No. 1 Baseball And Fresno State Scheduled To Play Final Game Of Series On Monday
Feb. 18, 2002
NO. 1 STANFORD (6-3) AT FRESNO STATE (4-5)
Fri., February 15 - Stanford 6, at Fresno State 2
Sat., February 16 - at Fresno State 7, Stanford 5
Sun., February 17 - Stanford at Fresno State (ppd., rain)
Mon., February 18, 12 pm, PT - LHP Tim Cunningham (2-0, 3.27) vs. RHP Francisco Nieves (0-0, 2.84)
A live audio broadcast of Monday's Stanford-Fresno State Baseball game will be available on KZSU (90.1 FM) as well as online at gostanford.com and kzsu-live.stanford.edu ... Chad Goldberg will call the action ... Live stats will also be available at gostanford.com.
STANFORD BASEBALL QUICK TEAM NOTES
Top-ranked Stanford is looking for its third straight series victory of the season and its fifth straight series victory dating back to last year in today's rubber game versus Fresno State ... The game was originally scheduled to be played Sunday but was postponed by rain ... The Cardinal won two-of-three games in each of its first two series this year versus No. 15 Cal State Fullerton and at No. 6 Florida State after finishing last year by winning two-of-three against Arizona and sweeping at Washington State ... 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 to open the season, 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 76-42 in its first nine games ... Stanford is hitting .346 and has posted a 3.76 ERA, while fielding at a .967 clip ... 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 157-51 (.755) 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
Sam Fuld (4-4, RBI) tied his career-high with four hits on Saturday ... Jeremy Guthrie won his eighth straight decision in Friday night's win at Fresno State, while Carlos Quentin tied his career-high with four hits ... Quentin, who leads the team with a .464 batting average, had hits in seven straight official at bats beginning Tuesday versus Brigham Young and running through his first at bat Saturday ... 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) ... Scott Dragicevich has seven multiple-hit games in his first eight contests ... Ryan Garko and Quentin co-lead the team with two homers each, while Donny Lucy paces the club with 12 RBI ... Sunday's scheduled starter Tim Cunningham (2-0, 3.27) picked up a win earlier this week with 4.0 innings of scoreless one-hit baseball versus Brigham Young (2/12) ... Reliever Ryan McCally pitched 2.0 scoreless innings on Friday and has now pitched 8.0 scoreless innings this season.
STANFORD-FRESNO STATE BASEBALL HISTORY
Stanford leads the all-time series over Fresno State, 64-46, after the teams have split the first two games of their current series with a 6-2 Stanford victory on Friday and a 7-5 win by Fresno State on Saturday. Stanford won two-of-three games in Fresno a year ago (11-9, 3-2 Fresno State, 10 inn., 9-5).
CURRENT SERIES GAME SUMMARIES
at Fresno State 7, Stanford 5 (February 16, 2002) - Fresno State jumped out to an early lead and held on for a 7-5 victory over Stanford. The Bulldogs ran out to a 5-0 lead after scoring a run in the bottom of the second inning and four more in the third. Ben Fritz picked up the win on the mound and hit a home run for the Bulldogs. Mike Hernandez relieved Fritz in the eighth inning to get the Bulldogs out of a jam, retiring all four batters he faced and earning his first save of the season. Fritz allowed five runs and scattered 13 hits over the first 7.2 innings. Sam Fuld (4-4, RBI) tied a career-high with four hits for the Cardinal. Chris Patrick (3-5, 2B) had three hits for the Bulldogs, while Fritz (2-4, 2B, HR, 2 RBI), Carl Lipsey (2-4, 2 RBI) and Tobey Riday-White (2-4, RBI, SB) added two hits each. Eight of Fresno State's nine starters had at least one of Fresno State's 13 hits. Chris Carter (2-3, 2 2B) and Jason Cooper (2-4, RBI) had a pair of hits each for the Cardinal as eight of nine starters also had at least one of the team's 13 hits.
Stanford................ 000 120 020 - 5 13 2Fresno State........ 014 110 00X - 7 13 0
WP-Fritz(2-1) Save-Hernandez(1) LP-Jecmen(0-3) T-2:36 A-3321
BATTERIES: STAN - Jecmen, Ehrlich (3) and Garko. FRE - Fritz, Hernandez (8) and Harper.
HRs: FRE - Fritz (2nd, solo in 5th).
Stanford 6, at Fresno State 2 (February 15, 2002) - Jeremy Guthrie won his eighth consecutive decision dating back to last year and Carlos Quentin (4-4, 2B) tied a career-high with four hits to lead Stanford to a 6-2 victory over Fresno State. Guthrie scattered two runs and nine hits over the first 7.0 innings, while Ryan McCally pitched the final 2.0 scoreless innings. Scott Dragicevich (2-4, RBI) tallied his seventh multiple-hit game of the season, while Donny Lucy (2-4, RBI) and Ryan Garko (2-5, RBI) had two hits each. Tobey Riday-White (2-4), Brendon Suga (2-4) and Carl Lipsey (2-5) had two hits each for the Bulldogs.
Stanford................ 012 010 200 - 6 13 0Fresno State........ 000 100 100 - 2 10 3
WP-Guthrie(3-0) LP-Runyon(1-2) T-2:41 A-3713
BATTERIES: STAN - Guthrie, McCally (8) and Garko. FRE - Runyon, Ruthven (7) and Fritz.
HRs: FRE - McGehee (1st, solo in 4th), Patrick (1st, solo in 7th).
CURRENT SERIES STATS
The stats for the first two games of the current series between Stanford and Fresno State have been fairly even with a slight advantage to the Cardinal in team categories. Stanford has hit .351 for the series, compared to .319 for the Bulldogs. The Cardinal pitching staff has a 4.76 ERA, while the Bulldog pitching staff is at even 5.00. Stanford has fielded at a .972 clip, while the Bulldogs are at 9.63. Stanford's top hitters have been Carlos Quentin (5-7, .714, RBI), Chris Carter (2-3, .667) and Sam Fuld (5-9, .556, 2B, RBI). Fresno State's top hitters have been Tobey Riday-White (4-8, RBI), Brendon Suga (3-6, .500), Carl Lipsey (4-9, .444, 2 RBI) and Chris Patrick (3-9, .333). Stanford's Jeremy Guthrie (1-0, 2.57, 7.0 IP, 4 SO) and Ryan McCally (0-0, 0.00, 1 SV, 2.0 IP, 3 SO), as well as Fresno State relievers Sean Ruthven (0-0, 0.00, 2.1 IP, 2 SO) and Mike Hernandez (0-0, 0.00, 1 SV, 1.1 IP, 2 SO) have been the top pitchers in the series.