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Baseball set to battle Michigan for first time since 1983

No. 8 Stanford baseball (8-0) hosts a four-game series with Michigan (2-5) starting on Friday at 6 p.m. at Sunken Diamond.

Stanford and Michigan have only competed once before in their program’s histories. In that matchup, the Wolverines eliminated the Cardinal 11-4 in the 1983 College World Series. Now, 25 years later, Michigan comes to the Farm hoping a similar result to help turnaround a terrible start to the season.

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.

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.

Baseball sweeps Washington State in regular season finale

No. 9 Stanford baseball (40-14, 21-9 Pac-12) left no doubts as to why it is the hottest team in the country, sweeping Washington State (24-29, 10-20) and outscoring the Cougars 33-6 in its final regular season series. With the win, the Cardinal secured a 40-win season, marking the 21st time that a Stanford team has reached this milestone during the 41-year tenure of head coach Mark Marquess.