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Beck, Hoerner lead Cardinal to win on Opening Day

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.

Baseball opens season against Cal State Fullerton

No. 13 Stanford baseball (0-0) opens the doors of Sunken Diamond for the first time this year when No. 17 Cal State Fullerton (0-0) comes to town on Friday night in a three-game series.

Beck will be the Opening Day Starter on Friday. He will make his season debut after missing all of last season due to a stress fracture in his back. His freshman season was impressive as he earned All-Pac-12 First Team and led the team in ERA (2.48).

2018 Stanford baseball season preview: Outfield

Stanford baseball has enjoyed a gluttony of returning players in both the pitching staff and in the infield. Juniors such as pitchers Tristan Beck and Kris Bubic or middle infielders Nico Hoerner and Duke Kinamon have solidified the diamond for head coach David Esquer’s squad.

But what about the outfield?

The outfield positions don’t enjoy the same luxury. Outfielders Quinn Brodey, one of the best hitters in the country, and Jack Klein, a rock at center field, are now toiling in the minor leagues.

2018 Stanford baseball season preview: Pitching staff

Stanford baseball had a magical season in head coach Mark Marquess’ final year on the Farm. After starting a rather pedestrian 19-12, the Cardinal won 21 of their next 23 games. Much of this terrific run was spurred on by great pitching. A starting rotation of Chris Castellanos, Andrew Summerville and Kris Bubic — with Erik Miller as the Tuesday starter — made the job of the offense a lot easier. The pitching staff as a whole ranked second in the Pac-12 with a 3.35 ERA.