It isn’t particularly fair to face an ace a day after facing one the night before, but that’s what No. 17 Cal State Fullerton (0-2) experienced in its 5-3 defeat to No. 13 Stanford baseball (2-0) on Saturday afternoon in Sunken Diamond.
Junior pitcher Tristan Beck missed all of the 2017 season after leading the team in ERA (2.48) as a freshman. Beck certainly didn’t look like a guy who hasn’t played in 20 months on today’s Opening Day.
No. 13 Stanford baseball (1-0) gets the 5-1 win against No. 17 Cal State Fullerton (0-1) on the strength of Beck’s pitching, defense and junior shortstop Nico Hoerner’s offense on a cold Friday night at Sunken Diamond.
Meet the probable starters for the 2018 Cardinal baseball team, led by new head coach David Esquer.
After a well-fought weekend, No. 17 Stanford baseball (19-12, 5-7 Pac-12) finished with one win and two losses in a three-game series against UCLA (16-16, 9-6). The Cardinal came back strong on Friday after a scoreless first matchup but lost in extra innings on Saturday to close out their play against the Bruins.
Despite tossing his third quality start in as many opportunities this season, sophomore Kris Bubic took his second hard-luck loss of the season as No. 22 Stanford baseball (6-3) failed to score in a quiet 4-0 loss to Texas (7-3). With the loss, the Cardinal snapped a six-game win streak as well as a 12-game home win streak which dated back to last season.
In an opening home weekend dedicated to legendary head coach Mark Marquess, No. 20 Stanford baseball (5-2) honored its coach well with a sweep of Kansas (2-5).