Stanford And Notre Dame Rematched In CWS Elimination Game Tuesday On ESPN2
June 18, 2002
No. 5 Stanford (46-17) vs. No. 6 Notre Dame (50-17)size>
Tuesday, June 18, 6 pm, CDT/4 pm, PDT (ESPN2) -- College World Series Third Round
RHP John Hudgins (9-1, 4.80) vs. RHP Peter Ogilvie (7-4, 4.52)
*Notre Dame will be the home team
The Stanford-Notre Dame game will be nationally televised live by ESPN2 with Mike Patrick and Harold Reynolds calling the action ... A live audio broadcast of the game will be available on KZSU (90.1 FM) as well as online at gostanford.com ... Chad Goldberg, Nick Kapur and Joe Ritzo will call the action ... Live stats of the game will also be available from a link at gostanford.com
A QUICK LOOK AT STANFORD'S SECOND ROUND 2002 CWS GAME
No. 5 Stanford and No. 6 Notre Dame will square off in a CWS elimination game televised live nationally by ESPN2 on Tuesday, June 18 (6 pm, CDT/4 pm, PDT). The winner of the contest will earn a spot in the Bracket Two final versus Texas on Thursday, June 20 (6 pm CDT/4 pm, CDT/ESPN) but will need to beat the Longorns twice (if necessary a second game would be played Friday, June 21, TBA/ESPN2) to advance to the CWS championship game on Saturday, June 22 (12:30 pm, PDT/10:30 am, PDT/CBS). Stanford had its season-high 10-game win streak snapped and suffered its first defeat of the 2002 postseason with an 8-7 loss to Texas on Monday, while Notre Dame stayed alive in the CWS in dramatic fashion with a three-run ninth inning to eliminate Rice, 5-3. Stanford has lost two straight games only once all season (at Oregon State, 4/26 - 4/27). The Irish has won 32 of its last 37 games overall. Stanford and Notre Dame will be playing for the second time in four days after only meeting once previously in the history of the schools. Stanford held off the Fighting Irish for a 4-3 victory in its CWS opener last Saturday and also won a first round game between the clubs, 7-3, at the Baseball Classic in Minnesota on March 29, 1991.
STANFORD'S COLLEGE WORLD SERIES AND POSTSEASON NOTES
Stanford has extended its school record of College World Series appearances to four as the team's six-player senior class (Scott Dragicevich, Chris O'Riordan, Dan Rich, Andy Topham, Arik VanZandt and J.D. Willcox) has become the first class of Stanford players to reach Omaha in each of its four seasons ... Stanford is making its 14th appearance in the CWS, including its sixth in the last eight years ... Stanford won CWS titles in 1987 and 1988 ... The Cardinal also finished as runner-up the last two seasons (2000, 2001) ... Stanford has an overall record of 32-23 (.582) in the CWS ... Stanford has won at least one game in each of its 14 trips to the CWS and has won at least two games in each of its last four appearances (1997, '99, 2000, '01) ... Stanford has won only game at the CWS four times (1982, '83, '85, '95) ... Stanford had won its first three games in its bracket to sweep into the CWS final in each of its last two years before falling to LSU (6-5, 2000) and Miami (12-1, 2001) in each respective CWS title game Stanford had also won three straight second games of the CWS in the last three years and last lost a second game in the CWS to Louisiana State (10-5) on June 1, 1997 ... Stanford has won its third game at the College World Series in four straight appearances (1997, '99, 2000, '01) with its last third game loss coming to Tennessee, 6-2, in an elimnation game on JUne 6, 1997 ... Stanford has still won seven of its last 10 CWS games despite Monday's 8-7 loss to Texas ... Stanford has won five straight CWS openers ... Six of Stanford's seven postseason games this year have been decided by either one (four times) or two (twice) runs ... Stanford tied a CWS record with three sacrifice flies versus Texas (6/17) ... Stanford has improved on the mound and defensively in the postseason with a 3.27 ERA and a .976 fielding percentage (4.10 and .971 regular season )but the team's batting average is .270 compared to .325 in the regular season.
STANFORD'S 2002 NCAA POSTSEASON REVIEW
Stanford won its first six postseason games in 2002 before suffering an 8-7 loss to Texas on Monday. The Cardinal had swept through the NCAA Regional and Super Regional at Sunken Diamond before squeaking by Notre Dame, 4-3, in first College World Series game on Saturday, June 15. Five of Stanford's six victories in the postseason have been by either one or two runs, winning three times by a single run and twice by two runs.
