Saturday, June 12, 1999 • Box score
Strong pitching and power hitting led first- and fifth-ranked Stanford to a 9-2 win over fourth- and sixth-ranked Cal State Fullerton Saturday night at the College World Series.
The Cardinal (49-13) got a six-hit complete game from pitcher Jason Young and home runs from third baseman Josh Hochgesang, center fielder Edmund Muth and right fielder Joe Borchard to advance to a Bracket Two winner's game against Florida State on Monday at 2:36 p.m.
Fullerton (49-13), which lost two of three games to Stanford during the regular season, slipped to a loser's game Monday at 6:36 p.m. against Texas A&M.
The Rosenblatt Stadium crowd of 23,302 was the sixth-highest all-time and a Session Three record.
The complete game for Young (12-3) was his 10th of the season in 20 starts, but the first at the CWS since 1997.
"Young was tough," Fullerton Coach George Horton said. "He wasn't in the strike zone when we swung, and he was when we didn't. That's called good pitching."
In two previous postseason appearances the past two weeks, Young had complete-game wins of 10-2 over Loyola Marymount and 1-0 over defending national champion Southern California.
Against Fullerton, the 6-foot-4 sophomore struck out eight, boosting his single-season school-record total to 169. The old Stanford mark of 156 was set in 1997 by former Omaha Creighton Prep pitcher Kyle Peterson.
"We got a great pitching performance," Stanford Coach Mark Marquess said. "Jason had good stuff. And we swung the bats as well as have in a couple of weeks."
Stanford got revenge with the bats against Fullerton starter Adam Johnson, who in February combined with a reliever for an 8-0 win over the Cardinal in CSUF's season-opener.
Stanford banged 10 hits off Johnson (10-4) in five innings Saturday, and touched him for seven runs.
The Cardinal opened the scoring with a two-out long ball in the top of the third inning. Hochgesang followed two singles with a blast over the right-center field fence to give the Cardinal a 3-0 lead. It was his 17th homer of the season and 46th of his Stanford career.
Fullerton blew a chance to retaliate in the bottom of the third.
With one out, the top two men in the order - second baseman David Bacani and center fielder Reed Johnson - were hit by pitches, then moved up one base each on a wild pitch.
Left fielder Spencer Oborn followed with a screaming line drive to right that Stanford's Borchard caught for the second out.
Borchard fired the ball in wide of home, but Bacani had tagged late and decided to go back to third.
As Bacani retreated, Johnson headed for third. That created a rundown situation in which Bacani eventually was tagged for the final out, preserving Stanford's 3-0 lead.
The Cardinal boosted its lead to 4-0 in the top of the fourth when Muth hit his fifth homer of the season with one out. The margin grew to 5-0 in the fifth when Borchard added his 11th homer of the season.
Fullerton finally broke through in the bottom of the fifth.
Shortstop Shawn Norris led off with a triple, then catcher Craig Patterson followed with a home run to left to cut the gap to 5-2.
After the next batter singled, Young bounced back to retire the next nine Fullerton batters in a row.
Meanwhile, Stanford came right back with two runs in the sixth.
The Cardinal worked a single and two walks around two outs to load the bases. With Borchard at the plate, Fullerton reliever Marco Hanlon faked to third and aimed toward first on an attempted pickoff. The Stanford runner, John Gall, was off the base, but the throw was wild high. It rolled into the right-field bullpen and two runners scored for a 7-2 lead.
Single, unearned runs in the eighth and ninth innings completed the scoring for Stanford.
Fullerton posed a minor threat in the ninth with one out, moving runners to second and third on an error and a double. But Young used a strikeout and a groundout to end the game.
- Lee Barfknecht