray Clark (3-2, 2.98) vs. RHP John Hudgins (4-0, 4.11)
A live audio broadcast of all three Stanford-Texas games 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 for all three games at gostanford.com.
STANFORD BASEBALL QUICK TEAM NOTES
Top-ranked Stanford heads into the upcoming Texas series with nine wins in its 10 games and four in a row ... Stanford extended its regular season series win streak to nine with a sweep at USC (3/23 - 3/24) in its most recent series, the first time the Cardinal has swept at USC since 1997 and its second sweep in seven series this season ... Stanford has a current team batting average of .337, which equals the school record set in 1981 ... The Cardinal has outscored its opponents 189-111 in its first 22 games and has recorded double-digit hits 17 times ... 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 and is averaging 8.6 runs per game ... Stanford is 6-0 on Friday 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's 17-5 record this season is equal to the team's 17-5 mark through 22 games a year ago ... Stanford remains the nation's No. 1 team in the latest national poll by Baseball America and has moved to No. 2 ahead of former No. 1 Florida State but behind Clemson in the most recent 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 .967 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 record of 168-53 (.760) since 1999.
STANFORD BASEBALL QUICK INDIVIDUAL NOTES
Jason Cooper now leads the team with a .449 batting average and 27 RBI, while Ryan Garko paces the club with six homers ... Cooper is currently on a career-high 14-game hit streak, going 26-for-54 (.481) during the stretch ... Jeremy Guthrie has won 11 consecutive decisions ... Guthrie leads the team in strikeouts (48) and innings pitched (47.0) ... Chris O'Riordan picked up his 200th career hit at USC (3/23 - Game 1).
STANFORD-TEXAS BASEBALL SERIES PREVIEW AND HISTORY
Stanford and Texas look forward to an exciting series as the Cardinal bring a Pac-10 leading .337 batting average into the series, while an outstanding Texas pitching staff has notched a school record four straight shutouts to lower its ERA to 2.38. The teams played six times last year as the Cardinal took four of the six games and ended the Longhorns' season in a dramatic NCAA Regional. The Cardinal swept Texas on the final day of Regional action in a pair of one run games (5/27, 10-9, 10 innings, 4-3) after Texas had defeated the Cardinal, 4-3, the previous day (5/26). Stanford also won two-of-three games in a non-conference series at Texas (2/16, 9-6, 2/17, 5-0, 2/18, Texas 2-1). Stanford leads the all-time series, 11-8-1.
A CLOSER LOOK AT LAST YEAR'S STANFORD-TEXAS GAMES
at Stanford 4, Texas 3 (May 27, 2001 -- NCAA Regional Championship #2) - Ryan Garko's two-RBI single capped a three-run Stanford rally in the top of the eighth inning to lift the Cardinal to a 4-3 victory over Texas and its third consecutive NCAA Regional title. The victory capped a doubleheader sweep for the Cardinal, marking the first time Stanford has ever won two games on the final day of a regional to advance in the NCAA Baseball Tournament. Garko was named the Co-Most Outstanding Player in the Regional along with Ben King from Texas. Stanford reliever J.D. Willcox shut the Longhorns out the final 2.0 innings, while Mike Wodnicki pitched 1.2 innings of middle relief to earn the win. Andy Topham was the lone Stanford player with more than one hit, going 2-for-4. King (2-5, RBI) and France (2-3, 2B, RBI) each had two hits to pace the Longhorns.
Stanford............ 000 010 030 - 4 6 1Texas............... 100 001 100 - 3 8 2
Win-Wodnicki(5-1) Loss-Clark(3-4) Save-Willcox(5) T-2:43 A-2143
BATTERIES: Stanford - Hudgins, McCally (6), Wodnicki (6) and Garko. Texas - Clark, Jordan (8) and Anderson. HRs: Texas - Hubele (7th, solo in 7th).
at Stanford 10, Texas 9 -- 10 Inn. (May 27, 2001 - NCAA Regional Championship #1) - Carlos Quentin's two-out RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning scored Chris O'Riordan to lift Stanford to a 10-9 victory over Texas in the first NCAA Regional Championship Game at Sunken Diamond. Texas' Ben King sent the game into extra innings when he hit a three-run homer to tie the score at 9-9 in the top of the 9th inning. Andy Topham had his first two-homer game and had four RBI to pace Stanford's offense. Quentin (4-6, 4 RBI) set a career-high with four hits, including his game-winning hit.
