June 3, 2011
FULLERTON (AP) Mark Appel struck out eight in a complete game and Stanford routed Kansas State 10-3 on Friday in the first game of the NCAA FullertonRegional."I feel like all my pitches were working," Appel said. "The key was keeping pitches low in the zone. It's definitely one of my better games allseason."Appel (6-6) limited the Wildcats to seven hits and didn't walk abatter."I think it was a great game for us," said Stanford coach Mark Marquess, in his 44th season. "He didn't walk anybody. I think that was the key. We got some timely hits, we put the ball in play. They'd make an error, we'd back that up with a hit. This was a pretty big stage forhim."Lonnie Kauppila was 3 for 4 with two RBIs for the Cardinal (33-20)."I've been struggling at the plate a little bit," Kauppila said. "I feel a little morecomfortable."Stanford shortstop Kenny Diekroeger hit a fly ball that landed in right-center for an RBI single in the bottom of the second inning against Kyle Hunter (5-5). Stanford scored two more runs in the third on singles by Brian Ragira and Lonnie Kauppila.Kansas State dropped to 36-24."We were embarrassed today," Kansas State manager Brad Hill said. "We hadn't made five errors in awhile."Cal State-Fullerton faced Illinois in the second game. On Saturday, Stanford will face the Fullerton-Illinois winner, and Kansas State will play theloser.