Stanford sophomore lefthander Chris Castellanos faced 13 batters and got 13 outs to earn the win in relief as the Cardinal rallied to beat visiting Utah, 10-5, Friday in Pac-12 baseball action.
The Cardinal scored six runs in the sixth to complete the comeback. The Utes held a 6-1 lead entering the bottom of the fifth.
Stanford (15-20, 3-10 Pac-12) won its third conference game in its last four outings. Drew Jackson's career high four hits, including two doubles, led the Cardinal's 15-hit outburst.
Castellanos (1-0) took over from starter Brett Hanewich during Utah's five-run outburst in the fifth, all scored with two outs.
He got out of the fifth when Cardinal catcher Alex Dunlap caught Utah's Hunter Simmons trying to steal third base.
Castellanos silenced the Utes' bats with a mix of curveballs and kept Utah hitless over the final 4 1/3 innings. He walked two, one thrown out by Dunlap, and struck out five in the longest outing of his career.
The Cardinal's hitters flourished with Castellanos getting them off the defensive side quickly.
Stanford scored twice in the fifth and broke out for six runs on five hits during a 32-minute bottom of the sixth.
Beau Branton delivered a big two-out, two-run double to right center to plate the final two runs of the inning, as Stanford sent 11 batter to the plate.
Jack Klein, Jonny Locher, Drew Jackson and Matt Winaker also had hits in the frame.
Winaker, Branton and Locher each picked up two hits apiece, along with Zach Hoffpauir. Tommy Edman and Hoffpauir each extended their hitting streaks to six games and Mikey Diekroeger reached for the 10th straight game.
Utah (12-21, 4-9 Pac-12) had the potential to make the lead much larger in the early going.
Dunlap threw out three base runners during th game and led Stanford with three assists. Utah also committed three errors in the field that helped the Cardinal score three runs.
Stanford and Utah meet again Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. Righthander Marc Brakeman(0-1, 3.71 ERA) is expected to make his first start since returning from injury on Saturday.
No. 15 Stanford got five goals from Rachel Ozer, four from Lucy Dikeou and dominated the draw in a 22-10 victory over visiting San Diego State on Friday night.
The result sets up a Sunday (3 p.m.) home showdown with fellow conference unbeaten USC for first place in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation.
Stanford (10-2 overall) is 6-0 in the MPSF and the Trojans (11-3) are 7-0. USC would clinch the No. 1 seed in the MPSF tournament, which determines the automatic qualifier for the NCAA tournament, with a victory. Stanford would need one additional victory to clinch.
Stanford and USC, which beat UC Davis, 15-5, became the first two teams to clinch spots in the six-team MPSF event, to be played in Denver from April 30-May 3.
On Friday, the Cardinal went on a 12-2 run to break open a tie game and trigger a running clock by taking a 15-5 lead.
The catalyst was Stanford's success in draw controls, dominating the Aztecs, 27-6. The margin was surprising considering that Stanford and San Diego State entered the game ranked first and second, respectively in the MPSF in that category.
Dikeou had eight draw controls for the second consecutive game. She also had two assists, caused two turnovers, and had a groundball.
Kelly Myers had five draw controls and Hannah Farr four for the Cardinal. Alexandra Crerend had three goals, two assists, and three draw controls.
Sunday's game doubles as Senior Day for Stanford, which honors its seven graduating seniors in a pregame ceremony.
With the eighth and final spot in the MPSF playoffs on the line, the 14th-ranked Stanford men's volleyball team came up short against visiting No. 12 UCLA, 25-18, 25-19, 25-20 on Friday night.
The loss keeps the Cardinal (10-17, 7-14 MPSF) out of postseason contention for the first time since 2007.
UCLA (13-13, 9-13) hit .430 in the match and posted 9 1/2 blocks compared to 3 1/2 by the Cardinal. The Bruins, which played their final regular season match on Friday, clinched the No. 8 seed in the MPSF tournament.
Stanford, which hit .229 as a team, was led offensively by junior outside hitter Madison Hayden's 14 kills on a .300 attack percentage. He also collected three blocks for 15 1/2 total points. Junior middle blocker Conrad Kaminski finished 5-0-7 to hit .714 and tallied two blocks.
Freshman setter Kyle Dagostino controlled the offense with 26 assists to go with four digs.