Stanford opened the 2002 NCAA Regional with a 3-2 win over Cal State Fullerton in 13 innings on May 31. Jeremy Guthrie tossed a 13-inning complete game, 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. Stanford used a five-run fifth inning to snap a 2-2 tie on its way to an 8-4 victory 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.
The Cardinal then swept a pair of Super Regional games over USC, 4-2 and 5-3. Guthrie carried a shutout into the eighth inning to record the victory in the Super Regional opener and gave up just two runs and four hits with six strikeouts in eight complete innings. Rich picked up the save. 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. Stanford recorded a 5-3 victory over USC to complete its Super Regional sweep on Saturday. Scott Dragicevich (4-4, 2 RBI) tied a career-high with four hits and had a key bases loaded two-RBI single to highlight a four-run Cardinal rally in the top of the sixth inning that erased a 2-1 USC lead. Cunningham picked up his fifth victory in as many starts, while Dan Rich recorded his third save of the postseason.
Stanford opened 2002 CWS play by holding on for a 4-3 win over Notre Dame. Guthrie tossed his sixth complete game of the year and his second in the postseason in the victory, scattering 10 hits and striking out five with only one walk. Cooper had a key two-RBI single in the bottom of the first inning for his first career CWS hit, while Chris Carter (RBI triple) and Sam Fuld (solo homer) drove in the other two Cardinal runs. Garko also had a pair of doubles. The Cardinal then suffered at 8-7 loss to Texas in the second game of the CWS as Stanford rallied from a 7-2 deficit before a furious rally fell short with the tying run on base in the top of the ninth. Fuld (3-5, RBI) led the Cardinal offense, while Garko (2-4, 2 RBI) and Carter (2-5) had multiple-hit games. Cunningham suffered the loss by allowing seven runs on five hits and four walks over the first 3.2 innings. J.D. Reininger (2-3, HR, 4 RBI) led the Longhorn offense, while Tim Moss (2-4, SB) and Omar Quintanilla (2-4, RBI) had two hits each. Alan Bomer recorded the victory by scattering six hits and four runs over the first 6.0 innings, while Huston Street picked up the save.
STANFORD BASEBALL QUICK TEAM NOTES
Stanford had its season-long 10-game win streak (5/19 - 6/15) snapped with an 8-7 loss to Texas on Monday ... Stanford was also defeated for the first time in the 2002 postseason action after winning its first six games, just one victory shy of equaling its best postseason start ever in 1999 when the Cardinal was 7-0 before losing its third and fourth CWS games to Florida State to finish tied for third at the event ... Stanford drew a postseason high crowd of 4092 in the Super Regional opener (6/7) and added 3464 in the second game of the series (6/8) ... 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 win in four straight CWS games for its fourth straight 50-win season (and its third national title) ... Stanford moved up two spots to No. 5 in the most recent Baseball America poll released prior to the College World Series on June 10 ... Stanford finished its home season with a 29-4 record at Sunken Diamond, while the team has managed just a 16-12 mark on the road ... The Cardinal is 1-1 in netural games with a 4-3 victory over Notre Dame and an 8-7 loss to Texas in its two College World Series contests ... Stanford is 12-4 against ranked teams, including 6-1 in the postseason ... Stanford is a perfect 39-0 when leading after eight innings ... Stanford has come from behind to win in 20 of its 46 victories this season ... Stanford is 11-6 in one-run games and 5-2 in extra inning contests ... Stanford is averaging 7.9 runs per game, reaching double figures in runs 20 times and double figures in hits on 41 occasions ... Stanford leads the Pac-10 in batting average (.319), earned run average (4.00) and fielding percentage (.972) ... Stanford's 46-17 record is one game behind the team's 47-16 mark through 63 games in 2001 ...Stanford has set a new school season record with 70 double plays turned ... Stanford's senior class has compiled a record of 197-65 (.752) during its collegiate career.
A CLOSER LOOK AT STANFORD'S 4-3 WIN OVER NOTRE DAME IN CWS OPENER
Stanford 4, Notre Dame 3 (June 15, 2002) - Stanford held on for a 4-3 win over Notre Dame in its first game of the 2002 College World Series in front of 21,919. Jeremy Guthrie tossed his sixth complete game of the year and his second in the postseason, scattering 10 hits and striking out five with only one walk. Stanford's offense scored twice in the bottom of the first inning to take a 2-0 lead on a two-RBI single by Jason Cooper. Stanford increased its lead to 3-0 in the fourth inning when Arik VanZandt singled with two outs and scored on an RBI triple by Chris Carter. Sam Fuld gave the Cardinal an insurance run it would eventually need with a two-out solo homer in the sixth. Notre Dame cut Stanford's four-run lead to 4-3 in the top of the seventh on a three-run homer by Javier Sanchez with one out before Guthrie recovered to record the final eight outs and got out of an eighth inning jam after Notre Dame put runners on first and second base with one out.
