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Fuld, Quentin can share more than college baseball memories

 

Sam Fuld and Carlos Quentin played together for Stanford baseball on three of the most productive teams in program history.

They shared the field again Tuesday in the Oakland Athletics' 13-2 victory over the San Diego Padres in a Cactus League contest at HoHoKam Park in Mesa, Ariz.

The two Cardinal grads caught up with each other before the game and then things got better for Fuld and worst for Quentin.

Quentin hopes to show the Padres that last season was a fluke. Limited to 50 games because of knee problems, the two-time All-Star hit .177 with four homers and 18 RBI.

When he came back from a sore knee last May, he promptly went on an eight-game hitting streak and was at a season-high .370 following games of May 30. He hit .126 afterward and then returned to the disabled list at the end of July with a bone bruise on his knee.

He's currently hitting .200 for the Padres this March, but he has a solid track record with 154 career home runs, 491 career RBI and a .252 batting average.

Fuld, meanwhile, has become a regular for the A's and is hitting .286 with a pair of doubles, a triple and four runs driven in. He's a widely-respected as a defensive whiz and as a gamer.

The pair helped Stanford reach the College World Series three times, twice playing in the championship game. The Cardinal reached its bracket final in the other season.

Fuld scored 42 times as a direct result of a Quentin hit, or roughly 25 percent of Quentin's 170 career RBI.

Before Quentin was driving in Fuld, though, Fuld drove in Quentin during a victory over USC in March of 2001.

"That's about the time I really turned it on," said Fuld, who was in the seventh slot of the batting order. He later became Stanford's leadoff hitter and set the school record with 268 career runs.

Fuld recalled the series with the Trojans because Stanford handed future Major League pitcher Mark Prior his only loss of the season, with Jeremy Guthrie, now with the Kansas City Royals, pitching a shutout.

In the three years Fuld and Quentin played together at Stanford, the team went 154-52, a .747 winning percentage.

They'd love to spend time during the World Series, in different dugouts, in October.

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