No. 1 Baseball And No. 15 Cal State Fullerton Conclude Three-Game Series Sunday
Feb. 3, 2002
NO. 15 CAL STATE FULLERTON (0-2, 0-0 BIG WEST) AT NO. 1 STANFORD (2-0, 0-0 PAC-10)
Friday, February 1 - at Stanford 7, Cal State Fullerton 4
Saturday, February 2 - at Stanford 17, Cal State Fullerton 1
Sunday, February 3, 1 pm - RHP Darric Merrell (8-4, 2.95) vs. RHP Mark Jecmen (---, ---)
*All statistics represent final 2001 stats
A live audio broadcast of Sunday's Stanford-Cal State Fullerton baseball games will be available on KZSU (90.1 FM) as well as online at gostanford.com and kzsu-live.stanford.edu ... Chad Goldberg and Nick Kapur will call the action.
QUICK STANFORD BASEBALL NOTES
Stanford has opened the season with two consecutive impressive victories over Cal State Fullerton, 7-4 and 17-1 ... Stanford is the nation's unanimous No. 1 team in preseason polls by Baseball America, Baseball Weekly/ESPN and Collegiate Baseball ... The Cardinal has won six straight games against Cal State Fullerton and 12 of the last 13 games between the teams dating back to the 1999 season ... Brian Hall (3-5, 2B, HR, 6 RBI) had a career-high for RBI in Saturday's victory, while Jason Cooper (4-4, 4 RBI) and Ryan Garko (4-4, 2B, HR, 2 RBI) both tied career-highs with four hits ... Carlos Quentin's three-run homer in the bottom of the first inning of Friday night's opening game was the second straight year he has hit a three-run homer in his first at bat ... Stanford has eight players -- Cooper, Tim Cunningham, Sam Fuld, Garko, Jeremy Guthrie, Chris O'Riordan, Quentin and J.D. Willcox -- who have earned at least one Preseason All-American honor from Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball or the NCBWA ... Stanford is attempting to qualify for the College World Series for the fourth consecutive season as the 2002 senior class is looking to become the first class of Stanford Baseball players to reach Omaha in each of its four years ... Stanford has qualified for the CWS championship game in each of the last two seasons ... Stanford is coming off three consecutive 50-win seasons for the first time in school history and is compiled a 153-48 (.761) since the beginning of the 1999 season ... Stanford returns all eight of its position starters from the 2001 CWS championship game, as well as two of its top four starting pitchers, its top relief pitcher and 16 of 20 letterwinners from last year's CWS runner-up club that finished 51-17 overall.
STANFORD-CAL STATE FULLERTON BASEBALL HISTORY
Stanford and Cal State Fullerton continue a long-time rivalry with their current season-opening three-game series. Stanford has now won six straight games over the Titans and 12 of the last 13, including the first two games of the current series. Last year, the long-time rivalry picked up in intensity when the clubs met twice at the College World Series. Stanford came away with a pair of hard-fought victories over the top-seeded Titans at the 2001 CWS, winning the first meeting, 5-2 in 10 innings, before outlasting the Titans, 4-1, three days later to advance to the CWS championship game. Stanford also won two-of-three games over the Titans during a three-game set early in the regular season (February 2-4) at Cal State Fullerton. The Titans won the first game, 5-4, before Stanford came back with a 9-8 win in the Saturday game and a 3-0 victory in the Sunday series finale. The The Cardinal swept a three-game series (5-4, 3-1, 7-3) the last time the teams played at Sunken Diamond (February 4-6, 2000) and also won the final three times the teams played during the 1999 campaign. The Cardinal leads the all-time series between the clubs, 38-28.
SATURDAY GAME SUMMARY -- STANFORD 17, CAL STATE FULLERTON 1
Brian Hall had a career-high six RBI, while Tim Cunningham and Drew Ehrlich combined on a seven-hitter to lead No. 1 Stanford (2-0) to a 17-1 rout over No. 15 Cal State Fullerton (0-2) in a NCAA baseball game at Sunken Diamond on Saturday. The victory was Stanford's sixth in a row over the Titans dating back to last season when the Cardinal also knocked off Cal State Fullerton twice in the College World Series. Ryan Garko (4-4, 2B, HR, 2 RBI) and Jason Cooper (4-4, 4 RBI) each tied career-high hit totals for the Cardinal. Cunningham (1-0) picked up the victory by holding the Titans to one run and five hits over the first 6.0 innings. Ehrlich struck out five and allowed only two hits in 3.0 innings of scoreless relief work to earn the first save of his collegiate career.
Stanford turned a 3-1 lead into a blowout by scoring nine times in the bottom of the fourth inning with a bases-clearing three-RBI double by Hall the key hit. Chris O'Riordan drove home the first two runs of the inning and Cooper also had a two-RBI single in the frame. The other two runs scored on an RBI-double by Scott Dragicevich and an RBI-single from Andy Topham. Dragicevich and Arik VanZandt both had two hits in the inning.
VanZandt (3-4, 2 2B) had a three-hit day for the Cardinal, while Dragicevich (2-4, 2B, RBI) and Topham (2-4, RBI) had two hits each. Cal State Fullerton did not have a player with more than one hit.
Titan starter Jeff Housman (0-1) was tagged with the loss, giving up eight hits and seven runs (five earned) in 3.1 innings.
The 16-run margin of defeat for the Titans was their worst loss in school history as a Division I team, surpassing a pair of previous 14-run losses.
FRIDAY GAME SUMMARY -- STANFORD 7, CAL STATE FULLERTON 4
Carlos Quentin hit a three-run homer in the first inning while Jeremy Guthrie and Ryan McCally combined for 14 strikeouts without a walk to lead top-ranked Stanford (1-0) to a 7-4 win over No. 15 Cal State Fullerton (0-1) in the 2002 season opener for both teams at Sunken Diamond on Friday. Quentin, who also hit a three-run homer in his first collegiate at bat as a freshman last year, hit a 2-2 offering from losing pitcher Wes Littleton (0-1) off the scoreboard in leftcenter field in his first at bat of the 2002 campaign to give the Cardinal a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Guthrie (1-0) picked up the win by striking out nine, while scattering nine hits and four runs (two earned) over the first 6.0 innings. McCally tossed 3.0 innings of one-hit scoreless relief with five strikeouts to record his first save of the campaign.
Geoff Comfort (2-4, HR, 2 RBI) led the Cal State Fullerton offense. Three other Titans - Nick Fitzgerald (2-4, RBI), Kyle Boyer (2-4) and Richie Burgos (2-4) - had two hits each. Jason Corapci added an RBI.
Littleton was touched for 10 hits and seven runs (four earned) in 4.2 innings. Jordan DeJong held the Cardinal scoreless on one hit over the final 3.1 innings.