Final 2001 Baseball Release
July 3, 2001
SEASON IN REVIEW
USC won its first Pac-10 Championship since 1996. The Trojans finished at 18-6 in Conference play. The Pac-10 sent four teams to postseason play for the ninth time in history and the Conference made its 51st appearance at the College World Series, 26th time with multiple teams.
For the first time ever in STANFORD baseball history, the Cardinal made its third straight College World Series appearance. It was its 13th all-time appearance. Stanford swept through its bracket with three victories, but fell to Miami, 12-1 in the National Championship game for the second consecutive season. USC made its second consecutive trip to the CWS, and its 21st trip all-time. The Trojans went 1-2 in Omaha. ARIZONA STATE and CALIFORNIA also were selected for postseason play. The Sun Devils were eliminated by Texas Tech at the Cal State Fullerton regional and Virginia Commonwealth eliminated the Bears from their regional at Louisiana State.
ASU's Casey Myers was honored as the Pac-10 Player of the Year for the second consecutive time and USC's Mark Prior was named Pitcher of the Year. Stanford's Carlos Quentin earned the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year award. California's David Esquer was honored with his first Coach of the Year award.
COLLEGE WORLD SERIES RESULTSJune 8-16Omaha, Neb.
STANFORD 13, Tulane 11STANFORD 5, Cal State Fullerton 2 (10 inn.)STANFORD 4, Cal State Fullerton 1Miami 12, STANFORD 1
USC 11, Georgia 5Miami 4, USC 3Tennessee 10, USC 2
SUPER REGIONALSJune 1-3
(at Los Angeles, Calif.)USC 5, Florida International 1USC 6, Florida International 0
(at Stanford, Calif.)STAN 11, South Carolina 1South Carolina 4, STAN 3STAN 3, South Carolina 2
(at Fullerton, Calif.)No. 2 ASU 12, No. 3 Texas Tech 3No. 1 CS Fullerton 13, ASU 3Texas Tech 9, ASU 8
(at Baton Rouge. La.)No. 2 Virginia Commonwealth 9, No. 3 CAL 7CAL 9, No. 4 Minnesota 3Virginia Commonwealth 11, CAL 2
(at Los Angeles, Calif.)No. 1 USC 12, No. 4 Oral Roberts 4USC 4, No. 2 Pepperdine 3USC 8, No. 3 Fresno State 0
(at Stanford, Calif.)No. 1 STAN 4, No. 4 Marist 3No. 3 Texas 4, STAN 3STAN 6, Marist 0STAN 10, Texas 9 (10 inn.)STAN 4, Texas 3
Baseball AmericaTop-25 (June 18)
1. Miami 53-122. STANFORD 51-173. CS Fullerton 48-184. USC 45-195. Tulane 56-136. Nebraska 50-167. Georgia 47-228. Tennessee 48-209. Louisiana State 44-22-110. Florida State 47-1911. East Carolina 47-1312. South Carolina 49-2013. Rice 47-2014. Central Florida 51-1415. Notre Dame 49-13-116. Pepperdine 42-1817. Clemson 41-2218. Wake Forest 44-1819. Mississippi St. 39-2420. Florida Int'l 43-2121. Texas Tech 43-20-122. ARIZONA STATE 37-20-123. South Alabama 45-1924. Winthrop 47-16-125. Rutgers 42-17
Collegiate BaseballTop-30 (June 18)
1. Miami 53-122. STANFORD 51-173. CS Fullerton 48-184. Tennessee 48-205. USC 45-196. Tulane 56-137. Nebraska 50-168. Georgia 47-229. Florida State 47-1910. Louisiana State 44-22-111. East Carolina 47-1312. Notre Dame 48-12-113. Clemson 41-2214. Mississippi St. 39-2415. South Carolina 49-2016. Rice 47-2017. Central Florida 51-1418. Wake Forest 44-1819. Florida Int'l 42-2020. Pepperdine 42-1821. Texas Tech 43-20-122. Baylor 37-2323. ARIZONA STATE 37-20-124. VA Commonwealth 41-1925. Rutgers 42-1726. UCSB 40-1727. Georgia Tech 41-2028. Texas 36-2629. Winthrop 48-16-130. Auburn 37-21
Baseball America Player of the YearMark Prior, USC
Collegiate Baseball Player of the YearMark Prior, USC
The Sporting News Player of the YearMark Prior, USC
ABCA Player of the YearMark Prior, USC
