Stanford And Long Beach State In Sunday's NCAA Regional Final

June 2, 2002

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2002 NCAA Division I Baseball Regional
May 31 - June 2, 2002
Stanford, CA (Sunken Diamond)

Sunday, June 2
Game 6 - Championship Game No. 1 (1:00 pm, PDT)
+No. 1 Stanford (42-16) vs. No. 2 Long Beach State (39-20)
Probable Starters: RHP John Hudgins (8-1, 4.88) vs. TBA
+Home Team

Game 7 - Championship Game No. 2 (5:00 pm, PDT, if necessary)
A second championship game will be necessary if Long Beach State wins Game 6

A live audio broadcast of the Stanford-Long Beach State NCAA Regional championship game 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 the game will be available from a link at

Stanford and Long Beach State will meet again in the 2002 NCAA Regional championship game on Sunday (1:00 pm, PDT), one day after the Cardinal defeated the 49ers by a score of 5-4 in the second round winners bracket game to give Stanford its fourth straight one-run Regional win dating back to last season. Long Beach State earned a trip back to the championship game by defeating Cal State Fullerton, 4-0, in its second game of the day on Saturday evening. Stanford and Long Beach State have played just three times in the history of the schools with the Cardinal winning two of the three games. Stanford won the only regular season meeting between the schools with a 12-8 victory at Long Beach State on March 29, 1990. Long Beach State's only victory came when the 49ers knocked Stanford out of an NCAA Regional at Stanford with a 5-1 victory on May 23, 1998.

Stanford has won 11 NCAA Regional titles (1982, '83, '85, '87, '88, '90, '95, '97, '99, 2000, '01) in school history, including three in a row ... Stanford has needed a second championship game in each of its last two Regional victories after suffering losses earlier in the Regional to Alabama (2000) and Texas (2001) ... Stanford has won four straight Regional elimination games over the past two seasons ... The Cardinal swept through its Regional in 1999 ... Stanford has an 11-2 record in Regional championship games with its only defeats coming to Texas (10-2) in 1981 and Oklahoma State (3-0) in 1985 ... Stanford also exited a Regional prior to the championship game on seven other occasions ... Stanford has won nine of the 11 Regionals the team has hosted ... 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 57-21 (.731) in Regionals ... Stanford is competing in its 20th NCAA Regional.

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 the Trojans and BYU the only teams remaining. The championship game of the Los Angeles Regional will be held on Monday, June 3. Super Regional sites will also 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 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 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 with its 3-2 win in 13 innings over Cal State Fullerton on Friday night ... The 13-inning game versus Cal State Fullerton 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 ... Stanford is 98-49 in postseason action (.667) ... Stanford has reached the College World Series 13 times ... 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 has won a season-high six straight games after victories over Cal State Fullerton and Long Beach State in its first two games of the NCAA Regional ... 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 26-4 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 42 victories this season ... Stanford is 10-5 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 (.322), earned run average (4.01) and fielding percentage (.971) ... Stanford's 42-16 record is one game behind the team's 43-15 mark through 58 games in 2001 ...Stanford has set a new school season record with 66 double plays ... Stanford is coming off three straight 50-win seasons for the first time in school history and has compiled a record of 193-64 (.751) since the beginning of 1999.

Cal State Fullerton opened the day with a 9-1 victory over San Jose State to make the Spartans the first team eliminated from the NCAA Regional as Jordan DeJong pitched a complete game six-hitter. Stanford then held on for a 5-4 victory over Long Beach State in the winners bracket second round game. Tim Cunningham carried a no-hitter into the sixth and won for the fourth time in as many starts, while Dan Rich recorded the save with 2.2 innings of work. Long Beach State earned a trip to Sunday's championship game with a 4-0 win over Cal State Fullerton to end the day's action and eliminate the Titans. Jered Weaver threw three-hit baseball over the first 7.0 innings and Jeremy Reed blasted a three-run homer.

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.

Sam Fuld leads the Cardinal with a .388 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) ... Despite going 0-for-4 on Saturday, Fuld is on an incredible tear over his last 26 contests, hitting .491 (56-114) with 22 multiple-hit games ... Fuld also leads the club in doubles (20), total bases (145) and on base percentage (.444) ... Fuld is Stanford's all-time batting average leader with a .374 (182-487) 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 28-4 with a 3.52 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 169 consecutive games at second base ... Arik VanZandt notched a team season-high with 18 putouts versus Long Beach State (6/1).

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