The Stanford baseball team took care of some much-needed business over the weekend, completing a Pac-12 sweep of host California to get itself back over the .500 mark in conference play.
There's still plenty of work left to be done, though, with four home games during the final week of the regular season.
The Cardinal took the final game of the series, 7-3, on Sunday thanks to another solid performance from the bullpen.
David Schmidt (3-0) went 3 2/3 innings in which Cal scored one run on five hits. Garrett Hughes fanned two and surrendered one hit over the final two innings.
Stanford hosts Pacific at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday before UCLA comes to town for an important three-game series that likely will determine if the Cardinal (14-13 in the Pac-12, 29-21 overall) gets any consideration for a postseason berth.
The Bruins (20-7, 37-15) enter the final week of the regular season tied for second place with Oregon in the Pac-12 standings, two behind current leader Oregon State.
UCLA has swept its past three conference series and won its past five. The Bruins are 13-2 over their past 15 conference games.
Stanford can dramatically improve its chances for an NCAA regional spot by taking two of three from the Bruins and beating Pacific on Tuesday.
Lonnie Kauppila was 3-for-4 on the day with an RBI single in the eighth that gave Stanford a 6-2 advantage.
Danny Diekroeger, Justin Ringo, Brian Ragira and Alex Blandino each had two hits. Ragira has reached base in 13 straight games. Austin Wilson has reached safely in 12 straight.
No. 13 Stanford saw its season end with a 10-5 loss to host Nebraska on Sunday in the Lincoln Regional at Bowlin Stadium.
Stanford finishes the season 39-21 overall, while Nebraska improves to 43-13. The Huskers advance to a Super Regional and will travel to Eugene, Ore., to face the host Ducks.
Senior pitcher Teagan Gerhart threw her final game in a Cardinal uniform, ending the year 21-13 overall.
Sophomore designated player Erin Ashby finished 2-for-4 with two RBI to lead the team. Senior Jenna Rich was 2-for-4 with two runs scored, while senior Tegan Schmidt and freshman Jessica Plaza each tallied an RBI.
Three separate weather delays that added up to nearly two hours pushed the proceedings late into the afternoon.
Stanford I Eight, ranked fourth in the nation, solidified its place among the top crews in the nation by earning the silver medal at the Pac-12 Championships Sunday on Lake Natoma.
"Our team is dialed into the 'Stanford Tunnel', that is our guys are driven by the work, the intensity of the moment,and the satisfaction of working side by side," said Stanford coach Craig Amerkhanian. "Today we worked and raced well."
The Cardinal flagship opened the race in third position after the opening 500 meters as just two seconds separated the Cardinal from pace-setting California. While Washington surged into the lead over the second 500 and began adding seconds to its advantage, the Cardinal and Golden Bears remained just a second apart in a battle for silver.
Trailing California by just over a second entering the final 500 meters, Stanford, just as it had at The Big Row two weeks ago, unleashed a mighty sprint that began pulling the Golden Bears back with each stroke. Strong final strokes powered the Cardinal bow just in front of the Golden Bears at the line as Stanford claimed silver by six-tenths of a second with a time of 5:57.0. That time was also 5.4 seconds behind Washington's winning pace.
In the team standings Stanford finished third with 50 points, behind Washington (71) and California (60).
The Cardinal Frosh Eight took sixth in Sunday's opener. The boat got off to a tough start, running fifth and about 11 seconds off the pace after the opening 500 meters, and was passed by Washington State over the second 500. The boat would end up with a time of 6:49.0, 54.6 seconds off of Washington's winning time of 5:54.4.
The four was up next and took fifth with a time of 7:32.1. The boat opened up fourth after the opening 500 meters but fell to the back of the pack by the halfway point.
In II Eight action the Cardinal took third in the four-boat race. The Cardinal opened the race in third position and stayed there over the entire 2,000 meters, crossing the line in 6:22.0, 21.4 seconds behind the pace set by Washington.
The Cardinal crews will return to training for the next two weeks ahead of the IRA Championships, which take place at Lake Natoma May 30-June 1.
Stanford took fifth in the team standings at the Pac-12 Championships at Lake Natoma Sunday.
The Cardinal accumulated 18 points, behind California (39), USC (37.5), Washington (36.5) and UCLA (28).
The Cardinal will now await Tuesday's announcement of the NCAA Championships field to see if it receives an at-large berth into the 22-team field. The 2013 NCAA Championships will be held May 31-June 2 at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, Ind.
Sunday, the Cardinal I and II Eights turned in the team's top finishes, each finishing fifth in their respective Grand Finals.
The I Eight opened fifth in its race and would stay there the entirety of the 2,000 meters. The boat made a valiant effort at a top-four finish, cutting into UCLA throughout the course, but by the end finished with a time of 6:48.2 which was 10.4 seconds back of top boat USC and just nine-tenths of a second behind UCLA for fourth place.
In the II Eight Grand Final, the Cardinal held fourth position just ahead of Washington at the halfway point.
By the 1,500-meter mark the Huskies pulled just ahead of the Cardinal, leaving the Stanford boat to take fifth in 6:58.7, exactly 11 seconds behind California's winning time of 6:47.7.
The Four finished sixth in its Grand Final with a time of 7:40.2, 16.4 seconds off of the winning pace. The boat opened the race in fifth and was unable to make up any water on the leading boats.
The Novice Eight opened up the event with seventh-place finish in 7:18.0. The boat started the race brightly, in fourth position after the opening 500 meters, yet would steadily fall back as the race continued.
At the halfway point the Cardinal was in fifth, and then sixth at the 1,500-meter mark. By the line, the Cardinal was seventh, 21 seconds off the pace.