at UCLA (22-19-1, 9-9 Pac-12)
Friday, May 2 • 6 p.m. PT
Saturday, May 3 • 7 p.m. PT
Sunday, May 4 • 1 p.m. PT
• Cal Quantrill (3-4, 3.11) vs. James Kaprielian (5-4, 2.53)
• John Hochstatter (6-1, 1.93) vs. Grant Wilson (4-6, 3.69)
• TBA vs. Cody Poteet (3-2, 3.83)
STANFORD, Calif. -- Stanford heads to UCLA for its first series of the final month of the regular season this weekend. The Cardinal and Bruins play three games through Sunday with the Saturday contest airing on ESPNU.
Thanks to a rigorous schedule, which in turn has produced a high RPI, Stanford still has its sights set on the postseason despite just a .500 overall record. Clarke and Elizabeth Nelson Director of Baseball Mark Marquess said, “Our RPI is very good, at 33 coming into this week, so if we can finish over .500 and make a run here the last four weekends in league then I think we have a chance to get to postseason, which is really our goal.”
In order to make the final stretch run happen, the Cardinal must post a good showing against defending national champion UCLA. Stanford does have a recent history of success against UCLA, winning six of the last nine games between the two teams. The Cardinal won two of three versus the Bruins at Sunken Diamond a year ago to be the last team to beat UCLA before their national title run.
Stanford will send freshman Cal Quantrill to the mound on Friday for his second straight series-opening start. Quantrill has thrown at least six innings in six of his last seven starts on his way to the team’s lead in strikeouts with 55. He will be going against UCLA’s offense, which ranks third in batting average (.261) during Pac-12 games.
Stanford’s lineup is highlighted in the middle by Alex Blandino, the Pac-12’s leader in homers with six, and Danny Diekroeger, an Academic All-District selection. Diekroeger had a nine-game hitting streak snapped on Tuesday.
Tommy Edman has been the Cardinal’s most productive hitter of late and enters the weekend on a nine-game hitting streak. The freshman broke out in April, hitting .400 for the month.
The Cardinal takes on the UCLA at 7 p.m. Saturday night and 1 p.m. Sunday. Saturday’s game will be a part of back-to-back-to-back Stanford athletic events on ESPNU, as the softball team plays the Bruins at 3 p.m., followed by the men’s volleyball team in the NCAA national title game at 5 p.m.