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Stanford Vs. Texas, Series Recap: Mark Appel, Stephen Piscotty Lead Cardinal To Series Sweep

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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