No. 1 Baseball Travels To California For Three-Game Non-Conference Series Friday-Sunday
March 5, 2002
NO. 1 STANFORD (12-4) AT CALIFORNIA (11-7)
Friday, March 8, 2 pm, PT - RHP Jeremy Guthrie (4-0, 2.65) vs. RHP Trevor Hutchinson (4-1, 2.41)
Saturday, March 9, 1 pm, PT - LHP Tim Cunningham (4-0, 3.41) vs. RHP Brian Montalbo (1-3, 4.67)
Sunday, March 10, 1 pm, PT - RHP John Hudgins (2-0, 4.50) vs. RHP Matt Brown (2-0, 3.65)
A live audio broadcast of the games on Friday and Sunday will be available on KZSU (90.1 FM) as well as online at gostanford.com and kzsu-live.stanford.edu ...The game on Saturday is subject to being pre-empted on KZSU (90.1 FM) by a possible men's basketball game at the Pac-10 Tournament ... Saturday's game will be broadcast on KZSU2 at kzsu-live.stanford.edu only if there is a pre-emption ... Chad Goldberg and Joe Ritzo 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 to extend its regular season series winning streak to eight when the Cardinal travels to California for a three-game series this Friday-Sunday, March 8-10 (2 pm, 1 pm, 1 pm PT) ... The Golden Bears were the last team to beat the Cardinal in a three-game set, taking two-of-three in Berkeley last year (4/27/01-4/29/01) ... Since then, Stanford has won three-game series versus Arizona, at Washington State, versus Cal State Fullerton, at Florida State, at Fresno State, versus Santa Clara and versus Cal Poly ... Stanford is 11-0 in games started by either Jeremy Guthrie or Tim Cunningham and 1-4 in games not started by either ... The Cardinal scored a season-high 18 runs and hit a season-high four homers in an 18-5 win over Cal Poly (3/2) ... Stanford has posted the same 12-4 record this season as the team did through 16 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 three weeks in the Baseball Weekly/ESPN poll ... Stanford is averaging a paid crowd of 2432 through the first nine games compared to 1739 for the first nine games last year, an average of 639 more fans per game ... The Cardinal has outscored its opponents 143-83 in its first 16 games ... Stanford is averaging 8.9 runs per game and is on a school-record pace with a .347 batting average after posting double-digit hits in 14 of its first 16 games ... On the mound, Stanford has a 4.28 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 163-52 (.758) since the start of the 1999 season.
STANFORD BASEBALL QUICK INDIVIDUAL NOTES
Jason Cooper now leads the team with a .426 batting average, while Ryan Garko (4 HR) and Donny Lucy (22 RBI) pace the club in the power categories ... Tim Cunningham has won 10 consecutive starts, while Jeremy Guthrie has picked up nine consecutive victories ... Guthrie leads the team in strikeouts (36) and innings pitched (34.0), while Cunningham ranks second in both (31.2 IP, 20 SO) ... Garko (9), Cooper (8) and Lucy (7) have the team's longest current hitting streaks.
STANFORD-CALIFORNIA BASEBALL HISTORY
Stanford leads the all-time series over California, 212-206. The teams split six games last season with the Cardinal winning two-of-three non-conference games at Sunken Diamond (3/2, 3-1, 3/3, 3-2 California, 3-2 - 10 innings) and California taking two-of-three conference games at Evans Diamond (4/27, 7-4, 4/28, 4-0, 4/29, 8-0 Stanford). California's series victory snapped a 12-series losing streak versus the Cardinal that dated back to 1993.
A CLOSER LOOK AT LAST YEAR'S STANFORD-CALIFORNIA GAMES
Stanford 8, at California 0 (April 29, 2001) - Mike Gosling tossed his first career shutout and Stanford scored six times in the seventh inning in an 8-0 victory over California. Gosling (5-0) struck out 10 batters and allowed only four hits as he won his fifth consecutive Pac-10 game. The victory helped the Cardinal avoid being swept for the first time since 1997. Carlos Quentin (3-5, 2 2B) led Stanford's offense and had two of Stanford's six doubles.
Stanford............ 000 100 610 - 8 14 0California.......... 000 000 000 - 0 4 1
Win-Gosling(5-0) Loss-Cash(8-3) Save-None T-2:35 A-2413
BATTERIES: Stanford - Gosling and Garko. California - Cash, Montalbo (7), Read (8), and Baker. HRs: None.
at California 4, Stanford 0 (April 28, 2001) - California clinched its first series victory over Stanford since 1993 with a 4-0 shutout of the Cardinal, breaking Stanford's 12-series win streak against the Golden Bears. Jason Dennis scattered nine hits over the first 8.1 innings to earn the victory and Matt Brown recorded the final two outs for his eighth save. Rob Meyer (3-3) had half of the Golden Bears' six hits, while O'Riordan (3-4) led the Cardinal offense.
