Stanford Advances to College World Series for Fifth Consecutive Year
June 9, 2003
PAC-10 NOTES: With a 4-2 win over Big West conference champion Long Beach State, STANFORD (46-15, 18-6) clinched its fifth consecutive trip to the NCAA College World Series in Omaha, Neb. ... The Cardinal swept the 49ers in two games, opening up the Super Regionals with a 5-1 win on Fri., June 6, thanks in part to sophomore Danny Putnam's three-run home run in the eighth inning to seal the victory ... Stanford advances to the CWS for the seventh time in the last 10 seasons ... Most recently, the Cardinal finished in third place in the 2002 College World Series, losing twice to defending national champion, Texas, by tight scores of 8-7 and 6-5 ... Head coach Mark Marquess led both the 1987 and 1988 Stanford squads to back-to-back national championships and has finished as the runner-up three times since then ... Stanford will go head-to-head with last year's CWS second place team, South Carolina (44-20), while Cal State Fullerton (48-14) and Louisiana State (45-20-1) are also in the Cardinal portion of the bracket.
2003 POSTSEASON TEAM NOTES
STANFORD (18-6, 46-15)Last Week: vs. Long Beach State W, 5-1; W, 4-2This Week: NCAA College World Series (South Carolina, Cal State Fullerton, Louisiana State)
Riding a nine-game win streak and having put together wins in 19 of its last 22 games, Stanford seems to peaking at exactly the right time ... In last weekend's NCAA Super Regional, the Cardinal fashioned back-to-back wins over Big West conference champion, Long Beach State, to advance to the College World Series for the fifth consecutive year ... The Cardinal has appeared in the CWS seven times in the last decade ... On Fri., June 6, Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year John Hudgins scattered seven hits, struck out six and walked two as he threw his seventh complete game of the season, good enough to pace the Conference ... Hudgins has amassed 128 strikeouts on the season ... Sophomore Danny Putnam added a three-run homer in the eighth inning to secure the Cardinal's first win in the best-of-three series ... Putnam came up big again in Saturday's game as he hit a two-run, go-ahead single in the seventh inning, Stanford's first lead of the game ... Junior outfielder Carlos Quentin added four hits and drove in a run, bringing his season batting average to .398, fourth in the league ... The Cardinal will go up against last year's CWS runner-up South Carolina in Friday's game, while Cal State Fullerton and Louisiana State will also be in Stanford's portion of the bracket ... Head coach Mark Marquess has faced all three of these teams, posting winning records against two: South Carolina (3-1), Cal State Fullerton (39-32) and LSU (1-3) ... Senior catcher Ryan Garko was one of three finalists named to the fourth annual Johnny Bench award watch list, recognizing the nation's top collegiate catcher ... Garko was named Pac-10 Co-Player of the Year, along with being only one of two players from the Pac-10 recognized as a first team Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball All-American ... Stanford saw six of its player selected in last week's Major League Baseball Draft, including Quentin who went in the first round as the 29th overall pick.
ARIZONA STATE (16-8, 54-14)Last Week: vs. Cal State Fullerton L, 5-1; W, 7-6; L, 7-1
Arizona State's 2003 season came to an end last weekend as they were defeated in the NCAA Super Regionals by No. 1 national seed, Cal State Fullerton on the Titan campus ... The Devils finished the year with a 54-14 overall record, 16-8 in Conference play and notched a 4-2 postseason record ... ASU was coming off a regional performance that included a 45-run explosion, while holding opponents to just three runs scored ... On Fri., June 6, while the Sun Devils were kept to a season-low five hits, freshman starting pitcher Erik Averill struck out a career-high eight batters, but it was not enough as Fullerton went on to claim the first game, 5-1 ... Facing elimination, junior Andre Ethier and sophomore Jeff Larish each put together two-run home runs to guide ASU to a slim 7-6 win ... In Sunday's finale, Cal State Fullerton recorded seven runs in the first three innings and never looked back en route to a 7-1 decision ... The three-run first inning was the second-biggest given up by the ASU pitching staff in 2003 ... Ethier recorded an eighth-inning double to extend his hitting streak to 23 games ... ASU is one of three teams in the country thus far to crack the 50+ win margin ... The 54 wins were the most in school history since 1988 ... Arizona State's NCAA record for consecutive games without being shutout was extended to 501 games ... Sophomore shortstop Dustin Pedroia was named the District IX Player of the Year and is now one of nine finalists for the Dick Howser Trophy ... With a .418 batting average to end the regular season, Pedroia was named Pac-10 Co-Player of the Year and also garnered batting champion honors ... The Sun Devils saw 12 players selected in the Major League Baseball Draft, including Ethier who went in the second round as the 62nd pick overall.
