Nationally No. 17-ranked Stanford will tune up for a Pac-10 Conference baseball series with Oregon State this weekend by hosting Pacific on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in Sunken Diamond. The Cardinal comes in 15-9 while the Tigers bring a 10-18 record.
Stanford has played 15 of its first 24 games on the road, including five of the first six weekends of the season. The Cardinal now will play the its next 10 games in the Bay Area, including games at Santa Clara on April 19 and St. Mary's on April 26. Stanford is 8-1 at Sunken Diamond this season.
The Oregon State series will be the fourth weekend series of the year against a top-20 opponent and the start of likely three-straight weekends against the top-25 -- the Beavers, UCLA and at Arizona State.
Stanford, meanwhile, is 54-9-1 all-time against Pacific. The last times the teams met, in 2010, it ended in a 1-1 deadlock. The two programs have met every year since 2005, with Stanford going 12-4.
Former Stanford standout Ed Sprague is in his eighth year as head coach for Pacific. The Tigers had their first back-to-back 30-win seasons in 2005 and 2006 and went 31-23 last year, setting a school-record for victories. Senior outfielder Matthew Carvutto is hitting .357, while Brian Martin is chipping in a .333 average from first base. Pacific is batting .268 on the season with a .971 fielding clip and 6.04 team ERA. Pacific has dropped two of three from both Long Beach State and UC Davis to begin Big West play at 2-4.
After remaining at No. 11 in the rankings for the previous two weeks, Stanford lost two of three games to host USC last weekend and dropped to No. 17 in Baseball America, 21st in Collegiate Baseball and No. 23 in the USA Today/ Coaches Poll. Stanford began the season No. 10 and moved up to No. 8 on February 21.
Nationally No. 13-ranked Stanford plays host to Bay Area rival San Jose State on Tuesday at 6 p.m.
The Cardinal (26-8) is coming off a strong showing on the road at No. 6 UCLA, taking last weekend's series 2-1. Stanford defeated the Bruins, 6-2, on Saturday and 5-1 on Sunday. The teams opened the weekend with a 14-inning 6-5 win for UCLA. Stanford pitcher Teagan Gerhart threw a career-high 13 innings in the marathon contest.
Leading the way offensively for the Cardinal is junior shortstop Ashley Hansen. She hit .615 on the weekend (8-for-13) with two doubles, three RBI and two runs scored. Gerhart also produced offensively, hitting .429 on the weekend, including a double, three runs scored and two stolen bases.
A pair of freshman also came up big for the Cardinal in Los Angeles. Cory Hanewich and Danielle Miller combined to drive in 11 of Stanford's 16 runs. All three of Hanewich's hits went for extra bases (double, triple and a home run), while Miller registered a team-high six RBI.
San Jose State (16-25) went 2-2 last week, defeating UC Davis on April 6 and Utah State in the second game of a doubleheader, Saturday. The win over the Aggies was the Spartans' second WAC win of the season.
Track and field
Gunn High grad Allegra Mayer of Northwestern University won the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase at the Chicagoland Championship track and field meet hosted by the University of Chicago last Friday. It was Mayer's first time competing in the event.
The week before, she won the 3,000 meters at the Haydon Invitational Track Meet, also at the University of Chicago. She completed the 2010 cross-country season with a 6K best of 22:21 at the Midwest Regional and was named to the Academic All Big Ten. She is enrolled in the Honors Integrated Science Program at Northwestern and was recently named a recipient of the Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration.
At Gunn, she was a three-time MVP and two-year captain and helped her cross-country squad qualify for the CIF State meet in three consecutive seasons.