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BATTERIES: Notre Dame - Johnson, Kalita (6), Gagne (8) and O'Toole. Stanford - Guthrie and Garko. HRs: Stanford - Fuld (7th, solo in 6th). Notre Dame - Sanchez (5th, 3-run in 7th).
A CLOSER LOOK AT STANFORD'S 8-7 LOSS TO TEXAS IN ITS SECOND CWS GAME
Texas 8, Stanford 7 (June 17, 2002) - Texas (55-15) held off a furious late rally by Stanford (46-17) for an 8-7 victory in a second round CWS winners' bracket game. J.D. Reininger (2-3, HR, 4 RBI) homered and drove in four runs to lead the Texas offense, while Sam Fuld (3-5, RBI) had his 37th multiple-hit game of the season for the Cardinal. Stanford trailed 7-2 before scoring twice in the top of the sixth and seventh innings, and once more in the ninth to nearly pull off the comeback. Texas starter Alan Bomer (11-3) earned the win as the first of four Longhorn pitchers. Bomer scattered six hits and four runs over the first 6.0 innings. Huston Street pitched the final 2.0 innings to earn his 12th save of the season. Tim Cunningham suffered the loss for the Cardinal, giving up seven runs on five hits and four walks over the first 3.2 innings. Ryan McCally kept the Cardinal in the game with the longest postseason outing of his career, limiting the Longhorns to a run and two hits over the final 4.1 innings. Omar Quintanilla (2-4, RBI) and Tim Moss (2-4, SB) both added two hits for Texas as Moss picked up his 40th theft of the campaign. Ryan Garko (2-4, 2 RBI) and Chris Carter (2-5) had multiple-hit games for the Cardinal. Stanford tied a College World Series single-game record with three sacrifice flies, while O'Riordan tied an individual CWS mark with his two sacrifice flies.
Stanford............ 000 202 201 - 7 9 1Texas............... 201 401 00x - 8 7 2
Win-Bomer(11-3) Loss-Cunningham(10-3) Save-Street(12) T-2:44 A-24971
BATTERIES: Stanford - Cunningham, McCally (4) and Garko. Texas - Bomer, Merle (7), Jordan (7), Street (8) and Hubele. HRs: Texas - Ontiveros (19th, solo in 2nd), Reininger (13th, 2-run in 4th).
STANFORD VERSUS 2002 COLLEGE WORLD SERIES FIELD
Stanford leads the all-time series (since Mark Marquess began coaching in 1977) versus the remaining two teams in its bracket. Stanford leads Texas (13-10-1) and Notre Dame (2-0). The Cardinal also leads the all-time series since 1977 against two of the three teams remaining in Bracket One with a 3-1 lead over South Carolina and a 2-0 advantage over Clemson. Stanford and Georgia Tech have not played in the Marquess era. Stanford defeated Texas in two-of-three games in its only regular season action against a team in the CWS field this season.
STANFORD BASEBALL 2001 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS REVIEW
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 one-run 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 two wins over Cal State Fullerton (5-2, 10 inn.; 4-1) to advance to the CWS final.
STANFORD JUMPS TWO SPOTS TO NO. 5 IN BASEBALL AMERICA POLL
Stanford jumped two spots to No. 5 in the latest Baseball America poll released June 10, four days prior to the start of the College World Series. Stanford swept all five games in NCAA Regional and Super Regional action. Stanford currently ranks No. 5 (Collegiate Baseball) and No. 8 (Baseball Weekly/ESPN - final regular season poll) in the other major national polls. Stanford began the season as the nation's unanimous No. 1 team and stayed on top of the Baseball America poll for the first seven weeks of the year before falling out of the top spot for the first time on April 1. Stanford spent two weeks (4/9 - 4/16) last year as the nation's unanimous No. 1 team and six weeks as Baseball America's top team (3/12 - 4/16) before finishing the year at No. 2 in all four polls. Stanford has been ranked No. 1 at one point during each of the past six years (including 2002). Stanford's poll history includes a run as 'king of the polls' in 1998 when the team held the top spot in the Baseball America poll for the entire regular season (a record 14 consecutive weeks). Stanford's third round CWS opponent Notre Dame is currently ranked No. 6 by Baseball America and No. 8 by Collegiate Baseball. The Fighting Irish was ranked 16th in the final regular season poll by Baseball Weekly/ESPN.
