Stanford baseball saw its streak of four straight series wins come to an end in Tucson after losing two of three over the weekend to the Wildcats. Arizona (22-14, 7-8 Pac-12) pitching was able to shut down Stanford’s bats for two 4-1 victories before Stanford (19-11, 7-5) was finally able to mount a late rally in the finale to claim a dramatic come-from-behind 6-5 win to avoid the sweep.
Although a bullpen collapse on Friday prevented Stanford baseball from being able to pick up a series sweep over the injury-plagued UCLA Bruins over the weekend, strong hitting and dominant pitching finally came together for the Cardinal (17-9, 6-3 Pac-12) as they picked up their fourth straight series win by taking two of three from…
Unlike last season, Stanford baseball got conference play started with a bang rather than a whimper as the Cardinal (12-6) rode the continued excellence of their pitching staff to take two of three from Washington State (8-14), losing a hard-fought first game in extra innings, 5-2, before dominating in the final two to clinch the series.
After a rainy forecast forced a preemptive Thursday doubleheader, Stanford baseball (7-5) took on defending College World Series runner-up No. 2 Vanderbilt (10-1), splitting Thursday’s games before falling 5-2 in the rubber match on Sunday. Strong pitching kept the Cardinal in the games against the nation’s best offense, but Stanford’s bats could not keep up.
There was a little bit of everything on Stanford baseball’s first road trip of the season — an extra-innings thriller, a comeback attempt falling just short and a few blowouts — but when all the dust cleared in Austin, the Cardinal (5-3) emerged from a four-game road series against No. 23 Texas (4-3) with a hard-earned series split thanks to a pair of stellar pitching performances in the first and last games of the series.
Although a rainout on Friday night delayed the start of Stanford baseball’s 2016 campaign by a day, the Cardinal didn’t let the change of schedule throw them off. Stanford (2-1) swept its season-opening doubleheader on Saturday, 2-0, 2-1, before falling in Sunday’s series finale 4-3 to No. 21 Cal State Fullerton (1-2) to get its season started on a high note.
Meet the probable starters for the 2016 Stanford Cardinal.
Stanford baseball is looking for its 2016 campaign to be one of transformation and resurgence. Coming off of a disappointing 24-32 season in 2015 and a 10th-place finish in the Pac-12, the Cardinal are hoping that the 11 freshmen that they recruited to The Farm this season, a healthy roster and a slight change of…