No. 7 Stanford Visits UCLA In Key Three-Game Pac-10 Series Friday-Sunday
May 16, 2002
No. 7 Stanford (35-15, 11-7) at UCLA (25-29, 8-10)size>
Fri., May 17, 6 pm, PDT - RHP Jeremy Guthrie (8-1, 2.91) vs. LHP Mike Kunes (7-3, 4.28)
Sat., May 18, 1 pm, PDT - RHP John Hudgins (8-1, 5.03) vs. LHP Wes Whisler (5-2, 3.87)
Sun., May 12, 1 pm, PDT - LHP Tim Cunningham (6-2, 3.97) vs. TBA
A live audio broadcast of all three Stanford-UCLA baseball games this week 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 not be available for any of the Stanford-UCLA baseball games.
STANFORD BASEBALL QUICK TEAM NOTES
Stanford will visit UCLA for a key Pac-10 series this Friday-Sunday, May 17-19 (6 pm, 1 pm, 1 pm, PDT) ... Stanford has won six of its last seven Pac-10 games and has moved into a tie for second place in the Pac-10 standings with Washington after winning two-of-three games versus Arizona State last Friday-Sunday ... Stanford is attempting to finish either first or second in the Pac-10 standings for the 20th time in the last 22 years ... Stanford has won 21 straight regular season three-game series at Sunken Diamond and has not lost a series at home since dropping two-of-three to USC (4/16 - 4/18/99) ... Stanford has won 31 its last 35 series overall but has dropped its last two-of-three games in each of its last two Pac-10 road series at Washington (4/19 - 4/21/02) and Oregon State (4/26 - 4/28/02) ... Stanford held onto the No. 7 spot in the most recent Baseball America poll released May 13 ... Stanford has come from behind to win in 17 of its 35 victories this season ... Stanford is 21-4 at home, while the team has managed just a 14-11 mark on the road ... Stanford is 12-2 in series openers, 7-7 in middle games of series and 10-4 in series finales ... Stanford needs five more wins for its eighth straight 40-win campaign ... Stanford is 8-5 in one-run contests and a 4-2 in extra-inning games ... Stanford is averaging 8.0 runs per game, reaching double figures in runs 15 times and double figure hits on 33 occasions ... Stanford is currently hitting .322, while posting a 4.24 ERA and a .971 fielding percentage ... Stanford's 35-15 record this season is two games behind the team's 37-13 mark through 50 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 186-63 (.747) since 1999.
STANFORD BASEBALL QUICK INDIVIDUAL NOTES
Sam Fuld leads the Cardinal with a .383 batting average and 85 hits ... Fuld is also Stanford's all-time batting average leader with a .370 (166-449) lifetime mark ... Ryan Garko leads the club in homers (12), runs scored (55) and bases on balls (32) ... Carlos Quentin leads the team in RBI (49), triples (4) and hit by pitches (14) ... Brian Hall paces the team with 12 stolen bases in 12 chances ... Stanford's regular starting rotation of Jeremy Guthrie, John Hudgins and Tim Cunningham is a combined 22-4 with a 3.86 ERA ... Guthrie (8-1) and Hudgins (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) ... Tim Cunningham was named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week (5/13) after 7.0 scoreless innings in a 3-1 win over Arizona State (5/12).
STANFORD-UCLA BASEBALL SERIES PREVIEW AND HISTORY
Stanford will travel to UCLA for its final three regular season road games of the regular season this Friday-Sunday, May 17-19 (6 pm, 1 pm, 1 pm, PDT). Stanford has won six of its last seven Pac-10 games to improve its Pac-10 record to 11-7 and rise into a second place tie in the Pac-10 standings with Washington, 2.0 games behind league leader USC (13-5 Pac-10). UCLA won two-of-three games at Arizona in its most recent Pac-10 series last Friday-Sunday and has won three straight overall. Stanford won two-of-three games between the teams at Sunken Diamond last season (4/7-4/8/01). The teams split a doubleheader to open the series with a 6-4 UCLA victory in the opener and a 9-0 Cardinal win in the nightcap. Stanford won the rubber game of the series, 11-2. Stanford also won two-of-three games between the teams at Sunken Diamond in 2000 and at UCLA in 1999. Stanford swept all six games from the Bruins in 1998 with the last Bruin series victory coming in 1997 when UCLA won two-of-three in both series versus the Cardinal that season. Stanford leads the all-time series, 174-131.
