vs. Santa Clara (22-25, 12-9 WCC)
Tuesday, May 6 • 5:30 p.m. PT
• TBA vs. Nick Medeiros (2-0, 4.95)
STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford hosts Santa Clara Tuesday in hopes of its second win of the year over the Broncos. The Cardinal has made a push to the postseason conversation by winning 10 of its last 14 games.
“The way we look at it is that we have to win every game that we play,” said Mark Marquess, the Clarke and Elizabeth Nelson Director of Baseball. “RPI is critical to our chances and luckily ours is very good right now.”
The Cardinal’s RPI stood at No. 34 entering last week, before Stanford won three of four, including two of three at defending national champion UCLA. The lineup turned in 11 two-out hits over the last two games of the series and John Hochstatter delivered his second straight complete game on Saturday to keep the Cardinal's NCAA hopes alive.
Stanford has yet to announce a starting pitcher for its second game of the season against Santa Clara. The Cardinal used six arms to get past the Broncos, 10-9, April 22 at Schott Stadium. Jack Klein led the offense with a 3-for-3 day, while Brett Michael Doran and Alex Blandino each had two hits, a double and one RBI.
Austin Slater has been Stanford’s most dangerous hitter of late. He enters Tuesday on a five-game hitting streak in which he is batting a robust .588 (10-17). Blandino, who hit his Pac-12-leading seventh homer of the year Sunday, is on a 10-game reached base streak with nine RBI in the span.
A trip to Arizona awaits the Cardinal this weekend. Stanford's final three Pac-12 series include the Wildcats, Washington State and Utah.