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2002 NCAA Regional Recaps

Stanford Advances To Super Regional With 8-4 Win Over Long Beach State
STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford (43-16) moved on to an NCAA Super Regional for the fourth straight year with an 8-4 victory over Long Beach State (39-21) in a Regional Final at Sunken Diamond on Sunday. Jason Cooper hit a key two-run homer to spark a five-run Cardinal fifth inning to snap a 2-2 tie and John Hudgins picked up his first career postseason win with a complete game, scattering 11 hits and four runs. Chris O'Riordan and Chris Carter also went deep for the Cardinal, while John Hudgins (9-1) tossed his third complete game of the season by scattering 11 hits and four runs with six strikeouts. Stanford was a Regional winner for the 12th time in school history and also extended its season-high win streak to seven games.

Stanford will take its next step towards the 2002 CWS by playing in an NCAA Super Regional versus the winner of the Los Angeles Regional to be completed on Monday between Brigham Young and USC. The Trojans are undefeated in the Regional and need only one win on Sunday to advance to an NCAA Super Regional matchup with the Cardinal. Brigham Young needs a pair of victories over the Trojans on Monday to earn the right to face the Cardinal.

Sunday's game was tied 2-2 before Stanford's five-run fifth inning, the 26th time the Cardinal has scored five or more runs in an inning this season. Sam Fuld started the rally with a one-out single and scored on an RBI double by Ryan Garko before Cooper's two-run homer off starter and losing pitcher Josh Alliston (2-4). The Cardinal added a pair of unearned runs later in the inning when Carlos Quentin drew a two-out walk, stole second base and scored when Scott Dragicevich reached on a throwing error by Long Beach State shortstop Kevin Randel. Andy Topham closed out the rally with an RBI single to score Dragicevich.

O'Riordan led off the bottom of the seventh with a solo homer to give the Cardinal an 8-2 lead, his 10th home run of the season.

Long Beach State scored twice off Hudgins in the bottom of the eighth on a leadoff solo homer by Randel and a two-out RBI single from Nick Covarrubias.

Stanford jumped out to a 2-0 lead after two innings when Carter led off the bottom of the first with a homer and Dragicevich singled home Quentin with an unearned run in the second, helping the Cardinal taking advantage of three Long Beach State errors.

Garko (2-4, 2 2B, RBI, SB) and O'Riordan (2-4, HR, RBI) had two hits each for the Cardinal, who had one hit from each of the other seven starters to total 11 hits. Fuld's hit was his 102nd of the season, moving him into sole possession of fifth place on Stanford's single-season hit list and only six hits from equaling the school record of 108 co-held by Troy Paulsen (1990) and Mike Dotterer (1981).

Covarrubias (3-4, RBI) and Tim Hutting (3-4) had three hits each for the 49ers. Covarrubias ended the season with a 14-game hit streak.

The Cardinal had six of the 11 players on the 2002 NCAA Regional All-Tournament team, including Most Outstanding Player Jeremy Guthrie (Pitcher). Guthrie tossed a 13-inning complete game to lead the Cardinal to a 3-2 win over Cal State Fullerton in the first game of the Regional. Garko (Catcher), O'Riordan (Second Baseman), Andy Topham (Shortstop), Dragicevich (Third Baseman) and Carter (Designated Hitter) also earned spots on the team.

Long Beach State Eliminates Cal State Fullerton With 4-0 Shutout
STANFORD, Calif. -Jered Weaver threw three-hit ball over seven innings and Jeremy Reed hit a three-run homer as Long Beach State defeated Cal State Fullerton 4-0 in an NCAA Regional elimination game on Saturday night.

Tim Hutting and Mike Hofius each had two hits for the second-seeded 49ers (39-20), who will meet No. 1 seed Stanford for the championship on Sunday.

Chris Stringfellow had two hits as the No. 3 seeded Titans (37-22) were shutout for the first time all season.

Weaver (8-4), the brother of Detroit Tigers pitcher Jeff Weaver, allowed three hits while striking out six and walking three. He allowed just one runner past second base.

Weaver, a freshman, threw a four-hit shutout against Pacific two weeks ago, won his third straight decision. He has given up five runs over his last 29 innings (1.55 ERA).

