Stanford first-year coach Jessica Allister will get a preview of the Cardinal softball team this fall, with four games scheduled between Oct. 26 and Nov. 12.
Five-time reigning NorCal JC champion College of San Mateo (37-8 last year) visits the Cardinal on Oct. 26, with a scheduled 5 p.m. start. Woodside grad Alexis Riccardi is on the Bulldogs roster.
Dominican plays at Stanford on Nov. 3 at 5 p.m. The Cardinal will also host San Jose State on Nov. 11 and Foothill College on Nov. 12.
Menlo College plays at College of San Mateo on Nov. 10.
Stanford, which finished 19-32 last season, returns several of its top offensive players. Teghan Cowles and Kristina Inouye started all 51 games last year. Cowles hit .313 and led the team in at bats (166) and triples (4). Inouye hit .274.
Whitney Burks, who led the team with seven home runs and was second in RBIs (34), and Lauren Wegner, who added three home runs, also return.
Stanford returns three catchers and its top five pitchers among the 15 players who started at least three games.
Four freshmen will see their first collegiate action this fall, including a state wrestling champion in Tally Thomas and a three-time prep All-American pitcher in Maddy Dwyer, who was 23-4 with a 1.15 ERA at Orange Lutheran last year.
She struck out 203 in 171 innings and recorded 14 shutouts. Dwyer opened her senior season with a scoreless streak of 25 innings.