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Softball season preview

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.

Softball shutout against the Ducks

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…

Softball upsets No. 7 Washington on Pancino’s one-hit wonder

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.

Softball falls in slugfest against Saint Mary’s

Stanford softball (16-26, 1-11 Pac-12) and Saint Mary’s (17-27, 1-5 WCC) played an offense-filled game on Wednesday evening at Smith Family Stadium, with the teams blasting a combined 19 runs and 22 hits. However, in the end, the Cardinal could not overcome a rough first two innings in the circle, falling to the Gaels by a…