Friday, March 21 • 7 p.m. PT
Saturday, March 22 • 3 p.m. PT
Sunday, March 23 • 3 p.m. PT
Stanford, Calif. • Klein Field at Sunken Diamond
Pac-12 Networks (Friday, Sunday) • Free Live Video (Saturday)
• Friday: RHP Brett Hanewich (0-1, 1.93) vs. RHP Wyatt Strahan (1-2, 3.90)
• Saturday: RHP Cal Quantrill (2-2, 4.18) vs. LHP Bob Wheatley (2-1, 1.88)
• Sunday: RHP Chris Viall (1-1, 3.50) vs. TBA
STANFORD, Calif. -- The Stanford baseball team returns to action this weekend for the first time since March 9 when USC visits Klein Field at Sunken Diamond for three games. The Cardinal turned its focus to final exams during the 12-day break, before the Pac-12 opener.
Stanford is coming off its best series of the year, as it took two out of three from Kansas March 7-9 before the layoff. Cal Quantrill, who will start this weekend’s Saturday game, blanked the Jayhawks in a four-hit shutout performance to finish the three-game set March 9.
Quantrill is part of Stanford’s freshmen pitchers that have thrown 62.3% of innings for the Cardinal. Freshmen have started all 15 games, a streak that will be extended to 18 this weekend.
Brett Hanewich is slated to throw on Friday and Chris Viall will culminate the series on Sunday. They will look to continue Stanford’s starters run of 24 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run when USC, a team that has cooled down of late, comes to town.
The Trojans started the year 7-0 but have gone just 3-9 since. They opened Pac-12 play last weekend with a 3-2 win over Oregon, before dropping the next two of the series by 7-2 scores to fall to 1-2 in the conference.
USC has been one of the most fundamentally sound teams in the country to date. As of the latest NCAA stats release on March 17, the Trojans ranked fourth in double plays (23), sixth in fielding percentage (.984) and fourth in sacrifice bunts (28).
USC’s lineup is highlighted by Kevin Swick (.375, 6 doubles), while the Cardinal is led by Alex Dunlap (.367) and Alex Blandino (.365).
Austin Slater (.340) also provides pop in the middle of Stanford’s lineup, as he has driven in 12 runs to tie Blandino for the team lead. Slater ended a 10-game hitting streak, a career long, in the Cardinal’s last outing.
Friday and Sunday's games will be aired on Pac-12 Networks Bay Area and Los Angeles with Roxy Bernstein and J.T. Snow on the call. The Saturday contest will be available to view on at http://pac-12.com/videos/stanford-university.