There is one team between No. 11 seed Stanford (45-12, 22-7 Pac-12) and their first trip to Omaha since 2008, and it is No. 3 seed Mississippi State (49-13 , 20-10 SEC). Over the weekend, the two sides will meet for a best-of-three series in Starkville at the 11,000 seat Dudy Noble Field.
Juniors Kyler Stowers, Jack Little, Maverick Handley, Erik Miller and Will Matthiessen were all drafted in the 2019 MLB draft. Stowers was the first Cardinal drafted and learned of the announcement standing in the on-deck circle during Tuesday’s 9-7 victory against Fresno State.
In an instant classic, No. 1 seed Stanford (45-12, 22-7 Pac-12) survived No. 3 seed Fresno State (40-16-1, 20-8-1 Mountain West) by a 9-7 score to advance out of the regional for the first time since 2014.
In the game that has plagued them the past two years, No. 1 Stanford (44-12, 22-7 Pac-12) found a way to win the Sunday night elimination game 8-6, forcing a decisive matchup on Monday with the same No. 3 seed Fresno State (40-15-1, 20-8-1 Mountain West) team.
The indefatigable arm of freshman RHP Alex Williams got all 27 outs to help No. 1 Stanford stave off elimination with its second win in three days over No. 4 seed Sacramento State. The 12-3 victory advanced the Cardinal to the nightcap, a must-win contest against No. 3 seed Fresno State.
Shown up on their home field, No. 1 Stanford (42-12, 22-7 Pac-12) was outplayed by No. 3 seed Fresno State (40-14-1, 20-8-1 Mountain West) to the raucous joy of the Bulldogs’ Red Wave. The Cardinal struck out seven times looking, and twelve times overall, as the only two runs in the 2-7 loss came on a pair of long balls.
Taking care of business and sending a message, No. 1 Stanford (42-11, 22-7 Pac-12) rode an excellent start from sophomore RHP Brendan Beck to shut out No. 4 seed Sacramento State (39-24, 18-9 WAC) 11-0 in the opener of the NCAA Regional on Friday.
For the third straight season, No. 1 Stanford (41-11, 22-7 Pac-12) is hosting the Stanford Regional to begin postseason play. The double-elimination tournament will also feature No. 2 seed UC Santa Barbara, No. 3 seed Fresno State and No. 4 seed Sacramento State.