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Stanford stops the Beavers cold in Pac-12 baseball action

 

Junior starter Chris Castellanos and freshman reliever Kris Bubic combined on a seven-hitter and Stanford topped host No. 10 Oregon State, 6-0, in a Pac-12 Conference baseball game Saturday.

Four Cardinal batters finished with two hits each as Stanford scored three in the first and three in the seventh to snap a six-game skid.


Chris Castellanos
En route to its sixth win over a Top 25 opponent this season, the Cardinal also ended a 12-game losing streak to the Beavers dating to May 4, 2012.

Tommy Edman singled and Quinn Brodey walked to set up Nico Hoerner's two-out, two-RBI double in the first inning. Duke Kinamon followed with a RBI single.

That's all the support Castellanos needed as he scattered six hits and struck out three. He stranded a runner in five of the first six innings, and the Beavers never had a runner past second in that span.

The Cardinal added three more for their starter in the seventh. Sophomore Mikey Diekroeger led off with a single. Matt Winaker then extended his hit streak to seven games with a line-drive double down the right field line to score Diekroeger.

Edman tripled into the gap in right center to put the Cardinal ahead, 5-0. Junior Alex Dunlap plated Edman with a single through the left side of a drawn-in infield.

Bubic came on in relief with one out and two on in the bottom of the inning. He quickly induced two soft ground balls to first and maintained the six-run cushion.

Bubic also left runners at second and third in the eighth, and then finished off the shut out with a Beaver on first in the ninth -- the 11th runner stranded by the Cardinal. Bubic allowed one hit and walked in 2 2/3 innings.

Dunlap has reached base in 12 straight games, the longest active streak for Stanford. Winaker's seven-game hit streak is the second-longest of for a Cardinal behind Diekroeger's eight-game streak earlier in the season.

Men's golf

Two-time defending Pac-12 Conference champion Stanford posted the low score in the third round with a 7-under 348 to push its team lead to 12 strokes over Cal, The Cardinal takes a 29-under heading into the final round of the Pac-12 Championships at The Country Club in Salt Lake City on Sunday.

Stanford held a five-stroke lead over the Golden Bears heading into the third round, then increased its lead behind the play of sophomore Franklin Huang, who posted a 3-under 68 and junior Maverick McNealy with a 2-under 69.

"It's a team effort for sure," stated Stanford coach Conrad Ray. "The setup was tough, the wind was blowing, and it was kind of chilly. I was proud of our guys and we just ground it out. Cal and USC are great teams, so we know that we have a lot of golf left to play tomorrow."

David Boote is one of a trio of league seniors tied for second at 9-under following his 1-under 70. Huang is fifth at 7-under and McNealy is tied for eighth with a 4-under to round out the top-10 for the Cardinal.

For the second straight round of the championships, The Country Club course record of 7-under 64 was tied as Washington State sophomore Zach Anderson posted Saturday's low round, matching the opening-round performance of Jeffrey Swegle.

Softball

Haley Snyder's eighth complete game of the season was not enough as Stanford dropped a 1-0 Pac-12 Conference decision to California on Saturday night.

Snyder (7-10) held the Golden Bears' (27-18-1, 8-7-1 Pac-12) to one run on five hits. She had four walks with five strikeouts. She came up big in crucial moments with runners in scoring position to help keep the Cardinal (13-28, 0-17 Pac-12) within striking distance throughout the game.

Stanford was ultimately undone in the top of the first inning when a wild pitch with two outs allowed the game's only run.

Kayla Bonstrom provided the Cardinal's lone hit, a booming double to the left-center field gap in the bottom of the second inning.

Lauren Wegner walked later that inning to give Stanford its best scoring chance.

The Cardinal was strong defensively behind Snyder. In particular, third baseman Arden Pettit and shortstop Kaitlin Schaberg each made multiple quality plays to lock down the left side of the infield.

Stanford will look to take the series finale Sunday at 7 p.m.

Women's crew

Stanford varsity eight sent its seniors out with a Big Row victory.

No. 6 Stanford handed top-ranked and previously undefeated California its first loss of the season in the varsity eight, capturing the Lambert Cup with a win over the Golden Bears Saturday morning at Redwood Shores.

"We have raced Cal three times this season and the Big Row is the end of our regular season," Stanford coach Yasmin Farooq said. "California is a team that brings out the best in us and hopefully we bring out the best in them as well. I think this is the best preparation we could have for the Pac-12 Championships.

"Today they won three out of the four races and we were fortunate to win the varsity eight at the end, which was awesome," Farooq added. "I am really proud of everyone, especially our seniors. This is our biggest senior class ever. There were three seniors in the varsity eight and they all did a great job. I am going to miss them all, but we have four more weeks with them with the Pac-12 Championships and hopefully a bid to the NCAA Championships."

The varsity eight race was a battle from the start with both crews racing side-by-side over the first 500 meters. The Cardinal then began to edge its bow in front and took a five second lead by the 1,000-meter mark. Stanford held its lead throughout the final half of the course to win by a length over California. The Cardinal recorded a season-best time of 6:12.82, while the Golden Bears completed the course in 6:16.63.

Stanford's varsity eight has defeated California in the Big Row two of the last three years, also taking home the Lambert Cup in 2014.

It was the third time this season Stanford and California have faced off in the varsity eight, with the Golden Bears winning the first two races - at Redwood Shores on March 26 and at Lake Natoma on April 17.

California claimed wins in the second varsity eight, the varsity four and the third varsity eight. The Golden Bears won by open water in the second varsity eight (6:24.86 - 6:31.43) and third varsity eight (6:40.32 - 6:47.71). The Cardinal varsity four completed the course in 7:25.60, behind California (7:21.93).

Both Stanford and Cal donned special uniforms in honor of former Cal coxswain Jill Costello, who lost her battle with lung cancer in 2010. Stanford had pink tank tops with a "sea foam" green ribbon (Jill's favorite color) and the Stanford "S" on the front and "Team Jill" written on the back.

The Cardinal turns its focus to the Pac-12 Championships on May 15 at Lake Natoma in Gold River

Men's crew

No. 15 Stanford faced off against No. 2 California in the 83rd annual Big Row Saturday morning with the Golden Bears taking all three races.

"The Big Row is always an exciting regatta," Stanford coach Craig Amerkhanian said. "We are looking for segments of success and for our program to build on what we accomplished the previous time out. We faced a nationally ranked and a really good California team. The varsity eight had a pretty good first 1,000 meters, but we just couldn't sustain it. It's a learning experience. We are a young team with a couple freshmen in the varsity eight. This team is committed to one another and will keep taking a step forward."

The Cardinal faced the Bears in the varsity eight, second varsity eight, and third varsity eight. Cal (5:36.63) claimed the Schwabacher Cup with a win over Stanford (5:49.78) in the varsity eight.

The Bears opened the regatta with a win in the second varsity eight. Stanford completed the course in 6:06.02, with Cal finishing in a time of 5:47.16.

Stanford's third varsity eight raced down the course at Redwood Shores in a time of 6:24.50, with the Golden Bears claiming the race in a time of 5:53.75.

Stanford and California will meet again in two weeks as the Cardinal and Golden Bears will compete in the Pac-12 Championships at Lake Natoma in Gold River, California on May 15.

Stanford will travel to Seattle on Saturday to compete in the Windermere Cup, joining the host Huskies and the Russian Men's National Team during the prestigious event on Montlake Cut.

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