No. 1 Baseball To Host BYU On Tuesday Before Visiting Fresno State For Three-Game Series
Feb. 12, 2002
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Tuesday, February 12, 6 pm, PT - LHP Jeff Stone (0-1, 7.16) vs. LHP Tim Cunningham (1-0, 5.14)
NO. 1 STANFORD (4-2) AT FRESNO STATE (2-4)size>
Friday, February 15, 7:05 pm, PT - RHP Jeremy Guthrie (2-0, 3.00) vs. RHP Bob Runyon (1-1, 3.21)
Saturday, February 16, 1:05 pm, PT - TBA vs. TBA
Sunday, February 17, 1:05 pm, PT - RHP Mark Jecmen (0-2, 10.50) vs. RHP Ben Fritz (1-1, 2.65)
A live audio broadcast and of the Tuesday, Friday and Sunday Stanford Baseball games this week will be available on KZSU (90.1 FM) as well as online at gostanford.com and kzsu-live.stanford.edu ... Saturday's game will be an internet only broadcast on KZSU2 at kzsu-live.stanford.edu ... Chad Goldberg will call the action with Nick Kapur joining him as a color analyst for Tuesday's home game ... Live stats will also be available for all four games at gostanford.com.
STANFORD BASEBALL QUICK TEAM NOTES
Top-ranked Stanford has opened the 2002 season by winning two-of-three games in each of its first two series versus No. 15 Cal State Fullerton (7-4, 17-1, 3-6) and at No. 6 Florida State (9-3, 15-11, 6-7) ... Stanford remains the nation's unanimous No. 1 team in the latest national polls by Baseball America, Baseball Weekly/ESPN and Collegiate Baseball released on Monday, February 11 ... After playing six consecutive games against ranked teams, the Cardinal is not scheduled to play against another currently ranked team until traveling to current No. 6 USC on March 23-24 ... The Cardinal has outscored its opponents 57-32 in its first six games ... Stanford is hitting .349 and has posted a 3.91 ERA, while fielding at a .964 clip ... Stanford has eight players -- Jason Cooper, Tim Cunningham, Sam Fuld, Garko, Jeremy Guthrie, Chris O'Riordan, Carlos 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 has compiled a 155-50 (.756) 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.
STANFORD BASEBALL QUICK INDIVIDUAL NOTES
Carlos Quentin set a new NCAA Division I record when he was hit by five pitches in a 15-11 win over Florida State (2/9) ... Andy Topham currently has the team's longest hit streak at five games ... Ryan Garko leads the club with a .500 batting average and co-leads the team (along with Carlos Quentin) with two homers ... Brian Hall has a team-high eight RBI.
STANFORD-BRIGHAM YOUNG/FRESNO STATE BASEBALL HISTORY
Stanford will face Brigham Young for the first time in nearly 20 years when the Cougars knocked off the Cardinal, 4-2, in a tournament at UC Riverside on March 26, 1982. Stanford leads the all-time series, 5-2, since 1950. Stanford leads the all-time series over Fresno State, 63-45. The Cardinal will be making its third trip in as many years to Fresno after last year's series was moved to Fresno during the renovations of Sunken Diamond. Stanford won two-of-three games in Fresno a year ago (11-9, 3-2 Fresno State, 10 inn., 9-5).
A CLOSER LOOK AT LAST YEAR'S STANFORD-FRESNO STATE GAMES
Stanford 9, at Fresno State 5 (January 28, 2001) - Chris O'Riordan led off the game with a home run and Stanford never trailed in a 9-5 win over Fresno State. Jason VanMeetren (4-5, HR, 2 RBI) and O'Riordan (3-5, 2B, HR) led the Cardinal offensive attack. Tim Cunningham (1-0) carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning and earned the victory.
