Feb. 22, 2010
STANFORD, Calif.-- No. 18-ranked Stanford (3-0) will welcome back Stanford alum and World Series star, Ed Sprague and his Pacific Tigers (2-1) on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at Sunken Diamond to conclude a four-game home stand for the Cardinal.
Stanford will send freshman lefthander Garrett Hughes (0-0) to the mound against Pacific senior lefthander Jamie Niley (0-0). Hughes gave up one run and walked two in his only appearance over the weekend in the Cardinal's sweep of No. 5 Rice, while Niley did not pitch for the Tigers when it took two of three from USF.
The Cardinal moved up to No. 18 in both Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball's national polls. They were unranked by Baseball America last week, No. 26 in Collegiate Baseball and No. 25 in the coaches poll, which will not have another poll until March 1.
Shortstop Jake Schlander, the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year, leads Stanford in hitting, at .556, hitting three of the team's 10 doubles on the season. First baseman Jonathan Kaskow drove in a team-best five runs over the weekend, and is 4-for-8 to start the year, while freshman Stephen Piscotty following a three-hit day in his debut on Friday, is hitting .357. Christian Griffiths leads the club with six runs.
The Tigers took two of three from USF this past weekend, hitting .327 and producing a 3.00 ERA on the mound. They also made just two errors for a .983 fielding percentage. First baseman Brian Martin hit an even .500 during the first weekend, while Ben Gorang hit .400. Both drove in three runs.
Pacific went 21-32 last year and finished seventh in the Big West, upping its win total from 14 two years ago, beating Baylor, CS Fullerton and San Diego in the process. UOP returns seven starters and two thirds of its weekend rotation. The Tigers hit a school-best .322 thanks in part to the addition of former NCAA hitter of the year, Don Barbara, to the team’s coaching staff.
Since 1959, Stanford has beaten Pacific in 53 of a possible 61 meetings with one tie (53-8-1).
Pacific Coach Ed Sprague was the starting third baseman for both national championship teams at Stanford in 1987 and 1988, going 3-for-4 in the 1987 championship against Oklahoma State and 2-for-4 against Arizona State in the 1988 game. He also won a World Series title with the Toronto Blue Jays in the early 1990s.
The Cardinal will then travel to No. 3-ranked Texas (1-2) for a three-game series with the preseason No. 1-ranked team, which lost two of three to New Mexico this past weekend.