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.
The Cardinal baseball team has maintained its win streak in all sorts of ways, from masterful pitching performances to walk-off nail-biters. Last night, Stanford battled not only the Santa Clara Broncos but also the elements. It certainly wasn’t pretty, but the Card (10-2) upped its win streak to nine games as it squeezed by Santa Clara, 6-4 in the midst of a windstorm.
Mark Appel’s career-high 14 strikeouts overwhelmed No. 23 Texas, as the Cardinal won 2-0 at Sunken Diamond on Friday.
Five-game winning streaks don’t happen on their own in baseball, even against inferior opposition. So as the No. 16 Cardinal takes that momentum into a measuring-stick home series with No. 23 Texas this weekend, Stanford will look to remain potent at the plate against a Longhorn team making its first road trip of the season.
The Stanford baseball offense continued to build on its recent success and the pitching staff hurled another stellar performance as the No. 14 Cardinal (6-2) extended its winning streak to five games with a convincing defeat of Saint Mary’s by a score of 7-2.
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.