Stanford............... 111 030 102 - 9 12 1Fresno State........ 000 003 020 - 5 5 4
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BATTERIES: STAN - Cunningham, Ehrlich (6), Hudgins (6) and Tirpack. FRE - Moran,
Gutknecht (5), Gonzalez (5) and Fritz.HR's: Stanford - O'Riordan (1st, solo in 1st).
at Fresno State 3, Stanford 2, 10 inn. (January 27, 2001) - Josh Labandeira's RBI-double with one out in the bottom of the tenth inning scored Tom Creighton with the winning run to lift Fresno State to a dramatic 3-2 victory over Stanford. Francisco Nieves picked up the victory in his first collegiate appearance after holding the Cardinal scoreless with only one hit over the final 3.0 innings. Labandeira (2-5, 2B, 2 RBI) was the only Bulldog with more than one hit, while Scott Dragicevich (3-4, 2B) and Jason Cooper (2-3) had multiple-hit games for the Cardinal.
Stanford............... 001 001 000 0 - 2 8 0Fresno State........ 001 001 000 1 - 3 7 1
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BATTERIES: STAN - Guthrie, Rich (5), McCally (6) and Garko. FRE - Minor, Nieves (8)
Stanford 11, at Fresno State 9 (January 26, 2001) - Stanford scored seven times in the top of the first inning and held on for an 11-9 victory over Fresno State. Carlos Quentin (2-4, HR, 3 RBI) hit a three-run homer in his first collegiate at bat and was one of four Cardinal hitters to hit home runs as he was joined by Jason Cooper (2-5, HR, 2 RBI), Scott Dragicevich (2-4, HR, RBI) and Brian Hall (1-4, HR, RBI). Mike Wodnicki picked up the victory with 3.2 innings of relief. Fresno State's offense was led by Brandon Gemoll with two homers and six RBI.
Stanford............... 700 102 001 - 11 11 0Fresno State........ 004 030 002 - 9 11 1
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BATTERIES: STAN - Bruksch, Wodnicki (5), Hudgins (9) and Garko, Tirpack (9). FRE -
Hintz, Runyon (1), Lynch (9), Gutknecht (9) and Harper, Fritz (9).
HR's: STAN - Cooper, Quentin, Hall, Dragicevich, FRE - Gemoll 2.
STANFORD-FLORIDA STATE SERIES GAME SUMMARIES
at Florida State 7, Stanford 6 (Sunday, February 10, 2002) - Mike Futrell hit three homers and Blair Varnes picked up the victory in his first career relief appearance to help Florida State avoid a sweep with a 7-6 victory over Stanford. Stanford trailed 7-4 heading into the top of the ninth before a two-run homer by Chris O'Riordan cut the lead to 7-6. Sam Fuld singled to bring the go-ahead run to the plate but was cut down attempting to steal second base for the final out. Futrell (3-4, 3 HR, 3 RBI), Richie (2-4, RBI) and Jerrod Brown (2-4) led the Florida State offense. Fuld (3-5, 2B, RBI), Cooper (2-3, 2B, 3 RBI), O'Riordan (2-4, HR, 2 RBI) and Quentin (2-4, 2B) paced the Cardinal offensive attack. Varnes allowed three hits in 3.1 innings of relief to earn his first victory of the season, while Eric Roman was credited with his second save by working the final 1.1 innings.
Stanford.............. 200 110 002 - 6 12 3Florida State....... 100 041 01x - 7 10 1
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BATTERIES: STAN - Jecmen, Rich (5), Willcox (5) and Garko. FSU - Read, Varnes (5),
Roman (8) and Richie.HRs: STAN - O'Riordan (1st, 2-run in 9th), FSU - Futrell 3 (2nd, solo in 5th, 3rd, solo in
6th, 4th, solo in 8th).
Stanford 15, at Florida State 11 (Saturday, February 9, 2002) - Stanford rallied for a wild 15-11 win over Florida State and Cardinal rightfielder Carlos Quentin set a new NCAA Division I single game record as he was hit by five pitches in a game that lasted three hours and 57 minutes. The Cardinal trailed 7-1 after two innings before taking a 10-7 lead by scoring nine unanswered runs. Florida State regained the lead at 11-10 before Stanford scored five times in the top of the eighth inning for the victory, its fifth straight over the Seminoles. Quentin was hit by pitches in the second, fifth, sixth, eighth and ninth innings.
