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Back To The Road
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 04/03/2014

Stanford (10-11, 3-3 Pac-12)
at Oregon State (22-6, 6-3 Pac-12)

Friday, April 4 • 5:05 p.m.
Saturday, April 5 • 1:35 p.m.
Sunday, April 6 • 1:05 p.m.
Corvallis, Ore. • Goss Stadium at Coleman Field 
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• Friday: RHP Brett Hanewich (1-1, 2.05) vs. LHP Ben Wetzler (5-0, 0.47)
• Saturday: RHP Cal Quantrill (3-2, 3.16) vs. RHP Andrew Moore (2-2, 2.58)
• Sunday: RHP Chris Viall (1-2, 4.26) vs. LHP Jace Fry (5-1, 1.81)

STANFORD, Calif. -- Stanford hits the road for its first away game since March 4 when the team takes on highly touted Oregon State in Corvallis, Ore., this weekend. The Beavers are a consensus top-ten team in the polls.

A 12-day hiatus for finals and rainouts at Saint Mary’s and California have made the long break from road games possible.

The Cardinal has gone 5-4 since March 4, including a 3-3 mark in Pac-12 contests. Mark Marquess, The Clarke and Elizabeth Nelson Director of Baseball, now sits at 1,505 wins after winning his 1,500th against Cal in the Cardinal’s last away game. 

Oregon State is off to a 6-3 start in Pac-12 play, behind series victories over Utah and Arizona. The Beavers are tied for second in the league, thanks in part to Stanford taking two of three from the other second-place team, Oregon, last weekend.

The Cardinal was looking for its first Pac-12 sweep on Sunday, until the Ducks put up nine runs to avoid three straight defeats with a 9-2 win. Stanford was up 2-0 in the series after its starting pitching and a walk-off sac fly from freshman Tommy Edman helped sweep a Friday doubleheader. 

The starting rotation has continued to improve and enters Tuesday with a 7-5 record and 2.86 ERA during the 2014 campaign. Three freshman starters this weekend are slated to push Stanford’s run of starting a freshman pitcher to 24 straight games, as the Cardinal looks to snap a five-game losing streak to Oregon State.

Freshmen Brett Hanewich (1-1, 2.05), Cal Quantrill (3-2, 3.16) and Chris Viall (1-2, 4.26) are projected to get starts against OSU.

Freshmen are also producing at the plate, as Alex Dunlap is riding an eight-game hitting streak and leads the team with a .360 average. He also has nine RBI in his first 50 collegiate at-bats. 

Austin Slater (.333), Alex Blandino (.324), Danny Diekroeger (.314) and Brett Michael Doran (.313) are batting over .300. Blandino is a .318 (7-22) hitter against Oregon State in his career and enters the weekend with a .363 (8-22) batting average, including five doubles, in the State of Oregon over the last two seasons. 

The Cardinal, which is ranked No. 24 in the NCAA RPI, continues its schedule at home against UC Davis April 8, before visiting No. 14 Washington April 11-13.


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