Mark Appel and Stephen Piscotty are proving why they're some of the top MLB prospects in the land, each playing an integral part in the No. 2 Stanford Cardinal's early success this season.
Piscotty used two at-bats in the fourth inning to drive in four runs as part of a 13-run inning that powered the No. 2-Stanford Cardinal (7-0) to a 15-1 victory over the No. 7-ranked Texas (2-5), ensuring the series sweep at Sunken Diamond in Palo Alto.
It was the first Stanford sweep of Texas ever between these two schools, decimating the Longhorns with 28 runs and a .364 batting average in the three games set, including 17 hits on Sunday.
Freshman John Hochstatter (2-0) pitched six and 1/3 innings, giving up one run on only five hits, four strikeouts and three walks. Not too shabby for his first career collegiate start.
As for ace Mark Appel (2-0), he and third baseman Jake Stewart led the way in the Card's 7-2 victory in the series opener on Friday, striking out 10 while taking a shutout into the eighth inning, while Stewart hit his first home run of the season as part of his three hit day.
Brett Mooneyham (2-0) held his ground on Saturday as well, striking out seven over eight innings of work, while and Kenny Diekroeger and Jake Stewart's three hits apiece paced the Card to a 6-2 series clincher on Saturday.
The Card host UC Davis for a one gamer on Tuesday, then head down to Fresno State to take on the Bulldogs for a weekend set on the road starting Friday.
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