One year after his legendary week with St. Bernard’s in the CIF NorCal playoffs, Stanford freshman Nick Dugan is settling in nicely at the next level.
After what has been an up-and-down spring throwing against some of the top college players in the Pac-12, Dugan turned in one of his best performances of the year in the conference tournament on Thursday.
Dugan came out of the bullpen to pitch a season-high six innings in an 8-6 loss to Oregon in 10 innings.
It was the 20th appearance of the spring for Dugan, which has included six starts.
For the season, he has pitched 49.1 innings with 54 strikeouts and an ERA of 8.15.
Despite the loss, the Stanford men advanced to the tournament semifinals because of a tiebreaker.
The Cardinal play Arizona on Friday night at 7 p.m.
Stanford is an impressive 38-15 on the season.
This time last year, as a senior with St. Bernard’s, Dugan led the Crusaders to a first-ever NorCal state title with three wins in just eight days.
He struck out all 13 batters he faced in a 7-6 come-from-behind win in the CIF NorCal Division-3 championship game.