Stan-UT: Let's Play Baseball

By Glenn Tanner - February 16, 2007

Two teams that practically have standing reservations in Omaha meet for a three-game series here in Round Rock. Stanford and Texas have combined for 43 College World Series appearances and eight national titles. They met last year in the Austin Regional, where 3-seed Stanford shocked the Longhorns with a 12-8 beatdown, then bashed their way to a Super Regional berth.

Nolan Gallagher starts on the mound today for the Cardinal. He also started the Regional game against the Horns last year. He gave up three first-inning runs in that game, but settled down to pitch brilliantly, logging a stretch where he retired 19 of 21 batters. Gallagher allowed six earned runs in only three innings in the Cardinal’s season-opener against Fullerton, but he pitched well last Friday against Fresno State, throwing four strong innings before a rain delay ended his day.

Texas will start juco transfer James Russell, who was a hard-luck loser in his Longhorn debut two weekends ago against San Diego. Augie Garrido gave him the Friday night start last weekend at Long Beach, but Russell struggled with his control and didn’t make it out of the fourth. He was able to pitch in relief two days later, throwing three scoreless innings in relief. Russell is the son of former major league closer Jeff Russell.

It’s cloudless but only 48 degrees here. Texas is on the field and we’re ready to go!

Posted by Glenn Tanner at 03:31 PM on February 16, 2007

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