With the 2018 season beginning on Thursday, a new era begins for Stanford softball. Last summer, head coach Rachel Hanson decided to accept a position at the nonprofit Baseball and Softball Education Foundation. Stanford’s athletic department quickly found a replacement when Minnesota’s Jessica Allister was named the new head coach a week later.
On Tuesday, July 18, former Cardinal catcher Jessica Allister was named the new head coach of Stanford softball by Director of Athletics Bernard Muir. She takes on the job after turning around a mediocre Minnesota program during her seven years there, culminating with a program-best 56-5 record and No. 1 national ranking in 2017.
Softball head coach Rachel Hanson has stepped down to accept a job as the Executive Director of the Baseball and Softball Education Foundation, director of athletics Bernard Muir announced Tuesday.
Stanford softball (19-32, 2-22 Pac-12) suffered a setback over the weekend, losing a three-game series to the Oregon Ducks (47-6, 17-6) on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Stanford entered Friday’s game looking to build on an offensive performance that put up two runs in its 2-9 loss to the Ducks. It would prove to be a hard day…
After an impressive upset victory in Seattle last weekend against the No. 7 Washington (40-11, 13-8), Stanford softball (19-29, 2-19) returns home to host their last conference weekend series of the regular season against No. 3 Oregon (44-6, 14-6), marking the first time the two teams will contest in the season.
Although Stanford softball (19-29, 2-19 Pac-12) lost the series against No. 7 Washington (40-11, 14-7), two games to one, the weekend was punctuated by flashes of brilliance. Freshman pitcher Kiana Pancino was near-flawless on Saturday as the Cardinal held No. 7 Washington scoreless to win its second conference game in as many seasons, and sophomore Carolyn Lee faced another tough-luck loss in the circle on Friday as Stanford fell 1-0.
Stanford softball (18-27, 1-17) is set to play their final non conference matchup on Wednesday against St. Mary’s (16-26, 2-7), marking the first time the two square off this season after last playing against the Gaels at the Stanford Nike Invitational last year, with the teams each claiming a game.
Stanford softball (18-27, 1-17 Pac-12) was unable to overcome the potent offense of No. 12 UCLA (37-12, 11-7), failing to win any of the three games played over the weekend. The Cardinal threatened an upset in Saturday’s matchup, but they were hamstrung by a season-high six errors that allowed the Bruins to tack on five unearned runs to win the game 6-5.