Every game there seems to be a different group that leads the Cardinal to victory, and today’s game was no different.
Freshman Reagan Krause played her best softball of the season, striking out a career-high 8 batters as she watched her ERA plummet from 1.11 to .87 as the Cardinal escaped with a 1-0 win.
Stanford softball (8-2, 0-0 Pac-12) had to shake off some jitters but ultimately took care of business against BYU (7-8, 0-0 WCC) with a 5-3 victory in their first game of the DeMarini Invitational.
Over the weekend, Stanford softball (7-2, 0-0 Pac-12) played its final three games of the Stanford Invitational, first against California Baptist University (5-9, 0-0 WAC), then against Cal (4-2, 0-0 Pac-12) for the second time in 24 hours, and finally against CBU again on Sunday.
Stanford softball (5-1, 0-0 Pac-12) continued their strong start to the season with a tight 3-2 victory over Cal (2-2, 0-0 Pac-12) Friday evening.
In a rematch of Sunday’s game, Stanford softball (4-0, 0-0 Pac-12) will take on the Santa Clara University Broncos (0-1, 0-0 WCC) on Tuesday, this time at Santa Clara.
Led by a strong pitching effort and a trio of juniors each with batting averages of at least .500, the Cardinal finished its first weekend of play with a 4-0 record and high hopes for a season that could catapult Stanford into the discussion of elite softball programs on the west coast.
As a freshman last year, Terry was awarded All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention and All-Pac-12 Freshman Team awards as well as receiving Stanford’s Block "S" Outstanding Freshman Award. He led the Pac-12 in free throw shooting percentage at .891, which was good for 12th in the nation.
Last season, Stanford went 4-8 and missed out on a bowl game for the first time under head coach David Shaw ’95. No. 12 Oregon, the first opponent of the all Pac-12 season, won its first and only game of 2020 in the Rose Bowl. But the Cardinal just two seasons ago made a furious comeback and shocked Oregon in Autzen Stadium.
The MLB suspended Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch ’96 and general manager Jeff Luhnow for a year following an MLB investigation into accusations that the team used sign-stealing during the 2017 World Series-winning season and part of the 2018 season. An hour later, the Astros fired Luhnow as well as Hinch, who graduated from Stanford…
Men’s basketball (11-2, 0-0 Pac-12) opens conference play Thursday night at home against cross-bay rival Cal (6-7, 0-0 Pac-12). Stanford will be trying to bounce back from a tough 56-72 loss on Dec. 29 to then-No. 5 Kansas (10-2, 0-0 Big 12) and continue building the positive momentum the Cardinal had for most of December.
On December 29th, the men’s basketball team (11-1, 0-0 Pac-12) will take on No. 5 Kansas (9-2, Big 12) in its biggest matchup of the year. Stanford is off to its best start since 2008. If the Cardinal manage to pull off an upset, they will be 12-1 for the first time since 2003, which was the last time they were ranked No. 1 overall. In 2003, Stanford beat Kansas, who was the top-ranked team at the time.
The men’s basketball team (3-0, 0-0 Pac-12) takes on Santa Clara (3-0, 0-0 WCC) in a battle of two undefeated programs at Maples on Saturday. If the Cardinal win this one, it will mark their best start since 2016, boding well for a season which started with low expectations. This is the fourth of six home games for the Cardinal in a 16-day period.
Stanford women's basketball opens the season against Eastern Washington on Tuesday night. Despite the departure of WBNA first-round pick Alanna Smith, the Cardinal women return a strong cohort of talent that make this team worthy of the preseason No. 3 ranking.
This weekend, the No. 10 men’s swimming and diving (0-0, 0-0 Pac-12) team will compete in their first meet of the season at the University of Pacific Invite in Stockton, CA. While there is a lot to like about this Cardinal team, the biggest topic of discussion is how the team will deal with the retirement of former head coach Ted Knapp and the graduation of key members like Abrahm DeVine and Brad Zdroik. This meet provides a first glance as to which swimmers will step up this season and how the team performs under new head coach Dan Schemmel.
This weekend, the No.1 Stanford men’s water polo team (12-1, 0-0 MPSF) hits the road for two games, first on Saturday at No. 8 Long Beach State (10-7, 0-0 GGC) and then on Sunday at No. 13 UC-Irvine (6-6, 0-0 GGC).
An unconvincing, last-second Stanford win over perennial Pac-12 North cellar dwellers Oregon State did little to calm the nerves of the Cardinal faithful. Now, Stanford begins a month at home and a three-game homestand facing No. 15 Washington.
Stanford softball’s spectacular season came to an end on Saturday when Boise State (36-16, 12-12 Mountain West) defeated the Cardinal (33-20, 8-13 Pac-12) for the second time in the weekend and sent Stanford home. Boise State subsequently were eliminated yesterday by No. 5 Florida (47-15, 12-12 SEC), who will advance to the super regional round.
Friday marks an exciting day for Stanford athletics because for the first time since 2013, the softball team (32-18, 8-13 Pac-12) will be competing in the postseason. After years of rebuild and mediocrity, the team is finally one of the most exciting to watch amongst Stanford sports.
This weekend was a predictably tough one for the softball team (32-18, 8-13 Pac-12) as they were swept on the road against the No. 2 University of Washington (45-7, 20-4 Pac-12). The light at the end of the tunnel, however, was Sunday's NCAA softball tournament announcement that Stanford had qualified for postseason play. If the Cardinal are going to advance to the Super Regionals, though, they will have to play better than they did this weekend.