STANFORD FALLS TO 12-4 AGAINST RANKED OPPONENTS
Stanford fell to 12-4 versus ranked opponents when the Cardinal lost 8-7 to No. 2 Texas in the second round of the CWS. Stanford had started its season with six straight wins over ranked teams in the NCAA Regionals, Super Regionals and College World Series with victories over No. 25 Cal State Fullerton, No. 22 Long Beach State (twice), No. 14 USC (twice) and No. 6 Notre Dame. During the regular season, Stanford won two-of-three games against then No. 15 Cal State Fullerton in its first series of the season (2/1 - 2/3) before picking up two-of-three wins at then No. 6 Florida State the following Friday-Sunday (2/8 - 2/10). Stanford then won two-of-three over then No. 16 Texas (3/28 - 3/30) in its final regular season games against a ranked team.
PITCHING AND DEFENSE THE NAME OF THE GAME IN POSTSEASON
Stanford has improved its pitching and defense in the 2002 postseason. The Cardinal has posted a 3.27 ERA after putting up a 4.10 mark in 56 regular season contests. The team has also fielded at a .976 clip in the postseason after fielding .971 during the regular season. However, the team has struggled offensively with a .270 batting average hitting .325 in the regular season.
STANFORD WINS 14 OF 16 REGULAR SEASON SERIES
Stanford won 14 of its 16 series during the 2002 regular season. The Cardinal opened the season by winning two-of-three games in its first four series versus Cal State Fullerton (2/1 - 2/3), at Florida State (2/8 - 2/10), at Fresno State (2/15 - 2/18) and versus Santa Clara (2/22 - 2/24). The Cardinal then swept two of its next three series versus Cal Poly (3/1 - 3/3) and at USC (3/23 - 3/24), while splitting the sweeps with two-of-three wins at California (3/8 - 3/10). Stanford then won two-of-three in three more series versus Texas (3/28 - 3/30), at Arizona (4/5 - 4/7) and versus USC (4/12 - 4/14) before finally being beaten in a series for the first time in 2002 with losses in two-of-three games at Washington (4/19 - 4/21). The Cardinal lost two-of-three games again the following weekend at Oregon State (4/26 - 4/28) before rebounding with a sweep versus California (5/3 - 5/5) in the first series of May. Stanford finished the campaign by winning two-of-three versus Arizona State (5/10 - 5/12) and at UCLA (5/17 - 5/19) before sweeping Washington State (5/24 - 5/26) to end the regular season. The Cardinal was 14-2 in series openers, 8-8 in middle games of series and 12-4 in series finales.
TOP OF THE PAC
Stanford (16-8 Pac-10) finished in second place in the final regular season Pac-10 standings, one game behind league champion and Super Regional opponent USC (17-7 Pac-10). The second place finish put Stanford among the top two in the conference standings (includes Pac-10 Southern Division) for the ninth straight year and the 20th time in the last 22 years with the only blemishes over that time period a fourth place finish in 1989 and a sixth place showing in 1993.
HAPPY AT HOME
Stanford finished its 2002 home season with a 29-4 mark at Sunken Diamond, while managing just a 16-12 mark on the road. Stanford won its final nine home games and 16 of its last 17 on The Farm. The Cardinal is just 5-7 in its last 12 road games and lost two-of-three games in back-to-back Pac-10 road series at Washington (4/19 - 4/21) and Oregon State (4/26 - 4/28). Stanford is 1-1 in neutral site games, both played at the 2002 College World Series.
STANFORD FINISHES REGULAR SEASON WITH HOME SERIES WIN STREAK AT 22
Stanford won its 22nd straight regular season series at Sunken Diamond by sweeping Washington State (5/24 - 5/26) in its final regular season series of 2002. The last team to win a regular season series against Stanford at Sunken Diamond was USC with two-of-three wins from April 16-18, 1999. Stanford has won 33 of its last 37 regular season series overall.
CARDINAL PICKS UP EIGHTH STRAIGHT 40-WIN YEAR, RETAINS HOPES FOR 50 WINS
Stanford picked up its eighth straight 40-win season by recording its 40th win in the regular season finale versus Washington State (5/26). The last time Stanford didn't win 40 games was when the club finished 27-28 in 1993. Stanford is four wins away from its fourth straight 50-win campaign (and third national title). Stanford's 8-7 loss to Texas (6/17) made it mathematically possible to reach 50 wins. A win over the Longhorns would have limited the Cardinal to a maximum of 49 victories.
