STANFORD, Calif. – No. 9 Stanford produced a pair of four-run innings while its pitching was stellar once again, routing Florida 11-2 on Sunday afternoon in the NCAA regional final.
Stanford (43-13) needed only three games to sweep through regional competition and advance to NCAA Super Regionals, reaching the nation’s final 16 for the second consecutive season. The Cardinal will travel to Duke next weekend, making its seventh NCAA Super Regional appearance overall and its first in back-to-back seasons since 2008-09.
Hosting its first NCAA Regional at Smith Family Stadium in 12 years and cheered wildly by enthusiastic crowds all weekend, Stanford improved to 50-43 all-time in NCAA competition thanks to shutouts against Long Beach State (1-0) and Florida (8-0 in 6 innings) before Sunday’s final.
Emily Young and Sydney Steele homered, four different players recorded multi-hit games and Alana Vawter picked up her second NCAA victory in the circle as Stanford accounted for its best offensive performance since an 11-0 win over Wichita State back on March 9.
The Cardinal delivered clutch at-bats throughout the game, scoring nine of its 11 runs with two outs.
Stanford pushed across four more runs in the fifth inning, taking a 7-2 lead. The rally started with Ellee Eck scoring on a wild…