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Softball Season Preview

Stanford softball opens its season Friday at Arizona State, in a tournament that includes No. 2 Oklahoma. Then the Card play five more tournaments, two at home and three on the road, before the start of Pac-12 season come spring. The Cardinal are ranked No. 21 nationally; however, six of the eight Pac-12 schools that compete in the sport rank higher.

Pitching is always the key in softball and Stanford returns Teagan Gerhart for her senior season. Teagan was just named one of the top 50 players in the nation, and was 32-13 last year. But at 2.89, her 2012 ERA was a run higher than her first two seasons'. Teagan gave up 43 homers last season, more than during her first two years combined. She must halve that figure, or better, for Stanford...