Stanford Puts The Clamps On ‘ZonaAnalysis
STANFORD, Calif. — The last we saw of the Arizona Wildcats, they were one swing of the bat away from winning the school’s fifth national championship last June. Facing a plucky Coastal Carolina team and having men on second and third with two out in the ninth inning while trailing by one, the Cats saw their season end with a swing and a miss, not a swing and a dog-pile.
They came up just short of glory.
Fast forward 10 months, and the Desert Cats found themselves coming up just short again. This time, it was a 3-2 decision at Stanford on a very cool Thursday night in Palo Alto. The loss came by the barest of degrees and extended their curious Pac 12 losing streak to four games. Meanwhile, the Cardinal won their sixth straight game and improved their lot in the Regional hosting sweepstakes since they took down the No. 9-ranked RPI team in the country and now sit in the No. 18 spot.
Kris Bubic, who has been a hard-luck ace on the mound for Stanford, picked up his fourth win of the season as he got just enough offense from his bat-mates, a dash of defense from the gloves behind him and a good helping of old-school Colton Hock out of the ‘pen to help Stanford improve to 25-12, 9-7 in the Pac.
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