Texas.............. 000 050 103 0 - 9 11 0Stanford........... 112 005 000 1 - 10 13 0
Win-Willcox (4-0) Loss-Montes (7-6) Save-None T-3:57 A-2515
BATTERIES: Texas - Simmons, Espineli (3), Frizzel (6), France (6), Montes (10), Jordan (10), Simpson (10) and Anderson. Stanford - Bruksch, Wodnicki (7), Willcox (9) and Garko, Tirpack (9). HRs: Texas - King (5th, 3-run in 9th), Stanford - Topham 2 (5th, solo in 2nd, 6th, 2-run in 6th), O'Riordan (11th, solo in 3rd).
Texas 4, at Stanford 3 (May 26, 2001 - NCAA Regional) - Texas scored four times in the sixth inning to defeat Stanford, 4-3, and advance to the Regional championship game. Texas starter Albert Montes got the win to improve to 7-5, giving up three runs while scattering eight Stanford hits, striking out four and walking one. Stanford starter Mike Gosling saw his unbeaten streak stopped at seven games as he took the loss to fall to 7-1. The Texas offense was led by Ontiveros, who went 3-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI. Jonny Ash carried the Cardinal attack with a career-high three RBI during his 2-for-4 game. Ryan Garko (2-5) was the only other Stanford player with more than one hit.
Stanford............ 000 100 020 - 3 9 0Texas....... ....... 000 004 00x - 4 11 2
Win-Montes (7-5) Loss-Gosling (7-1) Save-Jordan (3) T-2:42 A-3346
BATTERIES: Stanford - Gosling, McCally (8) and Garko. Texas - Montes, Clark (8), Jordan (9) and Anderson. HRs: Texas - Anderson (2nd, 2-run in 6th).
at Texas 2, Stanford 1 (February 18, 2001) - Ryan Hubele's one-out double down the left field line in the bottom of the eight inning scored Matt Rosenberg and lifted Texas to a 2-1 victory over Stanford to end a seven-game Cardinal win streak. Albert Montes tossed his first career complete game and the first of the season for the Longhorns. Stanford starter Tim Cunningham allowed only one run and four hits in the first 7.0 innings and received no decision. Hubele (2-3, 2 2B, RBI) and Rosenberg (2-3) had two hits each for the Longhorns, while Ken Tirpack (2-3) and Jason Cooper (2-4, 2B, RBI) and two hits each for Stanford.
Stanford.......... 004 010 000 - 1 6 0Texas............. 000 001 010 - 2 5 0
Win-Montes(2-0) Loss-Hudgins(0-3) Save-None T-2:14 A-4546
BATTERIES: Stanford - Cunningham, Hudgins (8) and Tirpack. Texas - Montes and Hubele. HRs: None.
Stanford 5, at Texas 0 (February 17, 2001) - Jeff Bruksch and Mike Wodnicki combined on a three-hit shutout in a 5-0 Stanford win over Texas. Bruksch gave up just three hits in 8.1 scoreless innings, while Wodnicki recorded a double play on his second pitch. Arik VanZandt led the Cardinal, going 3-for-5 with a double, stolen base and RBI. Chris O'Riordan (2-5, SB, RBI) also had a pair of hits. Omar Quintanilla (2-3) had two hits for the Longhorns.
Stanford......... 110 000 003 - 5 5 1Texas............ 000 000 000 - 0 3 3
Win-Bruksch(2-0) Loss-Simpson(0-2) Save-None T-2:47 A-4476
BATTERIES: Stanford - Bruksch, Wodnicki (9) and Garko. Texas - Simpson, Simmons (8), Grigsby (8), Denman (9) and Anderson. HRs: None.
