I was never much of a golf fan growing up, but whenever the Masters rolled around, I always knew to keep an eye out for Tiger Woods. Even though Tiger had turned pro after only two years at Stanford, that was enough of a connection to the best golfer in the world to ensure my undying bandwagon fandom.
If there’s a reason why Stanford women’s sports have been so successful in the recent past, it stems from work that was done nearly four decades ago — long before each new title was celebrated with its own front-page article, halftime ceremony and t-shirt in the Athletics Shop.
After a close win on Friday night, the No. 19 Cardinal dropped the final two games of its home series against the Utes, a team that went just 6-23 in conference play last season and was picked to finish last in the conference in 2013. Instead, Stanford (11-7, 1-2 Pac-12) stumbled into spring quarter for the second consecutive season, bringing back nightmarish memories of a slump last March and April that crushed the team’s hopes of hosting a Super Regional.
One year after the winter quarter finals break derailed a streaking Stanford baseball team, this season’s 12-day layoff proved to be just what the doctor ordered for the No. 19 Cardinal, as it held off Utah 6-4 at Sunken Diamond on Friday night.
A nine-game winning streak is great, sure. But as No. 10 Stanford prepares to host unranked UNLV (10-3) at Sunken Diamond this weekend, the Cardinal… Continue Reading »