ARIZONA (13-11, 35-23)Last Week: vs. Notre Dame L, 13-5; vs. San Diego L, 5-2
Arizona didn't play as well as it had hoped over the weekend, dropping two straight games in the NCAA Regional to Notre Dame and San Diego by scores of 13-5 and 5-2, respectively ... The 13-5 defeat marked the first time in school history that the Wildcats had lost to the Fighting Irish ... Arizona's top ace, Richie Gardner, gave up seven runs on six hits in the second inning as Notre Dame took a commanding 9-0 lead ... UA then went up against San Diego in the loser's bracket and got a well-pitched game by Sean Rierson, but could not hold on for the win ... Sophomore outfielder Jeff Van Houten finished the day going 1-for-4, leaving him with a final batting average of .413 and making him the first UA player since Robbie Moen (1991) to hit over .400 for a season ... Van Houten's average puts him in the third place in the Conference ... He is also tied for first in the Pac-10 with nine triples and also ties for third with an even .700 slugging percentage ... Wildcats that made the Pac-10 All-Conference team include Brian Anderson, Brad Boyer, Gardner and Van Houten ... Van Houten was also named to the third team Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball All-America team ... Arizona ends its 2003 season with a 35-23 overall record, 13-11 in the Conference, good enough to grant them sole possession of fourth place.
WASHINGTON (15-9, 42-18)Last Week: vs. Minnesota W, 5-3; vs. Long Beach State L, 7-2; vs. Minnesota W, 4-1; vs. Long Beach State L, 7-2
Washington advanced to the regional title game for the second time in as many years, but was unable to pull off the upset of No. 1 regional seed, Long Beach State ... The Huskies notched a 5-3 win in the opener over Minnesota to advance to the winner's bracket on Sat., May 31 ... UW used a one-run, two-out single by senior Tila Reynolds to break a three-all tie in the eighth inning and never looked back ... After dropping a 7-2 decision against Long Beach State, Washington rallied for yet another win over the Gophers late Saturday night ... In his first start of the season, sophomore David Dowling allowed only one unearned run on six hits over six and two-thirds innings to guide the Huskies to a 4-1 win ... Closer Will Fenton picked up his league-leading 12th save of the year as he struck out two Minnesota batters ... Three Washington players were named to the regional All-Tournament Team - Aaron Hathaway, Brent Lillibridge and John Otness ... Picking up Pac-10 first team All-Conference honors were Chad Boudon, Fenton and Lillibridge ... Washington's 42 wins are the third-most in Ken Knutson's tenure, as both the 1994 and 1997 squads picked up 46 victories ... UW concludes the 2003 season with a 42-18 overall record, 15-9 in the Conference, good enough for an outright third-place finish.
2003 SEASON WRAP-UPS
CALIFORNIA (10-14, 28-27)Last Week: vs. San Francisco W, 8-5
California finished off the regular season with an 8-5 win over San Francisco on Tues., May 13 at Evans Diamond ... The Golden Bears went 28-27 overall in 2003, with a 10-14 record in the Pac-10 for a seventh place finish ... Against the Dons, Cal had a 14-hit attack led by Brian Horwitz and Chris Grossman who had three hits apiece ... Grossman went 3-for-5 with a double and one RBI, while senior Nick Medrano, playing in the final game of his career, went 2-for-4 with a double ant two RBI ... Grossman has been named a Johnny Bench Award finalist ... Junior Conor Jackson had another solid season, moving up the school career charts as he is sixth in slugging percentage (.573), seventh in home runs (30) and 10th in walks (115) ... Cal's defense was solid all year long as the team finished fourth in the Conference in fielding percentage (.965).
OREGON STATE (7-17, 25-28)Last Week: vs. Arizona W, 13-12; vs. Portland W, 18-6; W, 4-3
Oregon State concluded its 2003 season with three wins, including a 13-12 victory over Conference foe, Arizona ... The Beavers picked up two more wins over in-state rival Portland, as they finished up games that were suspended earlier this season ... On the final day of his career in a OSU uniform, senior Andy Jarvis broke the school record for hits in a career and tied the record for home runs with 232 and 34, respectively ... Junior Tony Calderon notched 24 doubles on the year, good enough to rank second in the Pac-10 charts, while his teammate Chris Biles finished third with 23 doubles ... Junior left-hander Jake Postlewait finished the season with a 3.43 ERA for fourth place on the Conference charts ... OSU's .305 team batting average was the fifth-best in the Conference, behind only the four postseason teams.
