A back-and-forth weekend in Corvallis didn’t exactly end the way the No. 7 Stanford baseball team had envisioned.
The No. 9 Stanford baseball team made up some crucial ground on Pac-12 foe UCLA this weekend, besting the No. 11 Bruins twice with dominant pitching and getting help from some of its veteran bats as well.
Things seem to be clicking for the No. 9 Stanford baseball team at just the right time, with a key Pac-12 series against No. 11 UCLA (27-10, 11-7) in Westwood, Calif. kicking off tonight. Going a perfect 4-0 and scoring at least eight runs in all four of its games this week, Stanford’s bats finally seem to be coming together again with five weekends of conference play remaining. But it hasn’t been preseason All-American juniors Kenny Diekroeger and Stephen Piscotty leading the charge; instead, the Cardinal (26-10, 8-7 Pac-12) has been getting much of its production from players who have been making some of their first starts of the season due to injuries to centerfielder Jake Stewart and shortstop Lonnie Kauppila.
After dropping its first midweek decision of the year against San Jose State a week ago, the No. 9 Stanford baseball team bounced back at Sunken Diamond last night, piling on 10 runs against BYU and surviving a seven-spot from the Cougars in the top of the eighth to win 10-9.
This weekend couldn’t have been much more successful for the No. 10 Stanford baseball team, which swept the No. 20 Arizona State Sun Devils thanks to strong hitting from freshman third baseman Alex Blandino.
For the No. 10 Stanford baseball team, the best pitching squad in the conference couldn’t be coming to Sunken Diamond at a worse time. Hitting just .168 over the past week, the Cardinal (22-10, 5-7 Pac-12) will need to turn things around quickly if it wants to stay competitive against Arizona State (24-13, 9-6), which did not receive votes in the coaches poll due to NCAA sanctions, but was ranked No. 20 by Baseball America this week. The Sun Devils have allowed five runs just twice in their ten games in April, making for a 2.57 ERA on the season that ranked third in the country as of Monday.