Stanford has trailed before coming back to win in 20 of its 46 victories this season -- (vs. Cal State Fullerton, 2/1, 2/2; at Florida State, 2/9, vs. Santa Clara, 2/22, 2/24; at Cal, 3/8, vs. Texas, 3/28; at Arizona, 4/5; at USC, 3/23 - Game 1; vs. San Jose State, 4/9; vs. USC, 4/11; vs. Saint Mary's, 4/16; at Washington, 4/20; vs. Sacramento State, 4/24; vs. California, 5/3, 5/4, 5/5; vs. Washington State, 5/25; vs. Cal State Fullerton, 5/31; vs. USC, 6/8).
STANFORD LEADS PAC-10 IN THREE MAJOR TEAM CATEGORIES
Stanford leads the Pac-10 in the three major team categories -- batting average (.319), earned run average (4.00) and fielding percentage (.972).
JEREMY GUTHRIE NAMED GOLDEN SPIKES AWARD FINALIST
Jeremy Guthrie has been named one of five national finalists for the prestigious Golden Spikes Award. The winner of the award will be announced in a live television broadcast on July 9, 2002 (check your local listings). The other finalists are Russ Adams (North Carolina, Jr., INF), Jeff Baker (Clemson, Jr., INF), Bobby Brownlie (Jr., RHP) and Khalil Greene (Clemson, Sr., INF).
GUTHRIE LEADS ALL-LEAGUE SELECTIONS AS PAC-10 PITCHER OF THE YEAR
Jeremy Guthrie led six Stanford players selected to the All-Pac-10 team by being named Pitcher of the Year, giving Stanford its sixth Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year in the last nine seasons. Five other Cardinal players -- Jason Cooper, Sam Fuld, Ryan Garko, Chris O'Riordan and Carlos Quentin -- earned All-Pac-10 honors. Tim Cunningham, John Hudgins and Andy Topham were named honorable mention.
SLAMMIN' SAMMY MOVES TO WITHIN TWO HITS OF SINGLE-SEASON RECORD
Sam Fuld, the club's hottest hitter in the second half of the regular season, broke out of a 2-for-25 slump by recording his 37th multiple-hit game and 12th three-hit contest versus Texas (6/17) after picking up hits in three of his final four at bats. Fuld now has 106 hits on the season and moved to within two hits of Stanford's single-season record of 108 co-held by Troy Paulsen (1990) and Mike Dotterer (1981). Prior to the slump, Fuld had posted a stretch of 22 multiple-hit games in 25 contests, hitting .509 (56-110) over the period. Fuld also remains on top of Stanford's career batting average list with a .366 lifetime mark (187-511). In addition, Fuld paces the club with 20 doubles, 284 at bats (fifth on Stanford's single-season list) and 150 total bases. He was also Stanford's top hitter in Pac-10 action with a .425 batting average (45-106) in 24 conference games. Fuld led the team in Pac-10 action in hits (45), RBI (27), runs scored (31), doubles (8, co-leader), triples (2, co-leader), total bases (69) and stolen bases (7).
RYAN GARKO, JASON COOPER AND CARLOS QUENTIN ALL REACH 10 HR, 50 RBI
Ryan Garko, Jason Cooper and Carlos Quentin have all reached the 10 home run and 50 RBI marks this season. Garko leads the club with 14 homers, while co-leading the club along with Cooper with 55 RBI with Quentin close behnd at 53. Cooper is just one homer behind Garko with 13 and Quentin has 11.
CHRIS O'RIORDAN EXTENDS GAMES STARTED STREAK TO 174
Chris O'Riordan has extended his string of consecutive games started at second base to 174. O'Riordan also had a couple of other notable streaks earlier this season, hitting safely in a career-high 12 straight games (4/5 - 4/21) and reaching base in 38 straight contests (2/1 - 4/21) before having both streaks snapped when he went 0-for-4 without reaching base at Oregon State (4/26). O'Riordan has reached base in 60 of 63 games and hit safely in 53.
REGULAR STARTING PITCHING ROTATION NOW 32-5 WITH 3.62 ERA
Stanford's regular starting pitching rotation of Jeremy Guthrie (13-1, 2.38, 151.1 IP, 130 SO), Tim Cunningham (10-3, 4.26, 112.0 IP, 67 SO) and John Hudgins (9-1, 4.80, 99.1 IP, 62 SO) and is now a combined 32-5 with a 3.62 ERA this season.
