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.
If there was any joy from Monday’s announcement of the NCAA tournament bracket, it was that Cal State Fullerton will not be in the field for the first time since 1991. Despite ranking No. 4 in the most recent polls and losing just one series all year — to the nation’s No. 1 overall seed…
With one swing of the bat, sophomore shortstop Tim Tawa flipped the narrative on Saturday’s game, sending No. 4 Stanford (41-11, 22-7 Pac-12) to a joyous 3-2 win on the final day of the season. Tawa’s two-out home run in the top of the ninth clinched a second-place finish in the Pac-12, punctuated a season in which the Cardinal dropped just one series, and prevented the upset by a resilient Arizona State (37-17, 16-13 Pac-12).
Friday night belonged to junior Will Matthiessen, who executed on the mound and in the box to lead No. 4 Stanford (40-11, 21-7 Pac-12) to a 6-4 victory over Arizona State (37-16, 16-12 Pac-12) in the desert. Matthiessen broke up the Sun Devils’ perfect game in the fifth inning, even while maintaining his own perfect game through the fifth inning.
Down 5-2 in the bottom of the ninth inning, the Sun Devils staged a comeback punctuated by a walkoff pinch-hit sacrifice fly from the bat of Myles Denson. The Cardinal put out their closer, junior RHP Jack Little for the save, but the All-American was unable to shut the door. “This was a tough loss,…
In the final weekend of the season, No. 4 Stanford (39-10, 20-6 Pac-12) will head to Phoenix to take on Arizona State (36-15, 15-11 Pac-12) from Thursday to Saturday.
In a rain shortened two-game series, No. 3 Stanford (39-10, 20-6 Pac-12) fell to No. 11 Oregon State (35-16-1, 20-6 Pac-12) 5-2 on Sunday to split with the Beavers.