March 7, 2013
No. 9 Stanford Cardinal (10-2 0-0 Pac-12)
UNLV Rebels (10-3 0-0 Mountain West)
March 8 - 5:30 p.m. (PT) March 9 - 1 p.m. March 10 - 1 p.m.
Sunken Diamond (4,000) Stanford, Calif.
Game Notes | Rankings | Pac-12 Standings
Radio Live coverage on KZSU 90.1 FM KZSUlive.stanford.edu
Live Stats Live in-game statistics will be provided through GameTracker via GoStanford.com
Video Live video and audio will be available free of charge via GoStanford.comTickets
Polls Stanford (9th - NCBWA, 13th - BA, 9th - CB, 10th - USA Today)
UNLV (RV - NCBWA, NR - BA, NR - CB, NR - USA Today)
On the Web GoStanford.com Pac-12.com UNLVrebels.com TheMWC.com
Social Hour facebook.com/StanfordBaseball @StanfordBSB #goStanford #farmBall
Probable Pitching Matchups
Friday RHP Mark Appel (2-1, 1.17) vs. RHP Erick Fedde (2-0, 2.00)
Saturday LHP John Hochstatter (0-0, 2.51) vs. RHP Buddy Borden (1-1, 0.00)
Sunday RHP Bobby Zarubin (1-0, 0.96) vs. RHP John Richy (1-2, 4.42)
The Farm Report
No. 9 Stanford puts its winning streak on the line this weekend against UNLV. The Cardinal and Rebels will have a three-game non-conference showdown March 8-10 at Sunken Diamond.
Stanford trails the all-time series with UNLV, 3-4 (.429). The two first met in 1980 and last played in 2004. Stanford received a home run and five RBI from Danny Putnam to beat UNLV, 10-4, in the opening round of the 2004 NCAA Stanford Regional.
The Cardinal has won nine straight and swept its last series with a trio of wins over No. 22 Texas (March 1-3). Stanford is 7-0 at Sunken Diamond this season and has won 11 straight on its home turf dating back to last season. Even more, Stanford is off to another hot start after it went 14-1 to begin 2012.
Currently in the midst of a six-game homestand, Stanford will play 13 of its first 18 contest this season at Sunken Diamond.
In its last outing, Stanford notched a non-conference road win Tuesday at Santa Clara, 6-4.
Following the series with the Rebels, Stanford will have nearly two weeks off from competition before beginning the Pac-12 portion of its schedule. Stanford will play host to Utah (March 22-24) for a three-game series.
Inside the Lines
Last Time vs. UNLV - June 4, 2004
Danny Putnam hit a home run and drove in five runs in helping Stanford beat UNLV, 10-4, in the opening round of the NCAA Stanford Regional.
Donny Lucy also homered and drove in three runs as the Cardinal won for the fifth time in six games.
Eddie Gill doubled twice among his three hits and drove in two runs for the Rebels, who had their four-game winning streak stopped.
Stanford's Jeff Gilmore pitched a seven-hitter to win his fourth straight decision. Gilmore walked two and struck out eight.
Stanford All-American second baseman Jed Lowrie extended his hitting streak to 11 games with two hits and an RBI. John Mayberry added an RBI single in the eighth.
UNLV All-American outfielder Eric Neilsen was 0-for-3 with two hit by pitches and two runs scored as his 16-game hitting streak ended.
Junior 1B Brian Ragira brings a nine-game hitting streak into this weekend's series and has reached base safely in each of Stanford's 12 games on the season.
Junior SS Lonnie Kauppila has reached base in 11 straight games while drawing a team-high 12 walks. Kauppila leads the Cardinal with a .512 on-base pct. though ranks sixth on the team with seven hits (.250).
The Cardinal has hit six home runs this season. Each home run has been delivered during a contest in which Stanford scored seven runs.
Senior RHP Mark Appel has 270 career strikeouts, six away from breaking into the program's top 10. In 294.1 IP throughout his career, Appel has allowed 2.54 walks/9.0 IP with 8.26 strikeouts/9.0 IP.
In his two wins on the season, Appel carries a 0.50 ERA and has thrown two complete games. Appel fanned 25 while walking two over that stretch and has allowed six hits (only one of which was an extra-base hit). Appel has held opponents to a .102 avg. in his two victories.
Junior RHP Sam Lindquist has a team-high three saves, each of which has come over his last four appearances.
Stanford has not surrendered a lead all season and is 6-0 when scoring first. The Cardinal is 5-0 when scoring in the first inning.
Stanford has been out-hit in seven games, but is 7-0 in those contests.
The Cardinal has been able to out-score the opposition, 50-28, by hitting .216 with runners in scoring position and .262 with runners on base.
Nearly half (23) of Stanford's 50 runs have come in the form of two-out RBI.
