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 (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…
Stanford softball (17-22, 0-12 Pac-12) looks to continue its Pac-12 matchups this weekend against Oregon State (22-18, 4-8 Pac-12). The Cardinal will travel north to Corvallis for the first time this season, as they attempt to get their first conference win.
Clutch hitting and a big fourth inning brought Stanford softball (17-22, 0-12 Pac-12) to its first win in over a month as it overcame Santa Clara (11-29, 3-3) 6-5 on Tuesday night. This victory extended Stanford’s win streak over Santa Clara to 47 games.
Stanford softball (16-16, 0-6 Pac-12) will face a strong opponent over the weekend in No. 4/3 Arizona (37-1, 9-0 Pac-12) as the two teams match up in a three-game series at Hillenbrand Stadium in Tucson, Arizona. This will be only the second time that Stanford has faced a top-five national opponent this season, the first being a 2-8 loss to No. 1 Florida State in February.
Stanford softball (16-10) saw mixed success in the Stanford Easton Classic this weekend, as it played host to the teams from Grand Canyon (23-4), Connecticut (6-10), Lehigh (5-10) and Cal Poly (16-7). The Cardinal won three of five games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, including two against Lehigh. Stanford got off to a slow start…