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.
No. 11 Stanford (45-13, 22-7 Pac-12) dropped the first contest of the Super Regional 6-2 to No. 6 Mississippi State (50-13, 20-10 SEC). With an attendance of 13,132, the third largest Super Regional crowd in NCAA College World Series history was on hand at Dudy Noble Field to witness the game.
In an instant classic, No. 1 seed Stanford (45-12, 22-7 Pac-12) survived No. 3 seed Fresno State (40-16-1, 20-8-1 Mountain West) by a 9-7 score to advance out of the regional for the first time since 2014.
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).
No. 2 Stanford (34-8, 17-4 Pac-12) picked up a series win at USC (20-24-1, 9-11-1 Pac-12) this past weekend. The Cardinal are now tied atop the conference standings with No. 3 Oregon State (31-14-1 17-4 Pac-12) and retain a single game lead over No. 1 UCLA (37-8, 16-5 Pac-12).
For the first time in 26 midweek games, No. 4 Stanford (24-6, 10-2) was handed a defeat. The streak, which dated back to April 26, 2016, was snapped by UC Davis (11-18, 3-6 Pac-12) after Tuesday’s 8-6 home loss. RHP Blake Hannah (3-3, 8.37 ERA) started for the Aggies, who used seven pitchers, with no…
No. 5 Stanford (24-5, 10-2 Pac-12) completed a three-game sweep of Washington (15-15, 5-10 Pac-12) with a 6-1 victory on Sunday.