Trojans Fall To Stanford, 4-2, In Game 1 Of Super Regional
June 7, 2002
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) _ Jeremy Guthrie took a shutout into the eighth inning and Carlos Quentin hit a two-run homer as Stanford defeated Southern California 4-2 in the first game of an NCAA Super Regional on Friday night.
Chris Carter also homered as the Cardinal (44-16) won their season-high eighth straight.
Michael Moon hit a two-run homer for the Trojans (37-23), who had their six-game winning streak stopped.
Guthrie (12-1), who pitched a 13-inning complete game in his last start, came back with four strikeouts and two walks over eight innings. Dan Rich pitched the ninth for his fourth save.
Guthrie, drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the first round, pitched out of trouble in the second, then didn't allow another hit until the seventh.
Bill Peavey singled and Joey Metropoulos reached on an error by shortstop Andy Topham to open the second. A groundout advanced both runners, then Peavey was caught in a rundown between third and home before Guthrie got Michael Morales to groundout to end the inning.
Quentin's 11th home run of the season, a two-run shot off Anthony Reyes (4-2) in the fourth put Stanford ahead.
Carter hit his seventh homer of the year in the fifth to put Stanford up 3-0.
Reyes allowed four runs on eight hits over 7 1-3 innings, but none after Ryan Garko's leadoff single in the sixth. He struck out two and walked one.
Moon's homer, his eighth of the season, came with one out in the eighth to cut the lead to 3-2.
The Cardinal added a run in the eighth when Garko hit a sacrifice fly.
Stanford, which finished one game behind the Trojans in the Pac-10 race this season, beat USC for the sixth time in seven meetings this year. The two teams have met 27 times in the past four years, including in the 1999 Super Regional, in which Stanford won the series to advance to the College World Series.
USC and Stanford have appeared in the last two College World Series. The Cardinal is trying to make its fourth straight appearance.