No. 2 Baseball To Conclude Series At Washington With Sunday's Rubber Game
April 21, 2002
No. 2 Stanford (27-9, 5-3) at Washington (16-19-1, 4-4)size>
Friday, April 19 - at Washington 3, Stanford 1
Saturday, April 20 - Stanford 9, at Washington 4
Sunday, April 21, 1 pm, PT - RHP John Hudgins (6-0, 4.76) vs. RHP Clay Johnson (1-1, 8.65)
A live audio broadcast of all three Stanford-Washington baseball games will be available on KZSU (90.1 FM) as well as online at gostanford.com ... Chad Goldberg and Brett Kaufman will call all the action ... Live stats will also be available at gostanford.com.
STANFORD BASEBALL QUICK TEAM NOTES
Stanford and Washington conclude their three-game series Sunday with the rubber game ... Washington won Friday's series opener, 3-1, to give Stanford its first loss in 11 series openers this season ... The Cardinal rebounded for a 9-4 comeback victory on Saturday, marking the 13th time in 27 wins this season that the Cardinal has come from behind to win ... Stanford currently sits in sole possession of third place with a 5-3 Pac-10 mark, 1.5 games behind first place USC (8-3 Pac-10) and 1.0 game in back of second place Arizona State (9-5 Pac-10) ... Stanford has won 12 straight regular season series and needs a victory Sunday to extend its series win streak to 13 ... Stanford is 7-3 in series finales ... Stanford has won nine of its last 10 games versus Washington ... Stanford has scored five or more runs in an inning 18 times this season, most recently with five runs in the bottom of the seventh and eight more in the bottom of the eighth in a 19-2 win over Saint Mary's (4/16) ... Stanford is averaging 8.6 runs per game, has reached double figure runs 11 times and double figure hits on 26 occasions ... Stanford is currently hitting .329 (.008 points behind the school record pace of .337 set in 1981), has a 3.98 ERA and a .969 fielding percentage ... Stanford's 27-9 record this season is two games behind the team's 29-7 mark through 36 games a year ago ... Stanford has yet to lose two games in a row this season and has put together a pair of five-game win streaks (2/24 - 3/8, 3/10 - 3/28) ... Stanford has 'won every inning' this year, outscoring its opponents in every frame of action ... Stanford is now the nation's No. 2 team behind Clemson in national polls by Baseball America and Baseball Weekly/ESPN, as well as No. 3 in Collegiate Baseball and No. 4 in the NCBWA rankings ... 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 years ... Stanford is coming off three straight 50-win seasons for the first time in school history and has compiled a record of 178-57 (.757) since 1999.
STANFORD BASEBALL QUICK INDIVIDUAL NOTES
National Player of the Year candidate Jason Cooper was named Pac-10 and NCBWA National Player of the Week after hitting four homers and driving in 10 runs in four games last week ... Cooper continues to lead the team with a .386 batting average, 10 homers and 39 RBI ... Chris O'Riordan (.363, 230-633) is currently on the top of Stanford's career batting average list, one percentage point ahead of Jack Shepard (.362), after going 21-for-46 (.457) on his current 10-game hit streak ... O'Riordan's hit streak is his third of 10 or more games this season and one shy of his career-high of 11 ... O'Riordan is second among regulars with a .367 batting average, leads the team in bases on balls (23), co-leads the squad in hits (55), has hit safely in 33 of 36 games and has reached base in all 36 games this season ... Brian Hall leads the club with eight stolen bases and is perfect on the basepaths in eight chances ... Stanford's regular starting rotation of Jeremy Guthrie, Tim Cunningham and John Hudgins is a combined 17-2 with a 3.80 ERA ... Guthrie has won 11 consecutive decisions, while leading the team in strikeouts (73) and innings pitched (79.1) ... Andy Topham became the first Cardinal player to triple twice in a game when he had a pair of three-baggers in a 19-2 win versus Saint Mary's (4/16).
STANFORD-WASHINGTON BASEBALL SERIES HISTORY
Stanford and Washington conclude their three-game Pac-10 series Sunday, April 21 (1 pm, PT). Stanford is currently in third place in the Pac-10, 1.5 games behind first place USC (23-16, 8-3 Pac-10) and one game behind second place Arizona State (25-14, 9-5 Pac-10). The teams have split the first two games of their current series with a 3-1 Washington victory on Friday and a 9-4 Stanford win on Saturday. Stanford has won nine of the last 10 games between the clubs. Last year, the Cardinal swept the Huskies in a three-game series at Sunken Diamond (3/23, 9-3, 3/24, 9-0, 3/25, 13-4). Stanford leads the all-time series, 29-10.
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY GAME REVIEWS
at Washington 3, Stanford 1 (April 19, 2002) - Aaron Hathaway and Greg Isaacson bounced back-to-back two-out RBI singles through the infield in the bottom of the seventh inning and Shawn Kohn pitched a complete game six-hitter to lift Washington to a 3-1 upset victory over Stanford. Stanford reliever Ryan McCally (3-1) was charged with his first loss of the season after giving up both Washington runs in the bottom of the seventh inning. Kohn (7-2) struck out just two Cardinal batters but did not issue a walk while pitching his fourth complete game of the season. Chris O'Riordan (2-4, 2B) and Sam Fuld (2-4) had two hits each for the Cardinal, while Hathaway (2-3) was the only Washington player with more than one hit.
Stanford............... 000 100 000 - 1 6 2Washington............. 000 000 21x - 3 4 1
Win-Kohn(7-2) Loss-McCally(3-1) Save-None T-2:17 A-713
BATTERIES: Stanford - Guthrie, McCally (7), Naatjes (8), Dyer (8) and Garko. Washington - Kohn and Hathaway. HRs: None.
Stanford 9, at Washington 4 (April 20, 2002) - Stanford scored seven times in the final three innings for a 9-4 comeback victory over Washington. Cardinal reliever Dan Rich earned his first victory since 1999, posting new career-highs with six strikeouts and 4.2 innings pitched. Stanford trailed the entire game before tying the contest with two runs in the top of the seventh and taking its first lead on a one-out RBI single by Arik VanZandt in the top of the eighth inning. Stanford added four insurance runs in the top of the ninth. Jason Cooper (3-4, 2 2B) and Ryan Garko (3-5, RBI) led a Stanford offense that collected 17 hits, while Carlos Quentin (2-4, 2 RBI), Sam Fuld (2-4), Brian Hall (2-5, 3B, 2 RBI) and VanZandt (2-5, RBI) had two hits each. Aaron Hathaway (3-4, 2B, 4 RBI) and Tyler Davidson (2-4) led the Husky offense.
Stanford............... 000 200 214 - 9 17 1Washington............. 012 010 000 - 4 9 0
Win-Rich(1-0) Loss-Fenton(1-2) Save-None T-3:22 A-936
BATTERIES: Stanford - Cunningham, Jecmen (3), Rich (5) and Garko. Washington - White, Dowling (7), Fenton (7), Carter (8), Shepple (9) and Hathaway. HRs: None.