No. 1 Stanford Continues Three-Game Series At California Saturday

March 9, 2002

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    NO. 1 STANFORD (13-4) AT CALIFORNIA (12-8)

    Friday, March 8 - Stanford 15, at California 4
    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 all three Stanford-California baseball games will be available on KZSU (90.1 FM) as well as online at and ... Chad Goldberg and Joe Ritzo will call all the action ... Live stats will also be available for all three games at

    Top-ranked Stanford will be looking to extend its regular season series winning streak to eight when the Cardinal travels to California for the second game of a three-game series on Saturday, March 9 ... Stanford is currently on a season-high five-game win streak and has won seven of its last eight games ... Stanford combined for 15 runs in the seventh and eighth innings in a 15-4 comeback win over California in the series opener on Friday ... 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 on an offensive tear with a team batting average of .351, which is .014 percentage points higher than the school record of .337 set in 1981, and double digit hits in 15 of 17 games this season ... The Cardinal has outscored its opponents 158-87 in its first 17 games ... Stanford has had the knack for the big inning this season as the Cardinal has already scored five or more runs in an inning 12 times ... The Cardinal is averaging 9.3 runs per game and has scored 54 runs in its last three contests ... Stanford is 12-0 in games started by either Jeremy Guthrie or Tim Cunningham and 1-4 in games not started by either ... Stanford is 6-0 in Friday series-openers, while posting a 3-2 Saturday mark and a 2-2 Sunday record ... Stanford has hit four homers in a game twice in its last three games versus Cal Poly (3/2) and at California (3/8) ... The Cardinal scored a season-high 18 runs in the 18-5 win over Cal Poly (3/2) ... Stanford has posted the same 13-4 record this season as the team did through 17 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 ... On the mound, Stanford has a 4.26 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 164-52 (.759) since the start of the 1999 season.

    Jason Cooper now leads the team with a .475 batting average and is tied for the club RBI lead with Donny Lucy (22) ... Ryan Garko paces the club with five homers ... Garko (10) and Cooper (9) have the team's longest current hit streaks ... Cooper is the team's hottest hitter with a batting average of .543 (19-35), four doubles, three homers and 15 RBI on his current nine-game hit streak ... Saturday's scheduled starter Tim Cunningham and Jeremy Guthrie have both won 10 consecutive starts ... Cunningham ranks fourth on the school's all-time won-loss percentage list (15-2, .882) ... Guthrie leads the team in strikeouts (42) and innings pitched (41.0), while Cunningham ranks second in both (31.2 IP, 20 SO).

    Stanford leads the all-time series over California, 213-206, after a 15-4 win at California in the opening game of a three-game series on Friday. 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.

    Stanford 15, at California 4 (March 8, 2002) - Stanford scored 15 runs in the seventh and eighth innings to rally for a 15-4 victory over California in the opener of a three-game non-conference series. Jason Cooper (5-5, 2 HR, 4 RBI) had the first two-homer game of his career and also had a career-high five hits to lead Stanford's 17-hit attack. Jeremy Guthrie (5-0) picked up his 10th consecutive win on the mound dating back to last season, scattering five hits and four runs with six strikeouts over the first 7.0 innings. Stanford extended its season-high win streak to five games and tied a season-high with four homers as Ryan Garko and Carlos Quentin also went deep.

    Stanford scored seven runs in the top of the seventh inning to erase a 4-0 California lead. Chris O'Riordan singled to lead off the rally and Sam Fuld reached when California second baseman Carson White made an error on a possible double play ball. Garko followed with a three-run homer to put the Cardinal on the board and cut California's lead to 4-3. Cooper tied the score at 4-4 when he hit a tape-measure homer to right field before Quentin hit a two-run homer to give Stanford its first lead of the game at 6-4 and chase California starter Trevor Hutchinson. Stanford scored its final run of the inning on an RBI single by Fuld.

    Stanford then added eight more runs in the top of the eighth inning, leading off the frame with six consecutive hits. Cooper led off the rally with a single and scored on an RBI triple by Brian Hall. Danny Putnam and Quentin followed with back-to-back RBI doubles to give the Cardinal a 10-4 advantage. Arik VanZandt and O'Riordan each drove in a run on an RBI single and a sacrifice fly, respectively, before Cooper finished the inning with a three-run homer.

    California had led 4-0 after six innings as Hutchinson dominated the Cardinal lineup by facing the minimum number of batters heading into the seventh. The Cardinal did manage three hits in the first six innings but had the baserunners erased on two double plays and a caught stealing. The Golden Bears scored four times off Guthrie in the bottom of the fourth. Ben Conley hit his first home run of the season, a three-run shot off the left field foul pole, for the final three runs of the inning. California had snapped a scoreless tie earlier in the inning on a hit batsmen, a double by Brad Horowitz and a passed ball.

    Garko (2-5, HR, 3 RBI) extended his hit streak to a season-high 10 games, while Quentin (2-4, 2B, HR, 3 RBI), Scott Dragicevich (2-4) and Sam Fuld (2-5, RBI) also had two hits each for the Cardinal. Horowitz (2-4, 2B) was the only California player with more than one hit as the Golden Bears were limited to six hits. Conley contributed his homer and three RBI.

    Stanford............ 000 000 780  - 15 17  2California.......... 000 400 000  -  4  6  2

    Win-Guthrie(5-0) Loss-Hutchinson(4-2) T-2:50 A-609
    BATTERIES: Stanford - Guthrie, McCally (8), Naatjes (9) and Garko. California - Hutchinson, Ingram (7), Hale (8), Gross (8), Kahoalii (8) and Baker. HRs: California - Conley (1st, 3-run in 4th), Stanford - Garko (5th, 3-run in 7th), Cooper 2 (2nd, solo in 7th, 3rd, 3-run in 8th), Quentin (4th, 2-run in 7th).

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