'I have kind of mixed feelings,' said Quentin. 'It's kind of fun to have a (NCAA) record, but it's not too fun to get hit five times.'
Ryan Garko (3-4, HR, 3 RBI) led four Stanford players with three hits, including a tape measure home run in the fifth inning that ignited the Cardinal and cut the Seminole lead to 7-5. Donny Lucy (3-6, 2B, SB, 3 RBI) had his second consecutive three-RBI game, while Chris O'Riordan (3-6, 2 2B, 2 RBI) and Sam Fuld (3-6) also had three hits each. Scott Dragicevich (2-6, 2B, RBI) had his fifth straight two-hit contest, while Andy Topham had two RBI and a stolen base. John Hudgins (1-0) was credited with the victory, scattering three runs and three hits with a career-high-tying six strikeouts over the final 4.0 innings. Tony Richie (2-4, HR, 3 RBI), Bryan Zech (2-4, 2 2B) and Nick Rogers (2-5, 2B, RBI) had two hits each for the Seminoles, while Tony McQuade had a pair of RBI. Ryan Barthelemy extended his career-high hitting streak to 27 games with a single in the first inning.
Stanford.............. 010 153 050 - 15 16 1Florida State....... 340 003 100 - 11 11 4
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BATTERIES: STAN - Cunningham, Ehrlich (2), Hudgins (6) and Garko, Lucy (8). FSU - M.
Lynch, Hodges (5), Peterson (6), Roman (8), Davidson (9) and Richie, Cheesman (9).HRs: STAN - Garko (2nd, 3-run in 5th), FSU - Richie (1st, 3-run in 6th).
Stanford 9, at Florida State 3 (Friday, February 8, 2002) Stanford scored seven times in the top of the first inning and cruised to a 9-3 victory over Florida State. Jeremy Guthrie picked up his second consecutive victory, scattering seven hits and three runs (two earned) over the first 6.0 innings, while Andy Topham (2-3, 2B, SB, 3 RBI) and Donny Lucy (2-3, SB, 3 RBI) both had a pair of hits and three RBI to lead Stanford's 13-hit attack.
Stanford.............. 700 200 000 - 9 13 0Florida State....... 020 000 100 - 3 9 1
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BATTERIES: STAN - Guthrie, McCally (7) and Garko. FSU - Varnes, Davidson (1), K.
Lynch (4), Miller (8) and Richie, McCaleb (7).
STANFORD VS. FLORIDA STATE SERIES STATS AND NOTES
Sam Fuld (7-14) and Ryan Garko (5-10) both hit .500 to lead the Cardinal hitters against Florida State ... Chris O'Riordan (6-15) and Carlos Quentin (4-10) both hit .400 ... Quentin was hit by five pitches in the middle game of the series (2/9) to set a new NCAA Division I single game record ... Donny Lucy led the club with seven RBI in the series, while Garko and O'Riordan had one homer each ... Stanford led Florida State in nearly every major team statistical category for the series, including batting average (.342-.288), ERA (4.85-8.00) and fielding percentage (.963-.950) ... The Cardinal also led Florida State in doubles (10-4) and stolen bases (7-3) ... The Seminoles did outhomer the Cardinal, 4-2, and drew nearly twice as many walks (15-8).
