All Stanford student-athletes are inherently very versatile people, as they must consistently meet the rigorous demands associated with both their Stanford educations and their athletic careers. However, after having spent the last three years around the Stanford softball program, it is clear to me that Erin Ashby takes such versatility to a new level. As a two-year starter for the Cardinal, Ashby has been called upon to play at catcher, second base, first base, hit in the designated player spot and even pitch in the circle.
With the calendar turning from January to February, a new season of Stanford softball has arrived on The Farm. The No. 20/22 Cardinal will attempt to build off of a successful 2013 campaign in which it finished with a 39-21 overall record, Stanford’s first winning mark in Pac-12 play since 2009. While the team aims to clinch its 17th consecutive NCAA tournament berth, the Card has its sights set on more than just a trip to the regionals.
This year, Stanford softball will graduate a quartet of senior who have epitomized the quality of resiliency, overcoming tremendous challenges throughout their time on the Farm to achieve high levels of success both on and off the field. Over the next two days, The Daily will profile these four, starting with Teagan Gerhart and Tegan Schmidt today, and continuing with tomorrow’s installment on Jenna Rich and Sarah Hassman.
Senior shortstop Jenna Rich continued her assault on the Stanford Softball career record book, breaking the all-time record for RBI with a three-run home run on Friday night against Cal.
The No. 16 Cardinal softball squad (32-17, 9-9 Pac-12) heads to Berkeley for a three-game series against the No. 12 Golden Bears (35-12, 9-9 Pac-12) that will likely decide the Cardinal’s destination for the first round of the postseason.
After a difficult week filled with seemingly never-ending rain delays and a pair of shocking losses to weaker non-conference opponents, No. 15 Cardinal softball (29-16, 6-9 Pac-12) will look to rebound in this weekend’s three-game series against Utah (23-24-1, 6-12 Pac-12).