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Jose Saldana

By the numbers: 2017-18 Stanford Cardinal

The Stanford Cardinal athletics programs have delivered another year of high-quality production. This season, Stanford has won four NCAA national titles coming from women’s and men’s soccer, women’s swimming and diving, and women’s tennis. Here are a few of the stats showing how incredible Stanford sports were in the 2017-18 year.

Robinson’s walkoff double lifts baseball over Wright State

Freshman outfielder Christian Robinson’s walkoff RBI double in the bottom of the 13th inning sealed first-seeded Stanford baseball’s (45-10) 4-3 victory over fourth-seeded Wright State (39-16) on Friday night in Sunken Diamond. The Cardinal will next face third-seeded Cal State Fullerton, which defeated second-seeded Baylor 6-2 earlier on Friday.

Baseball roundtable: How far will Cardinal go?

Coming off their first conference title since 2004, the Stanford Cardinal (44-10, 22-8 Pac-12) will host their 17th NCAA regional this weekend. With their dominant pitching and high-scoring offense, the Cardinal have had, in Year 1 of head coach David Esquer’s tenure, one of the program’s best seasons in recent years, ultimately earning them the No. 2 national seed in the tournament. Yet the road only gets more difficult from here: The Stanford Regional is arguably one of the most competitive in the entire tournament, as it includes red-hot Big 12 champ Baylor, powerhouse and rival Cal State Fullerton and one of the best four-seeds in the tournament, Wright State. We asked Daily managing editor of sports Jose Saldana, Stanford insiders R.J. Abeytia (The Bootleg) and Jacob Rayburn (Cardinal Sports Report) to reflect on the Cardinal’s trajectory going into the postseason, what’s different from last year and the team’s prospects for advancing to Omaha.

Baseball begins road to Omaha in Sunken Diamond

The last time David Esquer was in a Stanford baseball uniform before 2018, he was celebrating the first national title in the program’s history — as a player. Thirty-one years later, Esquer dons the uniform again, but this time, as the first-year head coach of his alma mater. He will try to end this season as he did in his final start of his career — with a championship. The first-seeded Cardinal (44-10) begin their postseason quest when they host fourth-seeded Wright State (39-15) in the first round of the NCAA Stanford Regional tonight at 7 p.m. at Sunken Diamond.

NCAA bracket released, baseball to host NCAA Regional

The bracket and seeding for the NCAA Division 1 Baseball Tournament was revealed on Monday morning. As one of the eight national seeds (the Cardinal are second overall), Stanford baseball (44-10) will host a regional and if it wins the regional, then it will have a chance to host a super regional.

No. 3 baseball rallies in ninth inning to capture first Pac-12 title since 2004

Coming into the weekend series against Washington (30-23, 20-10 Pac-12), No. 3 Stanford baseball (44-10, 22-8) had the magic number of one in order to clinch the Pac-12 championship. Easy, right? Not exactly. The Huskies, who needed wins to make the postseason, seemed the better team for 26.0 innings, taking the first two games of the series. A sweep at the hands of Washington would mean that the Cardinal would have to share the Pac-12 title with the Huskies. Down 5-3 with three outs left, Stanford and sophomore designated hitter Will Matthiessen had other plans.

Eventual champions Arizona eliminates Cardinal

Fifth-seeded Stanford women’s golf were eliminated in the NCAA Championships semifinals to eventual national champions eighth-seeded Arizona on Tuesday in Karsten Creek Golf Club. The 4-1 loss put an end to a strong stretch for the Cardinal. They defeated Northwestern 3-2 in the quarterfinals and won the NCAA Women’s Golf San Francisco Regional to advance to the Championships.

Cardinal drop first game to Washington

A three-run home run allowed by Cardinal starter Erik Miller in the first inning set the tone in No. 3 Stanford baseball’s (43-9, 21-7 Pac-12) 7-0 loss to Washington (29-22, 19-9) on Thursday night in Seattle, WA. The rough loss means that the Pac-12 title remains unclaimed for at least one more day. The Cardinal need one win to earn their first Pac-12 championship since 2004.

Remarkable season is more than just winning Pac-12

It has been 14 years since No. 3 Stanford baseball (43-8, 21-6 Pac-12) were crowned Pac-12 Championships. Back then, would-be MLB players Jed Lowrie and Sam Fuld roamed sunkissed lawn of Sunken Diamond. 14 years of coming up short in the regular season. All those ghosts on the diamond who tried their damndest to win a conference title can be appeased when the Cardinal travel to the Evergreen State to play Washington (28-22, 18-9) in their final series of the season.
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No. 3 baseball sweeps Washington State with win on Senior Day

On Senior Day, it was only fitting that a senior would come through to knock in the go-ahead run, but it was a sophomore that closed the show. No. 3 Stanford baseball (43-8-0, 21-6-0 Pac-12) sweeps Washington State (15-31-1, 7-19-1) by winning Game 3 4-2 with the help of an eight-out save by sophomore closer Jack Little.
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Cardinal breeze through UNC and Georgia, take on Duke in NCAA semifinals

When high-seeded women’s tennis programs found out that Stanford women’s tennis (22-3) was ranked as the 15th-seed for the NCAA Round of 16, they were probably quivering in the sneakers at the thought of having to play of the hottest teams this side of the galaxy. Their fears were realized when the Cardinal defeated second-seeded UNC (28-4) 4-1 in emphatic fashion on Thursday and followed that up with a quick 4-0 thrashing of seventh-seeded Georgia (18-7) on Saturday in Winston-Salem, NC.
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Cardinal nearly blow nine-run lead, clinch series against Washington State

It was fitting that the uniforms between the two teams on the diamond were essentially indiscernible (both squads wore red tops) as it appeared only one team was out on the field, but a ninth inning meltdown did in fact reveal that there were two teams out there. No. 3 Stanford baseball (42-8-0, 20-6-0 Pac-12) almost let a nine-run lead slip in the ninth in the 9-6 victory over Washington State (15-30-1, 7-18-1) on Saturday afternoon.

No. 2 baseball drops series against No. 3 Oregon State

Through the first two games of the series, No. 2 Stanford baseball (39-8, 18-6 Pac-12) was utterly dominated by No. 3 Oregon State (38-8-1, 16-7-1) as the Cardinal were outscored 16-2 in front of an intimidating venue in Corvallis. After the second game, Stanford head coach David Esquer had to focus his young team before the final game of the series.

Clearing benches: No. 2 Stanford vs. No. 3 OSU

No. 2 Stanford baseball is heading into a weekend of epic proportions when it goes on the road to battle No. 3 OSU for the right be the best in the Pac-12, and maybe even the country. Daily baseball writer Jose Saldana talked with The Daily Barometer sports editor Anna Weeks about the status of this current Beavers squad and how they would fare against the Cardinal.

No. 2 baseball faces tall task against No. 3 Oregon State

When the 2018 schedule was announced, many fans of college baseball circled their proverbial calendars the date of this weekend’s series. It’s not every week that the second-ranked team in the nation battles it out for baseball supremacy against the third-ranked team. No. 2 Stanford baseball (38-6, 17-4 Pac-12) is travelling to Corvallis to play No. 3 Oregon State (36-7-1, 14-6-1) in a three-game series at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field.
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