Cardinal Travel to Pacific on Tuesday

March 22, 2010

STANFORD, Calif.-- No. 19-ranked Stanford (10-4) will travel across the region to play at the University of the Pacific (12-7) for a Tuesday affair at 6 p.m prior to opening up Pac-10 play this weekend at home against the University of Southern California.

Neither team has announced a starter for Tuesday.

The USC series will mark four straight home games for the Cardinal, as the University of San Francisco comes to Stanford on Monday, March 29 after the Trojans play three straight at Klein Field at Sunken Diamond on Friday at 5:30 p.m and Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m.

Sunday will also be youth baseball day at the park where little leaguers, 14 and under, in uniform will be admitted for $1 each and get to meet the Cardinal players and receive autographs after the game.

Since Stanford won over Pacific, 11-6, at Sunken Diamond on February 24, the Tigers have taken three-game series over Nevada, Seattle University and USC, and gone 10-5. Stanford has won five of its last six.

The Cardinal, who hit .375 last weekend in its sweep of Pepperdine, have risen to over .300 as a team, checking in at .306 to begin the week. Three freshmen are hitting over .300.

Freshman third baseman Kenny Diekroeger leads the club with a .378 average and enters the week with an eight-game hitting streak. He has also driven in 12, tying him with junior shortstop Jake Schlander for the team lead.

Fellow freshman Tyler Gaffney, who is also participating in spring football drills after being one of the understudies to Heisman runner-up Toby Gerhart at running back, has hit safely in the last six games. The outfielder is hitting .346 with five of his nine hits going for extra bases for a .615 slugging percentage.

Rookie outfielder and first baseman Stephen Piscotty is batting .345 with a team-high 17 runs and team-leading seven doubles.

Part-time starters, Adam Gaylord (10-for-17, .588), Jonathan Kaskow (.375) and Christian Griffiths (.360) have all made the most of their opportunities over the first 14 games.

Stanford, following the weekend sweep of Pepperdine, moved up to No. 19 in Baseball America (from No. 23), to No. 26 in Collegiate Baseball (from No. 29) and No. 29 in the USA Today/Coaches Poll (from No. 30).

Former Cardinal great, Ed Sprague, has his Pacific club batting .343 on the season, paced by first baseman Brian Martin's .415 average and second baseman J.B. Brown's .403 mark. Martin has 10 of the team's 51 doubles and 17 RBIs, while third baseman Mike Walker, who is batting .351, has driven in a team-high 21 runs. The team is fielding at a .975 clip, having made just 18 errors in 19 games, while the pitching staff has a 5.02 ERA. The Tigers play San Jose State in a three-game series this weekend.

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