Stanford, Texas More About Mutual Respect Than Hard-Nose Rivalry

June 19, 2002

Omaha, Neb. (AP) - There is nothing more for Texas to know about Stanford orStanford to know about Texas.

'I think we do have a rivalry with them. They're a great ballclub, one of the elite programs in the nation. '
Texas catcher Ryan Hubele

Ten games in a span of 15 months have provided all the education either teamneeds heading into Thursday's semifinal at the College World Series.

'Now it comes down to baseball,' Longhorns catcher Ryan Hubele said.

Hubele sees it as a plus when teams know each other as well as these two.

'We're familiar with their team. They're familiar with us. It just comesdown to baseball. You take all the variables out, what you don't know about theother team, their pitchers, their hitters. You throw it all out and it's justabout baseball,' he said.

Stanford holds a 6-4 edge in the recent series. The Cardinal beat Texas in last year's regional at Palo Alto, Calif.

The Longhorns won one of three regular-season meetings this season but beatthe Cardinal 8-7 Monday in the second round of this CWS. Texas led 7-2 afterfour innings and had to hold on.

Stanford rebounded with a 5-3 victory over Notre Dame on Tuesday in anelimination game to set up the semifinal rematch. If Texas wins, the Longhornsadvance to Saturday's championship game. A victory by Stanford would force adecisive matchup between the two on Friday.

Stanford's Sam Fuld celebrates his first-inning two-run home run against Notre Dame.

Another game with Texas was OK with Cardinal center fielder Sam Fuld. He hit.500 against the Longhorns in the three regular-season meetings and was 3-for-5against Texas on Monday.

'They provide great competition for us, so any time you get that, I don'tthink you get tired of it,' he said.

Texas coach Augie Garrido said it will be a game of mutual respect, the typeof rivalry college baseball needs to see more often.

'I think we do have a rivalry with them,' Hubele said. 'They're a greatballclub, one of the elite programs in the nation. We're up there also. Anytime you can hook up with them, it's a good matchup. We've had competitivegames every time we meet them.'

Hubele and Fuld also will be renewing a friendship. They played on Team USAlast summer along with Texas' Omar Quintanilla and Stanford's Tim Cunninghamand Carlos Quentin.

'They provide great competition for us, so any time you get that, I don't think you get tired of it.'
Stanford's center fielder Sam Fuld

'Those are great guys. I don't get to talk with them too much. Wheneverwe're on the ball field I talk to them,' Hubele said. 'But as soon as theystep on the field and the competition starts, I want to beat them that day.

'Any time you play a team like Stanford it is a great challenge,' Hubelesaid. 'And anytime we've played them, it's been a great game. Every time weplay them we look forward to the challenge.'

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