Stanford Takes First Game In Super Regional With 4-2 Over Baseball
June 7, 2002
PALO ALTO, Calif. - Home runs by Carlos Quentin and Chris Carter proved to be the difference Friday and the Stanford Cardinal defeated the USC Trojans, 4-2, in the first game of the 2002 NCAA Super Regional in front of 4,092 at Sunken Diamond. Stanford needs only win one game in order to advance to the College World Series while USC needs to win on Saturday to force a winner-take-all game on Sunday.
Stanford's Jeremy Guthrie went eight innings and kept the Trojans off the scoreboard through seven innings, allowing two runs on four hits with two walks and six strikeouts. Dan Rich pitched in the ninth to earn his fourth save of the season.
Stanford improved to 44-16 overall while USC fell to 37-23. The Trojans had its six-game winning streak snapped and have lost 10 of their last 12 games at Sunken Diamond.
The Trojans led off their half of the second with a single by senior first baseman Bill Peavey. Freshman designated hitter Joey Metropoulos hit a ground ball on an 0-2 count that went through the legs of Stanford shortstop Andy Topham to put runners at first and second with no outs. USC junior second baseman Anthony Lunetta advanced both runners on a groundout to third. Junior right fielder Travis McAndrews hit a one-hopper to third baseman Scott Dragicevich, who caught Peavey off-base, and threw to catcher Ryan Garko. Garko tagged him out. Left fielder Michael Morales then grounded out to second to end the inning.
In the bottom of the fourth, left fielder Jason Cooper doubled down the right field line. With two outs and a 2-2 count, Quentin hit a two-run shot to left off USC starter Anthony Reyes to give the Cardinal a 2-0 lead. Reyes took the loss for the Trojans, allowing four runs on eight hits in 7 1/3 innings.
With two outs and an 0-2 count in the fifth, Carter hit a solo shot to center to increase the lead, 3-0.
The Trojans got to Guthrie in the eighth when Michael Moon hit his eighth home run of the season with a two-run shot to right. It was Moon's fifth homer in his last nine games. Junior catcher Alberto Concepcion followed with a long fly ball to center that Stanford's Sam Fuld caught at the warning track.
Stanford scored its final run in the eighth on a sacrifice fly by catcher Ryan Garko to score Carter.
The series will continue tomorrow at 1 p.m. with the finale on Sunday, also at 1 p.m. (if necessary). All games for the Super Regional will be broadcast live, along with Live State play-by-play, on www.usctrojans.com.
USC 000-000-020 --- 2-5-0Stanford 000-210-01x --- 4-8-1
WP - Guthrie (12-1) LP - Reyes (4-2) S - Rich (4)Reyes, Bt. Bannister (8) and Concepcion.Guthrie, Rich (9) and Garko.T - 2:35 ATT - 4,092