NCAA super regionals: Stanford down but not out after opening loss to Vanderbilt

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Stanford is the only Pac-12 team left standing in postseason play, and they absorbed a big blow in Nashville today. Here's the conference update:

Stanford

Super regional game 1: Vanderbilt 11, Stanford 6

Stanford looked absolutely flummoxed through the first three innings of Friday's super regional opener at Vanderbilt. Thanks to a rash of early walks, the Cardinal found themselves trailing 10-0 before they even had a chance to settle into the visiting dugout. John Hochstatter, who had been so great for Stanford over the course of the past month and a half, didn't even get out of the second inning.

[Highlights: Stanford drops super regional opener to Vanderbilt]

The good news: The Cardinal ended up fighting back over the final six frames. They outscored the Commodores 6-1 over this stretch, and that lent some hope to tomorrow's elimination game despite Friday's 11-6 final score. Remember that Stanford was on the heels of two long cross-country trips in two days (they returned to campus from Indiana for 18 hours to take some final exams) to open this super regional.

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Tomorrow, Mark Marquess will actually have his ace, freshman right hander Cal Quantrill, on the mound. Stanford has also seemed very comfortable in elimination games as of late, winning three straight in the Bloomington regional to advance. So, despite the brutal start, this is anything but a lost cause for the Pac-12's last surviving club.

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