UCLA (11-13, 28-31)Last Week: vs. Washington State W, 21-3; L, 15-2; W, 18-7
The Bruins ended their 2003 season with an 18-7 victory and a series win over Washington State, 2-1 ... UCLA bettered its 2002 finish of 9-15 in league play and a tie for seventh by finishing 11-13 and in a tie for fifth place with Los Angeles counterpart, USC ... Junior third baseman Brandon Averill became the first Bruin since Garrett Atkins to hit for the cycle on Sun., May 25 against WSU ... He went 7-for-15 (.467) during the series and recorded a team-high 1.133 slugging percentage and seven RBI ... Junior Casey Janssen recorded 73 strikeouts on the year, good enough to rank fifth in the league, while fellow pitcher Mike Kunes recorded 24 strikeouts looking to rank seventh among the Pac-10's best ... UCLA had a team ERA of 5.95 to finish the season, good enough to rank seventh in the Pac-10, while its .287 batting average also was seventh in the league.
USC (11-13, 28-28)Last Week: vs. Washington L, 26-2; L, 5-1; L, 10-8
For the first time in 11 years, the USC Trojans did not receive a postseason berth ... Southern California dropped its last four games, including a Conference battle against Washington, with the winner receiving an NCAA bid ... The Trojans finished at an even .500 with a 28-28 record, 11-13 in the Pac-10 to tie for fifth place with UCLA ... Freshman Jeff Clement remains tied atop the league with 21 homers belted, the most by any USC freshman in history ... He also ranks ninth in slugging percentage (.649), tenth in RBI (53) and ninth in walks (32) ... Clement also earned an invite to the 2003 USA Baseball National Team trials this summer ... Shortstop Anthony Lunetta finished his senior season with a .349 batting average and 73 hits, both of which were team highs ... USC had a strong team defense, ranking fifth in the Conference with a .961 fielding percentage.
WASHINGTON STATE (7-17, 19-37)Last Week: vs. UCLA L, 21-3; W, 15-2; L, 18-7
Washington State finished the 2003 season with a 7-17 record in Pac-10 play, 19-37 overall ... The Cougars picked up one game against UCLA over the weekend, a 15-2 decision on Sat., May 24 ... Junior transfer Aaron MacKenzie went the distance for a second time this season and struck out a career-high 10 batters ... The Cougars also had a 14-hit attack led by Grant Richardson and Derek Bruce, who each had three hits ... Freshman Jay Miller led all WSU batters in 2003 with a .341 average, while also pacing the team with 73 hits ... Miller also racked up 21 doubles, good enough to rank sixth in the Pac-10 ... Washington State finishes eighth in the Conference in fielding percentage with a .957 clip ... The Cougars were fourth in the Conference in fielding double plays with 51 and amassed 593 assists for sixth place.
Pac-10 Players Selected in the 2003Major League Baseball Draft
Rd. Pick Player MLB Team1 15 Brian Anderson, ARIZ Chi White Sox1 19 Conor Jackson, CAL Arizona1 29 Carlos Quentin, STAN Arizona2 62 Andre Ethier, ASU Oakland3 76 John Hudgins, STAN Texas3 78 Ryan Garko, STAN Cleveland3 84 Beau Vaughan, ASU Boston5 153 Mike Wagner, WASH San Francisco6 171 Richie Gardner, ARIZ Cincinnati7 189 Brian Montalbo, CAL Milwaukee7 199 Brian Bannister, USC NY Mets7 204 Jeremy West, ASU Boston8 229 Seth Pietsch, OSU NY Mets8 247 Sean White, WASH Atlanta9 256 Tim Cunningham, STAN Texas9 258 Anthony Lunetta, USC Cleveland9 276 Steve Garrabrants, ASU Arizona10 292 Fraser Dizard, USC Chi White Sox11 328 Ryan Schroyer, ASU Minnesota11 333 Jeff Petersen, WASH San Francisco11 334 Bryce Kartler, ASU NY Yankees11 336 Tila Reynolds, WASH Arizona12 342 Robbie McClellan, ASU Kansas City15 453 Ben Thurmond, ASU San Francisco15 455 Anthony Reyes, USC St. Louis19 553 Brian Carter, WASH Chicago Cubs21 620 Mark Sopko, ASU Toronto22 638 Rod Allen, ASU Tampa Bay23 668 Ryan McCally, STAN Tampa Bay23 674 Dennis Wyrick, ASU Baltimore23 593 Mike Kunes, UCLA San Francisco23 696 Travis McAndrews, USC Arizona24 703 Sam Fuld, STAN Chicago Cubs24 706 Ben Rowe, OSU Texas26 758 Joe Little, ARIZ Tampa Bay26 782 Brian Horwitz, CAL Oakland26 785 Levi Webber, OSU St. Louis29 853 Matt Brown, CAL Chicago Cubs33 968 Jordan Olson, USC Tampa Bay42 1243 Chad Boudon, WASH Baltimore42 1264 Mike Guerrero, ASU Arizona50 1458 Sean Rierson, ARIZ San Diego