Stanford baseball has earned a national seed for the second year in a row after a historic 2018 season under first-year head coach David Esquer. The No. 2 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament and the 22-8 conference record speak for themselves, but some of the other numbers that emerged from Stanford’s season tell the story of just how particularly special Stanford’s 2018 regular season was.
Coming into the weekend series against Washington (30-23, 20-10 Pac-12), No. 3 Stanford baseball (44-10, 22-8) had the magic number of one in order to clinch the Pac-12 championship.
Easy, right? Not exactly.
The Huskies, who needed wins to make the postseason, seemed the better team for 26.0 innings, taking the first two games of the series. A sweep at the hands of Washington would mean that the Cardinal would have to share the Pac-12 title with the Huskies.
Down 5-3 with three outs left, Stanford and sophomore designated hitter Will Matthiessen had other plans.
It has been 14 years since No. 3 Stanford baseball (43-8, 21-6 Pac-12) were crowned Pac-12 Championships. Back then, would-be MLB players Jed Lowrie and Sam Fuld roamed sunkissed lawn of Sunken Diamond.
14 years of coming up short in the regular season. All those ghosts on the diamond who tried their damndest to win a conference title can be appeased when the Cardinal travel to the Evergreen State to play Washington (28-22, 18-9) in their final series of the season.
For the second year in a row, No. 3 Stanford (40-8) completed its midweek-game slate undefeated, sealing a 9-0 record in such contests with a 5-1 victory Tuesday afternoon at home against BYU (21-26).
Through the first two games of the series, No. 2 Stanford baseball (39-8, 18-6 Pac-12) was utterly dominated by No. 3 Oregon State (38-8-1, 16-7-1) as the Cardinal were outscored 16-2 in front of an intimidating venue in Corvallis.
After the second game, Stanford head coach David Esquer had to focus his young team before the final game of the series.
When the 2018 schedule was announced, many fans of college baseball circled their proverbial calendars the date of this weekend’s series.
It’s not every week that the second-ranked team in the nation battles it out for baseball supremacy against the third-ranked team.
No. 2 Stanford baseball (38-6, 17-4 Pac-12) is travelling to Corvallis to play No. 3 Oregon State (36-7-1, 14-6-1) in a three-game series at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field.
Part-time relief pitcher, part-time smasher of the baseball sophomore Will Matthiessen hit his first career home run with a three-run which was the difference in No. 2 Stanford baseball’s (34-6) 5-2 Tuesday victory over San Francisco (24-21) in Sunken Diamond.
No. 2 Stanford baseball‘s (31-5) Tuesday night affair with Pacific (14-23) was not for the offensive-minded, as the Cardinal defeated the Tigers 4-1 in a brisk and chilly Sunken Diamond. “Well, that was like pulling out teeth out tonight,” Stanford head coach David Esquer said of the game. “I give our guys credit. I’ve probably…