June 15, 2002
Notre Dame vs. Stanford
2002 College World Series
Today marked only the second meeting between the two schools with Stanford now holding a 2-0 edge in the all-time series. The Cardinal also got the best of the Irish back in 1991 with a 7-3 win at the Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minn.
With its three runs today against Stanford, Notre Dame has now outscored its opponents 14-2 in the seventh inning during the 2002 NCAA Tournament.
With his hit in the ninth inning, senior centerfielder Steve Stanley set the Irish record for most hits in a season with 116, breaking former Irish great and major leaguer Dan Peltier’s record of 115. With his two hits, Stanley also added to his career total (he now has 382), good for third on the all-time NCAA hit list.
With his plate appearance in the first inning, Steve Stanley also set the Notre Dame record for at-bats in a season at 259 (he actually has 263 with his five plate appearances today).
Freshman pitcher Grant Johnson tied a College World Series record with three hit batsmen in a game. Johnson tied Chad Hutchison of Stanford (vs. Auburn, 5-30-97), Jason Young of Stanford (vs. Cal State Fullerton, 6-12-99) and Jon McDonald of Florida State (vs. USC, 6-14-00).
Grant Johnson saw his seven-game personal winning streak snapped today. Also, the homerun hit by Sam Fuld was only the fifth homerun allowed by Johnson this season.
With his three-run homer in the seventh inning, Javier Sanchez has five homeruns this season, including two in the postseason. His other homerun was a two-run homer against Rutgers at the BIG EAST Tournament.)
Before today, Notre Dame had won the first game the previous three weekends (the BIG EAST Tournament, NCAA Regional, NCAA Super Regional).