The No. 2-ranked Stanford Cardinal baseball team opens up their 2012 regular season campaign on Friday as they play host to the No. 10-ranked Vanderbilt Boilermakers for a three game set.
Stanford is coming off an NCAA Super Regional appearance in 2011 and are returning seven starters and 10 pitchers with Division-I experience to the squad this year. Mark Marquess enters his 36th year as the skipper of the Caridnal, and hopes to make a big splash this season by taking the inaugural Pac-12 title and hopefully making a deep run in the playoffs.
Four Pac-12 teams are also ranked in the national top-25 this year, making the Cardinal's schedule one of the the nation's toughest that also includes visits from No. 5 Texas and No. 6 Rice during the season.
Feb. 17 @ Stanford 5:30 p.m.
L-Ziomek (3-0, 1.59) vs.
R-Appel (6-7, 3.02)
Feb. 18 @ Stanford 1:00 p.m.
R-VerHagen (JC) or R-Beede (frosh) vs.
L-Mooneyham (3-7, 5.07 in 2010)
Feb. 19 @ Stanford 1:00 p.m.
L-Selman (0-0, 1.42) vs.
R-Vanegas (1-0, 3.35) / R-McArdle (7-4, 4.21)
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