Dick Howser TrophyMark Prior,USC
Smith AwardMark Prior, USC
NCBWA National AwardMark Prior, USC
First TeamOF Shelley Duncan, ArizonaP Mark Prior, USC
Second TeamC Casey Myers, Arizona State2B Chris O'Riordan, Stanford
Third TeamDH Brian Baron, UCLAP Rik Currier, USCP Jeremy Guthrie, Stanford
The Sporting News
First TeamC Casey Myers, Arizona StateOF Shelley Duncan, ArizonaP Mark Prior, USC
Second Team2B Chris O'Riordan, StanfordP Rik Currier, USCP Jeremy Guthrie, Stanford
First TeamP Mark Prior, USCOF Shelley Duncan, Arizona
Second TeamC Casey Myers, Arizona State
Third TeamP Scott Nicholson, Oregon StateP Rik Currier, USC1B Ernie Durazo, Arizona
USA Today Baseball Weekly
First TeamP Mark Prior, USC
Second TeamC Casey Myers, Arizona State
National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association
First Team2B Chris O'Riordan, StanfordOF Brian Baron, UCLAP Mark Prior, USC
Second TeamC Casey Myers, Arizona StateP Andy Torres, Arizona State
Third TeamOF Sam Fuld, StanfordP Jeremy Guthrie, Stanford
First TeamDH Rod Allen, Arizona StateOF Carlos Quentin, Stanford
Second TeamOF Sam Fuld, StanfordUT Marc Kaiser, Arizona
Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-America
OF Rod Allen, Arizona StateOF Brian Anderson, ArizonaOF Carlos Quentin, Arizona State
USA Today/Baseball Weekly Freshman All-America
OF Carlos Quentin, Stanford
2000 USA Baseball National Team Members
LHP Tim Cunningham, StanfordRHP Mike Esposito, Arizona StateOF Sam Fuld, StanfordOF Carlos Quentin, StanfordRHP Anthony Reyes, USC
Verizon Academic All-America District VIII Team
C Casey Myers, Arizona StateIF Jeff Phelps, Arizona StateP Jon Switzer, Arizona State
Verizon Academic All-American of the Year for Baseball
C Casey Myers, Arizona State
PAC-10 PLAYERS SELECTED IN THE 2001 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL DRAFT
Rd. Pick Player MLB Team1 2 Mark Prior, USC Chicago Cubs1 6 Josh Karp, UCLA Montreal2 47 Jon Switzer, ASU Tampa Bay2 62 Shelley Duncan, ARIZ NY Yankees2 66 Mike Gosling, STAN Arizona3 84 Jeremy Guthrie, STAN Pittsburgh4 123 Stefan Bailie, WSU Boston5 161 Jeff Bruksch, STAN Oakland6 174 Drew Friedberg, ASU Pittsburgh6 186 Rik Currier, USC NY Yankees6 197 David Cash, CAL San Francisco8 235 Chris Duffy, ASU Pittsburgh8 237 Brooks Conrad, ASU Houston8 245 Scott Nicholson, OSU Colorado9 282 Casey Myers, ASU Oakland10 315 Seth Davidson, USC St. Louis12 362 Ernie Durazo, ARIZ Toronto12 365 Brian Ingram, OSU Colorado13 381 Andre Marshall, WASH Philadelphia13 400 Jason VanMeetren, STAN Seattle14 417 Clint Hoover, CAL Houston14 420 Jason Dennis, CAL Anaheim14 421 Josh Carter, OSU San Diego16 475 Mel Stocker, ASU Kansas City16 480 Jon Brandt, UCLA San Diego16 490 Josh Canales, UCLA Los Angeles16 494 Mike Wodnicki, STAN St. Louis17 501 Randall Shelley, UCLA Texas19 586 Rob Meyer, CAL San Francisco20 612 Trevor Hutchinson, CAL NY Mets20 614 Bryce Kartler, ASU St. Louis22 Jeff Carlsen, WASH Chicago Cubs33 Tyson Thompson, WSU Tampa Bay34 Matt Pearl, UCLA St. Louis35 Bookie Gates, WSU Minnesota35 Marc Rittenhouse, WASH Florida36 Ken Huff, ARIZ Minnesota36 Jeff Phelps, ASU Philadelphia38 Matt Abram, ARIZ Minnesota40 Michael Done, WASH Baltimore
TEAM/INDIVIDUAL FEATS & RECORDS
* Senior 1B Ernie Durazo tied for the longest hitting streak, 28 games, in school history. His 25 straight games with a hit in 2000 set the single-season school record.
* With two home runs hit against Long Beach State on Feb. 4, junior RF Shelley Duncan became the all-time home run leader in Arizona history.
