Stanford And Long Beach State In Super Regional Friday-Sunday

June 2, 2003

No. 7 Long Beach State (41-18)


No. 4 Stanford (44-15)

*Friday, June 6, 7:05 pm - LHP Abe Alvarez (11-1, 2.41) vs. RHP John Hudgins (10-3, 3.33)
*^Saturday, June 7, 5:05 pm - RHP Jered Weaver (14-3, 1.99) vs. LHP Mark Romanczuk (11-0, 3.49)
*^#Sunday, June 8, 3:05 pm - LHP Cesar Ramos (6-4, 2.85) vs. TBA
*ESPN College Grand Slam Package; ^ESPN2 Regional; #If necessary
Broadcast Information: All three Stanford-Long Beach State games in the 2003 NCAA Super Regional will be televised live by ESPN as part of the ESPN College Grand Slam Package ... The games on Saturday and Sunday (if necessary) will also be aired regionally on ESPN2 ... An audio broadcast of all three games will also be available on the air at KZSU (90.1 FM) as well as online at ... Chad Goldberg and Sam Stefanki will be on the microphones ... Live stats for all three games will also be available at and
Ticket Information: All session passes for the NCAA Super Regional at Sunken Diamond are on sale at the Stanford Ticket Office or by calling 1-800-STANFORD. The Stanford Ticket Office hours are 9 am - 4 pm, PT (Monday - Friday). All session ticket prices are $40 (Reserved), $30 (Adult General Admission) and $20 (Child/Senior/Student General Admission). Single game tickets will be available on the day of the game only. Prices for single game tickets are $15 (Reserved), $12 (General Admission Adult) and $8 (Child/Senior/Students General Admission).

Stanford will be hosting Long Beach State this Friday-Saturday, June 6-8, in one of eight NCAA Super Regionals across the nation running Friday-Monday, June 6-9. The winner of each of the eight Super Regionals will advance to the 2003 College World Series running from June 13-23 in Omaha, Nebraska. A Stanford victory over Long Beach State would extend the Cardinal's school record string of consecutive trips to Omaha to five. Stanford is hosting a Super Regional for the fifth consecutive season after sweeping through three games of an NCAA Regional at Sunken Diamond last Friday-Sunday. The Cardinal opened its Regional with a 9-2 victory over Illinois-Chicago last Friday before a 13-6 win over UC Riverside on Saturday and a 19-6 victory over Richmond in Sunday's championship game. Long Beach State also swept through its Regional with a 6-1 victory over Pepperdine last Friday before identical 7-2 wins over Washington on Saturday and Sunday. Stanford and Long Beach State last met in a pair of NCAA Regional games at Sunken Diamond in 2002 with the Cardinal coming up with a 5-4 win in Saturday's winners' bracket game and an 8-4 victory in Sunday's first championship contest. Stanford has won seven in a row and 16 of its past 17 games, while Long Beach State has won four in a row after suffering through a stretch with four losses in five games.

Stanford and Long Beach State are two of 16 Regional winners, while the Cardinal is one of eight Super Regional hosts and the No. 6 national seed for the 2003 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship. The winners of the eight Super Regionals, all to be televised by ESPN/ESPN2 for the first time, advance to the 57th College World Series to be held June 13-23 at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, Nebraska. The CWS championship format has changed this year with the two bracket winners playing a best-of-three series for the national title.

Stanford has been victorious in all four of its appearances in NCAA Super Regionals and has never lost a Super Regional since the format began in 1999. 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). In 2001, 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. Last year, the Cardinal swept USC in a pair of tight games, 4-2 and 5-3. All told, Stanford has an 8-2 record in 10 Super Regional games.

Stanford is two wins away from extending its school record string of trips to the College World series to five ... Stanford is also looking to make its 15th trip to Omaha overall ... Stanford won CWS titles in 1987 and 1988, while finishing as the runner-up in 2000 and 2001 ... Stanford also made bracket finals in the other two years (1999, 2002) during its current string of four consecutive appearances in Omaha ... Stanford is making its 24th appearance in the NCAA Tournament ... Stanford has won 14 Regionals overall, including 10 of the 12 and four straight Regionals played at Sunken Diamond ... Stanford has won nine straight Regional games over the past three years after a 4-3 loss to Texas on May 26, 2001 ... The Cardinal has won three straight Super Regional games ... Stanford is 24-4 in Regional and Super Regional games since the new Super Regional format began in 1999 ... 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 postseason record of 106-51 (.675).

Stanford roared through its Regional with consecutive victories over Illinois-Chicago (9-2), UC Riverside (13-6) and Richmond (19-6) last Friday-Sunday. The 41 runs scored by the Cardinal were just three off the school's Regional scoring record of 44 established in six games at the 1995 NCAA Midwest Regional in Wichita, Kansas. The Cardinal came within one run of its three-game Regional scoring record of 42 runs set by the 1982 team at the NCAA West I Regional in Fresno. Carlos Quentin (3-4, HR, RBI) led the Cardinal in its opening 9-2 win over Illinois-Chicago, while Regional MVP Ryan Garko (2-3, 2 RBI), Donny Lucy (2-5, 2B, RBI) and Jed Lowrie (2-4, RBI) also had a pair of hits. Ryan McCally struck out a career-high 10 batters and pitched just his second career complete game, scattering eight hits and two runs (one earned). Stanford fell behind 4-1 to UC Riverside in the first inning last Saturday before roaring back for a 13-6 win over the Highlanders. Garko (3-5, 2B, HR, 2 RBI), Lowrie (3-5, RBI), Jonny Ash (3-5, 2B, RBI) and Sam Fuld (3-5, 2 2B, SB) had three hits each, while Chris Carter (2-3, HR, 2 RBI) and Danny Putnam both homered and drove in a pair of runs. On Sunday, Garko (3-5, 2 HR, 5 RBI) led the way by blasting two homers and driving in five runs. Ash (3-4, 2B, 3 RBI) also had his second straight three-hit game, while Putnam blasted his first career grandslam. Quentin (2-4, HR, 3 RBI) homered and picked up three hits, while Carter (2-3, 2B, RBI), Brian Hall (2-5, 2B, 2 RBI, SB) and Tobin Swope (2-6) added a pair of hits each.

