vs. No. 1 Indiana (43-13)
Saturday, May 31 • 3 p.m. PT
• John Hochstatter (10-1, 2.62)
vs. Joey DeNato (12-1, 1.77)
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Stanford takes its season-best five-game winning streak to the Bloomington Regional winners’ bracket where host and No. 4 national seed Indiana awaits. Both teams will throw lefties with double-digit wins in one of the marquee matchups on day two of the NCAA tournament.
The two teams meet at Indiana's Bart Kaufman Field, which hosted a record-setting crowd of 4,125 for Indiana and Youngstown State's first-round game.
Stanford will be the designated home team for tonight's 3 p.m. PT first pitch. The game will be aired live on ESPN3.
• What they are saying...
Mark Marquess, the Clarke and Elizabeth Nelson Director of Baseball
Q. With Indiana as a potential opponent for tomorrow, how nice is it to not have to dig deep into your bullpen?
Marquess: Well, yeah, obviously we're fortunate we just had to use one pitcher, Cal, and get a complete game. That obviously helps your bullpen. But Indiana or whoever we play, but Indiana is obviously favored as a national seed. They're very good, very talented. But as I mentioned yesterday, whomever you're playing now is really good. Youngstown is really good. They're playing well or they wouldn't be here. And that's what it's all about, playing well at the right time, at the end. But Indiana is ‑‑ we don't know much about them. We just know they're a great team, as you mentioned, and what I like a lot about Indiana State, they have a lot of older players. They have a lot of juniors and they have a lot of seniors, and there's no substitute for that experience. That's what impresses me about both Indiana State, which they have a lot of older players, and Indiana. I look at the rosters, their numbers are scary, their pitching numbers are really good, but they're an older team, and I think they're going to do well in postseason play.
Q. Something you alluded to a minute ago, when you play the schedule you played and the teams you played against from beginning to end, how well does it prepare you for this moment, for this weekend?
Marquess: It prepares you ‑‑ there's no other way to prepare you for this. If we play Indiana tomorrow, I know they have a great home crowd, we're used to that. You play at Texas, you play at Rice, you play at Vanderbilt. You've got to play in a hostile environment. It's not bad, it's just you're on the road and you're playing a great team. If we play Indiana or whomever we play tomorrow, we won't be ‑‑ we may get beat, but we won't be nervous because of the setting. We've done that.
Now, you run a risk when you do that, and we've dug ourselves in a real hole. We're under .500 for half the season, and we're pitching a lot of young guys. It was a little scary because we were so young pitching‑wise and playing that caliber of team. But if you can survive it and get to postseason, you're ready for anything, and that's why we do it.
Tracy Smith, Indiana head coach
Q. You obviously had a chance to see Stanford, I know you just got off this game, but how do you approach it as a coaching staff? You do stay up all night and look at them, and what are your thoughts on them?
Smith: The only thing I'll be watching tonight are Netflix; I always say that.
We watched a little bit of the first game. They are a good team. We are going to kind of take the same approach we have always taken is we are going to focus on what we do. I know they have a quality starter against us tomorrow, the left‑hander, that has tremendous numbers for them. They play in a very good baseball conference. They are battle‑tested.
You know, I just don't think there's a whole lot of scouting and things like that done at this point in the season. You try to see some tendencies, maybe lay some eyes on your opponent just to ‑‑ I don't know, knock the edge off a little bit.
But we are not going to go back and scheme and game plan; and I'm serious, I'm going to go watch the second season of West Wing, I really am. It's a great show.