STANFORD RANKED AS NATION'S UNANIMOUS NO. 1 TEAM
Stanford remains the nation's unanimous No. 1 team this week in polls released February 11 by Baseball America, Baseball Weekly/ESPN and Collegiate Baseball. The Cardinal began the season as the nation's unanimous No. 1 team and was also ranked as the nation's unanimous preseason No. 1 team prior to the 1998 season. Stanford spent two weeks (4/9 - 4/16) last year as the nation's unanimous No. 1 team and spent six weeks as Baseball America's top team (3/12 - 4/16) before finishing the year at No. 2 in all three polls. Stanford has been ranked No. 1 at one point during each of the past six years (including 2002). Stanford's poll history includes a run as 'king of the polls' in 1998 when the team held the top spot in the Baseball America poll for the entire regular season (a record 14 consecutive weeks). Other Pac-10 teams currently ranked in the 2002 national polls include USC (No. 6 Baseball America, No. 7 Baseball Weekly/ESPN, No. 7 Collegiate Baseball), Arizona State (No. 13 Baseball America, No. 5 Baseball Weekly/ESPN, No. 13 Collegiate Baseball) and Arizona (No. 23 Baseball America, No. 20 Baseball Weekly/ESPN, No. 26 Collegiate Baseball).
STANFORD PICKED FIRST IN 2002 PRESEASON PAC-10 COACHES POLL
Stanford was picked first in the 2002 Preseason Pac-10 Coaches Poll, receiving seven of eight possible first place votes. The Cardinal was followed by USC, Arizona State, California, Arizona, Washington, Oregon State, UCLA and Washington State.
EIGHT STANFORD PLAYERS EARN 2002 PRESEASON ALL-AMERICAN HONORS
Eight Stanford players -- Jason Cooper, Tim Cunningham, Sam Fuld, Ryan Garko, Jeremy Guthrie, Chris O'Riordan, Carlos Quentin and J.D. Willcox -- earned 2002 Preseason All-American honors from Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball, and/or the NCBWA. Guthrie earned First Team honors from all three groups, while O'Riordan (Collegiate Baseball, NCBWA) and Quentin (Baseball America, NCBWA) both earned a pair of First Team honors. Cooper was also selected First Team by Baseball America.
CARLOS QUENTIN SETS NEW NCAA DIVISION I RECORD WITH FIVE HIT-BY-PITCHES
Carlos Quentin became the first player in the history of NCAA Division I Baseball when he was hit by five pitches in a game at Florida State (2/9). Quentin was hit in the second, fifth, sixth, eighth and ninth innings. The former record of four hit-by-pitches in a game had been accomplished four times.
CHRIS O'RIORDAN MOVES BACK UP ON ALL-TIME BATTING AVERAGE LIST
Chris O'Riordan moved back into a second-place tie on Stanford's all-time batting average list (.359, 183-510) after going 6-for-15 (.400) in a three-game series at Florida State (2/8 - 2/10). O'Riordan began the season tied for first on the list with a .362 career batting average but dropped into a fourth-place tie by going 2-for-12 (.167) in the opening three-game series versus Cal State Fullerton (2/1 - 2/3). O'Riordan, who began his career as a walk-on and did not receive an official at bat as a freshman, hit .366 as a sophomore and .359 in his junior season. Last year, O'Riordan also earned three spots in the team's record book for single-season performances with 101 hits (No. 5), 281 at bats (No. 5) and 12 hit-by-pitches (No. 10 tied). O'Riordan led or co-led the Cardinal in a total of 16 categories (all career-highs), including home runs (12), RBI (68) and stolen bases (12).
RYAN GARKO CONTINUES TO SWING A HOT BAT
Ryan Garko maintained his team-high .500 batting average (11-22) by going 5-for-10 (.500) in the three-game series at Florida State (2/8 - 2/10). Garko also leads the team in runs scored (10), slugging percentage (.909) and on-base percentage (.621), while co-leading the club with two homers and 11 hits. He has added three doubles, six RBI, four hit by pitches, three walks and the first stolen bases of his career (at Florida State, 2/10).
JEREMY GUTHRIE-RYAN MCCALLY EXCELLENT FRIDAY NIGHT COMBO
Jeremy Guthrie and Ryan McCally have combined on both of Stanford's series-opening Friday night victories. In the season-opener the duo combined for 14 strikeouts and no walks in Stanford's 7-4 win over Cal State Fullerton (2/1). In a series-opening 9-3 win at Florida State (2/8), the duo scattered nine hits and three runs to go with nine strikeouts and three walks. Guthrie has received the victory in both games, while McCally has recorded a pair of saves and yet to give up an earned run in 6.0 innings of relief work.
