Stanford’s bats started quiet once again, but a middle-inning run, capped with a decisive four-run seventh inning, gave the Cardinal a series-clinching 7-2 victory against Texas.
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.
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.
A week and a half ago, with the home opener looming and a set of top teams ready to face the Cardinal at Sunken Diamond, Stanford baseball head coach Mark Marquess had a pretty clear mantra when it came to his team’s tough schedule.
Pitching will play a huge role in this weekend’s series against Texas for both the Card and the Longhorns, who are coming off a 7-2 win over Dallas Baptist on Wednesday and a series loss to New Mexico last weekend. The team has allowed just 10 earned runs over its first 36 innings of play (for a 2.50 ERA), and has held its opponents to a batting average of .257…