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Thursday Night Special
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 04/17/2014
Stanford (13-16, 4-8 Pac-12)
vs. Arizona State (20-14, 9-6 Pac-12)
Thursday, April 17 • 6 p.m.
Friday, April 18 • 6 p.m.
Saturday, April 19 • 1 p.m.
Stanford, Calif. • Klein Field at Sunken Diamond

• Thursday: Brett Hanewich (1-3, 3.48) vs. Brett Lilek (3-2, 2.23)
• Friday: Cal Quantrill (3-3, 3.20) vs. Ryan Kellogg (4-2, 4.07)
• Saturday: John Hochstatter (4-1, 2.84) vs. Darin Gillies (1-2, 4.47)

STANFORD, Calif. -- Stanford hosts Arizona State for three games Thursday-Saturday this week at Klein Field at Sunken Diamond. Using the starting rotation set last weekend at Washington, the Cardinal will look to get back in the race for an NCAA tournament spot after winning its last two games.

 Stanford (13-16, 4-8 Pac-12), which is 3-0 on Thursday’s since 2011, will start Brett Hanewich against a surging Arizona State squad in the team’s first and only Thursday game of the season.

The Sun Devils have won four straight conference series after dropping two of three to Pac-12 leading Washington at the start of conference play. Arizona State has won two of three against Oregon State, UCLA, USC and California.

Nathaniel Causey, Dalton Dinatale and R.J. Ybarra lead ASU’s lineup, as each is hitting well over .300. Causey sits at a robust .361 on 39 hits, including 10 doubles and a homer. Dinatale and Ybarra are 1-2 in RBI with 29 and 28, respectively.

The Cardinal’s rotation will be challenged by the Arizona State lineup, which is hitting .293 as a team. Five Sun Devils with more than 80 at-bats are hitting about the .300 line.

After Hanewich, Cal Quantrill and John Hochstatter will get starts on the hill. Quantrill will be paired with Arizona State’s Ryan Kellogg, a fellow Canadian. Quantrill and Kellogg played on Canada’s junior national team together for two years prior to going their separate ways in the Pac-12.

Alex Blandino (.317), Austin Slater (.317) and Brett Michael Doran (.301) pace Stanford’s offense, while Zach Hoffpauir has been the Cardinal’s hottest hitter. Hoffpauir has multiple hits in five of the last seven games and has raised his batting average over 100 points in the last six weeks.

Stanford goes on the road for a pair of midweek games Tuesday at Santa Clara and Wednesday at Saint Mary’s before hosting California for a Saturday-Monday series next weekend. 

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