* Duncan also set a new Wildcat single-season record for home runs (24), and tied the record for home runs in consecutive at bats, knocking out home runs in three straight at bats against Utah.
* Duncan finished his third season with 55 career homers, placing him fifth best all-time in the Pac-10 record book.
* Matt Abram hit for the cycle Apr. 8 against Washington State. Less than a week later, Duncan also hit for the cycle against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. They are the 10th and 11th Wildcats to ever accomplish the feat.
* Tony Sulser set a new record for appearances by a freshman, appearing in 27 games.
* Sean Rierson earned the top spot on the freshman list for fewest walks per nine innings, at 1.88.
* Arizona's seven home runs hit Apr. 8 against Washington State set the record for home runs in a single game.
* Arizona's 11 extra-base hits Apr. 8 against WSU tied the single-game record.
* ASU made history on Apr. 7 when they scored at least one run in its 350th consecutive game. They continued to score throughout the season and hold the NCAA record at 375 games.
* The ASU/Louisiana State three-game series had a combined attendance of 18,465, the most in Packard Stadium since ASU/Arizona in 1990 (20,095).
* Senior C Casey Myers became just the third Sun Devil ever to pass 300 hits in a career. He finished with 313.
* Myers finished his career second in the ASU and Pac-10 record books for career RBI (275).
* Myers became just the third player in Pac-10 history to earn the Pac-10 Player of the Year Award in consecutive seasons. Since the joining of the Northern and Southern divisions in 1999, ASU has won all three Player of the Year awards.
* Head coach Pat Murphy collected his 100th Pac-10 win against Washington May 12.
* Freshman Steve Garrabrants tied the ASU freshman record with 16 stolen bases.
* Chris Grossman got a hit in his first five at bats of the season. He is believed to be the first Bear to start a career with five consecutive hits.
* Brian Horwitz had a school record 23-game hitting streak from Feb. 9-Mar. 25.
* Brian Montalbo picked up a win in his first career start Feb. 4 against Santa Clara.
* Head coach David Esquer was awarded his first Pac-10 Coach of the Year honor. It is the first Coach of the Year honor for Cal since 1992.
* Cal's sweep at Washington marked the first time the Bears had swept a Pac-10 opponent on the road since 1996.
* This season marked the first time the Bears collected 30 wins or more since 1995 and their first postseason appearance since 1995.
* Senior 1B Clint Hoover finished his career fourth on Cal's all-time career RBI list (127), fifth on the career home run list (39) and sixth in career total bases (368).
* At 11-2 on the season, Scott Nicholson, tied for second-most wins ever in a season by an OSU pitcher.
* Nicholson set a school record for innings pitched (130.2) in a single-season.
* The Beavers tied the school record for homers in a game by hitting seven in a non-conference win over Washington.
* Head coach Pat Casey earned his 200th win as OSU's leader, against Washington State Apr. 20.
* Brian Barden set OSU records for hits (83) and at-bats in a season (226).
* A new individual record for home runs in a game was set when Andy Jarvis hit three in a contest against Washington State.
* Curtis Davis set a new record for hit by pitch in a season (14).
* The Beavers set single-season team records for at-bats (1,960), hits (618) and total bases (914).
* Mark Marquess became the 23rd head coach in the history of Division I baseball to reach the 1,000-career win mark when Stanford defeated Florida State, Feb. 9.
* Junior 2B Chris O'Riordan is tied for second in batting average (.359) on the Cardinal's career list.
* O'Riordan's 101 hits on the season makes him the sixth Cardinal to ever reach the 100+ hit mark.
* Stanford set a school record for fielding percentage at .977, .005 better than the record set three times in the last 11 years (1990, '95, '00).
* The Cardinal pitching staff set a club record with 23 saves on the season.
* Stanford set a new record for double plays in a season with 65.
* The Cardinal's overall batting average of .313 ties for fourth in the all-time record book.
* Mike Wodnicki's is Stanford's all-time won-loss percentage leader (14-1, .933) after picking up a win in the College World Series.
* With three saves in the College World Series, Jeff Bruksch is now third on the career saves list with 16 total.
* Mike Gosling is second on the all-time strikeouts per nine innings list with 11.01.
* Freshman OF Carlos Quentin began his collegiate career with a three-run homer. It only got better from there as he was awarded Stanford's first Pac-10 Freshman of the Year award.
* Josh Karp, the No. 6 overall pick in the MLB amateur draft, has a 14-2 record in Pac-10 play over three seasons.
