There is no way to sugarcoat Stanford baseball’s season, no way to describe it as anything other than a resounding disappointment for a roster overflowing with highly touted professional prospects. Neither the return of senior ace Mark Appel, who is on the cusp of setting the school’s strikeout record, nor the rehab of junior slugger Austin Wilson, another near-certain first-round pick, has made the Cardinal a contender in 2013, and with two weeks to play Stanford (26-20, 11-13 Pac-12) has been all but eliminated from consideration for a postseason berth.
After a tough three-game set at Rice in which it could only muster four runs, the Cardinal offense desperately needed a pick-me-up in its home opener against Cal.
A disappointing weekend against Cal at Sunken Diamond wrapped up a conference season of missed opportunities for the No. 11 Stanford baseball team.
or pitcher Jordan Pries got the win for the No. 8 Cardinal (3-1), striking out four batters over four scoreless innings in his 2011 debut. Sophomore shortstop Kenny Diekroeger went 2-for-4 at the plate and knocked in two runs as Stanford edged the No. 17 Golden Bears (2-1).