A few inches can be the difference in a weekend of baseball. If freshman right-fielder Austin Wilson’s two-out eighth-inning groundball had been hit just a few inches farther left, it would have ended up in Arizona third baseman Seth Mejias-Brean’s web, and the heartbreak would have continued for Stanford.
The No. 25 Cardinal scored early and often and held Pacific to one run over the final seven innings in an 11-5 victory
If just a few of those hypotheticals had gone Stanford’s way, the No. 21 Cardinal (21-16, 6-9 Pac-10) would have turned a disappointing weekend into a season-changing series.
In the Pac-10, there are no weekends off, no easy opponents, no rollover games—there is no chance to rest. With that in mind, the No. 21 Stanford baseball team hits the road this weekend for a pivotal conference matchup against No. 7 Arizona State.
No. 11 UCLA (19-12, 9-3) pays a visit to the Farm for a three-game series that starts Thursday night, and the Cardinal has the unenviable job of facing what may be the most talented pitching staff in college baseball.
Stanford baseball has one goal this weekend: score runs. A simple objective, to be sure. But it’s a task that has proved frustratingly difficult in the past week for the Cardinal. With No. 9 Oregon State paying a visit to Sunken Diamond this weekend, all eyes will be on Stanford’s bats.
On a beautiful night at Sunken Diamond—a pleasant change from snowy Washington—senior starter Danny Sandbrink paced the Cardinal (14-7, 2-1 Pac-10), tossing four no-hit innings and striking out two. The Spartans (19-9) did not reach base until a leadoff walk in the fourth and didn’t record their first hit until the sixth.
With his patented “funk” pitch—a sinker with unpredictable movement—dancing all over the strike zone, Sandbrink never let San Jose State get comfortable at the plate.
After enduring one of the toughest non-conference schedules in the nation, the No. 11 Stanford men’s baseball team has no time to rest as it begins conference play this weekend in the Pac-10, generally regarded as the best conference in collegiate baseball.