Stanford............ 000 000 000 - 0 9 0California.......... 020 200 00X - 4 6 0
Win-Dennis (4-3) Loss-Bruksch(8-2) Save-Brown(8) T-2:50 A-912
BATTERIES: Stanford - Bruksch and Garko. California - Dennis, Brown (9) and Baker. HRs: California - Hoover (7th, 2-run in 2nd).
at California 7, Stanford 4 (April 27, 2001) - Brad Smith and Ben Conley both homered in a three-run sixth inning to lead California to a come-from-behind 7-4 victory over Stanford. Trevor Hutchinson tossed a complete game for the Golden Bears, shutting out Stanford over the last 5.0 innings on only one hit and retiring 17 of the last 18 batters he faced. Conley (3-4, 2B, HR, RBI) had three hits to lead the Golden Bear offense.
Stanford............ 210 100 000 - 4 7 2California.......... 300 003 01X - 4 6 0
Win-Hutchinson (4-6) Loss-Guthrie (8-3) Save-None T-2:44 A-525
BATTERIES: Stanford - Guthrie, Ehrlich (8) and Garko. California - Hutchinson and Baker. HRs: California - Smith (2nd, 1 on in 6th), Conley (2nd, solo in 6th).
at Stanford 3, California 2 - 10 innings (March 7, 2001) - Chris O'Riordan's one-out home run over the left field wall in the bottom of the tenth inning lifted Stanford to a dramatic 3-2 victory in 10 innings over California. J.D. Willcox picked up the victory for Stanford, pitching 4.0 scoreless relief innings of one-hit baseball and striking out four. Arik VanZandt (2-4, 2 2B) became the first Cardinal player with a pair of doubles in a game this season and was the only Stanford player with a multiple-hit game. Ben Conley (3-5, RBI) had half of the Golden Bears' six hits.
California.......... 000 011 000 0 - 2 6 0Stanford............ 010 000 100 1 - 3 7 0
Win-Willcox(1-0) Loss-Brown(1-2) Save-None T-2:58 A-1640
BATTERIES: California - Cash, Montalbo (6), Brown (8) and Grossman. Stanford - Gosling, Luker (3), Willcox (7) and Tirpack. HRs: Stanford - Dragicevich (3rd, solo in 2nd), O'Riordan (4th, solo in 10th).
at Stanford 3, California 2 (March 3, 2001) - California snapped a five-game win streak for Stanford and handed the Cardinal its first home loss of the season with a dramatic 3-2 victory. Brian Horwitz singled home pinch runner Nick Medrano with one out in the top of the ninth inning for the eventual game-winning run. Reliever Matt Brown came in with one out and the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning to retire both batters he faced and earn his second save of the season. Stanford left a season-high 16 runners on base. Rob Meyer (2-3, RBI) and John Baker (2-3) led Cal's offense with a pair of hits each. Quentin (2-3, 2B, HR, RBI) and Topham (2-5, 2B) led Stanford's offense.
California......... 010 000 101 - 3 10 1Stanford........... 000 001 010 - 2 9 1
Win-Cash(4-1) Loss-Wodnicki(1-1) Save-Brown(2) T-3:34 A-1945
BATTERIES: California - Atkinson, Montalbo (5), Lubner (7), Cash (7), Brown (9) and Baker, Kahoalii (9). Stanford - Bruksch, McCally (6), Hudgins (7), Wodnicki (9) and Garko. HRs: Stanford - Quentin (2nd, solo in 8th).
at Stanford 3, California 1 (March 2, 2001) - Stanford defeated California, 3-1, as Jeremy Guthrie picked up his fourth consecutive victory and struck out a career-high 10 batters, holding the Golden Bears to an unearned run and four hits over the first 8.0 innings. Mike Wodnicki earned his third save of the season by coming on in the ninth inning to retire the final three California batters with the go-ahead run at the plate. Carlos Quentin (2-3, RBI) was the only player for either team with more than one hit.
California......... 000 001 101 - 1 4 1Stanford........... 000 012 00X - 3 5 1
Win-Guthrie (4-0) Loss-Hutchinson (2-2) Save-Wodnicki (3) T-2:48 A-1739
BATTERIES: California - Hutchinson, Brown (7) and Kahoalii. Stanford - Guthrie, Wodnicki (9) and Garko, Tirpack (7). HRs: None.
STANFORD-CAL POLY SERIES GAME SUMMARIES
at Stanford 11, Cal Poly 3 (March 3, 2002) - Stanford completed its first three-game sweep of the season with an 11-3 victory over Cal Poly. John Hudgins (2-0) recorded new career-highs in strikeouts (8) and innings pitched (6.1) to earn the victory in his first start of the season. Chris O'Riordan (3-4, 2B) and Arik VanZandt (3-4, SB) led Stanford's 15-hit attack as the Cardinal picked up double-digit hits for the 14th time in 16 games this season and improved its team batting average to .347. Cooper (2-3, 2B, 2 RBI) and Dragicevich (2-4, 2B) had a pair of hits each for the Cardinal as Cooper hit safely in his season-high eighth consecutive game. Ryan Garko extended his season-high hit streak to nine games.
