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.
In a wild conclusion to the regular season on Saturday, Arizona (32-24, 9-15 Pac-12) defeated No. 13 Stanford softball (37-19, 13-11 Pac-12) 4-3 in nine innings of play to clinch the series victory. The Wildcats also won 5-3 in Thursday’s contest while the Cardinal came out on top 2-0 on Friday. The victory marked the second straight Pac-12 series taken by the Wildcats, who also defeated No. 5 Arizona State (45-10, 16-8 Pac-12) in the prior series. Stanford had previously swept its last two Pac-12 opponents before losing this series.
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.
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 playing nearly flawless softball to sweep Utah over the weekend, No. 16 Stanford (32-17, 9-9 Pac-12) was unable to maintain its momentum, dropping its third straight non-conference game on Wednesday evening to UC-Davis (22-24, 8-10 Big West).