* Brian Baron set a new single-season batting average record. He finished 2001 hitting .443, 48 points higher the second-best Pac-10 hitter.
* In 56 games, Baron collected 105 hits, becoming the fifth all-time Bruin to knock out at least 100 hits in a season.
* The Bruins defeated three different No. 1 teams, including Stanford, USC and Cal State Fullerton.
* UCLA put together a 19-9 record at Jackie Robinson Stadium.
* Josh Canales ended the season on a 23-game hitting streak, UCLA's longest streak of the season.
* Head coach Mike Gillespie recorded his 600th win at USC May 15th against Long Beach State.
* RHP Mark Prior made a clean sweep of the national Player of the Year awards being honored by Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball, The Sporting News, ABCA, NCBWA and Rotary Smith Award.
* Prior was also named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year, marking the fourth consecutive time a Trojan pitcher has been so honored.
* Prior set the new Pac-10 and USC record for strikeouts in a single-season with 202.
* RHP Rik Currier set the new Pac-10 and USC record for career strikeouts with 449 total.
* Senior SS Seth Davidson set several career records. He owns the stolen base mark with 66 career swipes. He has the most hits (312) and runs scored (201) in Trojan history. He is tied for first in career triples with 13.
* Josh Persell set the painful record of being hit by the most pitches (24) of any other Trojan ever.
* The Trojan pitching staff set a school record for most strikeouts (605) in a season. It also ties the Pac-10 record for K's in a single-season.
* Three different Trojans recorded streaks of hitting a home run in three consecutive games (Josh Persell, Bill Peavey & Anthony Lunetta).
* Jeff Carlsen finished his UW career as the all-time leader in starts (47) and innings pitched (283.1). He ranks second in career victories with 24 and third in strikeouts with 221.
* Marc Rittenhouse finished his Husky career ranked fifth in UW history in runs (163) and walks (109). He also made the top-10 on the career home runs chart (9th/19).
* Scott Robertson notched seven saves on the season, good for the sixth-most in Washington's history.
* Shawn Kohn became a starter last season after never having started before. He was second in the Pac-10, only to USC's Mark Prior, in ERA (2.57), and opposing batting average (.204).
* With 18 home runs in 2001, Stefan Bailie ranks seventh on the single-season round tripper list. He has the most home runs in Cougar history by a two-year player and is just 10 short of the school career record of 40.
* In WSU's first appearance on FOX Sports Net, the Cougars came up with an exciting 7-6 win over California.
* Of the Cougars 54 games, 22 were determined by just one or two runs.
Pac-10 Career Leaderboard
Hits1. John Gall, STAN (1997-00) 3686. Casey Myers, ASU (1998-01) 3137. Seth Davidson, USC (1998-01) 312
RBI1. Andrew Beinbrink, ASU (1996-99) 2832. Casey Myers, ASU (1998-01) 275
Doubles1. John Gall, STAN (1997-00) 8010. Casey Myers, ASU (1998-01) 64
Home Runs1. Eric Valent, UCLA (1996-98) 695. Shelley Duncan, ARIZ (1999-) 55
Total Bases1. Casey Myers, ASU (1998-01) 5972. John Gall, STAN (1997-00)
Victories1. Kendall Carter, ASU (1981-84) 474. Rik Currier, USC (1998-01) 38 Randy Powers, USC (1987-90) 38
Strikeouts1. Rik Currier, USC (1998-01) 4492. Seth Etherton, USC (1995-98) 420
Pac-10 Single-Season Leaderboard
Hitting1. Don Lovell, PSU (1985) .4644. Brian Baron, UCLA (2001) .446
100 Hits1. Paul Lo Duca, ASU (1993) 12919t. Brian Baron, UCLA (2001) 10534. Chris O'Riordan, STAN (2001) 101
20 Home Runs1. Troy Glaus, UCLA (1997) 3413t. Shelley Duncan, ARIZ (2001) 24
Victories1. Kendall Carter, ASU (1981) 1910t. Mark Prior, USC (2001) 15
Strikeouts1. Mark Prior, USC (2001) 2022. Seth Etherton, USC (1998) 182
Games1. Arizona State (1984) 758t. Stanford (2001) 68
Victories1. Arizona State (1988) 6010t. Stanford (2001) 51
Saves1. Washington (1994) 24 USC (1998) 242. Stanford (2001) 23
Strikeouts1. Stanford (1999) 605 USC (2001) 6058. Arizona State (2001) 541
ARIZONA (33-23 Overall, 12-12 Pac-10, 5th Place)