Save the Best for Last
Stanford has played its best with the game on the line, with four of its first 12 games decided on the final pitch of the contest:
Feb. 16 - at Rice - Bottom 9th - Hughes registers final two outs with winning run at bat - W, 3-2
Feb. 23 - vs. Fresno State - Bottom 10th - Doran with three-run walk-off homer - W, 7-4
March 3 - vs. Texas - Bottom 9th - Kauppila with walk-off RBI double - W, 2-1
March 5 - at Santa Clara - Bottom 9th - Lindquist registers final out with winning run at bat - W, 6-4
National Nods for Appel
Senior RHP Mark Appel
was named the Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week, as announced March 4 by the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. Appel also was named the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) National Pitcher of the Week and the Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week on March 5.
The Pac-12 citation was his third such conference honor and Stanford's league-best 78th all-time.
The honors rolled in after Appel tossed a three-hitter against No. 22 Texas (March 1) while the Cardinal posted a 2-0 shutout win. Appel matched a career-high 14 strikeouts and walked one. The first-inning walk was followed by the retiring of the next 13 batters. Appel took a no-hitter into the sixth against the Longhorns and set the tone for Stanford's series sweep.
Bullpen On Parade
Stanford's bullpen has been brilliant in 2013 and went 21.2 innings over six games to start the season without allowing an earned run (Feb. 15-23).
Through eight games, Stanford's four starting pitchers combined to throw 36.1 innings while allowing 17 runs (12 earned). By comparison, the bullpen threw 34.2 innings and surrendered four runs (three earned).
During the series with Texas (March 1-3), the bullpen gave up only two earned runs in 7.0 innings. The pair of scores came in the bottom of the ninth during game two when Stanford was sitting on a 7-0 lead.
The Longhorn runs were the first scored by Texas in the series' opening 17.2 innings and snapped a streak of 22.2 frames of shutout ball produced by the Cardinal pitching corps.
Stanford limited the Longhorns to 13 hits and three earned runs during the weekend's three-game slate.
No bullpen pitcher has given up more than three earned runs this season.
Freshman RHP Bobby Zarubin, who replaced freshman LHP Logan James in a Feb. 23 matchup against Fresno State, posted 11 strikeouts in 6.2 innings of relief for the win. Zarubin was effective with his splitter and surrendered one earned run on five hits before giving way to junior RHP Sam Lindquist in the ninth. Lindquist induced the final Fresno State out for the save.
In the season-opening series against Rice, the bullpen combined to toss 11.0 innings of seven-hit ball without a run during the three-game series at Rice. The Cardinal starting pitchers went 14.0 innings and allowed seven earned runs on 14 hits.
Cardinal Hooks Longhorns
Stanford's two first-inning runs provided enough support for All-American Mark Appel to work with as the senior pitcher matched a career-high with 14 strikeouts in a 2-0 win to open the Texas series.
Stanford nearly handed Texas its second straight shutout but settled for a 7-2 win in game two. Texas seemed ready to redeem its 2-0 game-one setback by loading the bases in the top half of the first. Sophomore LHP John Hochstatter put two on with eight straight balls and allowed an Erich Weiss single before cleanup hitter Mark Payton promptly lined into a 4-6-3 triple play.
"It wasn't my first triple play, but it was a nice one," said junior 2B Danny Diekroeger, who gloved Payton's laser to start the defensive gem.
Diekroeger was one of five Stanford players to notch two hits with sophomore OF Austin Slater driving in a game-high two scores.
Junior SS Lonnie Kauppila doubled off the right-center wall in the bottom of the ninth to score sophomore 3B Alex Blandino from first for a 2-1 walk-off win as Stanford swept its three-game series with No. 22 Texas (March 3) for the second straight season.
In his first career start, freshman RHP Bobby Zarubin limited the Longhorns to a pair of hits on 99 pitches in 8.0 innings for the game-three win.
Home, Sweet Home Opener
Senior RHP Dean McArdle threw 2.0 innings of shutout ball in a starting effort and paved the way for the Cardinal bullpen to secure a 5-0 win over visiting California (Feb. 19). Sophomore RHP David Schmidt stepped in for McArdle in the third and got the win after fanning a pair and permitting three hits in 3.2 innings of work.
No. 11 Stanford evened its record to 2-2 with the win as Cal was handed its first loss on the season after sweeping Michigan in its campaign-opening series.
Freshman OF Drew Jackson and sophomore OF Austin Slater had two hits apiece for Stanford with junior 2B Danny Diekroeger adding a team-high two RBI.
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 the Cardinal's reach. Stanford left 12 on base, stranding runners on first and second in the opening three stanzas.
Senior DH Justin Ringo resumed his role 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.
Senior RHP Mark Appel was named one of 30 college baseball candidates for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award, as announced Feb. 27 by the award committee. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition.
The candidate class will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and those names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans.
The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2013 NCAA College World Series in Omaha, Neb. (June 15-26).
Preseason All-Americans Brian Ragira, Austin Wilson and Mark Appel were named to the Golden Spikes Award Watch List, as announced Feb. 14 by USA Baseball. Sponsored by Major League Baseball, the award goes to the top amateur baseball player in the country.
