Stanford softball’s streak of 16 consecutive tournament appearances is over as a difficult season filled with injuries in the pitching rotation has come to a disappointing end. After starting the regular season 13-0, the Cardinal struggled through an immensely challenging conference slate filled with talented squads. However, the Card still had their opportunities to pick…
While many people travel to Los Angeles for the beautiful southern California weather, the Stanford Cardinal softball team traveled to Los Angeles for its last “business trip” of the regular season with the goal of silencing the barrage of doubts directed towards Stanford softball. With a win over UCLA on their competitor’s home turf in the first game of the series over the Bruins, the Cardinal at least quieted the onslaught of reservations.
The No. 1 team in the nation lived up to its billing this weekend on the Farm, as the Oregon Ducks (44-5, 17-1 Pac-12) thrashed the Stanford softball team (27-21, 3-15 Pac-12) in three straight games to notch a series sweep at Smith Family Stadium. The Cardinal struggled to keep up with Oregon as the Ducks took flight both at the plate and in the circle. Quite simply, Oregon dominated the Card in all aspects of the game.
Faced with the possibility of getting swept by Utah and likely seeing any postseason aspirations disappear into the thin Rocky Mountain air, Stanford softball (26-18, 3-12 Pac-12) staged its second remarkable comeback in Pac-12 play this year to knock off the Utes (20-20, 5-12 Pac-12) in Saturday’s series finale. After the tough series loss, though, the Card will certainly have a lot of work to do over the final 11 games of this regular season, starting when they welcome the No. 1 Oregon Ducks (40-5, 14-1 Pac-12) to the Farm this coming weekend.
Although Stanford (25-16, 2-10 Pac-12) was able to win the middle game of its three-game series against No. 10 Washington (24-11, 4-7 Pac-12) this weekend to avoid a sweep, Washington senior pitcher Kaitlin Ingelsby won both of her starts to give Washington the other two wins and deny Stanford its first conference series win of the season in the series finale.
No. 24 Stanford softball returns this weekend to the Arizona desert, where the Cardinal will look to pick up some marquee victories against No. 10 Arizona in their quest for an NCAA postseason berth.
With her team in need of a run to stave off an upset bid from UC-Davis, Erin Ashby stepped up to the plate and with one swing of the bat, propelled No. 22 Stanford softball to a resilient 3-2 victory over the Aggies, while helping the Card finish with a 5-1 record in the Stanford Louisville Slugger Classic.
For the second straight tournament, the Stanford softball team put in a solid performance at the Under Armour Invitational, but it is also worth noting that it failed to capitalize on all of the opportunities available to it. The No.15 Cardinal (17-5) managed to go 3-2 against its competition in Florida, notching victories over Central…