Stanford entered the final weekend of the regular season knowing just one victory at Washington was all it needed to win its first Pac-12 baseball title since 2004. Then the Cardinal were shut out on Thursday and lost 4-2 on Friday, tightening up the standings and putting all the pressure on Saturday’s final game.
It went down to the final inning, to be exact. Stanford trailed 5-3 entering the top of the ninth but scored 3 runs to beat Washington 6-5 and win the outright Pac-12 title.
— Stanford Baseball (@StanfordBSB) May 27, 2018
A two-out, bases-loaded infield single by Nico Hoerner scored Tim Tawa with the winning run after Will Matthiessen tied the score with a 2-run home run earlier in the inning. Closer Jack Little then struck out the side (while allowing a two-out double) in the bottom of the ninth to lock up the win for the Cardinal (44-10, 22-8).
Stanford, which is ranked No. 1 in some national polls, could be in line for the top overall seed when the NCAA Tournament field is announced on Monday. The Cardinal are almost certain to be hosting a regional next weekend.
Washington (30-23, 20-10) would have shared the Pac-12 title with a win and would have earned the automatic NCAA bid. Instead, the Huskies finish in third place and will have to wait until Monday to find out if they make it into the field.