Stanford reached a bracket final at the College World Series before falling, 6-5, to eventual national champion Texas. Stanford won its first game in Omaha over Notre Dame, 4-3, before a suffering an 8-7 loss to Texas in its second contest. The Cardinal came back to Notre Dame again, 5-3, and eliminate the Irish before being eliminated in the bracket final by the Longhorns. Stanford reached the College World Series by winning five consecutive games in Regional and Super Regional action. The postseason started with a classic as the Cardinal outlasted Cal State Fullerton, 3-2 in 13 innings, in the Regional opener. Stanford then had a 5-4 win over Long Beach State to advance to the Regional championship game and beat the 49ers again, 8-4, after they had won an elimination game to reach the championship contest. In the Super Regional, the Cardinal swept a pair of games over USC (4-2, 5-3). Sam Fuld earned All-CWS honors for the second straight year, become the first Stanford player to do so. Jeremy Guthrie was named the Most Outstanding Player at the NCAA Regional, while Chris Carter, Scott Dragicevich, Ryan Garko, Chris O'Riordan and Andy Topham were named All-Regional.

Stanford has won seven straight games and 16 of its last 17 overall ... Stanford won its first outright Pac-10 title since 1999 (Stanford shared the Pac-10 crown with Arizona State and UCLA in 2000) by finishing with an 18-6 conference record after winning eight of its last nine conference games and posting an 11-1 road record in Pac-10 play ... Stanford has won 19 conference championships (17 Pac-10, includes Southern Division and shared titles) in school history and has finished either first or second in the conference 21 times in the last 23 years ... Stanford has secured its school-record ninth consecutive 40-win season and is seven wins from its fourth 50-win campaign in the last five years ... Stanford has been among the nation's top five teams in all four major national polls for each of the last three weeks and is currently ranked No. 3 by Collegiate Baseball, No. 4 by Baseball America and the NCBWA, and No. 5 by Sports Weekly/ESPN ... Stanford is hitting .323 as a team, which would rank second on the school's all-time single-season list, after posting a .407 batting average in the Regional ... Stanford's pitching staff has a 4.06 ERA and the lowest opponents' batting average in the Pac-10 (.246) ... Stanford won its final 14 regular season road games (3/23 - 5/11) to end the regular season with a 17-5 road mark ... Stanford is 27-10 at home.

Ryan Garko, the Pac-10 Co-Player of the Year and one of 10 Johnny Bench Award national semifinalists, is having a monster season as the team's leader in batting average (.418), homers (18), RBI (87), hits (94), total bases (168), slugging percentage (.747), multiple-hit games (30), multiple-RBI games (26), sacrifice flies (7) and extra-base hits (38) ... Garko is attempting to become just the sixth Stanford player ever to hit .400 or better and the first since David McCarty hit .420 in 1991 ... Garko was named the Most Outstanding Player at the 2003 NCAA Regional after hitting .615 (8-13) with three homers, nine RBI, eight runs scored and a 1.385 slugging percentage ... Garko is hitting .500 (66-132) in his last 36 games with 14 homers and 62 RBI ... Garko hit .433 (39-90) with 10 homers and 39 RBI in 24 conference games ... Garko's 87 RBI has him in second place and just five RBI behind the 92 runs driven in by school record holder Rick Lundblade in 1985 ... Garko's 18 homers rank ninth on the school's single-season list ... Carlos Quentin, who was named one of five finalists for the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award on May 6 and one of 12 semifinalists for the Rotary Smith Award on May 16, leads the team in doubles (23), walks (33), hit-by-pitches (13) and on-base percentage (.482) ... Quentin's 23 doubles ranks third on the school's all-time list ... Quentin also ranks second on the team in batting average (.386), RBI (55), hits (88), stolen bases (10) and extra-base hits (34) ... Quentin has hit safely in 42 of his last 46 games (.409, 76-186) ... Sam Fuld has also been swinging a hot bat of late and has a current career-high 17-game hit streak (5/3 - 5/25, .385, 30-78) ... Fuld ranks tied for fourth on Stanford's all-time batting average list with a .356 career mark, while also ranking among Stanford's all-time leaders in triples (15, #4T), hits (278, #8) and doubles (51, #9) and triples (15, #4T) ... Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year John Hudgins (10-3, 3.33) leads the Pac-10 in innings pitched (132.1), strikeouts (112), starts (18) and complete games (6) ... Mark Romanczuk (11-0, 3.49) leads the Pac-10 with 11 victories and is attempting to become just the second pitcher in Stanford history with eight or more decisions and a perfect record ... Matt Manship leads the team with eight saves.

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