Stanford's baseball season came to an end Sunday with a 12-5 loss to Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tennessee, in the third and deciding game of an NCAA super regional.
The Cardinal falls one win short of a 17th College World Series appearance, while Vanderbilt advances to Omaha, Nebraska, for the second time in program history.
"We couldn't stop (Vanderbilt) all day," Stanford coach Mark Marquess said. "They played a great game. I'm sure they will do really well at the College World Series."
Stanford (35-26), which started a freshman pitcher in 45 of 61 games, was the last Pac-12 team standing.
Vanderbilt (46-19) is among the nation's final eight for the first time since 2011. The Commodores will play Louisville on Saturday.
Vanderbilt scored five runs in the first inning Sunday, knocking out Stanford starter Logan James. Marc Brakeman pitched 51/3 innings of strong relief, giving Stanford a chance to rally.
After the Cardinal closed to within 6-5 in the fourth inning, the Commodores put the game away with a four-run seventh and two-run eighth. Vanderbilt finished with 15 hits against eight Stanford pitchers.
Vince Conde and John Norwood had three hits and two RBIs each for Vanderbilt, and freshman Hayden Stone pitched six innings of three-hit baseball in relief to earn the win.
Danny Diekroeger led the Cardinal with three hits. Alex Blandino had two hits, including a double, and two RBIs. Wayne Taylor tripled and drove in a run.
"If there is one thing I've learned about this team is it's resilience," said Blandino. "We battled the whole year. We never quit, especially in the playoffs where we had some unbelievable runs."