The 2004 Stanford Baseball season ended earlier than most expected as the Cardinal were knocked off in regional play. However, despite the disappointing ending, there is plenty to look back on and celebrate about this special Stanford baseball team. Read on for comments about what went right and what went wrong this year for the Cardinal. In addition, check out all the final stats, who is going home with postseason awards, a recap of the top five games of '04, and a look to the future.
June 25, 2004
The Stanford Cardinal baseball team won their second consecutive outright Pac-10 Championship this afternoon with an easy 10-3 victory over Arizona State. Chris Minaker, Jonny Ash, and John Mayberry, Jr. each smoked home runs while Jeff Gilmore tossed seven quality innings on the mound to record his ninth win of the year. Stanford has also now won six conference titles in the last eight seasons while they run their 2004 overall record to a sparkling 44-11.
May 29, 2004
This was a series Stanford had to have and the Cardinal were able to come through. On a pleasant afternoon out at Sunken Diamond, Stanford cruised past the USC Trojans by an 8-2 score in the rubber game of this three-game series reclaiming first place in the Pac-10 in the process. Matt Leva got the starting call and sparkled tossing four no-hit innings before handing the game over to the bullpen. Meanwhile, at the plate, Jonny Ash supplied three big hits to lead the offense.
May 23, 2004
Third baseman Jonny Ash returned to the starting lineup tonight after missing the last month with an injury, but even three hits from the senior #2 hitter wasn't enough as the Cardinal fell by a 9-3 score to USC. Mark Romanczuk was roughed up on the mound as the sophomore lost for the first time in his career at Sunken Diamond. Meanwhile, despite Ash's positive return, the Cardinal offense lacked clutch hitting all evening.
May 21, 2004
This year's Stanford Cardinal baseball team has an uncanny knack for getting big hits in key situations. In Thursday's game at Oregon State, the Cardinal trailed 7-4 in the top of the eighth, but two home runs later, the game was all knotted up at seven apiece. Then in the top of the ninth, Stanford pushed across four more scores before holding off the Beavers in the bottom half of the inning for an 11-8, series-opening victory. Here is a complete recap.
April 8, 2004
Top-ranked Stanford won their eighth straight series to begin the season last weekend when they took 2-of-3 games from the UCLA Bruins down in Los Angeles. In this week's Roundup, we take an in-depth look at that series plus get you caught up on all the latest from around the Pac-10 Conference. In addition, check out an updated "Super Sixteen."
April 5, 2004
Stanford is finding all different kinds of ways to win ballgames this season. The top-ranked Cardinal let an 11-2 lead slip away to a 13-13 tie Saturday at UCLA. However, in the top of the ninth, senior Jonny Ash delivered in the clutch with a two-run home run, and then David O'Hagan slammed the door in the bottom half securing the Cardinal's 15-13 victory. Stanford has started the Pac-10 season 2-0 while their overall record now stands at an amazing 23-3.
April 3, 2004