Stanford To Face Long Beach State NCAA Second Round Saturday

June 1, 2002

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Friday, May 31
Game 2 (3 pm, PDT) - No. 2 Long Beach State 6, No. 3 San Jose State 3
Game 1 (7 pm, PDT) - No. 1 Stanford 3, No. 4 Cal State Fullerton 2 (13 innings)
*No. 8 national seed

Saturday, June 1
Game 3 (11 am, PDT) - No. 4 Cal State Fullerton (36-21) vs. *No. 3 San Jose State (45-16)+
Game 4 (3 pm, PDT) - No. 1 Stanford (41-16) vs. *No. 2 Long Beach State (38-19)
Game 5 (7 pm, PDT) - Game 3 Winner vs. Game 4 Loser+
*Home Team
+Elimination Game

Sunday, June 2
Game 6 - Championship Game No. 1 (1 pm, PDT) - Game 4 Winner vs. Game 5 Winner
Game 7 - Championship Game No. 2 (5 pm, PDT, if necessary) - Only played if both remaining teams have one loss in the Regional following the conclusion of Game 6

A live audio broadcast of all Stanford Baseball games in the 2002 NCAA Regional will be available on KZSU (90.1 FM) as well as online at ... Chad Goldberg and Nick Kapur will call all the action ... Live stats of all games of the 2002 NCAA Regional will be available from a link at ... Call 1-800-STANFORD for tickets to the 2002 NCAA Regional.

Stanford and Long Beach State advanced to Saturday's 3:00 pm game with victories over Cal State Fullerton and San Jose State, respectively. Stanford outlasted Cal State Fullerton in 13 innings with a 3-2 victory as Jeremy Guthie (11-1) pitched a 13-inning complete game and Scott Dragicevich drove home Donny Lucy with a one-out bases loaded RBI single for the game-winning run in the bottom of the 13th. Paul McAnulty doubled twice and drove in three runs, while Daniel Eisentrager (10-3) pitched six solid innings to earn the victory.

Stanford is one of 16 Regional hosts and the No. 8 national seed for the 2002 NCAA Division I Baseball Championships. The first weekend of play (May 31 - June 2) features 16 four-team Regionals with the winners advancing to eight NCAA Super Regionals (June 7-9). The winner of the 2002 NCAA Regional at Stanford will face the winner of the Regional being hosted by USC with Cal State Northridge, Maine and BYU joining the Trojans in the four team field. Super Regional sites will be announced on Monday, June 3. The eight Super Regional winners advance to the 56th College World Series to be held June 14-22 at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, Nebraska.

Stanford and Long Beach State will be playing for only the third time in the history of the two schools. Long Beach State knocked the Cardinal out of a 1998 NCAA Regional at Stanford with a 5-1 victory on May 23 and eventually advanced to Omaha that season. Stanford picked up a 12-8 victory at Long Beach State in the only other meeting between the teams in a regular season game on March 29, 1990.

Stanford is familiar with this rest of this year's 2002 NCAA Regional field. The Cardinal has won three-of-four games (7-4; 17-1; 3-6; 3-2 in 13 innings) versus Cal State Fullerton this season. Stanford also won four of five games against the Titans in 2001, including a pair of games at the College World Series. The Cardinal leads the all-time series, 39-29. Stanford split a pair of games with San Jose State this season, coming back for a 5-4 win at Sunken Diamond (4/9) before falling 12-0 in San Jose (5/1). Stanford and San Jose State have never met in the postseason. The Cardinal leads the all-time series, 72-30.

Stanford is making its 23rd appearance in the NCAA Tournament and its 20th showing in an NCAA Regional ... Stanford improved to 5-3 all-time in extra inning post season games ... The 13-inning game versus Cal State Fullerton on Friday was tied for the second longest Stanford post-season game (also 13 innings versus Florida State at the CWS, 6/18/98), one inning less than the school record 14-inning post season game in a 4-3 loss to Arizona State at the CWS on June 17, 1967 ... The Cardinal is a hosting a Regional for the 11th time and the seventh straight year ... Stanford has won nine of the 11 Regionals played at Sunken Diamond, including the last three years, and 13 in school history ... Stanford has needed a second championship game in each of its last two Regional victories after suffering losses earlier in the Regional ... Stanford has won four straight Regional elimination games over the past two seasons ... Stanford last lost a Regional at Sunken Diamond in 1998 when the Cardinal dropped two-of-three games and was eliminated by Long Beach State in Game 5 of the event ... Stanford has an all-time record of 56-21 (.727) in Regional action and is 97-49 in postseason action (.664) ... Stanford has reached the College World Series 13 times, including each of the last three years ... Stanford won CWS titles in 1987 and 1988, while finishing as the runner-up the last two seasons (2000, 2001).