Arizona has reached the 30-win plateau for the fourth time under head coach Jerry Stitt's five-year tenure ... The Wildcats are at or near the top of several Pac-10 statistical categories. The team is first in slugging percentage (.476), hits (655), triples (29) and total bases (982) and are second in batting (.318), runs (436), RBI (387), home runs (54) and saves (16) ... Senior 1B Ernie Durazo had a Pac-10 best 28-game hitting streak earlier this season. He led the 'Cats in batting average (.395), runs (66), hits (94) and on base percentage (.469). He also ranks first in the Pac-10 in runs and doubles (23) and second in hits and total bases (146) ... Junior RF Shelley Duncan owns every Arizona home run record. Earlier this year he became the Wildcats' all-time career home run leader. Recently, the team MVP, knocked out his league leading 24th homer to set Arizona's single-season record ... Freshman pitchers Marc Kaiser, Chris Goodman and Sean Rierson have been the nucleus of the Wildcats staff. They have a combined record of 18-12 with 177 strikeouts in 261.1 innings pitched ... Final Leaders: Batting average, runs, hits, doubles, on base percentage - Durazo (.395, 66, 94, 23, .469), triples - Fr. OF Brian Anderson, Sr. 3B Erik Torres (6), home runs, total bases, slugging percentage - Duncan (24, 160, .702), ERA - Anderson (2.61), saves - Sr. RHP Daryl DeSalvo (5), strikeouts - Rierson (66).
ARIZONA STATE (37-20-1, Overall, 14-10 Pac-10, T-3rd Place)
Arizona State lost to Cal State Fullerton and Texas Tech and was eliminated from the tournament ... Senior C Casey Myers was the only Sun Devil named to the All-Regional Team. Myers hit .625 (5-for-8) in the regional with a double, home run, four runs scored and three RBI. Myers earned his second consecutive Pac-10 Player of the Year honor. Myers paces the Sun Devils in runs (53), hits (88), home runs (7), RBI (69), total bases (126) and on base percentage (.488). He ranks in the Pac-10 in batting average (.395, t2nd), on base percentage (2nd), runs (t7th), hits (4th), RBI (2nd) and walks (37, t2nd). He finished his Sun Devil career as No. 2 in the ASU and Pac-10 record books for career RBI. His total is 275 ... The Sun Devils finished out the regular season strong, winning six of their last seven Pac-10 games. The team won 11 of their last 15 games ... The squad had an 11- game winning streak from Feb. 1- 17, longest in the Pac-10 this season ... ASU won over 30 games for the 39th straight year ... Head coach Pat Murphy led his team to the postseason for the fourth time in the last five years. Murphy notched his 100th Pac-10 victory against Washington, May 11 ... The Sun Devils are quite the offensive force in the Pac-10. The squad ranks first in the Conference in batting (.327), RBI (432), on base percentage (.431), stolen bases (111) and walks (309). The team also rank in these categories: runs (436, 2nd), hits (669, 2nd), doubles (127, 2nd), triples (18, t2nd), slugging percentage (.454, 4th) and total bases (931, 3rd) ... ASU is a terror on the base paths as evidenced by its five Sun Devils with at least 10 steals. Four of those players have over 15 steals. Junior CF Chris Duffy led the team with 20 thefts on the season ... Freshman DH/OF Rod Allen was ASU's best hitter this season with a .389 average. He also led the Sun Devils in...... He became the first ASU freshman to ever earn All-Pac-10 honors ... Junior RHP Andy Torres ended the season with a 13-... record. His 13 victories are the most for a SUn Devil since 1990 ... With 23 appearances out of the bullpen, senior LHP Drew Friedberg emerged as one of ASU's most dependable closers. He led the team in ERA (1.88) and opposing batting average (.203) and has 54 strikeouts in 52.2 innings pitched ... ASU broke an NCAA record on Apr. 7, of not having been shut out in 350 consecutive games. The streak is currently at 375 games. During the streak the Sun Devils have been limited to scoring only one run just 10 times ... Final Leaders: Batting average, runs, hits, home runs, RBI, total bases - Myers (.395, 53, 88, 7, 69, 126), slugging percentage - Allen (.578), doubles - Sr. 1B Jeff Phelps (20), triples - Fr. INF Steve Garrabrants (5), stolen bases - Duffy (20), ERA, batting average - Friedberg (2.03, .206), innings pitched, strikeouts - Jr. LHP Jon Switzer (100.1, 128), wins - Jr. RHP Andy Torres (13), saves - So. LHP Bryce Kartler (4).
