No. 1 Baseball And Local Rival Santa Clara Continue Series Saturday

Feb. 23, 2002

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NO. 1 STANFORD (8-3, 0-0 PAC-10) AT SANTA CLARA (4-7, 0-0 WCC)

Fri., February 22 - at Stanford 5, Santa Clara 4
Sat., February 23, 4 pm, PT - RHP Ryan McCally (0-0, 0.00) vs. LHP John Redmond (2-1, 1.45)*
Sun., February 24, 1 pm, PT - LHP Joe Diefenderfer (2-1, 1.45) vs. LHP Tim Cunningham (3-0, 1.93)*
*The Saturday game will be played at Santa Clara before the teams return to Stanford's Sunken Dianmond to conclude the three-game series ... A live audio broadcast of Saturday's game will be available on KZSU (90.1 FM) as well as online at and ... The Sunday game will be an internet only broadcasts on KZSU2 at ... Nick Kapur and Joey Elger will call the action ... Live stats will also be available for all three games at

Top-ranked Stanford is looking for its fourth consecutive series victory of the season and its sixth straight series victory overall dating back to last year when the Cardinal meets Santa Clara in the second game of a three-game series on Saturday ... Stanford won the series-opener on Friday night, 5-4, when Jason Cooper singled home Carlos Quentin with the game-winning run with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning ... The one-run victory evened Stanford's record in one-run games this year to 1-1 ... Stanford has now won four of its last five games overall ... Stanford already has taken two-of-three in each of its first three series of the season versus then No. 15 Cal State Fullerton, as well as at then No. 6 Florida State and at Fresno State ... Stanford also has a home win over Brigham Young ... Stanford remains the nation's No. 1 team in the latest national polls by Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball and the NCBWA but has dropped to No. 2 behind Florida State in the Baseball Weekly/ESPN poll, all released on Monday, February 18 ... 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. 18 USC on March 23-24 ... The Cardinal has outscored its opponents 89-49 in its first 11 games ... Stanford is averaging 8.1 runs per game and hitting .337, while the pitching staff has posted a 3.43 ERA and the defense is fielding at a .969 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 title game in each of the last two seasons ... Stanford is coming off three straight 50-win seasons for the first time in school history and has compiled a 159-51 (.757) record since the start of the 1999 season.

Carlos Quentin has been the team's hottest hitter over the past six games, going 13-for-23 (.565) over the stretch and hitting safely in all six contests ... Quentin currently leads the club with a .459 batting average and three homers, while adding 12 RBI ... Donny Lucy paces the team with 16 RBI ... Chris O'Riordan currently boasts the team's longest hitting streak at eight games (2/8 - 2/22) ... Saturday's scheduled starter Ryan McCally will be making his first collegiate start on the mound after 47 career relief appearances ... McCally has yet to allow a run in 8.0 innings of work in three relief appearances this season ... Reliever J.D. Willcox picked up his first win of the season last night (2/22) versus Santa Clara.

Stanford leads the all-time series over Santa Clara, 76-24-1 (since 1977). The Cardinal has now won 20 straight games over the Broncos with the last Santa Clara victory coming at Santa Clara on February 16, 1997 (6-5 in 10 innings). Stanford opened the four-game season series against the Broncos with a 5-4 win last night. Last year, Stanford swept all four games, winning 8-0 (2/25) and 15-8 (5/1) at Sunken Diamond, and 7-3 (2/23) and 6-1 (2/26) at Buck Shaw Stadium. Former Stanford assistant coach Mark O'Brien (1999-2001) is in his first year as the head coach at Santa Clara.

at Stanford 5, Santa Clara 4 (Friday, February 22, 2002) - Jason Cooper singled home Carlos Quentin with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift No. 1 Stanford (8-3) to a 5-4 comeback victory over Santa Clara (4-7) in a non-conference NCAA baseball game at Sunken Diamond on Friday. The victory extends Stanford's winning streak to 20 straight games over the Broncos dating back to 1997. The victory was also Stanford's fourth in its last five games.

Stanford had trailed 4-3 before tying the game in the bottom of the eighth inning when Brian Hall raced home on a shallow line drive sacrifice fly by Chris O'Riordan, narrowly beating the throw by Bronco rightfielder Joey Gomes to tie the score at 4-4.

Stanford's Jeremy Guthrie and Santa Clara's Chad Fillinger were locked in a scoreless pitching dual until the Broncos broke through with two runs in the top of the sixth inning. Guthrie retired the first two batters of the inning before Pat Peavey singled off his leg to start the Bronco rally. Guthrie then struck out Gomes for what could have been the third out of the inning but the pitch Gomes struck out on was a wild pitch that allowed him to reach first base and Peavey to move to second. Jack Headley followed with an infield single to deep second base in the shallow outfield grass and Peavey came all the way around to score when O'Riordan threw the ball to first in an attempt to get Headley at first. Peavey appeared to be out at the plate on a bang-bang play but the ball popped loose from Stanford catcher Ryan Garko. Gomes later came around to score on Guthrie's second wild pitch of the inning.

The Cardinal answered right back with two unearned in the bottom of the sixth inning. Quentin led off the inning with a double and moved to third when Bronco centerfielder Ryan Pierpont dropped Garko's fly ball, putting runners on second and third with no outs. Donny Lucy's RBI-groundout scored Quentin with the first Cardinal run of the game and Garko scored when Headley made an error at second base on Chris Carter's two-out groundball.

The Broncos made three errors on the evening, allowing the Cardinal to scored three unearned runs.

Stanford took its first lead of the game in the bottom of the seventh inning at 3-2 when O'Riordan walked with one out and later scored on a two-out RBI-single by Garko. Santa Clara rallied for a 4-3 advantage with a pair of runs in the top of the eighth inning. A.J. LaBarbera drew a walk off Guthrie before the Cardinal starter was removed from the contest. One out later, Gomes doubled off Cardinal reliever John Hudgins before Headley followed with a two-RBI single to score LaBarbera and Gomes.

Santa Clara loaded the bases in the top of the ninth inning before J.D. Willcox, the third Stanford pitcher of the game, forced Gomes into an inning-ending fly ball to end the threat. Willcox (1-0) recorded his first victory of the season.

Santa Clara reliever Grant Feichtmeir (0-2) took the loss, allowing two runs (one earned) and two hits in 1.2 innings after coming into the contest in the seventh inning.Four Santa Clara players - Bobby Wiginton (2-3, 2B), Headley (2-4, 2 RBI), Jim Wallace (2-4, 2B) and Peavey (2-5) - had two hits each for the Broncos.

Garko (2-4, RBI) was the only Stanford player with more than one hit.

Guthrie (7.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 7 SO) and Fillinger (6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 SO) both received no-decisions.

Santa Clara................ 000 002 020  -  4 11  3Stanford................... 000 002 111  -  5  8  1

WP-Willcox(1-0) LP-Feichtmeir (0-2) SV-None T-3:10 A-2333BATTERIES: Santa Clara - Fillinger, Ampi (7), Feichtmeir (7) and Wallace.Stanford - Guthrie, Hudgins (8), Willcox (8) and Garko, Lucy (8).HRs: None.

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