Stanford baseball has earned a national seed for the second year in a row after a historic 2018 season under first-year head coach David Esquer. The No. 2 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament and the 22-8 conference record speak for themselves, but some of the other numbers that emerged from Stanford’s season tell the story of just how particularly special Stanford’s 2018 regular season was.
No. 2 Stanford (22-3, 5-1 Pac-12) baseball faces its toughest test of the season when it heads down to Southern California to play No. 21 UCLA (17-7, 6-3) for a pivotal three-game series.
A strong bullpen performance and a go-ahead RBI single from junior shortstop Nico Hoerner propelled No. 2 Stanford baseball (21-3) to a 4-3 win over Gonzaga (13-13) on a sunny Monday afternoon in Sunken Diamond.
No. 8 Stanford baseball (11-1) took three of the four games in the series victory over Michigan (3-8) in a rain-soaked weekend in Sunken Diamond
No. 12 Stanford baseball (8-0) used strong pitching and timely offense in the four-game sweep against Rice (3-5) over the weekend in Sunken Diamond.
Bring out the brooms! In a thrilling, 6-5 victory over No. 17 Cal State Fullerton (0-3) at Sunken Diamond, No. 13 Stanford baseball (3-0) jumps out to a perfect record in its first series of the season. The last time the Cardinal swept Fullerton was in 2008, a year in which they qualified for the College World Series in Omaha.
It isn’t particularly fair to face an ace a day after facing one the night before, but that’s what No. 17 Cal State Fullerton (0-2) experienced in its 5-3 defeat to No. 13 Stanford baseball (2-0) on Saturday afternoon in Sunken Diamond.
Meet the probable starters for the 2018 Cardinal baseball team, led by new head coach David Esquer.