No. 1 Baseball And No. 16 Texas Continue Three-Game Series Friday
March 29, 2002
NO. 16 TEXAS LONGHORNS (24-7, 5-4 BIG 12) AT NO. 1 STANFORD CARDINAL (18-5, 0-0 PAC-10)
Thursday, March 28 - at Stanford 7, Texas 6 (10 inn.)
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 tonight's game with Texas with a season-high-tying five-game win streak and 10 victories in its last 11 games after a dramatic 7-6 comeback win in 10 innings over the Longhorns Thursday as the Cardinal improved to 8-0 in series-openers and 2-0 in extra innings this season ... Stanford needs just one more victory in the series to extend its regular season series winning streak to 10 in a row ... Stanford has a current team batting average of .334, which is .003 percentage points behind the school record of .337 set in 1981 ... The Cardinal has outscored its opponents 196-117 in its first 23 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, most recently with five runs in the ninth inning versus Texas last night, and is averaging 8.5 runs per game ... 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 18-5 record this season is equal to the team's 18-5 mark through 23 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 current No. 1 Clemson in the most recent Baseball Weekly/ESPN, Collegiate Baseball and NCBWA polls ... Stanford is averaging a paid crowd of 2419 through its first 10 home games compared to 1811 for the first nine home games last year, an average of 608 more fans per game ... On the mound, Stanford has a 3.98 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 record of 169-53 (.761) since 1999.
STANFORD BASEBALL QUICK INDIVIDUAL NOTES
Jason Cooper continues to lead the team with a .444 batting average and 27 RBI, while Ryan Garko paces the club with six homers ... Cooper is currently on a career-high 15-game hit streak, going 27-for-57 (.474) during the stretch while Chris O'Riordan has an eight-game hit streak and is 15-for-33 (.455) during the stretch ... Friday's scheduled starter Tim Cunningham has an all-time record of 15-3 (.833), tied for seventh on Stanford's all-time list.
STANFORD-TEXAS BASEBALL SERIES PREVIEW AND HISTORY
Stanford and Texas resumed their national rivalry last night with a 7-6 Cardinal victory that spelled heartbreak for the Longhorns for the third straight game. 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 (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, 12-8-1.
THURSDAY NIGHT GAME SUMMARY
at Stanford 7, Texas 6 -- 10 inn. (March 29, 2002) - Chris O'Riordan hit a grandslam with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning and Jonny Ash singled home the game-winning run in the bottom of the tenth to lead No. 1 Stanford to a dramatic 7-6 victory over No. 16 Texas in the first game of a three-game non-conference set at Sunken Diamond on Thursday.
'I was expecting a fastball and that's what I got,' said O'Riordan, who finished the game with a career-high five RBI. 'He left it over the middle of the plate, and I tried to hit it out.'
'That's why baseball is a great game, because there is no clock,' added Stanford head coach Mark Marquess after the victory.
Stanford trailed 6-1 before scoring five times in the bottom of the ninth inning to send the game into extra innings. O'Riordan's grandslam just inside the left field four pole off Texas reliever and losing pitcher Alan Bomer (3-2) on an 0-1 pitch with two outs capped the rally.
Stanford began the inning with three consecutive singles by pinch-hitter Tobin Swope, Carlos Quentin and Donny Lucy to cut the lead to 6-2. Bomer then retired pinch-hitters Ash and Danny Putnam before walking pinch-hitter Chris Carter to load the bases and set up O'Riordan's homer.
Ash lined his game-winning 10th-inning single off the glove of a diving Texas first baseman Jeff Ontiveros and pinch-runner Brian Hall raced all the way around from second base to score the winning run when the ball squirted into shallow right field. Stanford's rally in the 10th inning started when Ryan Garko reached on an error by Texas third baseman Omar Quintanilla. Hall then pinch-ran for Garko and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Swope. Quentin was then walked intentionally before Bomer struck out Lucy for the second out.
Brantley Jordan then came on and gave up Ash's game-winning hit.
Stanford's Jason Cooper extended his career-high hit streak to 15 games with a fourth-inning single, while O'Riordan's grandslam extended his hit streak to eight in a row.
Brandon Fahey (2-5, 2B, HR, 2 RBI) had two hits and his first career homer for the Longhorns. Fahey was the only player in the game with more than one hit.
Stanford improved to 8-0 in series-openers this season, while Guthrie retained his 11-game win streak on the mound.
Texas.................. 010 011 030 0 - 6 8 2Stanford............... 000 010 005 1 - 7 9 4
Win-Naatjes (1-0) Loss-Bomar (3-2) Save-None T-3:10 A-2310
BATTERIES: Texas - Halsey, Bomer (9), Jordan (10) and Hubele. Stanford - Guthrie, Willcox (8), O'Hagan (8), Naatjes (10) and Garko. HRs: Texas - Fahey (1st, solo in 6th), Stanford - O'Riordan (3rd, grandslam in 9th).