Well, the Stanford baseball team wasn’t a one-week wonder. The second weekend series of the year was just as impressive as the first, and after seven games, the Cardinal looks unstoppable.
With the No. 2 Stanford baseball team kicking off its season this Friday, The Stanford Daily sat down with sophomore shortstop Lonnie Kauppila and junior centerfielder Jake Stewart to talk shop before No. 10 Vanderbilt comes to Sunken Diamond.
Well, I guess it’s about time we all admit that football season really is over. It was another incredible year, both in the NFL and in college. But as sad as it makes me, we’re now over a week into our post-football lives and over a month into the post-Stanford football doldrums.
After blasting its way through the first round of the postseason, the Stanford baseball team’s season ended just one step short of the College World Series when it dropped two games to North Carolina in the Chapel Hill Super Regional in early June. Despite finishing short of its ultimate goal–a chance to play for a national title in 2011–the Cardinal’s run to the Supers for the first time since 2008 showed that the young, explosive team looks primed for a run to Omaha in 2012.
In the Stanford baseball team’s fifth game in six days, a walk-off grounder by Saint Mary’s spelled a 3-2 loss for the Cardinal, as it could only muster one earned run off Gael pitchers.
Cardinal pitchers teamed up to allow just three hits, but No. 17 Stanford (16-9) couldn’t get its offense moving until late in the game, stranding seven runners and grounding into four double plays in the first seven innings before scoring three runs in the bottom of the eighth to surpass the Tigers (10-19).
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.
An up-and-down weekend series at Sunken Diamond left Stanford baseball with two wins over Long Beach State, as the No. 12 Cardinal bounced back after a frustrating Friday loss and take the three-game set. Stanford moved to 10-6 on the season, with only a home game on Tuesday against St. Mary’s remaining before the Pac-10 season kicks into full swing.