CWS Semifinalists Stanford And Texas Know Each Other Well
June 19, 2002
Omaha, Neb. (AP) - The semifinalists at the College World Series share nosecrets.
South Carolina and Clemson have played four times this season. Texas andStanford have played 10 times during the past two years.
'There's not much we don't know about them. There's not much they don'tknow about us.'
Stanford's center fielder Sam Fuld
'If you live in South Carolina you know when South Carolina and Clemsonmatch up, even if it's equestrian horse racing, there's going to be a lot onthe line,' designated hitter Trey Dyson said after South Carolina beat GeorgiaTech 9-5 in an elimination game Tuesday.
This season, Clemson won three of four from its state rival. One morevictory and the Tigers (54-15) will play in the championship Saturday for thefirst time in their 10 CWS appearances.
To stay alive, the Gamecocks (55-17) must win Wednesday and force a decidinggame Friday.
South Carolina survived its second straight elimination game and avenged an11-0 loss to Tech in the CWS opener.
Steve Thomas and Justin Harris homered and Aaron Rawl pitched a completegame after struggling in a brief relief appearance in the opener.
Rawl (7-1) allowed 14 hits, 12 of them singles. Rawl also got Tech to groundinto three double plays. The Yellow Jackets (52-16), didn't have an extra-basehit until Jeremy Slayden's two-run homer in the eighth made it 9-4.
Tech set a school record for wins this season, topping its 51-14 finish in1987.
Matthew Boggs and Matt Murton drove in two runs for Tech, which fell behindearly and could not recover for the second straight game.
The Yellow Jackets were in the elimination round after a 9-7 loss to Clemsonon Sunday, with the Tigers scoring eight runs in the second inning.
'They kind of distanced themselves enough from us to where we couldn'tmuster enough offense to get back at them,' Tech coach Danny Hall said.
Brian Burks (10-7) pitched 3 2-3 innings for the Yellow Jackets, allowingfive runs and five hits.
Stanford moved into college baseball's final four by holding off Notre Dame5-3 in Tuesday's second game. All that stands between Stanford and a thirdstraight trip to the title game is Thursday night's game with Texas, which beatthe Cardinal 8-7 Monday.
Stanford went 2-1 against Texas last year in a regular season series andagain in a rematch in the NCAA regional round. The Cardinal won 2-of-3 in aseries earlier this season, but lost when it mattered most Monday. Stanfordneeds two wins over the Longhorns, who opened the CWS 2-0.
'There's not much we don't know about them. There's not much they don'tknow about us.' Sam Fuld, who hit a two-run homer in the first.
The Cardinal, CWS runners-up the last two years, improved to 40-0 thisseason when holding the lead after eight innings by beating the Irish for thesecond time in the CWS. Stanford won 4-3 in the first round and used earlyhomers by Fuld and Carlos Quentin to pull ahead Tuesday.
The Fighting Irish (50-18) had 22 comeback wins this season, but could notcome up with one more.
'It just didn't happen for us today,' said Steve Stanley who was 2-for-3with an RBI, a stolen base and a run scored.
Peter Ogilvie (7-5) recovered well after being down 2-0 on just threepitches, but didn't get the support he needed.
'We just came up a little bit short,' coach Paul Mainieri said. 'Ithought Stanford was just a little bit better than we were in these twogames.'
By DOUG ALDEN
AP Sports Writer