Big things are expected out of the Stanford baseball program, if Collegiate Baseball has its finger on the right vein to take the pulse.
Around Sunken Diamond, expectations are always high.
Stanford right-hander Mark Appel was named to Collegiate Baseball's preseason All-American first team and infielder Kenny Diekroeger, a Menlo School grad, was named to its second team on Tuesday.
Stephen Piscotty was named a preseason All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers earlier in the month.
Appel earned Stanford's ace designation last year, recording a 6-7 record with a 3.02 ERA over 110 1/3 innings. He is currently projected as the No. 1 overall pick in the First-Year Player draft this June.
Diekroeger, also a potential first round pick, hit .293 with 31 runs and 31 RBI as the team's shortstop. As a freshman third baseman he hit a team-best .356 and carries a .324 career average into the season.
Collegiate Baseball ranked Stanford No. 3 nationally in its preseason poll. The Cardinal opens the season with a three-game series against visiting Vanderbilt beginning February 17. Texas and Rice are also on the nonconference slate.
Stanford grad Cassidy Krug finished fourth in the quarterfinals of the 3-meter event Tuesday at the USA Diving Winter National Championships in Knoxville, TN.
Krug advances to Wednesday's semifinal, and, perhaps, the finals.
Krug recorded a 336.45 to finish behind Woodlands' Christina Loukas (356.25), Minnesota's Kelci Bryant (341.40) and Woodlands' Kassidy Cook (337.75).
Stanford recruit Kelly Markle finished 33rd in the event with a mark of 212.25.
Stanford remains in first place in the second fall Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings with 260 total points, but the Cardinal's lead has shrunk despite winning the national championship in women's soccer.
Stanford also has placed fifth in men's cross country, ninth in field hockey and 10th in women's cross country to main its lead over North Carolina (254 points).
The Tar Heels captured the men's soccer national championship, finished in second place in field hockey and ninth in women's soccer.
In third place with 228 points is Maryland. The Terrapins won the field hockey national championship and placed ninth in both men's and women's soccer.
Florida State occupies the fourth spot with 217 total points. The Seminoles earned a third place finish in women's soccer, fourth place finish in women's cross country and placed 12th in men's cross country.
Rounding out the top five is UCLA. The Bruins' second-place finish in men's water polo, third-place finish in men's soccer and 17th place in women's soccer gives them 203 total points. UCLA, however, stands to move up later this week following a victory by the women's volleyball team in the NCAA title match.