Stanford finished as the runner-up at the College World Series for the second straight year in 2001, falling 12-1 to Miami in the CWS championship game. The Cardinal reached the CWS for the third straight year after surviving tough Regional and Super Regional competition at Sunken Diamond by going 4-0 in elimination games. Stanford began the 2001 postseason with a 4-3 win over Marist before the Cardinal was beaten 4-3 by Texas in its second Regional game. Stanford came back with a 6-0 victory over Marist later in the day to earn a spot in the championship game versus the Longhorns. Stanford then swept a doubleheader to advance in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history, sweeping Texas in a pair of memorable games (10-9, 10 inn.; 4-3). Stanford then needed three games to eliminate South Carolina in the Super Regional. The Cardinal picked up an 11-1 victory in the opening game of the series before South Carolina came back with a 4-3 win in the second game. Stanford finally put the Gamecocks away with a 3-2 win in the final game. Stanford then won its first three games at the CWS with a win over Tulane (13-11) and a pair of wins over Cal State Fullerton (5-2, 10 inn.; 4-1) to advance to the CWS final.

Stanford tied a season-high five-game win streak after its victory over Cal State Fullerton in its Regional opener ... Stanford finished in second place in the Pac-10 with a 16-8 conference record, giving the Cardinal either a first or second place finish in the league standings for the 20th time in the last 22 seasons ... Stanford wrapped up its eighth straight 40-win campaign with an 8-2 victory over Washington State in its regular season finale ... Stanford enterd the postseason ranked No. 9 in the most recent Baseball America poll released May 27, down one spot from its No. 8 ranking the previous week ... Stanford is 25-4 at home, while the team has managed just a 16-12 mark on the road ... Stanford has come from behind to win in 19 of its 41 victories this season ... Stanford is 9-5 in one-run games and 5-2 in extra inning contests ... Stanford is averaging 8.1 runs per game, reaching double figures in runs 20 times and double figures in hits on 39 occasions ... Stanford leads the Pac-10 in team batting average (.323), earned run average (4.01) and fielding percentage (.971) ... Stanford's 41-16 record is two games behind the team's 43-14 mark through 57 games in 2001 ...Stanford set a new school season record versus Cal State Fullerton turned the Cardinal recorded its 66th double play of the season on a dramatic line-out double play to Sam Fuld in center field in the 12th inning of the game ... 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 192-64 (.750) since the beginning of 1999.

Sam Fuld leads the Cardinal and the Pac-10 with a .395 batting average and 101 hits ... Fuld ranks tied for fifth on Stanford's all-time hit list and is just eight hits shy of breaking the school's single season record of 108 co-held by Troy Paulen (1990) and Mike Dotterer (1981) ... Fuld is on an incredible tear over his last 25 contests, hitting .509 (56-110) with 22 multiple-hit games ... Fuld also leads the club in doubles (20), total bases (145) and on base percentage (.450) ... Fuld is Stanford's all-time batting average leader with a .377 (182-483) lifetime mark ... Fuld also led Stanford with a .425 batting average in 24 Pac-10 games ... Ryan Garko leads the club in home runs (14), RBI (51) and runs scored (62) ... Brian Hall paces the team with 12 stolen bases in 12 chances ... Carlos Quentin leads the club with four triples and has been hit by a team-high 17 pitches ... Stanford's regular starting rotation of Jeremy Guthrie, John Hudgins and Tim Cunningham is a combined 27-4 with a 3.50 ERA ... Guthrie leads the team in ERA (2.34, #1 Pac-10), victories (11-1, #1-T Pac-10), strikeouts (119, #1 Pac-10), and innings pitched (134.1, #1 Pac-10) ... Guthrie tossed a career-high 13.0 inning versus Cal State Fullerton (5/31) in the NCAA Regional opener ... Guthrie had his consecutive scoreless inning streak snapped at 25 when he allowed a run to Cal State Fullerton (5/31) in the seventh inning ... Guthrie is a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award, while Jason Cooper (Dick Howser Award), Garko (Johnny Bench Award) and O'Riordan (Dick Howser Award) are national semifinalist for their respective awards ... Chris O'Riordan has started 168 consecutive games at second base.

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