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.
Stanford softball (19-32, 2-22 Pac-12) suffered a setback over the weekend, losing a three-game series to the Oregon Ducks (47-6, 17-6) on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Stanford entered Friday’s game looking to build on an offensive performance that put up two runs in its 2-9 loss to the Ducks. It would prove to be a hard day…
After an impressive upset victory in Seattle last weekend against the No. 7 Washington (40-11, 13-8), Stanford softball (19-29, 2-19) returns home to host their last conference weekend series of the regular season against No. 3 Oregon (44-6, 14-6), marking the first time the two teams will contest in the season.
Although Stanford softball (19-29, 2-19 Pac-12) lost the series against No. 7 Washington (40-11, 14-7), two games to one, the weekend was punctuated by flashes of brilliance. Freshman pitcher Kiana Pancino was near-flawless on Saturday as the Cardinal held No. 7 Washington scoreless to win its second conference game in as many seasons, and sophomore Carolyn Lee faced another tough-luck loss in the circle on Friday as Stanford fell 1-0.
Stanford softball (18-27, 1-17) is set to play their final non conference matchup on Wednesday against St. Mary’s (16-26, 2-7), marking the first time the two square off this season after last playing against the Gaels at the Stanford Nike Invitational last year, with the teams each claiming a game.
Stanford softball (18-27, 1-17 Pac-12) was unable to overcome the potent offense of No. 12 UCLA (37-12, 11-7), failing to win any of the three games played over the weekend. The Cardinal threatened an upset in Saturday’s matchup, but they were hamstrung by a season-high six errors that allowed the Bruins to tack on five unearned runs to win the game 6-5.
Coming off its first conference win of the season at Oregon State, Stanford softball (18-24, 1-14 Pac-12) heads home this weekend for a three-game series against the No. 12 UCLA Bruins (33-12, 8-7). With the first win in the bag, the Cardinal have a confidence boost, but the Bruins will be tough to beat, as UCLA has been ranked in the national top-15 for the entire season.
With an 8-6 victory in eight innings, Stanford softball (18-24, 1-14 Pac-12) defeated Oregon State (24-19, 6-9) in the final game of the series to claim its first conference win since May 3, 2015. Freshman Teaghan Cowles played the hero, scoring two runners with a triple in the top of the eighth inning of Sunday’s…