It’s two games into the college baseball season and Stanford’s bats have been on absolute fire. Yesterday, there were lots of homers – three of them, including an inside-the-parker from Eric Smith (Stanford’s first since Cord Phelps did it against Texas in 2008). Stanford won 8-3, with Mark Appel going seven innings and giving up a run on two hits.
Here is my dramatic reenactment of this game.
Vanderbilt’s defense/various baseballs hit by Stanford’s offense/etc.:
I’m a good writer, guys.
As I write this, it’s the bottom of the seventh in game two, and Stanford is again up on Vanderbilt by a lot, this time 9-3. My favorite pitcher, Brett Mooneyham, went six innings and racked up eight strikeouts. Stanford is still firing on all cylinders, and I absolutely love it, especially given that Vanderbilt has a great track record of its own and is ranked 10th nationally. (We’re ranked 2nd nationally, but whatever. Vanderbilt’s a good team and you can’t overestimate your enemies.)
I really, really like the look of this team this year. A full recap of this game – game two – will come later, once it’s actually over, but for now I just wanted to point out that I like what I’m seeing from these guys. They’re hungry, offensively potent, and they know how to pitch. Color me impressed, boys.