Stanford 9, at Texas 6 (February 16, 2001) - Stanford jumped out to a 5-0 lead after one and a half innings and held on for a 9-6 victory as Scott Dragicevich (3-5, RBI) and Arik VanZandt (3-6, SB) led the Cardinal offense, while Jason Cooper hit his fourth homer of the season. Jeremy Guthrie picked up the win, allowing just seven hits and three runs (two earned) over the first 7.0 innings.
Stanford......... 320 210 001 - 9 13 1Texas............ 021 000 012 - 6 11 2
Win-Guthrie (2-0) Loss-Clark(0-2) Save-Hudgins(4) T-3:09 A-4015
BATTERIES: Stanford - Guthrie, McCally (8), Hudgins (8) and Garko, Tirpack (8). Texas - Clark, Frizzell (5), Denman (9) and Anderson. HRs: Stanford - Cooper (4th, 1 on in 4th).
2002 STANFORD-USC GAME SUMMARIES
Stanford 5, at USC 4 (March 24, 2002) - Stanford completed its first three-game sweep at USC since 1997 with a 5-3 victory. Jason Cooper, Chris O'Riordan and Ryan Garko hit solo homers, while John Hudgins (4-0) picked up his third victory in as many starts. Chris O'Riordan led the Cardinal, going 3-for-4 with a double, homer and RBI, while Sam Fuld was 2-for-5 with a double. USC had two hits from Alberto Concepcion (2-3, 2B, RBI) and Bill Peavey (2-4, 2B, HR, 2 RBI).
Stanford............ 021 100 100 - 5 9 0USC................. 100 200 100 - 4 6 2
Win-Hudgins(4-0) Loss-Bt. Bannister(1-2) Save-Ehrlich(2) T-2:41 A-867
BATTERIES: Stanford - Hudgins, Ehrlich (7) and Garko. USC - Bt. Bannister, Howell (5) and Concepcion. HRs: Stanford - Cooper (5th, solo in 2nd), O'Riordan (2nd, solo in 3rd), Garko (6th, solo in 7th), USC - Peavey (4th, solo in 4th).
Stanford 9, at USC 6 -- Game 1, Stanford 12, at USC 10 -- Game 2 (March 23, 2002) - Scott Dragicevich singled home Carlos Quentin in the top of the 11th inning of the second game with the eventual game-winning run to cap a doubleheader sweep for Stanford with a 12-10 victory over USC. The Cardinal won the opener, 9-6, after coming back from a 5-0 deficit after the first two innings. Jeremy Guthrie picked up the victory, 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.
Game 1Stanford............ 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 (7) and Concepcion. HRs: None.
Game 2Stanford............ 003 005 100 - 9 11 0USC................. 410 000 100 - 6 10 1
Win-Guthrie(6-0) Loss-Chico(3-2) Save-Rich(1) T-303 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).
STANFORD REMAINS NO. 1 TEAM IN BASEBALL AMERICA POLL
Stanford remains the nation's No. 1 team for the seventh consecutive week in the latest poll released March 25 by Baseball America. The Cardinal began the season as the nation's unanimous No. 1 team but is now No. 2 behind 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. 20 Baseball America, No. 15 Baseball Weekly/ESPN, No. 19 Collegiate Baseball, No. 16 NCBWA) is the only other Pac-10 team currently ranked.
JASON COOPER STAYS HOT, EXTENDS CAREER-BEST HIT STREAK TO 14
Jason Cooper extended his career-best hit streak to 14 games by picking up hits in all three games of the USC series (3/23 - 3/24) and going 5-for-12 (.417) with a double, homer and four RBI. Cooper had two hits in each of the games in Saturday's doubleheader (Game 1: 2-5, 2B, RBI, Game 2 - 2-4, 2 RBI) before hitting a homer in his first at bat in Sunday's finale. Cooper is 26-for-54 (.481) with five doubles, five homers and 20 RBI during the stretch.
JEREMY GUTHRIE EXTENDS WIN STREAK TO 11
Jeremy Guthrie extended his win streak to 11 consecutive decisions with a victory over USC (3/23 - Game 1) 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 six decisions of 2002. Guthrie was last defeated at Sacramento State on May 2, 2001.