Cal Poly............ 000 000 300 - 3 5 1Stanford............ 270 000 20X - 11 15 1
Win-Hudgins(2-0) Loss-Correia(3-2) Save-None T-2:35 A-3105
BATTERIES: Cal Poly - Correia, Bille (7) and Wilson. Stanford - Hudgins, Naatjes (7), Ehrlich (8) and Garko. HRs: None.
at Stanford 18, Cal Poly 5 (March 2, 2002) - Stanford exploded for an 18-5 win over Cal Poly 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. 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. Jason Barringer (2-3, RBI), Aaron Escobedo (2-3, RBI) and Chalon Tietje (2-3) had two hits each for the Mustangs.
Cal Poly............ 002 011 010 - 5 12 2Stanford............ 181 006 02X - 18 17 1
Win-Cunningham(4-0) Loss-Doan(0-3) Save-None 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 earned his third save of the season.
Cal Poly............ 000 200 004 - 6 9 0Stanford............ 213 001 01X - 8 11 2
Win-Guthrie(4-0) Loss-Fitch(2-3) Save-McCally(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 RANKED AS NATION'S NO. 1 TEAM IN THREE OF FOUR NATIONAL POLLS
Stanford remains the nation's No. 1 team this week in polls released March 4 by Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball and the NCBWA. The Cardinal, who began the season as the nation's unanimous No. 1 team, has been the No. 2 team behind Florida State the last three weeks in the Baseball Weekly/ESPN poll. 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 Arizona State (No. 21 Baseball America, No. 15 Baseball Weekly/ESPN, No. 18 Collegiate Baseball, No. 16 NCBWA) and Arizona (No. 28 Collegiate Baseball, No. 25 NCBWA).
PITCHERS TIM CUNNINGHAM AND JEREMY GUTHRIE EXTEND WINNING STREAKS
Tim Cunningham and Jeremy Guthrie both picked up victories in their respective starts versus Cal Poly to extend their winning streaks on the mound to 10 and nine straight victories, respectively. Cunningham was 6-0 last season and has began the 2002 season with a 4-0 mark. Guthrie was 8-4 at one point last season before winning his final five decisions of 2001 and his first four games of 2002. Cunningham's last loss was versus Alabama in the first championship game of an NCAA Regional on May 28, 2000. Guthrie was last defeated at Sacramento State on May 2, 2001.
FULD ABOUT TO JOIN O'RIORDAN AND QUENTIN ON BATTING AVERAGE LIST
Sam Fuld will soon join Chris O'Riordan and Carlos Quentin among the school's all-time batting average leaders. O'Riordan (.355, 195-549) currently ranks fifth on the all-time list, while Quentin (107-303) is tied for sixth. Fuld (.355, 106-299) will enter the list with his next official at bat will give him the minimum 300 career at bats required to be on the list. O'Riordan began the season tied for first on the list with a .362 career batting average but has dropped to fifth by going 20-for-66 (.303) in his first 13 games.
FINDING A THIRD STARTER
Stanford looks to have found its third starter after the performance of John Hudgins (6.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 8 SO) versus Cal Poly (3/3). Hudgins actually faced only one batter over the minimum through the first 6.0 innings before leaving with the bases loaded and one out in the top of the seventh. All three runs scored later in the inning and were credited to Hudgins. Stanford still came away with an 11-3 win, marking the first time Stanford has won in five games without Jeremy Guthrie or Tim Cunningham as the starting pitcher. Stanford has posted an 11-0 record when either Guthrie or Cunningham is the starter.
Donny Lucy is making a big contribution early in his first season with the Cardinal. Lucy leads the club with 22 RBI and co-leads the team with five stolen bases, while hitting three homers and is posting a .327 batting average.
Stanford has shown the ability to put together the big inning early this season. The Cardinal has already scored five or more runs in an inning 10 times in 2002. Stanford 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 then scored five runs in the bottom of the fifth inning in an 8-1 win over Brigham Young (2/12). The Cardinal scored six times in the top of the first inning of a 13-9 loss at Santa Clara (2/23). Most recently, the Cardinal scored five or more runs three times versus Cal Poly, posting eight runs in the second inning and six more in the sixth of an 18-5 win (3/2) before tallying seven times in the second inning of an 11-3 victory (3/3).
Stanford improved its perfect record in Friday series-openers to 5-0 by defeating Cal Poly (3/1, 8-6) in its most recent Friday game. The Cardinal has also won Friday series-openers over Cal State Fullerton (2/1, 7-4), at Florida State (2/8, 9-3), at Fresno State (2/15, 6-2) and versus Santa Clara (2/22).
HAPPY AT HOME
Stanford is now 8-1 at Sunken Diamond this season, compared to 4-3 on the road.
