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Dons at Sunken Tuesday
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 02/24/2014

STANFORD, Calif. – Stanford returns home Tuesday for a game against 2013 NCAA tournament team San Francisco after dropping two of three at Texas last weekend. The Cardinal (3-4) comes in with hot bats after putting up 11 hits, including five for extra bases, in an 11-5 win against the Longhorns in the third game of the series.

Stanford will provide a free live video stream of the 5:30 p.m. PT matchup on Tuesday and KZSU 90.1 FM will have radio coverage. 

San Francisco (3-4) will look to duplicate its effort from 2013 when the Dons topped Stanford 4-3 at Klein Field at Sunken Diamond. Alex Blandino had two sacrifice flies against USF, but Stanford could not overcome a three-run fourth by the Dons.

Blandino has been one of Stanford’s most productive hitters to date, as he enters Tuesday with a .417 average (10-24), two doubles, a homer and five RBI. The preseason All-American is riding a seven-game hit streak after getting three knocks on Sunday, including a two-run bomb.

Brett Michael Doran is also hitting over .400 and leads the Pac-12 with a .750 slugging percentage. He is having a breakout season with more hits (9) and RBI (7) in 2014 than he had in all of 2013.

Stanford’s pitching staff has a 4.15 ERA, led by four freshmen that have started all of the Cardinal’s seven games. Brett Hanewich, Cal Quantrill, Tyler Thorne and Chris Viall have combined to make Stanford the only team in the country to start a freshman on the mound in each game this season.

Hanewich leads the team with a 1.08 ERA in 8.1 innings and Thorne owns a 2.35 ERA in three appearances.

The Cardinal continues its difficult schedule next weekend with a trip to Nashville, Tenn., to face Vanderbilt. The Commodores are a consensus top 10 team.

Alex Blandino led the Cardinal in the Texas series, going 6-11 with a home run and two doubles.

Austin Slater picked up five hits (5-13) and Wayne Taylor had four (4-13), including a triple with the bases loaded in the third game, during the three-game set at Texas.

• In each of its three-game sets, the Cardinal has scored significantly more runs in the third game than the first two games combined.
     • vs. Rice: first two - four runs; game three - 12 runs
     • at Texas: first two - six runs; game three - 11 runs

• Stanford was the only team in the USA Today top 25 to start the season with two weekend series against ranked teams.

• The Rice series was the only one in the country between two teams ranked in USA Today’s top 25 to start the season.

• The Cardinal has used big innings in each of its three wins. Stanford has scored five or more runs in one inning in all three victories.

• Stanford is hitting .328 (22-67) with runners in scoring position, while holding opponents to .229 (19-83).

Brett Michael Doran is 4-7 with runners in scoring position, while Zach Hoffpauir and Danny Diekroeger are both 3-7.

• The Cardinal is tied with Rutgers for the most true freshmen pitchers used in 2014 with six.
     • Rutgers has used a total of nine freshmen pitchers, but three are redshirt freshmen.

Mark Marquess gave the starting nod to three freshmen in the first three games for the first time in his 38 years.

• A total of nine freshmen players have seen action for Stanford.

• The Cardinal’s freshmen pitchers have totaled 38.1 innings pitched, 42 hits, 28 runs and 20 earned runs.

• Stanford’s starting pitchers: 30.1 IP, 34 H, 20 R, 16 ER, 15 BB, 14 SO
     • Stanford’s bullpen: 30.1 IP, 26 H, 19 R, 12 ER, 23 BB, 18 SO

• The Cardinal has used the same starters at every position except catcher, left field and designated hitter.

• Stanford is hitting .375 (27-75) in the seventh inning or later, but just .173 (4-23) in the first inning.

• Eight of Stanford’s 20 extra-base hits have come in the seventh inning or later.



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