RUNNING OVER THE OPPOSITION
Stanford has more than doubled its opponents stolen base total this season with 76 thefts compared to 36 for its opponents. Brian Hall leads the club with 14 stolen bases and is a perfect 14-for-14 this season. Carlos Quentin (11), Arik VanZandt (10), Andy Topham (9) and Sam Fuld (8) all have eight or more stolen bases to their credit.
BIG INNING BONANZA
Stanford has scored five or more runs in an inning 26 times in 2002, most recently with a five-run rally in the fifth inning of the NCAA Regional championship game versus Long Beach State (6/2). Following is a complete list of all 26 innings in which the Cardinal has scored five or more runs ... Cal State Fullerton (2/2, 17-1, 9 runs in 4th) ... at Florida State (2/8, 9-3, 7 runs in 1st) ... at Florida State (2/9, 15-11, 5 runs in 5th, 5 runs in 8th) ... Brigham Young (2/12, 8-1, 5 runs in 5th) ... at Santa Clara (2/23, 9-13, 6 runs in 1st) ... Cal Poly (3/2, 18-5, 8 runs in 2nd, 6 runs in 6th) ... Cal Poly (3/3, 7 runs in 2nd) ... California (3/8, 15-4, 7 runs in 7th, 8 runs in 8th) ... at USC (3/23 - Game 1, 9-6, 5 runs in 6th) ... Texas (3/28, 7-6 in 10 innings, 5 runs in 9th) ... at Arizona (4/6, 19-1, 7 runs in 7th) ... at Arizona (4/7, 13-15, 7 runs in 2nd) ... USC (4/14, 15-4, 6 runs in 7th) ... Saint Mary's (4/16, 19-2, 5 runs in 7th, 8 runs in 8th) ... California (5/4, 13-6, 7 runs in 6th, 6 runs in 8th) ... at Santa Clara (5/7, 13-2, 6 runs in 5th) ... at UCLA (5/19, 17-4, 6 runs in 9th) ... Washington State (5/24, 10-0, 5 runs in 2nd) ... Washington State (5/25, 11-3, 6 runs in 7th) ... Washington State (5/26, 8-2, 5 runs in 8th) ... Long Beach State (6/2, 8-4, 5 runs in 5th).
STANFORD HAS SUFFERED ONLY ONE LOSING STREAK IN 2002
Stanford's only losing streak of the season came when the Cardinal dropped the first two games at Oregon State (4/26 - 4/27). Stanford has won 18 of its 23 games after the two consecutive losses.
UPDATING THE SCHOOL RECORD BOOK
Team Season Records: Double Plays (70, 1st); Fielding Percentage (.972, 2nd-T); Batting Average (.319, 3rd); Doubles (142, 4th); Total Bases (1172, 4th), Home Runs (85, 5th)
Individual Career Records: Batting Average - Sam Fuld (.366, 1st), Chris O'Riordan (.351, 7th-T); Strikeouts Per 9 Innings - Darin Naatjes (10.55, 2nd), Dan Rich (10.33, 3rd); Won-Loss Percentage - Jeremy Guthrie (.839, 26-5, 7th); Saves - Ryan McCally (11, 8th-T); Wins - Jeremy Guthrie (26, 8th-T); Hits - Chris O'Riordan (259, 10th-T); Doubles - Chris O'Riordan (48, 10th-T)
Individual Season Records: Hit-by-Pitch - Carlos Quentin (18, 2nd-T), Chris O'Riordan (16, 5th-T), Ryan Garko (14, 8th-T); Innings Pitched - Jeremy Guthrie (151.1, 3rd-T); Won-Loss Percentage - Jeremy Guthrie (.929, 13-1, 4th), John Hudgins (.900, 9-1, 8th-T); Hits - Sam Fuld (106, 4th); At Bats - Sam Fuld (284, 5th); Wins - Jeremy Guthrie (13, 7th-T); Strikeouts - Jeremy Guthrie (130, 8th); Saves - Ryan McCally (7, 9th-T)
STANFORD BASEBALL HISTORY
Stanford's storied baseball program has had many highlights as the program is in its 109th season with an all-time record of 2325-1465-32 (.613). The Cardinal won NCAA titles in 1987 and 1988 before returning to the CWS championship game in each of the last two years (2000, 2001). The program has had winning seasons in 37 of its last 38 campaigns and 54 of its last 56 seasons, has recorded three straight 50-win seasons for the first time in school history (1999-2001) and has reached the 40-win mark in eight consecutive campaigns (1995-2002). Just a few of the other highlights have included 14 College World Series appearances, 18 conference titles and 23 NCAA Tournament berths. Stanford has boasted 43 All-Americans who have earned a total of 57 All-American honors. Stanford has also garnered three NCAA Player of the Year choices in Jeff Austin (1998), David McCarty (1991) and Steve Dunning (1970). Other numbers for the Cardinal Baseball program include 99 All-Conference players earning a total of 127 All-Conference honors, 57 major league players and 13 first round draft picks in the last 16 years.