Chris Demaria allowed one hit over the final two innings.

Fullerton starter Darric Merrell (7-5) allowed four runs on 10 hits over 5 1-3 innings. He struck out three and walked one.

The 49ers took a 3-0 lead in the third thanks to Reed's seventh home run of the season. After Kevin Randel and Tim Hutting singled, Reed hit a 1-0 delivery over the right field fence.

In the fifth, Reed walked, stole second and scored when Nick Covarrubias singled.

The 49ers swept Cal State Fullerton in the final three games of the regular season.

Both teams were playing their second game of the day. Long Beach State lost to Stanford 5-4 and Cal State Fullerton beat San Jose State 9-1.

Stanford Tops Long Beach State, 5-4, Advances To NCAA Regional Final
STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford (42-16) advanced to an NCAA Regional championship game for the fourth consecutive year with a 5-4 victory over Long Beach State (39-20) in a second round contest of the 2002 NCAA Division I Baseball Championships on Saturday at Sunken Diamond. The Cardinal will play the 49ers again Sunday (1 pm, PDT) in the Regional championship game in a rematch after Long Beach State eliminated Cal State Fullerton (37-22) with a 4-0 victory over the Titans on Saturday night.

Stanford needs one victory to win the Regional title Sunday, while the 49ers must sweep a doubleheader to advance in the NCAA Tournament. Sunday's champion will advance to an NCAA Super Regional versus the winner of the Los Angeles Regional, either USC or BYU. The Trojans and the Cougars will take Sunday off before deciding their Regional on Monday. USC will head into the championship undefeated, while BYU has one defeat.

The Cardinal, attempting to advance to the College World Series for the fourth straight season, established a new season-high with its sixth straight victory.

Stanford starter Tim Cunningham (9-2) carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning for the second straight outing to win for the fourth time in as many starts, limiting the 49ers to a total of four hits and three runs over the first 6.1 innings. Dan Rich notched his third save of the season by scattering three hits and one run over the final 2.2 frames.

"Tim Cunningham did a great job, and it was my job to come in and keep it down to a minimum," said Rich. "I just tried to get ahead of hitters and throw strikes. In the ninth, it wasn't clean, but we got the job done. We have two wins now with one more to go."

Stanford held a 5-3 lead going into the bottom of the ninth inning before Long Beach State cut the lead to 5-4 on an RBI double by pinch-hitter Steve Velazco. Long Beach State stranded the tying run on third base and the winning run on second to end the game when Cardinal reliever Dan Rich retired Todd Jennings on a ground ball to second baseman Chris O'Riordan to wrap up his third save of the season. The 49ers' ninth inning rally started when Rich hit Nick Covarrubias to lead off the frame. Rich then recorded a pair of outs on a fielders choice and a strikeout before Paul Macaluso kept the rally alive with a two-out single to set up Velazco's RBI double.

Stanford jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning when O'Riordan led off the game with a solo homer.

The Cardinal added three runs in the top of the second to extend its margin to 4-0. Scott Dragicevich doubled with one out to start the rally and after an error on Long Beach State first baseman Chris Genung, Andy Topham drove home the first two Cardinal runs of the inning with a double before being singled home by Arik VanZandt.

Stanford led 4-0 before Long Beach State broke through for a run off Cunningham in the bottom of the sixth inning. Genung doubled to lead off the inning to break up Cunningham's no-hitter and scored on a hard-hit two-out single up the middle that deflected off the glove of Cunningham.

Long Beach State cut the lead to 4-3 in the bottom of the seventh inning when Covarrubias led off the inning with a single and moved to third base on a double by Paul McAnulty before scoring when Rich bounced his first pitch of the game in the dirt and by Cardinal catcher Ryan Garko. The 49ers added another run on an RBI ground out by Macaluso.

Stanford picked up an insurance run in the top of the eighth inning when Carlos Quentin doubled with one out to pick up his first hit of the Regional and came all the way around on a pair of wild pitches by Long Beach State reliever Carlos Muniz.

VanZandt (3-4, RBI) led the Stanford offense and recorded a team season-high with 18 putouts at first base. O'Riordan (2-4, HR, RBI) added two hits and Topham drove in a pair of runs. Topham also had nine assists at shortstop, bringing his two-game Regional total to 20.

