No. 7 Stanford And Arizona State Continue Three-Game Series Saturday
May 11, 2002
Arizona State (27-17, 9-7) at No. 7 Stanford (34-13, 10-6)size>
Fri., May 10 - at Stanford 5, Arizona State 3
Sat., May 11, 1 pm, PT - RHP Mike Esposito (7-5, 3.40) vs. RHP John Hudgins (8-0, 4.30)
Sun., May 12, 1 pm, PT - RHP Robbie McClellan (7-4, 4.48) vs. LHP Tim Cunningham (5-2, 4.34)
A live audio broadcast of all three Stanford-Arizona State baseball games will be available on KZSU (90.1 FM) as well as online at gostanford.com ... Chad Goldberg and Nick Kapur 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 State continue a key three-game Pac-10 series Saturday-Sunday, May 11-12 (1 pm, 1 pm, PDT) ... Stanford moved into a second place tie in the Pac-10 standings after a 5-3 win in Friday's series opener ... Stanford is currently tied with Washington (both 10-6 Pac-10) in the conference standings and 2.0 games behind first place USC (12-4 Pac-10), a 4-1 winner over Washington in Los Angeles on Friday ... Stanford is attempting to finish either first or second in the Pac-10 standings for the 20th time in the last 22 years ... Stanford's current five-game win streak ties a season-high as the Cardinal has won five in a row three times this season ... Stanford moved up two spots to No. 7 in the most recent Baseball America poll ... Stanford came from behind in all three games of its sweep over California (5/3 - 5/5) last weekend and has now come from behind to win in 17 of its 33 victories this season ... Stanford has won 30 its last 34 series overall ... Prior to the sweep of California, Stanford had lost five of its last eight games in its toughest stretch of the campaign ... Stanford is 20-3 at home, while the team has managed a 14-10 mark on the road ... Stanford is 12-2 in series openers, 7-6 in middle games of series and 9-4 in series finales ... Stanford set a new attendance record with a paid crowd of 4143 versus California (5/5) ... Stanford has reached the 30-win mark for the 24th time in 26 seasons under head coach Mark Marquess and is shooting for its eighth straight 40-win campaign ... Stanford has been successful in close games this season with an 8-4 showing in one-run contests and a 4-2 record in extra-inning games ... Stanford is averaging 8.1 runs per game, reaching double figures in runs 14 times and double figure hits on 31 occasions ... Stanford is currently hitting .323, while posting a 3.99 ERA and a .970 fielding percentage ... Stanford has hit 19 triples to only four for its opponents this season and also has a sizeable lead in homers with a 64-30 advantage ... Stanford's 34-13 record this season is one game behind the team's 35-12 mark through 47 games a year ago ... 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 185-61 (.752) since 1999.
STANFORD BASEBALL QUICK INDIVIDUAL NOTES
Sam Fuld leads the Cardinal with a .378 batting average after eight straight multiple-hit games and 14 in his last 15 contests, going 34-for-63 (.540) over the stretch ... Fuld also paces the club in hits (79) and is Stanford's all-time batting average leader with a .367 (160-436) lifetime mark ... Ryan Garko has taken over the team lead in homers (12), while also leading the club in runs scored (55) and bases on balls (29) ... Carlos Quentin leads the team in RBI (45), triples (4) and hit by pitches (13) ... Brian Hall paces the team with 11 stolen bases in 11 chances ... Stanford's regular starting rotation of Jeremy Guthrie, Tim Cunningham and John Hudgins is a combined 21-3 with a 3.73 ERA ... Hudgins (8-0) and Guthrie (8-1) co-lead the team with eight victories each ... Guthrie paces the squad in both innings pitched (105.1), strikeouts (96) and complete games (3), while Hudgins has the only shutout of the year ... Ryan McCally has a team-high six saves.
STANFORD-ARIZONA STATE BASEBALL HISTORY
Stanford and Arizona State continue their three-game series Saturday-Sunday, May 11-12 (1 pm, 1 pm, PDT). The Cardinal moved into a second place tie in the Pac-10 after a 5-3 win over Arizona State in the series opener on Friday. Stanford has won five straight games overall, while the Sun Devils have dropped five of their last nine. Stanford won two-of-three games when the teams met in Tempe last season, winning the first two games (6-2, 5-2) before dropping the series finale (6-5). The teams last played at Sunken Diamond in 1999 (March 5-7) when the Cardinal swept the Sun Devils (11-1, 6-5, 11-8). The all-time series is tied, 75-75.
FRIDAY NIGHT GAME REVIEW
at Stanford 5, Arizona State 3 (May 10, 2002) - Jeremy Guthrie tossed his third straight complete game while Ryan Garko and Andy Topham each hit two-run homers to lift No. 7 Stanford to a 5-3 victory over Arizona State in the opening game of a three-game series at Sunken Diamond. The victory in front of 3621 fans moved Stanford into a second place tie in the Pac-10 standings with Washington, 2.0 games behind first place USC (12-4 Pac-10) as the Trojans were a 4-1 winner over Washington in Los Angeles on Friday. Stanford equaled its season-high win streak with its fifth straight victory and won a series opener for the 12th time in 14 attempts this season. The Cardinal also improved to 20-3 at Sunken Diamond. Guthrie struck out eight and scattered eight hits with only one walk, giving up just one hit after a game-tying three-run homer by Jeff Larish in the top of the sixth inning. Topham answered with his two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth and Guthrie retired the final seven batters he faced. Sam Fuld (2-4, RBI) had his eighth straight multiple-hit game for the Cardinal and his 14th in the last 15 games. Larish (2-4, HR, 3 RBI) was the only Arizona State player with more than one hit.
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Win-Guthrie(8-1) Loss-Arguello(1-1) T-2:48 A-3621
BATTERIES: Arizona State - Liebeck, Arguello (6), Sopko (8) and Castillo. Stanford - Guthrie and Garko. HRs: Stanford - Garko (12th, 2-run in 5th), Topham (5th, 2-run in 6th; ASU - Laris (2nd, 3-run in 6th).