Stanford softball’s spectacular season came to an end on Saturday when Boise State (36-16, 12-12 Mountain West) defeated the Cardinal (33-20, 8-13 Pac-12) for the second time in the weekend and sent Stanford home. Boise State subsequently were eliminated yesterday by No. 5 Florida (47-15, 12-12 SEC), who will advance to the super regional round.
This weekend was a predictably tough one for the softball team (32-18, 8-13 Pac-12) as they were swept on the road against the No. 2 University of Washington (45-7, 20-4 Pac-12). The light at the end of the tunnel, however, was Sunday’s NCAA softball tournament announcement that Stanford had qualified for postseason play. If the Cardinal are going to advance to the Super Regionals, though, they will have to play better than they did this weekend.
This weekend softball (31-13, 7-8 Pac-12) will take on No. 2 UCLA (43-2, 17-1 Pac-12), arguably the Cardinal’s toughest opponent yet, in Stanford’s final regular season home series.
Stanford softball suffered a disappointing weekend at home against Pac-12 rival Arizona State. Favored to sweep the weekend, the Cardinal instead dropped all three games to the Sun Devils, losing 4-10, 4-7 and 5-10 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
When it jumped to a fourth-inning lead in the first game of a home series against Utah (14-26, 3-9 Pac-12) last Friday, No. 25 softball (30-7, 7-2 Pac-12) looked destined for a sweep.
On Sunday, No. 24 Stanford softball (25-5, 4-1 PAC-12) secured a 2-1 series victory over rival Oregon (13-18, 1-8 PAC-12) with a 7-6 comeback win to cap a three-game set against the Ducks over the weekend.
Finding a groove in Baton Rouge, Stanford softball (11-2, 0-0 PAC-12) thrashed the competition at the LSU Invitational on its way to a 5-0 tournament record including an opening night victory over No. 7 LSU. From Thursday to Sunday, the Cardinal bolstered its record with wins over Michigan, Memphis and two over CSUN, in addition to LSU.
Starting tonight at 5 p.m., the Stanford softball team (4-1, 0-0 PAC-12) will look to build off of a strong start to the season by hosting the DeMarini Invitational.