CALIFORNIA (34-25 Overall, 14-10 Pac-10, T-3rd Place)
California was eliminated from its regional at Baton Rouge, La. by Virginia Commonwealth ... Senior RF Rob Meyer played well at LSU. He batted .500 (6-for-12) with three home runs, a stolen base, three runs scored andseven RBI. In Cal's 9-3 win over Minnesota he went 3-for-4 with two round-trippers... Cal's 33 wins were its most regular season wins since 1995. The Bears closed out their season winning seven of their last eight games and seven of nine Pac-10 contests ... Cal head coach David Esquer earned his first Pac-10 Coach of the Year honor. In his second season at the helm of the Cal program, Esquer led the Bears to their first postseason appearance since 1995. He has compiled a 59-53 record, 25-23 in Pac-10 play ... The Bears won four Pac-10 series this season, one better than last season's three. The squad also swept three series this season, including two against Pac-10 teams (Washington/UCLA) ... Junior 2B Carson White was the only Bear selected to the All-Pac-10 team. White batted .338 and led the Bears in doubles (19), triples (4) and was second on the team with 49 RBI. He ranks in the Pac-10 in slugging percentage (.564, 8th), doubles (t4th), triples (t6th) and total bases (127,9th) ... Meyer led the team with a .355 batting average and senior 1B Clint Hoover ended the regular season on a 10-game hitting streak. He led the Bears with 11 home runs ... Last season's Bears staff had a 5.69 ERA. This year, Cal's pitching is third in the Conference with a 4.29 ERA ... Freshman LF Brian Horwitz had a school-record 23-game hitting streak from Feb. 9-Mar. 25. During that time he hit .385 (37-for-96) with 12 doubles, a triple, home run and 12 RBI ... Senior RHP David Cash was impressive for the Bears with six starts in 28 appearances. He led the team in wins (10) and was second in strikeouts (91). Cash has a 3.77 ERA and 24-7 career mark as a Bear ... Freshman closer Matt Brown has been strong out of the bullpen. He leads the Pac-10 with eight saves on the season ... Final Leaders: Batting average - Meyer (.355), hits - Meyer/White (76), doubles, triples, total bases, slugging percentage - White (19, 4, 127, .564), runs - Fr. 3B Conor Jackson (50), home runs, RBI - Hoover (11, 54), stolen bases - Horwitz (11), ERA, opposing batting average - Sr. RHP Andrew Sproul (3.60, .235), wins, strikeouts - Cash (10, 94), innings pitched - Jr. RHP Trevor Hutchinson (114.2), saves - Brown (8).
OREGON STATE (31-24 Overall, 11-13 Pac-10, 6th Place)
The Beavers notched at least 30 wins for the fourth time in the past six seasons ... OSU's 11 Pac-10 wins are the most since the Conference united the Northern and Southern Divisions in 1999. The Beavers improved their overall record by three games and their Pac-10 by two games over their final 2000 mark ... Several single- season OSU records were broken this season. Sophomore 3B Brian Barden set a new record for at-bats (226) and hits (83). Senior DH Curtis Davis set a new hit by pitch record (14) and senior LHP Scott Nicholson set thesingle-season record for innings pitched (130.2). Sophomore 1B Andy Jarvis set a single-game record for home runs (3) ... The Beavers also set new records for home runs in a game (7) and hits in a season (618) ...Nicholson is 11-2 with a 3.58 ERA. His 11 wins tie him for the second-most wins ever in a season by an OSU pitcher. His 10 complete games are the most for a Beaver pitcher since 1994 ... Final Leaders: Batting average, slugging percentage - So. LF Chris Biles (.395, .605), runs, hits, RBI, total bases - Barden (51, 83, 55, 122), doubles - Jr. RF Josh Carter (18), home runs - Jarvis (12), stolen bases - Sr. CF Eric Stark (10), wins, innings pitched, opposing batting average - Nicholson (11, 130.2, .273), strikeouts - Sr. RHP Thad Johnson (87).
