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By Kent Larsen

Guthrie Wins and Topham Homers to Put Stanford in College World Series

STANFORD, CALIFORNIA -- LDS college baseball standout Jeremy Guthrie pitched a complete game Friday night to help his team win two of its three games against South Carolina over the weekend. Guthrie held South Carolina to just one unearned run in the first game of the series Friday, while his teammates racked up 11 runs and 17 hits in the game. Meanwhile, fellow LDS Church member Andy Topham was 5 for 12 with 5 RBIs and a 2-run homer in the final game to help the Cardinals win 3-2.

Guthrie provided a stellar performance for the Cardinals in that game, striking out 6 and walking just one batter over the full nine innings. He gave up just 6 hits while facing 33 batters during the game. In that same game, fellow LDS Church member Andy Topham went 3 for 5, batting in two runs.

While the Cardinals lost the second game against the Gamecocks (Topham went 1 for 3 and earned an RBI), they came back in the third game to beat South Carolina again 3-2. They went ahead 2-0 in the fifth inning when Topham blasted a 1-2 pitch over the right field wall. While the Gamecocks came back with a homer in their half of the fifth and another run in the 8th, Stanford also picked up an insurance run in the 6th to clinch the win.

"Wow, it was quite a game," said Stanford head coach Mark Marquess. "This is a special team. In 25 years as a head coach, this is as special as it gets. This team shouldn't be here. This is a young and very inexperienced club, but they just didn't believe that should stop them. I'm very proud of this group."

The win gives Stanford its third straight trip to the College World Series, along with eight other teams. Fourth-seeded Stanford will now face fifth-seeded Tulane in the first round of the series, but the schedule of the games will not be released until tomorrow. Also playing in the series are top-seeded Cal State Fullerton, No. 2 Miami, No. 3 USC, No. 8 Nebraska, unseeded Tennessee and either sixth-seeded Georgia or Florida State, depending on who wins their series, postponed due to lightening.


Stanford Advances To Third Straight CWS With 3-2 Win Over South Carolina
Stanford Press Release 3Jun01 S2
Cardinal wins fourth straight 2001 post-season elimination game.

Stanford Defeats South Carolina, 11-1, In First Game Of NCAA Super Regional
Stanford Press Release 1Jun01 S2
Jeremy Guthrie Pitches Complete Game, Gives Up One Unearned Run To Improve To 12-4 On Season


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