Stanford's road to Omaha begins Friday against Fresno State

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Stanford's road to Omaha begins Friday against Fresno State

The Stanford baseball team is the No. 1 seed in the Palo Alto Regional and will open their run to Omaha against the No. 4 seed Fresno State Bulldogs on Friday night.

Stanford (38-16) finished tied for fourth place in the Pac-12 with an 18-12 conference record, while Fresno State (30-26) finished fifth in the WAC with an 8-10 conference mark.

The other game on Friday in the Palo Alto Regional pits No. 2 seed Pepperdine against No. 3 seed Michigan State.

The winner of Stanford-Fresno State and Pepperdine-Michigan State will meet on Saturday, with the victor advancing to the championship game of the regional.

Because it is a double elimination format, whichever team wins their first two games needs to be beaten twice in the championship round.

The winner of the Palo Alto Regional will move on to the Super Regional and play a three-game series against the winner of the Tallahassee Regional, where the host Florida State Seminoles are the favorite.

The NCAA Tournament in baseball is comprised of 64 teams broken up into 16 regionals of four teams each.

The winner of each regional advances to the Super Regional round (equivalent of the Sweet 16 in basketball) and plays a three-game series against the winner of another regional. The winner of each of the eight Super Regionals advance to the College World Series in Omaha.

The CWS is then an eight-team, double elimination tournament.

EWU head coach leaving to become Cal’s new offensive coordinator

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EWU head coach leaving to become Cal’s new offensive coordinator

Newly announced Cal head football coach Justin Wilcox has his offensive coordinator just two days into the job. Eastern Washington University head coach Beau Baldwin is stepping down and is on his way to run the offense in Berkeley, EWU announced on Monday.

"I’m excited for the great opportunity that’s ahead but I’ll miss an amazing place," Baldwin said at a press conference held at EWU to announce his decision to leave the school.

Under Baldwin, EWU turned into a powerhouse at the FCS level, posting an 85-32 record in nine seasons. The Eagles won five Big Sky Conference titles and were crowned national champions in 2010.

Baldwin has never coached at the Division I FBS level, but has posted success in the past against those teams. Last season, Baldwin and the Eagles started off the year with a 45-42 win on the road against Washington State.

To open the 2013 season, Baldwin received national attention as EWU pulled off a huge upset by taking down No. 25 Oregon State, 49-46.

In 2016, EWU averaged 42.36 points per game. The Eagles rushed for 112 yards per game and gained 238 yards per game through the air.

With Dykes out, ex-Cal OC returns to West Virginia

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With Dykes out, ex-Cal OC returns to West Virginia

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Jake Spavital is returning to West Virginia as offensive coordinator.

Mountaineers coach Dana Holgorsen announced Spavital's hiring Saturday. He'll also coach the quarterbacks.

Spavital was interim coach at Cal after Sonny Dykes was fired last Sunday. Spavital had finished his first season as Cal's offensive coordinator. Under him, Davis Webb threw for 4,295 and 37 touchdowns.

Spavital was the quarterbacks coach in 2011 and 2012 under Holgorsen at West Virginia, where Geno Smith set numerous school records. Spavital spent three years after that at Texas A&M.