No. 1 Baseball And No. 16 Texas Conclude Series With Rubber Game Saturday
March 30, 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 - Texas 2, at Stanford 0 (10 inn.)
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 and Texas will square off in the rubber game of a three-game set on Saturday after the teams have split a pair of extra inning contests in the first two days of the series ... Stanford had its season-high five-game win streak snapped with a 2-0 Texas victory in 10 innings last night as the Cardinal was shutout for the first time in 47 games (7-0 at USC, 4/21/01) and Texas recorded its fifth shutout in the last six contests ... Stanford has still won 10 of its last 12, while Texas has won nine of its last 10 games ... Stanford opened the series with a dramatic 7-6 comeback win in 10 innings over the Longhorns Thursday as the Cardinal improved to 8-0 in series-openers ... Stanford has played three extra inning games in its last four contests with two victories ... Stanford needs just one more victory in the series to extend its regular season series winning streak to 10 in a row ... Stanford has recorded double digit hits in 17 of 24 games this season ... 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 Thursday night, and is averaging 8.2 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 18-6 record this season is one game under the team's 19-5 mark through 24 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 2456 through its first 11 home games ... On the mound, Stanford has a 3.88 ERA and defensively is fielding at a .966 clip after going errorless in four of the last six games ... 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 169-54 (.758) since 1999.
STANFORD BASEBALL QUICK INDIVIDUAL NOTES
Jason Cooper continues to lead the team with a .424 batting average and 27 RBI, while Ryan Garko paces the club with six homers ... Cooper had his career-high 15-game hit streak snapped laste night, going 27-for-57 (.474) during the stretch ... Chris O'Riordan extended his hit streak to nine games last night and is 16-for-38 (.421) during the stretch ... Saturday's scheduled starter John Hudgins has picked up victories in each of his last three starts ... Hudgins currently ranks third on the team in both innings pitched (30.2) and strikeouts (24) ... Sam Fuld moved pass Cooper as the team's hit leader after collecting two last night to raise his season total to 37 ... Fuld and Scott Dragicevich co-lead the Cardinal with 10 doubles ... Arik VanZandt is the team leader in both triples (2) and stolen bases (6) ... O'Riordan has started 135 straight games at second base, while Dragicevich's streak of 91 straight starts ended last night when Tobin Swope started at shortstop.
STANFORD-TEXAS BASEBALL HISTORY
Stanford and Texas have resumed their national rivalry by splitting two exciting 10-inning games to begin this series (7-6 Stanford, 2-0 Texas) . 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, 12-9-1.
FRIDAY NIGHT GAME SUMMARY
at Texas 2, Stanford 0 -- 10 inn. (March 30, 2002) - Justin Simmons recorded his second shutout of the season and third of his career in a career-best 10.0 innings as Texas scored twice in the top of the 10th inning for a 2-0 victory over Stanford. Ryan Hubele broke a scoreless tie with a one-out RBI double to score Omar Quintanilla, who had doubled with one out to start the rally. Hubele scored an insurance run when he came across the plate on an RBI single by Eric Sultemeier two batters later to chase Cardinal reliever and losing pitcher Drew Ehrlich (0-2).
Simmons and Stanford's Tim Cunningham battled to a 0-0 tie through nine innings before Ehrlich relieved Cunningham to start the 10th inning. Simmons allowed only five hits and three walks with five strikeouts, while Cunningham struck out a season-high eight in a career-best 9.0 innings, scattering seven hits and three walks. Simmons extended his scoreless inning streak to 18.0 innings and the Longhorns recorded their fifth shutout in the last six games.
Sultemeier (2-5, RBI) and Quintanilla (2-5, 2B) had two hits each for Texas, while Sam Fuld (2-3) was the only Cardinal with more than one hit.
Texas.................. 000 000 000 2 - 2 10 1Stanford............... 000 000 000 1 - 0 5 0
Win-Simmons (8-0) Loss-Ehrlich (0-2) Save-None T-3:09 A-2828
BATTERIES: Texas - Simmons and Hubele. Stanford - Cunningham, Ehrlich (10), McCally (10) and Garko.
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 Stanford to a dramatic 7-6 victory over Texas.
Stanford trailed 6-1 before scoring five times in the bottom of the ninth inning. 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.
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.
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).