Palma grad Esquer has Stanford one win away College World Series

Former Palma three-sport standout and school valedictorian David Esquer is two wins away from managing Stanford University back to the College World Series for a second straight year.

The Cardinal (45-15) will host Connecticut today in the NCAA Super Regionals in a best-of-three series for a trip to the World Series in Omaha.

In five seasons as the manager at Stanford, Esquer — a shortstop on the Cardinal’s 1987 World Series national championship team — has a 180-69 record, producing the highest winning percentage for a manager in school history.

Prior to returning to Stanford, Esquer spent 18 seasons at Cal, winning 525 games, putting him over 700 wins as a manager in his career.

Ranked as high as No. 3 in the nation this year, the Cardinal won the Pac 12 tournament in May, and are 20-1 in their last 21 games. Prior to becoming a coach, Esquer spent time in the Angels, Orioles and Brewers organization.

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