Stanford and LSU led all schools with three players named to the Watch List. The Watch List features 50 of the nation's top amateur players. The Golden Spikes Award trophy will be awarded live July 19 on MLB Network
Appel, the 2012 NCBWA Pitcher of the Year, was a finalist for last year's Golden Spikes Award.
According to the league's preseason coaches' poll released Feb. 8, Stanford was picked to win the Pac 12 title. The Cardinal has not won a Pac-12 title since copping back-to-back crowns in 2003 (College World Series runner-up) and 2004 (NCAA Regional).
Consensus Preseason Top-10 Choice
Stanford earned high praise from the pollsters and entered the 2013 season as a consensus preseason top-10 team. Here's how the Cardinal fared among the major polls:
No. 4 - Perfect Game
No. 7 - USA Today/ESPN
No. 7 - National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association
No. 9 - Collegiate Baseball
No. 9 - Baseball America
Return of the Mark
Speaking publicly for the first time since announcing his return to The Farm for his senior season, Appel, the only unsigned player among 31 first-round picks last year, handled the barrage of questions with the same poise and composure he shows on the mound during the Bay Area Baseball Media Day on Feb. 7.
On not signing with the Pittsburgh Pirates crossing paths with the team's fans down the road: "If they're going to boo me, then so be it. I'd love to sit down and have a meal with them after the game."
On prepping for the 2013 draft: "Everybody said, `If you don't sign, you're pushing your major league career back a year.' I don't see it that way. I don't understand how people can say that I can't keep working and keep getting better at Stanford. It might be a different situation and scenario than a minor league team, but I still have the opportunities to improve my game, get better, to just grow as a baseball player and a teammate and prepare myself for the next level."
On what he's learned about himself throughout the process: "It's not all about money for me. There are a lot of things I value greater than money. Money means a lot to a lot of people. It seems like a social status. I'm not defined by how much I earn or will earn."
A Look Back at 2012
Stanford tallied a 41-18 record and finished the regular season 12th in the USA Today poll, 13th by Baseball America and 14th by Collegiate Baseball. It was the 25th time since 1981 the Cardinal finished the season ranked in top 15.
Stanford ended its season in the NCAA Super Regional for the second straight season and ninth time since 1999.
The Cardinal roster featured six players who were selected in the MLB Draft, headlined by first round picks RHP Mark Appel and 3B/LF Stephen Piscotty. Players who signed professional contracts included SS Kenny Diekroeger, CF Jake Stewart, C Eric Smith, LHP Brett Mooneyham and LF Tyler Gaffney.
Major League Style
Since the turn of the century, Stanford has had 88 players go on to the Majors. Head coach Mark Marquess has coached 56 Major Leaguers since 1977.
The Cardinal has had a number of great two-sport stars. One of the first was Ernie Nevers, who starred for the Cardinal in the early part of the 20th century.
This list is quite impressive: NFL Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway, current head coach Mark Marquess (punter, wide receiver and quarterback with Jim Plunkett in the late 1960s) and NFL Executive Ray Anderson. Major League pitcher Joe Borchard (also a Cardinal quarterback), NFL and MLB player Chad Hutchinson (RHP and quarterback), 1940s Major Leaguer and Korea War pilot Lloyd Merriman, Brian Johnson (quarterback), Toi Cook (NFL veteran and member of the 1987 College World Series team) and John Lynch (quarterback and RHP).
Orange Bowl Champion and running back Tyler Gaffney played baseball on The Farm and helped pave the way for the most recent addition to the fraternity, freshman OF Zach Hoffpauir. Hoffpauir was a backup strong safety for the 2013 Rose Bowl champions.
Stanford Over Pittsburgh, Football Over Baseball
Tyler Gaffney is still a former Stanford outfielder, but he's no longer a former Stanford running back.
Gaffney announced Feb. 11 that he is returning to The Farm after spending last season playing baseball for the Pittsburgh Pirates organization. Gaffney will be completing work toward his degree and will play with the Cardinal football program next season.
Selected in the 24th round of the 2012 MLB Draft, Gaffney hit .297 in 38 games for the Pirates' Class-A affiliate State College Spikes.
This Is Stanford Baseball
Stanford's baseball program has been setting the nation's standard for 119 years. Just some of the achievements of the historic college baseball program include two College World Series titles, nine NCAA Super Regional victories (since 1999), 28 NCAA Regional crowns, 17 conference titles and over 2,500 wins - a total which ranks fifth all-time in the history of Division I college baseball.
Stanford student-athletes are not only leading the way on field, but also in the classroom. Stanford provides the most unique experience in college baseball, providing an environment to achieve success through the challenge of both academics and baseball at the highest level. Our players take enormous pride in their unending work ethic and competitive spirit in all phases of their lives. Stanford provides the ultimate challenge to these special student-athletes and leads them on the way to success.
-- #farmBall --