SATURDAY SCORING SURGE
Stanford's offense has been especially hot on Saturdays as the Cardinal has combined for 32 runs and 37 hits in a 17-1 win over Cal State Fullerton (2/2) and a 15-11 victory at Florida State (2/9).
BALANCE OF RBI POWER
Stanford has seven players that have driven in between six and eight runs this season. Brian Hall is the team leader with eight, followed by three players (Jason Cooper, Donny Lucy, Carlos Quentin) with eight each. Ryan Garko, Chris O'Riordan and Andy Topham have all driven in six runs apiece.
Stanford has already scored five or more runs in an inning five times this season. The Cardinal scored a season-high nine runs in the fourth inning versus Cal State Fullerton (2/2). In the Florida State series, the Cardinal scored seven times in the first inning of a 9-3 victory in the series-opener (2/8) and five times in both the fifth and eighth innings of the middle game of the series (2/9) in a wild 15-11 victory.
Stanford's team batting average currently sits at .349 after the first six games of the season. Ryan Garko (.500) leads the club in batting average with Jason Cooper (.450) close behind. Sam Fuld (.393), Scott Dragicevich (.385), Donny Lucy (.357), Andy Topham (.333), Carlos Quentin (.333) and Arik VanZandt (.308) are all hitting .300 or better. Garko paces the club in many other categories as well, including runs scored (10), slugging percentage (.909) and on-base percentage (.621). He is also the team's co-leader in home runs (2) and hits (11). Hall leads the team with eight RBI and three stolen bases, Dragicevich has a team-best four doubles and Quentin has been hit a team-high six times. Quentin is also a co-leader with two homers and Fuld is a co-leader with 11 hits. Stanford has taken an early lead on its opponents in team batting average (.357 - .286), doubles (10-4), homers (4-1) and RBI (26-10).
The Stanford pitching staff has posted a 3.91 ERA through the first six games of 2002. The Cardinal has had a pair of quality starts from Jeremy Guthrie (2-0, 3.00, 12.0 IP, 17 SO), while Ryan McCally has picked up saves in both of his relief appearances and not allowed a run in 6.0 innings. Relievers J.D. Willcox (0-0, 1.42, 6.1 IP, 2 SO) and Drew Ehrlich (0-0, 2.57, 7.0 IP, 9 SO) have also been effective.
Stanford is fielding at a .964 clip through the first six games of the 2002 season. The Cardinal, who led the nation and crushed a school record with a .977 fielding percentage last year, has made four errors in both of its first two series. Stanford committed a season-high three errors in its most recent game at Florida State (2/10) and has been errorless only once (vs. Cal State Fullerton, 2/2). Ryan Garko had a team season-high 12 putouts in the opening game of the season (02/01/02), while Chris O'Riordan has twice picked up a team-best five assists (2/2, 2/8). Garko leads the club with 45 putouts, while O'Riordan has a team-high 20 assists.
STANFORD BASEBALL HISTORY
Stanford's storied baseball program has had many highlights as the program is in its 109th season with an all-time record of 2283-1450-32 (.611). The Cardinal won NCAA titles in 1987 and 1988 before returning to the CWS championship game in each of the last two years (2000, 2001. The program has had winning seasons in 36 of its last 37 campaigns (also 53 of the last 55), has recorded three straight 50-win seasons for the first time in school history (1999-2001) and reached the 40-win mark in seven consecutive campaigns (1995-2001). Just a few of the other highlights have included 13 College World Series appearances, 18 conference titles and 22 NCAA Tournament berths. Stanford has boasted a total of 43 All-Americans who have earned a total of 50 All-American honors. Stanford has also garnered three NCAA Player of the Year choices in Jeff Austin (1998), David McCarty (1991) and Steve Dunning (1970). Other numbers for the Cardinal Baseball program include 96 All-Conference players earning a total of 121 All-Conference honors, 57 major league players and 12 first round draft picks in the last 15 years.
