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Young Cardinal squad brings high expectations into 2014

With the calendar turning from January to February, a new season of Stanford softball has arrived on The Farm. The No. 20/22 Cardinal will attempt to build off of a successful 2013 campaign in which it finished with a 39-21 overall record, Stanford’s first winning mark in Pac-12 play since 2009. While the team aims to clinch its 17th consecutive NCAA tournament berth, the Card has its sights set on more than just a trip to the regionals.

Softball’s season ends with loss to Nebraska

Regional second-seed Stanford softball defeated the third and fourth seeds in the Lincoln Regional, but top-seeded host No. 14 Nebraska proved too much, defeating the Cardinal twice to end Stanford’s season in the regional round of the NCAA Tournament. In the first game of the regional Friday, Stanford (39-21, 13-11 Pac-12) defeated third-seeded Tulsa (42-16-1,…