COMPARING THE NUMBERS TO LAST YEAR
Stanford has an identical 12-4 record that the team posted through 16 games last year. The team's .347 batting average is on a school record pace, a full .010 percentage points ahead of the school record of .337 set in 1981 and .034 percentage points better than last year's final mark .313. The squad is also averaging 8.9 runs per game, 1.9 runs better than last year's 7.0 average. However, the team's pitching staff has a 4.28 ERA (0.78 higher than last year's final 3.50) and a .963 fielding percentage (.014 points lower than last year's school record .977).
Stanford's team batting average currently sits at .347, a full .010 percentage points ahead of the school record of .337 set in 1981, as the team has double-digit hits in 14 of 16 games. The club is averaging 8.9 runs per game after the first 16 contests of the season. Jason Cooper leads the team in batting average (.426), while Carlos Quentin is second (.389). Cooper also ranks second on the club with 18 RBI. Ryan Garko paces the club in homers (4) and runs scored (23), while also ranking third in both batting average (.381) and RBI (16). Arik VanZandt (.375), Chris Carter (.350), Scott Dragicevich (.349), Sam Fuld (.347), Donny Lucy (.327), Chris O'Riordan (.303) and Andy Topham (.300) are other regulars all at .300 or better. Lucy is the club's RBI leader with 22, as well as the team's co-leader in stolen bases (5) with Brian Hall. Fuld leads the squad in hits (24) and is a co-leader with O'Riordan in walks (8). Quentin paces the club in slugging percentage (.667) and on-base percentage (.493) and has also been hit a team-high nine times. Dragicevich paces the squad with nine doubles.
The Stanford pitching staff's ERA currently sits at 4.28 through its first 16 games, 0.78 runs higher than last year's 3.50 final ERA. The Cardinal is a perfect 11-0 in games started by either Jeremy Guthrie (4-0, 2.65, 34.0 IP, 36 SO) or Tim Cunningham (4-0, 3.41, 31.2 IP, 20 SO). Guthrie leads the club in both innings pitched and strikeouts, while Cunningham is second in both categories. John Hudgins (2-0, 4.50, 18.0 IP, 18 SO) won the first game not started by either Cunningham or Guthrie versus Cal Poly (3/3). Ryan McCally (0-0, 5.40, 3 SV, 10.0 IP, 9 SO) leads the club with three saves and did not allow a run in 9.1 innings of relief work this year. Jonny Dyer (1-0, 0.00, 2.2 IP, 3 SO) picked up his first collegiate win versus Santa Clara (2/24) and has been effective in limited action out of the bullpen, while Drew Ehrlich (0-1, 4.60, 1 SV, 15.2 IP, 17 SO) has the team's other save.
Stanford is fielding at a .963 clip through the first 16 games of the 2002 season, .014 percentage points below last year's nation-leading and school record .977 fielding percentage. The Cardinal has made at least one error in each of its last eight games, including a season-high four in the series finale versus Santa Clara (2/24). Two of Stanford's three errorless games came versus Cal State Fullerton (2/2) and at Florida State (2/8) in the first four games of the season. Ryan Garko leads the club with 87 putouts, while Chris O'Riordan has a team-high 53 assists. The Cardinal has turned 21 double plays, including a season-high four at Fresno State (2/18). Garko had a team season-high 12 putouts versus Cal State Fullerton (2/1), while Andy Topham picked up a season-high seven assists versus Cal Poly (3/1).
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) ... Tim Cunningham ranks fourth on the team's all-time won-loss percentage list (15-2, .882) ... The Cardinal is 8-1 at home and 4-3 on the road ... Stanford was picked first in the 2002 Preseason Pac-10 Coaches Poll.
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 2291-1452-32 (.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 1057-519-5 (.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 upcoming series versus California) 'California's been playing well lately and they will be tough, especially at their place because they're tough to beat at home. Trevor Hutchinson is one of the better pitchers in the league and they have a couple of other young pitchers with good arms. It will be a good test for us before we break for finals.'
(on the recent Cal Poly series) 'We hit the ball well and bunched our hits to get some big innings. We also pitched pretty well except for the problem we had closing Friday's game out. Defensively, we were just average. We need to improve our defense.'
(on his team's offensive production) 'The numbers offensively are a little deceiving. We're not playing quite as well offensively as the numbers seem to indicate. Yet, we've played good teams and hitting .347 as a team, so we're doing something right.'
(on the high-level of crowd support) 'We have a beautiful stadium with the renovation. It's a great place to watch a game and a great atmosphere for families. It's been great. We've developed something here that we hope to continue.'
(on the team's freshman class) 'We have a very talented freshman group of position players with (Chris) Carter, (Donny) Lucy, (Danny) Putnam and (Billy) Paganetti. It makes it difficult for me trying to get them in the lineup, but they'll push to get playing time.'
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.