A CLOSER LOOK AT 2001 STANFORD-UCLA GAMES
at Stanford 11, UCLA 2 (April 8, 2001) - Stanford came up with an 11-2 victory over UCLA to win its 16th straight regular season series. Mike Gosling earned the victory in his first Pac-10 start of the season, giving up only three hits and one run. Jason VanMeetren (3-4, 2B, HR, 2 RBI) and Sam Fuld (3-5, 2B) led the Cardinal offense. Arik VanZandt (2-4, HR, RBI), Scott Dragicevich (2-5, RBI) and Chris O'Riordan (2-5, 2 RBI) added two hits each for Stanford. UCLA starter Wade Clark (2-1) suffered his first loss of the season, giving up five runs (four earned) and seven hits in the first 2.2 innings. UCLA's Brian Baron went 2-for-4 for the Bruins.
UCLA............. 000 000 011 - 2 5 2Stanford......... 104 222 00x - 11 16 3
Win-Gosling(2-0) Loss-Clark(2-1) Save-None T-2:38 A-2611
BATTERIES: UCLA - Clark, Kunes (3), Davern (4), Castillo (7) and Grzecka, Miranda (7). Stanford - Gosling, Willcox (9) and Garko, Tirpack (8). HRs: Stanford - VanMeetren (6th, solo in 1st), VanZandt (3rd, solo in 5th), Garza (1st, 2-run in 6th); UCLA - Shelley (2nd, solo in 8th).
at Stanford 9, UCLA 0 -- Game 2 (April 7, 2001) - Jeff Bruksch pitched 8.0 scoreless innings and struck out a career-high 12 batters to help Stanford gain a split of a Pac-10 doubleheader with UCLA. Bruksch won for the seventh time in his last eight starts. Ryan McCally pitched a perfect ninth inning to complete the shutout. Jason VanMeetren (3-3, 3B, 2 RBI), Ryan Garko (2-3, 2B, 3 RBI) and Sam Fuld (2 RBI) led Stanford's offensive attack. Jon Brandt (3-3) suffered the loss, giving up seven runs and five hits over the first 3.0 innings.
UCLA............. 000 000 000 - 0 6 0Stanford......... 032 400 00x - 9 9 0
Win-Bruksch(7-0) Loss-Brandt(3-3) Save-None T-2:48 A-1715
BATTERIES: UCLA - Brandt, Janssen (4), Roe (7) and Arhart, Miranda (6). Stanford - Bruksch, McCally (9) and Garko. HRs: None.
UCLA 6, at Stanford 4 -- Game 1 (April 7, 2001) - UCLA picked up a 6-4 victory in the first game of the doubleheader, which was necessary after Friday night's scheduled series opener was postponed due to rain. The Bruins handed Jeremy Guthrie his first loss of the season as the Cardinal right-hander allowed five runs (four earned) and eight hits in 7.0 innings, while striking out nine. The Bruins led 5-0 before Stanford rallied for four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to close within 5-4. However, Doug Silva came on in relief with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning and struck out three of the five batters he faced to earn his second save of the season. Josh Karp (3-0) pitched 5.0 scoreless innings, striking out six and scattering five hits to earn the win. Josh Canales (3-4), Brian Baron (2-3, HR, 3 RBI), Matt Pearl (2-5) and Eric Reese (HR, RBI) led UCLA's offensive attack. Chris O'Riordan (2-4, HR, RBI), Sam Fuld (2-4), Ryan Garko (2-4) and Scott Dragicevich (2B, 3 RBI) led Stanford.
UCLA............. 200 010 210 - 6 10 1Stanford......... 000 000 400 - 4 9 3
Win-Karp(3-0) Loss-Guthrie(7-1) Save-Silva(2) T-3:17 A-2159
BATTERIES: UCLA - Karp, Kunes (6), Jerkins (7), Silva (8) and Grzecka. Stanford - Guthrie, Hudgins (8) and Garko, Tirpack (9). HRs: UCLA - Baron (2nd, 2-run in 1st), Reece (4th, solo in 2nd); Stanford - O'Riordan (7th, solo in 7th).
Full updated press release for UCLA series to be posted by Friday at 12 pm, PDT.