at Vanderbilt (47-18)
Friday, June 6 • 10 a.m. PT
Saturday, June 7 • 12 p.m. PT
Sunday, June 8 • 12 p.m. PT
• John Hochstatter (10-2, 2.84)
vs. Tyler Beede (8-7, 3.20)
NASHVILLE -- Stanford rides its dramatic Regional performance to the Nashville Super Regional where Vanderbilt waits for a three-game series with the winner headed to the College World Series in Omaha. The two teams meet Friday-Sunday on ESPN2.
Stanford will not only face the pressures of playing for a trip to one of college sports' most coveted events, but will also battle final examinations throughout the weekend. The university's end-of-quarter exam period runs Friday-Wednesday.
"It's kind of a crazy time, but it's good crazy," said Mark Marquess, the Clarke and Elizabeth Nelson Director of Baseball. "A lot of times they're more worried about the final than the game, which in some ways is good."
The Cardinal, making its 10th Super Regional appearance, is looking for its first College World Series berth since 2008. No team left in the 2014 field has played in as many Super Regionals as Stanford.
Vanderbilt will start ace Tyler Beede Thursday against Stanford's John Hochstatter. Beede, a first-round pick of the San Francisco Giants, will face fellow first-rounder Alex Blandino when navigating through the Cardinal lineup. Blandino was picked 29th overall by the Cincinnati Reds, 15 selections after Beede went 14th overall. When the two meet, it will be the only matchup of first-round picks during NCAA Super Regional play.
Hitters will see drastically different styles from each teams' starters on the mound. Hochstatter, who saw a streak of 10 straight wins end during the Bloomington Regional, features a heavy dose of off-speed pitches. The lefty sits in the mid-80s with his fastball, while Vanderbilty’s right-hander routinely throws in the mid-90s.
Dave Neal, Kyle Peterson and Chris Burke are in the booth for the ESPN2 broadcast along with Jaymee Sire. Peterson played at Stanford under Marquess, before being taken 13th overall in the 1997 MLB draft.
Cal Quantrill (7-5, 2.69) throws against Carson Fullmer (6-1, 1.42) on Saturday. Quantrill will first take a physics final, before taking the mound.