No. 2 Baseball And Arizona Continue Three-Game Series Saturday
April 6, 2002
No. 2 Stanford (21-6, 1-0 Pac-10) at Arizona (21-13, 2-5 Pac-10)
Fri., Apr. 5, 7 pm, MT (6 pm, PT) - Stanford 5, at Arizona 4 (18 inn.)
Sat., Apr. 6, 1 pm, MT (12 pm, PT) - LHP Tim Cunningham (4-1, 2.85) vs. LHP Joe Little (5-2, 4.65)
Sun., Apr. 7, 1 pm, MT (1 pm, PT) - RHP John Hudgins (5-0, 3.63) vs. RHP Mark Kaiser (5-2, 2.63)
A live audio broadcast of all three Stanford-Arizona games will be available on KZSU (90.1 FM) as well as online at gostanford.com ... Chad Goldberg will call all the action ... Live stats will also be available for all three games at gostanford.com.
STANFORD BASEBALL QUICK TEAM NOTES
Stanford and Arizona continue their three-game series today (1 pm, MT, 12 pm, PT) after the Cardinal outlasted the Wildcats, 5-4, in a marathon 18 inning series-opener that lasted five hours and 19 minutes ... Stanford improved to 9-0 in series-openers with the victory last night ... The road league opener marked the first time the Cardinal opened a Pac-10 season on the road since 1998 when the club swept its first Pac-10 series of the season at UCLA (2/20 - 2/22/98) ... Stanford has won 13 of its last 15 games and three in a row ... Stanford needs just one victory in its final two games of this series to extend its regular season series win streak to 11 as the Cardinal has won two-of-three games seven times and swept three during the period ... The streak started last year when the Cardinal defeated Arizona two-of-three games at Sunken Diamond (5/11-5/13/01) ... Stanford has won 27 of its last 29 series overall ... Stanford has a current team batting average of .315 but the team's average has dropped .036 points from .351 after hitting .255 in its last 10 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 and is averaging 7.9 runs per game ... Stanford has reached double figure hits in 19 of its first 27 games ... Stanford has a 3.57 ERA (only 0.07 higher than last year's final 3.50) ... The Cardinal has raised its fielding percentage to .969 (.008 behind last year's school record and nation-leading .977) after going errorless in six of the last 10 games ... The Cardinal scored a season-high 18 runs in the 18-5 win over Cal Poly (3/2) ... Stanford has hit nine triples without allowing a triple this season ... Stanford's 21-6 record this season is one game behind the team's 22-5 mark through 27 games a year ago ... Stanford is now the nation's No. 2 team behind Clemson in all four major national polls by Baseball America, Baseball Weekly/ESPN, Collegiate Baseball and NCBWA ... The Cardinal began the season as the nation's unanimous No. 1 team and had remained on top of the Baseball America poll until Clemson claimed the top spot in the most recent poll on April 1 ... Stanford is averaging a paid crowd of 2499 through its first 13 home games compared to 1912 for the first 13 home games last year, an average of 587 more fans per game ... Stanford has 'won every inning' this year, outscoring its opponents in every frame of action ... 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 172-54 (.761) since 1999.
STANFORD BASEBALL QUICK INDIVIDUAL NOTES
Jason Cooper continues to lead the team with a .390 batting average and 27 RBI, while Ryan Garko paces the club with six homers ... Sam Fuld leads the team in both hits (40) and doubles (11), while Brian Hall paces the club with seven stolen bases ... Stanford's regular starting rotation of Jeremy Guthrie, Tim Cunningham and John Hudgins is a combined 15-1 with a 3.13 ERA ... Guthrie has won 11 consecutive decisions, while leading the team in strikeouts (53) and innings pitched (54.1) ... Chris O'Riordan (.353) and Sam Fuld (.346) are currently ranked tied for fifth and tied for 10th on Stanford's career batting average list.
STANFORD-ARIZONA BASEBALL NOTES AND HISTORY
Stanford opened its 2002 Pac-10 season by outlasting Arizona, 5-4, in 18 innings in the first game of a series that continues Saturday-Sunday, April 6-7 (1 pm, 1 pm, MT). Stanford has won 13 of its last 15 games, while Arizona has struggled of late with nine losses in the last 13 games after a 17-4 start. Stanford won two-of-three games played between the teams last year at Sunken Diamond, opening the three-game series with a 6-5 win (5/11) and closing the series with an 8-2 victory (5/13). The Wildcats picked up a 5-4 win in the middle game of the series (5/12). Stanford swept Arizona the last time the teams played in Tucson (3/26-3/28/99, 8-4, 12-4, 12-11) and has won six in a row between the clubs at Arizona with the last Wildcat victory coming 9-5 on April 17, 1998. Stanford leads the all-time series, 89-49.
FRIDAY NIGHT REVIEW
Stanford 5, at Arizona 4 -- 18 innings (April 5, 2002) - Chris Carter raced home from third base on a passed ball with two outs in the top of the 18th inning as Stanford outlasted Arizona by a final score of 5-4 in an 18-inning marathon that lasted 5:19. Carter doubled to lead off the top of the 18th inning, moved to third on a wild pitch with no outs but was stranded at third base after a pair of groundouts by Tobin Swope and Andy Topham before scoring on the passed ball by Wildcat catcher Chris Cunningham.
Marc Kaiser managed a two-out single in the bottom of the 18th for Arizona but was forced out on a close play at second base on a fielders choice to end the game.
Topham (5-8, HR, RBI) led Stanford's offensive attack with a career-high five hits. Ryan McCally (2-0) picked up the victory by working a career-high 8.0 innings after relieving starter Jeremy Guthrie to start the bottom of the 11th inning. McCally struck out seven, scattering two runs and seven hits. Guthrie, who kept his 11-game win streak intact, received no decision despite throwing a career-high 10.0 innings, allowing only two runs and scattering nine hits with five strikeouts.
Moises Duran (3-5, HR, RBI) and Brad Hassey (3-7) had three hits each for the Wildcats.
Stanford had three players - Ryan Garko (2-4, 2B, RBI), Danny Putnam (2-7, 3B) and Jason Cooper (2-8, 3B) - with two hits each, while Brian Hall stole a pair of bases. Arizona also had three players - John Hardy (2-7, RBI), Justyn St. Clair (2-8, RBI) and Kaiser (2-8) - with a pair of hits.
Arizona's Pat Reilly set a new NCAA Division I single-game record with 29 putouts.
Stanford............ 010 001 000 001 001 001 - 5 15 1Arizona............. 101 000 000 001 001 000 - 4 16 7
Win-McCally(2-0) Loss-Snyder(1-1) Save-None T-5:19 A-1243
BATTERIES: Stanford - Guthrie, McCally (11) and Garko, Lucy (8). Arizona - Rierson, Zlotoff (9), Sulser (12), Snyder (15) and Cunningham. HRs: Arizona - Duran (6th, solo in 3rd), Stanford - Topham (3rd, solo in 12th).