at Utah (17-33, 4-24 Pac-12)
Friday, May 23 • W, 5-0
Sunday, May 25 • 9 a.m. PT
Sunday, May 25 • 12 p.m. PT
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• Friday: Cal Quantrill (5-5); L: Mitch Watrous (3-7) | Recap | Box
• Sunday Game 1: John Hochstatter (9-1, 2.18) vs. Zach Adams (0-6, 3.66)
• Sunday Game 2: Logan James (2-3, 4.41) vs. Dalton Carroll (1-4, 5.50)
SALT LAKE CITY -- Stanford and Utah are scheduled to play a doubleheader on the final day of the college baseball regular season starting at 9 a.m. PT at Smith's Ballpark. The twin bill is due to a rainout of Saturday's 11 a.m. PT scheduled contest.
Stanford's main objective of the day is to solidify its postseason resume. With an RPI of No. 48 to start the week, the Cardinal could end up near No. 40 when play is complete today.
The Cardinal's RPI is aided by one of the strongest schedules in the country, having played 24 games, nearly half its schedule, against teams in the top 36 (as of May 19). Series wins over Oregon, Arizona State and Kansas highlight the season, as well as wins against Texas, Rice and Washington.
The resume has blossomed over the second half of the season, as Stanford has gone 17-7 in its last 24 games. A .293 team batting average after April 12 has carried the club that has received consistent pitching and defense all season. Zach Hoffpauir, who had five hits Friday, has been especially hot of late, hitting .513 in the last 10 games.
Austin Slater has been a bright spot for Stanford, as well, and enters Sunday's doubleheader on a 15-game hitting streak. Only 10 Cardinal players have had longer runs since 1988 and five went on to Major League careers. Slater is hitting .409 since April 12 on his way to a team-best .353 average.
The Cardinal (28-23, 14-14 Pac-12) also has its eyes on a fifth-place finish in the Pac-12. USC stands a half-game ahead of Stanford with a matchup against the conference's top team, Oregon State, to finish the regular season slate. Two Stanford wins would guarantee at least a tie for fifth.