Tuesday Tilt at #11 Cal

Cardinal(14-8, 4-2)
Evans Diamond
Berkeley, Calif.
April 5, 2016 Tickets
#11 Cal
Bears(18-6, 7-2)
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Probable Starters
LHP John Hochstatter
(0-0, 4.50 ERA)
7 p.m.
RHP Tanner Dodson
(0-2, 3.12 ERA)

Stanford has won its first two Pac-12 series for the first time since 2013, and now makes the trip up to Berkeley to face long-time rival Cal in a non-conference matchup on Tuesday. First pitch is at 7 p.m., and can be seen on the Pac-12 Networks.

Series History

All-time vs. Cal
• Since 1959: 195-104 (.651) | Streak: Stanford, 2
• Last Year: W (4-2), L (10-11), W (12-6), W (4-0), L (1-11)

• Stanford won two of three in the Pac-12 series in Berkeley last season, and the teams split the non-conference matchups at Sunken Diamond.
• California has not won a season series against Stanford since 2008.
• Tuesday’s game and the April 19 matchup do not count toward the Pac-12 standings.
• The Bears are coached by former Stanford player David Esquer.
• Esquer was the starting shortstop on Stanford’s 1987 national championship squad.
• Esquer earned a bachelor’s in economics and a master’s in sociology from Stanford.

Against Cal
• Tommy Edman is hitting .382 (13-of-34) with 10 runs and nine RBI in nine career games.
• Lefty Andrew Summerville threw seven shut out innings to earn the win over Cal last year.
• Matt Winaker is a career .412 hitter against the Bears (7-of-17) with three doubles (five gms).

We're No. 1

• Stanford is No. 1 in the nation in fielding percentage (.988).
• The Cardinal have made the fewest errors in the country (295 teams) with just 10 in
the first 22 games, and none in the last 29 innings.
• The Cardinal has allowed the fewest runs in the nation this year (64).
• In addition to those two categories, Stanford pitching also leads the Pac-12 in ERA (2.48), opposing batting average (.215), and fewest hits (151), walks (68), doubles (22), and home runs (5) allowed.
• Most of those numbers aren’t even close:
     - Stanford has allowed 25 fewer runs than No. 2 Oregon (88).
     - Cardinal has allowed just 29 extra-base hits this year. Every other team in the Pac-12 has allowed at least 38.
     - Stanford has allowed nearly 100 fewer hits than UCLA and Arizona (238).

Stanford Stats

• Stanford is also No. 8 in the NCAA in WHIP (1.10).
• Stanford is 12-1 when holding its opponent under three runs, and 2-7 when its opponent scores three or more.
• The Cardinal is 8-1 this year when scoring first and 7-0 when hitting a home run.

Stanford Streaks

• Sophomore Matt Winaker has reached base in nine straight games—matches junior catcher Alex Dunlap who reached base in his first nine games—for the longest streak of the season for a Stanford player.
• Junior shortstop Tommy Edman has played in 111 straight games (started 108 in a row).
• Three-game sweep of Kansas was Stanford’s first since May 24-25, 2015 at Utah.
• Stanford has won its first two Pac-12 series for the first time since 2013 (also against Washington State and USC).

Closing the Door

• Stanford’s bullpen has an ERA of 1.72 and opponents are hitting just .201.
• The reserves also have 91 strikeouts (compared to just 36 walks and 59 hits) in 83.2 inn.
• Seven different pitchers have an ERA under 2.00 coming out of the bullpen this year.
• Stanford is 13-0 when leading after seven innings this season.

Fab Freshmen

• Tristan Beck leads the team in wins (4), Nico Hoerner has started every game, Duke Kinamon has started 10 in a row, and Brandon Wulff went 3-for-3 with 4 RBI on Sunday.
• Beck became the second Stanford freshman to start Opening Day since Mike Mussina in 1988 (teammate Cal Quantrill was the other in 2014).
• In all, head coach Mark Marquess added 11 freshmen in his latest recruiting class.
• Three pitchers (one lefty), four infielders, three outfielders and a catcher. Six are from the homestate of California, three from Georgia and one apiece from Colorado & Nevada.

Pac-12 Pitchers of the Week

• Stanford won the first two Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week awards this season.
Colton Hock earned the award on March 1 after throwing 5.2 scoreless innings in relief in the longest recorded shut out in the program’s history (since 1959)—Stanford won at #23 Texas, 1-0 in 12 innings, on Feb. 25. Hock finished with a career-high eight strikeouts and allowed just three hits.
Tristan Beck earned the conference honor in the first week—he was the first Stanford hurler to win the award since 2013 MLB first overall pick Mark Appel in May of 2013.

2016 Schedule

• 54 regular season games, 30 at Klein Field.
• More than half of the schedule (30/55, 54.5%) is against 2015 tournament teams.
• Cal (5), Texas (4), Cal St. Fullerton (3), UCLA (3), USC (3), Oregon (3), Oregon State (3), Arizona State (3), Vanderbilt (3).
• Though the Top 25 rankings vary, each has included at least 20+ games for Stanford against Top 25 opponents.
• 11-day break from March 7-17 for finals.
• Longest homestand was seven games and 20 days long (March 1-20).
• Longest road swing is four games (four times).
• First 11 games were played in 13 days.
• Eighteen Stanford baseball games will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Networks in 2016.

Weekend Recap

• Despite another brillant outing from freshman Tristan Beck, Stanford fell, 1-0 in the series opener against USC on Friday. Beck allowed just one run and three hits in 7.1 innings, and struck out eight. But the Cardinal managed just three hits. USC scored the game’s only run in the sixth when the leadoff man was hit by a pitch, advanced on bunt and scored on a single.
• Stanford came back from an 8-2 deficit in the fourth inning with nine unanswered runs. A five-run sixth, capped by a two-run single by Tommy Edman, tied the game at 8-8. Mikey Diekroeger, who went 3-for-3 with three extra base hits and a career-high four runs, hit a go-ahead, solo home run in the seventh and the Cardinal went on to win, 11-8.
• Alex Dunlap and Brandon Wulff combined for seven RBI, and Brett Hanewich went seven innings without allowing an earned run in a series-clinching 8-1 victory on Sunday evening. Much like one day earlier when the Cardinal scored the last nine runs, the Cardinal scored the final eight runs of the day on Sunday.

Diekroeger Dominates USC

Strong weekend from Mikey Diekroeger8-for-15 (.467), four doubles, GW HR, eight runs.933 slugging percentage, .556 on-base percentage

Posted by Stanford Baseball on Monday, April 4, 2016

Up Next

• Stanford plays at home for all but two mid-week games between March 1-April 5.
• Stanford’s overnight trip at UCLA, April 7-9, will be its first since Feb. 25-28 at Texas.