STANFORD (51-17 Overall, 17-7 Pac-10, 2nd Place)
Stanford's hopes of a national championship were dashed by Miami. The Hurricanes defeated the Cardinal, 12-1 ... Stanford has now lost two consecutive College World Series championship games ... The 11-run margin was the worst loss suffered by Stanford in 2001 ... The Cardinal swept through their bracket and their nine overall postseason wins tied a school record ... Stanford finished the season with 51 wins, the third-hightest win total in school history ... The Cardinal went to the College World Series for the third consecutive year. It is the first time in Cardinal baseball history that the team has gone to Omaha three straight times ... Sophomore C Ryan Garko, freshman OF Sam Fuld and junior RHP Jeff Bruksch were all named to the College World Series All-Tournament Team ... Six of Stanford's 11 postseason games in 2001 were decided by one run. The Cardinal posted a 4-2 record in those contests ... Stanford won 12 of its last 15 games ... With his three saves in the College World Series, Bruksch has 16 total and sits at third on the Cardinal career saves list ... The Stanford pitching squad set a new school record for saves (23) in a season ... Stanford also set a school record for best fielding percentage (.977) and double plays (65) in a season ... The Cardinal's overall batting average of .313 ties them for fourth on the all-time list ... Stanford reached the 40-win plateau for the seventh straight season and 15th time during head coach Mark Marquess' 25-year reign ... Marquess posted his 1,000 career victory Feb. 9 against Florida State. He became just the 23rd coach in Division I baseball history to ever reach the elite milestone ... The Cardinal is 16-6 against ranked opponents this season. Stanford has been ranked in the top-10 all season and was tabbed No. 1 by Baseball America for six straight weeks during the months of March and April ... Stanford led the Pac-10 in fielding percentage, hits (746), RBI (436), doubles (139), home runs (67), total bases (1112), opposing batting average (.240), innings pitched (607.1), wins (51), saves (23), putouts (1822), and assists (749) ... The Cardinal was led offensively by junior 2B Chris O'Riordan. He paced Stanford in runs (62), hits (101), doubles (17), home runs (12), RBI (68) and stolen bases (16). His career batting average of .359 puts him tied for second place all-time ... Freshman OF Carlos Quentin was named Pac-10 Freshman of the Year. He hit .345 and was second on the team in hits (86), home runs (11) and RBI (52) ... The usual starting rotation of junior RHP Jeremy Guthrie, Bruksch and LHP Mike Gosling combined to go 29-10 (.744) with 312 strikeouts in 340.2 innings pitched ... Final Leaders: Batting average, slugging percentage, on base percentage - Garko (.368, .562, .448), runs, hits, doubles, home runs, total bases, slugging percentage, stolen bases - O'Riordan (62, 101, 17, 12, 68, 158, .562, 16), triples - Jr. INF Jason VanMeetren (3), ERA - Jr. RHP J.D. Willcox (2.06), saves - Willcox, Jr. RHP Mike Wodnicki (6) - innings pitched, wins, strikeouts - Guthrie (134.0, 13, 128).
UCLA (30-27 Overall, 9-15 Pac-10, 7th Place)
The Bruins hit the 30-win mark for the third straight year and fifth time in the last six seasons with a 3-1 win over Arizona State in Tempe last weekend ... UCLA struggled in Pac-10 play, but put together a .667 (20-10) winning percentage against non-conference foes. The Bruins also knocked off a No. 1 ranked team three times this year ... UCLA was led offensively by senior DH Brian Baron, who is tops on the team in batting (.443), hits(105), RBI (47), total bases (128), slugging percentage (.540) and on base percentage (.487). He is the seventh Bruin to ever collect 100 hits in a season. Baron's batting average is also good for first in the Conference and is 48 points higher than the Pac-10's second-best hitter. He also ranks in the Pac-10 stats in on base percentage (3rd) and total bases (6th) ... Senior 2B Josh Canales ended the season on a 23-game hitting streak. Canales, along with sophomore RF Ben Francisco, led the team with 15 stolen bases. He was second among the Bruins in batting average (.376) and hits (80) ... Final Leaders: Batting average, hits, RBI, total bases, slugging percentage, on base percentage - Baron (.443, 105, 47, 128, .540, .487), doubles - Francisco (20), triples - Jr. LF Adam Berry (2), home runs - Sr. 1B Eric Reece (10), ERA - Fr. RHP Mike Castillo (2.25), strikeouts - Jr. RHP Josh Karp (92).