STANFORD HEAD COACH MARK MARQUESS
One of the nation's premier collegiate coaches, Mark Marquess is in his 26th season at the helm of Stanford Baseball in 2002. Marquess has a career record of 1050-517-5 (.670), all at Stanford, and last year became the 23rd coach in the history of NCAA Division I baseball to reach the 1000-win mark. The 1969 Stanford graduate has led the Cardinal to two NCAA titles (1987, '88) and two other CWS title game appearances (2000, '01), as well as 11 College World Series appearances (1982, '83, '85, '87, '88, '90, '95, '97, '99, 2000, '01), 11 NCAA Regional titles (1982, '83, '85, '87, '88, '90, '95, '97, '99, 2000, '01), 10 Pac-10 or Pac-10 Southern Division regular season titles (1983, '84, '85, '87, '90, '94, '97, '98, '99, 2000) and three NCAA Super Regional championships (1999, 2000, '01). The Cardinal has qualified for the NCAA Tournament 19 times under Marquess. He began the 2002 season ranked 12th in victories and 16th in winning percentage among active Division I baseball coaches, while ranking 23rd on the all-time victory list and 42nd on the all-time winning percentage list. He has been named NCAA Coach of the Year three times (1985, '87, '88) and has received Pac-10 or Pac-10 Southern Division Coach of the Year honors on eight occasions (1983, '85, '87, '90, '94, '97, '98, '99). The Cardinal has suffered just one losing season during his tenure and has finished either first or second in the prestigious Pacific-10 (formerly Pac-10 Southern Division) 19 times in the last 21 seasons. Stanford has had 99 professional baseball draft picks in the past 17 seasons, including 12 first round selections in the last 15 years. A member of the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame, Marquess was the head coach of the 1988 United States Olympic baseball team that captured the gold medal. Marquess was also an accomplished football and baseball standout on The Farm and is a member of the Stanford Athletic Hall of Fame. He is one of only six collegiate baseball head coaches to have both played and coached in the College World Series. Marquess was the starting first baseman and a First Team All-American on Stanford's 1967 College World Series squad and played four seasons of minor league baseball with the Chicago White Sox organization.
COMMENTS FROM MARK MARQUESS
(on the recent Florida State series) 'It was a good weekend to go to Florida State and win two-of-three games. They are a very solid team. Obviously after winning the first two we would have to have loved the third one, but we probably should have lost the second and won the third one, so it evened out.'
(on the upcoming Brigham Young game) 'I don't really know what to expect. We haven't played Brigham Young in a number of years.'
(on the upcoming Fresno State series 'Fresno State will be no different than our first two opponents. They are a respected program and tough to play in Fresno with good crowd support and a winning attitude. With it being Coach (Bob) Bennett's last year, it will be very emotional. He does a great job of coaching. They are always well prepared.'
(on playing a difficult pre-season schedule) 'I hope it helps us get better and find out what we need to do to play and compete against quality teams. It will prepare for us what's going to come later on in the season.'
(on Stanford's offense) 'Our hitting is our strongest area right now. We swung the bats well at Florida State.'
(on this year's senior class) 'It's a credit to this year's group of seniors that they've been to three straight College World Series. We've never had a class that has gone to the CWS four years in a row and that's what they would like to do, but there's a lot of work and good fortune that goes into it. It's so difficult to get to Omaha.'
(on this year's freshman class) 'A lot of our freshman players are really going to push the returning guys for playing time. That type of competition is healthy.'
STANFORD COACHING STAFF
Dean Stotz is in his 26th campaign with Stanford Baseball and his third season as associate head coach after he was promoted to the position prior to the 2000 campaign. Stotz served for 23 years as an assistant. Stotz currently coaches third base while also handling various offensive and defensive aspects of the game. Tom Kunis (3rd season) handles the Cardinal pitching staff, while David Nakama (3rd season) returns as an assistant coach after three seasons as the head coach at San Francisco State. Nakama, also a Cardinal assistant in 1997 and 1998, assists with all aspects of the game and serves as Stanford's first base coach.