The Stanford softball team opens another season today in Tempe, AZ against Bradley, but don’t expect them to be like previous Cardinal teams.
Stanford softball (22-20) suffered a midweek defeat on Wednesday night, losing 6-0 to Pacific (13-25) in Boyd & Jill Smith Family Stadium.
Stanford softball (13-8) continued its hot play by taking three of four games in the Judi Garman Classic in Fullerton, CA over the weekend.
Stanford softball (10-7) finished 4-2 in the past six games starting with a double-header against Sacramento State on Thursday and then the Stanford Invitational starting on Friday.
With the 2018 season beginning on Thursday, a new era begins for Stanford softball. Last summer, head coach Rachel Hanson decided to accept a position at the nonprofit Baseball and Softball Education Foundation. Stanford’s athletic department quickly found a replacement when Minnesota’s Jessica Allister was named the new head coach a week later.
On Tuesday, July 18, former Cardinal catcher Jessica Allister was named the new head coach of Stanford softball by Director of Athletics Bernard Muir. She takes on the job after turning around a mediocre Minnesota program during her seven years there, culminating with a program-best 56-5 record and No. 1 national ranking in 2017.