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 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.
Vanderbilt 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."
Warriors coach Steve Kerr met with decorated Maccabi Tel Aviv coach David Blatt last week regarding a top assistant coaching job, Blatt confirmed to the Jerusalem Post.
Blatt and Kerr spoke for about 45 minutes at Los Angeles International Airport on Thursday, according to the paper. Yahoo Sports first reported Kerr's meeting with Blatt, a Massachusetts native and Israeli who uses elements of the offense he learned while playing for Princeton.
Kerr, who has said he would like to have one or two experienced head coaches on his staff, could face competition for landing the 55-year-old Blatt. The Associated Press reported Cleveland contacted Blatt regarding its head coaching vacancy, and Minnesota appears to be interested in him as an assistant coach.
San Jose Giants
The host Modesto Nuts banged out 15 hits in an 11-5 victory over the San Jose Giants. Brian Ragira and Blake Miller had three hits apiece to lead San Jose, with each getting a double and Ragira driving home two runs. The Nuts have won two of the first three games in the four-game series. The Giants fell to 32-33 with five games remaining in the first half of the California League season.
Staff writer Diamond Leung contributed to this report.