The Stanford Cardinal and California Golden Bears have had a terrific run in their respective regular season schedules, and are nearing the start of the NCAA postseason and the Pac-10 tournament. And what a better way to end their year but with a three game series against one another?
Before we get to that, let's see how each team fared over the last week and some standout performances from a few of the Bay's top collegiate ballplayers:
Stanford is sitting at 30-19 for the season so far, including a 5-3 record in their last eight games. The Cardinal just finished a three game series against Arizona at Sunken Diamond, taking two of the three including a 2-1 win on Sunday. Austin Wilson drove home the winning run as part of a two run eighth inning for the Cardinal as Tyler Gafney was 2-4 with an RBI and a run as well, improving his totals to .313 BA and 80 RBI for the year. Stanford will have host Cal Poly for one game Tuesday at Sunken Diamond before heading over to Berkeley for their three game set with Cal over the weekend, the last of the regular NCAA season. Stanford is 39-4 against Cal Poly since 1959, with their last meeting in 2004.
As for Cal, they sit at 30-18 for the year and are 4-4 in their last eight games. They had a big break from the 8th to the 18th of May, but played four games in the last week including dropping two of three in Los Angeles to UCLA. After taking the first game of the series 4-0, they dropped the next two including a 5-2 loss on Sunday. Catcher Chard Krist leads the Pac-10 with 22 doubles this season, while second baseman Tony Renda is fifth in the league with 68 hits. The Golden Bears will play Pacific Tuesday afternoon before they host Stanford at Evans Diamond this weekend, including a doubleheader on Saturday.