The road ended in Starkville with a 8-1 loss, as No. 11 Stanford (45-14, 22-7 Pac-12) could not overcome No. 6 Mississippi State (51-13, 20-10 SEC) in the Super Regional. The Cardinal never looked like themselves across the two defeats, losing just their second series of the season to allow the Bulldogs to return to Omaha for the second consecutive year.
No. 11 Stanford (45-13, 22-7 Pac-12) dropped the first contest of the Super Regional 6-2 to No. 6 Mississippi State (50-13, 20-10 SEC). With an attendance of 13,132, the third largest Super Regional crowd in NCAA College World Series history was on hand at Dudy Noble Field to witness the game.
There is one team between No. 11 seed Stanford (45-12, 22-7 Pac-12) and their first trip to Omaha since 2008, and it is No. 3 seed Mississippi State (49-13 , 20-10 SEC). Over the weekend, the two sides will meet for a best-of-three series in Starkville at the 11,000 seat Dudy Noble Field.
In the game that has plagued them the past two years, No. 1 Stanford (44-12, 22-7 Pac-12) found a way to win the Sunday night elimination game 8-6, forcing a decisive matchup on Monday with the same No. 3 seed Fresno State (40-15-1, 20-8-1 Mountain West) team.
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.
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.
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).