Senior starting pitcher Mark Appel was masterful once again as the Cardinal rode its ace for one win and its bats for another, falling just… Continue Reading »
After a close win on Friday night, the No. 19 Cardinal dropped the final two games of its home series against the Utes, a team that went just 6-23 in conference play last season and was picked to finish last in the conference in 2013. Instead, Stanford (11-7, 1-2 Pac-12) stumbled into spring quarter for the second consecutive season, bringing back nightmarish memories of a slump last March and April that crushed the team’s hopes of hosting a Super Regional.
There are three parts to a baseball game: pitching, hitting and defense. A team that does two out of the three well will usually succeed. This Friday and Sunday, Stanford could only pitch effectively; on Saturday, the Cardinal could not find any of the three aspects of its game.
A nine-game winning streak is great, sure. But as No. 10 Stanford prepares to host unranked UNLV (10-3) at Sunken Diamond this weekend, the Cardinal… Continue Reading »
Returns have been mixed for the No. 15 Stanford baseball team this season. The unexpected dominance of the Cardinal’s young pitching staff, which has allowed a mere seven earned runs in four games, has more or less counteracted the slumbering bats in its seasoned lineup, which have managed just six extra-base hits.
Stanford returns home after dropping two games on a road trip to Houston last weekend to face cross-Bay rival California on The Farm tonight. The Golden Bears enter this contest undefeated after a three game sweep of Michigan in Berkeley. Stanford’s pitchers have performed well so far, but the team will need better hitting to live up to its potential.
Stanford’s freshman pitchers impressed, but the bats never awoke as No. 7 Stanford fell in its season-opening series to No. 17 Rice, two games to one in Houston.