Stanford's team batting average currently sits at a Pac-10 high .319 and has been at .315 or higher all season. Stanford has had a pair of season-high-tying 19-run games in a 19-2 win versus Saint Mary's (4/16) and a 19-1 win at Arizona (4/6) with a season-high 26 hits in the latter. Stanford has scored double-digit runs 19 times and is averaging 7.9 runs per game. The team also has double-digit hits in 42 of its 63 games. The Cardinal has hit 85 homers, fifth on the school's all-time list. Sam Fuld leads the club in batting average (.374), hits (106), doubles (20), total bases (153) and at bats (284). Fuld broke out of a 2-for-25 slump by picking up hits in three of his final four at bats in his most recent game versus Texas (5/27). Fuld had been on an incredible tear before his recent slump, going 57-119 (.479) with 22 multiple-hit games over a 25-game stretch. Ryan Garko leads the team in homers (14), runs scored (66), bases on balls (37) and on-base percentage (.430), while co-leading the team along with Jason Cooper with 55 RBI. Cooper leads the club in slugging percentage (.618). Carlos Quentin leads the team in triples (4) and hit-by-pitches (18). Brian Hall leads the club with 14 stolen bases in 14 attempts. Scott Dragicevich (.354), Cooper (.350), Chris O'Riordan (.329), Arik VanZandt (.321), Garko (.318) and Quentin (.308) are other regulars hitting above .300. Cooper had the team's longest hit streak of the season (15 games, 2/15 - 3/28), while Chris Carter's nine-game streak (5/19 - 6/17) is the team's longest current streak.
Stanford has posted a Pac-10 best 4.00 ERA through 63 games. Stanford's regular starting rotation of Jeremy Guthrie (13-1, 2.38, 151.1 IP, 130 SO), Tim Cunningham (10-3, 4.26, 112.0 IP, 67 SO) and John Hudgins (9-1, 4.80, 99.1 IP, 62 SO) is a combined 32-5 with a 3.62 ERA. Guthrie paces the club and the Pac-10 in victories, ERA, innings pitched, strikeouts and complete games (6) as he has finished six of his last eight starts. Guthrie (at UCLA, 5/17) and Hudgins (at Oregon State, 4/28) have one shutout each. Guthrie has the team's longest performance of the year with a career-high 13.0 inning complete game pitched versus Cal State Fullerton in the opening game of the NCAA Regional to lead the Cardinal to a 3-2 win. He has had the team's highest strikeout total with 13 at UCLA (5/17). Ryan McCally (4-3, 3.72, 7 SV, 48.1 IP, 38 SO) leads the club with seven saves, while Dan Rich (2-2, 2.70, 5 SV, 33.1 IP, 39 SO) has recorded three of his five saves in the postseason. Darin Naatjes (4-0, 2.53, 2 SV, 21.1 IP, 25 SO), Jonny Dyer (2-0, 4.38, 12.1 IP, 8 SO), David O'Hagan (0-0, 5.11, 12.1 IP, 8 SO), Drew Ehrlich (0-2, 5.45, 2 SV, 39.2 IP, 40 SO), J.D. Willcox (2-1, 6.00, 15.0 IP, 6 SO) and Mark Jecmen (0-4, 8.26, 28.1 IP, 19 SO) are also in the pen.
Stanford leads the Pac-10 with a .972 fielding percentage, tied for its highest mark of the year and tied for second in school history only .005 percentage points below last year's .977 school record and nation's best mark. Stanford has been errorless in 21 contests this year, including its CWS opener versus Notre Dame. Ryan Garko leads the club with 388 putouts, while Chris O'Riordan has a team-high 207 assists. The Cardinal has broken the single-season school record with 70 double plays, including a season-high four at Fresno State (2/18). Arik VanZandt posted a career-high and team season-best 18 putouts at Arizona (4/6). Andy Topham had a career-high and team-best 11 assists versus Cal State Fullerton (5/31).
