Stanford Continues Chase For Pac-10 Title Versus Washington State
May 25, 2002
Washington State (21-31, 6-16) at No. 8 Stanford (38-16, 14-8)size>
Fri., May 24 - at Stanford 10, Washington State 0
Sat., May 25, 1 pm, PDT - RHP Brandon Hundt (6-6, 6.42) vs. RHP John Hudgins (8-1, 5.02)
Sun., May 26, 1 pm, PDT - RHP Bryce Chamberlain (0-1, 7.60) vs. LHP Tim Cunningham (7-2, 3.96)
A live audio broadcast of all three Stanford-Washington State baseball games this week 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.
PAC-10 RACE BREAKDOWN
Stanford (14-8 Pac-10) heads into its final two games of the regular season tied for second place with Washington (14-8 Pac-10), 1.0 games behind league leader USC (15-7 Pac-10) and 1.0 games ahead of fourth place Arizona State (13-9 Pac-10). All four teams contending for the Pac-10 title won the opening game of their final regular season series on Friday. Stanford was a 10-0 winner over Washington State. USC outlasted UCLA, 5-4 in 12 innings. Washington came from behind for a 7-3 win over Arizona and Arizona State knocked off Oregon State, 13-7. USC will win the Pac-10 title and the league's automatic berth to the NCAA tournament outright if it wins its remaining two games. Tiebreakers for two teams are determined by head-to-head conference records between the teams. If more than two teams are tied, the first criteria is the combined conference head-to-head records against all tied teams. The next criteria is conference record against the next highest team in the standings and continuing in descending order.
NCAA TOURNAMENT BRACKET AND REGIONAL SITES ANNOUNCEMENT
The 64-team bracket and regional sites for the 2002 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship will be announced live on ESPN2 on Monday, May 27 (9:30 am, PDT).
STANFORD BASEBALL QUICK TEAM NOTES
Stanford continues its key Pac-10 series versus Washington State on Saturday (1 pm, PDT) after defeating the Cougars, 10-0, in Friday's series opener ... Stanford has won 10 straight games over Washington State since the Cougars joined the Pac-10 prior to the 1999 season and 12 in a row in the series with the last Washington State win coming in 1978 ... Stanford has won nine of its last 11 Pac-10 games ... Stanford is attempting to finish either first or second in the Pac-10 standings for the 20th time in the last 22 years ... Stanford has won 21 straight regular season three-game series at Sunken Diamond and has not lost a series at home since dropping two-of-three to USC (4/16 - 4/18/99) ... Stanford has won 32 its last 36 series overall ... Stanford dropped one spot to No. 8 in the most recent Baseball America poll released May 13 ... Stanford has come from behind to win in 17 of its 38 victories this season ... Stanford is 22-4 at home, while the team has managed just a 16-12 mark on the road ... Stanford is 14-2 in series openers, 7-8 in middle games of series and 11-4 in series finales ... Stanford is 8-5 in one-run games and 4-2 in extra inning contests ... Stanford needs two more wins for its eighth straight 40-win campaign ... Stanford is averaging 8.2 runs per game, reaching double figures in runs 18 times and double figure hits on 36 occasions ... Stanford is currently hitting .323, while posting a 4.16 ERA and a .972 fielding percentage, leading the Pac-10 in all three categories ... Stanford leads the Pac-10 in a total of 13 categories ... Stanford's 38-16 record this season is two games behind the team's 40-14 mark through 54 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 189-64 (.747) since 1999.
STANFORD BASEBALL QUICK INDIVIDUAL NOTES
Sam Fuld leads the Cardinal and the Pac-10 with a .390 batting average and 94 hits ... Fuld is on an incredible tear over the last 22 contests, hitting .516 (49-95) with 19 multiple-hit games ... Fuld is also Stanford's all-time batting average leader with a .374 (175-468) lifetime mark ... Ryan Garko leads the club in homers (14), runs scored (60) and bases on balls (34) ... Garko and Carlos Quentin co-lead the team in RBI (50) ... Brian Hall paces the team with 12 stolen bases in 12 chances ... Stanford's regular starting rotation of Jeremy Guthrie, John Hudgins and Tim Cunningham is a combined 25-4 with a 3.67 ERA ... Guthrie leads the team in ERA (2.52, #1 Pac-10), victories (10-1, #2 Pac-10), strikeouts (115, #1 Pac-10) and innings pitched (121.1, #2 Pac-10) ... Chris O'Riordan has started 165 consecutive games at second base.
STANFORD-WASHINGTON STATE BASEBALL SERIES HISTORY
Stanford has swept all 10 games between the teams since the Pac-10 expanded to included Washington State prior to the 1999 season and 12 in a row overall in the series. Last year, Stanford swept a three-game set in Pullman (14-6, 19-3, 12-1). Stanford leads the all-time series, 18-13. The last Washington State victory came in the Riverside Tournament in 1978.
FRIDAY RECAP -- STANFORD 10, WASHINGTON STATE 0
Stanford kept pace in the Pac-10 race with a 10-0 victory over Washington State, remaining 1.0 games behind first place USC and tied for second with Washington, both winners on Friday night. Jeremy Guthrie improved his record to 10-1 and extended his consecutive scoreless inning streak to 19, scattering seven hits and striking out six in 7.0 scoreless frames to pick up the victory. Sam Fuld (3-4, 2B, 4 RBI) continued his hot hitting with his 19th multiple-hit game in the last 22 contests. Jason Cooper (3-5, RBI) also had three hits for the Cardinal, while Ryan Garko hit his team-leading 14th homer and drove in three runs.
Washington State.... 000 000 000 - 0 8 2Stanford..................... 250 001 20x - 10 12 0
Win-Guthrie(10-1) Loss-Bonine(8-8) T-2:33 A-3867
BATTERIES: Washington State - Bonine, Niles (4), Bartlome (7) and Baeder, Reddinger (7). Stanford - Guthrie, Willcox (8), Naatjes (9) and Garko. HRs: Stanford - Carter (5th, solo in 1st), Garko (14th, 3-run in 2nd).