The 49ers did not have a player with more than one hit.

Long Beach State starter Abe Alvarez (12-3) took the loss, giving up five runs (four earned) and eight hits in 7.1 innings.

Stanford improved to 26-4 at Sunken Diamond and won for the 10th time in 15 one-run games this season.

San Jose State (45-17) was the first team eliminated from the Regional on Saturday with a 9-1 loss to Cal State Fullerton.

Cal State Fullerton Eliminates San Jose State From NCAA Regionals With 9-1 Victory
STANFORD, Calif. - David Fischer homered and drove in two runs and Jordan DeJong pitched a complete game as Cal State Fullerton defeated San Jose State 9-1 on Friday in an NCAA Regional elimination game.

DeJong (11-3) shut down the Spartans (45-17) to pick up his first win in four decisions, scattering six hits and allowing just one run to end San Jose State's season.

Shane Costa scored twice and had two hits for the fourth-seeded Titans (37-21), including an RBI single in the third that gave the Titans a 3-1 lead.

Jahseam George (9-2) allowed five runs, four earned, in six and one-third innings as the Spartans committed three errors in the ballgame.

Cal State Fullerton took an early 1-0 lead on Jeff Comfort's RBI single in the first, but Kevin Frandsen tied it with a single of his own in the bottom of the inning.

The Titans came back to score twice in the top of the second when Nick Fitzgerald tallied one of his two runs on a San Jose State error and Costa followed with his single, driving home David Munoz.

DeJong escaped his most threatening situation in the fifth after the Spartans loaded the bases with two outs. He induced Frandsen to groundout to second to get out of the inning.

Cal State Fullerton added one run in the seventh, three in the eighth in a two-out rally and one in the ninth to put the game out of reach.

The Spartans, whose season ended with their second loss in two days, finished the year with a school record in wins.

Stanford Outlasts Cal State Fullerton In NCAA First Round, 3-2 In 13 Innings
STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford (41-16) outlasted Cal State Fullerton (36-21) with a 3-2 victory in 13 innings in a first round game of the NCAA Regional at Sunken Diamond on Friday. Jeremy Guthrie (11-1) pitched a 13-inning complete game to earn the victory, scattering nine hits and allowing two runs, improving his career record to 24-5 overall and 15-1 at Sunken Diamond. Scott Dragicevich's one-out RBI single with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 13th inning off Cal State Fullerton reliever and losing pitcher Sean Martin (2-1) scored Donny Lucy with the game-winning run.

Top-seeded Stanford advances to face second-seeded Long Beach State in a winners bracket game of the Regional on Saturday (3:00 pm, PDT). Stanford lefthander Tim Cunningham (8-2, 3.83) is scheduled to pitch against Long Beach State lefthander Abe Alvarez (12-2, 2.55). Long Beach State defeated San Jose State, 6-3, in the first game of the Regional on Friday.

Fourth seeded Cal State Fullerton returns to Sunken Diamond on Saturday for an elimination game versus San Jose State (11 am, PDT). Cal State Fullerton's Jordan DeJong (10-3, 4.27) is scheduled to pitch against San Jose State's Jahseam George.

Donny Lucy started Stanford's 13th inning with a leadoff double before Jason Cooper was intentionally walked. Chris O'Riordan moved the runners to second and third base with a sacrifice bunt and Carlos Quentin was intentionally walked to set up Dragicevich's RBI single. Stanford and Cal State Fullerton played to a scoreless tie for the first six innings as Guthrie and Cal State Fullerton's Wes Littleton matched scoreless innings before the Titans finally broke through for a run off Guthrie in the top of the seventh to take a 1-0 lead and snap his consecutive scoreless inning streak at 25. Guthrie walked David Fischer before he was bunted to second base by Jason Corapci and scored on an RBI single by Mike Martinez.

The Titans added another run in the top of the eighth inning to take a 2-0 lead when Chris Stringfellow singled to lead off the inning and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Justin Smyers that Guthrie misplayed for an error to put runners on first and second base with no outs. Shane Costa's sacrifice bunt gave the Titans runners on second and third base with one out before Guthrie intentionally walked Geoff Comfort to load the bases. Guthrie struck out Nick Fitzgerald for the second out before hitting Fischer with a pitch to score Stringfellow from third with an unearned run.