STANFORD HEAD COACH MARK MARQUESS
One of the nation's premier collegiate coaches, Mark Marquess is in his 26th season at the helm of Stanford Baseball in 2002. The 1969 Stanford graduate has led the Cardinal to two NCAA titles (1987, '88) and two other CWS title game appearances (2000, '01), as well as 12 College World Series appearances (1982, '83, '85, '87, '88, '90, '95, '97, '99, 2000, '01, '02), 12 NCAA Regional titles (1982, '83, '85, '87, '88, '90, '95, '97, '99, 2000, '01, '02), 10 Pac-10 or Pac-10 Southern Division regular season titles (1983, '84, '85, '87, '90, '94, '97, '98, '99, 2000) and four NCAA Super Regional championships (1999, 2000, '01, '02). The Cardinal has qualified for the NCAA Tournament 20 times under Marquess. He began the 2002 season ranked 12th in victories and 16th in winning percentage among active Division I baseball coaches, while ranking 23rd on the all-time victory list and 42nd on the all-time winning percentage list. He has been named NCAA Coach of the Year three times (1985, '87, '88) and has received Pac-10 or Pac-10 Southern Division Coach of the Year honors on eight occasions (1983, '85, '87, '90, '94, '97, '98, '99). Marquess has a career record of 1092-532-5 (.672), all at Stanford. He has a career record of 28-19 (.596) in the College World Series and is 94-42 (.691) all-time in the postseason. Marquess coached his 1600th game at Stanford this season in a 19-2 win over Saint Mary's (4/16). Last year, he became the 23rd coach in the history of NCAA Division I baseball to reach the 1000-win mark with a 6-2 victory over Florida State in a game played on February 9, 2001. The Cardinal has posted winning seasons 25 times in 26 years under his leadership and has finished either first or second in the prestigious Pacific-10 (formerly Pac-10 Southern Division) 20 times in the last 22 years. Stanford has had 104 professional baseball draft picks in the past 18 seasons, including 13 first round selections in the last 16 years. A member of the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame, Marquess was the head coach of the 1988 United States Olympic baseball team that captured the gold medal. Marquess was also an accomplished football and baseball standout on The Farm and is a member of the Stanford Athletic Hall of Fame. He is one of only six collegiate baseball head coaches to have both played and coached in the College World Series. Marquess was the starting first baseman and a First Team All-American on Stanford's 1967 College World Series squad and played four seasons of minor league baseball with the Chicago White Sox organization.
COMMENTS FROM MARK MARQUESS
(on his team's chances to fight back through the loser's bracket)
'We've got a lot more problems than just Texas. We've got to get by Notre Dame. We'll have our hands full with them. Notre Dame is playing very well. Hopefully, we can bounce back and get a chance to win versus Notre Dame and play Texas again.'
(on his pitching for the rest of the CWS)
'Tomorrow, we'll start John Hudgins and we won't save anybody for Thursday because there is a day off on Wednesday. I'll throw everybody I have to tomorrow and then count noses on Thursday.'
(On this team's senior leadership)
'They help the team a lot because they lead by example with their work ethic in practice and the way they play the game.'
(On the Texas loss in the second CWS game)
'This was a tough game. It's tough to beat a quality team like Texas. We gave them way too much, too many base on balls, a couple of hit batsmen. A credit to them that they got timely hits when we gave them those runners. That was the difference in the game. They also did a good job of pitching. They won some big spots, and we didn't. They just beat us in all phases of the game. They got timely hitting. I was very impressed with them. We got behind and battled back, I was pleased with that. We hung in there and left the tying run on base in the ninth, but again they came up with the big pitch. It was a good game. You just can't give Texas that many free baserunners. It came back to hurt us as it would with any team. We just gave them too much, and they took advantage of it.'
STANFORD COACHING STAFF
Dean Stotz is in his 26th campaign with Stanford Baseball and his third season as associate head coach after he was promoted to the position prior to the 2000 campaign. Stotz served for 23 years as an assistant. Stotz currently coaches third base while also handling various offensive and defensive aspects of the game. Tom Kunis (3rd season) handles the Cardinal pitching staff, while Dave Nakama (3rd season) returns as an assistant coach after three seasons as the head coach at San Francisco State. Nakama, also a Cardinal assistant in 1997 and 1998, assists with all aspects of the game and serves as Stanford's first base coach.