Stanford nearly perfect in nonconference win over California


Two Stanford pitchers carried a no-hitter into the ninth inning before settling for a combined two-hitter as the Cardinal beat visiting California, 4-0, in nonconference baseball action Tuesday night in Sunken Diamond.

Stanford starter Chris Castellanos (2-0) faced two batters over the minimum in his career-high seven innings of work and has not allowed a hit over his past 11 1/3 innings.

"I was just trying to keep the guys off balance and pound strikes and just save our bullpen to give us a chance this weekend," Castellanos said. "My changeup was working real well today. I think that was my go-to pitch."

Gabe Cramer kept the no-no intact through eight and got the first out of the ninth before an infield single, just over his head, broke it up.

Cramer allowed another hit before ending the game with a strikeout as Stanford won its sixth in the last nine games.

The Cardinal (17-21) looks to use the momentum this weekend when Palo Alto grad Christoph Bono and UCLA visits for a three-game Pac-12 series beginning Friday at 7 p.m.

Zach Hoffpauir and Matt Winaker ach had two hits and drove in a run for the Cardinal. Drew Jackson also had two hits and Beau Branton added an RBI.

Castellanos retired the first 13 batters he faced before hitting a batter. He got eight of the next nine batters, with an error allowing another baserunner. Castllanos threw a totaql of 86 pitches. He struck out four.

Stanford scored twice in the bottom of the first. Jackson singled on the second pitch of the game and scored on Winaker's double. Branton singled home another run.

Hoffpauir doubled home a run in the third and pinch runner Alex Dunlap scored on a throwing error in the seventh.

Sand volleyball

Stanford beat visiting St. Mary's, 5-0, in nonconference action Tuesday. The Cardinal (9-4) had lost its previous two meetings with the Gaels.

Sophomore Kelsey Humphreys and freshman Catherine Raquel got things going for the Cardinal with a convincing 21-8, 21-6 win over Maegan Conroy and Hannah Liserra in the No. 4 spot. The pair improves to 5-6 on the season.

Playing in the No. 3 spot, junior Jordan Burgess and redshirt freshman Merete Lutz pushed the Cardinal's lead to 2-0 with a 21-11, 21-13 victory against the Gaels' Mileva Popovic and Madi Wilkerson. Burgess and Lutz move to 9-4 overall.

Stanford's top pair, senior Lauren Birks and junior Brittany Howard, clinched the win with a 21-14, 23-21 decision over Dalas Dodd and Alexis Salmons, moving to 12-6 on the year.

Stanford junior Inky Ajanaku and sophomore Grace Kennedy, playing in the No. 5 spot, improved to 6-5 on the year with a 21-12, 21-7 win over Saint Mary's Jordan Patchell and Nicole Singh.

At No. 2, junior Madi Bugg and redshirt freshman Ivana Vanjak made it a clean sweep for the Cardinal with a 21-18, 21-16 decision over Mary Hernandez and Clare Powers. Bugg and Vanjak push their record to 11-5.

Stanford plays its final home match Thursday against Santa Clara at 4:30 p.m.

Men's rowing

Stanford grad Austin Hack ('14) will be racing in a men's pair at the first USRowing National Selection Regatta this week in West Windsor, N.J.

More than 140 athletes and 21 clubs from across the country will compete at the event from Wednesday-Saturday.

Hack teams up with Dariush Aghai to make up one of the 12 crews entered in the men's pair event. Eight of those 12 are from the USRowing Training Center, including Hack and Aghai.

The time trials will take place on Wednesday morning with the semifinals scheduled for Friday.

Hack has been training with the national team since graduating with a degree in political science last June. He placed eighth at the 2014 World Championships in Amsterdam with the U.S. men's eight. He also competed at the 2013 World Championships, earning a bronze medal with the U.S. men's eight in Chungju, South Korea.

Women's rowing

Three former Stanford rowers will be competing at the first USRowing National Selection Regatta this week on Lake Mercer in West Windsor, N.J.

Elle Logan ('11), Grace Luczak ('11) and Lindsay Meyer ('12) will be in action over the course of the four days as there will be more than 140 athletes from 21 clubs across the country competing.

Meyer will be in the double sculls with Jamie Chapman as an entry from Vesper Boat Club. There are 17 crews entered in this event, the most of any at the regatta. Meyer will race in the heats on Thursday with the semifinals on Friday and finals on Saturday.

Meyer is trying for her first World Championships since 2010 when she took 10th in the single sculls in Lake Karapiro, New Zealand. She was in the quad skulls event at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, placing fifth for Team USA.

Logan and Luczak are both in the women's pair event this week as part of 10 entries. Logan, a two-time Olympic gold medalist in 2008 and 2012, will team with Felice Mueller. Logan has competed in every World Championships and Olympics since 2008.

Luczak has partnered with Meghan Musnicki this week. Luczak is looking for her third straight trip to the World Championships. She has earned gold medals in each of the last two years with the women's eight. She also earned gold at the U-23 World Championships the two years before that.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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