When Mark Appel takes the mound for Stanford on Friday night against UCLA at Sunken Diamond, it very well could be the senior right-hander's final regular-season start as an amateur.
"I'm as ready as I'll ever be," the former Monte Vista High star said with a smile.
Projected as a high first-round draft pick yet again, Appel turned down the Pittsburgh Pirates' $3.8 million offer as the eighth overall choice last year.
"It's been a fun four years," said Appel, the only unsigned player among 31 first-round picks in 2012.
He earned his bachelor's degree in March -- among his top reasons for staying put at Stanford.
"Like I've told many people, my goal is to play pro ball and be in the majors," said Appel, who is 9-4 with a 2.20 ERA this season.
Stanford is 30-21 (14-13 Pac-12), while UCLA is 38-15 (20-7) heading into the three-game series. Seven San Jose State pitchers allowed 20 hits in a 13-3 eight-inning loss to UTSA (33-23) in the WAC baseball tournament in Grand Prairie, Texas. The loss, the Spartans' second in as many tournament games, eliminated San Jose State (17-40) from title consideration. The Spartans play Sacramento State on Saturday. Stanford shot a third-round 13-over 301 and was seventh at the NCAA women's golf championship in Athens, Ga. The Cardinal had a 879 total. San Jose State (295) was tied for ninth at 882. USC was at 19-under 845, 17 shots ahead of runner-up Duke. USC's Annie Park (70) was the individual leader at 9-under 207. Stanford's Mariah Stackhouse (74) was tied for seventh at 214, a shot ahead of the Spartans' Regan De Guzman (73). The 30 teams were seeded for the NCAA men's golf championship, which starts Tuesday in Milton, Ga. Cal is the No. 1 seed, and Saint Mary's is No. 21. The first 54 holes are stroke play, followed by three days of match play. After winning Santa Clara's first-ever individual tennis match at the NCAA women's singles championship in Urbana, Ill., on Wednesday, Katie Le lost in the second round to UCLA's Robin Anderson 7-6 (1), 6-2. Cal's Zsofi Susanyi beat UNLV's Lucia Batta 6-3, 6-4, but teammate Klara Fabikova lost to Nebraska's Mary Weatherholt 6-2, 6-1. Cal's Campbell Johnson and Christoffer Konigsfeldt lost to Auburn's Daniel Cochran and Andreas Mies 7-5, 6-1 in the first round of the men's doubles championship. Cal's Hammed Suleman and Malaina Payton qualified for the NCAA track and field championships in the men's and women's long jump on the first day of the West Preliminary meet in Austin, Texas. Needing to place among the top 12 to advance, Suleman (Deer Valley High) went 25 feet, 1.25 inches on his second attempt to finish ninth. Payton (Fremont High) went 20-11.75 on her second attempt -- the third-best mark -- to advance to Eugene, Ore., on June 5-8.
Tulsa made Courtney Paris (Piedmont High) its final cut. The Shock opens its WNBA season Saturday at Atlanta. Paris was the 2007 National Player of the Year for the University of Oklahoma. She was a reserve last season for Tulsa. Ex-Saint Mary's star Louella Tomlinson recently was named the Eurobasket.com Italian A2 Player of the Year. Playing for Napoli S. Dike, she averaged 14.7 points, 12.9 rebounds and 3.4 blocks per game.
Wire services contributed to this report.