The Stanford baseball team is headed to the NCAA baseball tournament, where it will play in the Bloomington, Ind., Regional hosted by Indiana University. Its first game in the double-elimination tournament is Friday at 11 a.m. against Indiana State.
The unranked Cardinal, which had a 30-23 overall record and finished 16-14 in the Pac-12, was considered a bubble team but likely made it because of victories over ranked opponents Washington, Texas and Rice.
This is the 29th time in 34 years that coach Mark Marquess has led Stanford into the tournament.
Besides Stanford, Indiana and Indiana State, the other team in the four-team Bloomington Regional is Youngstown State. The winner of this regional moves on to face the winner of the Nashville Regional in a best-of three Super Regional.
The only other Northern Calfornia school in the tournament is Sacramento State. The Hornets are play in the Cal Poly regional in San Luis Obispo.
Four other Pac-12 schools made the tournament -- Oregon State, Washington, Oregon, Arizona State. The Beavers, who won the conference title, are the only Pac-12 team hosting a regional.
Baseball America speculated that Stanford would land in the Cal Poly regional, which would have made it an all-California foursome, but Arizona State wound up in San Luis Obispo instead, along with the Mustangs, Sac State and Pepperdine.
Pac-12 runnerup Washington will play in the Ole Miss regional and Oregon is headed to Nashville.
If Stanford and Oregon were to win their regionals -- a longshot at-best -- they would play each other in a Super Regional.
Other California schools in the tournament are UC-Irvine, Cal State Fullerton, Long Beach State and San Diego State.