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NCAA baseball Mark Marquess said. “They’ve had an outstanding season. That’s a strong opponent for us.� Fresno State handed Stanford its first loss of the season on March 2, scoring seven runs on eight hits in eight innings against Appel. Take that game away and Appel would be 9-0 with a 1.94 ERA. “The team is focused,� said Piscotty. “We all know what the goal is. Now that it’s time to play, we’re all engaged and ready to go. Coach is always stressing to us, ‘What have you done for us lately?’ And the answer is always nothing. You have to go out and perform.� There will be some connections between the two teams. Stanford senior pitcher Brian Busick was a high school teammate of Fresno State junior catcher Austin Wynns at Poway; Piscotty and Fresno State’s Will Anderson played at rival high schools in Pleasanton; and Cardinal Brant Whiting and the Bulldogs’ Christian Belleque both played high school ball in Fullerton. The Bulldogs are just one of three teams in the regional who have won a national title. Stanford won backto-back titles in 1987-88 and Pepperdine won it all in 1992. “It’s a strong field but I don’t think there is a weak field,� Marquess said. “All the teams are playing well at the right time. There were a lot of good teams left out.� Among those who will be spectators are Arizona State, Gonzaga and Texas. Stanford is hosting an NCAA regional for the 15th time, and the first since 2008, during the Marquess era. The Cardinal was 55-12 in the previous 14 and advanced to 11 College World Series in Omaha. “The reason we play is to get to the postseason,� Piscotty said. “It’s time for all the hard work to start paying off.�

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At Sunken Diamond FRIDAY Game 1 — No. 2 Pepperdine vs. No. 3 Michigan St., 1 p.m. Game 2 — No. 1 Stanford vs. No. 4 Fresno St., 6 p.m. SATURDAY Game 3 — Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser, 1 p.m. Game 4 — Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 6 p.m. SUNDAY Game 5 — Game 4 loser vs. Game 3 winner, 1 p.m. Game 6 — Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 6 p.m. MONDAY Game 7 — Challenge game (if necessary) Stanford-hosted regionals (14 years, 55-12 overall, 43-10 Regional, 12-2 Super Regional, 11 CWS berths) 1983, 3-0, CWS

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The Cardinal is 11-10 against the Piscotty (5-2) stepped into the NCAA field, including series wins starting rotation and finished up over Vanderbilt, Rice, UCLA and with five wins on the year and an Fresno State. ERA of 2.57. The winner of the Stanford re“I’ve pitched all my life and it gional will be matched with the was cool to get a few starts here,� winner of the Tallahassee regional, he said. “I’m not thinking about it hosted by Florida State, seeded as a pro career. My whole approach third nationally. UCLA earned the is to throw strikes and make them overall No. 2 seed and Oregon is drive in the runs because I’m not seeded fifth. Arizona is also host- going to walk anyone. I’m happy to ing a regional. do whatever is asked and not think Stanford ended the about it.� regular season with a Appel enters the post5-3 victory over visiting season as the Pac-12 California last Sunday. leader in strikeouts with Piscotty was the winning 116. Appel is a semifipitcher and Jake Stewart nalist for the Dick Howssupplied the power with er Trophy and Golden a three-run homer in the Spikes Award, given to second inning. the nation’s top player. “We wanted to get Piscotty hit .319 during some momentum back the regular season with a and play the game the the Pac-12’s third-highest Stephen Piscotty way we want to play,� total in RBI with 54. He Stewart said. “The sehas started every game in niors were talking about how this his career at first, left, third base, is the first time they will play a re- pitcher or designated hitter and is a gional at home. We’ll go out there, finalist for the Olerud Award, given be excited and play with energy.� to college baseball’s top two-way The Cardinal ended the year by player. winning nine of its final 11 games, Both players are projected to be more than enough to warrant host- first-round picks on June 4, during ing. the first round of the MLB Draft Stanford finished tied for fourth starting at 4 p.m. on MLB Netplace in the Pac-12, with Arizona work. State and Oregon State, a mere two Austin Wilson, Brian Ragira, games behind co-champs Arizona Alex Blandino and Eric Smith all and UCLA and a game behind were named All-Pac-12 honorable third-place Oregon. mention. Wilson and Ragira got it The Cardinal never lost more than for the second straight year. Wilson three in a row all season, something is hitting .290 with nine homers that can be attributed to different and 46 RBI, while Ragira is batting guys stepping up to fill in for injured .318 with 47 RBI. Both have started and/or slumping players. Alex Blan- every game in right and at first, redino, Dominic Jose, Danny Diek- spectively. roeger and Brett Michael Doran Smith is the team’s leading hitter found themselves in the lineup. at .329 after 45 regular-season starts “Those guys came in ready to at catcher. Blandino, the team’s play,� Stewart said. “We didn’t miss freshman third baseman, is hitting a beat because of them. It’s great to .289 with 35 RBI and seven homhave that kind of depth.� ers. N

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Section 1 of the June 1, 2012 edition of the Palo Alto Weekly