Feb. 18, 2013
No. 11 Stanford Cardinal (1-2 0-0 Pac-12)
California Golden Bears (3-0 0-0 Pac-12)
Feb. 19 5:30 p.m. (PT)
Sunken Diamond (4,000) Stanford, Calif.
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The Farm Report
Stanford holds a 187-100 (.652) advantage in the all-time series against the Golden Bears. The series began in 1959 and has seen its share of highlights over the years.
The programs split four regular-season meetings in 2012, though the Bears got the best of the three-game Pac-12 series.
Stanford struck gold with a 19-6 non-conference meeting. Cal answered with a 5-4 victory to open the conference set when the two teams battled for 18 innings until the outcome was decided. The late-May marathon was believed to be one of the longest games in either program's history, as the 18 innings spanned five hours and 58 minutes. The game saw 125 at-bats and 569 pitches.
After going 0-for-7 prior to his 18th inning, Cal's Tony Renda delivered the game-winning single against Stanford RHP Dean McArdle.
Cal won game two of the series, 15-5, with Stanford closing the series - and regular season - with a 5-3 win.
Cal head coach David Esquer was the starting shortstop on Stanford's 1987 national championship squad.
Stanford and Cal will meet twice during the regular season before their Pac-12 series May 17-19 at Evans Diamond.
Houston, We Have a Cardinal
The Cardinal had won each of its last five season-opening games - and series - before dropping both at Rice.
In a battle of preseason All-America pitchers, Rice's Austin Kubitza got the better end of the season-opener as the hurler led Rice to a 5-1 win over Stanford. Kubitza fanned a career-high 12 as his counterpart, senior RHP Mark Appel, shouldered the loss after giving up five runs - two earned - with three strikeouts in 5.0 frames. Both teams managed seven hits but Rice scratched across a trio of unearned runs in a three-score third frame to put the game out of Cardinal reach. Stanford left 12 on base, stranding runners on first and second in the opening three stanzas.
Senior DH Justin Ringo resumed his roll as the thorn in Rice's side. Ringo has saved some of the best performances of his Stanford baseball career for matchups against Rice. During his sophomore campaign, Ringo's first career home run - a two-run shot - was the deciding swing in a Cardinal win. In 2012, Ringo delivered another two-run homer in the bottom of the 10th to secure a Stanford victory. Ringo came through yet again in game two of the 2013 series by poking a one-out double in the top of the eighth to plate the go-ahead run in Stanford's 3-2 win. The knock was one of his two hits on the day.
Rice's John Simms took a no-hitter into the eighth inning of game three, helping propel the Owls to a 3-0 win to take the series.
Bullpen On Parade
Stanford's bullpen combined to toss 11.0 innings of seven-hit ball without allowing a run during the three-game series at Rice. By comparison, the Cardinal starting pitchers went 14.0 innings and allowed seven earned runs on 14 hits.
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