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Stanford Welcomes Jayhawks
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 03/06/2014

Stanford (5-7) vs. Kansas (11-1)
Friday, March 7 • 6 p.m. PT
Saturday, March 8 • 2 p.m. PT
Sunday, March 9 • 1 p.m. PT
Stanford, Calif. • Klein Field at Sunken Diamond (4,000)
Free Live Video  • KZSU 90.1 FM

STANFORD, Calif. – Mark Marquess will look for win No. 1,501 and beyond, as the Cardinal returns home for the first time in 10 days for its final non-conference series of the season this weekend. Kansas, which has won 10 of its first 11, visits Klein Field at Sunken Diamond for the first time since 2007 for the set that begins at 6 p.m. on Friday.

The Jayhawks come in with one of the most productive offenses in the country, while Stanford is entering on a high note after 11 runs on 12 hits gave Marquess, The Clarke and Elizabeth Nelson Director of Baseball, his 1,500th win at California on Tuesday.

"It has been great," Marquess said after the win. "I've had a lot of great players go through the program."

Also helping Marquess reach the milestone was freshman pitcher Tyler Thorne, who kept Cal scoreless through five innings. Thorne is one of four freshmen to have started every game for the Cardinal this season.

Brett Hanewich, Chris Viall and Cal Quantrill will look to slow the Jayhawks’ bats when they get starts against Kansas. The three have contributed to the freshman class’ 4-4 record and 3.75 ERA in 62.1 innings, 60.2% of Stanford’s overall innings pitched.

“With their talent, we knew they were going to be ready to impact our program,” said pitching coach Rusty Filter. “It’s a good situation for the future of the program, but we’re trying to win now. They just happen to be freshmen.”

Stanford’s lineup aims to take pressure off of its new arms by scoring early and often, much like the team did at California. Alex Blandino had three hits and four RBI in the first four innings, as the Cardinal jumped out to a 10-0 lead by the time Thorne was removed.

Blandino is leading the team with a .429 batting average and 12 RBI, while Brett Michael Doran holds a .400 average to rank second on the squad.  

Each game of the series will be live streamed for free.

The 1 p.m. Sunday finale will feature an autograph session by Stanford players after the game.

Stanford will take a 12-day break from games for finals once Kansas leaves town. The Cardinal opens conference play March 21 against USC at Klein Field at Sunken Diamond. 


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