The good news is that the Stanford Cardinal easily won its regional and punched its ticket to the Super Regionals. The bad news is that the Cardinal now has to travel to Tallahassee and face a Florida State team that spent the majority of the 2012 season as the country’s top-ranked team.
Based on his overpowering stuff, prototypical build and strong performance while wearing the red, white and blue for Team USA this past summer, Appel is one of the most sought-after athletes in the amateur baseball ranks.
If you were at Sunken Diamond this past weekend to watch No. 17 Stanford cruise to an 8-3 victory in the second leg of an eventual three-game sweep of unranked Washington State, you can probably guess that I’m talking about Stanford’s do-it-all extraordinaire, junior Stephen Piscotty.
What the weekend did highlight is just how important it is that the Cardinal closes its season with a resounding bang in the remaining three weeks, in hopes of ensuring as many games at Sunken Diamond as possible.
With recent injuries to several regular starters, a trio of new faces has led the offensive resurgence that has propelled Stanford back into contention: sophomores Danny Diekroeger and Brett Michael Doran and freshman Alex Blandino, proud members of a brotherhood known as the “Steal Squad.”
The Cardinal is peaking at the right time. Stanford probably can’t lose another series if they hope to get home-field advantage for the Regional and Super Regional tournaments.
Watching the Cardinal over the past few weeks, it is blatantly obvious that no fun of any kind is being had by anyone
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.