No. 1 Baseball Looking For First Three-Game Sweep Of Season Sunday

March 3, 2002

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    CAL POLY (9-13-1) AT NO. 1 STANFORD (11-4)

    Friday, March 1 at Stanford 8, Cal Poly 6
    Saturday, March 2 - at Stanford 18, Cal Poly 5
    Sunday, March 3, 1 pm, PT - RHP Kevin Correia (3-1, 5.24) vs. RHP John Hudgins (1-0, 4.63)
    A live audio broadcast of Sunday's game will be broadcast on KZSU2 at ... Chad Goldberg and Nick Kapur will call all the action ... Live stats will also be available at ... There will be no local broadcast over the air on KZSU (90.1 FM) due to a conflict with the Stanford women's basketball team.

    Top-ranked Stanford will be looking for its first sweep of the 2002 season when the Cardinal hosts Cal Poly in the final game of a three-game series this on Sunday (1 pm, PT) ... Stanford is 11-0 in games started by either Jeremy Guthrie or Tim Cunningham and 0-4 in games not started by either ... The Cardinal scored a season-high 18 runs and hit a season-high four homers in a convincing 18-5 win over the Mustangs on Saturday after opening the series with an 8-6 victory on Friday night ... 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 11-4 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 132-80 in its first 14 games ... Stanford is averaging 8.8 runs per game and on a school-record pace with a .344 batting average after posting double digit hits in 13 of its first 15 games ... On the mound, Stanford has a 4.36 ERA and defensively is fielding at a .963 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 162-52 (.757) since the start of 1999.

    John Hudgins is 1-0 with a 4.63 ERA in five relief appearances this season ... Hudgins was 1-5 with four saves and a 4.27 ERA last season ... Hudgins has 60 career strikeouts in 58 innings for a career per nine inning strikeout average of 9.31.

    Jason Cooper now leads the team with a .412 batting average, while Ryan Garko (4 HR) and Donny Lucy (22 RBI) pace the club in the power categories ... Lucy has had at least one RBI in 11 consecutive games ... Chris O'Riordan had his 11-game hitting streak snapped by going 0-for-2 yesterday but did have three RBI on three sacrifice flies.

    Stanford leads the all-time series over Cal Poly, 39-5 (since 1949) after two wins in this series (8-6, 18-5). 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).

    at Stanford 18, Cal Poly 5 (March 2, 2002) - Stanford exploded for an 18-5 win over Cal Poly (9-13-1) as the Cardinal hit a season-high four homers and set a new season-high for runs scored. Ryan Garko, Jason Cooper, Chris Carter and Andy Topham all homered for the Cardinal, who won for the fifth time in the last six games. Stanford starter Tim Cunningham (4-0) won his 10th consecutive decision, scattering 10 hits and four runs over the first 6.0 innings. Stanford once again benefited from a couple of big innings in the victory, scoring eight times in the bottom of the second and six more times in the sixth, to extend its series winning streak to seven dating back to last season. Carter (2-3, 2B, HR, 2 RBI), Tobin Swope (2-2), Arik VanZandt (2-3, 3B, RBI) and Donny Lucy (2-4, 3B, 2 RBI) had two hits each for Stanford. Lucy extended his string of at least one RBI in a game to 12 in a row. Cooper and Chris O'Riordan had three RBI each for the Cardinal. O'Riordan hit three sacrifice flies but went 0-for-2 as his hit streak ended at a career-high-tying 11 games. Cal Poly starter Nick Doan (0-3) suffered the loss, giving up seven runs (five earned) and five hits in the first 1.1 innings. Jason Barringer (2-3, RBI), Aaron Escobedo (2-3, RBI) and Chalon Tietje (2-3) had two hits each for the Mustangs. A total of 40 players participated in the contest (Cal Poly 21, Stanford 19).

    Cal Poly............ 002 011 010  -  5  12  2Stanford............ 181 006 02X  - 18 17  1

    Win-Cunningham(4-0) Loss-Doan(0-3) T-3:03 A-2613
    BATTERIES: Cal Poly - Doan, McLaughlin (2), Powers (6), Rocheleau (7) and Wilson, Hersh (6). Stanford - Cunningham, O'Hagan (7), Jecmen (8), Dyer (9) and Garko. HRs: Stanford - Garko (4th, solo in 1st), Topham (2nd, solo in 2nd), Carter (1st, 2-run in 2nd), Cooper (1st, 3-run in 6th).

    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.

    Stanford is dominating the statistical categories in the first two games of its current series with Cal Poly ... The Cardinal is hitting .394, while the Mustangs are at a .288 clip ... The Cardinal has also hit four homers and stolen four bases, while Cal Poly has yet to register either a homer or a steal ... On the mound, Cal Poly pitching has been battered for a 12.38 ERA, while the Cardinal has posted a 5.00 ERA ... Defensively, Cal Poly has a slight edge with a .969 fielding percentage with two errors, while the Cardinal is at .963 with three errors ... Jason Cooper (.571, 4-7, HR, 6 RBI) has been Stanford's leading hitter, while Sam Fuld (.500, 5-10, 2B, 3 RBI) has also swung a hot bat ... Aaron Escobedo (.429, 3-7, 2 RBI) and Bryan Gant (.375, 3-8, RBI) both have three hits in the series for the Mustangs.

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