Stanford started its 19th comeback victory of the season with a run in the bottom of the eighth to cut the Cal State Fullerton lead to 2-1. Dragicevich doubled to lead off the inning and was stranded at second before scoring on a two-out RBI single by Chris Carter.

The Cardinal tied the game at 2-2 with a run in the bottom of the ninth inning. Ryan Garko started the rally with a leadoff single through the hole between shortstop and third base. Pinch-runner Tobin Swope stole second base with one out and scored on an RBI single by Chris O'Riordan.

Sam Fuld extended his hitting streak to nine games for the Cardinal by going 2-for-6 with a double, marking the 22nd time in the last 25 games that Fuld has had two or more hits in a contest. Fuld is hitting .509 (56-110) over his last 25 games and .394 on the season. He also picked up his 100th and 101st hits of the season on Friday, moving him up to a fifth-place tie on Stanford's single season hit list and only seven hits shy of equaling the school record of 108 co-held by Troy Paulsen (1990) and Mike Dotterer (1981).

Cooper (2-5), Dragicevich (2-6, 2B) and Carter (2-6, RBI) also had two hits each for the Cardinal.

The 13-inning game tied for the second longest post-season game in Stanford history. The Cardinal lost a 4-3 game in 14 innings to Arizona State at the College World Series on June 17, 1967. Stanford also lost a 13-inning game to Florida State, 14-11, at the College World Series on June 18, 1998.

Stanford improved to 25-4 at Sunken Diamond this season.

Martinez (2-6, RBI) was the only Cal State Fullerton player with more than one hit.

Titan starter Wes Littleton picked up a no-decision, scattering seven hits and two runs over the first 8.1 innings.

The loss for Cal State Fullerton marked the first time in 85 games that the Titans have lost when they entered the ninth inning with the lead.

Long Beach State Defeats San Jose 6-3 In First Game Of The 2002 Regionals
STANFORD, Calif. - Paul McAnulty doubled twice and drove in three runs and Daniel Eisentrager pitched six solid innings as Long Beach State defeated San Jose State 6-3 on Friday in a first round NCAA Regional game.

Brad Davis, Jeremy Reed and Mike Hofius also each had two hits as the second-seeded 49ers (38-19) won their eighth straight and 10 of 12 overall.

Gabe Lopez and Hector Zamora hit home runs on consecutive pitches from Eisentrager to give the third-seeded Spartans (45-16) a 2-0 lead.

Eisentrager (10-3) did not allow a runner past first base afterwards. He allowed five hits over six innings in winning his fifth straight. Carlos Muniz pitched two innings and Chris Demaria pitched the ninth to seal the victory.

Matt Durkin (11-3) allowed four runs - three earned - on five hits over three innings as his three-game winning streak came to an end. He walked three and struck out one.

Long Beach State took the lead with three runs in the third. Kevin Randel and Reed walked ahead of McAnulty's two-run double. David followed with an RBI single. McAnulty extended his hitting streak to 16 games with the hit. He doubled home another run in the eighth.

The 49ers scored an unearned run in the first when Nick Orlandos came home on a throwing error. Hofius hit a sacrifice fly in the eighth.

Bryan Baker hit a two-out home run in the ninth for the Spartans.

San Jose State, which had a four-game winning streak snapped, set a school record in wins this season.

The Stanford Regional is the only one of the 16 four-team tournaments across the country to feature four nationally-ranked teams.

BYU Eliminates No. 15 Cal State Northridge,7-2, Behind Jeff Stone's Pitching In NCAA Regional
LOS ANGELES - BYU, behind an impressive pitching performance by Jeff Stone, upset No. 15 Cal State Northridge, 7-2, eliminating the Matadors in the fifth game of the NCAA Baseball Los Angeles Regional before 380 fans at USC's Dedeaux Field on Saturday evening (June 1).

BYU improved to 31-30-1. At noon on Monday (June 3), the Cougars face No. 17 USC, which beat Cal State Northridge earlier on Saturday, 7-5, to remain unbeaten and advance to the regional championship game. (NOTE: The game is on Monday because of BYU policy against playing on Sundays.) If USC beats BYU in that contest, the Trojans would move on to the NCAA Super Regional June 7-9 at a site to be announced on Monday. But if BYU beats Troy, it would set up a rematch at 4 p.m. on Monday, with the winner going on to the NCAA Super Regional.

