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.
Starting Friday, No. 24 Stanford softball (26-6, 4-1 PAC-12) will play three games in Corvallis, OR against Oregon State (19-13, 1-8 PAC-12), another conference matchup that will prove vital as Stanford continues to jostle with Arizona, UCLA and Washington at the top of PAC-12.
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.
Friday evening, Stanford softball (11-2, 0-0 PAC-12) hosts its first of six games in the Stanford Invitational against No. 23 Northwestern (11-3, 0-0 Big 10) before playing two against Montana, two against North Dakota State and one against Cal Poly through Sunday.
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.
Stanford softball (6-2, 0-0 Pac-12) won two out of three games played at the Demarini Invitational hosted at Stanford from Thursday to Sunday with wins over Pacific University and Iowa State and a loss to Colorado State.
From Friday to Sunday, Stanford softball (4-1, 0-0 PAC-12) compiled a 4-1 record at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Arizona, winning its first four games and getting narrowly edged out in its final contest. The weekend slate featured both high-powered offensive performances and stellar pitching from the Cardinal as Stanford got off to a strong start in regular season action.
The Stanford softball team opens another season today in Tempe, AZ against Bradley, but don’t expect them to be like previous Cardinal teams.