CHRIS O'RIORDAN PICKS UP 200TH HIT OF CAREER
Chris O'Riordan became the first member of this year's Stanford team to reach 200 career hits when with an RBI single in the third inning of the first game of a doubleheader at USC (3/23).
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 (.359, 206-574) has jumped back into a tie for second-place after going 7-for-14 during the USC series (3/23 - 3/24). Fuld (.352, 115-327) is seventh and Quentin ranks 10th (.347, 113-326). O'Riordan began the season tied for first on the list with a .362 career batting average but dropped to fifth by going 24-for-77 (.312) in his first 19 games before the series at USC.
JOHN HUDGINS EMERGES AS A THIRD STARTER
John Hudgins has emerged as Stanford's third starter after three consecutive impressive performances in victories versus Cal Poly (3/3 - 6.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 8 SO), at California (3/10 - 6.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 SO) and at USC (3/24 - 6.2 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 2 SO).
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, most recently with a five-run sixth inning at USC (3/23 - Game 1) in the series-opener. Below is a list of other innings in which the Cardinal has scored five or more runs this season ...
Stanford is 6-0 on Fridays and 7-0 in series-openers after taking Saturday's opening-game at USC, 9-6 (3/23 - Game 1). The Cardinal has Friday series-opener wins 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), versus Cal Poly (3/1, 8-6) and at California (3/8, 15-4).
SPREADING OUT THE RELIEF
Stanford has had four different relievers combine for the team's seven saves this season. Ryan McCally leads the way with three, followed by Drew Ehrlich with two. Dan Rich and Darin Naajtes have one each.
UP NEXT FOR THE CARDINAL
Stanford will make its final preparations for Pac-10 play by hosting San Francisco in a non-conference game next Tuesday, April 2 (6 pm). The teams split a pair of games last year with the Dons surprising the top-ranked Cardinal, 5-4, on April 17 at Sunken Diamond. Stanford defeated USF, 8-6, on May 9 in San Francisco. The Cardinal owns an advantage of 46-6 in the all-time series (since 1977). Stanford will then open Pac-10 action with a three-game series at Arizona (Friday-Sunday, April 5-7, 7 pm, 1 pm, 1 pm, MT). Stanford won two-of-three games last year at Sunken Diamond (5/11 - 5/13, 6-5, 5-4 Arizona, 8-2) and holds an 88-49 advantage in the all-time series.
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 9-4 on the road ... Stanford was picked first in the 2002 Preseason Pac-10 Coaches Poll.
Stanford's team batting average currently sits at .337, which equals the school record of .337 set in 1981. Stanford has posted double-digit hits in 17 of its first 22 games and is averaging 8.6 runs per game. Jason Cooper leads the team in batting average (.449), RBI (27), hits (35), total bases (56), slugging percentage (.718) and on-base percentage (.488). Ryan Garko has a team-high six homers with Cooper (5) and Carlos Quentin (4) close behind. Garko is also the team-leader in runs scored (29), while Scott Dragicevich paces the club with 10 doubles. Quentin has been hit by a team-high 11 pitches, while Chris O'Riordan has drawn a team-leading 12 walks. Arik VanZandt (.386), Garko (.356) and Quentin (.351) are all hitting better than .350, while O'Riordan (.341), Fuld (.340) and Dragicevich (.333) are other regulars all hitting above .300. The Cardinal scored a season-high 18 runs versus Cal Poly (3/2) and has reached double digits in runs six times.
Stanford's ERA currently sits at 4.04 through its first 22 games, 0.54 runs higher than last year's final 3.50 ERA. The current Cardinal starting rotation is 14-1 with Jeremy Guthrie (6-0, 3.26, 47.0 IP, 48 SO), Tim Cunningham (4-1, 3.43, 44.2 IP, 24 SO) and John Hudgins (4-0, 4.11, 30.2 IP, 24 SO). Guthrie leads the club in both innings pitched and strikeouts, while Cunningham is second in innings pitched, as well as tied with Hudgins for second in strikeouts. Several pitchers have been effective out of the bullpen, including Dan Rich (0-0, 1.93, 1 SV, 9.1 IP, 12 SO), Jonny Dyer (1-0, 0.00, 2.2 IP, 4 SO), Darin Naatjes (0-0, 2.08, 1 SV, 4.1 IP, 7 SO), Ryan McCally (1-0, 3.77, 3 SV, 14.1 IP, 14 SO) and Drew Ehrlich (0-1, 4.50, 2 SV, 20.0 IP, 22 SO) with four different members of the staff picking up at least one save. McCally has yet to allow a run in 13.0 innings of relief work this year.
