No. 7 Stanford And UCLA To Play Rubber Game Sunday

May 19, 2002

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No. 7 Stanford (36-16, 12-8) at UCLA (26-29, 9-11)size>

Fri., May 17 - Stanford 11, at UCLA 0
Sat., May 18 - at UCLA 9, Stanford 4
Sun., May 19, 1 pm, PDT - LHP Tim Cunningham (6-2, 3.97) vs. RHP Doug Silva (0-3, 4.46)
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 ... 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 will conclude a three-game series at UCLA with the rubber game on Sunday (1 pm, PDT) ... Stanford is 10-4 this season in series finales ... Stanford won Friday's series opener, 11-0, before the Bruins took Saturday's contest, 9-4 ... Stanford has won seven of its last nine Pac-10 games and is in third place in the Pac-10, 2.0 games behind first place USC (14-6 Pac-10) with four games remaining for both teams ... Washington (13-7 Pac-10) is in second place in the Pac-10 standings ... Stanford is attempting to finish either first or second in the Pac-10 standings for the 20th time in the last 22 years ... Stanford won two-of-three games in its series with UCLA last year and has won five straight series over the Bruins with the last UCLA series victory coming in 1997 ... 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 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) ... The Cardinal is just 4-7 in its last 11 road games ... 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 36 victories this season ... Stanford is 21-4 at home, while the team has managed just a 15-12 mark on the road ... Stanford is 13-2 in series openers and 7-8 in middle games of series ... Stanford needs four more wins for its eighth straight 40-win campaign ... Stanford is averaging 8.0 runs per game, reaching double figures in runs 16 times and double figure hits on 34 occasions ... Stanford is currently hitting .320, while posting a 4.26 ERA and a .971 fielding percentage, leading the Pac-10 in all three categories ... Stanford leads the Pac-10 in a total of nine team categories, including home runs (69) ... Stanford's 36-16 record this season is two games behind the team's 38-14 mark through 52 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 187-64 (.745) since 1999.

Sam Fuld leads the Cardinal with a .390 batting average (#2 Pac-10) and 90 hits (#1 Pac-10) ... Fuld is on an incredible tear over the last 20 contests, hitting .529 (45-85) with 18 multiple-hit games over the period ... Fuld is also Stanford's all-time batting average leader with a .373 (171-458) lifetime mark ... Ryan Garko leads the club in homers (12), runs scored (56) and bases on balls (34) ... Carlos Quentin leads the team in RBI (49), triples (4) and hit by pitches (15) ... Brian Hall paces the team with 12 stolen bases in 12 chances ... Stanford's regular starting rotation of National Player of the Year candidate Jeremy Guthrie, John Hudgins and Tim Cunningham is a combined 23-4 with a 3.76 ERA ... Guthrie paces the squad in victories (9, #2 Pac-10), ERA (2.69, #1 Pac-10), innings pitched (114.1, #2 Pac-10), strikeouts (109, #1 Pac-10), complete games (4) and shutouts (1, co-leader) ... 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) ... Chris O'Riordan has started 163 consecutive games at second base ... Scott Dragicevich had his season-high nine-game hit streak snapped on Saturday, going 0-for-5.

Stanford and UCLA conclude their three-game series Sunday, May 19 (1 pm, PDT) with the rubber game after the teams split the first two games of the series. 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 games in both series versus the Cardinal that season. Stanford leads the all-time series, 175-132.

at UCLA 9, Stanford 4 (May 18, 2002) - Wes Whisler (2-4, 2 HR, 5 RBI) hit a pair of homers, including his first career grand slam, to lead UCLA to a 9-4 victory over Stanford. Sam Fuld (2-4, 2B, RBI) and Jason Cooper (2-4, 2 2B) were the only Cardinal players with more than one hit. Brandon Averill also homered for the Bruins, while Adam Berry (2-3) and Casey Grzecka (2-4, RBI) had two hits each.

Stanford............ 010 003 000 -  4  7  0UCLA................ 011 001 24x -  9 12  4

Win-Cordeiro(2-6) Loss-Rich(1-2) Save-None T-2:52 A-723
BATTERIES: Stanford - Hudgins, Rich (6), McCally (7) and Garko. UCLA - Whisler, Cordeiro (7), Silva (9) and Grzecka. HRs: UCLA - Whisler 2 (14th, solo in 2nd; 15th, grand slam in 8th), Averill (6th, solo in 6th).

Stanford 11, at UCLA 0 (May 17, 2002) - Jeremy Guthrie tossed his second career shutout and struck out a career-high 13 batters to lead Stanford to a dominating 11-0 victory over UCLA in the opener of a three-game series. Sam Fuld (3-5) and Scott Dragicevich (3-5) led the Cardinal offense, while Jason Cooper (2-4, HR, 3 RBI) hit his 11th home run of the season.

Stanford............ 001 004 024 -  11 14  1UCLA................ 000 000 000 -   0  6  1

Win-Guthrie(9-1) Loss-Kunes(7-4) Save-None T-2:35 A-476
BATTERIES: Stanford - Guthrie and Garko. UCLA - Kunes, Jerkins (6), Clark (9) and Grzecka. HRs: Stanford - Cooper (11th, 2-run in 8th).

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