vs. Saint Mary's (13-21, 5-7 WCC)
Tuesday, April 15 • 5:30 p.m.
Stanford, Calif. • Klein Field at Sunken Diamond
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• Pitching matchup to be announced
STANFORD, Calif. -- Stanford hosts Saint Mary’s Tuesday night in the first of four games in five days at Klein Field at Sunken Diamond. First pitch is slated for 5:30 p.m. tonight, before Arizona State comes to town for three games starting on Thursday night.
The Cardinal (12-16, 4-8 Pac-12) is looking to build off a six-run outburst in the first three-innings in the final game of a three-game series at Washington this weekend. The top-20 Huskies took two of three from Stanford, but the Cardinal was able to salvage game three behind a seven-inning outing from John Hochstatter in which he allowed three runs.
Hochstatter, who became the first non-freshman to start on the mound, earned his first start of the year after throwing 6.2 innings of shutout relief at Oregon State the weekend before. He combined with A.J. Vanegas, who picked up his team-leading third save, to down the Huskies on Sunday.
The pitching matchup against the Gaels is to be determined, but fans can expect to see a number of pitchers get work on both sides.
Zach Hoffpauir has led the Cardinal in hitting as of late. He has seven extra-base hit efforts in his last 10 games while raising his average from .172 to .297 since March 1. Alex Blandino (.320), Austin Slater (.306) and Brett Michael Doran (.300) are pacing Stanford’s lineup.
Saint Mary’s (13-21, 5-7 West Coast) enters the weekend on an eight-game slide over the last two weeks. The Gaels have not won since taking two of three against BYU March 27-29 in a series that started two days after Saint Mary’s and Stanford were rained out in Moraga, Calif.
The Gaels, who are hitting .266 as a team, are led by Anthony Gonsolin at .351. Gonsolin already has 13 extra-base hits, including six triples, and 17 RBI.
Eight pitchers have started games and 14 have seen time on the mound for Saint Mary’s through 34 games. The staff has compiled a 4.68 team ERA and .269 batting average against. The Gaels have battled some control issues, as the team comes into Tuesday with 159 walks in 294 innings pitched.
This weekend’s games are scheduled for Thursday at 6 p.m., Friday at 6 p.m. at Sunday at 1 p.m.