Stanford: A Five-Tool TeamAt The Ballpark
PALO ALTO, Calif. — Much like a stud prospect that the scouts label as a “five-tool” talent – well-rounded in all areas of the game – Stanford appears to be a very well-rounded team in 2018. At least that’s what I’ve seen in the past two nights at Sunken Diamond as the Cardinal has taken a 2-0 lead over a very good Rice team in the four-game series.
Friday, the Trees started slow… very slow. Rice starter Matt Canterino kept them all locked up for the first six innings. Even though they scored two runs in the second inning, the Owls came back to tie the game 2-2 in the top of the fifth inning. Canterino had given up just two hits, one of which could easily have been an error or an out as Owl left fielder Dominic Cox misjudged a sky-high pop-up near the foul pole. This was certainly anybody’s game after six innings.
“That Rice pitcher did a nice job of getting the better of us,” Stanford coach Dave Esquer said afterward. “For the first five innings we didn’t play well at all. But I could hear our guys in our dugout saying, ‘Let’s turn this thing around.’ and ‘Just because we played so-so in the first five innings doesn’t mean we’re going to lose.’ You need a mentally tough team to do that in order to get a win over a really good Rice team.”