Thud. That’s perhaps the only way to describe how the Stanford baseball team ended its season. The Cardinal got beat by a No. 3 Florida State team that flat-out deserved its national seed. But 17-1? 18-7? What a way to go, especially when a Mark Marquess-coached team hadn’t lost by 10 or more runs once—much less twice—since April 2009.
There are no easy weekends in Pac-12 baseball, but you would be hard-pressed to schedule a home stretch with more chances to make up ground than No. 12 Stanford’s final three weeks. With Stanford (29-14, 11-10 Pac-12) staring up at conference leader No. 10 Oregon (34-14, 16-8), the Cardinal’s upcoming series against the eighth-, 11th- and ninth-place teams in the Pac-12 are an opportunity that the squad can’t afford to let slip away. Stanford’s quest to improve its playoff positioning begins tonight at Sunken Diamond against a Washington State (23-20, 9-11) team that has lost its last two Pac-12 series.
A back-and-forth weekend in Corvallis didn’t exactly end the way the No. 7 Stanford baseball team had envisioned.
At this point of the season, the mission is simple for the No. 7 Stanford baseball team: three games to gain, four weeks to go. And though the Cardinal (28-12, 10-8 Pac-12) will play the last month of its conference season against the bottom half of the Pac-12, a major slip-up this weekend at No. 20 Oregon State (28-14, 9-9) would all but end Stanford’s chance of winning the best conference in college baseball, which it was a near-unanimous favorite to capture in the preseason.
After dropping two of three in last weekend’s series against No. 8 Oregon, the No. 14 Stanford baseball team lost again to San Jose State (18-14, 2-0 WAC) on Tuesday by a score of 3-2.
It’s been almost a month since the No. 6 Stanford baseball team hosted a weekend series, but with No. 16 Oregon coming to town for a three-game set at Sunken Diamond, the squad is playing some of its best baseball at just the right time, riding a three-game win streak into tonight’s opener. Having played just two of its last nine contests on the Farm, the Cardinal (21-7, 4-5 Pac-12) will finally have a chance to improve on its 14-2 home record with seven straight matchups at Sunken Diamond against Oregon (21-9, 8-4), San Jose State and No. 21 Arizona State.
The No. 6 Stanford baseball team appears to have resumed its winning ways again. The Cardinal (18-6, 3-4 Pac-12) beat Washington (16-10, 3-4) 5-2… Continue Reading »