Stanford is fielding at a .967 clip through the first 22 games of the 2002 season and has recorded three errorless efforts in its last four outings. The Cardinal had made at least one error in 10 straight games before going errorless at California (3/10) and then was errorless in two-of-three games at USC (3/23 - 3/24). Stanford has now been errorless six times this year. Ryan Garko leads the club with 143 putouts, while Chris O'Riordan has a team-high 68 assists. The Cardinal has turned 28 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). Last year, the Cardinal led the nation with a school record .977 fielding percentage.
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 2296-1453-32 (.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 1063-520-5 (.671), 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 Texas series) 'This series will be a good test for us. Texas is playing well with eight straight wins and four straight shutouts. They're well-balanced with good team speed and power. We know them fairly well after playing them six times last year.'
(on fan support for Texas series) 'This is a great opportunities for our fans to see a great national team that they don't get to see that often. It's a great series that hopefully we can continue for many years.'
(on the sweep of USC) 'We didn't play exceptionally well, but anytime you can beat USC three times on their home field it's great.'
(on the team's bullpen) 'We got good performances out of the bullpen at USC last weekend. The best part of the series at USC was the effort we got out of the bullpen.'
(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 high-level of crowd support this season) '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)
#18 - JASON COOPER (L/R, DH/LF, 6-2, 210, Jr.) -- .455, 4 HR, 23 RBI, 0 SB, Last Game at USC: 1-3, HR, RBI, Last Series at USC: 5-12 (.417), 2B, HR, 4 RBI, Last Year vs. Texas: 4-21 (.190), 2 2B, HR, 4 RBI, Career Stats vs. Texas: 5-24 (.208), 2B, 3B, HR, 4 RBI, Current Hitting Streak: 14 games (2/15 - 3/24) ... Leads the club and the Pac-10 in batting average (.449) ... Also leads the team in RBI (27), hits (35), slugging percentage (.718) and on-base percentage (.488) ... Currently on a torrid career-high 14-game hit streak (2/15 - 3/24), going 26-for-54 (.481) with five doubles, five homers and 20 RBI during the stretch ... Was 4-for-9 with a double and three RBI in a doubleheader at USC (3/23) before hitting a tape measure homer in his first at bat of the series finale versus the Trojans (3/24) ... 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 (3/1) before hitting his first homer of the year and collecting three RBI in the middle game (3/2) and went 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.) -- .333, 0 HR, 11 RBI, 0 SB, Last Game at USC: 1-4, Last Series at USC: 3-14 (.214), 2B, RBI, Last Year vs. Texas (same as career stats): 6-24 (.250), 2 RBI, Current Hitting Streak: 2 games (3/23 - 3/24) ... Leads the team with 10 doubles ... Drove in the game-winning run in a 12-10 Stanford win with an RBI single in the top of the 11th inning at USC (3/23 - Game 2) ... Has made only four errors defensively at shortstop in 94 chances and 22 starts for a .957 fielding percentage ... Has started 90 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/DH, 6-3, 235, Jr.) -- .356, 6 HR, 23 RBI, 1 SB, Last Game at USC: 1-4, HR, RBI, Last Series at USC: 5-11 (.455), 2B, HR, 4 RBI, Last Year vs. Texas: 5-21 (.238), 2 RBI, Career Stats vs. Texas: 7-29 (.241), 2 RBI, Current Hitting Streak: 3 games (3/23 - 3/24) ... Leads the club with six homers, while adding a .356 batting average and 23 RBI ... Has hit safely in 18 of 22 games ... Was 3-for-4 with an RBI at USC (3/23 - Game 2) ... 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 HBP, 2 RBI) versus Cal State Fullerton (2/2).
