vs. UC Davis (14-14, 1-5 Big West)
Tuesday, April 8 • 5:30 p.m.
Stanford, Calif. • Klein Field at Sunken Diamond
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• Pitching matchup to be announced
STANFORD, Calif. -- The Cardinal returns to The Farm Tuesday evening for its first midweek game since March 4. UC Davis visits Klein Field at Sunken Diamond for the teams’ only matchup this season.
Stanford (10-14, 3-6 Pac-12) looks to continue its strong run of pitching after allowing just seven runs during three losses at Oregon State last weekend. A starting pitcher has not been named, but expect a few different Cardinal arms to get work on the mound.
In order to get back on the winning side, Stanford will need to get the timely hits that have been lacking of late. The lineup produced two runs over three games against the Beavers, despite outhitting Oregon State in two contests.
UC Davis (14-14, 1-5 Big West), which enters with a 4.36 team ERA, is the only unranked team the Cardinal will play during a 10-game stretch. Stanford visits No. 9 Washington for three games this weekend.
The Aggies are also on a streak of tough games, having taken one of three against No. 18 Cal State Fullerton last weekend. Steven Patterson, who is one of three Aggies hitting over .300, led the team with two hits in the series-opening win on Friday night.
• The Cardinal has had its last two Tuesday games rained out - Saint Mary’s (March 25) and California (April 1).
• The Cardinal is 3-0 on Tuesdays and has outscored opponents 26-8 in the three games.
• Stanford’s last Tuesday game was Mark Marquess’ 1,500th win. The Cardinal breezed past Cal, 11-1, March 4.
• Stanford lost three straight at Oregon State last weekend despite excellent outings on the mound.
• The Cardinal outhit the Beavers, 23-19, in the series but pushed just two runs across the plate against a good OSU pitching staff.
• Stanford is 7-7, while outhitting opponents in 14 of 24 games.
• The Cardinal has gone through one of the toughest schedules in the nation to date, having played 15 games against top 25 opponents. • Stanford opponents in the Baseball America poll: 6. Oregon State, 7. Texas, 11. Vanderbilt, 21. Rice, 25. Oregon
• Washington, the Cardinal’s next weekend opponent, comes in at No. 9.
• Stanford was the only team in the preseason USA Today top 25 to start the season with three 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 ranked No. 24 in the NCAA RPI rankings released April 1
• Stanford is 8-0 when scoring more than three runs, but just 2-14 when scoring three or fewer.
• Stanford’s freshmen pitchers have a 7-7 record and 2.89 ERA in 137.0 innings, while giving up 117 hits, 63 runs and 45 earned runs. • Freshmen have thrown 62.8% of innings for the Cardinal.
• The Cardinal’s starting pitchers went on a run of 36.1 innings without allowing an earned run before USC scored on Quantrill March 22.
• Stanford is hitting .266 with runners in scoring position, while holding opponents to .204.
• The Cardinal held Vanderbilt to 3-26 (.115) with runners in scoring position and Kansas to 4-40 (.100).
• 14 Cardinal players have had at-bats with the bases loaded and have gone 8-33 (.242). Opponents are just 3-19 (.158) with the bases loaded.
• Stanford ranks tied for 45th in the nation with 30 sac bunts.
• Brett Michael Doran ranks tied for fifth in the nation with 10 sac bunts.