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Eight is Great: Hot Streak Continues

Kauppila's defense and bat have been key

In less than a year, Stanford baseball has made the remarkable transformation from a power-centric team to one that is rolling via pitching and defense. The result: late-inning heroics and a few celebratory pies to the face.

Last season, Stanford baseball's torrid start, fueled by awe-inspiring early offensive explosions, positioned the team at 10-1 through 11 games. Fast forward one year. Perhaps the Cardinal's sluggish season opening start at Rice allowed the club to duck under the radar. Maybe the marked early decrease in offensive production lulled some onlookers to sleep. After all, 2012 Stanford baseball...

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