STANFORD TO TAKE 12 DAYS OFF BEFORE VISITING USC IN NON-LEAGUE SERIES
Stanford will take 12 days off before travelling to USC for a three-game non-conference series Saturday-Sunday, March 23-24 (1 pm - DH, 1 pm, PT). The Saturday doubleheader is the only scheduled twinbill of the year for the Cardinal. USC is one of the few teams in the nation to lead the Cardinal in an all-time series with a 196-138-3 career advantage. Last year, Stanford won four of the six games played between the teams. The Cardinal swept a non-conference series over the Trojans at Sunken Diamond (3/9, 2-0, 3/10, 15-3, 3/11, 9-5 - 10 innings) that included Andy Topham's memorable walk-off grandslam homer in the 10th inning of the final game and Jeremy Guthrie's complete game victory over Mark Prior in the opener to give Prior his only loss of the season. USC won two-of-three conference games in Los Angeles (4/20, 2-1, 4/21, 7-0, 9-5 Stanford, 4/22).
2002 STANFORD PLAYER NOTES
(For information prior to the 2002 season please refer to the 2002 Stanford Baseball Media Guide)
#11 - CHRIS CARTER (L/L, INF/OF, 6-0, 205, Fr.) -- .350, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 0 SB, Last Game vs. Cal Poly: 1-3, RBI, Last Series vs. Cal Poly: 3-6, 2B, HR, 3 RBI, Current Hitting Streak: 2 games (3/2 - 3/3) ... Had his first career homer and the second two-hit game of his career versus Cal Poly (3/2 - 2-3, 2B, HR, 2 RBI) ... Made his first collegiate start at Fresno State (2/15) and responded by going 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles.
#18 - JASON COOPER (L/R, DH/OF/INF, 6-2, 210, Jr.) -- .426, 1 HR, 18 RBI, 0 SB, Last Game vs. Cal Poly: 2-3, 2B, 2 RBI, Last Series vs. Cal Poly: 6-10 (.600), 2 2B, HR, 8 RBI, Last Year vs. California: 3-17 (.176), 2B, RBI, Career Stats vs. California: 3-23 (.130), 2B, RBI, Current Hitting Streak: 8 games (2/15 - 3/3) ... Currently on a career-high eight-game hitting streak (2/15 - 3/3), going 14-for-30 (.467) with four doubles, a homer and 11 RBI during the stretch ... Had a huge series against Cal Poly (3/1 - 3/3), going 6-for-10 with two doubles, a homer and eight RBI ... Led off the series by going 3-for-4 with a double and three RBI (3/2) before hitting his first double of the year and collecting three RBI in the middle game and going 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI in the series finale (3/3) ... Had a three-hit game in his most recent effort versus Santa Clara (2/24 - 3-4, 2B) ... Drove in the game-winning run with a ninth inning RBI-single versus Santa Clara (2/22) ... Was 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI at Florida State (2/10) ... Tied a career-high with four hits (4-4, 4 RBI) in a 17-1 win over Cal State Fullerton (2/2) before he was pinch-hit for prior to the final two at bats in his spot in the lineup ... Had six consecutive singles in six official at bats, spanning the last at bat of Friday night's series-opener and the first at bat of Sunday's series finale versus Cal State Fullerton (2/1 - 2/3).
#8 - SCOTT DRAGICEVICH (R/R, SS, 6-3, 205, Sr.) -- .349, 0 HR, 10 RBI, 0 SB, Last Game vs. Cal Poly: 2-4, 2B, RBI, Last Series vs. Cal Poly: 2-10 (.200), 2B, 3 RBI, Last Year vs. California: 7-22 (.318), 3 2B, HR, 2 RBI, SB, Career Stats vs. California: 7-24 (.292), 3 2B, HR, 2 RBI, SB, Current Hitting Streak: 1 game (3/3) ... Leads the team with nine doubles and eight multiple-hit games ... Has made only two errors defensively at shortstop in 60 chances and 16 starts for a .967 fielding percentage ... Has started 84 consecutive games at shortstop ... Had seven multiple-hit games in the team's first eight contests, including a 3-for-3 (2B, 3B) performance versus Brigham Young (2/12), and five consecutive two-hit games (2/1 - 2/9) to open the season.
#5 - SAM FULD (L/L, CF, 5-10, 180, So.) -- .347, 1 HR, 7 RBI, 0 SB, Last Game vs. Cal Poly: 0-4, Last Series vs. Cal Poly: 5-14 (.357), 2B, 3 RBI, Last Year vs. California (same as career stats): 4-17 (.235), 2 RBI, Current Hitting Streak: None ... Leads the club with 25 hits but has struggled with a 7-for-32 (.219) stretch over his last seven games after having tied a career-high with four hits (4-4, RBI) at Fresno State (2/16) ... Did have a three-hit game versus Cal Poly (3/1 - 3-4, 2B, 2 RBI) ... Posted a torrid season-high six-game hitting streak (2/8 - 2/16), going 14-for-26 (.538) with two doubles, a homer and three RBI during the stretch ... Had consecutive three-hit games at Florida State (2/9 - 3-6, 2/10 - 3-5, 2B) before hitting his first career collegiate home run versus Brigham Young (2/12) ... Had a big opening night versus Cal State Fullerton (2/1), going 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles.
