No. 1 Baseball Visits Nevada Tuesday Before Hosting Oregon State In Three-Game Series

April 9, 2001

OREGON STATE (21-13, 5-4 PAC-10)
#1 STANFORD CARDINAL (27-7, 7-2 PAC-10)

  • Thursday, April 12, 6 pm - RHP Thad Johnson (4-4, 4.46) vs. RHP Jeremy Guthrie (7-1, 1.70)
  • Friday, April 13, 6 pm - LHP Scott Nicholson (7-1, 2.68) vs. RHP Jeff Bruksch (7-0, 2.75)
  • Saturday, April 14, 1 pm - TBA vs. LHP Mike Gosling (2-0, 2.38)

    A live audio broadcast of all four Stanford Baseball games this week will be available on KZSU (90.1 FM) as well as at and ... The KZSU broadcast team includes Chad Goldberg, Joey Elger and Aaron Levine.

    ESSENTIAL STANFORD BASEBALL NOTESStanford is the nation's top-ranked team in all three major national polls (Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball, ESPN/Baseball Weekly) for the first time in 2001 this week ... Stanford has been the nation's No. 1 team in the Baseball America poll for five consecutive weeks but had been No. 2 in the other two polls last week ... Stanford has won 13 of its last 15 games and 25 of 29 ... Stanford currently sits in first-place in the Pac-10 with a 7-2 conference record, one full game ahead of second-place USC ... The Cardinal is attempting to win its fifth straight Pac-10 baseball title (includes Southern Division and co-titles) ... Stanford won two-of-three games over UCLA last weekend and has now won 16 consecutive regular season series and nine straight Pac-10 regular season series dating back to last year ... Arizona State was the last team to have taken a regular season series against the Cardinal, winning two-of-three in Tempe just over a year ago (3/31/00 - 4/2/00) ... Stanford is 16-2 at Sunken Diamond this year, while posting an 11-5 road mark ... Six of Stanford's seven losses this season have been by one run as the Cardinal is 2-6 in one-run games (the other loss was a 2-run loss) ... Stanford is 10-2 against ranked teams this season (according to Baseball America) ... Stanford's pitching staff has given up more than three runs in a game only six times in its last 28 games ... Stanford leads the Pac-10 in both ERA (2.76) and fielding percentage (.978), the latter being .006 percentage points higher than the school record established three times in the 1990's ... The last time the Cardinal finished a season with a lower team ERA was in 1973 (2.64) ... The Cardinal has been errorless in 16 of 34 games, including six of the last nine ... Stanford's team batting average currently sits at .292, seventh in the Pac-10 ... Jason VanMeetren leads the team in batting average (.343), hits (46), doubles (12), triples (3) and total bases (82), while Chris O'Riordan is the club's leader in homers (7), RBI (40) and stolen bases (11), Jason Cooper (6 HR), Scott Dragicevich (41 hits) ... Arik VanZandt paces the club with 31 runs scored while Sam Fuld (19 base on balls) and Carlos Quentin (8 hit-by-pitches) are also offensive leaders ... Andy Topham (14 games), VanMeetren (11 games) and Fuld (11 games) are all working on career-high hitting streaks ... Jeff Bruksch has won seven of his last eight starts and given up just four earned runs in his last 53.2 innings ... Stanford leads the all-time series with Nevada, 12-7 ... Stanford beat the Wolf Pack, 8-6, at Sunken Diamond earlier this season (2/27) ... Stanford defeated Oregon State two-of-three games last year and leads the all-time series, 26-9.

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