PALO ALTO, Calif. – Mark Appel struck out 14 in a complete-game three-hitter Friday as the No. 15/6 Stanford Cardinal shut out the NR/No. 22 Texas Longhorns, 2-0, in the first game of a non-conference series at Sunken Diamond.
Appel did not allow a hit until two outs in the sixth inning, an infield single by Texas designated hitter Matt Moynihan. The Stanford righty struck out the side twice as the Cardinal improved to 7-3 on the season.
Parker French was saddled with the loss for Texas (6-3), giving up two runs (both in the first inning) on six hits in seven innings with a walk and three strikeouts. After allowing two runs in the first, French settled down by retiring 12 straight batters until a walk in the fifth.
Jonny Locher hit the first pitch by French down the third base line for a leadoff double. Danny Diekroeger then hit a chopper up the middle to score a run as Weston Hall overran the ball, allowing Diekroeger to advance to third. French then threw a wild pitch as Stanford took a 2-0 lead in the first for the only scoring of the game.
Moynihan recorded his second hit of the game with a leadoff single in the ninth, but Appel struck out pinch-hitter Collin Shaw and induced a game-ending double play from Erich Weiss.
The series continues tomorrow and Sunday with a 3 p.m. Central Time start for both games, which will be carried live on AM 1300 The Zone. Gametracker live stats will be be available on TexasSports.com with live Twitter updates @Texas_Baseball.
Notes: Parker French has thrown at least 6 1/3 innings in his three starts this season and has thrown seven innings in a game twice…Stanford scored twice in the first inning after Texas had allowed only one first-inning run combined in the first eight games this season…Texas committed a season-high three errors in tonight’s game…Texas was shut out for the first time since a 5-0 loss to Missouri in the first game of the Big 12 Tournament last year (May 23, 2012).