#12 - RYAN GARKO (R/R, C, 6-3, 235, Jr.) -- .381, 4 HR, 16 RBI, 1 SB, Last Game vs. Cal Poly: 1-5, 2B, 2 RBI, Last Series vs. Cal Poly: 3-14 (.214), 2B, HR, 3 RBI, Last Year vs. California: 5-16 (.312), 3 2B, 3 RBI, Career Stats vs. California: 6-17 (.353), 3 2B, 4 RBI, Current Hitting Streak: 9 games (2/15 - 3/3) ... Currently on a season-long nine-game hitting streak in which he is 13-for-37 (.351) with two doubles, two homers and 10 RBI ... Hit a two-run walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift Stanford to an 8-7 win over Santa Clara (2/24) ... Had three consecutive two-hit games versus Santa Clara (2/22 - 2-4, RBI, 2/23 - 2-3, 2B, 2 RBI, 2/24 - 2-4, HR, 3 RBI) ... Was 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBI at Florida State (2/9) ... Opened the season by going 6-for-8 (.750) in the first two games (2/1, 2/2) of the Cal State Fullerton series ... Tied a career-high with four hits (4-4, 2B, HR, 2 RBI) and was also hit by a pair of pitches in the middle game of the series versus the Titans (2/2) ... Was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI on opening night versus Cal State Fullerton (2/1).
#3 - BRIAN HALL (R/R, OF, 6-0, 175, So.) -- .273, 1 HR, 10 RBI, 5 SB, Last Game vs. Cal Poly: 1-1, SB, Last Series vs. Cal Poly: 2-5, 2B, 2 SB, Last Year vs. California (same as career stats): 2-4 (.500), Current Hitting Streak: 1 game (3/3) ... Co-leads the team with five stolen bases and has added 10 RBI ... Picked up a pair of hits in the final game of the series versus Santa Clara (2/24 - 2-3) and two RBI the previous game versus Santa Clara (2/23 - 1-3, 2 RBI) ... Had a huge game against Cal State Fullerton (2/2), going 3-for-5 with a double, homer and career-high six RBI.
#15 - DONNY LUCY (R/R, 1B, 6-3, 205, Fr.) -- .327, 3 HR, 22 RBI, 5 SB, Last Game vs. Cal Poly: 1-5, SB, Last Series vs. Cal Poly: 4-13 (.308), 3B, 3 RBI, 2 SB, Current Hitting Streak: 7 games (2/18 - 3/3) ... Leads the club with 12 RBI, while co-leading the team with five stolen bases and ranked tied for second with three homers ... Also had his first triple of the season in his most recent series versus Cal Poly (3/2) ... Currently on a career-high seven-game hitting streak in which he is 10-for-29 (.345) with a triple, two homers, 10 RBI and three stolen bases ... Had at least one RBI in his first 12 collegiate starts (2/8 - 3/2), picking up three RBI in four of the contests and totaling 22 during the stretch ... Hit his most recent homer versus Santa Clara (2/24) after his first two collegiate homers the previous week versus Brigham Young (2/12) and Fresno State (2/18), picking up three RBI in both games ... Had two huge games to begin the Florida State series, going 2-for-4 with a double, three RBI and a stolen base in the series-opener (2/8) and then 3-for-6 with a double, stolen base and three RBI in the middle game of the series (2/9).
#1 - CHRIS O'RIORDAN (R/R, 2B, 5-9, 180, Sr.) -- .303, 1 HR, 11 RBI, 1 SB, Last Game vs. Cal Poly: 3-4, 2B, Last Series vs. Cal Poly: 4-8, 2 2B, 4 RBI, SB, Last Year vs. California: 9-27 (.333), HR, 4 RBI, Career Stats vs. California: 14-43 (.326), HR, 6 RBI, Current Hitting Streak: 1 game (3/3) ... Picked up his second three-hit game of the season in his most recent game versus Cal Poly (3/3 - 3-4, 2B, RBI) after picking up three sacrifice flies for his first three RBI game of the season the previous day (3/2), and tying an individual career-high and team season-high by scoring four runs in the series-opener (3/1) ... Posted a career-high-tying hit streak (2/8 - 3/1), but hit only a moderate .312 (15-48) with five doubles, a triple, homer and five RBI during the streak, which included eight one hit games ... Began the season tied for the all-time lead on Stanford's career batting average list at .362 but has dropped into fifth after losing seven points off his career batting average (.355, 195-549) by going 20-for-66 (.303) in his first 16 games of the season ... Had a key two-run homer to nearly help the Cardinal pull out a comeback in a 7-6 loss at Florida State (2/10) ... Was 3-for-6 with two doubles and three RBI at Florida State (2/9).
