No. 1 Baseball And California To Play Rubber Game Of Series On Sunday

March 10, 2002

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    NO. 1 STANFORD (13-5) AT CALIFORNIA (13-8)

    Friday, March 8 - Stanford 15, at California 4
    Saturday, March 9 - at California 2, Stanford 1
    Sunday, March 10, 1 pm, PT - RHP John Hudgins (2-0, 4.50) vs. RHP Joe Todoroff (0-0, 4.15)
    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 needs a victory in the rubber game of a three-game set at California on Sunday to extend its regular season series winning streak to eight ... Stanford and California have split the first two games of the series with the Cardinal winning 15-4 on Friday and the Golden Bears taking a 2-1 victory on Saturday to snap Stanford's season-long five-game win streak ... Stanford had scored 54 runs in the previous three games before being held to a single run on Saturday ... Stanford combined for 15 runs in the seventh and eighth innings Friday's win ... 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 regular season 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 has a current team batting average of .344, which is .007 percentage points higher than the school record of .337 set in 1981, and double digit hits in 15 of 18 games this season ... The Cardinal has outscored its opponents 159-89 in its first 18 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 8.8 runs per game ... Stanford is 6-0 in Friday series-openers, while posting a 3-3 Saturday mark and a 2-2 Sunday record ... Stanford has hit four homers in a game twice in its last four 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 13-5 record this season is one game under the team's 14-4 mark through 18 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 4.10 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 164-53 (.756) since the start of the 1999 season.

    Jason Cooper now leads the team with a .460 batting average and is tied for the club RBI lead (22) ... Cooper is also on a career-high 10-game hit streak (.513, 20-39, 4 2B, 3 HR, 15 RBI) ... Ryan Garko paces the club with five homers and had his season-high hit streak snapped at 10 games ... Jeremy Guthrie has won 10 consecutive starts, while Tim Cunningham had his 10-game win streak snapped in Saturday's 2-1 loss at California ... Guthrie leads the team in strikeouts (42) and innings pitched (41.0) ... Sunday's scheduled starter John Hudgins (2-0, 4.50) faced the minimum number of batters through six innings versus Cal Poly (3/3 - 6.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 8 SO) in his first start of the season.

    Stanford leads the all-time series over California, 213-207, after the teams split the first two games of their current series with a 15-4 Stanford win on Friday and a 2-1 California victory on Saturday. 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.

    at California 2, Stanford 1 (March 9, 2002) - California scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth inning and held on for a 2-1 upset victory over Stanford (13-5). Stanford had its five-game win streak snapped with the loss, while California has now won nine of its last 11. Brian Montalbo (2-3) held Stanford to one run on five hits through the first 7.1 innings to earn the victory and Matt Brown held the Cardinal scoreless on one hit over the final 1.2 innings to pick up his third save. Ben Conley (2-2, 2B, SB) had two of California's five hits.

    Tim Cunningham (4-1) had his 10-game win streak snapped, losing for the first time since May 28, 2000, despite holding the Golden Bears to two runs (one earned) and four hits over the first 7.0 innings. Chris O'Riordan (2-3) was the only Stanford player with more than one hit. Jason Cooper did pick up a second inning single to extend his career-best hit streak to 10 games but Ryan Garko was 0-for-4 as his season-high hit streak was snapped at 10 games.

    Stanford............ 000 001 000  -  1  6  2California.......... 000 020 00X  -  2  5  0

    Win-Montalbo(2-3) Save-Brown(3) Loss-Cunningham(4-1) T-2:25 A-690
    BATTERIES: Stanford - Cunningham, Ehrlich (8) and Garko. California - Montalbo, Brown (8) and Baker. HRs: None.

    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. 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. Horwitz (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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