No. 9 Stanford Looking For Three-Game Sweep Of California On Sunday
May 5, 2002
California (26-25, 8-12) at No. 9 Stanford (31-13, 8-6)size>
Fri., May 3 - at Stanford 8, California 4
Sat., May 4 - at Stanford 13, California 6
Sun., May 5, 1 pm, PDT - RHP Matt Brown (5-2, 3.13) vs. RHP John Hudgins (7-0, 4.01)
A live audio broadcast of all three Stanford-California baseball games will be available on KZSU (90.1 FM) as well as online at gostanford.com ... Chad Goldberg and Nick Kapur will call all the action ... Live stats will also be available for all three games at gostanford.com.
STANFORD BASEBALL QUICK TEAM NOTES
Stanford will be looking for its first three-game sweep against California on Sunday (1 pm, PDT) since the Cardinal won three straight over the Golden Bears in Berkeley from February 25-27, 2000 ... Stanford won the series opener, 8-4, on Friday and came back from a 4-0 deficit for a 13-6 win on Saturday by scoring seven runs in the sixth inning and six more in the eighth ... Stanford has now come from behind to win in 16 of its 31 victories this season and scored five or more runs in an inning 20 times ... Stanford is 11-2 in series openers, 7-6 in middle games of series and 8-4 in series finales ... Stanford has improved its home record to 18-3 ... Stanford is currently ranked No. 9 in the most recent Baseball America poll ... Stanford dropped two-of-three games in consecutive weekends at Washington (4/19 - 4/21) and Oregon State (4/26 - 4/28) to snap a 12-series win streak before picking up its 30th series victory in its last 34 series with victories over California in the first two games of its current series ... Stanford has not lost three consecutive series since losing two-of-three games in three straight regular season series at Cal State Fullerton (2/5 - 2/7/95), versus Fresno State (2/10 - 2/12/95) and versus Santa Clara (2/18 - 2/20/95) ... Stanford reached the 30-win with the series opening win over California to for the 24th time in 26 seasons under head coach Mark Marquess ... Stanford has been successful in close games this season with an 8-4 showing in one-run contests and a 4-2 record in extra-inning games ... Stanford is averaging 8.1 runs per game, reaching double figures in runs 13 times and double figure hits on 30 occasions ... Stanford is currently hitting .323, while posting a 4.04 ERA and a .970 fielding percentage ... Stanford has hit 17 triples to only four for its opponents this season and also has a sizeable lead in homers with a 56-26 advantage ... Stanford's 31-13 record this season is two games behind the team's 33-11 mark through 44 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 182-61 (.749) since 1999.
STANFORD BASEBALL QUICK INDIVIDUAL NOTES
Sam Fuld leads the Cardinal with a .372 batting average after multiple-hit games in 11 of his last 12 contests, going 28-for-50 (.560) over the stretch ... Fuld also paces the club in hits (73) and has moved into the top spot on Stanford's all-time batting average list with a .364 lifetime mark ... Jason Cooper continues to lead the in homers (10), while Carlos Quentin paces the team in RBI (42) ... Chris O'Riordan (.359, 239-666) is also making a run at Stanford's career batting average record and is currently tied for third place on the all-time list ... O'Riordan is also third among regulars this season with a .350 batting average ... Ryan Garko leads the club in runs scored (49) and bases on balls (26) ... Brian Hall paces 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 19-3 with a 3.82 ERA ... Hudgins tossed his first career shutout and the first by a Stanford pitcher this year in his last outing, a 13-0 win at Oregon State (4/28) ... Scott Dragicevich hit his first career grand slam in Saturday's 13-6 victory over California (5/4).
STANFORD-CALIFORNIA BASEBALL SERIES NOTES AND HISTORY
Stanford and California conclude their series Sunday (1 pm, PDT) with the Cardinal looking for a sweep after winning Friday night's opener, 8-4, and coming back for a 13-6 win on Saturday after trailing 4-0. Stanford is tied for fourth in the Pac-10 with Oregon State as both clubs have 8-6 league marks and are 2.5 games behind league leader USC (11-4 Pac-10). California (8-12 Pac-10) has fallen into eighth place in the conference standings and has dropped six straight games overall. Stanford won two-of-three games in a non-league series at California in the first series between the clubs this year (Friday-Sunday, March 8-10). Stanford scored 15 runs in the seventh and eighth innings of a 15-4 win in the series opener. California eeked out a 2-1 win in the middle game of the series and the Cardinal won the rubber game, 4-2. The teams split six games last season with the Cardinal winning two-of-three non-conference games at Sunken Diamond and California taking two-of-three conference games at Evans Diamond. Stanford last swept California in Berkeley (February 25-27, 2000) and leads the all-time series, 216-207.
SERIES GAME REVIEWS
at Stanford 8, California 4 (May 3, 2002) - Jeremy Guthrie tossed a complete game six-hitter and struck out a season-high 10 batters to lead Stanford to an 8-4 victory over California. Guthrie gave up only one hit after the fourth inning, while Sam Fuld (3-4, HR, SB, 3 RBI) and Scott Dragicevich (3-4, 2 2B) had three hits each. Brian Horwitz (3-4, 2B, 3B, 3 RBI) had half of California's six hits. California reliever Matt Payne (3-2) suffered the loss.
California.......... 110 200 000 - 4 6 1Stanford............ 103 021 01x - 8 12 2
Win-Guthrie(7-1) Loss-Payne(3-2) Save-None T-3:10 A-2698
BATTERIES: California - Todoroff, Payne (4), Ingram (6), Talbott (8) and Baker. Stanford - Guthrie and Garko. HRs: Stanford - Fuld (4th, solo in 1st), Quentin (9th, 2-run in 3rd).
at Stanford 13, California 6 (May 4, 2002) - Scott Dragicevich and Ryan Garko each drove in a career-high four runs to lead Stanford to a 13-6 comeback victory over California. Dragicevich blasted his first career grand slam and his first home run of the season in the bottom of the sixth inning, following a three-run homer hit by Garko earlier in the frame as the Cardinal scored seven times to erase a 4-0 California lead. Stanford added six runs in the eighth inning.
California.......... 000 130 200 - 6 7 1Stanford............ 000 007 06x - 13 13 0
Win-McCally(4-2) Save-Rich(2) Loss-Hutchinson(7-5) T-3:11 A-2877
BATTERIES: California - Hutchinson, Kahoalii (8), Ingram (8), Swanson (8) and Baker. Stanford - Cunningham, McCally (5), Rich (7) and Garko. HRs: California - White (7th, solo in 4th); Stanford - Garko (9th, 3-run in 6th), Dragicevich (1st, grand slam in 6th).