Mark Appel’s career-high 14 strikeouts overwhelmed No. 23 Texas, as the Cardinal won 2-0 at Sunken Diamond on Friday.
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.
I have a confession to make. I’m not ready to accept that Stanford’s football season is over. I didn’t realize I had a problem until I sat down to write this column. Every idea that popped into my head was about football. Two weeks ago I wrote about the 2013 schedule. Last week I wrote about Manti Te’o. This week I hit a dead end.
Twenty-five days ago, the cruel Southeast sun set on another Stanford baseball season, the 24th in a row that has ended without a third national championship trophy making its way to the Farm. And as Cardinal fans watched another Pac-12 school, Arizona, erase a 25-year title drought of its own last Monday, they must have been shaking their heads that such a promising season ended with another floundering effort in the Super Regionals.
Thud. That’s perhaps the only way to describe how the Stanford baseball team ended its season. The Cardinal got beat by a No. 3 Florida State team that flat-out deserved its national seed. But 17-1? 18-7? What a way to go, especially when a Mark Marquess-coached team hadn’t lost by 10 or more runs once—much less twice—since April 2009.
The Stanford baseball team’s road to Omaha was cut short in the Super Regionals for the second straight year on Sunday night, as the Cardinal was blown out by Florida State 18-7 despite outhitting its hosts 18-13.
Baseball: Disastrous fourth by Appel puts Card on brink of elimination; game two postponed to Sunday
Stanford didn’t exactly get the start to its Super Regional that it was hoping for.