STANFORD — The Stanford baseball team landed a top seed in the NCAA tournament Monday after finishing fourth in a loaded Pac-12 Conference this season.
The top billing means that Stanford (37-16) will host one of 16 NCAA regionals to be played across the nation this weekend. The regional will be the 15th held at Stanford since coach Mark Marquess took the helm in 1977 and the first since 2008. Read More
SANTA CLARA — The St. Ignatius baseball team played like a it had a 44-year-old gorilla on its back against Serra in the West Catholic Athletic League championship game on Thursday at Santa Clara University’s Stephen Schott Stadium.
The Wildcats, who have not won a WCAL tournament title since the league began play in 1968, committed eight errors in the game and allowed six unearned runs in a 7-2 loss. Read More
On a scorecard, Balboa High School senior Alex Arnold’s groundout to second base in the second inning of the San Francisco Section-Academic Athletic Association baseball semifinals looks routine, but it’s the kind of groundout that makes coaches gush.
It was also the difference in Balboa’s 1-0 upset win over Lowell on Thursday at Big Rec. Read More
Like so many baseball teams in The City, the path to success for Sacred Heart Cathedral starts in the batter’s box.
The Irish bats showed up early and cranked out 12 hits to score their highest run total of the West Catholic Athletic League season in a 7-2 win on the road against Riordan.
Six of the Irish hits came with runners in scoring position and they jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the first inning and led 6-1 in the top of the third. Read More
To the likely chagrin of the rest of the Academic Athletic Association, Galileo’s Kyle Nelson looked like his big brother Thursday.
Nelson, a skinny sophomore left-hander, doesn’t physically look like former two-time AAA Player of the Year Dylan Nelson in form or stature yet, but he showed he can take over a game on the mound and at the plate, just like his big bro, in a 7-4 win over Lincoln at the Moscone Recreation Center. Read More
Giants closer Brian Wilson confirmed Sunday he is likely in need of Tommy John surgery, ending the pitcher’s season after just two appearances.
Wilson appeared to injure his right arm during a game in Colorado on Thursday, his second appearance in as many days. He stayed in the game, but his control and velocity dropped dramatically. He finished the inning and earned the save, but allowed a run and needed 32 pitches to get three outs. Read More
For National League fans, this will be the last season of watching the 19th-century version of baseball. Next year, the NL has to adopt the designated hitter.
The change will come because, with the move of the Houston Astros to the American League, both leagues will have 15 teams, meaning there will be an interleague game every day of the season. Read More
PHOENIX — Matt Cain can only hope all future six-run leads will provide nearly as much security as his new monster contract.
On Sunday, though, it seemed he and the Giants invested their money with Bernie Madoff.
Cain, staked to a 6-0 lead over the Arizona Diamondbacks, came unglued, and so did his teammates in a 7-6 loss.So the Giants start the season 0-3, the Diamondbacks 3-0. Read More
They’re just a baseball team this year, the Giants, not the champions, not the club with the attention, baggage and impossibility of doing what nobody had done for more than a decade — repeat.
“I don’t think any of us knew what was coming,” Tim Lincecum said. He meant about the season of 2011, disappointing mainly because understandably it couldn’t match the season of 2010, the championship season. Read More
BERKELEY — The late-inning magic that propelled Cal to the College World Series last year wasn’t needed Tuesday. Instead, the Bears jumped on a string of USF miscues to earn a 5-3 victory at Evans Diamond. Read More