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Stay Hot In The Desert
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 05/08/2014
Stanford (22-20, 9-12 Pac-12)
at Arizona (18-28, 7-17 Pac-12)
Friday, May 9 • 6 p.m.
Saturday, May 10 • 6 p.m.
Sunday, May 11 • 12 p.m.

• RHP Cal Quantrill (3-5, 3.67) vs. RHP James Farris (4-2, 4.06)
• LHP John Hochstatter vs. RHP Cody Hamlin (5-3, 3.22)
• TBA vs. RHP Tyger Talley (1-2, 3.75)

STANFORD, Calif. -- In hopes of keeping its postseason chances alive, Stanford visits Tucson, Ariz., for three dates with Arizona this weekend. The Cardinal duels the Wildcats in the desert Friday-Sunday at Hi Corbett Field.

“You’re looking at that RPI. Luckily our RPI is very good, even though we are just two games over .500, because of the people we’ve played,” said Mark Marquess, the Clarke and Elizabeth Nelson Director of Baseball. “All we can do is try to keep winning as many as we can.”

Stanford (22-20, 9-12 Pac-12) is coming off a big weekend series win at UCLA and a Tuesday victory against Santa Clara to move its RPI to No. 31 in the nation. The Cardinal has been hot of late, winning 11 of its last 15 games, including six of its last seven on the road.

Arizona (18-28, 7-17 Pac-12) is headed to the weekend having lost eight of its last nine Pac-12 games. After taking two of three from UCLA April 11-13, the Wildcats’ season has gone downhill with three losses at USC, a 1-2 record at home against Arizona State and another three losses on the road at Oregon last weekend. The Wildcats’ bats have been shut out three times during the stretch and have come up with just one run on three other occasions.

The Cardinal’s pitching staff will look to keep the Wildcats tamed with Cal Quantrill and John Hochstatter on the hill in the first two games. Quantrill has been one of the Pac-12’s best freshman pitchers, owning a 3.67 ERA, and Hochstatter has been one of the best pitchers in the nation in the recent weeks. Hochstatter, a junior lefty, has not allowed an earned run in 17.2 innings, while throwing two straight complete games.

Stanford has not named a starter for Sunday’s finale.

The pitching staff hopes to benefit from increased run support it has been getting, as the Cardinal is on its best offensive run of the season. Stanford is hitting .285 in its last 10 games, while scoring more than five runs per game.

Austin Slater leads the offense with a .333 batting average and is riding a six-game hitting streak. He owns 12 hits, while hitting .545, over the last six games. Slater leads the team with 28 RBI, slightly ahead of Alex Blandino’s 25. Blandino is the Pac-12 leader in home runs with seven, including a long blast in the first inning Sunday against UCLA.

Stanford’s stretch run includes two more Pac-12 series and two more Tuesday games at Sunken Diamond. The Cardinal faces San Jose State May 13 when it gets back from Arizona, before hosting Washington State. The season ends with a Tuesday game against Pacific May 20 and a trip to Utah May 23-25.
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