Cal State Northridge finished its season with a 41-17 mark.

Stone, who came into the game with a 1-5 record and 8.15 ERA, limited CSN which entered the regional with a .305 team batting average while averaging nearly 8 runs an outingto just 5 hits and 2 runs while striking out 5 in 6 1/3 innings. But he walked 5 batters and was pulled with one out in the seventh after hitting two consecutive Matadors. He earned the win to go to 2-5.

CSN went hitless after the fifth inning. James Ray, Matt Ward and Tyler Dabo did not allow a runner in relief of Stone.

The Cougars, despite going .500 in the regular season and finishing third in the Mountain West Conference standings, got into the NCAA playoffs by winning the MWC tournament. Cal State Northridge, which had won 16 of its previous 19 games, was the Big West Conference champion.

BYU jumped on the Matadors right away, scoring 6 runs in the first 3 innings. Doug Jackson walked to open the first inning, Dave Jensen followed with a single one out later to advance Jackson to third and Matt Carson's sacrifice fly brought home Jackson. Rob Itri followed with a 2-run home run.

The Cougars added a run in the second. Ryan Chambers doubled, went to third when the ball was misplayed in the outfield and came home on a wild pitch. Starter Scott Robertson was removed one batter later for reliever Matt Larson.

In the third, Itri singled, moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on Jake Stubblefield's double. Stubblefield scored two outs later on Ranger Wiens' single.

Cal State Northridge got on the board twice in the fifth when Ryan Haag walked, stole second, went to third on a throwing error by the catcher and scored on Jason Gorman's groundout. One out later after Eric Verbryke walked, Gorman came home on Tim Arroyo's single.

BYU scored its final run in the sixth. Jackson was hit by a pitch, moved to second on a passed ball and came home one out later on Carson's single.

Jensen was 3-for-3, while Carson and Itri each had 2 hits.

Arroyo went 3-for-4 for CSN, which left 10 runners on base. Robertson, who allowed 4 earned runs in 1 1/3 innings, took the loss to fall to 1-1. Larson surrendered 9 hits in 6 2/3 innings.

Said Cal State Northridge coach Mike Batesole: "Their pitcher threw a heck of a game and they swung the bats well. They came at us and were aggressive. We were ready, but they just played better than we did."

USC Downs Cal State Northridge in Regional Game
LOS ANGELES- No. 17 USC used clutch pitching by Cory Campos, Jon Williams and Jordan Olson to survive a 12-hit attack by No. 15 Cal State Northridge and hand the Matadors a 7-5 loss in the fourth game of the NCAA Baseball Los Angeles Regional before 1,961 fans at USC's Dedeaux Field on Saturday afternoon (June 1).

USC improved to 36-22, while CSN fell to 41-16. The Trojans advance to the regional's championship game at noon on either Sunday (June 2) if CSN is the opponent or on Monday (June 3) if BYU is the opponent. The Matadors must play again on Saturday in a 7 p.m. elimination game against BYU, a 12-5 winner over Maine in the first game on Saturday that sent the Black Bears home.

Both teams suffered untimely breakdowns. USC had 9 hits, but stranded 13 runners and had 4 baserunning miscues, while CSN left 10 runners on base, issued 11 walks and hit 2 Trojans. There were 3 errors, 2 by CSN.

However, USC's three pitchers struck out 10 Matadors and walked only 2. Campos, making his first start of the season and getting the win to improve to 6-2, gave up 11 hits in 6 1/3 innings, his longest stint of the year, but struck out 7. Williams and Olson allowed only two baserunners the rest of the way, with Olson getting his second save.

USC jumped on CSN starter Bill Murphy right away. With one out in the first inning, Brian Barre and Alberto Concepcion walked and Bill Peavey was hit by a pitch. Barre scored on Joey Metropoulos' sacrifice fly.

