The final season under legendary coach Mark Marquess begins Thursday. Stanford baseball opens the year with a three-game set at Cal State Fullerton, and a road Monday matinee at Cal Poly.
Lefthander Kris Bubic, a Mitty grad, gets the start in Thursday's 7 p.m. opener. He became a valuable pitcher from the start, appearing in 21 games, including six starts. He'll be looking for his first career victory.
Marquess has a 131-64 record in postseason play, including a 36-25 (.590) record at 14 College World Series.
Stanford finished last season ranked first in the nation in fielding percentage (.983), a school record. The Cardinal's 35 errors last season were the fewest in the country (295 teams), and also a program record.
Last year's pitching staff finished atop the Pac-12 in ERA (3.17), fewest hits allowed (412), fewest runs allowed (201), and fewest home runs (18) allowed.
Stanford returns all of its starting pitching and the majority of its bullpen. Every regular starter, with the exception of shortstop Tommy Edman, now in the St. Louis Cardinals organization.
Pac-12 coaches predicted Stanford to finish second, behind Oregon State, in the conference.
The Cardinal has played 103 games against Cal State Fullerton and owns a 59-44 record against the Titans, including five of the last seven.
Stanford and Cal State Fullerton also play Saturday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. The Cardinal plays at Cal Poly at 1 p.m. Monday before returning to host Kansas in a three-game set Feb. 24-26.