It’s safe to say that No. 25 Stanford baseball and head coach Mark Marquess missed Mark Appel ’13 in the team’s opening series against No. 15 Rice.
For this year’s Stanford baseball team, Valentine’s Day will be more than just a day of romance; it will be a day of rejuvenation, of a clean slate and of the chance to make a statement at the beginning of a long campaign.
For a few sweet hours on Monday night, things appeared to be back to normal. In a 19-6 shellacking in Berkeley against the California Golden Bears, the No. 6 Stanford men’s baseball team returned to its early season form, scoring runs in bunches and making a mockery of opposing pitching.
With a full starting rotation returning and an elite recruiting class coming to the Farm for a second straight year, Stanford baseball will begin its season with high hopes in a three-game series at Rice this Friday through Sunday.
With this weekend’s three-game home-opening series against No. 4 Rice, the No. 25 Card has no time to waste. Head coach Mark Marquess arranged a brutal nonleague schedule in order to prepare his team for the difficult Pac-10 matchups later in the season…