Stanford Still Looking For Share Of Pac-10 Title On Final Day Of Season
May 26, 2002
Washington State (21-32, 6-17) at No. 8 Stanford (39-16, 15-8)size>
Fri., May 24 - at Stanford 10, Washington State 0
Sat., May 25 - at Stanford 11, Washington State 3
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 (15-8 Pac-10) heads into its final Pac-10 game of the regular season tied still with hopes of a share of the Pac-10 title. The Cardinal is tied for second place with Washington (15-8 Pac-10) and 1.0 game behind league leader USC (16-7 Pac-10). All three teams have won each of their first two games in their current series with Stanford winning a pair over Washington State, USC taking two at UCLA and Washington knocking off Arizona twice. USC has already clinched a share of the Pac-10 title and will win the outright leaugue championship and its automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament if it defeats UCLA today. Stanford needs a victory and a USC loss to earn a share of the title. The Cardinal will earn the league's automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament in the case of either a two-way with USC or a three-way tie involving Washington and USC. 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 regular season versus Washington State on Sunday (1 pm, PDT) after winning the first two games of the series, 10-0 and 11-3, to win its 22nd consecutive regular series at Sunken Diamond dating back to 1999 and picked up its 33rd series victory in its last 37 overall ... Stanford needs just one more victory for its eighth straight 40-win campaign ... Stanford has won 11 straight games over Washington State since the Cougars joined the Pac-10 prior to the 1999 season and 13 in a row overall in the series with the last Washington State win coming in 1978 ... Stanford has won 10 of its last 12 Pac-10 games ... 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 18 of its 39 victories this season ... Stanford is 23-4 at home, while the team has managed just a 16-12 mark on the road ... Stanford is 14-2 in series openers, 8-8 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 is averaging 8.2 runs per game, reaching double figures in runs 19 times and double figure hits on 37 occasions ... Stanford is currently hitting .325, while posting a 4.14 ERA and a .971 fielding percentage, leading the Pac-10 in all three categories ... Stanford leads the Pac-10 in a total of 13 categories ... Stanford's 39-16 record this season is two games behind the team's 41-14 mark through 55 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 190-64 (.748) since 1999.
STANFORD BASEBALL QUICK INDIVIDUAL NOTES
Sam Fuld leads the Cardinal and the Pac-10 with a .392 batting average and 96 hits ... Fuld is on an incredible tear over the last 23 contests, hitting .515 (51-99) with 20 multiple-hit games ... Fuld is also Stanford's all-time batting average leader with a .375 (177-472) lifetime mark ... Ryan Garko leads the club in homers (14) and runs scored (62) ... Garko, Carlos Quentin and Jason Cooper all have 50 RBI to share the team lead ... 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 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 166 consecutive games at second base.
STANFORD-WASHINGTON STATE BASEBALL SERIES HISTORY
Stanford has swept all 11 games between the teams since the Pac-10 expanded to included Washington State prior to the 1999 season and 13 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, 19-13. 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).
SATURDAY RECAP -- STANFORD 11, WASHINGTON STATE 3
Stanford (39-16, 15-8 Pac-10) kept its hopes of a share of the Pac-10 regular season title alive with an 11-3 win over Washington State (21-32, 6-17 Pac-10) at Sunken Diamond on Sunday. First place USC wrapped up a share of the Pac-10 title with a 16-10 victory at UCLA, while Washington remained in a second place tie with the Cardinal after an 8-3 victory over Arizona. Stanford scored six runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to break a 3-3 tie. Sam Fuld (2-4, 2B, 2 RBI) recorded his 20th multiple-hit game in the last 23 contests as he is hitting .515 (51-99) during the extended hot streak, while Dan Rich (2-2) picked up the win in relief.
Washington State........... 010 000 200 - 3 7 2Stanford................... 000 012 62x - 11 13 2
Win-Rich(2-2) Loss-Hundt(6-7) Save-None T-2:48 A-2638
BATTERIES: Washington State - Hundt, Gorrell (7), Svendsen (7) and Baeder. Stanford - Hudgins, Rich (7), Ehrlich (9) and Garko. HRs: WSU - LaRue (9th, solo in 2nd), Boston (4th, 2-run in 7th); STAN - VanZandt (6th, 2-run in 8th).
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