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By Kent Larsen

Stanford Wins After Guthrie 2nd-inning Disaster

STANFORD, CALIFORNIA -- Just days after being drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 3rd round of the Major League Baseball draft, Stanford's Sophomore pitcher Jeremy Guthrie fell apart in the second round of his team's first College World Series game, giving up 5 runs and 7 hits to Tulane's Green Wave in the inning, while getting just a single out before he was replaced. But Guthrie's teammates stormed back to win the game 13-11, and went on to beat Cal State Fullerton 5-2.

Guthrie, a returned LDS missionary and native of Ashland, Oregon, was pleased at his selection by the Pirates in the third round, "It's exciting to finally know what team you have a shot to play for," said Guthrie. "This has been a very exciting year at Stanford. I've learned so much and been able to get better as a player and a person." Guthrie has been attractive to Major League scouts because he has built a phenomenal record at one of the nation's best college team. Going into the College World Series, Guthrie had a 12-4 record and 2.58 ERA over 18 starts.

But Guthrie can't sign with anyone, if he decides to, until after the College World Series is finished. And his outing Friday didn't improve his bargaining position. He ended up with a 33.75 ERA for his 1 1/3 inning performance, but when looked at over the season, his ERA remains a respectable 2.91. Fortunately, after Guthrie left the game, the Cardinals came back and scored 7 runs in the fifth inning and another 5 in the seventh inning, giving them the win.

Meanwhile, Guthrie's Mormon teammate, Andy Topham, also didn't do very well in the two games. Topham, a junior, went 0 for 5 in the game against Tulane, and 0 for 4 in the win over Cal State Fullerton. Topham, who plays 3rd base and short stop, was not drafted, and will likely return to Stanford next year.


Stanford Beats Tulane, 13-11, In First Round College World Series Game
Stanford Baseball Press Release 8Jun01 US CA SanF S2

Five Stanford Baseball Players Selected On First Day
Stanford Baseball Press Release 5Jun01 US CA SanF S2

Stanford To Meet CS Fullerton On Sunday At 4:00PM, PT In Second Round Game
Stanford Baseball Press Release 10Jun01 US CA SanF S2

Stanford Pulls Out 5-2 Victory Over CS Fullerton In Thrilling CWS Game
Stanford Baseball Press Release 10Jun01 S2


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