Stanford To Host USC Saturday One Win From College World Series

June 8, 2002

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No. 14 USC (37-23) at No. 7 Stanford (44-16)

Fri., June 7 - at Stanford 4, USC 2
Sat., June 8, 1:00 pm, PDT - Cory Campos (6-2, 4.09) vs. Tim Cunningham (9-2, 3.86)
*Sun., June 9, 1:00 pm, PDT - TBA vs. TBA
*If necessary
A live audio broadcast of all three Stanford-USC baseball games in the 2002 NCAA Super 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 the games will also be available from a link at

Stanford moved to within one win of its fourth straight College World Series appearance with a 4-2 victory over USC in Friday's Super Regional opener to improve to a perfect 4-0 in postseason action this year. The winner of the Stanford-USC Super Regional and each of the other seven Super Regionals will advance to the 56th College World Series to be held at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, Nebraska from June 14-22, 2002. The Cardinal extended its season-high win streak to eight games on Friday as Jeremy Guthrie (12-1) carried a shutout into the eighth inning to record the victory. Guthrie won for the sixth time in his last six outings, leaving the game after giving up just four hits and two runs with six strikeouts in eight complete innings. He also improved to 5-0 all-time in the postseason with a 2.15 ERA. Dan Rich recorded his fourth save of the year and his second in the postseason. Carlos Quentin hit his first career postseason home run in the bottom of the fourth inning to break a scoreless tie. Chris Carter (2-3, HR, RBI) hit a solo home run in the bottom of the fifth and Ryan Garko (2-3, RBI) drove home the other Cardinal run with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth. USC scored both of its runs on a two-run homer by Michael Moon with one out in the top of the eighth inning that briefly cut Stanford's lead to 3-2. USC had its six-game win streak snapped. Stanford has won six of the seven meetings this year between the teams after last night's 4-2 win in the Super Regional opener. Either Stanford or USC has won at least a share of a Pac-10 title (includes Southern Division) for each of the last nine years since 1994. USC has won the league title the last two years by one game over the Cardinal. Stanford had won at least a share of a Pac-10 title the previous four seasons. USC holds a 197-144-3 all-time series advantage.

Stanford has been victorious in all three of its previous appearances in NCAA Super Regionals and has never lost a Super Regional since the format began in 1999 ... Stanford is now 7-2 all-time in Super Regional action ... Stanford swept USC in a pair of Super Regional games at Sunken Diamond in 1999, winning 1-0 and 5-3 to advance to its first of three straight College World Series in the last three years ... The Cardinal then took two-of-three games from Nebraska in a 2000 Super Regional, coming back to win the second two games on Saturday and Sunday (7-1, 5-3) after dropping Friday night's opener (7-3) ... Last season, the Cardinal picked up two-of-three wins over South Carolina, taking the opener (11-1) and the series finale (3-2) with a 4-3 loss sandwiched in between.

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 ... Stanford has a 13-3 (.813) postseason record over the last two seasons ... Stanford won its 100th postseason game (100-49, .671) with the 4-2 win over USC in the Super Regional opener ... 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 reached the NCAA Super Regional by sweeping through three games in its Regional last Friday-Sunday. The Cardinal opened the Regional with a 3-2 victory in 13 innings over Cal State Fullerton before winning a pair of games against Long Beach State on Saturday (5-4) and Sunday (8-4). USC also reached the Super Regional by sweeping through its Regional with a 5-4 victory over BYU on Friday night, a 7-5 win over Cal State Northridge on Saturday and a wild 13-10 victory over BYU on Monday.

Stanford opened the 2002 NCAA Regional with a 3-2 win over Cal State Fullerton in 13 innings last Friday. Jeremy Guthrie tossed a 13 inning complete game to improve to 11-1, while Scott Dragicevich's RBI single in the bottom of the 13th inning drove home Donny Lucy with the winning run. The Cardinal then defeated Long Beach State, 5-4, on Saturday as Tim Cunningham earned the victory and Dan Rich came on to pitch the final 2.2 innings for the save. The Cardinal jumped out to an early 4-0 lead after an inning and a half when Chris O'Riordan led off the game with a homer before Andy Topham had a two-run double and Arik VanZandt an RBI single in the second. Rich retired the last out in the bottom of the ninth with the tying run on third base and the winning run on second. Stanford used a five-run fifth inning to snap a 2-2 tie on its way to an 8-4 victory again versus Long Beach State in the Regional final. Jason Cooper keyed the inning with a two-run homer. John Hudgins earned the victory with a complete game performance, scattering 11 hits and four runs.

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 eight straight games and improved to a perfect 4-0 in the 2002 postseason after a 4-2 win over USC in the Super Regional opener on Friday ... Stanford drew a postseason high crowd of 4092 in the Super 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 and needs seven more wins for its fourth straight 50-win season ... Stanford moved up two spots to No. 7 in the most recent Baseball America poll released June 3 ... Stanford is 28-4 at home, while the team has managed just a 16-12 mark on the road ... Stanford is 10-3 against ranked teams, including 4-0 in the postseason ... Stanford is a perfect 37-0 when leading after eight innings ... Stanford has come from behind to win in 19 of its 44 victories this season ... Stanford is 10-5 in one-run games and 5-2 in extra inning contests ... Stanford is averaging 8.0 runs per game, reaching double figures in runs 20 times and double figures in hits on 40 occasions ... Stanford leads the Pac-10 in batting average (.321), earned run average (3.98) and fielding percentage (.971) ... Stanford's 44-16 record is one game behind the team's 45-15 mark through 60 games in 2001 ...Stanford has set a new school season record with 68 double plays turned ... Stanford has compiled a record of 195-64 (.753) since the beginning of 1999.

Jeremy Guthrie continued to etch his name in the Stanford record books on Friday night, moving into a seventh-place tie on Stanford's all-time won-loss percentage list (.833), as well as ninth place in single-season innings pitched (142.1) and a ninth-place tie in the all-time victory list with a 25-5 career record ... Sam Fuld leads the Cardinal with a .379 batting average and 102 hits ... Fuld ranks fifth on Stanford's all-time hit list and is just seven hits shy of breaking the school's single season record of 108 co-held by Troy Paulsen (1990) and Mike Dotterer (1981) ... Fuld is still hitting .463 (57-123) with 22 multiple-hit games over his last 28 games despite going 1-for-13 in his last three contests ... Fuld also leads the club in doubles (20), total bases (146) and on base percentage (.434) ... Fuld is Stanford's all-time batting average leader with a .369 (183-496) lifetime mark ... Ryan Garko leads the club in home runs (14), RBI (53) and runs scored (63) ... Garko, Carlos Quentin (52 RBI) and Jason Cooper (52 RBI) are in a battle for the team RBI lead and have combined to drive in 158 runs this season ... Quentin hit his first career postseason homer to spark Stanford's offense in its 4-2 win over USC in the Super Regional opener ... Brian Hall paces the team with 13 stolen bases in 13 chances ... Stanford's regular starting rotation of Jeremy Guthrie, John Hudgins and Tim Cunningham is a combined 30-4 with a 3.50 ERA ... Guthrie leads the team and the Pac-10 in ERA (2.34), victories (12-1), strikeouts (125), and innings pitched (142.1) ... 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 171 consecutive games at second base ... O'Riordan recorded his 258th career hit versus USC (6/7) and will move into a 10th place tie on the school's all-time hit list with his next hit ... Arik VanZandt notched a team season-high with 18 putouts versus Long Beach State (6/1).

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