#3 - BRIAN HALL (R/R, OF, 6-0, 175, So.) -- .273, 1 HR, 13 RBI, 5 SB, Last Game at USC: DNP, Last Series at USC: 2-6 (.333), 2B, 2 RBI, Last Year vs. Texas (same as career stats): 0-6 (.000), RBI, SB, Current Hitting Streak: 2 games (3/23) ... Has contributed five stolen bases and 13 RBI ... Had a key two-RBI double in the sixth inning of a 9-6 win at USC (3/23 - Game 1) ... 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/C, 6-3, 205, Fr.) -- .297, 3 HR, 24 RBI, 6 SB, Last Game at USC: 1-3, RBI, SB, Last Series at USC: 4-14 (.286), 2 RBI, SB, Current Hitting Streak: 3 games (3/23 - 3/24) ... Ranks second on the club with 24 RBI, while co-leading the team with six stolen bases and adding three homers ... Had his first triple of the season 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.) -- .341, 2 HR, 16 RBI, 1 SB, Last Game at USC: 3-4, 2B, HR, RBI, Last Series at USC: 7-14 (.500), 2 2B, HR, 4 RBI, Last Year vs. Texas: 7-24 (.292), HR, 4 RBI, 2 SB, Career Stats vs. Texas: 8-31 (.258), 2B, HR, 4 RBI, 3 SB, Current Hitting Streak: 7 games (3/3 - 3/24) ... Currently on his hottest hitting stretch of the year, going 14-for-29 (.4983) with three doubles, a homer and six RBI during his current seven-game hit streak (3/3 - 3/24) ... Ranks second on Stanford's all-time batting average list (.359, 206-574) ... Picked up his 200th hit in the series-opener at USC (3/23 - Game 1) ... Posted back-to-back three-hit games versus USC, going 3-for-4 with a double, homer and RBI in the series finale (3/24) and 3-5 with a double and two RBI in the nightcap of a doubleheader (3/23) ... Picked up a three-hit game versus Cal Poly (3/3 - 3-4, 2B, RBI) after hitting 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 ... 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) ... Has started 133 straight games at second base.
#24 - CARLOS QUENTIN (R/R, OF, 6-2, 215, So.) -- .351, 4 HR, 19 RBI, 3 SB, Last Game at USC: 0-3, Last Series at USC: 3-13 (.231), Last Year vs. Texas (same as career stats): 5-22 (.227), Current Hitting Streak: None ... Has contributed a .351 batting average, four homers, 19 RBI and three stolen bases ... Hit a key two-run homer in the seventh inning 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 an 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.
#2 - ARIK VANZANDT (R/R, 1B/3B, 6-1, 200, Sr.) -- .386, 1 HR, 9 RBI, 6 SB, Last Game at USC: 0-3, RBI, Last Series at USC: 4-12 (.333), 3B, HR, 5 RBI, SB, Last Year vs. Texas (same as career stats): 9-26 (.346), 2B, RBI, 2 SB, Current Hitting Streak: None ... 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 immediately went on a seven-game hit streak (3/2 - 3/23), going 13-for-25 (.520) with two triples, a homer, seven RBI and five stolen bases ... Ranks second on the club with a .386 batting average, leads the team with two triples and co-leads the club with six stolen bases ... 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).
#28 - JEREMY GUTHRIE (R/R, 6-1, 200, Jr.) -- 6-0, 3.26, 41.0 IP, 42 SO
Last Year vs. Texas (same as career stats)
1.57, 1-0, 1 G, 1 GS, 7.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO
Notes: Has a 6-0 record with a 3.26 ERA through his first seven starts and has won 11 consecutive decisions dating back to last season with his last loss at Sacramento State (5/2/01) ... Leads the team in both strikeouts (48) and innings pitched (47.0) ... Scattered eight hits and six runs (three earned) in 6.0 innings at USC (3/23 - Game 1) in his most recent victory ... Needed a Stanford comeback to win at Cal (3/8) as the Cardinal scored 15 runs in the seventh and eighth innings for a 15-4 win in a game Cal 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 seven starts.
