vs. Washington State (22-25, 12-12 Pac-12)
Friday, May 16 • 7 p.m.
Saturday, May 17 • 1 p.m.
Sunday, May 18 • 12 p.m.
Pac-12 Networks • KZSU 90.1 FM
• Friday: Cal Quantrill (3-5, 3.42) vs. Joe Pistorese (4-2, 2.94)
• Saturday: John Hochstatter (8-1, 1.96) vs. Jason Monda (2-5, 3.33)
• Sunday: Logan James (2-2, 4.71) vs. Tanner Chleborad (3-6, 3.89)
STANFORD, Calif. -- Stanford’s popular Fireworks Night kicks off an eventful weekend at Klein Field at Sunken Diamond Friday at 7 p.m. The Cardinal hosts Washington State in another important Pac-12 series throughout the weekend.
The two teams will meet Friday-Sunday with Saturday pegged as Dean Stotz Day and Sunday being Senior Day. All three games of the series will be aired on Pac-12 Networks.
Stanford (24-22, 11-13 Pac-12) enters the weekend squarely on the postseason bubble in part because of its demanding schedule. The Cardinal has played over half its games against teams in the top 50 of the RPI, including nine games against top-10 foes. The RPI ratings had Stanford at No. 32 prior to the week, but a tough loss to visiting San Jose State on Tuesday has the Cardinal in need of wins to move back up.
Three Pac-12 teams, Oregon State, Washington and Oregon, have deserving NCAA resumes, while Arizona State, USC and Stanford appear on the bubble. Washington State and UCLA are currently on the outside looking in with overall records under .500.
Stanford’s offense has been swinging the bats well of late, hitting .307 over the last nine games. Stanford has turned around its early season woes of not getting the timely hit by batting at a .353 clip with runners in scoring position and .354 with two outs over the last two weeks.
The defense has been consistently good, ranking at the top of the Pac-12 in conference games, and the pitching staff has been solidified in the last two weeks.
John Hochstatter has been dominant since joining the rotation in conference play. The junior lefty is 5-0 in five Pac-12 starts and currently stands as the Saturday starter. Friday night starter Cal Quantrill is 3-5 with a 3.42 and emerging starter Logan James has gone 3-0 in his three starts on the bump.
Washington State (22-25, 12-12 Pac-12) has won each of its last two Pac-12 series behind improved starting pitching. The Cougars rotation has gone at least seven innings in each of its last six conference starts to keep the team at .500 in Pac-12 play.
Joe Pistorese leads the staff with a 3-2 record and 2.73 ERA in eight conference starts. Opponents are hitting just .215 off of Pistorese, while No. 2 starter Jason Monda has allowed only four extra-base hits in 50.0 Pac-12 innings.
Friday's fireworks festivities will begin approximately 10 minutes after the final out.