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Stanford softball in shambles after infighting, controversial resignation

Stanford softball’s collapse first became evident at the end of the 2014 season, when a faction of the team presented athletic director Bernard Muir with sweeping allegations against 18-year head coach John Rittman — allegations that have since been disputed by at least half of the team. A group of parents and former players supported those allegations, which also implicated Rittman’s assistants and the team’s trainers. Just 18 days after that contingent met with Muir, Rittman resigned.

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…

Softball blog: Game-day Lang

With three outs to go before the end of the final game of the Stanford Nike Invitational this past weekend, we found ourselves short of energy, low on luck and down on runs. A bottom of the seventh, game-winning comeback after trailing the Cal Poly Mustangs by a score of 4-0 seemed unattainable. After all,…

Softball misses postseason after losing series to Oregon State

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…

Softball bulldozes Santa Clara in five innings

In its penultimate non-conference game of the regular season, the Stanford softball team (27-18, 3-12 Pac-12) bulldozed Santa Clara (7-27, 2-4 WCC) 8-0 in a five-inning run-rule decision. The Cardinal were never tested by the Broncos in the brisk 79-minute contest, as they scored three runs in the bottom of the second inning before scoring five more runs in the bottom of the fifth to end the game early.