Twenty-five days ago, the cruel Southeast sun set on another Stanford baseball season, the 24th in a row that has ended without a third national championship trophy making its way to the Farm. And as Cardinal fans watched another Pac-12 school, Arizona, erase a 25-year title drought of its own last Monday, they must have been shaking their heads that such a promising season ended with another floundering effort in the Super Regionals.
The Stanford baseball team’s road to Omaha was cut short in the Super Regionals for the second straight year on Sunday night, as the Cardinal was blown out by Florida State 18-7 despite outhitting its hosts 18-13.
Stanford didn’t exactly get the start to its Super Regional that it was hoping for.
In the midst of a run to the Super Regionals of the College World Series, seven Stanford baseball players were selected in the MLB’s first-year player draft this Monday through Wednesday.
Don’t sleep on Fresno State. That’s a lesson that the college baseball world learned the hard way in 2008, when the unheralded, 33-27 Bulldogs took their conference tournament by storm and never stopped winning, staving off elimination six times en route to the program’s first NCAA championship in a men’s sport.
One of the closest Pac-12 baseball races in recent memory has come down to its final weekend, and No. 11 Stanford is currently on the outside looking in when it comes to winning the conference or hosting a Super Regional. That could change in a hurry for the Cardinal if everything goes its way this weekend, as Stanford hosts unranked Cal with just two games separating the top five teams in the Pac-12 and only their respective rivalry series remaining. The last time that even three squads at the top of the conference finished within two games was in 2004, when Stanford won its last Pac-10 title in a close finish over Washington and UCLA.
The No. 12 Stanford baseball team did its job this weekend in Salt Lake City. Now, it’s going to need a little help in the final week of Pac-12 play.
It’s time for the No. 12 Stanford baseball team to flex its muscles. For the Cardinal (33-14, 14-10 Pac-12), anything less than a sweep would be a disappointment when it heads to Salt Lake City this weekend, with host Utah (14-35, 7-20) floundering in its first year as a member of the Pac-12 Conference. The…