Stanford And Nebraska Split Doubleheader To Open 2008 Season

Feb. 22, 2008

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Stanford, Calif. - Stanford (1-1) and Nebraska (1-1) split a doubleheader to open the 2008 college baseball season on Friday at Klein Field at Sunken Diamond. The Cardinal took the opener, 17-7, before Nebraska rallied with a 9-2 win in the nightcap.

Cord Phelps hit the first two home run of his career and drove in a career-high four runs to lead the Cardinal offense in the opener, while Jeremy Bleich (1-0) earned the victory with 6.0 innings of one-hit shutout work on the hill.

'It felt great,' said Phelps, a junior who had not homered during his first two seasons at Stanford. 'Everybody was hitting the ball really well. Their pitchers made some mistakes, and we made them pay for it.'

'I didn't necessarily have my best stuff, but I battled,' offered Bleich. 'It was great to get all that run support early.

Phelps led off the bottom of the first with a opposite field home run over the left field wall to start a five-run Cardinal scoring outburst.Johnny Dorn (1-0) held Stanford's to just one unearned run and three hits with seven strikeouts to win the nightcap, while DJ Belfonte (4-6, 2 2B, 4 RBI) drove in four and also scored four times to pace the Husker offense.

'Jeremy Bleich pitched really well for us in the first game, but then in the second game we just didn't do anything offensively,' summarized Stanford head coach Mark Marquess.

The teams are scheduled to play the third game of a four-game non-conference series on Saturday with the start time of the contest moved up one hour to 1:00 pm, PT, due to the weather forecast. Nebraska RHP Dan Jennings is scheduled to take the hill against Stanford RHP Max Fearnow.

A full recap will follow.

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