Stanford Shuts Out Baseball In 2-0 Pitchers' Duel
March 9, 2001
PALO ALTO, Calif. - Jeremy Guthrie outdueled Mark Prior with a complete game shutout Friday and the No. 10 Stanford Cardinal defeated the No. 4 USC Trojans, 2-0, in non-conference action.
Guthrie won his fifth straight for the Cardinal (16-5) by scattering six hits and striking out eight in front of 2,067 at Sunken Diamond. Stanford has now won 14 of its last 16 games.
It was the first time that USC has been shut out since June 4, 1999, when Stanford, ironically, won 1-0 in the first game of the NCAA Super Regional.
Prior tied a career high with 13 strikeouts for the Trojans (12-6). He struck out 13 batters on Feb. 25, 2000, vs. UCLA at Dedeaux Field. He faced the minimum through five innings. At one point, Prior struck out five straight Cardinal batters.
Stanford opened the sixth on an infield single by Andy Topham. Center fielder Sam Fuld walked, the first one allowed by Prior, to put runners at first and second. Designated hitter Brian Hall struck out on a bunt attempt before Chris O'Riordan lined an RBI single to right.
O'Riordan, who hit the walk-off homer in Wednesday's win in a 3-2 win over California, hit another RBI single in the eighth to seal the victory.
The Trojans missed out on numerous opportunities after the leadoff hitter reached base in four of the first six innings. The best chance came in the fourth with a runner at third with one out. Bill Peavey, however, struck out and Jon Brewster grounded to third on a bunt to end the inning.
The series continues tomorrow (March 10) at 1 p.m. with Rik Currier slated for the Trojans against former USC pitcher Jeff Bruksch on the mound for Stanford. The series finale will be on Sunday (March 11) at 1 p.m. Both games will be broadcast on www.usctrojans.com.
USC 000-000-000 --- 0-6-0Stanford 000-001-01x --- 2-8-0
WP - Guthrie (5-0) LP - Prior (4-1)Prior, Clark (8) and Concepcion.Guthrie and Tirpack.T - 2:33 ATT - 2,067