June 13, 2003
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Stanford will next play at the 2003 College World Series on Sunday, June 15 (6 pm, CT/4 pm, PT) versus the winner of Friday night's Cal State Fullerton-Louisiana State game (Game 2). Sunday's game will be broadcast live by ESPN2.
Stanford was swept in a three-game series at Cal State Fullerton earlier this season from January 31 - February 2 (L, 3-7; L, 2-10; L, 2-8) but beat the Titans the last time they met in postseason action with a 3-2, 13-inning victory in a Regional opener at Stanford on May 31, 2002. Stanford has also won the last two meetings between the teams at the College World Series, claiming a pair of victories on June 10 and 13, 2001 (W, 5-2, 10 inn; W, 4-1). Stanford leads the all-time series, 39-32.
Stanford and Louisiana State last played in the 2000 CWS championship game with LSU coming away with a dramatic 6-5 victory, scoring three times in the bottom of the eighth inning to tie the game at 5-5 before picking up the winning run in the bottom of the ninth. Louisiana State leads Stanford in the all-time series, 3-1, with the only Cardinal victory coming during Stanford's first CWS championship run with a 6-5, 10-inning win in an elimination game in Omaha on June 5, 1987. Louisiana State beat the Cardinal twice in the 1997 CWS on June 1 and 4 (L, 5-10; L, 9-13).
Should Stanford win on Sunday, it would advance to its fifth consecutive bracket final and next play on Wednesday, June 18 (1 pm, PT; ESPN2). Should the Cardinal lose on Sunday, it would next play in an elimination game on Tuesday, June 17 (1 pm, PT; ESPN).
Stanford improved to 47-15 overall by extending its win streak to a season-best 10 games and has won 19 of its last 20 games overall.
Stanford is a perfect 6-0 in 2003 postseason play, marking the second straight year the Cardinal has started the postseason with six consecutive victories. Last year, Stanford began the postseason 6-0 before falling 8-7 to eventual national champion Texas in a CWS winners' bracket game on June 17, 2002.
Stanford won its sixth straight CWS opener dating back to its last loss in a CWS opener versus Cal State Fullerton in 1995 (6-5).
Stanford won its sixth straight game versus a ranked team after starting the season 7-9 versus its 16 ranked opponents.
Stanford head coach Mark Marquess picked up his 101st career postseason victory (101-43) and his 30th College World Series victory (30-20).
Stanford improved to 4-1 all-time versus South Carolina and 3-1 in the postseason since 2001 versus the Gamecocks as the Cardinal took two-of-three in an NCAA Super Regional at Stanford from June 1-3, 2001.
Stanford improved to 109-51 all-time in NCAA postseason play and 34-24 in CWS action.
Stanford has outscored its opponents 58-17 in postseason action this year. The Cardinal is outhitting opponents .350 to .215 and has a 2.67 ERA, while opponents have put up an 8.82 ERA.
Stanford was 2-2 in stolen base attempts versus South Carolina on Friday and is 7-for-7 in the 2003 postseason.
Stanford has moved within three victories of recording its fourth 50-win season in the last five years.
John Hudgins (8.0 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 3 SO) and Kodiak Quick (1.0 IP, 1 BB) combined to throw Stanford's first shutout in 58 CWS games played by Stanford. The duo combined to throw the 92nd shutout in CWS history. The two-hitter was the 25th in CWS history. There have also been 11 one-hitters and two no-hitters.
Hudgins improved to 5-0 all-time in the nine postseason appearances and six starts, while lowering his career postseason ERA to 2.91.
Hudgins is 3-0 with a 2.42 ERA in three postseason starts this season, striking out 21 batters and walking just five batters in 26.0 innings as opponents are hitting just .189 against him.
Hudgins won his fifth consecutive start.
Hudgins has now pitched 11.0 consecutive scoreless innings and allowed just three earned runs in his last 26.0 innings after giving up four runs in the bottom of the first inning during his first 2003 postseason start in the Regional versus UC Riverside (5/31).
Hudgins now has 131 strikeouts on the season to move up a spot into ninth place on Stanford's single-season list.
Hudgins has now pitched 149.1 innings this season to rank fifth on Stanford's all-time single season list and is just 8.1 innings behind school record holder Jeremy Guthrie's 157.2 innings pitched in 2002.
Hudgins has pitched at least 6.0 innings in 18 of his 20 starts and gone 7.0 or more on 13 occasions.
Ryan Garko (2-3, 3 RBI) had three RBI and now has 91 this season to move within one RBI of the school's single-season record of 92 set by Rick Lundblade in 1985.
Garko also collected his 96th and 97th hits of the season to move into a tie for eighth place on Stanford's single-season list in that category.
Garko improved his all-time CWS batting average to .483 (14-29), adding two homers and eight RBI.
Garko's updated season average stands at .415 as he continues his attempt to become just the sixth Stanford player in school history to hit over .400 in a season and the first since David McCarty batted .420 in 1991.
Garko raised his career batting average to .352 (252-716), ranking tied for seventh on Stanford's all-time list. He also ranks among Stanford's all-time leaders in doubles (56, #6), RBI (190, #8) and home runs (39, #9).
Sam Fuld (3-4, 2B, SB) had three hits and now has 18 in his CWS career, moving into a tie for fifth-place on the career CWS hit list and just five shy of the CWS career record of 23 set by Keith Moreland of Texas from 1973-75. Fuld, the only Stanford player to have been named twice to an All-CWS team (2001, '02), now has a career .474 CWS batting average (18-38).
Fuld has an updated career batting average of .356 (282-793) to rank tied for fourth on the all-time list. Fuld also scored a pair of runs and now has 200 career runs (#9 all-time at Stanford). In addition, he ranks among the school's all-time leaders in hits (282, #6), doubles (52, #9) and triples (15, #4T). Fuld's updated 2003 season totals of 77 runs scored (#4T) and nine triples (#2T) rank among the school's single-season records.
Fuld's three-hit game was the 22nd of his career and his 87th career multiple-hit contest.
Danny Putnam (2-4, 2B, RBI), Jed Lowrie (1-4, RBI) and Tobin Swope (1-5) all had their first career CWS hits.
Garko and Putnam now co-lead the team with 13 RBI each in six postseason games. Garko and Quentin also both co-lead the team in the postseason with three homers, while Garko's .500 postseason batting average (11-22) tops the club.
Kodiak Quick made his postseason debut by pitching a scoreless ninth inning, allowing just one walk.
Friday's CWS game versus South Carolina was Stanford's first neutral site game of the season.
Garko was named a First Team All-American by the National Baseball Writers Association on Friday, while Quentin was selected to the organization's Third Team.
Jonny Ash (3-5, 2 RBI) tied a career-high with three hits, the ninth three-hit game of his career.