No. 4 Stanford Looking To Avoid First Sweep Of Season At Oregon State

April 28, 2002

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No. 4 Stanford (28-12, 5-6) at Oregon State (27-14, 6-5)size>

Fri., April 26 - at Oregon State 3, Stanford 1
Sat., April 27 - at Oregon State 4, Stanford 3
Sun., April 28, 1 pm, PT - RHP John Hudgins (6-0, 4.63) vs. LHP Mark McLemore (2-2, 4.35)
*A live audio broadcast of all three Stanford-Oregon State baseball games will be available on KZSU (90.1 FM) as well as online at with Nick Kapur calling the action ... Live stats will also be available for all three games at 10-7, 9-6

Stanford has dropped the first two games of its current series at Oregon State (Friday, 3-1; Saturday, 4-3), marking its first losing streak this season as Stanford needs a victory in the series finale to avoid its first sweep this season ... The Cardinal is 7-4 in series finales this season ... The Cardinal has also lost four of its last five conference games to fall into a fifth-place tie in the Pac-10 standings, 4.5 games behind league leader USC ... Stanford has been held to 11 hits in the first two games of the series, including a season-low four on Friday, and is hitting just .180 for the series ... Stanford had won 12 consecutive regular season series before dropping two-of-three at Washington last Friday-Sunday (4/19 - 4/21) ... Stanford had won four straight games versus Oregon State, including a three-game sweep of the Beavers at Sunken Diamond last year (4/12 - 4/14/01), before dropping the first two games of this series ... Stanford won two-of-three games the last time the teams played in Corvallis (5/5 -5/7/01) ... Stanford has come from behind in 14 of its 28 victories this season ... Stanford has been successful in close games this season with an 8-4 mark in one-run contests and a 4-2 record in extra-inning games ... Stanford has scored five or more runs in an inning 18 times this season ... Despite scoring only four runs in the first two games of its current series, Stanford is averaging 8.1 runs per game, reaching double figure runs 11 times and double figure hits on 27 occasions ... Stanford is currently hitting .320, while posting a 3.96 ERA and a .971 fielding percentage ... Stanford has hit 17 triples to only three for its opponents this season and also has a sizeable lead in homers with a 50-24 advantage over its competition ... Stanford has used 34 different starting lineups in 40 games this season ... Stanford's 28-12 record this season is three games behind the team's 31-9 mark through 40 games a year ago ... 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 years ... Stanford is coming off three straight 50-win seasons for the first time in school history and has compiled a record of 179-60 (.749) since 1999.

National Player of the Year candidate Jason Cooper continues to lead the team with a .366 batting average, 10 homers and 39 RBI despite not homering or a driving in a run for the past seven games as his average his dropped from .400 ... Chris O'Riordan (.357, 232-649) has dropped back to fourth on Stanford's career batting average list, five percentage points behind all-time leader Jack Shepard (.362) ... O'Riordan had a career-high 12-game hit streak (23-55, .418) and a 38-game on base streak before going 0-for-7 without reaching base in the first two games of the current series ... O'Riordan is third among regulars with a .343 batting average and leads the team in bases on balls (23) ... Sam Fuld is second on the club with a .344 batting average, while pacing the club in hits (62) and doubles (12) ... Fuld had been the team's hottest hitter, going 17-for-34 (.500) with seven multiple-hit games in his last eight contests ... Brian Hall leads the team with nine stolen bases in nine chances ... Stanford's regular starting rotation of Jeremy Guthrie, Tim Cunningham and John Hudgins is a combined 17-3 with a 3.74 ERA.

Stanford and Oregon State conclude their current three-game series Sunday, April 28 (1 pm, PT). The Beavers have opened the series with a pair of victories, 3-1 on Friday and 4-3 on Saturday. Stanford has dropped into a fifth place tie in the Pac-10 standings with a 5-6 conference mark, 4.5 games behind league leader USC (28-16, 11-3 Pac-10). Oregon State has moved into sole possession of fourth place with a 6-5 conference mark. Stanford had won the last four games between the clubs prior to the current series. Last year, the Cardinal swept the Beavers in a three-game series at Sunken Diamond (4/12, 4-1; 4/13, 8-1; 4/14, 22-5 in 7 innings). Stanford leads the all-time series, 29-11.

at Oregon State 3, Stanford 1 (April 26, 2002) - Ben Rowe tossed a complete game four-hitter as Oregon State shut down Stanford, 3-1. Jeremy Guthrie (6-1) had his 11-game win streak snapped despite tossing his first complete game of the season, scattering eight hits and three runs with five strikeouts. Ryan Garko's fourth inning solo homer gave the Cardinal a short-lived 1-0 lead. Garko (2-4, HR, RBI) had two of Stanford's season-low four hits. Biles (2-4, 2B) was the only Oregon State player with more than one hit. Chris O'Riordan had both his career-high hit (12) and on-base (38) streaks broken by going 0-for-4.

Stanford................ 000 100 000 - 1 4 1Oregon State............ 000 300 00x - 3 8 2

Win-Rowe(6-3) Loss-Guthrie(6-1) Save-None T-2:24 A-912
BATTERIES: Stanford - Guthrie and Garko. Oregon State - Rowe and Udy, Richie (9). HRs: Stanford - Garko (8th, solo in 4th).

at Oregon State 4, Stanford 3 (April 27, 2002) - Oregon State knocked off Stanford for the second straight day with a 4-3 victory as Aaron Mathews scored the game-winning run on a wild play in the bottom of the eighth inning. J.R. Runyon struck out on a wild pitch that moved and he scored when Stanford catcher Ryan Garko tried to throw Brian Barden out at second base and the ball skipped by Cardinal second baseman Chris O'Riordan. Ty Kline (5-0) picked up the victory, while Dan Rich (1-1) suffered the loss.

Stanford................ 001 100 010 - 3 7 2Oregon State............ 100 101 01x - 4 6 0

Win-Kline(5-0) Loss-Rich(1-1) Save-Sanders(9) T-2:49 A-1838
BATTERIES: Stanford - Cunningham, Rich (8) and Garko. Oregon State - Copeland, Kline (8), Ekstrom (9), Sanders (9) and Richie. HRs: Oregon State - Pietsch (4th, solo in 4th).

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