No. 12 Stanford men’s baseball (7-1) travels to Southern California tonight to avenge its conqueror in the last two NCAA tournaments, No. 25 Cal State Fullerton (4-2). Last year, however, Stanford swept the Titans at Sunken Diamond to open the 2018 season on their way to the second highest winning percentage in program history.
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.
The Cardinal’s postseason run came to a crashing end in its Super Regional finale, as Vanderbilt exposed the lack of depth in the team’s pitching staff and fended off a comeback effort to clinch a College World Series berth by a 12-5 score.
Welcome to The Daily’s live blog of this afternoon’s NCAA Super Regional matchup between No. 3 Stanford and No. 1 Vanderbilt! The Cardinal and Commodores will be playing in an elimination game for both sides today, with the winner advancing to the College World Series in Omaha and the loser going home.
On Saturday, facing elimination again, this time against Vanderbilt, lightning improbably struck for a third time for Stanford baseball.
The road ahead appears daunting for Stanford baseball (30-23, 16-14 Pac-12), as the Card prepare to enter a hostile postseason environment in Bloomington, Indiana, where thousands of relentless fans and tough competition await.
In advance of Stanford baseball’s upcoming NCAA Regional in Bloomington, Indiana, The Daily’s Jordan Wallach chatted with Kevin Jenison, Indiana State baseball’s Sports Information Director, to get perspective on the Indiana State Sycamores, the Cardinal’s first opponent in the tourney.
The man making his journey back to The Farm this year — eleven years removed from his senior season — is Ryan Garko ‘03. After getting a call about the job from departing associate head coach Dean Stotz, who retired in September after 37 seasons at Stanford, and speaking to Marquess, Garko had an easy decision to make.