No. 2 Stanford (34-8, 17-4 Pac-12) picked up a series win at USC (20-24-1, 9-11-1 Pac-12) this past weekend. The Cardinal are now tied atop the conference standings with No. 3 Oregon State (31-14-1 17-4 Pac-12) and retain a single game lead over No. 1 UCLA (37-8, 16-5 Pac-12).
With 13 runs and a grand slam in each of their last two games, No. 3 Stanford salvaged a series win over Arizona after Sunday’s 13-5 home victory.
Despite a slow start, No. 3 Stanford baseball found its fifth consecutive win on Tuesday night, defeating San Jose State to the tune of 15-7. Stanford has now scored 56 runs over their last four games, and ninth multi-home run game of their last 11.
Looking to avenge one of just three Pac-12 series losses last season, No. 5 Stanford (21-5, 7-2 Pac-12) welcomes Washington (15-12, 5-7 Pac-12) to Sunken Diamond this weekend. The Huskies nearly swept the Cardinal a year ago to claim the Pac-12 crown in the season’s final weekend, but Stanford rallied with three runs in the ninth inning of the series finale.
Extending their win streak to ten, No. 2 Stanford baseball (19-3, 6-0 Pac-12) shut out Fresno State (13-9, 4-5 MW) 2-0 at home. The ‘Dogs had defeated two nationally-ranked opponents this season and were coming off their first conference series win of the season, but were unable to topple the Cardinal.
For the third straight season, No. 4 Stanford (12-3) won three straight against No. 12 Texas (12-6) after dropping the first game.
In the first midweek game of the season, No. 11 Stanford (7-1) outmuscled San Francisco (4-3) for an 8-3 victory on a wet afternoon at Sunken Diamond, marking the Cardinal’s 23rd straight triumph.
Coming off their first conference title since 2004, the Stanford Cardinal (44-10, 22-8 Pac-12) will host their 17th NCAA regional this weekend. With their dominant pitching and high-scoring offense, the Cardinal have had, in Year 1 of head coach David Esquer’s tenure, one of the program’s best seasons in recent years, ultimately earning them the No. 2 national seed in the tournament. Yet the road only gets more difficult from here: The Stanford Regional is arguably one of the most competitive in the entire tournament, as it includes red-hot Big 12 champ Baylor, powerhouse and rival Cal State Fullerton and one of the best four-seeds in the tournament, Wright State.
We asked Daily managing editor of sports Jose Saldana, Stanford insiders R.J. Abeytia (The Bootleg) and Jacob Rayburn (Cardinal Sports Report) to reflect on the Cardinal’s trajectory going into the postseason, what’s different from last year and the team’s prospects for advancing to Omaha.