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.
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.
Juniors Kyler Stowers, Jack Little, Maverick Handley, Erik Miller and Will Matthiessen were all drafted in the 2019 MLB draft. Stowers was the first Cardinal drafted and learned of the announcement standing in the on-deck circle during Tuesday’s 9-7 victory against Fresno State.
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.
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).
In the final weekend of the season, No. 4 Stanford (39-10, 20-6 Pac-12) will head to Phoenix to take on Arizona State (36-15, 15-11 Pac-12) from Thursday to Saturday.
In a rain shortened two-game series, No. 3 Stanford (39-10, 20-6 Pac-12) fell to No. 11 Oregon State (35-16-1, 20-6 Pac-12) 5-2 on Sunday to split with the Beavers.