Baseball Has Busy Week Ahead
March 1, 2010
STANFORD, Calif.-- No. 24-ranked Stanford (4-3), after being swept at No. 3-ranked Texas this past weekend, will have a busy week playing five games in Northern California, of which four will count. The team will host an exhibition Tuesday, play at UC Davis on Wednesday and host UC Santa Barbara this weekend.
The Cardinal will host Rikkyo-Japan in an exhibition game on Tuesday at Klein Field at Sunken Diamond at 2:30 p.m., before traveling to UC Davis (4-3) for a non-conference game on Wednesday at 2 p.m. This weekend the Cardinal returns home for a three-game series with another Big West team, UC Santa Barbara (2-2), on Friday at 5:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. The team will then be off until March 19 for finals.
Rikkyo is in the midst of a tour around California playing UC Irvine, USC, Fresno Pacific, Stanford and USF. Rikkyo plays in a six-team collegiate league in Japan, and similar to Stanford, has one of the strictest admissions policies in the country, academically. The six teams play eight weekend seasons in the spring and autumn with each team playing a best of three series each weekend.
UC Davis, which hosts Nevada on Monday, dropped two of three to Brigham Young last weekend after taking two of three from Utah to open the season. The Aggies also beat Cal 8-0 in a midweek affair.
Through the first seven games this season, Daniel Cepin has a .370 average, while Scott Lyman is hitting .360. Rex Peters' club is batting .297 as a team, with a .961 fielding percentage. On the mound, UCD has a 3.00 ERA and a .259 opponent batting average. Justin Schafer is the team's leading returning hitter, batting .338 last year.
UCD is coming off a 13-42 campaign reaching its first Division-I NCAA Regional in 2008. Stanford leads the all-time series 43-13. The Aggies are picked to finish last in the Big West, UCSB sixth.
Stanford, after entering the series in Austin averaging 9.5 runs per game, scored just five runs against one of the nation's toughest pitching staffs. With the three losses, the Cardinal dropped from No. 18 to No. 24 nationally in the USA Today Coaches Poll and in Baseball America. The Cardinal are No. 27 in Collegiate Baseball.
Second baseman Colin Walsh, who hit his first career homer, a grand slam against Pacific last week, leads the team with a .375 average. First baseman Jonathan Kaskow is batting .353, while freshman infielder Kenny Diekroeger has a .350 mark.
Neither team has announced a starter for Wednesday.