#24 - CARLOS QUENTIN (R/R, OF, 6-2, 215, So.) -- .389, 3 HR, 15 RBI, 2 SB, Last Game vs. Cal Poly: 1-2, 3B, RBI, Last Series vs. Cal Poly: 3-9 (.333), 2B, 3B, 2 RBI, Last Year vs. California (same as career stats): 8-22 (.364), 3 2B, HR, 2 RBI, SB, Current Hitting Streak: 4 games (2/24 - 3/3) ... Ranks second on the club with a .389 batting and tied for second with three homers, while adding 15 RBI ... Had been the team's hottest hitter over a recent six-game hit streak (2/9 - 2/22), going 13-for-23 (.565) with three doubles, a homer, five RBI and two stolen bases during the stretch ... Scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth of a 5-4 win over Santa Clara (2/22) ... Tied a career-best with four hits (4-4, 2B) in the first game of a series at Fresno State (2/15) and had three hits (3-5, HR, 2 RBI) in the series finale at Fresno State (2/18) ... Set a NCAA Division I single-game record when he was hit by five pitches at Florida State (2/9) ... Had a pair of homers in the season-opening Cal State Fullerton series (2/1 - 2/3) as he also added five RBI ... Hit a three-run homer off the scoreboard in his first at bat of the season versus the Titans (2/1), the second year in a row he has led off his season with a homer in his first at bat ... Began his collegiate career with a blast, hitting a three-run homer in his first collegiate at bat at Fresno State (1/26).
#2 - ARIK VANZANDT (R/R, 1B/3B, 6-1, 200, Sr.) -- .375, 0 HR, 3 RBI, 2 SB, Last Game vs. Cal Poly: 3-4, SB, Last Series vs. Cal Poly: 5-8 (.625), 3B, 2 RBI, SB, Last Year vs. California (same as career stats): 3-19 (.158), 2 2B, Current Hitting Streak: 2 games (3/2 - 3/3) ... Replaced Andy Topham in the second game of the Cal Poly series after Topham was injured following his first at bat and was 5-for-8 (.625) with a triple, two RBI and a stolen base the rest of the season ... Picked up his second three-hit game of the season in his most recent performance versus Cal Poly (3/3 - 3-4, RBI, SB) ... Posted a 3-for-4 game with two doubles versus Cal State Fullerton (2/2).
#28 - JEREMY GUTHRIE (R/R, 6-1, 200, Jr.) -- 3-0, 3.12, 26.0 IP, 28 SO
Last Year vs. California (same as career stats)
3.00 ERA, 1-1, 2 G, 2 GS, 15.0 IP, 12 H, 7 R, 5 ER, 5 BB, 21 SO
Notes: Has a 4-0 record with a 2.65 ERA through his first five starts and has won nine consecutive decisions dating back to last season with his last loss at Sacramento State (5/2/01) ... Leads the team in both strikeouts (36) and innings pitched (34.0) ... Had his longest and best outing in his most recent start versus Cal Poly, allowing just five hits and two runs (one earned) with eight strikeouts in 8.0 innings ... Also has victories over Fresno State (2/15), Florida State (2/8) and Cal State Fullerton (2/1) ... Scattered nine hits and two runs at Fresno State ... Scattered seven hits and three runs (two earned) while striking out eight to win at Florida State ... Began his 2002 campaign with a victory in an impressive performance against Cal State Fullerton in the season-opener, striking out a season-high nine with no walks, while scattering nine hits and four runs (two earned) in a 7-4 Stanford victory ... Has tossed at least 6.0 innings in each of his five starts.
#27 - TIM CUNNINGHAM (L/L, 6-3, 190, Jr.) -- 4-0, 3.41, 31.2 IP, 20 SO
Career Stats vs. California (did not pitch versus California in 2001)
3.86 ERA, 1-0, 2 G, 2 GS, 9.1 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 5 BB, 5 SO
Notes: Has been impressive in five of his six starts this season and four in a row, most recently by scattering 10 hits and four runs over 6.0 innings in an 18-5 win over Cal Poly (3/2) ... Pitched wonderfully in back-to-back starts versus Brigham Young (2/12) and Fresno State (2/18), allowing no earned runs in 11.2 innings to pick up a pair of victories ... Held Fresno State without an earned run in 7.2 innings, scattering three hits and taking a shutout into the eighth inning ... Tossed 4.0 scoreless innings as a starter versus Brigham Young (2/12), allowing only one hit ... Began his 2002 campaign with a victory over Cal State Fullerton (2/2) in the second game of the season-opening series, scattering five hits and one run ... Leads the team with six starts, while ranking second on the club in innings pitched (31.2) and strikeouts (20).
#17 - JOHN HUDGINS (R/R, 6-2, 195, So.) -- 2-0, 4.50, 18.0 IP, 18 SO
Last Year vs. California (same as career stats)
0.00 ERA, 0-0, 1 G, 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO
Notes: Made his first start of the season versus Cal Poly (3/3) and established himself as the team's current third starter after holding the Mustangs scoreless over the first 6.0 innings, facing only one batter over the minimum before allowing three runs in the seventh ... Has also made five relief appearances and is tied for the team lead with six appearances ... Picked up a win out of the bullpen in a wild 15-11 Stanford victory at Florida State (2/9) ... Impressive performance (4.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO) in relief versus Cal State Fullerton (2/3) in his first outing of the season.
