As California’s Golden State Warriors pursue their third NBA championship in a row, an even longer streak was preserved at Gold River, CA, where Stanford women’s lightweight rowing won its fifth-straight Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) team championship on Sunday.
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.
Claiming their second consecutive NCAA Division I Women’s Tennis Championship was simply the latest triumph for the 2018-2019 Stanford women’s tennis team (28-1, 10-0 Pac-12) in a season full of individual and team accomplishments.
Following three NCAA-championship-winning seasons, the Stanford men’s soccer team faced the challenge of acquiring another title. Having graduated seven starters who led the team to three national championships, four Pac-12 Titles, a 65-10-13 overall record and a 30-3-7 Pac-12 conference record across four years, the legacy of Stanford men’s soccer was left to a relatively young team, composed of only three returning starters.
The 2018-2019 Stanford men’s tennis season ended in the third round of the 2019 Division 1 Men’s Tennis Championships with a 2-4 loss to No. 5 Virginia (23-4) in Charlottesville, putting a somewhat disappointing end to a 19-7 season. Ending the year at No. 13 nationally, Cardinal was 12-2 at home but struggled in away games, winning four of seven on the season.