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.
The Cardinal (27-16, 9-9 Pac-10) clobbered the Aggie pitching staff for 14 hits and got a solid starting performance from sophomore righty Dean McArdle, who extended his record to 7-2 by holding the Aggies (14-26) to just three earned runs in 6.1 innings.
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.
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.
Stanford baseball survived two furious St. Mary’s rallies in the 7th and 9th innings last night to pull out a 16-14 victory in the last game of its pre-season. On a chilly night, the No. 11 Cardinal scored early and often, but struggled to keep the Gaels (9-12) off the bases. Stanford racked up 19 hits and committed 6 errors in a wacky game at Sunken Diamond.
With solid hitting by sophomores Jake Stewart and Kenny Diekroeger, the win moved the Cardinal to 5-3 in its rigorous early-season schedule. After seven games against Rice, California and Vanderbilt—all ranked teams—Stanford took advantage of the less challenging weekday matchup to improve its record before setting out on a three-game weekend series at No. 6 Texas.