PALO ALTO, Calif. (KRON) — The Stanford baseball team heads to Omaha for the College World Series. The Cardinal concluded his trip to the CWS with a 10-5 victory over the University of Connecticut in the Super Regional Round of the NCAA tournament on Monday afternoon.
Stanford gave up three quick runs in the first inning on Monday, forcing starting pitcher Joey Dixon out of the game before he could record an out. But Cardinal’s lineup rallied to take a lead on a two-run, fourth-inning single by short stop Adam Crampton. Later that inning, Kody Huff broke open the game with a massive grand slam.
The team will appear in the College World Series for its second consecutive season. Stanford ace Alex Williams capped off a powerful Texas Tech lineup in the 2021 Super Regionals to reach the CWS, but the Cardinal was eloped by Vanderbilt only to be eliminated after three games.
Before 2021, the team last reached the CWS in 2008. Stanford baseball has two national championships, in 1987 and 1988.
The 2022 edition of Stanford baseball has a lineup brimming with home run power. Every regular in the starting lineup has a batting average of at least 0.297 per season.
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Center fielder Brock Jones is expected to advance in the second round of the upcoming MLB Draft by D1 Baseball. He hit three of his 20 home runs of the season in a loss to UConn on Saturday.
The Cardinal showed guts in each of the first two NCAA Tournament rounds, fighting back from early losses. But while the top-seeded Tennessee Volunteers failed to make it to Omaha, Stanford will beat seven other teams in a double-elimination tournament to win it all.