Baseball Advances To College World Series Title Game With 4-1 Victory Over CS Fullerton
June 13, 2001
By DENNIS WASZAK Jr.
AP Sports Writer
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Jeremy Guthrie pitched seven strong innings, and BrianHall and Ryan Garko homered to lead Stanford to the College World Serieschampionship game for the second straight year with a 4-1 victory over CalState Fullerton on Wednesday night.
Guthrie (13-4) allowed one run, four hits, struck out five and walked twofor the Cardinal, who won their fourth straight game and ninth of the last 10.
Jeff Bruksch pitched the last two innings and tied the CWS record with histhird save for the Cardinal, who also beat the top-seeded Titans (48-18) 5-2 in10 innings Sunday. The save was the fourth of his career at the College WorldSeries, also tying the career record.
Despite losing its starting rotation from last season and having no seniorson the roster, Stanford (51-16) will make its fourth appearance in the titlegame.
Stanford, which won national championships in 1987 and '88, and lost toLouisiana State last season, will play either Miami or Tennessee in Saturday'stitle game. The Hurricanes will advance if they win Thursday's game.
Guthrie rebounded nicely from his last outing, when he gave up five runs andeight hits in just 1 1-3 innings in the College World Series opener againstTulane. He left Wednesday after giving up a leadoff single to Shane Costa inthe eighth.
Guthrie lost his shutout bid in the seventh on Mike Rouse's RBI double. Hehad retired 10 straight batters before walking Robert Guzman and Jason Corapcito start the inning.
The runners moved up on Aaron Rifkin's groundout, and Brett Kay hit agrounder to first that Arik VanZandt fielded on a hop and threw home to nailGuzman at the plate for the second out. But Rouse followed with a double downthe right-field line to make it 4-1. Pinch-hitter Matt Belfanti struck out toend the inning.
Hall, making his first postseason start in left field, gave Stanford a 1-0lead in the third with his second homer of the season. The other came Jan. 26at Fresno State in the second game of the season. He led off the inning byhitting a 2-0 pitch from Jon Smith (11-3) into the left-center field bleachers.
Hall played a key role in Stanford's other College World Series victory overCal State Fullerton when he robbed Rouse of extra bases with an impressiverunning catch in the ninth to send it to extra innings tied at 1, and scoredthe go-ahead run in the top of the 10th.
Stanford added two more runs in the fourth on Andy Topham's two-run single.With one out, Garko was hit by a pitch and Stanford got three consecutive hitsup the middle by Carlos Quentin, Jonny Ash and Topham. Smith prevented furtherdamage by getting Hall to hit into a double play.
Garko gave the Cardinal a 4-0 lead with a home run over the 26-foot-highscreen in center field off Smith, who allowed four runs and six hits in sixinnings.