#33 - JONNY DYER (R/R, 6-1, 180, Fr.) -- 1-0, 0.00, 2.2 IP, 4 SO
Notes: Picked up his first collegiate victory versus Santa Clara (2/24) after entering the game in the top of the ninth and forcing the only batter he faced into an inning-ending double play ... Has not allowed a run or a hit in three appearances, most recently with a perfect inning against Cal Poly (3/2) ... Struck out the side in 1.0 inning in his collegiate pitching debut versus Brigham Young (2/12).
#38 - DREW EHRLICH (L/R, 6-5, 230, So.) -- 0-1, 4.60, 1 SV, 15.2 IP, 17 SO
Last Year vs. California (same as career stats)
9.00 ERA, 0-0, 1 G, 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO
Notes: Pitched 2.0 perfect innings, recording six outs (includes double play) while facing only five batters to close out 11-3 win over Cal Poly (3/3) ... Charged with the most recent Stanford loss at Santa Clara (2/23), giving up two runs, three hits and two walks in 0.2 innings of relief ... Had excellent relief performances in his first three outings, including the longest stint of any reliever this year with 6.0 innings of work at Fresno State (2/16 - 6.0 IP, 8 HR, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 6 SO) ... Picked up his first collegiate save against Cal State Fullerton (2/2), tossing the final 3.0 scoreless innings and striking out five in a 17-1 Stanford win.
#30 - MARK JECMEN (R/R, 6-9, 230, Fr.) -- 0-3, 13.00, 9.0 IP, 7 SO
Notes: Has struggled early in his collegiate career, suffering the team's first three losses ... Has pitched out of the bullpen in his last two appearances at Santa Clara (2/23) and versus Cal Poly (3/2) ... His best performance came in his second start at Florida State (2/10) with four strikeouts in 4.1 innings.
#20 - RYAN MCCALLY (R/R, 6-1, 190, Jr.) -- 0-0, 5.40, 3 SV, 10.0 IP, 9 SO
Last Year vs. California
6.75 ERA, 0-0, 1 G, 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO
Career Stats vs. California
3.00 ERA, 1-0, 2 G, 3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO
Notes: Has been the team's top reliever with three saves, giving up only five hits and two walks with nine strikeouts in 8.2 innings of relief work ... Made his first career start after 47 straight relief appearances at Santa Clara (2/23) but allowed six runs, four hits and two walks before being removed in the second inning ... Has closed out victories for Jeremy Guthrie in each of his four relief outings ... Put out the fire versus Cal Poly (3/1) in his most recent outing by getting the final two outs in an 8-6 Stanford win in which the Mustangs scored four times in the top of the ninth ... Pitched 2.0 innings of scoreless one-hit work at Fresno State (2/15) ... Also tossed 3.0 innings of scoreless two-hit relief work at Florida State (2/8) ... Began his 2002 collegiate season with an impressive performance of 3.0 scoreless innings with five strikeouts and only one hit allowed versus Cal State Fullerton (2/1) on opening night.
#26 - DARIN NAATJES (R/R, 6-7, 240, Jr.) -- 0-0, 0.00, 2.2 IP, 4 SO
Notes: Allowed only one hit and one walk in a scoreless 0.2 innings versus Cal Poly (3/3) ... Pitched 2.0 hitless innings with four strikeouts in his collegiate pitching debut versus Brigham Young (2/12).
#19 - DAVID O'HAGAN (R/R, 6-0, 185, So.) -- 0-0, 4.76, 5.2 IP, 5 SO
Notes: Most recently pitched against a perfect inning with a strikeout versus Cal Poly (3/2) ... Allowed two runs and four hits with two strikeouts in 2.2 innings at Santa Clara (2/23) ... Allowed one run and two hits in his collegiate pitching debut versus Brigham Young (2/12).
#25 - DAN RICH (R/L, 6-2, 235, Sr.) -- 0-0, 2.45, 3.2 IP, 4 SO
Notes: Had an excellent performance in his most recent outing at Santa Clara (2/23), pitching a career-high 3.1 innings and tying a career-high with four striekouts ... Appeared in relief versus Cal State Fullerton (2/3) and at Florida State (2/10) ... Ranks second on Stanford's all-time strikeouts per nine innings list (10.05).
#29 - J.D. WILLCOX (R/R, 6-2, 190, Sr.) -- 1-0, 5.62, 8.0 IP, 2 SO
Last Year vs. California
0.00 ERA, 1-0, 1 G, 4.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO
Career Stats vs. California
0.00 ERA, 2-0, 2 G, 8.0 IP, 0 R, 0 ER
Notes: Allowed three hits and four runs in just 0.1 innings versus Cal Poly (3/1) ... Appeared twice versus Santa Clara (2/22, 2/24), picking up a victory in his first outing and tossing a total of 1.1 scoreless innings... Tossed 3.1 innings at Florida State (2/10), allowing two runs (one earned) and four hits ... Pitched 2.2 innings of scoreless, two-hit relief versus Cal State Fullerton (2/3).
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