#27 - TIM CUNNINGHAM (L/L, 6-3, 190, Jr.) -- 4-1, 3.43, 44.2 IP, 24 SO
Last Year vs. Texas (same as career stats)
1.29 ERA, 0-0, 1 G, 1 GS, 7.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 SO
Notes: Had won 10 straight games before taking the loss in a 2-1 defeat 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 ... Picked up a no-decision in his most recent outing at USC (3/23) in a game that Stanford eventually won 12-10 in 11 innings ... Scattered 10 hits and four runs over 6.0 innings in his most recent victory, 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 eight starts, while ranking second on the club in innings pitched (44.2) and tied for second in strikeouts (24).
#17 - JOHN HUDGINS (R/R, 6-2, 195, So.) -- 4-0, 4.11, 30.2 IP, 24 SO
Last Year vs. Texas (same as career stats)
5.62 ERA, 0-1, 3 G, 1 GS, 8.0 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 5 BB, 8 SO
Notes: Has established himself as the club's third starter after three straight impressive performances versus Cal Poly (3/3), at Cal (3/10) and at USC (3/24) ... Tossed a career-high 6.2 innings, giving up just five hits and four runs in his most recent outing at USC (3/24) ... Scattered six hits and one run over 6.0 innings in a 4-2 win at Cal (3/10) ... 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 eight 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.
#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 BYU (2/12).
#38 - DREW EHRLICH (L/R, 6-5, 230, So.) -- 0-1, 4.50, 2 SV, 20.0 IP, 22 SO
Notes: Picked up his second save at USC (3/24), tossing 2.1 innings of scoreless one-hit relief with three strikeouts ... 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 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 6 SO) ... Picked up his first save against Cal State Fullerton (2/2), tossing the final 3.0 scoreless innings and striking out five in 17-1 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.) -- 1-0, 3.77, 3 SV, 14.1 IP, 14 SO
Last Year vs. Texas (same as career stats)
6.75 ERA, 0-0, 3 G, 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO
Notes: Has not given up a run in six relief appearances and 13.0 innings of work with three saves and a victory, giving up only 10 hits, three walks and striking out 14 ... Picked up a victory at USC (3/23 - Game 2) in his most recent outing, shutting out the Trojans over the final 3.1 innings in a wild 11-inning 12-10 Stanford win ... Made his first career start after 47 straight relief appearances at Santa Clara (2/23) but allowed six runs, four hits and two walks in 1.1 innings ... 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) ... Pitched 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, 2.08, 4.1 IP, 7 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 ... Allowed only one hit and one walk in 0.2 innings versus Cal Poly (3/3) ... Pitched 2.0 hitless innings with four strikeouts in his pitching debut versus BYU (2/12).
#19 - DAVID O'HAGAN (R/R, 6-0, 185, So.) -- 0-0, 4.76, 5.2 IP, 5 SO
Notes: 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 pitching debut versus BYU (2/12).
#25 - DAN RICH (R/L, 6-2, 235, Sr.) -- 0-0, 1.93, 9.1 IP, 12 SO
Career Stats vs. Texas (did not pitch versus Texas in 2001)
0.00 ERA, 0-0, 1G, 0.2 IP, 0 R, 0 ER
Notes: Has emerged as one of Stanford's top relievers, most recently with 3.0 scoreless two-hit innings for his first save at USC (3/24) ... Struck out a career-high five in 2.2 innings and limiting Cal (3/10) to two hits and one run ... Tossed a career-high 3.1 innings and struck out four at Santa Clara (2/23) ... Ranks second on Stanford's all-time strikeouts per nine innings list (10.46).
#29 - J.D. WILLCOX (R/R, 6-2, 190, Sr.) -- 1-0, 5.40, 8.1 IP, 2 SO
Last Year vs. Texas (same as career stats)
0.00 ERA, 1-0, 1 G, 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO
Notes: Retired the only batter he faced in his most recent appearance at USC (3/23 - Game 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).