Troy added another run in the second and two more in the third. With two outs in the second, Michael Morales was hit by a pitch, Jon Brewster singled, Anthony Lunetta had an infield single and Barre walked, forcing in Morales. The next inning, after Peavey got aboard on an infield error and Metropoulos doubled, Michael Moon drove them both in with a double down the right field line.

Cal State Northridge responded with a run in the third and fourth. Ryan Haag opened the third inning with a double, Jason Gorman moved him to third with a bunt single and Shaun Larkin's double scored Haag. Then with two outs in the fourth, consecutive singles by Rudy Simpson, Haag and Gorman plated Simpson.

USC came right back and added a run in the fifth. David Gordon doubled, moved to third on a bunt by Morales and then scored one out later on Barre's fielder's choice.

CSN closed to 5-4 in the seventh. Gorman had an infield single, Larkin walked and Eric Verbryke singled home Gorman. One out later, with Williams pitching, Jason Allec's sacrifice fly brought in Larkin.

USC added two insurance runs in the ninth off of reliever Andy Davidson. Morales doubled in Moon, who got aboard on a fielder's choice, and then Brewster's single brought home Morales.

The Matadors left the tying run at the plate in the bottom of the ninth. Gorman singled to open the inning and, one out later, stole second and scored on Verbryke's single. Olson came in for Williams and got the last two outs, including striking out Allec looking to end the game.

Lunetta and Metropoulos were the only Trojans with 2 hits.

Gorman was 5-for-5, while Haag, Verbryke and Simpson added 2 hits each. Murphy allowed 9 walks and hit 2 batters in 4-plus innings of work. He took the loss, dropping to 9-4.

"Yesterday we talked about throwing strikes as the reason we won," said Cal State Northridge coach Mike Batesole, whose team beat Maine on Friday, 7-4, while throwing 10 strikeouts and giving up just 1 walk. "It's the same reason we didn't win today. We struggled with the strike zone all day. We made adjustments, and more adjustments, but had a hard time getting it done."

Cal State Northridge Defeats Maine in First Game of NCAA Regional
LOS ANGELES - Ryan Haag hit a grand slam home run and Kameron Loe turned in a 10-strikeout pitching performance to lead the No. 15-ranked Cal State Northridge baseball team a 7-4 win over Maine in the second game of the NCAA Baseball Los Angeles Regional before 535 fans at USC's Dedeaux Field on Friday evening (May 31).

Big West champion CSN improved to 41-15, while America East champion Maine fell to 40-16. It was the Matadors' first NCAA appearance since 1996 and Maine's first since 1993. Loe went 8 2/3 innings, allowing 8 hits, to up his record to 5-3. Haag went 2-for-3.

Said Haag, about his grand slam: "We had bases loaded and no outs, and the two guys before me didn't get it done. I was able to get it done."

CSN jumped on Maine pitcher Mike MacDonald early. Haag led off the first with a double and took third when Black Bear centerfielder Mike Livulpi mishandled the ball. Haag then scored on a passed ball. The Matadors added 4 runs in the second on Haag's grand slam. Tim Arroyo, Jason Allec and Adam Nikolic each singled to open the inning, but Arroyo was forced at home on Aaron McKenzie's fielder's choice. Haag delivered one out later.

CSN added another run in the fifth when Eric Verbryke's double knocked in Shaun Larkin, who had singled. Loe had limited Maine to just 1 hit through the first 5 innings, but the Black Bears got to him in the sixth. Aaron Young singled and Brett Ouellette was hit by a pitch, then both advanced a base on Alain Picard's fielder's choice. Joe Drapeau's single knocked in both Young and Ouellette. Maine added another run in the eighth to make it 6-3 when Livulpi, who had singled to open the inning, came in 2 outs later on Picard's single.

But the Matadors responded with a run of their own in the bottom of the eighth. Arroyo walked to start the inning, moved to second on a throwing error by catcher Picard and then scored an out later on McKenzie's sacrifice fly.

The Black Bears got the tying run to the plate in the ninth, but only could score 1 run. Mike Ross led off with a single, moved to second one out later on pinch hitter Pete Saunders' single and then scored an out later on Livulpi's single. Andy Davidson relieved Loe and got Young to fly out to deep left to end the game.

Livulpi went 3-for-4 for Maine. MacDonald went all the way, surrendering 10 hits while striking out 9, to drop his record to 7-3.