June 22, 2003
By ERIC OLSON
Associated Press Writer
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- John Hudgins earned his third win of the College World Series, and Sam Fuld hit a leadoff home run to tie the CWS record for career hits as the Cardinal defeated Rice 8-3 on Sunday in the second game of the championship series.
Stanford (51-17) evened the best-of-three series, and the teams will play Monday at 6 pm (CDT)for the title.
Hudgins (14-3) became the eighth pitcher to win three games in the tournament, and the first since Wichita State's Greg Brummett in 1989. Hudgins, who beat South Carolina in Stanford's CWS opener and Cal State Fullerton on Wednesday, held Rice (57-12) to three runs on 10 hits in seven-plus innings.
In 24 CWS innings, Hudgins has allowed five earned runs, walked six and struck out 15.
The Cardinal broke open a 3-1 game with a five-run seventh, highlighted by Jonny Ash's two-run double.
Fuld, who tied Texas' Keith Moreland with his 23rd CWS hit, led off the bottom of the first with his fourth homer of the season. The Cardinal added two more runs in the third against starter Wade Townsend (11-2) when Brian Hall scored from third on Townsend's wild pitch, and Tobin Swope scored on Carlos Quentin's RBI single.
Rice made it 3-1 in the fourth when Quentin lost track of Matt Ueckert's fly ball in right field. The ball dropped between Quentin and center fielder Fuld, allowing Craig Stansberry to score from second.
Stanford, helped by Rice first baseman Vincent Sinisi's two rare errors, built its lead to 8-1 in the seventh.
The Cardinal loaded the bases when Sinisi fielded Brian Hall's bunt and threw wildly to second baseman Enrique Cruz, who was covering first. Townsend walked Swope to force in a run, and Fuld reached when Sinisi mishandled his grounder, bringing in another run.
Sinisi, who hadn't made an error all season, made one in Saturday night's loss and two more Sunday.
Then Ash, who hit the first two homers of his career in his previous two games, hit a two-run double to right-center.
Josh Baker relieved Townsend, and Quentin hit a sacrifice fly for Stanford's final run.
Hudgins left in the eighth after walking Stansberry and giving up Cruz' double and Ueckert's two-run single that pulled Rice within 8-3.
Reliever Kodiak Quick threw two wild pitches while walking Paul Janish, then gave way to David O'Hagan, who got Justin Ruchti to hit into a double play. Ueckert, who was on third, came home on the play but was sent back after second base umpire Joe Burleson ruled that Janish, the baserunner who had been first, interfered with Swope as the shortstop made the relay throw to first.
Rice coach Wayne Graham was ejected by plate umpire Tony Maners in the top of the sixth inning for arguing a called third strike on Janish.
Townsend allowed eight runs -- five earned -- and eight hits in six innings.