Quinn Brodey, Stanford

Quinn Brodey, Stanford (Stanford photo)


Brodey, Stanford Strongly Impress


HOUSTON — Legendary Stanford head coach Mark Marquess is in his 41st and final season as the head man for the Cardinal. Yet, he still gets surprised and at a loss for words at some things that happen in baseball.

One of those moments was Thursday night in the series opener against Rice. The Cardinal certainly possesses some talented hitters and has played a stout schedule through the first three weeks. However, this was a team that entered the opener against the Owls with a .262 team batting average and limited power production.

You’d never know that by the way they hit on this night, banging out 17 hits and scoring 16 runs in a 16-6 victory, along with ample power production — homers from sizzling hot Quinn Brodey and Alex Dunlap.

It was a statement made for the Stanford offense after being held at bay by the electric arms at Cal State Fullerton and Texas two of the past three weekends.

“It’s hard to figure out. I don’t know, I really don’t know, but hey, we’ll take it,” Marquess joked when asked about the offensive explosion. “Those are the kinds of things you have to do to win. If you don’t do them, you’re going to drive even old coaches like me crazy. It was nice to see because we’ve pitched well and played good defense so far this year.

“We’ve just pitched really well. Coach Filter has done a great job and we’ve just pitched so god darn well,” he continued. “Fullerton has great pitching, Texas has good pitching, so we kind of found out where we needed to improve [offensively].”

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