No. 1 Baseball And Cal Poly Continue Three-Game Series Saturday
March 2, 2002
CAL POLY (9-12-1) AT NO. 1 STANFORD (10-4)
Friday, March 1 - at Stanford 8, Cal Poly 6
Saturday, March 2, 1 pm, PT - RHP Nick Doan (0-2, 7.53) vs. LHP Tim Cunningham (3-0, 2.81)
Sunday, March 3, 1 pm, PT - RHP Kevin Correia (3-1, 5.24) vs. TBA
A live audio broadcast of Friday's game will be available on KZSU (90.1 FM) as well as online at gostanford.com and kzsu-live.stanford.edu ...The games on Saturday and Sunday will be internet only broadcast on KZSU2 at kzsu-live.stanford.edu ... Chad Goldberg and Nick Kapur will call all the action ... Live stats will also be available for all three games at gostanford.com.
STANFORD BASEBALL QUICK TEAM NOTES
Top-ranked Stanford will be looking for its seventh straight regular season series victory dating back to last year when the Cardinal hosts Cal Poly in the second game of a three-game series this on Saturday (1 pm, PT) ... The Cardinal opened the series with an 8-6 victory on Friday night, holding off Cal Poly after the Mustangs scored four times in the top of the ninth inning ... Stanford has won two-of-three games in each of its first four series this season versus then No. 15 Cal State Fullerton, then No. 6 Florida State, Fresno State and Santa Clara ... The Cardinal also has a home win over Brigham Young ... Stanford has posted the same 10-4 record this season as the team did through 14 games a year ago ... Stanford remains the nation's No. 1 team in the latest national polls by Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball and the NCBWA but has been at No. 2 behind Florida State for the past two weeks in the Baseball Weekly/ESPN poll ... The Cardinal has outscored its opponents 114-75 in its first 14 games ... Stanford is averaging 8.1 runs per game and hitting .335 offensively, while posting double digit hits in 12 of 14 games ... On the mound, Stanford has a 4.32 ERA and defensively is fielding at a .962 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 161-52 (.756) since the start of 1999.
SATURDAY STARTER TIM CUNNINGHAM NOTES
Has posted a 3-0 record and a 2.81 ERA in a team-high-tying five starts ... Has won nine consecutive decision dating back to last year ... Ranks fourth on Stanford's all-time won-loss percentage list with a 14-2 record (.875) ... Second on the team in innings pitched (25.2) and strikeouts (17).
OTHER STANFORD BASEBALL QUICK INDIVIDUAL NOTES
Jason Cooper now leads the team with a .417 batting average ... Ryan Garko, Carlos Quentin and Donny Lucy co-lead the club with three homers, while Lucy has a team-high 20 RBI ... Jeremy Guthrie has won nine consecutive decisions dating back to last year ... Chris O'Riordan has a current career-high-tying 11-game hit streak, while Donny Lucy has had at least one RBI in 11 consecutive games.
STANFORD-CAL POLY BASEBALL HISTORY
Stanford leads the all-time series over Cal Poly, 38-5 (since 1949) after a 8-6 win on Friday night. Last year, the Mustangs upset the Cardinal in the 2001 season-opener (1/21) for both clubs in San Luis Obispo, coming away with a 6-5 win in 12 innings. The tables were reversed in the second meeting between the teams at Sunken Diamond (5/8) when the Cardinal won 11-10. The teams last played a three-game series from May 20-22, 1999, when the Cardinal swept the Mustangs at Sunken Diamond (8-1, 13-2, 12-9).
FRIDAY NIGHT GAME SUMMARY
at Stanford 8, Cal Poly 6 (March 1, 2002) - Stanford held on for an 8-6 victory over Cal Poly and Cardinal starter Jeremy Guthrie picked up his ninth straight victory dating back to last year. Guthrie struck out eight batters and held the Mustangs to two runs (one earned) and five hits over the first 8.0 innings to improve to 4-0 this season. Jason Cooper (3-4, 2B, 3 RBI) and Sam Fuld (3-4, 2B, 2 RBI) led the Stanford offense. Cal Poly scored four times in the top of the ninth inning before Stanford reliever Ryan McCally recorded the final two outs to earn his third save of the season.
Cal Poly............ 000 200 004 - 6 9 0Stanford............ 213 001 01X - 8 11 2
Win-Guthrie(4-0) Save-McCally(3) Loss-Fitch(2-3) T-3:15 A-2316
BATTERIES: Cal Poly - Fitch, McDaniel (6) and Wilson, Hersh (8). Stanford - Guthrie, Willcox (9), McCally (9) and Garko. HRs: None.
A CLOSER LOOK AT LAST YEAR'S STANFORD-CAL POLY GAMES
at Stanford 11, Cal Poly 10 (May 8, 2001) - Jonny Ash drew a bases loaded walk on a 3-1 pitch with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift Stanford to a come-from-behind 11-10 victory over Cal Poly. Carlos Quentin hit a pair of homers and drove in four runs, including an RBI single in the ninth inning to tie the game. Quentin became the first Cardinal to homer twice in a contest in 2001. Chris O'Riordan (3-4, 2B, HR, RBI) also had a solo homer in the bottom of the fifth inning and scored four runs. Ryan Garko (3-5, 2 2B, 2 RBI). J.D. Willcox (3-0) earned the victory, holding the Mustangs scoreless in the final three innings after giving up a pair of runs in the top of the sixth frame. Cal Poly's Kyle Wilson was 3-for-5 with a double and five RBI, while Bryan Gant was 4-for-5.
Cal Poly............ 013 024 000 - 10 10 1Stanford............ 113 020 022 - 11 14 1
Win-Willcox(3-0) Loss-Choate(4-2) Save-None T-3:01 A-2062
BATTERIES: Cal Poly - Bochy, Haskell (3), Correia (4), Morton (6), Choate (8) and K. Anderson. Stanford - Gosling, Wodnicki (4), Willcox (6) and Garko. HRs: Stanford - Quentin, 2 (8th, solo in 2nd, 9th, solo in 8th), O'Riordan (9th, solo in 5th).
at Cal Poly 6, Stanford 5 (January 21, 2001) - Scott Neal's bases-loaded walk in the 12th inning capped an emotional 6-5 victory for Cal Poly over Stanford in the debut at Baggett Stadium. Cal Poly, playing its first game at the new stadium in front of an overflow crowd of 3110, used seven pitchers to finally come up with a victory. Nathan Choate (1-0) pitched the last two innings of one-hit relief for the victory. Bryant Gant (3-5, RBI) led the Mustang offense, while. Ryan Garko (3-4, RBI) was the only Stanford player with more than one hit. Chris O'Riordan tied the game with a two-out, two-RBI double in the top of the ninth inning. The teams combined to leave 30 runners on base (Cal Poly 16, Stanford 14) and the Cardinal committed five errors in the wild contest.
Stanford............ 020 001 002 000 - 5 8 5Cal Poly............ 400 000 010 001 - 6 11 0
Win-Choate(1-0) Loss-Hudgins(0-1) Save-None T-4:20 A-3110
BATTERIES: Stanford - Gosling, Cunningham (2), Bruksch (5), Rich (8), Wodnicki (8), Hudgins (11) and Garko, Tirpack (9). Cal Poly - Blasdell, Haskell (3), Fitch (7), McGinnis (9), Correia (9), Bochy (10), Choate (11) and K. Anderson. HRs: None.