USC (45-19 Overall, 18-6 Pac-10, 1st Place)
USC went 1-2 at the College World Series and was eliminated by Tennessee ... The Trojans' 2001 CWS trip marked their first back-to-back trip to Omaha since the national championship years of 1973 and 1974 ... Junior RHP Mark Prior made a clean sweep of national player of the year awards. He was so honored by Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball, The Sporting News, ABCA, NCBWA and Rotary Smith Award. Prior was selected by the Chicago Cubs as the No. 2 overall pick in Major League Baseball's amateur draft. He finished the year 15-1 with a 1.68 ERA and 202 strikeouts in 138.2 innings pitched. His strikeout total set a new USC and Pac-10 single-season record ... Prior, the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year, led the league in ERA, opposing batting average, strikeouts, innings pitched and wins. He was a perfect 7-0 in Pac-10 games, going all nine innings in five of those contests. He recorded 10 or more strikeouts in a game 13 times this season. He has notched 15 strikeouts in a game once and 14 four times. Prior was named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week five times this year and was a National Pitcher of the Week selection twice ... USC's pitching packed a tough 1-2 punch, as its second day starter, senior RHP Rik Currier was also one of the Pac-10's top pitchers. Currier boasts a 2.59 ERA. He has 120 strikeouts in 118 innings pitched. Currier recently set the new USC and Pac-10 record for career strikeouts. He has 4449 K's as a Trojan ... As a staff, USC tied the Pac-10 record and set a new USC mark of 605 in a season ... The Trojans' ERA (3.46) is the lowest since the 1978 season. The team won the national championship that year ... Senior SS Seth Davidson finishes his Trojan career as the all-time leaders in hits (312), runs (201), stolen bases (66) and is tied for first with 13 triples ... The Trojans were led offensively by
junior CF Brian Barre. Barre paced the team in hitting, slugging percentage, total bases, runs, home runs, stolen bases and is tied for most RBI ... USC wins its first Conference title since 1996 and fourth under head coach Mike Gillespie ... Gillespie recently won his 600th game against Long Beach State, May 15. He has a career record of 608-331-2 ... USC won seven of its eight Pac-10 series this season ... The Trojans won 16 of their last 20 games. They were on a nine-game winning streak before losing to Oregon State in the final week of the regular season. It was their longest winning streak of the season ... Final Leaders: batting average, runs, home runs, RBI, total bases, slugging percentage, on base percentage, stolen bases - Barre (.45, 53, 13, 48, .560, .445, 20), hits, triples - Davidson (82, 5), doubles - So. 2B Anthony Lunetta (18), ERA, wins, innings pitched, strikeouts, opposing batting average - Prior (1.69, 15, 138.2, 202, .201), saves - Fr. LHP Fraser Dizard (7).
WASHINGTON (29-23 Overall, 7-17 Pac-10, 8th Place)
The Huskies won at least 26 games for the sixth consecutive season and 11th time in the last 12 years ... Washington finished three wins better than last season's overall record of 26-30 ... Two seniors, 2B Marc Rittenhouse and RHP Jeff Carlsen, finished out fine Husky careers. Rittenhouse knocked out a home run in his final collegiate at bat, jumping into the Washington top-10 list for career home runs. He stands tied in ninth place with 19 career round-trippers. Rittenhouse is also fifth in Husky history in runs scored (163) and walks (109). Carlsen battled injuries, but finished first in the Husky record books in career starts (47) and career innings (283.1), second in career victories (24) and third in career strikeouts (221) ... Junior RHP Shawn Kohn was one of the brightest spots on the Washington pitching staff. Kohn's season ERA of 2.57 was the best by a Husky starter since 1993. He recorded a 6-2 mark with 65 strikeouts on the season ... Final Leaders: Batting average, on base percentage - Rittenhouse (.375, .454), hits, home runs, total bases, slugging percentage - Jr. INF Michael Done (65, 7, 101, .532), runs, triples, stolen bases - So. SS Tila Reynolds (42, 3, 10), doubles, RBI - So. LF Jay Garthwaite (17, 46), ERA, strikeouts, innings pitched - Kohn (2.57, 65, 80.2).
WASHINGTON STATE (15-39 Overall, 6-18 Pac-10, 9th Place)
The Cougars placed one player on the All-Pac-10 team, while three others received honorable mention recognition. Sophomore 1B Stefan Bailie was selected All-Pac-10 after pacing the Cougars in nearly all offensive statistical categories. He ranked among Pac-10 stat leaders in runs scored (55, 4th), RBI (56, 6th), home runs (18, 2nd) and total bases (139, 3rd). With his 24 home runs this season, he has 30 in his career and sits at seventh in the all-time Cougar record books ... Junior 2B Bookie Gates, junior CF Evan Hecker and senior RF Mike Knight were named honorable mentions ... Knight finished out his Cougar career in style, hitting a double against Stanford in his final at bat ... Final Leaders: batting average, runs, hits, home runs, RBI, total bases, slugging percentage, on base percentage - Bailie (.352, 55, 74, 18, 56, 139, .662, .438), doubles - Gates (16), stolen bases - Gates, Knight (8), saves - Sr. RHP Donny Davis (3), strikeouts - Jr. RHP Zach Fisher (53).